I sometimes get Elgar’s “Nimrod” variation in my head on a walk. It is NOT a good tune for walking … I get slower and slower as I go. But it is an amazing variation from his Enigma Variations and I love it.

Now I am enjoying this vocal version, Lux Aeterna. Good for the heart and the soul. At least my heart and soul, as I realize I can’t speak for everyone.

Lux aeterna luceat eis, Domine, cum sanctis tuis in aeternum, quia pius es.
Requiem aeternam
dona eis, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis.

May light eternal shine upon them, O Lord, with Thy saints forever,
for Thou art kind.
Eternal rest
give to them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.

6 Comments

  1. Exquisite, and yes, so good for my heart and soul! Thank you!

  2. … and a string player let me know it REALLY doesn’t work for her! Different strokes ….

  3. Wow! I find that surprising, but I guess we have to understand we’re not all alike! :-)

  4. Yeah. Some string players even get offended that their music has been “stolen” … but oh well. Can’t please everyone!

  5. I like it! And even though we get the opening, I’d hardly say the original Nimrod is a string piece overall. The necessity for the singers to breathe has a couple of jarring consequences, places where the music shouldn’t come to a grinding halt, and doesn’t in an orchestral performance, and it does here, but it’s not unlike the setting of Agnus Dei to the Barber Adagio. I think it’s clearly a respectful homage with reverent intent, and I have a hard time seeing a problem with that.

    They should keep their cotton-pickin’ mitts off the viola repertoire, though… ;-)

  6. Oh I’m guessing they would NEVER touch all that viola rep, patti with an i! ;-)

    And yes, there are things the voice just can’t do. Funny how people have to breathe, no? But so do we oboists. Go figure.

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