Category: Classical & Opera

Pachelbel’s Canon in D–Soothing music

If you have a little bit of Monday blues, why not dim the lights, put your feet up and then let the beautiful sound of Pachelbel’s Canon in D minor soothe your stress away.

This is so beautiful and uplifting that it is a popular choice as a variation to the standard wedding march.

Pachelbel’s Canon in D–Soothing music

Let the beautiful sound engulf you as you feel the stress and concern leave your body.

Or let this music make your arms sway with the sound as it glides to your ironing board. ¬†It makes ironing starched shirt’s collars and cuffs bearable. ūüėČ

Gaudete – A Sacred Christmas Season Song

Gaudete

 

One of my favourite Christmas seasonal songs is the beautiful & atmospheric  Gaudete which is Latin for Rejoice.

One of the best renditions is by the brilliant English/British folk group Steeleye Span.(video below)

Another excellent rendition is from The King’s Singers an a cappella group of choristers from and named after Kings College, Cambridge University. (video below)

Gaudete is a sacred Christmas carol which is believed to have been written in medieval times but is known from the 16th century with  polyphonic (various voice melody)  Alto, Tenor, and Bass.

In medieval times it would have been sung as a  monophonic hymn (single voice melody).

 It is a song of praise to the Virgin Mary giving birth to Jesus.

Below complete Original Latin text of “Gaudete”, with English translation including the refrain at the top:

Latin English
Gaudete, gaudete! Christus est natus
Ex Maria virgine, gaudete!
Rejoice, rejoice! Christ is born
(Out) Of the Virgin Mary ‚ÄĒ rejoice!
Tempus adest gratiæ
Hoc quod optabamus,
Carmina lætitiæ
Devote reddamus.
The time of grace has come‚ÄĒ
what we have wished for,
songs of joy
Let us give back faithfully.
Deus homo factus est
Natura mirante,
Mundus renovatus est
A Christo regnante.
God has become man,
To the wonderment of Nature,
The world has been renewed
By the reigning Christ.
Ezechielis porta
Clausa pertransitur,
Unde lux est orta
Salus invenitur.
The closed gate of Ezekiel
Is passed through,
Whence the light is born,
Salvation is found.
Ergo nostra contio
Psallat iam in lustro;
Benedicat Domino:
Salus Regi nostro.
Therefore let our gathering
Now sing in brightness
Let it give praise to the Lord:
Greeting to our King.
The first page of the original version of Gaudette

The first page of the original version of Gaudette

In the Catholic faith, The third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete Sunday  from the first word of the Introit at Mass (Gaudete, i.e. Rejoice)

Your Tiny hand is frozen – Che Gelida Manina

My husband said my tiny hands are frozen.  He said he was sure it was from a song.

He was right, I feel cold – my hands are frozen –  and It was, it was from a song!  It was from La Boheme

This version was sang by Mario Lanza

Your Tiny hand is frozen – Che Gelida Manina

 

This is an English version from a gramaphone

Beautiful it warms my heart.  Isn’t this an idiom?!!!

‘Cold hand, warm heart’

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