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Lessons from the March Playlist:
- Symphony #6 “The Storm” // Beethoven
- The William Tell Overture // Rossini
- Symphony #101 “The Clock” // Haydn
- Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring // Bach
- Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)
- Spring from “The Four Seasons” // Vivaldi
- Mars from “The Planets” // Holst
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 create the 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.
We are wrapping up the March Playlist today, and I wanted to give you links to the pieces I did not have have time to write posts for. The plan is to fill out the rest of the lessons next year and eventually have a full set of lessons for you based on each month’s playlist. I hope it is helpful!
There are three pieces I didn’t get to. Below I am including my original description from the introductory post and a video so you can listen to it if you’d like. Use my favorite classroom activity, Musical Sketching, for simple music lessons.
Spring Song // Sibelius
Spring Song is great piece for celebrating springtime’s arrival. There’s actually an incredible amount of classical music related to spring. So much that there will be several pieces included in the April and May playlists as well.
Voices of Spring Waltz // Strauss
More spring music, this time a waltz. So much classical music was originally composed to give people dancing music. Not that different from today when you think about it!
Turkish March // Mozart
Wink, wink. See what I did there? A March for March. This is another piece you will recognize, even if you don’t think you know classical music at all. This is Mozart’s first appearance on a playlist. We are diving into the big guns this month.