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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:

(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]
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Performed by Marguerite Lavergne, soprano, the CBC Montreal Orchestra and chorus, conducted by Jean-Marie Beaudet

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
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Performed by the Moscow Philharmonic, conducted by David Oistrakh

Selection #3: Transfigured Night

Arnold SCHÖNBERG (1874-1951): Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured night), string sextet, Op. 4
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Performed by members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

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
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Performed by l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, conducted by Myung-Whun Chung

Selection #5: The Unanswered Question

Charles IVES (1874-1954): "A Contemplation of a Serious Matter" or "The Unanswered Perennial Question" (1906)
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Performed by the New-York Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Bernstein

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"
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Performed by the Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by George Szell

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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Updated Jul-03-2011 at 20:54 by itywltmt (Removed warning)

Classical Music , Recorded Music


  1. Meaghan's Avatar
    What a nice project! It came out well.