Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on the Theme by Thomas Tallis

Saturday, January 9, 2010 \PM\.\Sat\.

Many of my favorite pieces of music I associate with the night sky. This is because my father, who was throughout my life a planetarium director, often used his favorite pieces of music as background during planetarium shows. Being the oldest, I frequently had the chance to tag along to planetarium shows, and sit under the dome, listening to my father’s voice. And so now, when I hear something like Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on the Theme by Thomas Tallis I find myself thinking of the constellations, and I also find myself oddly misty about the eyes.

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Pachelbel Canon in D Major

Saturday, January 9, 2010 \AM\.\Sat\.

Something for the weekend.  I just finished a particularly onerous piece of legal work that has been preoccupying me for the past two months.  Time for something mellow, and for me nothing is more mellow than the Canon in D Major by Pachelbel.

Update:  As pointed out by Joe in the combox, for some reason unknown to me the Youtube video has a portrait of Mozart.  Here is a portrait of Pachelbel.