Classical music has the uncanny ability where it can evoke emotions in which the human tongue cannot adequately put into words. Compositions from the Classical era have tackled the topics of love, death, religion; even the seasons have been covered by Classical composers. With summer upon us, what better way to celebrate the arrival of the warmest season and the majesty of the classical era than combining them into an article together? Here is a look at five Classical compositions that perfectly capture the aura of summer.
“Summer” from the “Four Seasons” Suite by Antonio Vivaldi
Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” Suite is one of the most magnificent collections of work of the Classical music era. One of the most vibrant portions of the “Four Seasons” suite is “Summer.” This composition is intense, passionate and completely enjoyable to listen to. Vivaldi did a tremendous job in conveying the true aura of summer in his brilliant composition.
“Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35” by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Another composition that beautifully evoked the feeling of summer is the “Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35” by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. This multi-faceted composition reaches feverish highs and mellow lows, and takes the listener on an amazing ride in the process. The “Violin Concerto in D Major” is nothing short of amazing.
“Waltz of the Flowers” by Pytor Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky strikes again! The “Waltz of the Flowers” perfectly expresses the aura of summer. This piece produces imagery of love in the seasonal warmth, Mother Nature coming to life, flowers opening in the summer sun; the possibilities are endless. Few songs can compare to the “Waltz of the Flowers.”
“Jeux d’Eau” by Maurice Ravel
“Jeux d’Eau” by Maurice Ravel is another composition that beautifully captures the essence of summer. A bittersweet piece, “Jeux d’Eau” tugs at the heart and tells a story that refuses to let the listener go. This intricately weaved piece is nothing short of extraordinary.
“Ballet Music from Rosamunde” by Franz Schubert
Another wonderful piece that elegantly evokes feelings of summer is “Ballet Music from Rosamunde” by Franz Schubert. There are many moods to this piece, and each possesses its own unique brand of beauty. Roughly two minutes into the song, the piece explodes and the aura is summer is in full bloom.
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