May 8: War and Victory, Love and Marriage

This May 8 marks the 50th anniversary of V-E Day, when the European campaign of World War II was declared a success. One musical look at war includes The Spitfire, film music to promote the famous fighter plane. Shostokovich's 3rd string quartet is widely considered an early post-ware musical reaction. Finally, Háry János was a mythical warrior in an earlier Europe.

To commemorate the upcoming wedding of two friends, the bulk of this program includes music that carries mainly themes of love, including several settings of texts from the Song of Songs.

Themes of the month:
Clocks, bells or mechanical contraptions: The Spitfire.
National songs: God Save the Queen.

William	Walton:	The Spitfire				   (CD:	Walton Violin
		(Florida Philharmonic; James Judd)	    Concerto/Henry V

Shostokovich: Shostokovich String Quartet No. 3		   (LP:	Shostokovich
		(Smetana Quartet)			    String Quartets)

Kódaly:	Háry János Suite				    (CD: Prokoviev:
		(Philharmonia Orchestra; Erich		     Lieutenant Kije
		 Leinsdorf)				     / Kódaly: Háry
							      János Suite)

Claudio	Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine		  (CD: Vespers of the
	Deus in	adjutorium meus				     Blessed Virgin)
	Nigra sum
		(Monteverdi Choir; London Oratory
		 Junior Choir; His Majesties Sagbutts &
		 Cornetts; English Baroque Soloists;
		 John Eliot Gardiner)

William	Billings: I am the Rose	of Sharon		  (CD: Early American
		(The Western Wind)			      Vocal Music)

Healey Willan: Rise up,	my love				   (CD:	Willan Missae
		(Choirs	of St. Mary Magdelene, Toronto;	 Breves	4 & 11,	Motets)
		 Robert Hunter Bell)

William	Walton:	Set me as a seal			  (CD: Great Music for
		(Choir of Westminster Abbey;		   Great Occasions at
		 Martin Neary)				   Westminster Abbey)

J. S. Bach: Wachet auf					   (CD:	Bach Cantatas
	Mein Freund ist	mein				       140 & 147)
		(English Baroque Soloists; John	Eliot Gardiner)

William	Mathias: Let the people	praise thee, O God	(CD: The Royal Tribute)
		(Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral)

Harold Friedell: Draw us in the	Spirit's tether		       (CD: Great
		(Memphis Boychoir; Memphis Chamber	    Cathedral Music)
		 Choir; John Ayer)

Thomas Tallis: If ye love me				    (CD: Tallis: The
	A new commandment				    English Anthems)
		(Tallis	Scholars)

Amazing	Grace (arr. Anthony Furnivall)			   (CD:	Rejoice! Give
		(Trinity Church	(Princeton) Choir of	    thanks and sing!)
		 Men, Boys, and Girls; James Litton)

Samuel Sebastian Wesley: The Lord hath been mindful	     (CD: Cathedral
		(Choir of Worchester Cathedral;		    Anthems by S. S.
		 Donald Hunt)				     Wesley, Vol 1.)

William	Mathias: As truly as God is our	father		  (CD: Mathias Church
		(Choir of Christ Church	Cathedral,	    and	Choral Music)
		 Oxford; Stephen Darlington)

Siegfried Karg-Elert: Marche Triomphal			    (CD: The Sounds
		(Trinity Brass Ensemble; Brian Jones, organ)  of Trinity)

Gustav Mahler: Symphony	No. 1
	    II. Scherzo
		(Stanford Symphony Orchestra; J. Karla Lemon)

Rheinhold Glière: Russian Sailor's Dance		   (CD:	Beachcomber)
		(Dallas	Wind Symphony; Frederick Fennell)

God save the Queen (arr. David Willcocks)		(CD: The Royal Tribute)
		(Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral)

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