Music Inspired By The Coldest Season – Part One

‘The Four Seasons’ by Vivaldi

Vivaldi’s four violin concertos each depict a different season – and the closing piece is Winter, complete with chattering teeth sound effects and a chill wind. But the poem which inspired the piece finishes with the line ‘winter… nonetheless brings its own delights.’ Well, quite.

‘Walking in the Air’ by Howard Blake

Blake wrote his famous Christmas song as part of his phenomenally successful score for the animated film of Raymond Briggs’s ‘The Snowman’. The original version of the song was recorded by St Paul’s Cathedral choirboy Peter Auty. Classic FM’s very own Aled Jones recorded another version, which went on to reach No. 5 in the UK pop charts.

‘La Boheme’ by Puccini

Puccini’s famous opera has been a hit with audiences since its first performances in the 1890s. The love story of the ill-fated poet Rodolfo and seamstress Mimì comes to its dramatic end in a snow-covered Paris.

‘The Snow is Dancing’ by Debussy
This delightful piano miniature comes from Debussy’s ‘Children’s Corner’ and captures the swirling effect of snowflakes in the wind. The suite of pieces is dedicated to Debussy’s daughter Claude-Emma (Chou-Chou).

Leave a Reply