Today, as we welcome the beginning of summer, our Showdown featured three musical portraits of this season, all written around the same time.
Frederick Delius’ In a Summer Garden depicts the composer’s own garden in Grez-sur-Loing, France. Zoltan Kodaly composed Summer Evening while a student at the Budapest Academy of Music. It was first performed at an Academy graduation concert, leading to an important scholarship to study abroad.
Finally, Im Sommerwind (In the Summer Wind), a tone poem based on Bruno Wille’s poem of the same same, shows us Anton Webern before he came under the influence of Schoenberg. Webern wrote Im Sommerwind at his family’s summer house in Carinthia, Austria.
Of these early-20th century impressions of summer, you voted to hear Delius' In a Summer Garden and we played it today at noon.
Frederick Delius: In a Summer Garden
Zoltan Kodaly: Summer Evening
Hear a sample here.
Anton Webern: Im Sommerwind (In the Summer Wind)