Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Margaret Ashworth

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Margaret Ashworth is a retired national newspaper journalist.

A carol a day: Once in Royal David’s City

Today we start re-running last year’s series on Christmas carols. This was first published on December 3, 2018.  WE...

Classics on Sunday: Handel – For Unto Us a Child is Born (Messiah)

IN the run-up to Christmas I had to mention Handel’s Messiah. I suppose the Hallelujah Chorus is the best-known movement, but although often performed at...

The Midweek Hymn: The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came

WE are now in Advent, the run-up to Christmas, and this is a popular hymn for this season. It is also known...

Classics on Sunday: Handel’s Organ Concerto, Op 7 No 4

GEORGE Frideric Handel composed 12 organ concertos in two sets as interludes for performances of his operas and oratorios. He...

The Midweek Hymn: Teach Me Thy Way, O Lord

THIS hymn, to me, has a particularly lovely tune. It was composed by Benjamin Mansell Ramsey (1849-1923), who also wrote the words.

Classics on Sunday: Two Beethoven piano sonatas

I COULDN’T decide which of these piano sonatas was my favourite, so I thought I would write about both.

The Midweek Hymn: Let Us, With a Gladsome Mind

THIS hymn has a delightful freshness and innocence about it, which is perhaps not surprising as it was written by a schoolboy....

Classics on Sunday: Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op 54

THE German composer Robert Schumann (1810-1856) completed his only piano concerto in 1845. It was premiered in Dresden with his wife Clara...

The Midweek Hymn: Fight the Good Fight

HYMNS in which Christians are portrayed as warriors seem to have a special resonance these days, and Fight the Good Fight is one of...

Margaret Ashworth: A hymn for Remembrance Sunday

We are republishing our Midweek hymn of earlier in the week as it is so specifically appropriate for today. Today, services of remembrance will be...

The Midweek Hymn: O God Our Help in Ages Past

ON Sunday, services of remembrance will be held at war memorials in towns and villages all over the country, each with its list of...

Classics on Sunday: Bach Violin Concerto No 2 in E major BWV 1052

LAST week I wrote about Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), the Venetian composer sometimes called the King of Baroque. He was a major influence on Johann...

The Midweek Hymn: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

TODAY’S choice is another of the 9,000 or so hymns written by Charles Wesley (1707-1798). I covered the early part of Wesley’s life when I...

Classics on Sunday: Vivaldi – beyond the Four Seasons

ANTONIO Vivaldi is well known as the composer of the violin concertos known as the Four Seasons, but he left at least 500 other...

The Midweek Hymn: Jerusalem the Golden

THIS hymn originated in the 12th century when a French Benedictine monk known as Bernard of Cluny (who apparently had English parents) wrote De...

Classics on Sunday: The young Mendelssohn

I FIND it incredible that Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) wrote his marvellous Octet in E flat major Op 20 when he was only 16. And...

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