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Music Appreciation - November

by Glenys - 15:55 on 17 November 2018

The November meeting of the Music Appreciation Group took place at Louise’s house on Monday 5th, where the theme was ‘Mountains and High Places’.  Only eight members were able to be attend – a fact which enabled those present to play more of their choices than sometimes happens!The very varied and interesting result was as follows:

      Aaron Copland, ‘Appalachian Spring’;

      The Shaker hymn tune, ‘Lord of the Dance’;


      ‘Hills of the North Rejoice’ – organ and choir;

      Runrig, ‘This Land was once Green’ – a song with Highland references;


      Nino Rota, ‘The Glass Mountain’ – film music from 1949 related to a Polish fairy tale;

      Edi Reader singing ‘Wild Mountainside’, a song by John Richard Douglas;


      Hector Berlioz, ‘Harold in the Mountains’ – the first movement of ‘Harold in Italy’;


      ‘These are my Mountains’, sung by the Alex Sutherland Singers;

      ‘Foggy Mountain Top’, sung by the Carter Family – recorded in 1929;


      ‘Highland Cathedral’, sung by the Glasgow Phoenix Choir at Iona Abbey;

      Richard Strauss, ‘On the Summit’ from his ‘Alpine Symphony’ – the BBC Symphony Orchestra;


      Panpipes and Charango music from the Peruvian Andes;

      A song ‘about’ the triple buttress at the head of the main coire of Benin Eighe in Torridon – a picture of which is on the wall of Louise’s sitting room – sung by the composer and his partner (Dave Goulder and Liz Dyer) circa 1973.

At coffee time, Valerie told members of the opportunity to vote for the Reel Life Foundation’s application to the Aviva Community Fund scheme for more charity funding to finance sending instruments and teachers out to Orkney’s North Isles.  It is free to vote, with ten votes per person.

The next meeting of the Music Group is at Valerie’s house on December 3, where Ally’s choice is ‘Christmas’.

Glenys Alsop

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