Poesie: March Thoughts

Daffy-down-dilly is come up to town, / In her yellow petticoat and her green gown.

When daffodils begin to peer,
With hey the doxy over the dale,
Why then comes in the sweet of the year
And the red blood reigns in the winter’s pale.

~ William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616)

daffodils - Edited

And hark! How blithe the Throstle sings,
He, too, is no mean preacher;
Come forth into the light of things,
Let Nature be your teacher.

~ William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850)

march eggs

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.
The snowdrop and then the violet,
Arose from the ground with warm rain wet;
And their breath was mixed with sweet-odour sent
from the turf like the voice and the instrument.

~ Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 – 1822)

violets shelley

All poems and drawings are taken from Edith Holden’s “The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady”, first published in 1977.  A delightful book!

Classical Sunday: Spring Has Sprung

It looks like spring has arrived in our neck of the woods finally.

It looks like spring has arrived in our neck of the woods finally.  Enjoy this little compilation with us, if you spend time inside on this beautiful spring Sunday.


1. BACH – Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049: I. Allegro 00:00
2. BACH – Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050: I. Allegro 07:12
3. VIVALDI – The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 1, RV 269 “Spring”
I. Allegro 17:54
II. Largo e pianissimo sempre 21:09
III. Allegro pastorale 23:32
4. BACH – Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in C Major, BWV 1050: III. Allegro 27:18
5. MOZART – La finta giardiniera, K. 196: Ouverture 32:46
6. STRAUSS II – Frühlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring), Op. 410 38:53
7. STRAUSS II – An der schönen blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314 46:26
8. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 “Pastoral”
I. Awakening of cheerful feelings on arrival in the countryside 57:47
III. Merry gathering of country folk 1:08:36
V. Shepherd’s song. Cheerful and thankful feelings after the storm 1:13:51
9. BACH – Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048: III. Allegro 1:22:39
10. MOZART – Flute and Harp Concerto in C Major, K. 299: I. Allegro 1:27:25
11. TCHAIKOVSKY – The Nutcracker, Op. 71a: No. 3, Valzer dei Fiori 1:37:52
12. STRAUSS II – Wein, Weib und Gesang (Wine, Women and Song), Op. 333 1:44:56
13. TCHAIKOVSKY – Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48: II. Valse 1:50:34
14. STRAUSS II – Rosen aus dem Süden (Roses from the South), Op. 388 1:54:32
15. STRAUSS II – Wo die Citronen Blüh’n! (Where the Lemon Trees Bloom), Op. 364 2:04:14
16. VIVALDI – Symphony in E Major, RV 132: I. Allegro 2:13:59
17. VIVALDI – Concerto for Strings & Continuo, RV 113: I. Allegro 2:18:13
18. MENDELSSOHN – Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 62 No. 6 “Spring Song” 2:20:14
19. TCHAIKOVSKY – The Seasons, Op. 37a
No. 3, March. Song of the Lark 2:23:02
No. 4, April. Snowdrop 2:25:45
No. 5, May. White Nights 2:28:36
20. GRIEG – Lyric Pieces, Op. 43: No. 6, To Spring 2:33:15

Cultured Wednesday: McIntosh Patrick’s Road in a Spring Landscape

To celebrate the vernal equinox, we chose a spring painting by a 20th century Scottish painter.

Happy Spring Equinox, everyone!

Spring is upon us, finally.  Today, the sun will rise exactly in the east, and set exactly in the west.  Therefore, if you have a sun dial, you might want to adjust it today.

Not only will the sun pass the celestial equator from the south into the north today, but we also have the first full moon of spring!  It’s the Worm Moon, and another supermoon since it is only one day after the moon’s perigee, in other words, yesterday the moon was closest to the earth in its orbit around us, and tonight it will still appear bigger than usually, and just about completely round to boot.  In case you are wondering:  The vernal equinox and a full moon only fall on the same day about four times in a century.  The last time this happened was on 20 March 2000, so it seems we have 2 down, 2 to go in this century.

To celebrate the occasion, we chose a spring painting by a 20th century Scottish painter, James McIntosh Patrick:  Road in a Spring Landscape.

McIntosh Patrick spring
James McIntosh Patrick, Road in a Spring Landscape.

What I love about this painting is that it shows the beginning of spring like we have it here:  The birds are back already, the sun is shining and there is a tint of green to the grass, but otherwise, the trees are still bare.  You know by the promising light that spring is on its way, but you are still waiting for leaves, blossoms and spring flowers.  I find all this wonderfully captured in McIntosh Patrick’s painting.

James McIntosh Patrick (1907 – 1998) was a Scottish painter, celebrated for his finely observed paintings of the Angus landscape, Scotland.  Three features typical for this painter’s work can be observed in the painting we chose:  Firstly, he is known mainly for his paintings of cultivated landscapes in the Scottish countryside.  Secondly, his landscapes are often very wide in scope yet meticulously detailed.  Lastly, he frequently make use of lanes, roads, waterways or other features leading from foreground to middle distance or beyond to draw the viewer into the picture.

If you follow the link above, you will find a rather detailed bio and some more paintings for your perusal.




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