We’re looking at music for summertime here on Clef Notes this week. What are some of your favorites?
Today, let’s listen to Delius’ Summer Night on the River, the second of his Two Pieces for Small Orchestra (the first is his On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring discussed earlier this month). As you listen, try to picture the view of the Loing River from Delius’ garden in Grez.
What about Hugo Alfven’s most remembered work, the MidsummerVigil? This piece found inspiration in a Scandinavian summer solstice festival and uses Swedish folk tunes, depicting peasants dancing.
With that, we come to our current season—autumn. Join me next time for a few fall favorites!