Category Archive 'Music'
21 Jan 2019

Homeless Herbie Hallelujah


54 million views. I like Jeff Buckley’s better, but still this is a heck of a rendition.

06 Jan 2019

We Three Kings

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26 Dec 2018

Good King Wenceslaus

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26 Dec 2018

A St. Stephen’s Day Wassail

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“The wren, the wren, the king of all birds,
St. Stephen’s Day was caught in the furze.
Although he was little his honor was great,
Jump up me lads and give us a treat.”

26 Dec 2018

St. Stephen Carol

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From “Some Ancient Christmas Carols” (1822).

23 Dec 2018

Lithuanian Christmas Carol

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Kalėdų rytų rožė inžydo
(Christmas morning a rose has bloomed)

Kalėdų rytų rožė inžydo, lylio kalėda kalėda,
Sekminių rytu dyvai pasidarė, lylio kalėda kalėda,
Dyvai pasidarė: ažerai užšalo, lylio kalėda kalėda,
Jaunas bernelis ladelį kirto, lylio kalėda kalėda,
Ladelį kirto, žirgelį girdė, lylio kalėda kalėda,
Žirgelį girdė, mergeli virgdė, lylio kalėda kalėda,
Atlakė elnias Devyniaragis, lylio kalėda kalėda,
Ant pirmo rago ugnelė degė, lylio kalėda kalėda,
An` antro rago kavoliai kalė, lylio kalėda kalėda.

Christmas morning a rose has bloomed, lylio kalėda kalėda,
Sunday morning a miracle has happened, lylio kalėda kalėda
A Miracle happened as the lake is frozen, lylio kalėda kalėda
The Young boy was smashing the ice, lylio kalėda kalėda, Was s
Smashing the ice, to give the horse a drink, lylio kalėda kalėda
Giving a horse a drink made a girl cry, lylio kalėda kalėda,
Then came the Moose with nine horns, lylio kalėda kalėda
On the first horn the Fire was burning, lylio kalėda kalėda
On the other horn blacksmiths were hammering, lylio kalėda kalėda.

22 Dec 2018

Once in Royal David’s City


St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir.

21 Dec 2018

Es ist ein’ Ros’ Entsprungen


Es ist ein’ Ros’ Entsprungen is an early German Christmas carol and Marian hymn performed in a harmony written by Praetorius in 1609 by the Dresdner Kreuzchor.

20 Dec 2018

Russian Christmas Carols

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Let’s start the Christmas carols with some Russian ones this year. After all, they supposedly stole the election for Trump with some Instagram postings and Tweets!

03 Dec 2018

‘Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” as 9th Century Gregorian Chant

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20 Aug 2018

Funniest Musical Notation


HT: Karen L. Myers.

15 Aug 2018

Music from Ancient Greece

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Armand D’Angour, an associate professor in classics and a fellow of Jesus College at the University of Oxford, in Aeon, claims to be able to reconstruct the music of Ancient Greece.

    They told me, Heraclitus, they told me you were dead;
    They brought me bitter news to hear and bitter tears to shed;
    I wept as I remembered how often you and I
    Had tired the sun with talking, and sent him down the sky.
    And now that thou art lying, my dear old Carian guest,
    A handful of grey ashes, long, long ago at rest,
    Still are thy pleasant voices, thy nightingales, awake;
    For Death, he taketh all away, but them he cannot take.

This epigram by Callimachus, in a moving translation by the Victorian poet William Johnson Cory, speaks of the timeless survival of Heraclitus’ songs. Ironically, the poem is the only evidence of their existence: the poet’s ‘pleasant voices’ must remain unsung. Most classical poetry, spanning around four centuries from the songs of Homer in the 8th century BCE to those ­of Aristophanes in the 4th century BCE, was in fact composed to be sung to the accompaniment of musical instruments such as the lyre and aulos (double-pipe). It was, in other words, music; but what did that music sound like?

Despite a wealth of ancient writings, archaeological remains of instruments, and even inscriptions with musical notation, the question has long been thought intractable. ‘Research into Ancient Greek music is pointless,’ pronounced Giuseppe Verdi in the 1880s. By the 1980s little had changed. Recently, however, the subject has experienced exciting developments, with credible realisations of musical scores and the remains of auloi being accurately reconstructed and beautifully played.


HT: The Passive Voice via Karen L. Myers.

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