Classical Tyro

A Beginner's Guide to Great Music

Franz Xaver Gruber, "Silent Night" (1818)

With high hopes that the spirit of peace and joy continues beyond the holiday season, I'm posting this video of the great Plácido Domingo singing "Silent Night." May love and kindness bless us all.


Placido Domingo with the Children's Choirs of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC
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Canteloube, "Baïlèro" from Songs of the Auvergne (1930)

If you have never heard Baïlèro ("The Shepherd's Song") by Joseph Canteloube, I recommend taking six minutes to give it a listen. Baïlèro, quite simply, is one of the most beautiful songs ever composed.

Baïlèro is sung in
Auvergnat, which is a dialect of the Occitan language from southern France. Occitan is rarely heard today, and the French government refuses to give it any official recognition or status, claiming it is merely a dialect of the French language. Occitan is actually a Romance language that is much older than French.

Between 1923 and 1930, Canteloube wrote a collection of songs in the Auvergnat dialect. Baïlèro is the most famous of those songs.

Enjoy.


Anna Caterina Antonacci, soprano (François-Xavier Roth conducting the BBC National Orchestra of Wales)


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