Category Archives: my favorite music

more consolatory music

 

 

 

 
Mozart, Ave verum corpus (Hail, true body), K. 618, a motet in D major, composed in 1791.

Posted here as befitting the times; and in loving memory of my father, Alan Wright Smith, a church organist, who had a particular affection for this piece.

 

 
— posted by Roger W. Smith

   May 2020

 

 

 

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Ave verum corpus, natum
de Maria Virgine,
vere passum, immolatum
in cruce pro homine
cuius latus perforatum
fluxit aqua et sanguine:
esto nobis praegustatum
in mortis examine.

 

 

Hail, true Body, born
of the Virgin Mary,
having truly suffered, sacrificed
on the cross for mankind,
from whose pierced side
water and blood flowed:
Be for us a foretaste [of the Heavenly banquet]
in the trial of death!

I hope this music brings peace.

 

 

 

 
Anne Sofie Von Otter

 
“Like an Angel Passing Though My Room”

 

 

 

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The sadness I often feel now — today and many other days — is palpable, physically.
For many reasons. Including the obvious ones, meaning what we are all going through.

 
Roger W. Smith

   May 2020

more music for this time (May 2020)

 

 

 

 

 

Philip Glass, String Quartet No. 4 (“Buczak”)

last movement

 

For more about this quartet, see my previous post at

 

https://rogersgleanings.com/2019/09/30/philip-glass-string-quartet-no-4-buczak-last-movement/

 
— posted by Roger W. Smith

Pergolisi,”Stabat Mater Dolorosa”

 

 

 

 

 

Pergolesi, “Stabat Mater Dolorosa”

 

 

the first movement from by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater

 

 

I have been seeking music that is right for this moment; that consoles and comforts, that is not too “energetic” for this time and yet that is artistically exquisite and deeply felt

 

 

 
posted by Roger W. Smith

    April 2020

 

more consolatory music

 

 

 

 

Haydn

 

Consummatum est!

 

from The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross

 

 

 

— posted by Roger W. Smith

   April 2020

Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder (music for now)

 

 

 

 

 

 
Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder (We sit down in tears)

 

 

Final chorus, Johann Sebastian Bach, Matthäus-Passion (St. Matthew Passion)

 

 

 

— posted by Roger W. Smith

   April 2020

 

“Ar ne kuth” II

 

 
Regarding my recent post “Ar ne kuth”

 

 

https://rogersgleanings.com/2020/02/20/ar-ne-kuth/

 

 

Tenet Vocal artists has put the entire concert online at:

 

 

 

The link will take you to the entire concert on YouTube. Click on the three bars on the top right. Then scroll down to select number 7, “Ar ne kuth” — to hear that piece sung by  soprano Jolle Greenleaf. Or you can just listen to and enjoy the entire, fantastic concert.

 

 

Roger W. Smith

   April 2020

 

 
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emails, March 23, 2020

 

Dear Jolle,

 

Tenet is a precious resource.

I am thankful that living in NYC gives me the opportunity to attend concerts such as Monteverdi’s Vespers in December (which I had always wanted to hear performed live) and English renaissance vocal music at the Strand.

I sometimes blog about music (I am not a performer or musicologist).

In a recent post of mine at

 

https://rogersgleanings.com/2020/02/20/ar-ne-kuth/

 

I wrote: “I heard this medieval song [“A ne kuth”] performed by soprano Jolle Greenleaf (her voice is incredible and virtually indescribable) in a concert of English medieval music by Tenet Vocal Artists at the Rare Book Room of the Strand Bookstore on February 13, 2020.

Thanks again.

Sincerely,

Roger Smith

 

 

Hi Roger,

It’s so gratifying to read this — thank you so much! I’m grateful you were able to catch our last Vespers, and that you were with us at the Strand. What a wonderful night that was! I’m honored by your kind words – your blog is so important. Thank you for your work on that!

 

Very gratefully,

Jolle Greenleaf

“Under the Sun” – Variation 2

 

 

 

 

Music that seems most appropriate:

 

Under the Sun – Variation 2

composed by Karlis Auzans

from the film Under the Sun, directed by Vitaly Mansky

posted with permission of (and thanks to) Karlis Auzans

 

 

— posted by Roger W. Smith

   April 2020

Mozart, “Masonic Funeral Music”

 

 

 

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Maurerische Trauermusik (Masonic Funeral Music),  K. 477 (1785)

 

 

posted by Roger W. Smith

   April 2020