The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical Music: Today is Memorial Day 2018. What music would you play to honor those who died in service to their country? | May 28, 2018

By Jacob Stockinger

Today is Memorial Day 2018, when those soldiers who died in war and military service to their country — in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard or whatever other branch — are honored. (Below is an Associated Press photo of Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.)

Many blogs, newspapers and radio stations list classical music that is appropriate for the occasion.

But one of the very best overviews and compilations that The Ear has seen comes this year from Capital Public Radio in Sacramento, California.

Here is a link:

http://www.capradio.org/music/classical/2018/05/25/classical-selections-in-honor-of-memorial-day/

Another very good selection dates from last year and comes from Nashville Public Radio.

Perhaps that makes sense because Nashville is such a musical city.

Perhaps it has to do with other reasons.

Whatever the cause, this playlist gives you modern and contemporary composers and music (John Adams, Joseph Bertolozzi and Jeffrey Ames) as well as tried-and-true classics (Henry Purcell and Edward Elgar— the famous and moving “Nimrod” Variation that you can hear in the YouTube video at the bottom — Franz Joseph Haydn and Frederic Chopin).

It even features some music that The Ear is sure you don’t know.

Take a look and many listens:

http://nashvillepublicradio.org/post/classical-music-remembrance-and-loss-memorial-day-playlist#stream/0

Finally, you can also hear some appropriate music for today on Wisconsin Public Radio.

Do you agree with the choices?

Do you like them or at least some of them? Which ones?

Which music would you choose or add to mark today’s holiday?

Leave a title and, if possible, a link to a YouTube performance in the COMMENT section.

The Ear wants to hear.


4 Comments »

  1. Fanfare to the Common Man, Aaron Copeland

    Comment by Jan Tymorek — May 28, 2018 @ 2:14 pm

  2. William Walton Symphony #1

    (especially the first movement)

    Comment by Augustine — May 28, 2018 @ 8:07 am

  3. “Dirge for Two Veterans” from Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem .Words from Walt Whitman.

    Comment by Ann Boyer — May 28, 2018 @ 7:40 am

  4. How about Howard Hanson’s The Song of Democracy (with text by Walt Whitman)? Link below.

    Or how about Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony (also with text by Walt Whitman)?

    Comment by fflambeau — May 28, 2018 @ 6:35 am


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