Happy New Year

This is not so much looking forward to what 2013 will bring as a little musical diversion inspired by a friend and a little overindulgence (as happens at this time of year) – an apt musical representation of a Scotsman heading home late in the evening.


Part of the second movement of English composer Malcolm Arnold’s Four Scottish Dances. This is linked to Youtube, rather than embedded so that it starts at the appropriate spot.

Even the conductor gets in on the act. [If you want to listen to all four dances (especially the third movement) try this one as the young group in the previous video are very off in their tuning by the third movement due to warming expansion.]

For anyone else who spent today cleaning up after a party here is Malcolm Arnold’s A Grand, Grand Overture – scored for full symphony orchestra and organ – and three vacuum cleaners, a floor polisher and four rifles.

And for everyone who is back to work tomorrow enjoy Leroy Anderson’s The Typewriter:

Happy New Year Folks!

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5 Responses to Happy New Year

  1. hro001 says:

    Happy New Year, Verity … and thanks for these memorable moments of musical mayhem 😉

  2. ArndB says:

    A very HAPPY NEW YEAR,
    and an open mind for this
    climatically relevant text:

    “Everything comes from water!!
    Everything is maintained through water!
    Ocean, give us your eternal power.”
    Drama: Faust II; J. W. v. Goethe (1749-1832)

    [reply – and to you. V.]

  3. Belated NYG’s also from me. For a complete antidote to Christmas, New year, life, the universe and EVERYTHING, listen to Vaughan Williams’ “The lark ascending”.

    In my humble opinion (always ‘umble!) the most beautiful piece of music ever written. Best listened to in an otherwise deserted concert hall, or if you don’t have access to one complete with a lone world-class violinist, using headphones. Shut out the world for a few blissful minutes.

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