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  • Writer's pictureSharon Michalove

Falling Leaves

Autumn has arrived in Chicago. The days are cooler and the leaves are changing. This is my favorite time of year. The smell of wood smoke and the crackle of fallen leaves underfoot signal the welcome change from the heat of summer. The lake has become more active, with more days of high waves and riptides. I can walk down to the end of the street and see them crash against the pier. Snatches of song float in my subconscious.

Cress would be listening to the autumn section of Vivaldi's Four Seasons; Fanny Mendelssohn's "September","‘October," and :November’ from Das Jahr; Astor Piazzolla's "Autumn"’ from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires; or Thea Musgrave's "Autumn" from The Seasons. For Max, music would come from the wind, the sound of the waves crashing against the shore, the calls of birds as they fly south for the winter.

I hear "Autumn in New York" sung by Ella Fitzgerald accompanied by Louis Armstrong, or the Perry Como rendition of "Falling Leaves" (Les Feuilles Morte), and Gershwin's "A Foggy Day (in London Town) sung here by Fred Astaire in the original movie "A Damsel in Distress," standards from my childhood. There is Scott Joplin's "The Maple Leaf Rag." Imogen Holst's "Fly on the Wall," is described by Classic FM as "lyrical and reflective – although punctuated by a couple of energetic middle movements – with deep, resonating colours that reflect the mood of leaves drifting and falling through autumn." I particularly like Jennifer Higdon's wind quintet "Autumn Music."

What a wonderful time to put in your earbuds and listen to music of the season as you enjoy the misty days of autumn.


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