12/18/14 - NNHS Newsletter -
it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe
leaped in her
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
When I was a little girl counting the days and eagerly awaiting Christmas Eve, it only became real to me when I heard Perry Como sing this lovely carol on his television show. I found that version plus several other renditions for you to enjoy.
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMoYRUZVaQE - Ave Maria - Perry Como, 1949 - with an extraordinarily unusual slide show
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8g6Tqqc6DQ - Ave Maria - Charlotte Church
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5KZf5hocOU - Ave Maria - Il Divo, Dec.16, 2009
|Ave Maria is a popular and much-recorded setting of
the Latin text
Ave Maria, originally published in 1853 as Méditation sur
le Premier Prélude de Piano de S. Bach.
The piece consists of a melody by the French Romantic composer Charles Gounod especially designed to be superimposed over the Prelude No. 1 in C major, BWV 846, from Book I of J.S. Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier, written some 137 years earlier. Although published in instrumental versions and fitted to various texts during Gounod's lifetime, the claim that he never 'wrote' it appears to be literally true...
Gounod's father-in-law Pierre-Joseph-Guillaume Zimmermann transcribed the improvisation and in 1853 made an arrangement for violin (or cello) with piano and harmonium. The same year it appeared with the words of Alphonse de Lamartine's poem Le livre de la vie ("The Book of Life"). In 1859 Jacques Léopold Heugel published a version with the familiar Latin text. The version of Bach's prelude used by Gounod includes the "Schwencke measure" (m.23), a measure apparently added by Christian Friedrich Gottlieb Schwencke in an attempt to correct what he allegedly deemed a "faulty" progression, even though this sort of progression was standard in Bach's music.
Alongside Schubert's Ave Maria (another contrafactum), the Bach/Gounod Ave Maria has become a fixture at wedding masses, funerals and quinceañeras. There are many different instrumental arrangements including for violin and guitar, string quartet, piano solo, cello, and even trombones. Opera singers, such as Luciano Pavarotti, as well as choirs have recorded it hundreds of times during the twentieth century.
Later in his career, Gounod composed an unrelated setting of Ave Maria for a four-part SATB choir.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to James Strickland ('57)!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Durwood Adams ('57) AND The late Suzie Bauz ('63) (11/03/14)!
Happy Birthday this week to:
20 - Ellen Carney Manson ('63) of SC;
21 - Ray Stinnette ('63) of VA;
22 - Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND Elliott Schlosser ('63) AND Dottie Pegram Daniels (NNHS / George Washington HS - '64) of WV AND Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND Bill Rash ('67) of VA;
23 - Tom Flax ('64) of VA AND Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA;
24 - James Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57) AND Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA AND Sandye Jordan Frost ('67) of NC;
25 - Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) of NC AND Doug Dickinson ('69) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN
December 18, 1939 -The Battle of the Heligoland Bight, the first major air battle of the war, took place.
THIS DAY IN1964:
|Friday, December 18, 1964 - Wrestler, actor, and producer Stone Cold Steve Austin was born Steven James Anderson in Victoria, Texas.|
From Ivan Anker ('67) of VA - 12/17/14 - "Happy Hanukkah!":
Sent to me from a cousin. Hope you get the video.
Thank you, Ivan! The Maccabeats are always fun to watch! Happy Hanukkah!
From Mayim Bialik (North Hollywood High School, CA - '93) of CA - 12/17/14 - "How to get by at a Chanukah party if you're not a Jew":
Top 8 (+1) Tips for Being the Best Non-Jew at the Hanukkah Party
by Franny Silverman
Thanks so much for sharing this, Mayim!
From My Grandson, Jacob Harty, of LA - 12/17/14 - "Zombo.com":
I found this site in my
bookmarks on Chrome that my
Harty showed me a while back. Take a look.
Thanks, Jacob! "You can do ANYTHING at Zombo com!" Yes, it's true: I'm easily amused.
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/14/14 - "Origin of Phrases & Other Good Stuff":
|Will not be sending
another email after this until after Christmas. Like most, just have
much to do.
Have A Very Merry Christmas!!
~j~ ~j~ ~j~ ~j~ ~j~
~j~ ~j~ ~j~ ~j~ ~j~ ~j~ ~j~
Thank you, Shari! Merry Christmas!
From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 12/17/14:
|“As we seek Christ,
as we find Him, as we follow Him, we shall have the Christmas spirit,
not for one fleeting day each year, but as a companion always. We shall
learn to forget ourselves. We shall turn our thoughts to the greater
benefit of others.”
Thomas S. Monson,
Thanks so much, Susan!
From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 12/17/14 - "Grandpa Gets An iPad...":
|I actually laughed OUT
LOUD! THIS IS JUST TOO FUNNY. Enjoy!
PLEASE, PLEASE WATCH THIS I LOVE
YOWZERONI-RINI! Thanks, Wayne! This makes me hurt.
From My Friend, Tina, of SC - 12/16/14:
|Thank you, Tina!|
From Margaret Elmore Tolly ('58) of VA - 12/16/14:
|SO TRUE! Thanks, Margaret!|
From My Friend, Tina, of SC - 12/16/14:
|Thanks again, Tina!|
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/02/14 - "Some Grins (#6 in a series of 15)":
Laughs for the day………..
From My Friend, Tammy, of NC - 12/07/14 - "Daily Christmas Story (#18 in a Series of 24)":
|This year I decided to
share some of my favorite Christmas stories and quotes. It is a
tradition in our family to read a Christmas story every night in
December culminating with the Nativity on the 24th.
Christmas Story Day 18,
The Little Match Girl
Little Match Girl
The weather was frosty and cold. It was growing dark, and a heavy snow had begun to fall. It was Christmas Eve. A little girl wandered in the darkening streets. She wore ragged clothes, and she carried a bundle of matches in her hand.
All day, the Little Match Girl had been trying to sell her matches. “A penny for a match!” she had called in a small, pitiful voice to shoppers on the streets. But the people just glanced at her and then hurried on their way. Now it was almost night. The poor girl had not sold a single match.
As she walked along, the Little Match Girl grew very cold. She wore only an old, thin pair of slippers. She had no socks, for she could not afford them. Suddenly, a voice bellowed, “Out of my way!” At that moment, she heard the thundering sound of horses’ hooves.
She scurried across the street, barely managing to get out of the way of a large carriage pulled by two enormous horses. When she stopped to catch her breath, the Little Match Girl looked down at her feet. In fleeing the carriage and horses, she had lost her slippers. Now the Little Match Girl had no shoes at all.
The Little Match Girl wandered through the streets as the hour grew later and later. Up ahead, she saw a light shining through the window of one of the houses.
The Little Match Girl looked in the window and saw a table spread with a white tablecloth and set with candles and silver. On the table was a grand Christmas feast -- a fat goose stuffed with the traditional apples and nuts, cakes and pies of all sorts, puddings, and every imaginable fruit. The Little Match Girl had never beheld such a feast.
A family came into the room and sat down at the table. The little girl wished that she could join the mother, father, and three young ones who were about to eat this beautiful Christmas dinner. How hungry she was! The Little Match Girl sighed and turned away, then continued down the street. Soon she saw a light shining from the window of another house.
This time when she looked inside, the Little Match Girl saw an extraordinarily lovely Christmas tree. There was a gold star at the top, and candles flickered on the branches. Gaily wrapped packages were piled beneath the tree. While the Little Match Girl watched, a group of joyous girls and boys entered the room.
They clapped their hands with delight when they saw the tree and all the presents. How the Little Match Girl wished she could have laughed and played with the children around the Christmas tree! As she turned away from the window, the Little Match Girl heard singing from a group of carolers nearby:
Silent night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright. . . .
The Little Match Girl thought the music so beautiful that she followed the carolers down the street listening to their song:
‘Round yon Virgin Mother and Child,
Holy Infant so tender and mild.
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.
When they finished singing, the carolers were invited to come inside a brightly lit kitchen. Standing near the door, the Little Match Girl could smell bread baking inside. Once again, she was all alone. Now it was growing late, and the Little Match Girl was very cold. To keep warm, she decided to light one of her matches.
She struck the match, and the light flared. In the bright glow of the match, she imagined herself sitting at a table eating a Christmas feast just like the one she had seen through the lighted window. The Little Match Girl was eating Christmas goose, with pudding and fruit and cake and pie. How warm and full and happy she was!
Just then, the match went out. The bright light was gone, and the Little Match Girl was alone again in the dark. She shivered with cold.
The Little Match Girl decided to light a second match to try to get warm again. She struck the match, and once more a warm glow and bright light appeared. In the light from this match, she saw herself with the boys and girls around the Christmas tree. She was about to open a Christmas gift wrapped in red paper and tied with a gold ribbon. She was anxious to see what might be inside.
Just then, the match burned out. Suddenly, everything was dark, and again the Little Match Girl was cold and alone. Except for the light from streetlamps, the night was utterly dark, and the Little Match Girl grew so cold that she decided to light the entire bundle of matches.
When she struck all her matches, the whole world suddenly seemed to light up. Stars shot down from the sky. The Little Match Girl felt warm and wonderful. As she looked around, the Little Match Girl had an amazing vision. She saw an angel dressed all in white. The angel was smiling and coming toward her with outstretched arms.
The angel picked the Little Match Girl up in her arms and smiled upon the small face. The angel started to walk, carrying the Little Match Girl. “Where are we going?” asked the girl. “I am taking you to a place where you will never be cold,” the angel replied as they rose slowly into the night sky. “It is a place always filled with light and warmth. We will go where there are only laughter and smiles, and where you will never be hungry again.”
The next morning, those who emerged from their houses saw the bundle of burnt matches lying in the snow. They wondered what had happened. What they could not know was that the Little Match Girl had gone to a place where she would always be warm and loved and happy -- so happy that every single day would seem just like Christmas!
Thank you so very much, Tammy!
WINTER CROCHET PATTERN:
BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPES:http://www.mrfood.com/Pie/Gooey-Amish-Caramel-Pie/ml/1 - Gooey Amish Caramel Pie - "Got a sweet tooth? If you do, then our Gooey Amish Caramel Pie may just satisfy your cravings. The rich sweetness of the caramel mixed with the crunchy pecans goes perfectly with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side."
http://www.mrfood.com/Misc-Desserts/Cherry-Nut-Cobbler/ml/1 - Cherry Nut Cobbler- "Be ready for loads of compliments when you serve up this yummy Cherry Nut Cobbler. Lots of shortcuts make it easy for you, but they'll never know that you didn't really fuss!"
From Me ('65) of NC - 12/17/14:
This is so fast and simple to make, it's long been a great favorite of mine. It might help you during the next few hectic days: