Monday, December 23, 2013

MONDAY MUSINGS: THE VOICES OF THE SEASON





We sometimes forget that voices are also instruments. I have always liked these songs but I thought I'd find the voices that touched me and sang them well. I know there are many other voices that do justice to the songs I've chosen but I like these.

I'm very eclectic when it comes to music. I listen to and enjoy all sorts music from hard rock to symphony, a simple voice to a multitude of voices in a chorus. All have their beauty.

      

The music of Gloria in Excelsis Deo, was composed by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1743 and the words were originally in Latin, not his usual German. Bach wrote several cantatas and this is one of them. Cantatas were composed for vocal with an instrument accompaniment and usually involving a choir. Bach wrote this cantata for his Christmas Oratorio in Leipzig and it was performed in 1745. I thought that Bocelli captured the feel of Bach's composition--voice, instruments, and choir.

Handel's Hallelujah Chorus is also a favorite of mine. The music was composed, in 1747, by George Frideric Handel with scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens.  It's a beautiful piece but I couldn't resist a bit of laughter with the song. Music should invoke all the emotions including laughter, doncha think?( I can guarantee these kids knew the words and the pacing of this song by the time they finished practicing this routine) :-)




One of my Dad's favorite holiday songs was Bing Crosby's Do You Hear What I Hear? It was a song created by a husband and wife team of musicians in 1962. Noel Regney wrote the lyrics for the song and  his wife, Gloria Shayne, wrote the music. Admittedly, Bing sang it well and I love the feel of nostalgia when I hear it but I really like Third Day's arrangement and vocals of the song.  



Happy Holidays! 

 

7 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Merry Christmas, Sia! The Monk video is funny.

Sun Singer said...

Good sounds. Merry Christmas.

Malcolm

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Third Day's rendition is pretty! Merry Christmas, Sia.

cleemckenzie said...

Music brings so much into our lives. Thanks for the eclectic notes.

Have a great Christmas and New Year.

Jo said...

Lovely music. Christmas music is so wonderful to listen to. Before I came to Canada, I never associated the Hallelujah Chorus with Christmas, it was always an Easter thing to us.

Yolanda Renee said...

Music makes the season!

Merry Christmas, Sia!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sia .. loved the Silent Monks one .. just so funny to see - I bet the parents who had children performing it .. have had many a laugh ..

While Bocelli's rendition is glorious ..

Happy Christmas time and into the end of the year .. cheers Hilary