12/18/17 - 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 - 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) (deceased 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!
100 YEARS AGO TODAY:
THIS DAY IN WWII:
December 18, 1939 -The Battle of the Heligoland Bight, the first major air battle of the war, took place.
THIS DAY IN1967:
|Monday, December 18, 1967 - Journalist Toine van Peperstraten was born in Achthuizen, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands.|
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 Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/18/17:
|Thank you, Joan!|
From Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of PA - 12/17/17:
Although they neglected to mention, "Good Yule" for Druids and
"Happy Festivus" for the rest (of us
and I personally prefer to extend the salutation to what the
recipient is rather than what I am, they really nailed the closing
thought: Say something nice to others, be thankful for kindly
gestures towards you, and quit getting so easily offended!
“… If a person says or does something that we consider offensive, our first obligation is to refuse to take offense and then communicate privately, honestly, and directly with that individual. Such an approach invites inspiration from the Holy Ghost and permits misperceptions to be clarified and true intent to be understood.” (David A. Bednar, “And Nothing Shall Offend Them,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2006, 91, 92).
By the way, Merry Christmas, Pretty Lady!
From Bobby Callis ('64) of WV - 12/14/15:
“Older people shouldn't eat health food, they need all the preservatives they
From My Friend, Tammy, of NC - 12/07/14 - "Daily Christmas Story (#18 in a Series of 24)":
Thank you so very much, Tammy!