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Dan Forrest: Psalm 8
Coral da Gente do Instituto Baccarelli; Silmara Drezza, Conductor; Juliana Ripke, Piano

Bob Chillcot: And Every Stone Shall Cry
Luther College Nordic Choir; Dr. Andrew Last, Conductor

Johns Hopkins University needs to offer a music appreciate class to people who work on their website, I think. This is what I found:

I saw it here.

So many confuse oboe and bassoon. It’s crazy … they do look so very different! The confusion with the clarinet is at least a bit more understandable. But THIS?!

Schütz: Alleluia: Lobet den Herren
Capriccio Stravagante Renaissance Orchestra; Skip Sempé; Vox Luminis; Lionel Meunier

Capriccio Stravagante Renaissance Orchestra
Tuomo Suni, Jacek Kurzydlo – violin
Josh Cheatham, Nick Milne, Julien Léonard – viola da gamba / violone
Julien Martin, Marine Sablonnière, Evolène Kiener, Benoît Toigo – flûte à bec / krummhorn
Josué Melendez – cornetto
Simen van Mechelen, Joost Swinkels, Claire Mac Intyre – saqueboute
Jasu Moisio, Lidewij de Sterck – bombarde / krummhorn
Thomas Dunford, André Henrich – luth
Skip Sempé, Olivier Fortin – virginal
Olivier Fortin, Catalina Vicens – orgue
Catalina Vicens, Skip Sempé – percussion

Vox Luminis
Zsuzsi Tóth*, Sara Jäggi , Victoria Cassano – soprano
Jan Kullmann, Barnabas Hegyi, David Feldman – alto
Valerio Contaldo*, Philippe Froeliger*, Pieter de Moor – ténor
Lionel Meunier, Sebastian Myrus, Matthias Lutze – basse

Timothy C. Takach: Neither Angels, Nor Demons, Nor Powers
Luther College Nordic Choir; Andrew Last, Conductor

Okay … turn up the volume. Blast it out, if you’d like, as the Swingle Singers sing Hard Times Come Again No More.

Let us pause in life’s pleasures and count its many tears,
While we all sup sorrow with the poor;
There’s a song that will linger forever in our ears;
Oh! Hard times come again no more.
‘Tis the song, the sigh of the weary,
Hard Times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door;
Oh! Hard times come again no more.

While we seek mirth and beauty and music light and gay,
There are frail forms fainting at the door;
Though their voices are silent, their pleading looks will say
Oh! Hard times come again no more.

There’s a pale drooping maiden who toils her life away,
With a worn heart whose better days are o’er:
Though her voice would be merry, ’tis sighing all the day,
Oh! Hard times come again no more.

‘Tis a sigh that is wafted across the troubled wave,
‘Tis a wail that is heard upon the shore
‘Tis a dirge that is murmured around the lowly grave
Oh! Hard times come again no more.

But he sure has composed a ton for the series!

Film composer John Williams has revealed he will only write the music for one more Star Wars movie.

The composer, who has written the music for Harry Potter, Indiana Jones and Schindler’s List, recently spoke to California radio station KUSC, and said he wouldn’t write any more music for the Star Wars franchise after Episode IX, which is expected in 2019.

Williams has so far composed the scores for eight of the Star Wars films: the original Star Wars (A New Hope), its sequels The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi, as well as The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

In recent years, the composer has handed the reins over to other composers: in 2016, Michael Giacchino composed the music for Rogue One, and John Powell will score this year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Williams told KUSC: “We know JJ Abrams is preparing one [Star Wars movie] now that I will hopefully do next year for him. I look forward it. It will round out a series of nine, that will be quite enough for me.”

I read it here.

F. Melius Christiansen: Exultation
Luther College Nordic Choir; Andrew Last, Conductor

Egil Hovland: The Glory of the Father
National Lutheran Choir; David Cherwien, Conductor

… because as anyone here knows, I love choral music.

Ralph Hoffmann: She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways
NUS Varsity Voices; Nelson Kwei, Conductor

She Dwelt among the Untrodden Ways

She dwelt among the untrodden ways
Beside the springs of Dove,
A Maid whom there were none to praise
And very few to love:

A violet by a mossy stone
Half hidden from the eye!
—Fair as a star, when only one
Is shining in the sky.

She lived unknown, and few could know
When Lucy ceased to be;
But she is in her grave, and, oh,
The difference to me!