Archive for September 18, 2013

MUSIC VIDEO: Aaron Copland, “Variations on a Shaker Melody”

Grand Teton Oxbow Bend file photo - adapted from NPS image

From his ballet “Appalachian Spring,” Aaron Copland’s “Variations on a Shaker Melody,”  derived from the mid-19th century Shaker hymn “Simple Gifts” … Music by the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Bernstein. Copland’s piece is instrumental; the hymn “Simple Gifts” has the following lyrics: ‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free, ‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought

MUSIC VIDEO: Battle Hymn of the Republic

File Photo of American Flags and Gathered U.S. Veterans

The Battle Hymn of the Republic is performed by the U.S. Army Choir at the Dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas, Texas. The lyrics of the Battle Hymn of the Republic were written by Julia Ward Howe in 1861, set to the tune of preexisting traditional melodies. Lyrics sung in video: Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of