Sarabande for an Autumn Walk

984 Batsford Arboretum

Listening to the Holberg Suite, written by the romantic Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg in 1884, I felt that the lovely second movement, Sarabande, would be the most perfect soundtrack to an autumn stroll in the woods, peaceful, uplifting and gently paced to give every opportunity to absorb the changing colours and shapes of the trees and to step through the soft deep carpet of damp fallen leaves, as in this photo which I took at Batsford Arboretum.

Then I noticed that the tempo for this movement is marked as “andante” which is derived from the Latin word for “walk”, which I took as a further inducement to add it to my walking music store. In the various performances on YouTube, my preference is slightly more for the orchestral arrangement rather than the piano – for me stringed instruments, especially the cello, express so precisely the fading beauty of a sunlit autumn day.

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