At Buttercup Farm, the woods are a tangle of brown and gray.
The birds are in hiding. It's midday, after all, and a red-tailed hawk is about. The Canada Geese pose for us, though.
The clouds fly up at the approach of night.
Musical Stories for a Winter's Evening
For a Spotify playlist, click on Country Sojourn.
Antonín Dvořák, The Water Goblin (for a synopsis of the story, click here; with grateful thanks to David Nice for setting me on the trail of symphonic poems)
David Lang, The Little Match Girl Passion (Movements 1 & 2). For the remaining movements, click here.
Sergei Prokofiev, Peter and the Wolf (narrated by Eleanor Roosevelt; for Mom, from whom I first learned this musical story, as told by the finest first lady who ever was)
Camille Saint-Saëns, Le Cygne (as beautifully explained by Nathan Chan; with thanks to Peter Rodgers for spotting this)
Jean Sibelius, Pohjola's Daughter (for a synopsis of the story, click here)