Blessed Samhain

‘I am the Shadow Who Calls to Your Soul’

Samhain is a Gaelic festival which commemorates the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the darker half of the year.  Traditionally, it is celebrated from 31st October at sundown to 1st November at sundown because, when people still went by perceived rather than machine time, sunset marked the beginning of the day.

Damh the Bard: Samhain Eve

Close the door, keep out the storm
Far away, far away
Keep the need-fires burning til dawn
Oh, leave my soul

For the cold will come this night
From far away, far away
Frost will fall, and ice will bite
Oh, leave my soul

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Oh, leave my soul
Please, pass me by when the evening falls
Oh blessed are we
The Hunter of Souls we shall see
On Samhain Eve

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I can hear the Hunter’s hounds
Far away, far away
I will cast the Circle round
Oh, leave my soul

Raven-witch, I feel your breath
Far away, far away
Bringing with you Summer’s death
Oh, leave my soul

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Oh, leave my soul
Please, pass me by when the evening falls
Oh blessed are we
The Hunter of Souls we shall see
On Samhain Eve

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Sunrise, the tolling bell
Far away, far away
Breaks the Raven-witch’s spell
Oh, blessed are we

The leaves of the Oaken King
Fade away, fade away
Feed the seeds that will come in the Spring
Oh, blessed are we

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Oh, blessed are we
Summer will come with the May on the tree
Oh, hail to the Queen,
And under the Sun we shall sing
To call in the Spring

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Can you hear me calling you?
Can you hear me calling you?

Can you hear me calling you,
Calling your name in the dark?
I am the Shadow Who Calls to Your Soul.

Perfectly Peculiar Putrid Party Punch

Happy Halloween!

This is a recipe I made.  (Note: This is not edible) It is called the Perfectly Peculiar Putrid Party Punch! Here is the recipe.

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Perfectly Peculiar Putrid Party Punch

Ingredients:

  • Colored slime
  • Water
  • Halloween odds and ends like googly eyes.

Directions:

  1. Put water and slime in a jar and let sit overnight.  Slime will dissolve and color the water.
  2. Stir in odds and ends.
  3. Put on table for decoration, and decoration only!
  4. Scare your guests!

Classical Sunday: Halloween-Mix

Here’s something to play when the Trick-or-Treaters come.

Dark Classical – The Best Classical Tracks for Halloween

Polish up your rusty French to figure out which titles this mix contains, or just listen.  Surely you know most of them.  Have fun!

1 – 00:00 – Requiem: Dies irae, pt. 1 – Giuseppe Verdi
2 – 02:07 – Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1, Op. 46: No. 4, Dans le palais du Roi de la montagne – Edvard Grieg
3 – 04:18 – Toccata et fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 – Johann Sebastian Bach
4 – 13:31 – Requiem, K. 626: Sequentia. Dies irae – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
5 – 15:29 – Sonate funèbre No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35: III. Marche funèbre. Lento – Frédéric Chopin
6 – 22:30 – L’apprenti sorcier – Paul Dukas
7 – 34:13 – Tableaux d’une exposition: VIII. Catacombes. Sepulcrum Romanum & Con mortuis in lingua mortua – Modest Mussorgsky
8 – 38:00 – Danse macabre, Op. 40 – Camille Saint-Saëns
9 – 44:25 – Sonate pour piano No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35: III. Marche funèbre. Lento – Frédéric Chopin
10 – 51:50 – Symphonie No. 10 in E Minor, Op. 93: II. Allegro – Dmitri Shostakovich
11 – 55:50 – Le songe d’une nuit d’été, Op. 61, MWV M13: Marche funèbre. Andante comodo – Felix Mendelssohn
12 – 56:53 – Marche funèbre d’une marionnette – Charles Gounod
13 – 01:01:26 – The Planets, Op. 32: I. Mars, the Bringer of War – Gustav Holst
14 – 01:08:11 – Le sacre du printemps, pt. 2: Danse à l’élue – Igor Stravinsky
15 – 01:09:48 – Le sacre du printemps, pt. 2: Danse du sacrifice – Igor Stravinsky
16 – 01:14:18 – Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale, Op. 15: I. Marche funèbre. Moderato un poco lento – Hector Berlioz
17 – 01:34:07 – Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173: No. 7, Funérailles – Franz Liszt
18 – 01:44:31 – Carmina Burana: Finale. “O Fortuna » – Carl Orff

Classical Sunday: Scary Hodge-Podge

Allhallowtide is here!

Believe it or not, people have put up “scary classical music compilations”, and we picked one from a channel we frequently refer to.

So this week, rather than listening to one nice tragic requiem for the occasion, you will hear a snipped from many (refer to list below).

Wishing you all a decently spooky Allhallowtide!

Halloween or Hallowe’en is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day.  It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.

SCARY DARK CLASSICAL MUSIC

  • 00:00 MOZART – Requiem, K. 626: Sequentia. Dies Irae (Harmonia Cantata & Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina cond. by Giuseppe Lanzetta)
  • 01:38 PROKOFIEV – Suite No. 1 from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64bis: No. 6, Death of Tybalt
  • 06:07 LITVINOVSKY – Suite for String Orchestra «Le Grand Cahier»: II. Les Alertes (Metamorphose String Orchestra cond. by Pavel Lyubomudrov)
  • 08:16 BRAHMS – Tragische Ouvertüre, Op. 81 (Olsztyn Philharmonic Orchestra cond. by Marek Tracz)
  • 22:20 MOZART – Requiem, K. 626: Sequentia. Confutatis & Lacrimosa (Harmonia Cantata & Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina cond. by Giuseppe Lanzetta)
  • 27:54 CHERUBINI – Marcia Funebre (International Symphonic Orchestra cond. by Silvano Frontalini)
  • 34:07 LITVINOVSKY – Suite for String Orchestra «Le Grand Cahier»: X. L’Incendie (Metamorphose String Orchestra cond. by Pavel Lyubomudrov)
  • 36:25 MOZART – Masonic Funeral Music in C minor, K. 477 (International Symphonic Orchestra cond. by Silvano Frontalini)
  • 42:35 CAGGIANO – La Tomba del Busento (Symphonic Poem) (Slupsk National Orchestra cond. by Silvano Frontalini)
  • 57:58 BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92: II. Allegretto (Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina cond. by Giuseppe Lanzetta)
  • 01:06:56 TCHAIKOVSKY – Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: No. 2d, Arabian Dance (Donetsk Symphonic Orchestra cond. by Silvano Frontalini)
  • 01:10:32 CHOPIN – Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35: III. Marche funèbre
    (Giovanni Umberto Battel)
  • BOCCHERINI – Sinfonia in D Minor «La Casa del Diavolo» (The Devil’s House)
    01:19:58 I. Andante sostenuto – Allegro assai
    01:25:28 II. Andantino con moto
    01:28:10 III. Andante sostenuto
    (I Virtuosi del Teatro alla Scala)
  • 01:33:47 MAHLER – Symphony No. 1 in D Major «Titan»: IV. Stürmisch bewegt
    (Volgograd Philharmonic Orchestra cond. by Silvano Frontalini)

 

 

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