Merry Christmas from Books to the Ceiling

December 25, 2013 at 7:03 pm (Art, Christmas, Music)

First, music and dance (You’ll have to endure commercial messages at the start of some of these videos, but I think you’ll find it worth your while):


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(This is a musician’s loving tribute to her father. Watch on YouTube for more details.)
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Dance of the Mirlitons from the Nutcracker, performed by young Russian ballet students:


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I had not heard of the Huron Carol before encountering it in Louise Penny’s How the Light Gets In. Penny’s novel is a story of sin and redemption and the race to make things right, just before Christmas descends upon the magical, almost mythical, village of Three Pines, as it lies knee deep in the snows of Canada.
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Is it possible for something to be almost too beautiful? Listen…


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And finally, the exultant first cantata of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, led by one of the world’s great Bach specialists, Nikolaus Harnoncourt:


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Art inspired by the Christmas story:

Adoration of the Magi, by Diego Velasquez

Adoration of the Magi, by Diego Velasquez

Adoration of the Magi, by Gentile da Fabriano

Adoration of the Magi, by Gentile da Fabriano

Nativity, by Giotto di Bondone

Nativity, by Giotto di Bondone

Adoration of the Shepherds, by Gerard van Honthorst

Adoration of the Shepherds, by Gerard van Honthorst

Adoration of the Magi, by Peter Paul Rubens

Adoration of the Magi, by Peter Paul Rubens

The_Adoration_of_the_Magi_(1726-30);_Sebastiano_Ricci

Adoration of the Magi, by Sebastiano Ricci

Adoration of the Magi, by Sandro Botticelli

Adoration of the Magi, by Sandro Botticelli

Adoration of the Magi - Tapestry by William Morris & Co., designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones

Adoration of the Magi – Tapestry by William Morris & Co., designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones

Nstivity with Burnning Bush, by Albert Herbert

Nativity with Burning Bush, by Albert Herbert (British, 1950s)

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For more delightful images inspired by the holiday season, go to one of my favorite sites, In So Many Words…

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9780393051582_p0_v2_s600 I used to think that Dickens’s classic Christmas tale was a bit of lighthearted sentiment. Now I think it’s one of the most profound stories I know. Scrooge’s redemption shows us that it is never too late to change, from a bad person to a good one, from a good one to a better one. Best not to wait too long, though.

3 Comments

  1. Barbara said,

    As much as I enjoy your book reviews, I sometimes think it’s your beautiful music selections which bring me back over and over. Thank you.

  2. Lorraine Slattery said,

    Thank you for the beautiful music with videos. It really cheered me up and brought me back to Christmas joy after a difficult few months family health wise. Thanks.

  3. Nancy Woodruff said,

    You have such wonderful taste in music and art. Thanks so much for sharing with me, Robbie.

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