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Year of Wonder – December

December is the last month of my Year of Wonder. Clemency Burton-Hill's book Year of Wonder describes one piece of music for each day of the year, and I have listened to every piece in the book so far. It's been great fun, to say the least.

November was a particularly good month with many dreary, minor key pieces to fit the mood for late autumn. A few of my favorites (at least the ones I could find on YouTube) are embedded below.

Whether you have already begun the journey or would like to begin now, I have embedded a Spotify playlist for Burton-Hill's recommendations for December.

Enjoy!

Spotify Playlist for DECEMBER of the Year of Wonder


Purcell, Dido and Aeneas, "When I am laid in earth"
Performed by the English Chamber Orchestra
Jessye Norman (soprano)



Chopin, Nocturne No. 8 in D-flat major, op. 27 no. 2
Performed by Evgeny Kissin


Holst, Choral Hymns, "Hymn to the Dawn"
Performed by the BBC Singers, conducted by Nicholas Kok


Villa-Lobos, Bachianas brasileiras, No. 5, Aria
Performed by cellists from the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Barbara Hannigan (soprano)



Reich, Music for Pieces of Wood
Performed by Third Coast Percussion


MacMillan, Miserere
Performed by Third Coast Percussion


Year of Wonder – October

Last year I purchased a book by Clemency Burton-Hill titled Year of Wonder: Classical Music to Enjoy Day by Day.

And that’s what I have spent the year doing: enjoying at least one piece of classical music every day, using Burton-Hill’s book as a guide. It truly has been a year of wonder.

Whether you have already begun the journey through Year of Wonder or would like to begin now, I have embedded a Spotify playlist for Burton-Hill's recommendations for October.

I have also embedded videos for a few of the highlights from September.

Enjoy!

Spotify Playlist for OCTOBER of the Year of Wonder


Korngold, Violin Concerto in D major, second movement
Performed by Hilary Hahn (violin) with the Deutsche Symphonie Orchestra conducted by Ken Nagano


Villa-Lobos, Suíte Popular Brasileira, IV. Gavatta-choro
Luiz Foschi, guitar


Strozzi, Che si può fare
Performed by Céline Scheen (soprano) with L’Ensemble Artaserse


Bach, Goldberg Variations, No. 5
Performed by Colin Booth with graphical score by Stephen Malinowski