Thursday, November 28, 2013

Music for Thanksgiving Day

There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American. 
- O. Henry
There quite frankly is no better music to convey the sheer joy of living, and yes, the gratitude of the moment than this, conducted magnificently by that Leonard Bernstein.  I never thought that this particular piece showed off soprano talent particularly well, but this is perhaps the loveliest and most ethereal soprano performances of Ode To Joy that I've heard.  I'm thankful for his art, and her's, and Beethoven's, and for a day that prods us to reflect on it.  The part at about 6:15 makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up.  And at 7:55.  And 10:05.  And most especially at 14:55.  And that only takes you half through this video.  

May your day be similarly spectacular. 
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.  For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.
- Psalm 95:2-3


Dave H said...

That's one thing you don't get in an audio recording - seeing Bernstein dance while he's conducting. And his big sigh of relief at the end.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Borepatch.

Murphy's Law said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Bob said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Ted.

libertyman said...

Happy Thanksgiving Ted to you and all your family!

I always wonder the effect the conductor has on the performance, Bernstein was a phenomenal talent, and his animated performance adds a lot.

I am thankful to have made so many internet friends and connections.

Borepatch said...

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Rev. Paul said...

Happy Thanksgiving, my friend.