Classical Music Perfect For Spring 音樂裡的春天
Updated: Apr 27, 2022
What does Spring sound like? Is it about rain, bees and birds? Well, I guess you could say that...but it's also about something more.
Now, close your eyes and listen. Let your mind wander and imagine how the music speak to you about Spring.
1. Antonio Vivaldi - Four Seasons: “Spring”, Concerto in E major, Op.8 No.1
Vivaldi's Four Seasons is his most famous work. It consists of four violin concertos, one for each season. In this piece of music Vivaldi attempts to represent the essence of Spring. The sonnets that accompany the concertos describe birds, a murmuring stream and a thunderstorm. Vivaldi uses the violin to create vivid images of Spring.
2. Ludwig von Beethoven - Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 “Spring”
The Spring Sonata is a lyrical, gentle piece. Although the title of the sonata "Spring" was not given by the composer himself, legend has it that he was inspired to write the piece after a walk through a spring meadow. The violin melody feels just like a spring breeze, and the piano accompaniment adds a playful harmony that evokes the freshness of the season.
It's a beautiful way to capture the feeling of spring: fresh, light, and sweet.
3. Edvard Grieg - Lyric Pieces Op.43 No.6 “To Spring”
Grieg's "To Spring", from his Lyric Pieces Op.43 for solo piano, is a beautiful description of the season of Spring. The piece is a meditation on the peaceful sense of new beginning that the season brings with its return to warm weather and nature waking up from the cold winter months. Its gentle melody and sweet harmony create a serene atmosphere in which we can all rest and take comfort.
4. Felix Mendelssohn - Song Without Words, Op.62 No.6 “Spring Song”
This piece is a song that sounds like a peaceful, lyrical spring evening. The melody is light and smooth, the texture is thin, and the harmony is gentle and relaxed. While there are no words to this song, it is still graceful and beautiful.
5. Aaron Copland - Appalachian Spring
Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring" is an orchestral suite that captures the simple, energetic spirit of an American celebration. The music was written for a ballet depicting a spring celebration, but it has become popular in its own right as a concert piece. It was originally composed for thirteen instruments, and Copland later converted the piece into a full-orchestra version.
6. Johann Strauss II - "Frühlingsstimmen" Voices of Spring Waltz, Op. 410
Strauss's classic waltz, "Voices of Spring," is the perfect accompaniment to a spring dance. The vibrant and energetic melody evokes a Viennese spring, and Strauss himself said that he meant it to be a "poetical expression of the joyous mood of nature in springtime."
7. Franz Schubert - Im Frühling, D.882 “In Spring”
Im Frühling, or "In Spring," is an art song by Austrian composer Franz Schubert. The music is set on a poem by Ernst Schulze. The singer describes how beautiful everything looks in springtime, with its clear sky, green valley and flowers, but all that also reminds him of an unattainable love.
Schubert's music gives you exactly what you need to hear when you read Schulze's poem: beauty and sentimentality.
8. Jean Sibelius - Vårsång “Spring Song” Op.16
Jean Sibelius's "Spring Song" is a tone poem that showcases the composer's characteristic, signature orchestration: it is filled with the epic sound of nature, primarily through the use of brass. The piece is an atmospheric exploration of Finland's nature and its transformation in the springtime.