October 25, 1999: St. Crispin's Day

October 25 is the anniversary of the English victory at Agincourt, France in the year 1415. As recounted by William Shakespeare's Henry V, it is also the day designated to venerate St. Crispin. Thus the final hour represents a cinematic visit to the 15th century, with music composed for the 1944 and 1989 films by William Walton and Patrick Doyle, respectively. By way of contrast, we include a brief selection inspired by the silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928).

Fanfare I (CD: Praise the Lord) (Gerre Hancock, organ) Edgar Meyer: Concert duo (CD: Short Trip Home) (Joshua Bell, violin; Edgar Meyer, bass) Johann Strauss II: An der Schönen blauen Donau, op 314 (CD: J. Strauss (Wiener Johann Strauss II: Waltzes) Orchester; Willi Boskovsky) Georges Bizet: L'Arlésienne suite no. 2 (CD: Bizet: Symphony (Orchestre National de in C / L'Arlésienne Lyon; Emmanuel Krivine) Suites)
Simon Sargon: Eil norah alilah (CD: Divine Grandeur) (New York Concert Singers; Judith Clurman) Frank Martin: Mass for double choir (CD: Martin: Mass (Choir of Westminster for Double Choir Cathedral; James O'Donnell) / Pizzetti: Messa di Requiem) Johann Hermann Schein: Banchetto musicale, Suite 6 (CD: Schein: (Sex Chordae Consort of Viols) Banchetto musicale) Modest Moussorgski: Boris Godounov (CD: Moussorgski: Coronation scene Boris Godounov) Ah! Mon Dieu! C'est vous, mon Père (Galina Vichnevskaia (Marina), soprano; Nikita Strorojev (Rangoni), bass) Louis Vierne: Symphony No. 1, Op. 14 (CD: Vierne: Organ Final Symphonies No. 1 & 3) (Michael Murray, organ)
Deo gracias, Anglia (CD: Medieval Carols) (Oxford Camerata; Jeremy Summerly) Patrick Doyle: Soundtrack for King Henry V (1989) (CD: Soundtrack: Opening title-- O for a muse of fire King Henry V) Henry V theme-- The Boar's Head St. Crispin's Day-- The battle of Agincourt Non nobis, Domine (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Simon Rattle) Richard Einhorn: Victory at Orleans (CD: Voices of Light) (Anonymous 4; Netherlands Radio Orchestra; Steven Mercurio) William Walton: Suite from Henry V (CD: Walton: (Royal Philharmonic Belshazzar's Feast) Orchestra; André Previn)
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