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 last week of January.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – The Snow Maiden

The transition from winter to spring is one of the themes of this 1882 opera. It was based on an 1873 play with incidental music by Tchaikovsky.

Peter Maxwell Davies – Symphony No. 8 “Antarctic Symphony”

Davies visited the Antarctic, which inspired this symphony. In this 2001 work, Davies wanted to not only depict the landscape but the way in which Antarctica was affected by climate change.

Alexander Glazunov – The Seasons, Op. 67

This 1900 ballet consists of four tableaux, each representing a season. “A winter landscape” is the first tableaux. Dancers represent hoar-frost, ice, snow, hail, and winter itself.

 

Claude Debussy – Des pas sur la neige

“Footprints in the Snow” is part of Debussy’s Préludes, Book I. It was written between 1909 and 1910.