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Choral Music Over Time
“Traditor Autem – Benedictus”
Benedictine Monks Of Santo Domingo De Silos
“Will the Circle Be Unbroken”
A. P. Carter
Johnny Cash, Roy Acuff, Ricky Skaggs, Levon Helm with Emmylou Harris and Jimmy Ibbotson
“Noumi Noumi Yaldati”
Jordi Savall, Montserrat Figueras, Lior Elmaleh & Hespèrion XXI
“Loves Me Like a Rock”
Paul Simon and The Dixie Hummingbirds
“I’ll Fly Away”
Albert E. Brumley
The Blind Boys Of Alabama
“Helplessly Hoping
Stephen Stills
Crosby, Stills, and Nash
“Vespers, Op. 37 – The Great Doxology”
Sergei Rachmaninov
Irina Arkhipova, Victor Rumyantsev; Valery Polyansky: USSR Ministry Of Culture Chamber Choir
“Mass for Five Voices: IV. Sanctus & Benedictus”
William Byrd
Peter Phillips & The Tallis Scholars
“Inkanyezi Nezazi (Star And The Wiseman)”
Joseph Shabalala
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
“The Warmth of the Sun
Brian Wilson and Mike Love
The Beach Boys
“Dixit Raphael angelus”
In Dulci Jubilo
“In My Life
John Lennon and Paul McCartney
The Beatles
“When I Die”
Laura Nyro
Sweet Honey in the Rock
“People Get Ready
Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions
“The Tyger
John Tavener and William Blake
Harry Christophers & The Sixteen
“500 Hundred Miles
Hedy West
Peter, Paul, and Mary
“Spem in alium”
Thomas Tallis
Peter Phillips & The Tallis Scholars
“O Fortuna”
Carl Orff
Sheila Armstrong, Gerald English, Etc.; André Previn: London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
“After the Love is Gone
David Foster, Jay Graydon, and Bill Champlin
Earth, Wind, and Fire
Missa Luba, “Credo”
Traditional, arranged by Father Guido Haazen
Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin


Vanitas with Violin and Glass Ball

Pieter Claesz

The painting above is a self-portrait, of sorts. The artist can hardly be seen, but the title gives us a clue, Vanitas with Violin and Glass Ball. The violin dominates the painting and other inanimate objects, including a skull suggesting a person who was once living and animate, but is no more, are also prominent. But if we look carefully at the glass ball at the back of the painting we can see, if we look very closely, the reflection of the painter in the glass. He is distorted as are the other objects in the painting. There is the watch suggesting the passage of time, the skull suggesting the end of life, and objects, like the violin and quill, that suggest the work some do, as well as the wine glass that might suggest how we spend our leisure time. Perhaps this is what vanity is, the objects with which we fill our time that come to say more about who we are than we ourselves, or our actions, perhaps, say about who we are. The painter is lost in the background and the objects that fill his time are all that we see clearly. And is this not, to an extent, what vanity is, the pride we take in what we have or what we do for work or how we fill our time, and not in the way we conduct our ourselves, how we behave, how we treat others, or the values our lives embody that define us as members of our communities, which more clearly and truly define who we are as people.


Pope Innocent X

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Charles I in Three Positions

Sir Anthony Van Dyck



Adriaen van Ostade

Here are three portraits. Two are of people who possessed great power, Pope Innocent X possessed great religious power and King Charles I possessed great political power. Pope Innocent X, though a religious leader, increased the political power and influence of the 17th century Catholic Church. King Charles I, on the other hand, in the eyes of some, abused his political power and in the end this abuse of power led to his execution. If we look into the face of Pope Innocent X we see a man who looks very serious and, in my view, very hard and uncompromising. If we look into the face of King Charles I, and we have three views of his face, we see man who looks softer and more carefree. There is a kind of “gentle” sternness in his look and also the suggestion that this is a man used to privilege and self-indulgence. The third portrait is of a fishmonger who is focused on his work and there is in his appearance the suggestion that he is content in his work. There is no sense of privilege about him and no sense of power or authority. In these three portraits we see the “three estates” of the medieval and renaissance world. We see in these portraits a view of the world as it is to this day, those that pursue power, those that pursue wealth and luxury (it was the pursuit of luxury that brought about King Charles I downfall, at least in part) and those that pursue work and everyday responsibility. For me, of the three, the fishmonger looks the most content. Art and literature can show us the world and life as it is lived by the various groups and classes of people that fill the world. It can reveal to us how life is and suggest to us how it ought to be.


Kapitsa and Semyonov

Boris Kustodiev

But too often we define ourselves by the work we do. I probably should know who Kapitsa and Semyonov are and in this day and age I can do a “Google” search that would tell me why they were important enough to have their portrait painted. But I can infer from the painting that whatever they did, it had something to do with science for one is showing to the other what appears to be a tool of their trade (of course this may be a trick, the painter may be engaging in deception so I should be careful about my assumptions). And this is often the way of things, we do not want the portraits drawn of us, whether with words or paint, to reveal too much about who we truly are, we want to be remembered for what is safely known about us and has earned us whatever degree of fame and respectability to which we are entitled. Though what we do is important, it often reveals only a small slice of who we really are.

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Trumpet Music Over Time
Brandenburg Concerto #2 In F, BWV 1047 – “3. Allegro Assai”
Johann Sebastian Bach
Rudolf Baumgartner: Lucerne Festival Strings
Trumpet Concerto In E Flat, H 7E/1 – “1. Allegro”
Joseph Haydn
Wynton Marsalis; Raymond Leppard: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Fanfare for Trumpet
Jean-Joseph Mouret
Camerata of St. Andrew & Leonard Friedman
“Potato Head Blues”
Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong and His Hot 7
Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041: “II. Andante”
Johann SebastianBach
Alison Balsom, Edward Gardner & Göteborg Symfoniker
“E. S. P.”
Wayne Shorter
The Miles Davis Quintet
The Barber’s Timepiece
John Woolrich
BBC Symphony Orchestra
“Red Clay”
Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard
Claude Debussy
Alison Balsom, Edward Gardner & Göteborg Symfoniker
“The Lonely Bull”
Burt Bacharach, Hal David/Sol Lake
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
“Brotherhood of Man”
Fran Loesser
Clark Terry & Oscar Peterson Trio
Pictures At An Exhibition – “Promenade; Gnomus”
Modest Mussorgsky
Gilbert Levine: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
“Soon We All Will Know”
Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis
“Things to Come”
Gill Fuller
Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie
“The Unanswered Question”
Charles Ives
Leonard Bernstein & New York Philharmonic



Margaret in Skating Costume

Thomas Eakins

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