Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Question for the Community: What is your favorite piece of music at Easter?

Newberry Organ (Hutchings 1903, Rebuilt in 1928, E.M. Skinner of Boston) - Photo by Salt Water New England
Question for the Community: What is your favorite piece of music played around the Easter holidays?

38 comments:

  1. Does it have to be music about Easter? Because I love to listen to Beethoven's 6th for Easter Sunday.

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  2. Not specifically an Easter hymn but I am very partial to some Anglican hymns (though far from Anglican myself, it very much suits my sensibilities) including very much the hymn, "I Vow to Thee". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHh8isGtB6w

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  3. Jerusalem. A hymn for all occasions.

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  4. I love the richness of the songs mentioned above but, as an Easter favorite, I'm going with Wesley's traditional "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today" because I love the alleluias.

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  5. “Jesus Christ is Risen Today.”

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  6. Christ the Lord is Risen Today

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    1. Our Church sang "Christ the Lord is Risen Today" as the closing hymn on Easter. The choir led the congregation outside and we continued to sing it while standing on the front lawn of the Church. The day was beautiful and sunny. This was the perfect end to our service.

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  7. Another vote for “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”. And “Jerusalem” will be sung at my funeral (many years in the future, it is to be devoutly hoped).

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    1. My father was a WWII veteran and had been a POW. So he had a military funeral when he passed away 20 years ago. As usual, there was a bugler who played taps. I had asked the funeral director, who was a relative, to have the bugler to then play reveille, and he did. I believe that was done at Churchill's funeral.

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    2. I love that, what a wonderful way to go...

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  8. The Exultet, sung on Easter Saturday for about 1500 years.

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  9. Have listened to this every Easter since 1950, when it was recorded:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMeBTReEbTw

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    1. I am sorry but I too cannot get it to work. I'd love to give it a listen. Could you please give us the title so we can watch/listen or maybe just listen. Thanks

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    2. The link played fine for me...but you beat me to it. I was going to suggest the same song earlier, but got busy with Easter preparations! Thanks for reminding us about this musical piece celebrating the most beloved of all Easter animals by one of the greats from the 1950s.

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    3. That's not a link. Don't expect to click and and find oneself transported to the music. Copy the address and paste in in your browser:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMeBTReEbTw

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    1. It certainly does work.

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    2. Sorry, I can't get it to work either. Would love to listen to it. Please provide the name of the piece. Thanks so much.

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  11. " Problems "

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyAcfxLtamg

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  12. Welcome Happy Morning age to age shall say.

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    1. "H-elll today is van-quished, heav'n is won to-dayyyyyy,
      Lo, the dead is liv-innnnng, God for-ever-morrrrre;
      Him their true Cre-a-tor, all His works a-dorrrrr....."

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  13. Easter Parade, sung by Judy Garland.

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  14. "Up from the Grave He Arose (Low in the Grave He Lay)"
    The United Methodist Hymnal Number 322
    Text: Robert Lowry, 1826-1899
    Music: Robert Lowry, 1826-1899

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  15. Christ the Lord is Risen Today and Jerusalem are two of my favorite hymns, particularly at Easter.

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  16. Well, I'm Jewish so...

    ;)

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  17. Jesus Christ is Risen Today, alleluia!

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  18. JS Bach's St Matthew Passion is an obvious choice. It was written for the Good Friday service.

    Mahler's 2nd Symphony (Resurrection) is another favourite at Easter.

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  19. "The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done"

    https://youtu.be/jGVazujx9Lc

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  20. Rarely performed anymore " Seven Last Words of Christ" - Haydn

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  21. St. Matthew's Passion every Good Friday & Handel's Messiah every Easter Sunday. The two greatest choral pieces ever written, in my opinion (not a rare opinion).

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  22. For Good Friday: Crucifixus by Antonio Lotti IC. 1667-1759). Heard at the noon service.

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  23. I found several listings on line of the most loved pieces of Easter music. An article published by WQXR cites many of the pieces mentioned here and provides links to snippets or full renditions of them. The list also reminded me of another absolute favorite, the Sixth Movement of Brahms' German Requiem. One of the highlights of my life was being able to sing the entire Requiem as a college junior in the college choir.

    https://www.wqxr.org/story/13-choral-directors-share-their-favorite-easter-music/

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  24. Ella Fitzgerald's A Tisket A Tasket will be on our Easter brunch playlist tomorrow and so will Natalie Cole's - each unique through the vocal artistry of these queens of jazz.

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  25. Again not specifically an Easter hymn but I am also very partial to the hymn "Oh Lord the Father of Mankind" which was incidentally movingly represented in the Dunkirk scene of the film Atonement as part of an elegy to Dunkirk by Dario Marianelli. Rather nice to see religious music incorporated appropriately into a modern movie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVuRWdu_Ifg&t=11s

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