7 Ways Classical Composers Celebrate The Earth

The beauty of nature has been a frequent source on inspiration for classical composers.(Photo: Bruce Irving (flickr))
The beauty of nature has been a frequent source on inspiration for classical composers.(Photo: Bruce Irving (flickr))

Music associated with nature has long been a popular theme for composers.

Here’s a brief look at some nature inspired works by musical artists who created patterns in sound that somehow create inner pictures in us of the beauty, awe and majesty of the world around us.

Many of us, I am sure, in our imaginations, have been on a walk through the countryside outside of Vienna with Beethoven, even stopping by a brook:

Or, we’ve had thankful feelings after a storm:

Maybe we’ve gone to the top of an Alpine mountain with Richard Strauss:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65byu3ztI8U

Or, underwater with the sea creatures in “Aquarium” from “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saens:

Music has taken us to “The Steppes of Central Asia” with Alexander Borodin:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SXDu3FkgwE

Felix Mendelssohn has taken us to “Fingal’s Cave” in The Hebrides in Scotland:

From there, we can come back closer to home and enjoy the scenery in Pennsylvania in “Appalachian Spring” by Aaron Copland:

We can travel far and wide through the music of great composers who took the time and trouble to express something about this marvelous world we have.

Let’s take good care of our collective home.

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