Sunday morning music

Britain is to officially leave the European Union on January 31st, 2020.  It’ll continue to observe EU rules and regulations for the rest of the year while an agreement on future relations with that body is hammered out, and will become fully free of their encumbrance at the end of this year (at least, that’s the current plan). To honor Britain and its people as they regain some of their independence, and in the hope that the island nation may be restored to at least some of its former glory, here’s a quintessentially English anthem.  It’s “Jerusalem”, a poem by William Blake set to

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Sunday morning music

Here’s a work by a Finnish composer of whom I’d never heard until just the other day.  It’s the Third Symphony in F Major, Op. 40, composed by Erkki Melartin in 1907.  I find it reminiscent of Gustav Mahler’s work.  The four movements are: 1 – Allegro moderato 00:00 2 – Andante 09:08 3 – Scherzo (Vivacissimo) 18:19 4 – Largo 28:34   Interesting music, and a nice change of pace from last week’s rock memorial. Peter

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Sunday morning music

This morning’s post is by way of a eulogy for Neil Peart, late drummer and lyricist for Canadian rock band Rush.  He died of brain cancer a few days ago. It’s almost impossible to praise too highly Peart’s contribution to rock music, and the role of percussion instruments in that genre.  He won no less than 38 awards from Modern Drummer magazine.  He won the “Best Rock Drummer” award every year from 1980-1986, and had to be taken off the nominee list and given his own emeritus mention, just so that others could have a chance at the title!  In his obituary, the magazine

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Sunday morning music

Here’s something rather different from our usual Sunday morning fare.  Two years ago today, in 2018, I put up a dialog from a Dungeons & Dragons game by Daddy Warpig.  It made me laugh, and amused a lot of my readers as well. I came across that post the other day, and laughed all over again.  It started me wondering . . . how much music is out there that was inspired by D&D?  A quick search on YouTube revealed dozens of songs, but most of them were very amateurish and not particularly funny.  One, however, caught my eye – this

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Bob Gibson said…

Paolo Benedetto Bellinzani was an 18th-century Italian composer.  Not much of his output is remembered today, but his Sonata for Flute in D Minor is one of them.  It’s a light, pleasant piece that makes easy listening. I hope your post-Christmas digestion is recovering from the overload – just in time for the New Year celebrations next week! Peter

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Sunday morning music

Enough with the Christmas muzak already!  Let’s have something that’s both tuneful and prayerful.  Words aren’t necessary. First, here’s Mannheim Steamroller with “Fum, Fum, Fum“.  It’s a very old tune from Catalonia in Spain.  (Lyrics at the link above.) Next, an ancient English air, “Greensleeves”, the tune of which was adapted in the 19th century to the Christmas carol “What Child Is This?“.  Lindsey Stirling does the honors. Here’s a hymn from the Orthodox Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom, which was set to music by Tchaikovsky in 1878.  It’s not Christmas music, strictly speaking, but it seems to me to fit in very well with the season. 

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Sunday morning music

It seems only yesterday that we celebrated Christmas . . . but another year has passed, and the liturgical calendar has rolled around yet again. I don’t know about you, but I’m heartily sick of the ghastly versions of Christmas carols one hears in every supermarket and shopping mall (and over far too many radio stations) at this time of year.  As an antidote, here’s the Choir of Kings College, Cambridge, with their “Carols from Kings” album.  The track listing (time in minutes and seconds, followed by title) is as follows: 00:00:00 Once in royal David’s city 00:04:41 Rejoice and be

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In memoriam: Marie Fredriksson of Roxette

I was saddened to read of the death of Marie Fredriksson, one of the duo who formed the Swedish pop/rock group Roxette in the 1980’s.  I enjoyed their music at the time, finding it a welcome distraction from some of the nastier events taking place in South Africa back then.  Britain’s Daily Express reports: Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson has died at the age of 61. The Swedish popstar co-created Roxette with Per Gessle in 1986 and was best known for her hits It Must Have Been Love, Joyride, Listen To Your Heart and The Look. Marie died on Monday morning after suffering from a long-term illness for 17 years.

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Sunday morning music

AC/DC‘s classic rock hit “Thunderstruck” has become an international icon of the classic rock scene.  Here’s the original music video. However, there have been almost innumerable covers and different versions of the song – some a serious attempt at music, others rather less so.  I thought I’d gather up some of the oddballs, and see if you like them. Here’s 2Cellos with their not-quite-classical rendition. The BadPiper had a go at it in hard-blowing fashion. A 12-year-old self-taught Chinese guitarist produced this outstanding rendition for acoustic guitar. Finnish parody group Steve’N’Seagulls tried it in bluegrass style. Here’s Luna Lee tackling “Thunderstruck” on the gayageum, a traditional Korean instrument.

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Sunday morning music

Let’s have something melodic and peaceful to round out the Thanksgiving weekend.  Here’s Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello‘s concerto for violin, oboe, strings & b.c. in G minor.  La Cetra Barockorchester Basel is conducted by Vaclav Luks. Peter

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