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Lessons from this playlist:
- The Lark Ascending // Vaughan Williams
- Symphony #5 // Beethoven
- Songs My Mother Taught Me // Dvořák
- The Cuckoo and Aviary // Saint-Saëns
- Pavane in F# Minor // Fauré
- Pomp and Circumstance // Elgar
- Adagio for Strings // Barber
This is a continuing series I hope will be helpful in getting great classical music in your kids’ ears. Each month I am posting a playlist that will either reflect the mood of the season or highlight music-related historical events. Mostly I just want to help you create an ever-changing classical music soundtrack that will permeate your home with beauty. Training the affections happens early, and we want to teach our kids to love that which is good, true, and beautiful from the very youngest of ages.
I will also be creating companion activities and lessons as the month goes on to highlight some of the pieces on the list – so check back!
(Spotify note: You do not have to be a paid member to access the list – you can set up a free Spotify account that allows you to listen with ads. FYI -with the free version, only shuffle play is allowed on mobile devices. If you use an actual computer, you can choose individual songs. My Spotify user name is kristihillmusic – just sign up and search my username to access the playlists.)
Ok, let’s get to this month’s list!
Symphony #5 // Beethoven
The 5th month of the year starts with Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. You know it. But do you know about it? You will this month!
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. Post coming Thursday!
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.
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. Later this month I’ll tell you the story of how it became the graduation song!
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!
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!
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.
Okay, that’s our list! Come back Thursday and we’ll get started with our first lesson!