Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Welcome Spring Week 2018

In honor of Spring 2018 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, specifically for the World Champion Houston Astros, can't be far away.  

Play ball!



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