Ice has turned the trees
Into a fine filigree:
A shawl of white lace,
With berries, ‘til cardinals
And jays replace them.
Water droplets cling
To the tips of icicles,
Forming pearl-edged fringe.
Winter’s shawl remains
Until spring smiles and dons her
New leafy green dress.
Snowy winters have been a great source of inspiration to countless composers. I thought I’d present a few and give you some resources to find more if you would like a playlist that provides the sonic image of a snowy day (whether you’re in the midst of one looking out at the falling snow with a cup of hot cocoa, or sipping a cool drink while looking for a little relief from sweltering heat).
And how can we forget Vivaldi? Here is the first movement of Winter performed by Voices of Music from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.
Want more? Check out WQXR’s page “10 Pieces That Sound Like a Winter Wonderland”, as well as Classic fm’s “Winter Music.” If you subscribe to a music streaming service, I’m sure you can find more classical winter playlists for your listening pleasure.
And to close, a wonderful percussion performance of Debussy’s The Snow is Dancing from The Children’s Corner.
Image attributions: Trees covered in snow and ice, photo by C. Gallant, 2016. Cardinal in tree branches covered in ice, photo courtesy of Genuine Kentucky website [no photographer credit given], http://www.genuinekentucky.com/kentucky-is-even-beautiful-covered-in-ice-pictures-of-the-day/.