Wednesday, 25 December 2013

'Silent Night' - (in the style of Pink Floyd)

The December People pay tribute to a time of year that has a special magic for everyone throughout our lives. It is a magic that is passed on from generation to generation. Music and magic are two items, if handed down properly, can have an infinite life and unlimited power.

The song:
Silent Night (German: "Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht") is a popular Christmas carol. The original lyrics of the song "Stille Nacht" were written in Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria, by the priest Father Joseph Mohr and the melody was composed by the Austrian headmaster Franz Xaver Gruber. In 1859, John Freeman Young (second Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Florida) published the English translation that is most frequently sung today. The version of the melody that is generally sung today differs slightly (particularly in the final strain) from Gruber's original, which was a sprightly, dance-like tune in 6/8 time, as opposed to the slow, meditative lullaby version generally sung today. Today, the lyrics and melody are in the public domain. The carol was first performed in the Nikolaus-Kirche (Church of St. Nicholas) in Oberndorf, Austria, on December 24, 1818.

The movie: The Little Matchgirl

In 2006, Walt Disney Feature Animation finished production work on a new adaptation of The Little Match Girl. The short was originally intended to be a part of a Fantasia film, but this project was canceled. The Little Matchgirl is last of the four shorts from the aborted compilation to be developed as a stand alone film. It was subsequently released as a special feature on the 2006 Platinum Edition DVD of The Little Mermaid. "Nocturne from String Quartet No. 2 in D Major" by Alexander Borodin.


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1 comment:

Kathy Smart said...

Beautiful. Thank you, Henry.