As the weather changes, so do our clothes, what we eat, and even our preference in music. I asked our classical hosts what music makes them think of fall, including pieces not necessarily part of their regular programming. I also requested other options than Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons (as that’s what usually first comes to mind).
Classical Mornings with Mike & Jean
Mike Duncan: Mark O’Connor: Fanfare for the Volunteer: I. “Call of the Mockingbird”. More than any other work, this calls to mind Autumn for me. A jaw-dropping fiddle tune mixed in with a stirring orchestral accompaniment. It brings to mind those crisp cool days and a great hike in the woods.
Jean Stilwell: Final trio Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier: The Marschallin bids farewell to Octavian, her young lover. It reminds me of bidding farewell to summer and heading into colder climate.
Bill’s Classical Jukebox
Bill Anderson: For me, it would be Canadian composer Godfrey Ridout’s Fall Fair for Orchestra.
Kerry Stratton: My choice is Glazunov’s Autumn, from The Seasons, Op. 67. Very different than Vivaldi’s Autumn.
A Little Night Music
Kathleen Kajioka: Biagio Marini’s Passacaglia in G minor – wistful, rich, and getting a wee bit frosty…
The Snow is Dancing, for piano, by Debussy…One of my favourite things to watch from my windows; snowflakes drifting slowly and rhythmically down from the sky, lilting; dancing… (Editor’s note: this choice definitely applies as some parts of Canada had snow as early as September).
Paul Thomas: I’d have to go with the Brahms Clarinet Quintet. This makes me think of a crisp fall day, walking through a ravine … this work has a peaceful quality, with the warm, beautiful rich tones of the clarinet.
Zero to 1800
Michael Kramer: I think of Eric Satie’s Gymnopedie #1 – a lush, contemplative soundscape to accompany the miracle of the changing autumn landscape.
Sunday Night at the Opera
Alexa Petrenko: Fall sounds like season openings for COC and Opera Atelier. This year, it would be Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love and The Marriage of Figaro, respectively.
The Elixir of Love, excerpt:
The Marriage of Figaro, excerpt: