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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Serene Sunday - The Lark Ascending - October 21, 2012


"The Lark Ascending"
Written by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1914, but was not performed until 1920 after it was revised.
Performed by Janine Jansen and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


This piece captures the magic of a summer morning.  Hushed chords on strings introduce the lark, represented by a solo violin.  the bird begins its song as it soars upward and hovers over the fields.  Gradually descending notes are followed by a surge from the orchestra, crating a vivid sensation of the bird swooping down.  Swaying melodies and lively fold dances then take over.  but before long, the final notes - rising almost to a whistle - suggest the lark ascending until it is no more than a speck in the sky. -from the Listener's Guide to In Classical Mood - Pastoral Music 1998

Have a wonderful and peaceful Sunday!


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