Happy Sunday! Today I am sharing just a few little “notes” of spring in my music room for Vintage Cottage Weekend. In this new weekend series, my friend Debra of Common Ground and I will be sharing posts related to anything we love about the vintage cottage lifestyle, decor and gardening. *This post contains affiliate links.
Last year I found this pillow cover on Amazon for the wing chair near my piano in the music room. A vintage-sheet music print with a pretty bird nest overlay could not be more perfect for this vintage-loving music teacher’s spring home!
The beautiful large floral pillow cover is one of two that I purchased from Pottery Barn on clearance last year. I originally bought them for fall, but I think the floral pattern with the pink and melon flowers works so well for spring too.
On the opposite wing chair is a beautiful vintage script songbirds lumbar pillow cover. (affiliate link.) It also matches beautifully with the Pottery Barn pillow cover and coordinates with the bird nest pillow cover. I may end up moving the lumbar pillow into the living room where it can be enjoyed more throughout the season since it is now on the wingchair in a corner that isn’t seen much.
The melon-pink flowers on the Pottery Barn pillow cover are almost the same color as the blossoms on the nest pillow. I love this pillow pairing!
I added a few “notes of spring” to the vintage lyre table next to the wing chair using a vase of the most gorgeous thrifted coral “real touch” tulips and a little bird nest with eggs.
I am just sharing a few teaser glimpses of the tulips, as I haven’t quite finished styling the lyre table to my liking and I might end up moving the tulips elsewhere. I will share more of the table next week and more of my spring home tour on Friday, March 25th for The Bloggers’ Best Home Tour.
Here in the background you can also see the sweet German porcealain figural lamp of a classical man and woman making merry melodies. I recently shared a post all about Vintage Porcelain Figural Couple Lamps if you would like to learn more about them. I think these lamps are certainly vintage cottage style.
I am imagining them singing a beautiful spring song taken from Franz Joseph Haydn’s choral oratorio, “The Seasons.”
When organizing my music storage closet at school I came across a box of old 1920’s copies of this music hidden away in the back of the closet.
There were plenty of copies, so I borrowed one to enjoy for the season. It is extremely difficult music to play and sing, so I am very curious as to whether some brave choral director actually attempted to perform this piece with high school students at some point in the past century!
Music History Lesson Time!
Franz Joseph Haydn 1732-1809
Haydn (Hi-den) is the Austrian classical composer known as the “Father of the String Quartet.” He was Beethoven’s teacher (yet most scholars agree Beethoven didn’t need a teacher!) Another interesting note is that Haydn and I share a birthday, March 31st!
Happy upcoming birthdays to me, “Papa Haydn” (his nickname) and my son Liam, who will be turning 17 on the 28th of March!
The Spring segment is taken from Haydn’s full oratorio “The Seasons.” You can listen to this joyful work for free on youtube. Haydn’s composition is not to be confused with the more familiar “The Four Seasons” by Baroque composer Antonia Vivaldi.
a large-scale musical work for orchestra and voices, typically a narrative on a religious theme, performed without the use of costumes, scenery, or action. Well-known examples include Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s Messiah, and Haydn’s The Creation.
How fitting for the beginning of spring!
I love decorating with old sheet music or music images that are appropriate for the various seasons. A few years ago I found and image of an antique copy of “Spring Flowers” piano music for free online. I had the image printed and blown up to poster size to make a unique spring artwork for the top of my stairs.
The poster now hangs in my music office at school. You can see more of this beautiful staircase landing vignette in my 2018 Spring Home Tour.
I hope today’s post has put a spring song in your heart!!!
For more vintage cottage inspiration, head over to see Debra’s amazing vintage blooming seed box!
Have a blessed weekend,