Inspired by the changing seasons, Spring's Awakening is an engaging and beautiful work that makes a perfect fit for any spring or year-end concert. As flowers bloom, the world stirs with life. The piece begins with a driving ostinato played by the clarinets and flowing, lyrical lines that float over top played by the Oboes and Flutes, capturing the beauty of the season. As that melody is being played, the Bells, Horns, and Trumpets enter with small motives, representing the flowers opening for the first time. After which the entire ensemble enters, propelling the music forward as the entire landscape explodes into full bloom. The combination of warm harmonies with driving rhythmic figures create the sense of a world stirring to life as winter comes to a close, and the cold is replaced by sunny days with a soft breeze.
And the Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
(from The Sensitive Plant )
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
April's air stirs in
Floats and balances
- Matsuo Basho, Japanese Haiku