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 third week of January.

Georgy Sviridov “Waltz” and “March,” from “Snow Storm”

Sviridov’s 1975 work is subtitled “Musical illustrations after Pushkin for orchestra.” It’s based on his film score “The Blizzard,” an adaptation of Pushkin’s original story.

 

Henry Purcell – Frost Song from “King Arthur”

The “Frost Scene” from Purcell’s 1691 masque is its most-performed music. Purcell is said to have been inspired by the Frost Faires hosted on the frozen Thames in winter.

 

Francis Poulenc – La Bonne Neige from “Un Soir de Neige”

Poulenc completed “Un Soir de Neige” in just three days in December. It features four settings of Paul Éluard’s wintery poetry.

 

Einojuhani Rautavaara – Cantus Arcticus

This 1972 composition is Rautavaara’s best-known work. It incorporates birdsongs recorded in northern Finland, near the Arctic Circle.

Émile Waldteufel – Skaters Waltz, Op. 183

Les Patineurs Valse was composed in 1882. Waldteufel was inspired by the skating rink at Paris’s Bois de Boulogne.