Tuesday, December 25, 2012

CHRISTMAS DAY 

A Choral Fantasy On Familiar Carols 

 by Gustav Holst


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Stunning! I love Holst almost as much as I love Elgar, maybe even more when Holst writes for the Church.

I love the way he works the familiar tunes together at different rates of speed, so that things never intended to be sung at the same time work like a fine Swiss watch. I love it, FT. Thanks for your great good taste and ingenuity. You must have spent hours putting this concert together. I hope more wil come to take advantage of your good will and generosity. This really is an act of love.

Thank you.

Your fan,

Helen Hghwater

FreeThinke said...

Yes, Helen, this may qualify as a "pastiche," but it's one of excellent quality all the same.

In Bach's time, and probably even before, combining several popular melodies in counterpoint against one another was called a QUODLIBET. The best know of these occurs just before the end of Bach's famous Goldberg Variations, and a stirring, energetic exhibition of the composer's skill it certainly is, even though the tunes Bach used have not been popular for over two-hundred years. Somehow, that doesn't matter, because of the excellence of Bach's writing.

FreeThinke said...

By the way, Helen, thank you very much for your kind words, but I'm not sure I deserve such praise. I just enjoy sharing things of very high quality that mean a lot to be personally. I consider myself very lucky to be able to appreciate this great stuff.

You are too.

Thanks for your interest and support.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, Helen, but I think it's a little on the hokey side. I'd put it last on the last of all the beautiful things FT posted. It's good, of course, very clever, but don't you think it's a little too obvious?


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