Upon my graduation from college, a wise mentor of mine counseled me to "listen to as much music as possible." This has stayed with me over the past decade, but I have failed to heed it. So, this summer, I plan to rectify that. I'd love to say I could do a new piece every day, but that may not be realistic (we musicologists have to read too and I find that I cannot do both at the same time). Real listening is a time investment for me. So, I'm going to aim for at least twice a week (let's hope this goes better than my exercise goals...).
In the meantime, remember this? For those of you who have been dying to know the answers, here they are:
1. O Lord, My God, I take refuge in you
"O Sing unto the Lord" by Phyllis E. Zimmerman. Ok, so it was a loooooooooong shot. A really loooooooooooooooooooong shot.
2. Mit Staunen sieht das Wunderwerk HINT: 18th-c
I was surprised this one had no takers! Haydn, Die Schöpfung (No. 4 for soprano solo and chorus)
3. De profundis clamavi ad te...(hint: it is from the 20th-c, and relevant to my dissertation work)
Like I said, the sacred music texts were a little unfair. But, this would be from Bernstein's Mass.
Mark got this one! Schoenberg's Friede auf Erden, Op. 13
5. We met in the quiet of the meadow
Another obscurity. A song called "The Other Side of the Wood" by a former lawyer-turned folk singer-now Unitarian minister named Fred Small.
6. My life goes on in endless song HINT: new age/Celtic
Enya, "How Can I Keep From Singing?" I was hoping someone would recognize the words of the hymn.
I gave Scott half-credit for this one since he guessed Bernstein's Kaddish Symphony. It was from the third mvt of Chichester Psalms.
Again, this one went to Mark: Joni Mitchell's "I Don't Where I Stand" from the Clouds album.
My friend "the Unhipster" identified Tracy Chapman's "Gimme one Reason"
This one went to Svenn: Indigo Girls, "Blood and Fire"
I thought this one would be one of the first to go, but no dice. Dan B. finally got it: ABBA, "Fernando."
12. An old cowboy went riding out one dark and windy day HINT: country classic!
Another surprise, although I suppose an old cowboy riding on a dark and windy day isn't exactly the most unique musical experience. Johnny Cash, "Ghost Riders in the Sky"
Phil, my brother in Bernstein, got this one...the famous lines written by Paul Simon and given to Lenny which he used in Mass.
14. Empty spaces, what are we living for HINT: classic rock
Queen, "The Show Must Go On"
15. No more carefree laughter HINT: same performer(s) as another already guessed item on this list
ABBA, "Knowing Me, Knowing You"
16. I cannot ask you when exactly you plan to leave (you won't know the performer, but if you get the composer, extra bonus points!!)
Really tough one but not as obscure as No. 1. Stephen Paulus, Songs of Love and Longing "From This World"
Unhipster knew this one: Simon and Garfunkel, "The Sound of Silence"
18. The sky may be starless... HINT: jazz standard, popular artist
Diana Krall, "Love Letters"
Again, the Unhipster: Simon and Garfunkel, "America"
20. Won't you please let me go HINT: assoc. with Little Miss Sunshine
New Order, "Age of Consent." I must apologize. I think the song was used with the movie Marie Antoinette, NOT Little Miss Sunshine.
Dan B. should get the top prize for correctly guessing Blitzstein's "I Wish it So," sung by Dawn Upshaw on the album of the same name.
22. Oh, play me some... HINT: classic 80s country
Alright. So I'm the only one who listens to Alabama? ("Mountain Music")
23. Goodnight my angel HINT: leave these questions for another day...
Billy Joel, "Lullaby" aka "Goodnight My Angel"
This one went to Deetie: Gluck's Alceste. If my students read this blog, which they do not (at least to my knowledge), they would have guessed that one...I hope.
Svenn came through with Bonnie Tyler's "I Need a Hero"
THANKS FOR PLAYING!