For January 2019, #ClassicsaDay went with a winter theme. December’s theme, #ClassicalChristmas centered around sacred works of the season. #ClassicalWinter is about sharing secular compositions. that have a snow or winter theme.
Here are my Classical Winter posts for the fourth week of January.
Terje Isungset – Fading Sun
Isunget is a Norwegian percussionist and composer who incorporates the natural world into his music. In “Fading Sun” and many of his other works, he uses instruments made of ice.
Erich Wolfgang Korngold – Der Schneemann
Korngold completed his ballet “Der Schneemann” (The Snowman) in 1908. He was eleven years old. The ballet was premiered in 1910 and became a hit in Vienna.
Thomas Arne – Blow blow thou winter wind
The text is from Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” Arne wrote incidental music for a 1740 production of the play, including this setting. It was later published in 1763.
John Rutter – Blow, blow thou winter wind
The text is from Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” John Rutter wrote his choral setting in 2014.
Jacques Offenbach – Ballet of the Snowflakes from “Le voyage dans la lune”
The ballet is from Offenbach’s 1875 operetta, “Voyage to the Moon.” It takes place at the end of Act III. The setting is the moon, “50 degrees below zero.”