Hens and Chicks (Or Easter-ish Classical Music)


In the spirit of Easter being tomorrow and spring coming (although if you live in the midwest you’d never know it), behold! Classical music inspired by chicks and hens. Is this a poorly-veiled excuse to share some of my favorite music ever? I’ll leave that for you to decide.

1) Hens and Cockerels from “Carnival of the Animals” by Saint-Saëns


2) Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks from “Pictures at an Exhibition”


3) The Hut on Chicken’s Legs…also from “Pictures at an Exhibition”

Okay so maybe this one is cheating a little bit because it’s about Baba Yaga and her hut on chicken legs. But it has chickens in it and I love this piece so much so I’m including it here. Sue me.


4) Catalog of Birds by Olivier Messiaen

While I’m cheating, might as well cheat hardcore. I’ll pull a Macbeth and say there’s no turning back now. So Olivier Messiaen also wrote some *cough cough* very different pieces about birds in general. But instead of nice, Easter-y chicks think more creepy birds heralding the impending arrival of a supernatural apocalypse. You’re welcome.

I hope you enjoyed some of this music, but I especially hope that you have a wonderful Easter in celebration of what God has done!

You might also like: If Literary Characters Had Favorite Holidays and Classical Music Stories: The Great Gatsby and Debussy

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