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Offline Meryl

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Re: A Baroque Christmas
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2007, 02:20:27 am »
David, thanks so much for this lovely thread!  I didn't realize you were a musician.  What's your instrument?  8)
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Re: A Baroque Christmas
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2007, 02:30:55 am »
David, thanks so much for this lovely thread!  I didn't realize you were a musician.  What's your instrument?  8)

Hi Meryl! You're welcome! I'll try to find some more music to post!

I play violin, cello and piano. I also play a little guitar and banjo. I've played the violin, cello and piano since I was a youngster. The cello is my favorite instrument I think. :)

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Re: A Baroque Christmas
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2007, 04:16:46 am »
"Every Valley Shall Be Exalted" from G. F. Handel's The Messiah (1742).





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Re: A Baroque Christmas
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2007, 04:50:50 am »
"The Trumpet Shall Sound" from G.F. Handel's The Messiah (1742) performed by Teddy T. Rhodes.

Yeah, he looks a bit like Jim Carrey, but what a voice!!!  :D

And the guy playing the trumpet sure is gorgeous, isn't he?

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Re: A Baroque Christmas
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2007, 01:44:17 pm »
Hi Meryl! You're welcome! I'll try to find some more music to post!

I play violin, cello and piano. I also play a little guitar and banjo. I've played the violin, cello and piano since I was a youngster. The cello is my favorite instrument I think. :)

Wow, cool beans!  8)
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Re: A Baroque Christmas
« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2007, 02:41:08 pm »
Hi David, what a great thread!  :D
I have always liked classical Christmas (related) concerts and songs in particular, so I think itís nice to have all these classical Christmas songs together in one place like this.
Btw, I really liked the ďDance of the Blessed SpiritsĒ played by the flute orchestra, too.
The flute is one of my favourite instruments (after the cello, of course  ;)). I usually donít like several flutes playing together, because it sounds never quite even or clean, but they did a very good job there.  :)

The following two are ďAdventsliederĒ (Advent songs). They are sung during Advent time and while most people just refer to them as Christmas songs, there are differences in topics which is why the church still knows this distinction between Christmas and Advent songs.
(Iím not sure if that was interesting to anyone, I only know this because I attended a Catholic school.  :-\)
Iím sorry that these are all in German, but Iím not familiar with English Christmas songs (and the ones that I know are most likely not Baroque or Classical).
The tunes are the same, after all.  :)

The first one is called ďEs kommt ein Schiff, geladenĒ. I canít give a literal translation of the title, because itís a somewhat ďpoetic titleĒ (by that I mean itís not grammatically correct). Roughly translated the first two lines mean something like ďThere comes a ship, fully laden.Ē
I hope you donít mind that I wonít say more about the lyrics, they are very long and complicated to translate and personally I think there is not that much of an actual message to the song.
Itís very early Baroque, from about 1626 and the tune is from 1608, according to Wikipedia.

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Re: A Baroque Christmas
« Reply #16 on: December 09, 2007, 02:49:24 pm »
The second is ďTochter Zion, freue dichĒ. The tune is by Handel (1747), the lyrics from about 1820/1826 (Wikipedia again). 
I feel like I'm really missing something about this one, like there's something I should absolutely mention, but I don't know what it is that I'm missing. Any thoughts?

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Re: A Baroque Christmas
« Reply #17 on: December 09, 2007, 02:54:36 pm »
Then thereís "Ich stehí an deiner Krippen hier" (1736) by J.S. Bach. Itís part of the 6th cantata of the "Weihnachtsoratorium", but itís also sung as a regular (alone standing) Christmas song here.
The lyrics are by Paul Gerhardt (1653), who is one of the most important German chant writers (I hope my dictionary is right and a chant is actually a "church song"?).
I posted that one in the Christmas songs thread already and Iím still not happy with the vibrato in this version, but the only other one I found on youtube is very, very slow, so here it is anyways:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBWFbTXYoBk (embedding is disabled)
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Re: A Baroque Christmas
« Reply #18 on: December 09, 2007, 03:03:26 pm »
And I just discovered "Once in Royal Davidís City". I didnít know this song (as I said Iím quite ignorant about English Christmas songs). Wikipedia says itís from the late 1840ies, thatís not really Classical anymore, I know.
I hope itís okay to post it anyway (itís only about 30 years to young to be Classical after all  ;)).
I was so impressed by the little boy who sings the solo parts. I mean, I donít think I would have been able to get out a single note in front of so many people at his age.

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Re: A Baroque Christmas
« Reply #19 on: December 09, 2007, 05:10:48 pm »
Hi Meryl! You're welcome! I'll try to find some more music to post!

I play violin, cello and piano. I also play a little guitar and banjo. I've played the violin, cello and piano since I was a youngster. The cello is my favorite instrument I think. :)



Wow, isn't it great to learn this about one of our favourite people? How did we not know this before? David I would like to introduce you to LauraGigs, an excellent fiddler as well as our Ennis on the Performance Thread!!
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