Spring has arrived, and with Spring comes an abundance of rainy days. On these particular days sometimes you just want to sit and relax with a cup of tea and listen to music. Other days you get excited about the warmer weather and want to enjoy the outdoors on a sunny day. This is the playlist for those moments.

Symphony No. 6 by Beethoven– This symphony is nicknamed “Pastoral”, and this is the first movement which translates from German to: Awakening of cheerful feelings upon arrival in the countryside, so this is the perfect soundtrack for a walk/drive drive on a sunny day in the country.

Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 by Chopin- This is definitely for those rainy days. I enjoy listening to the complete Chopin Nocturnes on rainy days, they just fit perfectly. Nocturne, like the word “nocturnal”, relates to nighttime, so this piece is best enjoyed at night (or anytime of the day IMO) It sounds like something you would listen to after a long day when you want to relax before going to bed.

Rondo Capriccioso Op. 14 by Mendelssohn- Another piece for rainy days, sitting peacefully on your couch sipping tea after a long day.

Sheep May Safely Graze BWV 208 by J S Bach- This is from Bach’s “Hunting” cantata (choral work), arranged for orchestra. The words of the cantata say that sheep are safe under a good shepherd. As you hear this piece, you can hear the peace and tranquility of the sheep as they enjoy the countryside under a good shepherd.

Concerto No. 1 Op. 8 “Spring” by Vivaldi (first ten minutes of video) – This comes from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, a series of violin concertos. The concertos paint pictures of four sonnets of the seasons. So in this one, it musically describes the following sonnet:

Movement 1 (00:00)
Springtime is upon us.
The birds celebrate her return with festive song,
and murmuring streams are softly caressed by the breezes.
Thunderstorms, those heralds of Spring, roar, casting their dark mantle over heaven,
Then they die away to silence, and the birds take up their charming songs once more.

Movement 2 (3:39)
On the flower-strewn meadow, with leafy branches rustling overhead, the goat-herd sleeps, his faithful dog beside him.

Movement 3 (6:01)
Led by the festive sound of rustic bagpipes, nymphs and shepherds lightly dance beneath the brilliant canopy of spring.


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