In honor of the recently passed milestone of 100 posts, I feel it a fine time to play the actual “Brother James Air” (the music by that name, not my airs). This is performed by the choristers of Canterbury Cathedral in England. The text is a variation of Psalm 23. The piece was written by Scottish minister and hymn writer James Leith Bain (1860–1925).
In reading about John Scott I found this gorgeous recording of the Hylton Stewart setting of Psalm 23, by the St Paul’s Cathedral Choir, conducted by John Scott. The performance took place in 1988 at the Grote Eusebiuskerk in the Netherlands.
We are pleased to announce our second video offering, a bit of (respectful) whimsy that utilizes the creative game of Minecraft:
The Text here is from the King James version of the Holy Bible.
The images are screen shots from a minecraft game.
The music is by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), from his Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 16: Adagio section. This is a public domain recording available on the musOpen website. This is an early work, written when he was 24 while visiting Søllerød, Denmark, and is the only concerto completed by Grieg. It is often compared to the piano concerto by Schumann. It is scored for piano, woodwinds in pairs, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones, timpani, and strings. The performers here are the Skidmore College Orchestra.
The Minecraft style titles are thanks to Textcraft: http://textcraft.net/
And of course I am grateful to the inventive folks at Mojang for their creative game.