The Road Goes Ever On and On

This day in 1892, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa, to Mable Suffield and Arthur Reuel Tolkien.  His father’s name would be the name J.R.R. would become famous under some 60 years later, but his heart was in the ancestral home of the Suffield’s in England’s West Midlands.  Mabel and Belladonna Took surely bear some resemblance, and so do the Tolkien’s and the Baggins’, but John Ronald’s sub-creation grew out of the leaf mold of much more than ‘mere biography’.

For John Ronald, the Road started in a windy, dusty yet strangely beautiful foreign country, far away from what would become the home of his heart.  It ended in the heart of Oxford, seventy-some years later.  And in between, something wonderful grew.  Read his Mythopoeia poem to peek behind the scenes.

the grey havens

And for us, the Road still goes on, from the Door where it began to wherever our feet, willing or weary, will eventually lead us.

Happy Birthday, dear John Ronald.  And Thank You.  You have given us so much…

Classical Sunday: Medieval Christmas and Advent Chorals

Enjoy your First Sunday of Advent, one and all.

Medieval Christmas Carols & Advent Chorals

Track title list included in the video.


Classical Sunday: Glazunov’s From the Middle Ages

Glazunov was significant in that he successfully reconciled nationalism and cosmopolitanism in Russian music.

Alexander Glazunov : From the Middle Ages, Suite for orchestra Op. 79 (1902)

I. Prélude. Allegro
II. Scherzo. Allegro assai
III. Sérénade du troubadour. Andantino
IV. Finale. Allegro.
Performed by the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev.


Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov (1865 – 1936) was a Russian composer, music teacher, and conductor of the late Russian Romantic period.

Cultured Wednesday: Leighton’s Farewell


There is another one of Edmund Blair Leighton’s paintings that I particularly like.  It, too, is from the times of Noble Knights and Fair Ladies as E.B.L. loved medieval scenes, but this one is different from, say, The Accolade or The Shadow:  It features a family rather than a knight and lady.

Edmund Blair Leighton - Farewell 1922
Farewell (1922)

Can you spot the husband and father waving?  And can you even imagine what it must have been like back in the day, when communication and transportation were so much slower?

Cultured Wednesday: Leighton’s The Shadow

Very moving.

“Remembering His Face” is another possibly title for this well-known painting by Edmund Blair Leighton, 19th and 20th century British painter.  His “The Accolade” we already featured, and here we have another painting from the times of Noble Knights and Fair Ladies.  And it is a rather moving one, not surprisingly.  Have a look at what the good lady is doing.

The Shadow (1909)




Classical Sunday: Medieval Songs of Love and Loss

From the album “L’Amor de Lonh: Medieval Songs of Love and Loss”

Medieval Songs of Love and Loss.

Performers: Ensemble Gilles Binchois

From the album L’Amor de Lonh: Medieval Songs of Love and Loss

1. Esta montaña d’enfrente (This Mountain in Front)/0:00
2. Lanquan (Lancan) li jorn son lonc en may/ 5:36
3. Quand la pastora, song/ 10:55
4. Triste ei lo cèu, song/ 12:30
5. Quan lo riu de la fontana (Can lo rius de la fontana)/16:05
6. Trop desir a veoir, rondeau for 3 voices/22:22
7. Una hija tiene el rey/23:25
8. Dinz la roubieira de Lissac, song/26:14
9. Quantas sabedes amare amigo, cantiga for voice and accompaniment/28:43
10. Altas undas, song/31:45
11. Meu amor, meu amoriño, song/ 36:08
12. Fine Amors me fait chanter, song/37:16
13. Ai Deus, se sab’ ora meu amigo, cantiga for voice & accompaniment/42:13
14. Del grant golfe de mar/ 46:29
15. A vous Tristan, song/51:15
16. Au repairier de la douce contree, monophonic chanson, R. 500/55:41
17. Quant voi le douz tens, song/59:51

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