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Autumn, the season of reflection currently hovering over the Northern Hemisphere, when summer turns to winter, trees change colour with a gentle drama, and harvests are safely gathered in.

Autumn has long provided the inspiration for many composers to catch the mood of the moment. We invite you to sample a small selection of their distinctive styles from the Naxos catalogue.

Naxos 8.557791

The Mystery of Autumn is a compilation of 14 tracks featuring a generous variety of composers, from Vivaldi to Verdi, Sibelius to Strauss, each using their individual colours for their autumnal themes.

Listen to an extract from
Archibald Joyce's Dream of Autumn

Naxos 8.828005
CHINA Lin Shincheng: Autumn Moon Over the Han Palace
Great Masters of the Pipa I

Traditional Chinese music often carries descriptive titles associated with nature and the seasons. The traditional Chinese instrument featured on this disc is the pipa.

Listen to an extract from Autumn Moon over the Han Palace performed by Lin Shicheng

Naxos 8.223756
VITOLS: Dramatic Overture / Fantasie / Spiriditis / 'Autumn Song'

Jāzeps Vītols was one of Latvia's most distinguished composers and educators, who was both a student of Rimsky-Korsakov and the teacher of Prokofiev.

Listen to an extract from Autumn's Song, one of his greatest symphonic compositions

Naxos 8.559393
MORAVEC, P.: Chamber Symphony / Cool Fire / Autumn Song

The American composer Paul Moravec received the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2004. His music is hallmarked by an underlying romanticism, tempered by a distinctively modern discipline.

Listen to an extract from Autumn Song,
for flute and piano

Naxos 8.570704
ALWYN: Concerto Grosso No. 1 / Pastoral Fantasia / 5 Preludes / Autumn Legend

William Alwyn, the prolific English composer was best known in his time for writing some 200 film scores to accompany numerous classic British films during the 1940s and 50s.

Listen to an extract from
Autumn Legend, his haunting piece for
cor anglais and string orchestra

Naxos 8.557279
GRIEG, E.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 1 - Piano Concerto /
Symphonic Dances / In Autumn

Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Engeset

Nature has always played an important role in Norwegian art. One of the country's greatest sons, Edvard Grieg, took inspiration from the forces of nature, including waterfalls and tumultuous autumn storms.

Listen to an extract from his overture
In Autumn

Naxos 8.990035

No survey of Autumn would be complete without including what is probably the best known song associated with the season. But did you know who wrote its classic melody?

Listen to an extract from an arrangement of The Autumn Leaves by Joseph Kosma

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