Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Welcome Spring

In honor of Spring 2017 beginning this week, March 20th to be exact, here are two great classical music pieces representing this wonderful season: Antonio Vivalde's Spring violin concerto, the first concerto from his "Four Seasons", and the great American composer Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring".  
Aaron Copland [1900 - 1990]
Note:  The second video has Leonard Slatkin leading the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in Copland's magnificent piece - a truly American piece.  Before the piece begins, Maestro Slatkin gives a very moving story of Aaron Copland nearing the end of his life. 

The well known beautiful theme, "simple gifts", a Shaker hymn, begins slowly with the strings at the 23:27 mark and then develops into magnificent majesty by the full orchestra at the 35:07 mark. 

Please turn up the volume and enjoy Vivaldi's Spring, and Copland's, Appalachian Spring as we begin another new season for 2017. 

Antonio Vivalde:  Four Seasons Violin Concerto #1 in E-Major,  "SPRING":

Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring:

The one thing I love about Spring is that I know it means, opening day for the Major League Baseball season can't be far away.  Play ball!

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