All That Glitters

Music for the Longest Nights

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Monday, December 06, 2010

"It's almost Friday night. Outside, the dark is getting darker and the cold is getting colder. Inside, lights are coming on in houses and apartment buildings. And here and there, uptown and downtown and across the bridges of the city, one hundred and five people are getting dressed to go to work." So begins one of my all-time favorite children's books, The Philharmonic Gets Dressed, by Karla Kuskin, with illustrations by Marc Simont.

Among many wonderful musical things, this book, in its first few sentences, utterly romanticizes this time of year, with its long, cold nights. This week, in celebration of some of the longest nights of the year, we are going to explore music about the stars, planets, celestial bodies and other glittery, wintry nighttime things.

As night falls earlier and earlier, my day-to-day rhythms slowly morph. I've always been a night person, and this time of year I find my late-day energy boost coming earlier and earlier. This is a season for long post-dinner walks and hot, mulled things.

For me, incidental city-walking music becomes bright bright bright this time of year. What's your favorite thing about these long nights? What are you listening to during all these dark hours?

Hosted by:

Nadia Sirota

Comments [4]

Michael Meltzer

When I was a kid, whenever I was taken to the Hayden Planetarium, you would sit in the dark auditorium displaying the night sky, waiting for the show to start. They played background music that I later learned was the Sibelius, "Valse Triste."
To this day, that piece sounds "other-worldly" to me.

Dec. 10 2010 05:07 PM


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Dec. 08 2010 10:43 AM
Vincent Katz from nyc

I love q2 but have not been able to add tracks to a playlist. Any advice?

Dec. 07 2010 03:16 PM
matthew maclellan from vancouver, canada

the music of canadian composer jocelyn morlock has been running through my ears, in particular a lovely flute/piano duo called 'i conversed with you in a dream'
perhaps unexpectedly, andriessen's disco sounds awfully good on these late nights - the space he has created is similar to the limited detectable distance between day and night and earth and sky, all elements mold together to create something ethereal.

Dec. 04 2010 08:10 PM

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