Donald R. McClarey

Christmas Day

  Something for the weekend.  Christmas Day composed by Gustav Holst in 1910, which is a nice medley of Christmas tunes to listen to as we proceed through Advent.

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Donald R. McClarey

The Bringer of Peace

  Something for the weekend.  The hundredth anniversary of the armistice ending World War seems to call for Holst’s Venus:  The Bringer of Peace.  

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Donald R. McClarey

O God Beyond All Praising

Something for the weekend.  O God Beyond All Praising.  Written by Michael Perry in 1982, it served as the recessional hymn at the funeral of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on February 20, 2016.  The tune is Thaxted, the hymn

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Holst the Planets: Mars the Bringer of Wars

Something for the weekend.  Mars, the Bringer of War, from Gustav Holst’ s The Planets.  Throughout history Mars has been associated with the god of war, no doubt due to its frequent red coloration when viewed from Earth.   However, I have

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Mercury the Winged Messenger

  Something for the weekend.  Gustav Holst’s Mercury, the winged messenger, part of The Planets.  Some things become so popular that we tend to take them for granted.  I am afraid that is what has happened to some degree with The Planets. 

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