No tricks – this playlist is a treat. Featuring eerie art songs and arias, scary symphonic suites, and frightening film music, WDAV’s “Haunting Melodies for Halloween” Spotify playlist has you covered for the spookiest season of the year. Add the playlist to your Spotify account and listen here… if you dare.
When it comes to heavenly bodies, none has provided more musical inspiration than the moon. The most frequently celebrated element of the earth’s satellite is its light, an aspect captured by composers as diverse as Beethoven and Debussy.
Numerous selections evoke the calm of night, while others imagine fanciful travel to the moon, and the wonders that await there. The phases of the moon stir the musical imagination in some of these works, as do the places from where we see it.
Most striking about this list is the number of romantic songs, from opera arias and choruses, to lieder and vintage Americana. We’re pleased to offer this contemplative sampling to observe the anniversary of the adventurous lunar landing fifty years ago.
- Beethoven – “Moonlight” Sonata
- Daniel Elder – “Ballade to the Moon”
- Elgar – In Moonlight
- R. Strauss – Moonlight Music from “Capriccio”
- Otto Nicolai – Moon Chorus from “The Merry Wives of Windsor”
- Debussy – Claire de lune
- Stella Sung – Dance of the White Lotus under the Silver Moon
- Lu Wencheng – Autumn Moon on a Calm Lake
- Dvorak – “Song to the Moon,” from “Rusalka”
- Frank Bridge – “Moonlight,” from “The Sea”
- Offenbach – Overture from “Voyage to the Moon”
- Haydn – “What a Delightful World,” from “The World on the Moon”
- John Williams – “Over the Moon,” from “E.T.”
- Schubert – “An den Mond” (“To the Moon”)
- Joe Burke/Benny Davis – “Carolina Moon”
- Mili Balakirev – “The Crescent Moon”
- Richard Rodgers (arr. André Previn) – “Blue Moon”
- Eric Whitacre – “Goodnight Moon”
- J. Strauss, Jr. – “From Earth to Moon: Blue Danube Waltz,” from “2001: A Space Odyssey”
- Brahms – “The Moon Veils Its Face”
- William Walton – “Moonlight,” from “As You Like It”
- Nico Muhly – “Moondrunk,” from “Three Moon Songs”
- Alexandre Desplat – “New Moon,” from “The Twilight Trilogy”
By Casey Margerum
Summer is here, and it’s time to get outside and get moving! In partnership with OrthoCarolina, WDAV is ready to be your workout buddy. Our new playlist is bursting with energetic, upbeat, playful pieces that are sure to get your blood flowing!
Jog through Italy with Mendelssohn and jump rope in the English countryside with Vaughan Williams. Race John Adams’ fast machine, row to the golden gates with Curiale, or dance to a summer thunderstorm with Johann Strauss, Jr. No matter your exercise style, you’ll find something on this playlist to energize your workout!
- Joseph Curiale: Gates of Gold (I. “Arrival: A View from the Sea”)
- John Adams: “Short Ride in a Fast Machine”
- Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, “Italian” (I. “Allegro Vivace”)
- Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (II. Larghetto)
- W.A. Mozart: Symphony No. 23
- Dimitri Kabalevsky: “Overture to Colas Breugnon”
- Antonin Dvorak: Five Bagatelles (No. 5, “Poco Allegro”)
- J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major (III. “Allegro”)
- Ralph Vaughan Williams: “English Folk Song Suite”
- Johann Strauss, Jr.: “Thunder and Lightning Polka”
Ready to run? Read OrhthoCarolina’s tips for training for your next race.
Classical music is ideal for enhancing the summertime state of mind. Many of the compositions in our Endless Summer of Classical Music playlist capture the gentle, lazy, dreamy nature of the season.
Others celebrate the sights, sounds and sensations of being out of doors at this special time of year. Ubiquitous summer thunderstorms featured in works by Vivaldi and Haydn, while other selections idealize the special character of summer nights.
Perhaps most evocatively, summer memories are stirred by works such as Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915,” as well as themes from some memorable film scores. Whether encountering this music on WDAV, or listening to this playlist, we hope you’ll be refreshed and inspired by the selection and the season.
- Mendelssohn: Scherzo from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
- Grieg: Lyric Piece No. 2, Op. 71 “Summer Evening”
- Delius: “Summer Night on the River”
- Vivaldi: “Summer” Violin Concerto from “The Four Seasons”
- Alfven: Swedish Rhapsody No. 1 “Midsummer Vigil”
- Samuel Barber: “Knoxville: Summer of 1915”
- Mark O’Connor: “Summer” Concerto from “The American Seasons”
- Copland: “Midsummer Nocturne”
- Michel Legrand: Theme from “The Summer of ‘42”
- Edward MacDowell: “Summer Idyll”
- Emile Waldteufel: “Summer Evening” Waltz
- Frank Bridge: “Summer”
- Gershwin: “Summertime” from “Porgy and Bess”
- Robert Muczynski: “Serenade for Summer”
- Dmitri Tiomkin: “The Green Leaves of Summer” from “The Alamo”
- Prokofiev: “A Summer Day”
- Arnold Bax: “Summer Music”
- Arthur Honegger: “Summer Pastorale”
- Samuel Barber: “Summer Music”
- Leroy Anderson: “Summer Skies”
- Max Steiner: Theme from “A Summer Place”
- Astor Piazzolla: “Verano Porteño” (“Buenos Aires Summer”) from “Four Seasons in Buenos Aires”
- Berlioz: Villanelle from “Le nuit d’ete” (“Summer Nights”)
- Tchaikovsky: “June: Barcarolle” from “The Seasons”
- Haydn: “Summer” from “The Seasons” Oratorio
Be sure to listen for these selections throughout the summer on WDAV or find our playlist on Spotify.
Yesterday, I was 26 years old again, just for about 20 miles on U.S. 190 back to I-40. You can flat haul ass on that road, and I did, just for a little, in my 1967 Mercury Comet Caliente ragtop. I won’t tell you just how fast because my mom is reading, so I’ll say on the other end of the spectrum that I am typically staying under 70 this trip. What made me 26 again is a compilation cassette tape that I made for my 1989 voyage to L.A., up the coast to Seattle, then back across the top of the country.
Photo in my driveway courtesy of Jennifer Foster, WDAV announcer producer and dear, funny, special, outlier friend, the day of my departure, 13 days and 2,200 miles ago.
I have needed utter silence to pack my bags, boxes, books, and radiator hoses for six weeks on the road. But when the key turns in the ignition of my old ’67 Comet ragtop, my playlist is ready to crank up to the skies.
I have learned that road-trip music provides an ear to the future, as well as to the past and present. To put it another way, sound is second only to smell in my Proustian lobes, and this June and July, starting today, are my next batch of good old days. So, I aim to remember the summer of ’09 even more clearly and fondly than I remember the summer of ’89, when I crossed the same continent in the same car. (I dug the cassette soundtrack for that trip out of a closet for this trip, but we’ll get to that.)