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It Was a Very Good Year

When I was seventeen
It was a very good year
It was a very good year for small town girls
And soft summer nights
We’d hide from the lights
Under the village green
When I was seventeen

When I was twenty-one
It was a very good year
It was a very good year for city girls
Who lived up the stairs
With all that perfumed hair
And it came undone
When I was twenty-one

Then I was thirty-five
It was a very good year
It was a very good year for blue-blooded girls
Of independent means
We’d ride in limousines
Their chauffeurs would drive
When I was thirty-five

But now the days grow short
I’m in the autumn of the year
And now I think of my life as vintage wine
From fine old kegs
From the brim to the dregs
And it poured sweet and clear
It was a very good year

It was a mess of good years

In Memory of the Crucified

In mem’ry of the Crucified,
Our Father, we have met this hour.
May thy sweet Spirit here abide,
That all may feel its glowing pow’r.

Our Savior, in Gethsemane,
Shrank not to drink the bitter cup,
And then, for us, on Calvary,
Upon the cross was lifted up.

We rev’rence with the broken bread,
Together with the cup we take,
The body bruised, the lifeblood shed,
A sinless ransom for our sake.

Our Father, may this sacrament
To ev’ry soul be sanctified
Who eats and drinks with pure intent,
That in our Savior he’ll abide.

Lyrics by Frank I. Kooyman (1880-1963). Music by Alexander Schreiner (1901-1987.

Krzysztof Penderecki – Symphony No.3 (IV. Passacaglia. Allegro Moderato)


Krzysztof Penderecki is a composer and conductor. Born on 23th of November, 1933, in Dębica. In the history of 20th century music, his career stands out for his fast rise to the top, matched by none, with the possible exception of Strawiński.

Childhood

Krzysztof Penderecki was born in Dębica (in yiddish – Dembitz), a town in south-eastern Poland, in 1933. Before World War II the town was mostly inhabited by Hassidic Jew. He comes from a multi-cultural family with Armenian-German-Polish roots. His grandfather was a German evangelical; his grandmother came from Stanisławów (now Ivano-Frankovsk, Ukraine) and was Armenian. The composer told the Polish Radio:

It’s a strange thing that this music, which I had in my ears then, now returns. In two of my pieces klezmer music came back in a way in which I was aware of it – the Sextet (2000), and even the Concerto grosso (2001). I most likely heard motifs like these as a child.

He started his musical adventure with private piano lessons but quickly grew tired of them. His affection for music was born when he saw his father’s violin. He was taken by the mystery of the violin, by the difficulty of playing even one clear note. Penderecki desired to become a virtuoso and practised Bach’s sonatas after school. In junior high school, he founded a band and started bringing Dębica’s musical scene to life. He soon went to Kraków to study composition.

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Original article: Krzysztof Penderecki

Echelon’s Song by the Red Army Choir

Echelon after echelon
Echelon after echelon
The road is wide
The commander gave the order – and off we go!
His hand waves with a white handkerchief
to the blue Don
Camp life made us friends
with you, Voroshilov
We rushed together into the battle
The enemy recalls with anguish
The Battle for Belaya Kalitva
The Battle for Kalach Station
For Tsaritsyn, for Tsaritsyn
Day and night we’ll be fighting
Crossing pikes with pikes
And the rain doesn’t wash away
It (the blood) can’t be dried/destroyed by the wind
the blood of the workers and peasants
The commander gave the order – and off we go!
His hand waves with a white handkerchief
to the blue Don
Echelon after echelon
Echelon after echelon