Friday, March 29, 2013

J.S. Bach, O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden.

Five years ago I posted a video of Paul Simon singing his "An American Tune." I noted that the melody was based on Tom Glazer's "Because All Men Are Brothers," and in turn on Bach's great passion chorus O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden from his St. Matthew Passion. The clip above is of O Haupt, sung by the choir of Concentus Musicus Wien under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

As was also mentioned in my Simon post, Bach got the melody for O Haupt from a sixteenth century composition by Hans Leo Hassler. O Haupt is also the basis for the English passion hymn "O Sacred Head Sore Wounded."

Monday, March 25, 2013

Great moments in movies: Meg Ryan's fake orgasm at Katz's Deli.

From When Harry Met Sally (1989; directed by Rob Reiner, screenplay by Nora Ephron, co-starring Billy Crystal). I hadn't seen this classic until this weekend. I'm glad I did. It's director Reiner's mom who says "I'll have what she's having."