Nurturing is an extension of comforting. It is emotionally satisfying but more important, it facilitates growth and a sense of self-worth.
Nurturance is protection’s more affirming twin. Both are actions directed toward another’s welfare. One prevents harm, the other promotes well-being.
The baroque-era flute sonata tends to impart a motherly quality to the music, with the soprano-voiced flute leading the way for her charges.
- Paul Gaugin, The Offering
- Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Good Mother (c. 1773)
- Wassily Kandinsky, Black Accompaniment (1924)
Music: songs and other short pieces
- Paul Simon, Loves Me Like a Rock
- Sérgio Assad, Clarice Assad & Third Coast Percussion, “The Caregiver”
- Franz Schubert (composer), Vor meiner Wiege (At My Cradle), D. 927 (1827) (lyrics)
Film and Stage
- The Country Girl, “Clifford Odets’ poignant drama of a broken-down actor, his loyal wife and a misunderstanding stage director”
- Sundays and Cybele, a film about a young girl nurturing a man back to emotional health
Music: Composers, artists, and major works
Edvard Grieg composed his Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16 (1868) (approx. 27-32’), in the year his daughter was born. Perhaps that has something to do with its exquisite tenderness, coupled with strength. Of the nearly 400 recordings that have been released, here are perhaps the best: de Greef in 1927, Rubinstein in 1942, Lipatti in 1947, Michelangeli in 1965, Cziffra in 1969, Kovacevich in 1971, Lupu in 1973, Slåttebrekk in 2004, Shelley in 2008, and Bavouzet in 2017.
Bach’s Flute Sonatas include Sonata in G Minor for flute and harpsichord, bwv 1020; Sonata in B Minor for flute and harpsichord, bwv 1030; Sonata in E-flat Major for flute and harpsichord, bwv 1031; Sonata in A Major for flute and harpsichord, bwv 1032; Sonata in C Major for flute and basso continuo, bwv 1033; Sonata in E Minor for flute and basso continuo, bwv 1034; and Sonata in E Major for flute and basso continuo, bwv 1035. Top recorded performances of all or most of them are by, Rampal, Veyron-Lecroix & Huchot in 1962, Hazelzet, Ogg & ter Linden in 1983, Rampal, Pinnock & Pidoux in 1985, Galway, Moll & Cunningham in 1995, Solomon & Charleston in 1998 *** (Vol. 1; Vol. 2), Beznosiuk, Nicholson & Tunnicliffe in 2001, Stinton, Wright & Johnston in 2013, and Pontecorvo & Alessandrini in 2018.
- Sonata No. 1 in C major
- Sonata No. 2 in D major
- Sonata No. 3 in B flat major
- Sonata No. 4 in G major
- Sonata No. 5 in D major
- Sonata No. 6 in G minor
- Sonata No. 7 in A major
- Sonata No. 8 in F major
- Sonata No. 9 in E major
- Sonata No. 10 in G major
- Sonata No. 11 in D major
- Sonata No. 12 in G major
Locatelli, Trio Sonatas, Op. 5
- Sonata No. 1 in G major
- Sonata No. 2 in E minor
- Sonata No. 3 in E major
- Sonata No. 4 in C major
- Sonata No. 5 in D minor
- Sonata No. 6 in G major
- Bach, 3 sonatas for viola da gamba and keyboard instrument, BWV 1027–1029 (1720-1721)
- Arensky, Piano Quintet in D Major, Op. 51 (1900): the strings nurture and support the adventurous piano.
- Balakirev, Piano Concerto No. 2 in E-flat Major
- Raga Bilaskhani Todi (Bilāskhānī Todī), a Hindustani classical raag for late morning: in the image usually associated with this composition, a woman attracts a deer in the forest with her vina (performances by Ali Akbar Khan, Ravi Shankar and Nikhil Banerjee).
- Raga Manj Khamaj, a Hindustani classical raag (performances by Nikhil Banerjee, Ali Akbar Khan and Ravi Shankar, and Ali Akbar Khan)
- Steven Halpern, “Nurturing Your Inner Child” (1988) (64’)
From the dark side:
- Sarah Manguso, Very Cold People: A Novel (Hogarth, 2022): “. . . her parents are wicked; not in the Massachusetts slang sense but like Roald Dahl villains: alternately absent or all too present in the claustrophobia of their modest circumstances. Headboards bang; scalps smell; private parts flash and flop.”