CLASSICAL OPUS no.13

Gustav Holst: “Planets”

グスタフ・ホルスト:「惑星」

 

TIME COMMITMENT: 55 minutes

Daring and emphatic in its astral energy, Holst’s series admittedly tends to stalk reliantly on sonorous, resonant marches.  The composer was audibly marooned in the void between the belated naturalism of his teacher Vaughan Williams and more cosmic, unfathomable aspirations.  Sadly, on his moon landing, the late Neil Armstrong listened to Dvorak, not Holst.

 

MUSIC

 

INFO

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Planets

 

A REFLECTION

How rare the moon, so round and clear!

With cup in hand, I ask of the blue sky,

“I do not know in the celestial sphere

What name this festive night goes by?”

I want to fly home, riding the air,

But fear the ethereal cold up there,

The jade and crystal mansions are so high!

 

Su Shi: “Water Song”

 

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CLASSICAL OPUS no.44

Henry Purcell: “Rondeau”

ヘンリー・パーセル:「ロンドロー」

 

TIME COMMITMENT: 2 minutes

Centuries before his country modernized rock music with obsessive bass lines, Purcell utilized them in flamboyant court music, here performed with instruments d’époque.  He perfected the art of recurrence, often carrying the pieces to anti-climactic, cathartic aphasia.  His musical heritage dribbles with royal patronage, but England had to wait until the 20th century to become the musical center of the world.  It is then that Purcell’s influence re-emerged, not least for the vintage Michael Nyman (in the second video).

 

MUSIC

 

 

INFO

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdelazer

 

A REFLECTION

Busy old fool, unruly Sun,

Why dost thou thus,

Through windows, and through curtains, call on us?

Must to thy motions lovers’ seasons run?

 

John Donne: “The Sun Rising”

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CLASSICAL OPUS no.82

Edward Elgar – “Pomp And Circumstances No. 1 In D Major”

エドワード・ エルガー – 「華やかさと環境・第1 ・ D・メジャー」

 

TIME COMMITMENT: 8 minutes

This unashamedly bombast march is so declamatory, almost cantankerous!  Of course, large-scale ensembles predated this composer – whether in choral works or in Wagnerian operas.  But Elgar suffused such traditions with solo virtuosity and sumptuous, though never fastidious, orchestration.  In a classic case of re-purposing the theme, it is highly ironic that the work of this Catholic author is now considered “patriotic” in the UK and referred to as ‘a graduation song’ in the US.  But then, some Japanese youngsters tend to believe that their national anthem is a ‘sumo song’ just because it is played at the opening and close of wrestling tournaments.

 

MUSIC

 

INFO

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomp_and_Circumstance_Marches

 

A REFLECTION

I believe in those wing’d purposes,

And acknowledge red, yellow, white, playing within me,

And consider green and violet and the tufted crown intentional,

And do not call the tortoise unworthy because she is not something else,

And the jay in the woods never studied the gamut, yet trills pretty well to me,

And the look of the bay mare shames silliness out of me.

 

Walt Whitman: “Song of Myself XIII”

 

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