WILLIAM BYRD [1539 – 1613] : ORGAN FANTASIA in D minor

Κάποιοι δεν συμμεριζόμαστε το “βαθύ πένθος” στο οποίο βυθίστηκαν τα μίντια με τον θάνατο της Βασίλισσας Ελισάβετ. Για την ακρίβεια μας φαίνεται ακατανόητο, πέρα απ’ το πολιτικό του σκέλος [τελευταία αναλαμπή της πολιτιστικής ηγεμονίας μιας πάλαι ποτέ Αυτοκρατορίας]. Και ας μη μιλήσουμε για το Ερπετό – απόγονο του Κόμη Δράκουλα – κλιματικό ακτιβιστή-με -τα-λεφτά-των-άλλων, που την διαδέχεται.
Είναι ωστόσο μια αφορμή για να ακούσουμε μουσική Βρετανών
μπαρόκ και αναγεννησιακών συνθετών, μερικοί απ’ τους οποίους τυχαίνει να είναι αγαπημένοι μου. Ξεκινάμε με μια Φαντασία για Όργανο του μεγάλου …ελισαβετιανού συνθέτη, σύγχρονου του Σαίξπηρ, William Byrd. Ερμηνεύει ο Patrick Russill.

Some of us don’t share the ‘deep mourning’ into which the media were plunged with the death of
Queen Elizabeth. In fact, it seems incomprehensible to us, apart of course from its political aspect [last glimpse of cultural hegemony of an erstwhile Empire]. And let’s not talk about the Serpent – descendant of Count Dracula – climate activist-with-other people’s-money, who’s succeeding her.
It is, however, an occasion for hearing some music by British
Baroque and Renaissance composers, some of whom happen to be my favorites.
Starting with this
Organ Fantasia by the great … Elizabethan composer, Shakespeare’s contemporary, William Byrd. Performed by Patrick Russill.

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6 Comments

  1. Steven McCabe September 10, 2022 at 12:46 am

    This is wonderful, thank you. Long ago I listened daily to a CBC classical music programme in part due to the charming and somewhat eccentric host. Each Thursday was organ music. He was in love with the organ. I can still remember his voice decades later. https://www.bcradiohistory.com/Biographies/BobKerr.htm

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    1. Oannes September 10, 2022 at 9:34 am

      The organ is also my favorite instrument. One of the reasons I became a piano player was that a piano diploma is required for entering the church organ school. Unfortunately, the closest of its kind was / is in Germany, which was a problem!
      Thanks for the link!

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    2. Oannes September 10, 2022 at 9:45 am

      Here’s my little tribute to Handel, along with a masterpiece of his – a concert for church organ and orchestra.
      https://oannes.gr/on-handels-b-day/

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  2. Ken Powell September 19, 2022 at 12:23 pm

    Wonderful stuff. Do I detect a hint of anti-monarchist sentiment there? If so, you’re in good company… 😉

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    1. Oannes September 19, 2022 at 12:35 pm

      I surely am!

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