Vaughan Williams' captured the vast emptiness and bone-chilling cold of Robert Falcon Scott's expedition to the South Pole in his film score for "Scott of the Antarctic." He later adapted the score for his Sinfonia Antarctica. We'll enjoy it tonight.
It may be a while before we have significant snow in our area, so this morning we'll enjoy some virtual snow, with Debussy's "Snow is Dancing," a suite from Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Snow Maiden," and a song from the children's classic, "The Snowman."
For an all-too-brief time, Bach was employed by a music-loving prince in a little backwater of Germany. The prince gave Bach free reign to compose whatever he wanted, and provided him with an outstanding orchestra. Tonight we'll enjoy an oboe concerto Bach wrote during that happy phase in his life.