Holy Week Music & Ligeti & Kyrie

As we approach Holy Week our music will the Kyrie from György Ligeti’s Requiem (1963-65). It is not easy listening. We are continuing with our Stanley Kubrick related sacred music thing. This Ligeti piece (but it’s not the only Ligeti piece) is prominent in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Respect to Youtuber MegaMark211 for the visual presentation, which takes us from Good Friday (which will be April 3) to Easter Sunday (April 5).

I know it doesn’t sound like it, but there really are words to this song.

Kyrie eleison
Christe eleison
Kyrie eleison

Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy

2001 Theme & Deodata

I got on a 2001 kick and this where I ended up, the jazz arrangement of the theme for Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Oddyssey (the fanfare of Also Sprach Zarathustra, by Richard Strauss). From Eumir Deodata’s album Prelude (1973).

This arrangement made a big impression on me from the movie Being There (1979), in the scene where Peter Sellers’ character walks out of his house for the first time in his life (below).  But I hadn’t realized what an all star lineup was on this track, including Eumir Deodata (keyboards), Stanley Clarke (bass), Billy Cobham (drums), John Tropea (guitar), Airto Moreira (percussion).

 

Sunday Music & Lux Aeterna & Ligeti

Lux Aeterna, by György Ligeti, performed by Cambridge Clare College Choir, conducted by Timothy Brown. From the album Illumina (1999). OK, I admit I’m kind of going out on the outer edge with this one.

This piece was in the soundtrack for Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Our faithful Wikipedia informs us that the words are from the Reqiuem Mass:

Lux aeterna luceat eis, Domine, cum sanctis tuis in aeternum, quia pius es. Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine.

(May everlasting light shine upon them, O Lord, with thy saints in eternity, for thou art merciful. Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and may everlasting light shine upon them.)

Oh Happy Day & Sunday Music & Sister Act 2

“Oh Happy Day” from Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), with Whoopi Goldberg, and Ryan Toby doing the solo.

UPDATE: Thanks for the likes for this particular post, which triggered an automatic announcement informing me that I have received 1,000 likes on this blog. At 506 posts, that’s almost exactly . . . let’s see here . . . two likes per post!

By gosh, that’s gotta mean something.

I’m just not sure exactly what.