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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sunday Music Blogging 12/19

I can't find a really good performance of this orchestral setting of "In the Bleak Midwinter" on YouTube.  This one seems to be the best of the lot, but the recording is fuzzy, that audience noisy, and the brass players a bit imprecise.  Oh, well.  There are several nice choral renditions that you might want to check.

We played this setting by Robert W. Smith  last week at our December concert.  The melody is a simple pentatonic phrase, and certainly fitting for the bleak imagery, but hauntingly beautiful.  I didn't realize that Gustav Holst - of PLANETS fame, had written it.  As it turns out, this was at the specific request of Ralph Vaughan Williams.

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