Tuesday, December 25, 2012

CHRISTMAS DAY 

A Choral Fantasy On Familiar Carols 

 by Gustav Holst


4 comments:

  1. 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

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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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