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An Internet Graduation Concert

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I participated recently on a forum thread that discussed a member’s studies coming to an end. I contributed to the thread by asking for musical suggestions appropriate to a graduation ceremony.

My thinking at the time was more “processional” music, and I got a few ideas from the thread which finally ended up feeding a YouTube playlist of “Graduation Music”. The link to the playlist is:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?p=PL3EA236CD28960B0A

(Also featured on my YouTube Channel.)

Some thread contributors suggested more of a “Graduation Concert”; something more aligned with music that celebrates “moving into the real world”, something more esoteric and personal. Some of the suggestions were really interesting, and I thought it would make for a good blog post with music links.

Selection #1: Cantata For a Joy

Pierre MERCURE (1927-1966): Cantate pour une joie, Cantata in seven sections for soprano, chorus, and orchestra (1955), based on poems by Gabriel Charpentier (*1925)

[I. Les lions jaunes -- II. Psaume -- III. Ils ont détruit la ville -- IV. Complainte -- V. Pierrot noir -- VI. Chorale -- VII. Le cri de joie]
More about the work

Performed by Marguerite Lavergne, soprano, the CBC Montreal Orchestra and chorus, conducted by Jean-Marie Beaudet
http://www.musiccentre.ca/apps/index...recordTypeId=8

Selection #2: Excerpt from Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony

Serge PROKOFIEV (1891-1953): Third movement (Adagio) from Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, Op. 100
More about the work

Performed by the Moscow Philharmonic, conducted by David Oistrakh
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jJDZuCgSh8

Selection #3: Transfigured Night

Arnold SCHÖNBERG (1874-1951): Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured night), string sextet, Op. 4
More about the work

Performed by members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
http://traffic.libsyn.com/gardnermus...lartenacht.mp3

Selection #4: Excerpt from Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896): Second movement (Scherzo. Bewegt, Lebhaft-Trio.Schnell) from Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Unfinished"), WAB 109
More about the work

Performed by l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, conducted by Myung-Whun Chung
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIbWcXXzkqI

Selection #5: The Unanswered Question

Charles IVES (1874-1954): "A Contemplation of a Serious Matter" or "The Unanswered Perennial Question" (1906)
More about the work

Performed by the New-York Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Bernstein
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trkFgIMC-Ks

The concert has lasted long enough, but I wanted to give you a BONUS selection:

Franz Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809): Symphony No. 92 in G major "Oxford"
More about the work

Performed by the Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by George Szell
http://public-domain-archive.com/cla...g&album_no=685

Congratulations to all graduates!

Thanks to daspianist for his suggestions!


June 10th 2011, "I Think You Will Love This Music Too" will be adding a new montage on "dances" to its Pod-O-Matic Podcast. Read more June 10th on the ITYWLTMT Blogspot blog.
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  1. Meaghan's Avatar
    What a nice project! It came out well.
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