Because everyone has the right to be truly free and happy
The Lark Ascending is the next beautiful addition to The Day Brightener Soundtrack. Thankyou Helen for nominating this wonderful piece of music.
For those unfamiliar with it, The Lark Ascending is a work for violin and orchestra composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1914. It is one of the most popular classical pieces in Britain, being voted number one in the Classic FM Hall of Fame every year from 2007 to 2010.
The video below captures the Dutch violinist Janine Jansen’s performance which just swept me away. I hope that you enjoy it too. If you would prefer to just listen to the music, then you can find the mp3 version on Music of The Day Brightener page.
For those interested in the history of the work, here is a bit of interesting information. The music itself was inspired by the poem of the same name written in 1900 by George Meredith which is itself a melodious tribute to a bird whose song brings such brightness and joy. Larks are one of the only birds that can sing while they are flying, and hence are associated with spreading cheerfulness and joy across the land. The original poem is 122 lines long, so for now, here are two of my favourite parts of the poem (for the entire poem go to http://oldpoetry.com/opoem/47418-George-Meredith-The-Lark-Ascending).
|For all to hear and all to know|
|That he is joy, awake, aglow,|
|The tumult of the heart to hear|
|Through pureness filter’d crystal-clear,|
|And know the pleasure sprinkled bright|
|By simple singing of delight
|The song seraphically free|
|Of taint of personality,|
|So pure that it salutes the suns|
|The voice of one for millions,|
|In whom the millions rejoice|
|For giving their one spirit voice.|