Monday, November 14, 2011



Go Here to See My Complete Playlist. You can click on the particular ones you want to hear.
The Music Lesson
by Marguerite Gerard

On the left there is a playlist of some favorite music, including classical and hymns, which you can turn on when you read this blog.  You have to push the play button first, and then,  there is a little square that appears on the bar on the lower part of the window. If you click on it, you can go backwards or forwards and hear the tunes you like the best. Just click on the picture of the one you want.  Please look at the previous post for my favorites, and note that I have included "Northbound Train" from the final scene of the BBC movie "North and South."  I think it is similar to the other two pieces by Beethoven, that are included on the playlist.

Be patient for the next on the list to play, as there are pauses between the pieces of music.

The piece I chose was the only one I could find and it had a video on it already, from the film.

Also, I added Laudate Dominum, with Ave Verum by Mozart, so be sure and listen to these spendid chorale operas. If you are a beginner or just want to give your homeschool children a taste of classical, this is good exposure to some of the most pleasing sounds of that type of music.

The Music Lesson
by John George Brown
Included is Schubert's "Trout", a tune with instrumental variations. I always imagine watching a lively trout in a stream as it swirls around revealing its pretty colors. One way to learn about classical music is to enjoy it with the "view" in mind, of the composer. Beethoven loved the woods and often composed his music while on a walk. He tried to replicate rain, storms, and the calm over a pasture after a storm.  Think of snowflakes, or the wind blowing the autumn leaves, the fog lifting, the sun bursting from behind a cloud, or the ocean with the gulls and sand pipers and all the foaming waves. Think of an evening at home where everyone is sitting in their own place, drinking tea, or just play the music and then later, connect it with the memory of when you first heard it.  If you take your children outside and stand near a tree, particularly an aspen, you can "hear" it jingle a musical note or two.

 Some of the composers used traditional folk tunes for their music, and others were inspired by an experience.  Beethoven at first loved the things Napoleon stood for, and wrote an entire symphony in praise of him. Later, when he saw the wreckage of his armies around him, he declared him a tyrant and would no longer perform the music dedicated to Napoleon.  If you want to see a good film about Beethoven, produced by a German/English company, watch, "The Magnificent Rebel."  If you are in the U.S. it will not work on your player unless you use the special international play feature on your computer. Most computers and laptops these days allow you a limited number of "plays" for foreign dvd's.

Rubenstein's Melody in F is great for introduction in classical music, as it is predictable and grows from a simple melody, adding more sounds as it progresses. This is a great one to hear during Afternoon Tea with your children.

Playlist in order presented on the left sidebar:

1. Northbound Train
2. Beethoven - Triple Concerto in C
3. Beethoven - Romance #2 in F major
4. Acapella hymn - Til the Storm Passes Over
5. Mozart Ave Verum - choral
6. Acapella hymn - Who Am I?
7. Mozart "Laudate Dominum" from various Psalms
8.Schubert - Piano Concerto "The Trout"
9. Rubenstein - Melody in F
10. A Beethoven piece used in the 1995 movie "Pride and Prejudice
11. Another Beethoven used in Pride and Prejudice 1995
12.  O Mio Caro Babbino,  sung by Kiri Te Kanawa, of New Zealand
13.  Theme from 1995 movie "Emma" by Rachel Portman
14. Were You There? Acapella hymn by Welsh male choir.
15: Acapella hymn: God Leads Us Along
16.  "     The Love of God
17. "       Til the Storm Passes By
18  "       Softly and Tenderly .
19  "       Meet Me There
20.  Waldstein, sonata by Beethoven:  I always liked this because it seemed so soft and pensive in the beginning and the theme gets used in various ways, both loud and soft. It brings to mind a walk in autumn in wind, rain, soft sunshine.
21. Italian Athem by Verdi. You can find the words to this on some of the youtube posts.  I always loved the music to this and it reminds me of one of the princesses, known as "Sissi" (also made into a movie) who respectfully stood up during the singing of this song, even when it was not considered politically to her advantage at the time.

22. His Yoke Is Easy and His Burden is Light: one of the many songs from Handel's Messiah. Handel used only the words in Psalms and Isaiah for some of the songs in his "Messiah."
23. Sleepers Awake by J.S. Bach
24. Sheep May Safely Graze  by J.S. Bach
25. Comfort Ye My People, and  Every Valley Shall  Be Exalted,  both from Handel's Messiah, with words from the scriptures.
26. Serenade by Schubert, piano and violin
27. Serenade by Franz Schubert
28. Adagio in G minor
29. Meet Me There acapella hymn
30. Sheep May Safely Graze, Bach
31. Deux Arabesque by Debussy
32. Piano Concerto No. 21 by Mozart
33. Nocturne by Chopin
34. Beethoven Piano Sonata #3 In C Major, Op. 2, No. 3 - 2. Adagio by Daniel Barenboim
35. Iduema - Acapella song from The Sacred Harp

36. I'm Going Home - acapella hymn from The Sacred Harp - scroll down to the words. 

37. In That Great Gettin' Up Morning,   acapella 

38. Our God, He is Alive,   sung in  a Philippine language
39. Will You Meet Me in Heaven Someday   - Johnny Cash
40. Cowboy Logic -Michael Martin Murphey
41. Walk in the Light, sung by Boston Camerata

Lyrics to "Going Home" from the songbook "The Sacred Harp"
Farewell, vain world! I'm going home!
My savior smiles and bids me come,
And I don't care to stay here long!
Sweet angels beckon me away,
To sing God's praise in endless day,
And I don't care to stay here long!

Right up yonder, Christians, away up yonder,
O, yes my Lord, for I don't care to stay here long.

I'm glad that I am born to die,
From grief and woe my soul shall fly,
And I don't care to stay here long!
Bright angels shall convey me home,
Away to New Jerusalem,
And I don't care to stay here long!

Right up yonder, Christians, away up yonder,
O, yes my Lord, for I don't care to stay here long.

Right up yonder, Christians, away up yonder,
O, yes my Lord, for I don't care to stay here long


Joluise said...

I grew up with classical music and have passed on my love to my children. I listen to it whislt at home and when I am at work. To those who are uncertain about what to listen, have you tried you local library -do they hire out CDs, it is a good way to see what you like. Tchaikovsky is a great composer to start with.

Rightthinker said...

Thank you so much, Lady Lydia! I am a homeschooling mother, and a beginner as far as being exposed to much classical music. I certainly will begin with your playlist!

God Bless and have a beautiful day in Him!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Sarah

Anonymous said...

Soooooo beautiful and soothing as is the Home Living blog.Loved the film North and South, and that classical song that plays at the soothing.

Thanks for sharing Lady Lydia:)))
Much appreciated.


Anonymous said...

Another good and free classical music resource is internet radio. You can create your own stations to play whatever style of music you want to listen to. I have stations titled "Symphonic Classical", and "Johann Sebastian Bach".

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!


LadyLydia said...

I do listen to Pandora, and put my favorites on it.

I plan to add more good pieces to my own play list on Home living, including some of the music from the 1995 film "Sense and Sensibility"


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