Round 21 – E


My 154-th entry – bijdrage

My first entry: 28-08-2014 : 15-G


Hi Everybody, a very good- morning / -afternoon / -evening!

This week we put our thoughts together to come up with something nice that we would like to share with eachother regarding the letter E.
As you know I’ve decided to use the music-theme throughout the entire round 21, so after some search through my memory and next over the internet to find the version I want to share with you I came up with Max van Egmond, a Indonesian born, Dutch Baritone.

This classical singer was born on 1 februari 1936 in Semarang on the island Java – Indonesia.  After WO2 he completed  his education in The Netherlands. His talent was discoverd by a conductor of a schoolchoir. After years of singinglessons he won a contest. After that he won different award in Brussels (Belgium) and München (Germany). In 1959 he went solo and got famous as an interpretor of Bach’s music. He is still alive and gives many masterclasses over the whole world.

This piece of music by Max van Egmond which I want to share with you is from Johann Sebastian Bach (31 march 1685 – 28 juli 1750) . This cantate was written in Leipzig (Germany) for a religious holiday;  Maria Lichtmis (Festo Purificationis Mariae) …. translated: Feast of the Purification of Mary…. on 2 februari 1727.  A celebration of the fact that Mary got pure again 40 days after the birth of Jesus and like Jewish law demanded for firstborn sons, her son took to the tempel to show him to the priests and bring ritual sacrifices. This cantate is a derivation of song of praise of Simeon ( O.T. Luke 2 -25-35), this bible book tells the story of priest Simeon who was given the promiss not to die before he had seen the Messias with his own eyes. This cantate tells in a cheerful way about looking forward to die and that eternal life waits, as was quite common in the days of JS Bach.

Have a splendid, ♥-warming ABC-day / – week!
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫

Over Melody

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26 reacties

  1. I was here yesterday
    and I see my comment is gone ?
    nice voice
    the story is nothing for me

  2. I know that Biblical tale!


      • I don’t know the man. Your page is only in Dutch, for me it doesn’t matter but I think others just leave it don’t comment. You should try to do it in English as I do, otherwise you will loose more and more participants.

        • You can’t know everybody 😉

          Ofcourse it is, I am Dutch, so I blog in Dutch. If that is the case…so be it.
          I don’t think that the language I use on my own blog determines the number of participants. I am ‘ just’ a participant. Besides, the blogposts concerning ABC I write in English. The ABC-blog is in English .

  3. Very creative and informative post and video for E ~ always a delight here ~ thanks, ^_^

  4. I think the song could be described as optimistic rather than cheerful in that he he is looking forward to leaving the world of misery to a better one. Of course nothing like a bit of Bach to feel at peace and happy so maybe you are right to say cheerful.

    • I agree Joy… to me Bach is one of the most contemplating persons in musical historie… his music leads to many interpretations, which makes me always wonder what he had in mind at the moment he composed it…

  5. Very interesting. I didn’t understand the words when he sang, but music is still beautiful in any language.

  6. Most enjoyable Melody, – a fine voice.

  7. Great to know this artist!
    Enjoyed listening to this new music.
    Happy ABCW!

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