This post is part of a series designed to help get great classical music in your kids’ ears. I like to think of music seasonally, just like food. Sure you can eat a watermelon in January, but will it be good? The sense of waiting and rotating is part of what makes seasonal produce delicious. Music can be the same, which is why I encourage using these monthly playlists. A little infusion of new music each month keeps things fresh and lively. You enjoy it for a time, and then you enjoy moving on. Find the January playlist on Spotify here or use the Youtube links below.
CLASSICAL MUSIC PLAYLISTS: JANUARY
The Skater’s Waltz // Émile Waldteufel
This piece was inspired by a skating rink in Paris, and it might sound familiar to you because it’s been used in lots of movies and television shows (including Rose’s coming-out ball in London in season 4 of Downton Abbey). It’s elegant and majestic.
Winter Dreams Symphony // Peter Tchaikovsky
This is Tchaikovsky’s first symphony (and not at all the most famous of his works). It is intended to evoke images of bleak winter, and this portion highlights the transition to spring (around the three minute mark).
Winter from The Four Seasons // Antonio Vivaldi
A cup of hot cocoa and a warm blanket is all you need to fully absorb the coziness of this piece. Listen for the instruments replicating a cold, dripping rain on the roof.
Sinfonia Antarctica // Ralph Vaughn Williams
Originally written as a movie soundtrack, Vaughn Williams liked what he wrote so much he evolved it into a symphony. The movie told the story of an ill-fated expedition, and the music is fittingly dramatic.
The Snow is Dancing // Claude Debussy
This piece is a part of a children’s collection written for Debussy’s three-year-old daughter. Kid’s music has certainly changed over the years!
In the Bleak Midwinter // Holst
Although this is a Christmas carol, I am including it here for a couple of reasons. First, the melody is so delicate it makes me think of those slightly melancholy days after the holidays are over. Plus, there is so much great music for our December list I was afraid there wouldn’t be room for this little gem.
Winterlust Polka // Josef Strauss
This was the popular dancing music of it’s day. That’s right – dancing music. Put it on when you need to break up an indoor day with a little classical music dance party.
Waltz of the Snowflakes // Peter Tchaikovsky
From The Nutcracker, this is another piece I thought might get left off a December list. It isn’t as famous as Waltz of the Flowers, but it is just as beautiful — and very wintery.
The Snow Maiden Suite // Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
This opera, Rimsky-Korsakov’s favorite, tells the story of the half-mythical Snow Maiden who melts when true love reveals the sun.
The Man from Snowy River // Bruce Rowland
I’m not that precious about how I define classical music, and I think movie scores are glorious additions to lists like this one. The Man from Snowy River is one of my favorite soundtracks.
Access the Spotify list here to start listening to all this wintery classical music goodness.