Music for the Ides of March



Kobayashi Issa beautifully captured the change of season and the idea of rejuvenation and renewal in his spring haiku:

Spring breeze—
the pine on the ridge
whispers it

Although the nickname “Spring Sonata” did not originate with Beethoven, the composer nevertheless had a great love of nature and was particularly happy and inspired during springtime. In Nordic Countries, spring struggles mightily to loosen the icy grip of winter. But once it arrives — just ask Christian Sinding — it bursts forth with limitless energy and boundless jubilance. Alexander Glazunov’s music for the allegorical ballet Vremena goda (The Seasons) regales in the glorious awakening of nature; the same sentiment clearly guided Antonio Vivaldi’s “Spring Concerto” from the Four Seasons. And if your family name is “Frühling” — the German word for spring — you are probably assured a sunny disposition?



Beethoven: Frühlingssonate (Spring Sonata)

Christian Sinding: Frühlingsrauschen (Rustle of Spring)

Alexander Glazunov: The Seasons Op. 67, “Spring” Op. 67

Antonio Vivaldi: Four Seasons, “Spring”

Carl Frühling: Clarinet Trio Op. 40

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