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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 May list on Spotify here or use the Youtube links below.
Symphony #5 // Beethoven
The 5th month of the year starts with Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. You know it. But do you know about it? (Lesson HERE.)
Waltz of the Flowers // Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers is from The Nutcracker, which is way more associated with Christmas than springtime. But The Nutcracker is loaded with incredible music, and we won’t have time for all of it in December. So I plucked the flower piece out for this month. #seewhatididthere?
The Lark Ascending // Vaughan Williams
The Lark Ascending is a fantastic piece from Ralph Vaughan Williams. At first glance you think it is just about a bird…but oh, there is much more. World War I spies are involved. (Lesson HERE)
Songs My Mother Taught Me // Dvořák
How about a little something for Mother’s Day? Antonin Dvořák makes his first playlist appearance with a song that, well, I guess his mother taught him. I’ve included the version with Yo-Yo Ma on the cello. It’s a whimsical little piece. (Lesson HERE.)
Pomp and Circumstance // Elgar
Schools across the nation play this piece in the month of May, but it originally had nothing to do with graduations. Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance is one of the most commonly known pieces of classical music in the U.S. So how did it become the graduation song? Find out HERE.
The Cuckoo and Aviary // Saint-Saëns
Now a double bird feature: The Cuckoo and Aviary from Camille Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of the Animals. More bird music. What can I say? It’s springtime, and the birds are chirping! (Lesson HERE.)
Pavane // Fauré
Pavane by Gabriel Fauré is on the list to celebrate his birthday this month. I know you don’t care that it’s Fauré’s birthday. I don’t either…but it was a great excuse to get this piece on a playlist. I’ve already featured this on my list of favorite peaceful classical music pieces – it gets another playlist appearance because I love it. I begin many mornings just sitting still and listening to this piece. Super calming! (Lesson HERE.)
Spring Song // Mendelssohn
Felix Mendelssohn has a funny little collection of music called Songs without Words and his Spring Song is one of the most recognizable. It’s a light little tune, perfect for springtime.
Adagio for Strings // Barber
In sharp contrast is a very not-light tune from Samuel Barber. Adagio for Strings is gloriously heavy and dark, and I included it in honor of Memorial Day. It’s been used at many famous funerals over the years. That’s a little heavy for kids, but I’ll try to help you get the point across without being too depressing. Mostly it’s just really, really beautiful and I just need you to know about this one. (Lesson HERE.)
Enjoy this great music flowing through your home all month!