Saving Thanksgiving

 “Got no check books, got no banks.  Still I’d like to express my thanks – I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.” ~Irving Berlin

freedom.jpgI went to the store this morning.  In the section that yesterday was brimming with ghosts, goblins, candy, and all manner of things that go bump in the night, was an entire forest of artificial Christmas trees.

  Once again, Thanksgiving is being shoved aside for Santa.  I’ve decided to make this week Thankgiving Awareness Week.  I hope to provide information on all things Thanksgiving. Canadian friends, ignore the American history stuff and save the rest for next year! 

For years, this Norman Rockwell poster (one of the Four Freedoms) hung in my classroom.  I always loved the guy looking at us instead of the turkey.  Everyone has their own favorite recipes and foods for Thanksgiving, so I don’t expect to include any in these posts.  So how about a little Thanksgiving music to go with the meal or to provide the background to a great conversation.  That’s what people did before television and football.  The music is divided into two playlists, one classical and the other a mix of different styles. Today I’m posting the classical list.  Always good for dining and digestion.  I’ll post the other in a few days.  Hopefully something for everyone and no one will be as picky as Charlie Brown who reminded us that when singing “Over the River and Through the Woods” that his grandmother did not live over the river or through the woods, but in a condominium.

Classical Thanksgiving Music

  • Prelude on Welsh Hymn Tunes for organ No. 2 in G major (“Rhosymedre”)
    Composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act Intermezzo
    Composed by Pietro Mascagni
  • Serenade for strings (or piano, 4 hands) in C major, Op. 48 1st Movement: Pezzo in forma di Sonatina
    Composed by Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
  • St. Paul’s Suite, for strings, Op. 29/2, H. 118 The Dargason
    Composed by Gustav Holst
  • Symphony No. 5 in D major/D minor (“Reformation”), Op. 107 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
    Composed by Felix Mendelssohn
  • Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F major (“L’autunno,” The Four Seasons; “Il cimento” No. 3), Op.8/3, RV 293 Allegro
    Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
  • A Symphony: New England Holidays for orchestra, S. 5 (K. 1A4) Thanksgiving and Forefathers’ Day
    Composed by Charles Ives
  • Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
    Composed by Fryderyk Chopin
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