1. Here Comes the Sun - George Harrison/The Beatles
2. Folias Criollas from the album ALTRE FOLLIE by Jordi Savll & Hesperion XXI
This piece of music is pure happiness and cheer. It instantly makes me want to get up and move! It’s Peruvian folk baroque perfection that works its way up to quite a sweat!
3. Beethoven: Violin Concerto Mov.1 Allegro ma non troppo
This is one of my favourite violin
concertos. When I hear the main theme, I am transported back to my own violin
lessons where I had learned this theme from my A Tune A Day book. There’s
something very connecting about the music of Beethoven, a master of expressing
emotions musically. I feel quite connected to this concerto, likely because it
was the first piece (the A Tune a Day version), that I recall playing and
This movement has playfulness, darkness,
drama, simplicity and motion, dappled with sunshine; all the things that autumn
can be. Quite an emotional rollercoaster, but one that takes us safely home.
4. Changes by David Bowie
I’ve known this
song for nearly my whole life, and it plays a significant part of my musical
memories. Autumn is a time of change, and the falling leaves are nicely
symbolic of the importance of just letting some things go. I was immediately
drawn to Bowie’s music from the moment I first heard it, and this song is a good
reminder that not much stays the same, and often change isn’t so bad — and it
can be quite liberating.
5. Winter Vivaldi
6. For the Koalas from the Album Hope by Nat Bartsh (side note - featuring MSO players! Which I only just learned!)
Koalas. They’re warm and cuddly, and they lay low in Winter. That feels like what winter should offer us in way of thick doonas, delicious soups and a warm open fire. I can think of nothing more lovely than the thought (as opposed to the reality) of giving a koala a big warm snuggly hug. This piece is really a protest about the loss of habitat for the koalas. It reinforces that we need to be looking out for ourselves, each other, the world we live in and all the creatures that live in it too. A big warm hug for the planet please.
7. Seven Days Walking / Day 1: Golden Butterflies by Ludovico Einaudi, Federico Mecozzi & Redi Hasa
8. Dance of the Paper Umbrellas by Elena Kats-Chernin
This is such a joyous piece of music. It’s gentle and flowing. For me this music IS Spring - it’s literally ‘springy’; fresh, breezy and bursting with of new life.