Happy birthday, Wolfgang

In celebration of the birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), here is his “Laudate Dominum,” a musical setting of Psalm 117, composed in 1780.

Praise the Lord, all nations; praise Him, all people;
For His loving kindness is great toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.

10 Responses to Happy birthday, Wolfgang

  1. Ubi Dubium says:

    My chorus just sang that this past fall. We also did the Schubert Magnificat and Hadyn Lord Nelson Mass. Choruses don’t do these old classics very often anymore, so it’s nice to hear them.

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    • I envy you. Wish I could sing in a choir like that.

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      • Ubi Dubium says:

        There’s community choruses all over the place, so maybe you could! Mine is recruiting, if you live anywhere near the DC area! Up next for us, Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man Mass, and probably a Verdi Requiem with our local symphony shortly thereafter.

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        • We used to have a community choir in the town where I live, and I sang with it for many years. The problem was we could never keep a director. Either they would leave for greener pastures, or they’d decide to retire, or something. The institution faded out some years ago and no one has managed to revive it.

          My most recent experience with choral singing came at a most unlikely time, right after the funeral of my best friend’s dad. My friend and I have known each other since kindergarten, so our friendship is going on sixty years now. Her extended family is positively enormous, and after the funeral/burial/luncheon/etc., a large group of us congregated at the house where my friend and her husband live with her mom, who is 103 and was married to her dad for more than 70 years. Her mom was very downhearted, and we were trying to think of ways to cheer her up, and for some reason we started singing. Almost everyone in the room had sung in choirs while in school, and all of them knew how to sing in harmony, so it sounded amazingly good. We sang just about every song we could think of that most of us knew most of the words to, and I was having such a good time that I didn’t want it to end! I’d almost forgotten how much fun choral singing can be.

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  2. egorr says:

    Absolutely lovely, the young lady has fantastic intonation, is not shrill, and knows how to breathe at the right spots. I love choral singing in a large edifice, where you can bounce the sound off the back wall. Orchestration was very well balanced.

    My only complaint is the pink noise that could have been properly rolled off with a good compander and DSP, but that’s just the audio engineer in me speaking. A good shotgun mike would have solved the problem…

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    • Choosing performances on YouTube is both fun and infuriating. I search for a particular song I want, and up pop about a hundred different (sometimes several hundred) videos…and of course I’m looking for one that has both the perfect performance AND excellent camera work, sound quality, editing, etc. Every once in a while I find exactly what I’m looking for, but more often than not I have to settle for one that’s pretty good but not perfect. 🙂

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  3. Debra She Who Seeks says:

    A day without Mozart is like a day without sunshine, they say, and it’s true!

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  4. Beautiful. —- Suzanne

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