Eroica

            Something for the weekend.  Erocia (Heroic) by Beethoven.  Beethoven originally had dedictated Eroica to Napoleon.  When he heard that Napoleon had crowned himself Emperor here was his reaction according to one of this pupils:

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Weekend Fun Vids

Some fun stuff for the weekend. The internet is truly a wonderful invention.  Without it, we’d be deprived of clips like these that make us weep for our civilization. The first clip is a cover of the great Pink Floyd

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Veni Veni Emmanuel

  Something for the weekend.  Veni, Veni Emmanuel.  The words of this magnificent hymn are from the 9th century and the melody is from 15th century France.  It is Advent, so we are all hearing a lot of O Come, O Come Emmanuel,

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The Minstrel Boy

Something for the weekend.  The Minstrel Boy.  The patriotic Irish song was written by Thomas Moore in honor of his friends killed in the Irish rising of 1798.  The video above is from the incredibly good movie Rough Riders, with

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Genius, Weird Al Yankovic

That is a word that many music entertainers use to describe “Weird Al” Yankovic. All of the songs that Weird Al parodies he gets approval for.  In fact after the Coolio controversy about his “Amish Paradise” music video he now

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Song of the Volga Boatmen

Something for the weekend.  Paul Robeson, an incomparable talent, singing The Song of the Volga Boatmen.

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Good King Wenceslas

Something for the weekend and the feast of Saint Stephen, the first of the glorious line of martyrs for Christ.  Good King Wenceslas has always been one of my favorite Christmas Hymns.  We see in this hymn how the love

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Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Something for a Christmas Eve.  Hark the Herald Angels Sing combined with Renaissance Masters praising in paint Madonna and Child. Hark the herald angels sing “Glory to the newborn King! Peace on earth and mercy mild God and sinners reconciled”

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Handel's Advent Messiah, Part II

Something for the weekend.  The second part of the Advent portions of Handel’s Messiah.   The first part is here.

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