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Songs about Spring

Published March 10, 2023

Songs about Spring

by Scott Faulkner

As the winter that won’t end continues not to end, thoughts turn to Spring. At least my thoughts do; and my thoughts often are connected to music. So, for this installment of Art Views, I offer a playlist of Spring songs. Some presage its coming. Some burst with its joy and optimism. And a good number of them wallow in its ironic melancholy.

Tony Bennett/Bill Evans: You Must Believe in Spring

Blossom Dearie: They Say it’s Spring

Finzi: It was a Lover and His Lass from Let Us Garlands Bring

Nina Simone: It Might as Well Be Spring

Schubert: Shepherd on the Rock for soprano, clarinet and piano (Here’s a translation to English from the original German)

Frank Sinatra: Spring is Here

Vivaldi: Spring from the Four Seasons

Ella Fitzgerald: Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most

Wynton Marsalis: Spring Will be a Little Late This Year


Scott Faulkner is principal bassist of the Reno Phil and Reno Chamber Orchestra. He is also director of the League of American Orchestras’ Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar as well as its League Alumni Network. 

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