*please play the video below as you read
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Peace & Peace Globes,
The music captured the essence of the moment so well for me. It was uplifting and full of the promise of hope.
Thanks for doing this Mimi...this was a glorious moment for the day.
It was beautiful. I love the new arrangement, esp. the way the "Simple Gifts" theme seems to creep in from nowhere, then takes off joyfully. Williams is brilliant, as are all of the musicians who played. (In fact, one of the bands I am in just performed Frank Ticheli's "Simple Gifts" in December. That's also a lovely arrangement.)I laughed when I heard some radio personalities criticizing the musicians for recording the performance in advance. Any musician knows the power of temperature changes. I can imagine what could have happened out there and am glad I have never been asked to play in temperatures that cold!! My lips would probably freeze onto the mouthpiece of my flute or piccolo!
Travis - It was definitely a highlight for me. I could listen to this piece over and over.
Julie - I believe you and I were talking while in real-time at this very moment. Remember? You'll be the "who-were-you-with" person for me! lol
Janie - Williams IS brilliant. I loved the tempo changes. It felt like a journey, a novel, a story, a symphony.I, too, laughed at the commentary and criticism of the recording. They just don't get it.
It was an exciting day!!!!
thank you so much for posting this, Mimi. It was wonderful on Jan.20th, and is as wonderful now. I've copied it to my own music blog.Your accompanying pictures are also wonderful.
Before I learned of the recording I remember thinking that it was amazing that they sounded that good in that weather. In fact, I was wondering how that was possible, because being a musician, I know it's not possible for instruments to be in tune when it's that cold.
Tish - I will revisit this post a lot just to listen. It was a fabulous day for all of us.
Bobbie - I'm glad you enjoyed it. The first and last images I snapped right from my TV screen as it was happening. It seemed a bit silly at the time but now I'm glad I did. There are more I should post for posterity.
Tarheel - Pianos lose their tone after 2 hours if it's below 55 degrees. They played with the recording of course. There really was no other way to do it. Can you imagine the scrambling they would have had to do had it snowed? Or rained? Yikes. I find it particularly interesting that the music played the Shaker Hymn at the exact moment he became President....even before the oath. At 12:00 they were already engaged in the music and he became President during the piece. Perfection.
P.S. There are moments in our lives when all the stars are aligned perfectly. This was such a day. And THIS especially was such a moment.
The arrangement by John Williams was wonderful, and to have four of the finest musicians in the world playing was perfection!
It was so lovely.I like how Yo Yo Ma always looks so happy when he plays.
Good pictures. Why Were you not playing the piano?
I think people respond to this piece simply because it is so old with so much history. Copeland took it from Shaker Hymn Simple Gifts that got its melody from the Olde English hymn Lord of the Dance with the life of Jesus in its lyrics that the Shakers would dance to in their services.
Hi Mimi,I'm sorry that I have been missing from your blog. I've been busy and onto some new projects.I'm programming again time for catching up.I didn't miss the Inauguration and followed the whole ceremony.I was mighty proud, even so far away from my home nation.I'm proud as an American and as a former Hawaii resident too. I'm hopeful too but also realistic.It's "roll up your sleeves" time.Hugs to you, my friend xx
That shot of Obama's expression at his wife's touch. Makes you wonder what's going on in his mind.
I loved this arrangement. I was mesmerized while listening on Inauguration Day.
Well of course Mimi! I will always remember that moment with you.*flutters eyelashes*
I caught this performance while I was in a patient's room. It stopped me in my tracks. When it was finished, I walked out to wipe tears from my eyes.
What a monumental moment.Music can really be helpful in binding people to unite.
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