Some beautiful music for Sunday

May 28, 2017

In honor of the birthday yesterday of Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910), here is a choral arrangement of the hymn for which she is best remembered.

Some beautiful music for Sunday

May 21, 2017

Happy birthday, Erik

May 17, 2017

In honor of the birthday of Erik Satie, here is an arrangement for flute and harp of his Gymnopedie No. 1.

Some beautiful music for Sunday

May 14, 2017

Happy birthday, Arthur

May 13, 2017

It’s the birthday of the English composer Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900), the musical half of the comic opera team Gilbert and Sullivan. This musical medley, performed by St. Luke’s Bottle Band, includes some of Sir Arthur’s most familiar and delightful melodies.

Happy birthday, Irving

May 11, 2017

Here’s a song in honor of the birthday of Irving Berlin (1888-1989), and if you recognize all or even most of the performers, that can mean only one thing: you’re at least as old as I am.

Happy birthday, Peter

May 7, 2017

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) composed vocal and instrumental works of many kinds, ranging from large-scale works such as symphonies, concerti for piano and violin, operas, and ballets to string quartets, songs, and pieces for solo piano. He employed musical forms that had evolved in the West but imbued them with a distinctively Russian flavor, sometimes weaving traditional Russian folk melodies into his compositions.

Here is the waltz from Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, composed in 1880.

Just for fun:

“Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” played on glass harp. 

The finale from the 1812 Overture in a musical visualization by Ernie Kovacs. (Bizarre in the extreme.)

“Dance of the Reed Flutes” performed by the St. Luke’s Bottle Band. (Hilarious — don’t miss this one.)

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