Frances Metcalfe first learnt to read music at the age of four and is a retired peripatetic music teacher specialising in the violin. Whether you follow the phases of the moon, its influence on the tides or are so fascinated by it you are prepared to fly thousands of miles to see an eclipse, there's no doubt that the moon has intrigued man for millennia. Scientists believe without its influence on the earth, life may not have evolved. Fond of setting traditional tales to music - he wrote several tone poems with folklore at their heart - Ruslka tells the sad tale of a rusalka, or water nymph, wishing to join the human world when she falls in love with a prince.
Antonin Dvorak 1841-1904
The 'music' heard by Apollo 10 in outer space
Wednesday's early-morning sky featured a stunning celestial display as a lunar eclipse coincided with a supermoon and a blue moon. If that doesn't make you want to break out in song, at least you can cue up some classical music that also features the moon in a starring role. Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. This version with orchestral accompaniment adds gravitas. There are sappy instrumental versions, but we're going to make an exception to our classical-only policy for this historic version by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra with vocals. For the third movement of Debussy's Suite Bergamasque for piano, whose name translates as "moonlight" in French, nothing evokes the mystery and majesty of its subject more than the great Leopold Stokowski's orchestral transcription, which was intended for the Disney animated film Fantasia. Inspired by a poem of the same name by Richard Dehmel, Schoenberg's somber, beautiful work tells the musical tale of a moonlit walk by two lovers through a dark forest and her sharing of an even darker secret. Drawn from Torke's Color Music suite, this cheerful work might not be specifically about the moon, but the color sure is right. Speaking of winter, Cummings' work for concert band might be the most appropriate choice in our survey, considering the timing of this rare event. Give Now.
The Life Giving Moon
The Moon, the astronomical body that orbits Earth, is one of the most inspirational objects for human creativity. The Moon and outer space are often used in ballads to provide the imagery expressing the enormity of emotion. As the world celebrates the anniversary of the Moon landing of July 20, , we honor those astral explorers with our pick of the 20 best songs about the Moon and space travel. She later named her orchestra after the song. It was used as the single to promote his album The Distance , and the track features a sparkling piano solo by Little Feat member Bill Payne. The songs from Apollo , originally released in , have featured in films, television shows and commercials.
On July 20, , Apollo 11 became the first manned spacecraft to land on the Moon. Or was it? Nah, of course it was. We're not even going to get into those crazy-ass conspiracy theories here. To celebrate, we offer 50 Songs About the Moon.