Morning Glories: Getting Outdoors

by Rex Levang, Minnesota Public Radio
June 23, 2014

St. Paul, Minn. — Summer is here, and for "Music in Bloom," we invited you to submit photos telling what summer means to you. You've sent us some wonderful pictures of flowers, fields, birds, and more.

This week on Morning Glories, we'll bring you five pieces reflecting the beauty of the natural world — and some of the images that you submitted. Click "View full slideshow" at right to see some of these featured photos.


Dvořák: Sonatina for Violin
The middle movement of Dvořák's piece was inspired by the scenery of Minnesota — Dvořák came up with the theme while sightseeing at Minnehaha Falls.


Beach: From Grandmother's Garden
One of the flowers depicted by Amy Beach is the morning glory. What could be more appropriate?


Rodrigo: Concierto de Estio (Summer Concerto)
Here's a concerto for violin celebrating the season by one of the most beloved of 20th-century composers, Joaquin Rodrigo.


Schumann: Papillons
Schumann's piano suite flutters from mood to mood. Perhaps that's why he gave it the French title "Papillons" ("Butterflies").


Respighi: The Birds
Birds are a favorite theme for photographers — and for composers, as Respighi's popular work suggests.

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