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A Space in My Soul for Music

Growing up in a Christian household can give a kid interesting perspectives on music, and I, for one, sorted music away into four, neatly packaged categories: worship songs, Christian music, secular music, and piano pieces. 240 more words


Advent Carol for December 20: In The Bleak Midwinter

In The Bleak Midwinter is maybe the prettiest tune of all, as long as you make sure to listen to the Gustav Holst setting of Christina Rossetti’s poem rather than the less lovely tune by Harold Darke, which dates from 1911 rather than Holst’s 1906 and therefore is definitely a pale imitation of the original. 26 more words


Carol Stories, week 3

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (ELW #270, stanzas 1 & 2)

 You know, I’ve never repeated a sermon. I just don’t imagine it would work; it needs new words each time. 952 more words

The 1951 Rolling Review Show ... # 12

The 1951 Rolling Review Show … # 12

We all have a musical backdrop to our lives which extends from the cradle to the grave. The great pianist, composer and conductor Alberto Semprini used to host a light music programme on BBC radio called Semprini Seranade. 117 more words

The 1951 Rolling Review Show

125 Moments: 028 Holst's The Planets


Gustav Holst‘s suite for large orchestra, The Planets, was conceived to be “connected with astrology rather than astronomy. There is no ‘program’ attached to the work beyond that which is associated with the subtitles of the movements,” according to… 146 more words