The song for this month’s Symphonic Selections was chosen almost randomly because I was listening to one of my favourite concertos on a whim. While listening, I was doing my nightly skincare prep, and I was in auto-pilot mode, so my mind wasn’t entirely with the music. But somehow or another, when the concerto made it to the second movement, the piece penetrated my fuzzy brain. I listened closer and squealed in delight, for it was a perfect spring-like piece to feature for March!
This is the second movement to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concert No. 1“. I actually adore the first movement more, but the second movement has grown on me the past few days. The piece opens up with the gentle pizzicatos and then the flute comes in with a gentle melody. This segment paints a picture of the world coming out of hibernation. Spring greets them as the birds sing the flute’s melody. The piano joins in, and the piece continues slowly, with the different instruments playing the melody. This is where I can picture animals and children playing in a meadow.
In the middle, the piece becomes more vibrant and energetic. This section gives me images of spring showers, where animals and children play in the rain, until it becomes a bit stormier, which is played by the piano. The piece then returns to the first section and bring back the gorgeous and soothing melody. The piece comes to a gentle end, as all the animals and children playing earlier returns home, all content and satisfied from their spring day. The piece leaves me feeling calm and satisfied, too!
Are you familiar with this piece? What do you think of the song? Let me know in the comments!