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James Oswald wrote two sets of Airs for the Seasons, each season comprising twelve pieces in each set; a total of ninety-six miniatures, each descriptive of a plant allocated to its due season. The original pieces survive in figured keyboard form (also available) but have been arranged as trio sonatas.

The pieces for Winter are: Almond, Arbutus, Bay, Bear's foot, Box, Cyclamen*, Geranium, Golden rod, Hawthorn, Heartsease, Hepatica, Holly, Ivy*, Laurel, Laurustinus, Mezereon, Periwinkle, Persian Iris, Phillyrea, Snapdragon*, Snowdrop, Stock Gillyflower, Wallflower, Yew. All are suitable for violin, or (except where marked *) for flute.

James Oswald
(1710 - 1769)

Oswald : Airs for the seasons - Stock gillyflower : illustration


Airs for the seasons - Stock gillyflower

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