5 Classical Works to Listen to During the Snowstorm

As we all stock up on hot cocoa and prepare for the incoming winter storm Jonas, Baltimore School of Music wants to make sure you also have some great music to listen to, so we have put together a list of 5 classical works to listen to during the big blizzard. Enjoy and stay warm!

1. Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons, “Winter,” (1st Movement, Allegro con molto)

Written in 1723, the Four Seasons is Vivaldi's best-known work. It is comprised of a total of four violin concerti, each giving a musical representation of a season of the year. This is at the top of our list, because what could be more fitting than this famous work illustrating winter!

2.Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 1 ("Winter Dreams") 

Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky wrote this beautiful symphony in 1866, turning out to be one of his earliest notable works. This piece will bring a sense of calm and stillness as you float through this lovely, snowy dreamworld with Tchaikovsky.

3. Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Serenade from Der Schneemann (The Snowman)

Erich Korngold composed this beautiful serenade at the young age of 11. It was written in 1908 for his ballet, "Der Schneemann (The Snowman)," which quickly became a sensation and was even performed at the Vienna Court Opera in 1910. Arranged for violin and piano, this serenade can help to remind you of the child-like playfulness that can come with a snowstorm - it may even inspire you to build a snowman!

4. Claude Debussy's 'The Snow is Dancing' from Children's Corner

Part of a six-piece suite for piano, entitled Children's Corner, this work wonderfully represents the falling of snow. The suite was dedicated to Debussy's daughter, Claude-Emma, who was 3 years old at the time it was composed. The suite is meant to be evocative of childhood, and indeed, while listening to this piece, one can easily feel the childlike excitement inspired by watching snow as it "dances" down from the sky!

5. Frederic Chopin’s Etude Op.25 No.11 ('Winter Wind')

Although often used as a technical study for pianists to develop essential techniques, this chilling etude gives a great musical depiction of a winter storm, from the stillness as the snow begins to fall, through the rough winter winds blowing in a blustering blizzard.

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