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  • Tom Daley: Something I want to say...

    This has been a hard decision to make, but I wanted you to hear this from me.

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  • I don't think you seem to have any understanding of Vaughan Williams' Work whatsoever. It is pratically all based on or inspired by folk music! There are so many folk features to be found here, pentatonicism, simple melody and harmony, a subject matter of rural landscape. By saying it isn't a folk song you are not only arguing against me but also the composer. I will repeat, the full title of this piece is "Linden Lea, A Dorset FOLK SONG," as named by RVW himself!

    Ralph Vaughan Williams - Linden Lea

    • 4 years ago
    • 73,586 views
    A beautiful piece of choral music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, inspired by the beauty of nature. The lyrics are a pastoral poem by William Barnes, in this, a very rich and pleasing Dorset song.
  • You know what, I have lots of American friends. Most Americans are funny and considerate people. But you are the reason that people hate America!

    Americans are NOT stupid - WITH SUBTITLES

    So what if they donĀ“t know how many sides a triangle has? Or who Tony Blair is? That's not fair...if you still think american people are stupid, watch this video and change your mind :)
  • In the "Americans are not stupid" video, middle aged mature adults were mostly asked and responded ridiculously to the questions. In this video you have mainly harrassed old pensioners and young children. The question at the end is sometimes used as a brain teaser to catch people out and so the fact that some people got that wrong is invalid. Ah well, it was a nice attempt :)

    British are also NOT stupid - WITH SUBTITLES

    • by j1j8
    • 7 years ago
    • 3,478,837 views
    This is a video response to "Americans are NOT stupid"

    This video was NOT MADE TO INSULT BRITISH!!!! I am british myself!!!!!

    It is a response, not because the same questions were asked to br...
  • I'm not sure if words can describe how beautiful this is! What a treat for the ears!

    King Kong Soundtrack - Central Park

    • by OSTLady
    • 6 years ago
    • 350,680 views
    This has to be one of my favourite Soundtracks of any film, it's so pretty. Composed by the amazing James Newton-Howard, another of my idols.
  • James Galway is an absolute legend! I'm so excited that I just met him here in Northern Ireland, I got his autograph too!

    Sir James Galway plays "The Lord of the Rings"

    • by JHSEsq
    • 7 years ago
    • 862,039 views
    Sir James Galway plays music from "The Lord of the Rings" at the Chrystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, May 2006
  • The Giants Causeway is the most beautiful place in Britain without a doubt. Anyone who says otherwise simply can't recognise beauty. You should see it at sunset!

    Northern Ireland: Giant's Causeway Dunluce Castle

    A weekend in Nothern Ireland. Absolutely perfect weather and great memories. More to come on our trip to Belfast and Newgrange.
  • This piece fills me with such pride to be British. Patriotic and beautiful. Often, when I listen to this, tears come to my eyes!

    Jerusalem - Last Night of the Proms 06

    Hubert Parry's - Jerusalem, conducted by Mark Elder with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus - backed up by the enthusiastic & lively audience at the Royal Albert Hall, and...
  • Wow, she is outstanding!

    Libertango (Alison Balsom) - Last Night of the Proms 2009

    Alison Balsom (trumpet) performs Libertango composed by Astor Piazzolla (192192), arr. Julian Milone (born 1958) during Last Night of the Proms '09, inside the Royal Albert Hall. BBC SO's David Rob...
  • Beautiful, such a shame that Butterworth died so young, the amazing potential that he had can be heard very clearly in this piece.

    The Banks of Green Willow

    Some of my water-themed photos set to the beautiful music of George Butterworth.

    "The Banks of Green Willow" always conjures up a picture of a lazy summer day by a gently-flowing English river...
  • When I say that this piece is perfection, I really mean it literally! This remains, my favourite of Vaughan William's glorious collection of orchestral works.

    He was the best British composer of all time, without a doubt.

    The main themes of this piece are both powerful and moving, the overall sound of the double stringed orchestra is rich in texture, with a wide variation in dynamics that compliment the mysterious melody.

    FANTASIA ON A THEME BY THOMAS TALLIS. PT.1.

    Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. Pt.1
  • Alright, I was wrong, my brother certainly could not perform this piece. I suppose we all have different tastes in music and what could be beautiful to me could be horrible to someone else and vice versa. So I've decided never to criticise something that I don't know much about again.

    Edgard Varese - Ionisation

    Not sure what symphony this is but the performance is really incredible. This piece of music was what Made Frank Zappa want to write music, according to his aurtobigraphy.
  • The skill needed to play this is huge! An amazing work from Chopin and a brilliant performance from Yundi Li

    Yundi Li - Chopin "Fantasie" Impromptu, Op. 66

    Of course no video collection would be complete without the cliche Yundi Li video of him playing Chopin's "Fantasie" Impromptu in C-sharp minor, Op. 66 No. 4 This is one of my favorite pieces.

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  • John Williams is a master of scoring films. And I must say that to me this is the most poignant of all his pieces, a true depiction of the horrors commited at the hands of the Nazi's.

    Also, excellent work from Itzhak Perlman who's virtuoso performance came off splendidly in the film which was a masterpiece.

    John Williams - Theme from Schindler's List

    violon solo : Itzhak Perlman
  • Holst has captured Jupiter very well in this piece. Ofcourse, Jupiter is the largest of the planets and this is recognised in this piece as it is more flamboyant and grand compared to the other pieces from the planets suite.

    Holst- Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity- The Planets Suite

    English composer Gustav Holst composed The Planets between 1914 and 1916. The Birmingham premiere of the suite took place in 1918, fifteen years before Pluto was discovered. Though the Planets beca...
  • I love this music, so full of energy and anger! The Montagues and the capulets at war. A masterpiece!

    Romeo & Juliet - Prokofiev

    Act 1: Sc.2: XIII Dance of the Knights Romeo & Juliet - Prokofiev [Valery Gergiev; Kirov Orchestra] Que du bonheur =)
  • We must remember what music is all about. It is about moving people and changing their emotions. That is what Elgar has done.

    Music is the art of the soul.

    Elgar - Nimrod (from "Enigma Variations")

    Daniel Barenboim with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, opening the 1997 season at Carnegie Hall in this gorgeously performed dedication to the recently deceased Sir Georg Solti. Solti was the previo...
  • I love this piece, full of energy!

    Sir Edward Elgar - Pomp and Circumstance March No.1

    Sir Edward Elgar
    Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1

    The Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Op. 39 are a series of five marches for orchestra composed by Sir Edward Elgar.
  • "It's a great ambassador for chestnuts," the child at the start said. I think that was exceptionally funny, I really enjoyed the program and the fact that they all showed off a bit didn't bother me at all. Michael was so posh, it was just funny, but that kid Dante was annoying I have to admit, it bothered me that he thought he was so special that he didn't have to respect anyone.

    Quite sad really

    Child Genius (Channel 4 Promo)

    Promo for the new long-running Channel 4 series 'Child Genius'. Pretty self explanatory really!
  • Suprisingly, I can never recall hearing this piece on violin before. It's beautiful though!

    I love 1:35 it is my favourite bit of the piece, the chords are very emotional and the piano accompniament is fluid and expressive.

    Music is without a doubt, the most effective of the arts as it touches your soul.

    Thanks for posting this masterpiece which is played so elegantly but with powerful emotion.

    David Oistrakh, Debussy - Clair de lune

    David Oistrakh plays beautifuly Claire de lune. Recorded in Paris, 1962, with Frida Bauer in piano.

    For whoever is wondering, you may have heard this music on:

    Frankie and Johnny
    The Game
    O...
  • I love classical music but I do not like Mozart. His compositions are easy on the ear and very impressive for someone of his age yet they lack emotion.

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 21 - Andante

    • by poloshia
    • 6 years ago
    • 29,842,541 views
    Piano Concerto No. 21 - Andante "Elvira Madigan"
  • This piece is lovely. I love the African sounding vocals and drumbeats. It is very unique but I feel it is extremely uplifting.

    Adiemus

    • by TESSI1
    • 7 years ago
    • 15,545,458 views
  • I'm sorry, but this music was written by a show off. I'm sure he has immense talent but, there is very little emotion of any kind shown in this piece. It is merely a dull progression of odd sounding chords and peculiar rhythms, written to show of how complicated he can make the piece sound.

    I feel nothing when I listen to this.

    Alexander Prior Piano Concerto No.2

    Excerpt from Piano Concerto No.2 "Northern Dances" by Alexander Prior. Performed at Vth International Prokofiev Competition. 11/4/08
  • Vaughan William's skilled use of the pentatonic scale is truly inspiring. The purity and depth of this sublime music is a joy to listen to. I feel like I could just listen to this on a continual loop for the rest of my life!

    I could never grow tired of this!

    1-2 Janine Jansen The Lark Ascending

    Janine Jansen and the BBC Concert Orchestra The Lark Ascending
  • This piece is truly beautiful, I have noticed however that on some of the comments, people debate about what the main theme is based on. Well, this tune doesn't have just one name, it is a folk song that can be refered to as, "Dives and Lazarus," or "Star of the county Down," or, "Gilderoy," depending on where you live.

    But, nevertheless, the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams is simply sublime and it really doesn't matter what the main theme was based on.

    Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Five Variants of Dives & Lazarus

    Passing Through: http://www.youtube.com/user/PassingThroughPT - Friends, Please visit my Poet friend "Passing Through's" YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/PassingThroughPT , and support ...
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