Classical Music and Wine: What a Pair! (Visitor submit

At this time we welcome Rebecca Richardson – classical singer and host of Will Sing For Wine! Learn on for her classical music and wine pairing strategies!


Thanks, Sound Backyard, for permitting me to share one in all my biggest passions with you right now… pairing classical music and wine. Enable me to briefly introduce myself. My identify is Rebecca, and I’m a classical singer, wine fanatic, voice coach, and music educator. I’ve devoted over half my life to this point to the research and efficiency of classical music, and there are few issues I really like greater than introducing potential new viewers members to the style.

Right here’s the factor – A LOT of individuals all over the world love wine, however not everybody likes to hearken to classical music. In researching strategies for making classical music extra accessible, I’ve found that wine is the proper gateway into creating a profound love of this type of music, even for probably the most sceptical listener. And thus, Will Sing for Wine was born.

Under, I’ve compiled a handful of beautiful songs, symphonies, and extra to get you began in your sensory exploration of classical music paired with wine:

Ibert’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra + Assyrtiko

Amid the scramble for novelty that occupied the minds of many classical music composers within the first half of the 1900s, Jacques Ibert presents a breath of contemporary air in Twentieth-century repertoire by establishing his personal distinctive sound by his refusal to decide to a single compositional philosophy. He had a selected fascination with the number of colors produced by wind devices; consequently, he selected to characteristic them in a lot of his works. Whereas Ibert’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra covers a variety of moods and colors, from poetic and pensive to witty and dynamic, the composer manages to take care of a attribute felicity obvious in a lot of his music. We wouldn’t wish to overwhelm an instrument as effervescent because the flute with a heavy wine. Once I consider happiness in a glass, a citrusy white wine comparable to Greek Assyrtiko involves thoughts for its mild, floral, and sunshine-invoking qualities.

Verdi’s La Traviata + Crémant d’Alsace

I do know what you’re pondering… “Glowing wine with La Traviata… revolutionary :/.” Hear me out. Verdi’s theatrical masterpiece continues to be among the many high carried out operas worldwide, and for good cause. The tragic love story paired with the fantastic thing about Verdi’s transformative rating is the very essence of irresistible. It’s basic, endures the check of time, and fulfils that operatic fantasy all of us maintain, whether or not we notice it or not. Glowing wine is usually related to the primary act of the opera, the lavish celebration scene the place we first get to know the principal characters and are launched to their blossoming love story. I wish to make the argument {that a} explicit type of glowing wine, Crémant D’alsace, would pair completely with the opera in its entirety due to its luxurious high quality for a fraction of the associated fee. No must really feel responsible about sipping on this creamy, apple-tinted beverage for the span of a complete opera. Try this synopsis of La Traviata to study extra should you’ve by no means seen the opera earlier than. Enjoyable reality – Crémant is produced utilizing the identical method as Champagne however can’t be labeled as such because it makes use of grapes grown outdoors the Champagne area in France.

Nadia Boulanger’s Fantaisie pour piano et orchestre + Merlot

Regardless of her plain potential and brilliance, Nadia Boulanger deserted composing comparatively early in her life following the dying of her sister and fellow composer, Lili. At this time, she is as a substitute finest generally known as probably the most influential music educators in historical past, having labored with such recognizable musicians as Philip Glass, Thea Musgrave, and Quincy Jones. Fantaisie pour piano et orchestra is likely one of the few gems we have now to turn out to be acquainted with Nadia as a composer. The piece begins with drama and vigour which finally acquiesces into lush, melodic romance. Romance finally offers technique to a flurry of ardour on the end. For consuming, we want a wine substantial sufficient to resist the dramatic shifts in temper and supple sufficient to honour the music’s grace. Strive a wealthy, fruity, and scrumptious pink wine comparable to Merlot. You received’t go unsuitable looking for choices from the precise financial institution of Bordeaux.

Alban Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder + Syrah

Alban Berg’s musical type is understood for bridging the hole between Romanticism and the newer methods popularized by his contemporaries comparable to Schoenberg and Webern. In reality, Berg spent a number of years finding out composition with Schoenberg. Whereas Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder (“Seven early songs”) are thought-about to be an instance of his “scholar” compositions, the composer would later rework these songs on a number of events. They’re now a staple of Berg’s oeuvre, and their extra mature manifestation nonetheless pays homage to his Romantic roots. Extremely dramatic, sensual, and endlessly charming, this set of songs would pair superbly with a purple-hued Syrah. If there was ever a time to pop open a bottle of this inky, wealthy, and spicy nectar, listening to those songs can be it. As you sip, you may observe together with the English translation of the textual content right here.

Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132 + Mourvèdre

In case you’ve spent any time on my weblog, you will have observed that I’ve a really sturdy attachment to Beethoven. Consequently, I couldn’t bear to go away him out of this wine pairings assortment. The famously moody composer’s previous couple of string quartets, together with Op. 132, are legendary of their darkness, unpredictability, and vulnerability. In a manner, works comparable to this one are an autobiography of the emotional state of the declining composer as he approached dying. At this level in his life, Beethoven had retreated from public life and turned his focus solely to composing. For a chunk weighed down by the emotional heaviness of a troubled artist, I might suggest consuming a wealthy, earthy, and tannic pink wine comparable to Mourvèdre (also called Monastrell in Spain). A fast be aware about Mourvèdre – it’s frequent for winemakers to mix this explicit grape with others. Don’t fear should you can solely discover one in all these blends. They’re scrumptious and can nonetheless pair superbly with the piece.

Rachmaninoff’s Vespers (“All-Evening Vigil, Op. 37”) + Trousseau

Whenever you consider Sergei Rachmaninoff, you doubtless recall his virtuosic classical piano music or his extremely Romantic orchestral writing. That’s one of many the explanation why his introspective and private All-Evening Vigil is so intriguing. Rachmaninoff’s Vespers are among the many most beloved and impactful items in choral repertoire. He even thought them to be amongst his finest work (which is notable for a composer who was recognized to be extraordinarily crucial of his personal music) and requested one of many actions to be sung at his personal funeral. For a chunk of music as contrastingly wealthy and intimate as this, I might suggest consuming a Trousseau. A pleasant various to Pinot Noir, this lighter pink wine is stuffed with darkish berries, spice, and an exquisite earthiness. The truth that it’s harder to trace down than a Pinot Noir makes it much more particular. In case you’d wish to observe together with the textual content, you will discover an English translation right here.

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Classical Inspirations: Sergei Rachmaninoff

  • Uncover the wonderful tales of each acquainted and lesser-known trailblazing composers!

  • Classical music figures come to life as you study, hear, and have interaction!

  • Appropriate for ages 6-12.

Amy Seaside’s Symphony in E minor “Gaelic” + Chenin Blanc

Amy Seaside is understood right now as the primary American lady to publish a symphony and acquire notoriety as a composer of large-scale orchestral works. She additionally devoted a lot of her life to advocating for her fellow girls composers. It appears solely becoming to characteristic her notable first symphony on this submit celebrating nice classical music works paired with wine. Seaside’s “Gaelic” symphony is called such because of its conventional Gaelic and Irish themes and pays homage to the inflow of Irish immigrants as a major contributor to the nineteenth century American id. Chenin Blanc is a white wine grape that varies fairly dramatically as soon as bottled relying on area and magnificence. For this explicit work, strive a “tendre” Vouvray – off-dry, floral, fragrant, and basic… a stunning companion for Seaside’s late-Romantic writing.

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Classical Inspirations: Amy Seaside

In addition to the Classical Inspirations sequence for ages 6-12, we additionally supply:

I hope this text conjures up you to expertise extra music by classical music composers with a beautiful glass of wine. In case you’re concerned with studying extra about easy methods to pair classical music and wine, I invite you to take a look at this Will Sing for Wine article on easy methods to pair music and wine. Blissful listening!

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