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Classical music: Veterans Day is a good time to hear Bach’s musical prayer for peace | November 11, 2019

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By Jacob Stockinger

Today – Nov. 11, 2019 – is Veterans Day.

There is a lot of classical music that can be used to honor the holiday and the men and women who serve in the military.

This is not the day to remember the dead. That is Memorial Day.

So it is worth recalling that Veterans Day started out as Armistice Day in 1918 when World War I ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Here is a link to more about the holiday found on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veterans_Day

One could celebrate by using brass bands and other military ensembles playing patriotic music and marches.

But there seems to be too much conflict in the world, and the dream of ending war and armed conflict seems as distant as ever, given certain political trends and unfortunately regressive and destructive forces at work right now.

Instead, The Ear wants to honor what should be the deeper purpose of the military: To secure peace.

For that reason, here is a YouTube video of a  memorable performance of “Dona Nobis Pacem” (Grant Us Peace), the ending prayer from the Mass in B Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach.

The four-minute work is performed more slowly than usual, but also more movingly and soulfully, by the famed Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, all under the direction of John Eliot Gardiner.

Do you agree that it is a wish that honors the true purpose of the military?

If you know of other appropriate music to mark the holiday, please leave the title of the work and the names of the composer and the performers along with, if possible, a YouTube link.

The Ear wants to hear.

 


2 Comments »

  1. Jake, Very judicious, pointed and smartly executed concept for Veteran’s Day. Hope you’re doing well. Kevin

    On Mon, Nov 11, 2019 at 12:02 AM The Well-Tempered Ear wrote:

    > welltemperedear posted: “PLEASE HELP THE EAR. IF YOU LIKE A CERTAIN BLOG > POST, SPREAD THE WORD. FORWARD A LINK TO IT OR, SHARE IT or TAG IT (not > just “Like” it) ON FACEBOOK. Performers can use the extra exposure to draw > potential audience members to an event. And you might even a” >

    Comment by keve2109 — November 11, 2019 @ 2:03 pm

  2. It may not be classical music (it’s a mix of music, documentary, history and other fields about the war) but it is an award winning approach to WWI called “The Greatest War: World War One, Wisconsin, and Why It Still Matters”.

    It will be held at Shannon Theater of the Wisconsin Union on Monday at 7:30 p.m. See: https://union.wisc.edu/events-and-activities/event-calendar/event/the-greatest-war/

    Cost: $15-$35 General Public | $10 for Students | $3 off for Union Members.

    Comment by fflambeau — November 11, 2019 @ 12:10 am


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