Nearly Spring here in Lewes – Romantics know just how to celebrate it.

It’s been difficult to feel gloomy on a day like today here in Lewes, UK. It might be raining elsewhere in England and worse in the USA but here the sun is shining and my garden has become a joyful scene painted in yellow and purple.

I know it’s still a long way to Spring but, come on, you’d have to have a heart of stone not to be moved into a spirit of optimism on such a day.

Daffodils arrive with a particular glory ringing out the new season from their trumpets.

No wonder William Wordsworth celebrated them in Romanticism’s most famous flower poem.

No wonder either that that most Romantic of composers, Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856) spent much of February 1841 writing his joyful Spring Symphony in response to his marriage in 1840 to his lover and muse, Clara Wieck (1819 – 1896).

So if you’re not lucky enough to have your own Spring flowers yet, you can at least listen to the song-like slow movement from this symphony. Why not lie back on that Wordsworthian couch and let your heart dance with the daffodils. Well, do whatever takes your fancy but enjoy the moment.

For oft, when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood, 
They flash upon that inward eye 
Which is the bliss of solitude; 
And then my heart with pleasure fills, 
And dances with the daffodils.
from Daffodils (1802) by William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850)

Here’s a suitably youthful and romantic version of the larghetto movement from Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 (Spring) played by The Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by the brilliant Canadian conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin:


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