I may be a day late with this, but Happy Winter’s Solstice, everybody!!! I don’t know about you, but to me winter is all about the snow, and this transplanted Philadelphian sometimes misses a nice winter snowstorm. To me, nothing says winter and snowfall (and the holiday season) better than “The Waltz Of The Snowflakes” from Tchaikovsky’s classic “The Nutcracker Suite.” I love the lilting, gentle simplicity of this piece — it’s like sitting at your ice-frosted window on a cold winter’s night, watching the snow fall down.
Also like a snowfall, I love how everything is colored in shades of chilly whites and blues, and I love how the piece rises and falls in intensity. But at the end, when the sweet voices of the boy’s choir rise, and the orchestra swells, and it all blends into one magnificent crescendo, and Clara and the handsome Prince ride away in the sleigh followed by Herr Drosselmeyer, his purple robe flowing, I get head rushes every time!
Happy Winter’s Solstice, everybody!!!