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Kids Commute: Sleigh bell week!

A winter scene by Currier and Ives
Bridgeman Images
A winter scene by Currier and Ives

We'll jingle all the way, listening to music with sleigh bells by W.A. Mozart, Angela Morley, Michael Daugherty, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Leroy Anderson!

Sleigh bells (or jingle bells) were first used on harnesses for horses.

It could be hard to see in snowy weather, and sleighs glide through in the snow without making hardly any sound.

Jingle bells would help you hear if another sleigh was approaching even if you couldn't see it.

This week, we'll hear different ways that composers used sleigh bells to paint musical pictures of sleigh rides. In one case, we'll hear music about sleigh bells that doesn't have any actual bells in it!

We'll also have a snow-themed quizlet for you.

Listen every weekday at 7:40 a.m. and 3:20 p.m.

Kids Commute - SLEIGH BELL WEEK! Monday: German Dance no. 3 ("Schlittenfahrt" ' "Sleigh Ride"), W.A. Mozart
Capella Istropolitana/Paul Kantschieder
Kids Commute - SLEIGH BELL WEEK! Tuesday: Snow Ride (Angela Morley)
RTE Concert Orchestra/Gavin Sutherland
Kids Commute - SLEIGH BELL WEEK! Wednesday: Michael Daugherty, American Gothic, “Winter Dreams”
Nashville Symphony/Giancarlo Guerrero
Kids Commute - SLEIGH BELL WEEK! Thursday: Silver Sleigh Bells (Sergei Rachmaninoff/Edgar Allen Poe)
Scottish National Orchestra and Chorus/Neeme Jarvi
Kids Commute - SLEIGH BELL WEEK! Friday: Sleigh Ride (Leroy Anderson)
Boston Pops Orchestra/Arthur Fiedler

Grant Wood, "January"
Cleveland Museum of Art
Grant Wood, "January"

This week's episode was produced by Amanda Sewell with support from Joseph Levesque.

Kate Botello is a host and producer at Classical IPR.