Monthly Archives: February 2012

Carl Nielsen – Der er et yndigt Land – Canzone Koret

February 24, 2012

I 1924, skrev Carl Nielsen den nye melodi til Adam Oehlenschlägers dansk Fædrelandssang "Der er et yndigt Land '. (De fleste danskere kender denne sang med Hans Ernst Krøyers melodi fra ca. 1835). Når Nielsen offentliggjort denne version i 1924 kritiker i aviserne skrev, at Nielsens nye melodi ikke ville erstatte Krøyers melodi, fordi alle var vant til Krøyers melodi.

I denne musik video Canzone Koret synger Nielsens oprindelige version. Dirigenten er Frans Rasmussen.

Kilde: Carl Nielsen - Der er et yndigt Land – YouTube uploadet af stigekalder on Oct 8, 2010


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Ralph Vaughan Williams: O taste and see – Choir of Somerville College

February 23, 2012

The Choir of Somerville College, Oxford under their conductor David Crown performing Ralph Vaughan Williams' setting of line 8 from Psalm 34 'O taste and see' at Evenong, St. Paul's Cathedral (London), February 6th 2012, Robert Smith was the organist, the soprano solo was sung by Kate Piddington.

Source: Ralph Vaughan Williams: O taste and see – YouTube Uploaded by somervillechoir on Feb 8, 2012

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Diogo Dias Melgás (1638-1700): Memento Homo

February 22, 2012

Diogo Dias Melgás (also spelt Melgaz Melgás) was born in Cuba, Portugal, in 1638 and died in Évora in 1700. He became a choirboy at Évora Cathedral aged nine studying under Bento Nunes Pegado his subsequent career was at Évora Cathedral where he was elected master of the boys on 14 March 1662, mestre da crasta in 1663 and mestre de capela in about 1678. He was evidently held in considerable esteem there – he went blind in 1697 but the cathedral continued to pay all three of his stipends. His lenten motet 'Memento Homo' starts conventionally enough but as it progresses its harmony becomes more and more baroque in its expressiveness. Enjoy :-).



Latin: Memento homo quia pulvis es et in pulverem reverteris.
English: Remember, O man, that thou art dust and unto dust shalt thou return.

Source: Diogo Dias Melgás (1638-1700) Memento Homo – YouTube Uploaded by markfromireland on Feb 15, 2012

Wednesday Earwig: Bernstein: West Side Story Maria – Franck Bard

February 22, 2012

Franck Bard sings 'Maria' from 'West Side Story':

Source: West Side Story: Maria – YouTube Uploaded by franckbard on Feb 13, 2008

West Side Story: Maria — Lyrics

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Huw Morgan: To the Western Wind – Merbecke Choir

February 21, 2012

Robert Herrick (1591–1674) summed up his own poetry best:

I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds and bowers,
Of April, May, of June and July flowers,
I sing of May-poles, hock-carts, wassails, wakes,
Of bridegrooms, brides and of their bridal-cakes.

He was as The Poetry Foundation put it in their entry for him "one of the most accomplished nondramatic poets of his age"(see:  Robert Herrick : The Poetry Foundation). His poems are short and some of them are gem-like in their quality. One such is his poem 'To the Western Wind':

SWEET western wind, whose luck it is,
Made rival with the air,
To give Perenna's lip a kiss,
And fan her wanton hair:

Bring me but one, I'll promise thee,
Instead of common showers,
Thy wings shall be embalm'd by me,
And all beset with flowers.

Source: 249. To the Western Wind. Robert Herrick. The Oxford Book of English Verse

That gem-like quality is very evident in Huw Morgan's setting of Herrick's text which he wrote for Southwark Cathedral's Merbecke Choir the first performance of which was recorded live during the Southwark Cathedral Merbecke Choir's Summer Concert in July 2011 and  can be enjoyed in the music video below.


Source: To the Western Wind (Huw Morgan) – YouTube Uploaded by MerbeckeChoir on Jan 14, 2012

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