This weekend saw the celebration of Diwali, the beautiful Hindu Festival of Lights that symbolises the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance”.
People across the world decorate their houses and public spaces with thousands of lights, glowing candles and colourful designs. Light has forever been an inspiration across many art forms and has certainly inspired many classical composers. Here are a dazzling selection of ‘Light’ inspired compositions:
Edward Elgar: Lux Aeterna (“Eternal Light”)
Philip Glass: The Light
Josef Haydn: String Quartets Op. 20 the ’Sun quartets’
String Quartet in B flat major Op. 76 No. 4 “Sunrise”
Morten Lauridsen: O Nata Lux
Max Richter: On the Nature of Daylight
Eric Whitacre: Lux Aurumque (“Light and Gold”)
- How much do you know about Diwali? Take this quiz to find out: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/quizzes/diwali-quiz
- Spine-tingling moment ballerina with Alzheimer’s remembers routine to Swan Lake:https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/periods-genres/ballet/new-york-dancer-alzheimers-remembers-swan-lake/
Have a good week!
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