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Three orchestral works that make me hunker down for fall …

Three orchestral works that make me hunker down for fall … featured image

Fall is here! The weather is chilly, we’ve put our summer sandals away, and fashion lovers celebrate “sweater weather” and cosy up in blanket scarves and sturdy boots.

Sometimes my taste in music changes too, with the seasons – when I’m not stepping out to a live concert, I’m otherwise settling in on cool evenings to listen to symphonies, big, meaty concertos, and other, more robust fare.

Here are some works that makes me think of fall, other than Vivaldi’s “Autumn” from the Four Seasons. Here is Grieg’s “In Autumn Overture”. Grieg makes everything sound majestic and magnificent – usually the great fjords of Norway, but in this piece, Grieg turns from the coast to looking inland, and depicts the forests filled with trees turning colours.

Next up is Piazzolla’s “Otono Porteno” (“Autumn PorTeno”) – Piazzolla makes everything he writes sound seductive.

And then there’s Alwyn’s “Autumn Legend for English Horn and Orchestra” … the opening evokes shorter days, longer nights, and I don’t know about you, but I find the English horn has a plaintive, slightly haunting quality to it.

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