Sunday, October 14, 2007

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote some of the most beautiful and haunting music that you can listen to today, and if you've heard "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis" you'll know what I mean. Incredibly stirring, powerful, just as much so to play as it is to hear it. I've been listening to a lot of classical music whilst studying for midterms (and while weeping- oh god! I know nothing about Pacific Asian wars! Nothing, I tell you. Nooo., though maybe it's from the sheer beauty of the music. . .) so we might be seeing more classical stuff. This record also includes Fantasia on Greensleeves and the Variants of Dives and Lazarus among others, so if you've heard one of those and want to hear more, this is a perfect place to start.
. . . You remember that priest in Father Ted who is so boring nobody can focus long enough to hear what he's saying? That's what my Asia Pacific Wars prof is like. It's not that what he's saying is boring-- far from it-- but he has an almost monotone that then falls at the end. He's a word swallower. "And -then -the- US- dropped- a- bmmmrrr. . . This-combined-with-the-Soviet invvsssnrrrmm is considered the captirrrrandgmublebumble." My classnotes read, "Asia Pacific ??thingthing?? as a concept." I have no idea what he said at that point. Region? Entity? War? WO-MEN'S KNICKERS?


Jim said...

Ah Father Ted, never stops being funny.
I'm not sure I could cope with crossing the road without someone holding my hand, I get scared :/

Richard said...

Thanks for a great share!

Welcome back, and thatnks for brightening my otherwise shitty monday with beautiful music.


b said...

thanks for stopping by! isn't it great how music can improve almost anything. . . even a shitty monday :]

that vaughan williams. amazing.


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