Falling snow, when it is coming down in big fat flakes is magical, so yesterday I went in search of music that would express the magic that was going on in my back yard. In my search I found “The Snow is Dancing” the 4th movement of Children’s Corner by Claude Debussy. It was magical too but short just 2 minutes. As the whole suite is just 15 minutes long it is a perfect Sunday morning piece.
Debussy composed Children’s Corner between 1906 and 1908. He dedicated the suite to his daughter, Claude-Emma (known as “Chou-Chou”), who was born on 30 October 1905 in Paris. She is described as a lively and friendly child who was adored by her father. She was three years old when he dedicated the suite to her in 1908. The dedication reads: “A ma chère petite Chouchou, avec les tendres excuses de son Père pour ce qui va suivre. C. D.” (To my dear little Chouchou, with tender apologies from her father for what follows).
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When a person who has inflicted so much pain and suffering on millions of people get the tables turned on him, I have to admit I feel no sorrow. He who lives with the sword will perish by the sword. I would be much more comfortable if we had a President who understood that. Instead of the school yard bully we have.
Todays piece, the first and second movements of The Planets by Gustaf Holts was composed at the beginning of World War I and it reflects the times. It is not my usual pleasant selection for a Sunday morning as the first movement is very dark, however the second is lighter. So please listen to then both and enjoy
The first movement: Mars, The Bringer of War
The second movement: Venus, the Bringer of Peace.
Well I made it through Christmas. Yeah I’m over dosed on the sweetness and light. I need something with an edge for the new year. I’m afraid it is going to be one of those years.
Nina Simone seems to hit the spot
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Todays selection is all Pat’s fault. Because her love of madrigals made me search for some last Sunday and I ran across this lovely choral performance.
According to google translate the language is Romanian.
“The Extraordinary Christmas Concert held on December 18, 2016 at the Romanian Athenaeum of the National Chamber Choir “Madrigal-Marin Constantin”, conducted by Anna Ungureanu.”