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 Suite) 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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