Evening Music

The current state of affairs in the US, and in the West generally, is bringing me down. The last stanza of Paul Simon’s American Tune is especially poignant:

We come on the ship they call the Mayflower
We come on the ship that sailed the moon
We come in the age’s most uncertain hours
and sing an American tune
Oh, and it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright
You can’t be forever blessed
Still, tomorrow’s going to be another working day
And I’m trying to get some rest
That’s all I’m trying to get some rest

We can’t be forever blessed but we must still press on.

Paul Simon stole the tune from Bach: the setting of “O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden” (head full o’ blood and wounds) from the St. Matthew Passion.

This has just been a sneaky way to come around to the real purpose of this post, which is to share with you this magnificent recording I found tonight of Bach’s B-minor Mass. Even though Bach was a Lutheran, this mass is fully in line with the Roman Catholic liturgy as far as I can tell. It is performed in the beautiful, though rather spare, Grote Kerk in the town of Naarden, near Amsterdam.

My favorite parts include the soprano duet (dueling sopranos!) Christe eleison at 11:07, the soprano aria Laudamus at 26:06, the joyous chorus Et resurrexit at 1:08:58, and rounding it off with the serene Dona nobis pacem at 1:45:17.

If, like me, you’ve been feeling a bit black pilled lately, this is just the ticket.

If you still hunger for more Bach, you might enjoy my Bach playlist on the YouTubes.

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Author: drlorentz

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11 thoughts on “Evening Music”

  1. As much as I adore the Paul Simon song, it always has rankled that such a sedating, managed-decline, Obama-in-a-can, America-sucks propaganda pieces of trash …

    Where was I?  Damn I love that song.  I sing it well.  And the politics in most of his stuff while present and odious is still quite artful.  I can overlook a lot for great art.

    And I can now play Prelude in C Major.

    Now if I can sing American Tune while playing Bach, maybe I’ll make something of myself.

    Even less pro-pos anything, when I learned that Paul Simon and Carrie Fisher had been married, my opinion of both of them went up.

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  2. 10 Cents:
    Simon song was a downer.

    You’re kind of a glass half-empty sorta guy. Simon acknowledges the problems but says we must persevere. To me, the message is, when going get tough, the tough get going.

    Next, Bach shows us there is great beauty in the world. In other words, what TKC wrote.

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  3. Haakon Dahl:
    As much as I adore the Paul Simon song, it always has rankled that such a sedating, managed-decline, Obama-in-a-can, America-sucks propaganda pieces of trash …

    I didn’t take it that way. Simon harks back to the Mayflower: the dreams of the Pilgrims. Obama would have called them racist oppressors of the Red Man. Regarding the decline, you gotta face facts: the country has been in decline for decades. Simon’s message is, “This is a tipping point [the age’s most uncertain hour]. Quit yer whining and put your head down and face into the wind.” If you’re resigned to the decline, there’s not much uncertainty.

    On the flip side, lefty Simon wrote the song because he was pissed at Nixon. So there’s that.

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  4. Haakon Dahl:
    when I learned that Paul Simon and Carrie Fisher had been married, my opinion of both of them went up.

    Yabut they split up. “The way she brushed her hair from her forehead.” Brilliant.

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  5. I couldn’t agree more. I completely exited from the stock market last night because I’m unsure about this stupid virus. T o say that I’m angry as hell at past presidents who simply allowed the Chinese to earn the cash to develop these dangerous bio labs is an understatement.

    Motto for the day: Cash is King. Once again. This is getting old- one step forward; two steps back.

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  6. Yeah, let’s just sell into a down market, and make it worse.  I’m holding tight, putting additional funds into my muni fund.

    One of my faves for counting blessings and feeling uplifted.

     

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  7. RB49:
    Yeah, let’s just sell into a down market, and make it worse.

    Gotta admit this comment irritated me more than I let on. You may play music which is an admirable talent and attend concerts but the people who subsidize this are not happy with the market this week. In case you didn’t get my point, my husband and I have left our entire estate to the Vienna Philharmonic with specific instructions to fund the Concertmaster and First Chair.

    Just know to whom you are speaking before making uninformed remarks about the market.

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