Sunday Music & Stravinsky & Sacred Choruses

Igor Stravinsky, Three Russian Sacred Choruses.

Our Father (1926), Ave Maria (1934), Credo (1932). The Gregg Smith singers, directed by Robert Craft. Courtesy of Youtuber Stravinsky91.

Well, except maybe for the first one, I wouldn’t say Stravinsky’s sacred selections stir up the spiritual juices, exactly. (There are parts of Firebird that do the job better for me!) Still, it’s interesting to find out that Stravinsky did any sacred music at all.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu & Kirakira Killer

I’ve lapsed badly in my Kyary kyoverage. This video kyame out about three weeks ago but I wasn’t paying attention.

Our intrepid J-pop specialist and Kyary reporter Superhappyawesome does the honors yet again here, with a translation and some excellent and informative kyommentary. Kyary kyontinues her kyaracteristic dadaist wordplay over otherwise fairly inane lyrics. “Kirakira” means “twinkle twinkle” or “glitter glitter” while “kiraa” is a direct loan word from the English “killer.” Also, “kira” backwards is “raki”: “lucky.”

The music at first seems a bit thin, kyontinuing on in the pounding rinky dink Elton Johnish piano type anthem vein, fresher when it was introduced in Mottai Night Land than it is now. But like a lot of Kyary, it rewards relistening more than you’d expect. The visual spectacle does not disappoint at all, though kyostume design, surprisingly, may be the least imaginative element. In my estimation, Kyary only looks really kyute here once, in the brief moment when she dons glasses and channels Tommy February, who also looks cuter when she wears glasses. Or maybe I have a thing for girls who wear glasses.

At any rate, the kyostume deficit doesn’t stop the visual discombobulation from spiraling arrestingly out of kyontrol in the trademark Kyaryan manner. Among very many other things, you can witness Kyary donning an Einstein moustache, and being eaten and pooped out by a snake–in between riding down the reptile’s spiraling gullet like it was a waterslider. Superhappyawesome thinks this song is a sort of placeholder before her next big musical production, which she thinks will be more substantial.

In terms of symbolic imagery, we will have to give this one a Level 3 religious syncretism alert, which is high even by Kyary standards. We haven’t approached that magnitude of syncretism since Tsukematsukeru, which registered 2.7.

Sunday Music & Haydn & Agnus Dei

Josef Haydn, Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) from the Theresienmesse (mass named after Maria Therese).

Recorded for a lecture recital by Tom Mueller (2014), Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. Michael Ruhling (conductor), Liz Lang (soprano), Elizabeth Fildes (mezzo-soprano), Matthew Valverde (tenor), Samuel Krall (baritone), Tom Mueller (organ).

John McLaughlin & Arjen’s Bag

From Extrapolation (1969).

John McLaughlin (guitar), Brian Odgers (bass), Tony Oxley (drums), John Surman (baritone saxophones). The time signature appears to be 11/8. This song came to be called “Follow Your Heart” and you can hear another version with that title and more of an all star cast (but also with McLaughlin) right here on this station.

Sunday Music & Samuel Barber & Agnus Dei

I didn’t know this had been redone as sacred music.

Samuel Barber’s Adagio for strings (1938) set by Barber to the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) of the mass (in 1967). Performed by the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, directed by Richard Marlowe. Among other things, the instrumental version was theme music for Oliver Stone’s movie Platoon.

Agnus Dei, qui tolis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tolis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tolis peccata mundi, dona nobis pacem.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of world, grant us peace.

wdydfae will be away from the computer for a while. I wish my tiny population of readers and well wishers well in the meantime!