Monday, February 16, 2009

Musical Mondays: Yo-Yo Ma and Alison Krauss

The tune "Simple Gifts" has been stuck in my head for several weeks now. Written by Shaker Elder Joseph Brackett in 1848, it is better known as the inspiration for Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring," the tune for Sydney Carter's hymn "Lord of the Dance," and the stolen framework for Michael Flatley's dance show.

It is one of my favorite melodies, and has been since I was little. Here are two of the world's finest musicians, Yo-Yo Ma and Alison Krauss (one of my favorites), with their interpretation. It's a little slower than I might like, but absolutely beautiful. It’s one of those YouTube compilations where someone set the audio track to a bunch of random pictures, rather than an actual music video:

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