The Day Brightener

Because everyone has the right to be truly free and happy

The Lark Ascending

 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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbcuteYm-EA

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.

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One comment on “The Lark Ascending

  1. Helen
    March 23, 2011

    Thanks for posting this Belinda. As I mentioned to you this was the music my mother chose for my father’s funeral ( a violinist ) and it was as uplifting as it was heartbreaking on the day. It is reminiscent of Isabel Allende’s Paula where she chronicled her daughter’s death so beautifully and I am probably going to misquote here because I don’t have the book in front of me. “Goodbye, Paula woman, welcome Paula spirit.” To me this piece will always signify the ascent of the spirit and the beautiful, lazy climb it takes to get there.

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