Lost Beethoven Quartet Movement

I follow a blog called Edwardian Piano. Here is the most recent post, which talks in depth about the discovery of a piece of music that apparently Beethoven didn’t like and threw away. Very cool! Enjoy a performance that hasn’t been heard since 1800.

Music For Easter

Although I’ve always liked the film and song Easter Parade, I wanted to go beyond that for this entry. I haven’t listened to all these yet, but here’s what seems to be a fabulous collection of options. This link is from BBC Music Magazine, which seems worth checking out any day of the week. Enjoy!

I also always liked “Lord of the Dance,” which is based on the Shaker hymn “Simple Gifts.” It’s featured on many Christmas CDs. “Home for the Holidays” by Schooner Fare is a favorite version. But it has always struck me as a better song for Easter.

I found this on YouTube. Pretty cool, at least to me.

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring is another Bach favorite. I’ve heard it many times in my life, but never could keep the title in my head until recently. Inspired by a Jacquie Lawson Easter e-card where it was the musical accompaniment, I like it even better now. It always makes me think of new days to start over in, hope rising,  peacefulness, and early mornings.

Here’s the orchestral version:

And the piano version:

And one with vocals:

Singing, For the Joy of It

One of my assistants likes to sing hymns in twi.  She’s originally from Ghana, and that is one of the five languages she knows. Sometimes my aunt will hum along with the melody, and my assistant will translate for me. I asked her recently if she was in her church choir. Unfortunately she is not; her schedule doesn’t allow it. “I just love to sing,” she says. “I always have.”

When I was growing up, I liked singing hymns, and I remember my aunt singing all the time–with the radio and without, and just about anything. As my mom and all her siblings were growing up, they sang together as well–as entertainment in the evenings. This was in the days before television, and some people didn’t have radios.

Music and singing bring out a range of emotions; mostly, I think, music is here to make people happy,so that they can bring that joy and enthusiasm to others. My aunt always says that it would be a very dull world without it.

These conversations and memories made me think of  “How Can I Keep From Singing?” Here’s Pete Seeger‘s version:

My life flows on in endless song
Above earth’s lamentation.

I hear the real, though far off hymn
That hails the new creation

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I’m clinging.
It sounds an echo in my soul
How can I keep from singing?

What though the tempest round me roars
I know the truth it liveth
What though the darkness round me close
Songs in the night it giveth

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I’m clinging.
Since love is lord of Heaven and earth
How can I keep from singing?

When tyrants tremble, sick with fear,
And hear their death-knell ringing,
When friends rejoice both far and near,
How can I keep from singing?

In prison cell and dungeon vile
Our thoughts to them are winging.
When friends by shame are undefiled,
How can I keep from singing?

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I’m also remembering the saying, “He who sings, prays twice.” Here is its interesting history.

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