Meteorological phenomena in Western classical orchestral music
Aplin, K. L. and Williams, P. D. (2011) Meteorological phenomena in Western classical orchestral music. Weather, 66 (11). pp. 300-306. ISSN 1477-8696
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To link to this article DOI: 10.1002/wea.765
Depictions of the weather are common throughout the arts. Unlike in the visual arts, however, there has been little study of meteorological inspiration in music. This article catalogues and analyzes the frequencies with which weather is depicted in a sample of classical orchestral music. The depictions vary from explicit mimicry using traditional and specialized orchestral instruments, through to subtle suggestions. It is found that composers are generally influenced by their own environment in the type of weather they choose to represent. As befits the national stereotype, British composers seem disproportionately keen to depict the UK's variable weather patterns and stormy coastline
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