Music 2

This post may sound a little giddy but I was really quite impressed with a Youtube video I saw tonight. Those of you who have been following my blog will know that I have been working hard on gathering music for syncing with the text and photos I have already prepared for the videos. I have spent hours sifting through music that I like, and finding useable pieces that fit is a real bonus. Thus, I was truly excited when I found a video featuring Itzhak Perlman, who both played solo and conducted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Mozart’s ‘Adagio’ for Violin and Orchestra in E major K.261.

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This is one of the photos I have on an upcoming YouTube video on the Lake District. (Photo by Ben Barden courtesy of

I had not read the video description before watching it, and was a little surprised when I saw Perlman beating time with hand. It was only later, when I read the notice, that I realised he was also conducting the players. What an achievement! Imagine having to concentrate on playing your own part as well as leading the orchestra.

It was a wonderful experience watching Perlman in the video. He was evidently enjoying himself, but was also in full control of all the ‘drama’ on stage. A good conductor can take an orchestra, its playing, and its audience to great heights. Perlman was excellent! You can watch this on

Another video I enjoyed today was Haydn’s ‘The Heavens are Telling’ from the oratorio, The Creation. It was sung by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. This piece affected me in a different way. It tells of God’s greatness, as the first line makes clear: ‘The heavens are telling the glory of God.’

A night sky lit up by the aurora borealis in the Lake District. (Photo by Paul Kingston, courtesy of

A night sky lit up by the aurora borealis in the Lake District. (Photo by Paul Kingston, courtesy of

Haydn’s music is majestic as befits his libretti. The words reiterate the omnipotence of the Lord God. They glorify His name, as Haydn intended. Music like this lifts up the soul and reminds me of WHOM I believe.

Here is the libretti for Haydn’s joyful ‘The Heavens are Telling’ (

The heavens are telling the glory of God,
The wonder of his work displays the firmament;

Today that is coming speaks it the day,
The night that is gone to following night.

The heavens are telling the glory of God,
The wonder of his work displays the firmament;

In all the lands resounds the word,
never unpercieved, ever understood.

The heavens are telling the glory of God,
The wonder of his work displays the firmament.

Haydn praises God through his music. There is a verse in the Bible that reads:

Therefore, through him let us always bring God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of our lips that confess his name.

(Hebrews 13:15)

It is not always easy to praise God, particularly when times are bad. When one is ill, broke, hurting, angry with the world or with God, or in any other way feeling down and unworthy, the last thing one feels like doing is praising God. Yet, Christians are exhorted to do so: for God is the all powerful I AM, and praising Him takes us out of ourselves to look at the Father and Creator, giving us hope and endurance to go through those dark nights. The Lord delights in our praises and it is our gift to Him when we mean what we speak or sing.

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Despite grey skies, we can still thank God for the glorious scenery that we see from our B&B home, Blenheim Lodge.

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