Here in the Washington D.C. area
the weather has turned.
It is beautiful...
brisk & invigorating.
This is one of my favorite times of the year
and for some reason, for me it seems to marry
perfectly with a couple composers' works.
If you are not already familiar with the piano music of
Deodat de Severac
you should run to your local store and grab up copies of his works.
His spirited & colorful depictions of his native Languedoc
in pieces like -
Baigneuses au Soleil,
the fresh, crisp beauty
Songs from the Auvergne
seem perfect for this time of year as well.
"Chants d'Auvergne (French pronunciation: [ʃɑ̃ dovɛːʁɲ]; English: Songs from the Auvergne) is a collection of folk songs from the Auvergne region of France arranged for soprano voice and orchestra or piano by Joseph Canteloube between 1923 and 1930. The songs are in the local language, Occitan. The best known of the songs is the "Baïlèro", which has been frequently recorded and performed in slight variations of Canteloube's arrangement, such as for choir or instrumental instead of the original soprano solo." - Wiki
There are many great performances of
Songs of the Auvergne.
I have fine recordings by
Netania Davrath, Arleen Auger, Victoria de los Angeles, and Dawn Upshaw.
Step outside into the changed, dimming light,
and breath some of this fresh air into your lungs.
Be sure to accompany this with
some of this brilliant, colorful,