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.

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

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