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’12 Days’ for Classical Music Lovers

Today, a re-working of the Twelve Days of Christmas for the Classical music lover, complete with drummers, pipers, lords and the like … all the way to a self-indulgent seasonal pun.

’12 Days’ for Classical Music Lovers

Here are the days (on desktop machines, click and drag across the blank areas to reveal the suggested pieces of music to accompany them – on mobile devices, scroll down for the selections)

12 drummers drumming…

Steve Reich: Drumming

11 pipers piping…

Peter Maxwell Davies: An Orkney Wedding With Sunrise

10 lords a-leaping…

Edvard Grieg: Lyric Pieces, Book 4 (Op. 47 no. 6): “A Leaping Dance”

9 ladies dancing…

Jacques Offenbach: “Can-Can” from Orpheus in the Underworld

8 maids a-milking…

Johann Strauss, Jr.: Adele’s “Laughing Song” from Die Fledermaus 
Georges Bizet: “March” from Fair Maid of Perth

7 swans a-swimming…

Sibelius: Fifth Symphony, mvt. 3
Saint-Säens: “The Swan” from Carnival of the Animals
Tchaikovsky: Scene from Swan Lake

6 geese a-laying…

Maurice Ravel: “Empress of the Pagodas” from Mother Goose Suite
Eugene Goosens: Concerto in One Movement, Op. 45

5 gold rings…

Wagner: “Ride of the Valkyries”, from his Ring Cycle’s Die Walküre

4 calling birds…

William Byrd: Mass for Four Voices

3 French hens…

Haydn: Symphony 83 (one of the Paris Symphonies) known as “The Hen”

2 turtle doves…

Ralph Vaughan Williams: “The Turtle Dove”

A partridge in a pear tree…

John Jeffreys: “The Little Pretty Nightingale” (sung by Ian Partridge)
Arvo Part: Arbos

Steve Reich: Drumming
Peter Maxwell Davies: An Orkney Wedding With Sunrise
Edvard Grieg: Lyric Pieces, Book 4 (Op. 47 no. 6): “A Leaping Dance”
Jacques Offenbach: “Can-Can” from Orpheus in the Underworld
Johann Strauss, Jr.: Adele’s “Laughing Song” from Die Fledermaus 
Georges Bizet: “March” from Fair Maid of Perth
Sibelius: Fifth Symphony, mvt. 3
Saint-Säens: “The Swan” from Carnival of the Animals
Tchaikovsky: Scene from Swan Lake
Maurice Ravel: “Empress of the Pagodas” from Mother Goose Suite
Eugene Goosens: Concerto in One Movement, Op. 45
Wagner: “Ride of the Valkyries”, from his Ring Cycle’s Die Walküre
William Byrd: Mass for Four Voices
Haydn: Symphony 83 (one of the Paris Symphonies) known as “The Hen”
Ralph Vaughan Williams: “The Turtle Dove”
John Jeffreys: “The Little Pretty Nightingale” (sung by Ian Partridge)
Arvo Part: Arbos

Written by:
Jeffrey Freymann
Jeffrey Freymann
Published on 12.17.2019