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The First Noel - December 14, 2018

Good morning dear music friends!

Today I would like to present another classic Christmas carol,

' The First Noel ' 

I love researching the history of old hymns and in many cases you could write a whole chapter on each discovery. 

Here is a short narrative from Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_First_Noel , for you to enjoy.  

The First Noel" (also written "The First Noël" and "The First Nowell") is a traditional classical English Christmas carol, most likely from the early modern period, although possibly earlier. Noel is an Early Modern English synonym of "Christmas".

The First Noel is of Cornish origin. Its current form was first published in Carols Ancient and Modern (1823) and Gilbert and Sandys Carols (1833), both of which were edited by William Sandys and arranged, edited and with extra lyrics written by Davies Gilbert for Hymns and Carols of God. Today, it is usually performed in a four-part hymn arrangement by the English composer John Stainer, first published in his Carols, New and Old in 1871. Variations of its theme are included in Victor Hely-Hutchinson's Carol Symphony.

The melody is unusual among English folk melodies in that it consists of one musical phrase repeated twice, followed by a refrain which is a variation on that phrase. All three phrases end on the third of the scale. It is thought to be a version of an earlier melody sung in a church gallery setting; a conjectural reconstruction of this earlier version can be found in the New Oxford Book of Carols.

Finally, here are a few links of my musical interpretations for you to listen to. 

The Spotify link is for piano and the youtube link is an organ arrangement:

https://open.spotify.com/album/4TVV5JSxYbzuMi9F4bZmj3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYK4Y8utwhs&index=8&list=OLAK5uy_nH8TTQ_mFYpLoTXBXzaAFljmzcvvf-dLEGood   

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Angels From the Realms of Glory - December 10, 2018

Good morning dear music friends!

I hope and pray all is well with you today.

I would like to begin the week with a Christmas piano meditation titled

Angels From the Realms of Glory

Here is the link to Spotify for you to listen

Thank you sincerely for visiting today!

https://open.spotify.com/album/4TVV5JSxYbzuMi9F4bZmj3

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Lo How a Rose Er' Blooming - December 7, 2018

Good morning dear music friends!

Today I would like to finish out the week with one of my favorites, 

' Lo, How a Rose Er' Blooming '

I am posting 2 different arrangements for today, one for piano, ( the Spotify link ) and one for organ, ( the Youtube link )

The arrangements are quite different and were written 10 years apart from each other.

Take a moment to listen and thank you sincerely for visiting today!

Peace to you all!

https://open.spotify.com/album/4TVV5JSxYbzuMi9F4bZmj3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zhkpQssFBo&index=7&list=OLAK5uy_nH8TTQ_mFYpLoTXBXzaAFljmzcvvf-dLE

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O Come All Ye Faithful - December 5, 2018

Good morning dear music friends!

Today's music selection is from my

' Christmas Improvisations for Organ ' CD,

A majestic composition that hopefully will inspire you!

" O Come All Ye Faithful "

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ38Bwb52VI

https://open.spotify.com/album/4SqdVlrtLhRZpv1NX2yMsr

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It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - December 4, 2018

Hello dear music friends!

I hope and pray all is well with you today.

There are so many beautiful Christmas carols and songs out there and countless arrangements of all of them as well.

Today's music meditation is based on the Christmas melody titled 

' It Came Upon a Midnight Clear '

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WBTMU9tw2E&index=4&list=OLAK5uy_m6ep98u0tB28ws6Jbvislm4DYJCgktmxw

https://open.spotify.com/album/4SqdVlrtLhRZpv1NX2yMsr

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People Look East - December 3, 2018

Good morning dear music friends!

With Christmas just around the corner it is good to pause and reflect a few minutes a day and take time out for yourself.

Here is today's music reflection for you to listen to

' People Look East '

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPcILMmzNwA&index=2&list=OLAK5uy_nH8TTQ_mFYpLoTXBXzaAFljmzcvvf-dLE

https://open.spotify.com/album/4SqdVlrtLhRZpv1NX2yMsr
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Winter has arrived! - November 27, 2018

Good morning dear music friends!

The first snow blizzard has arrived here in the US already and it's not even December yet!

Yes, I will admit, I do live here in sunny Florida but I really do miss the changing seasons back home in Pennsylvania.

Here is a piano meditation today simply called

" Winter " 

Keep warm wherever you are and thanks so much for visiting today!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msjI2d7JpFI&index=9&list=OLAK5uy_mEu5SUrkxR8oKMVlPORj7sMUZxBZ9DLXA


Happy Thanksgiving! - November 19, 2018

Good morning dear music friends!

Today I would like to simply continue my Autumn theme with my piano meditation composition "Autumn"

This week also is Thanksgiving week in the USA where we just take a day to share a meal with family and friends and give thanks to God for our many blessings in life

Peace to all of you today and always! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUMsae_0qoA&index=7&list=OLAK5uy_mEu5SUrkxR8oKMVlPORj7sMUZxBZ9DLXA

https://open.spotify.com/album/3WQitOJ8DPu8o1tl0UsFPU


Tribute to French composer Jean Langlais - November 12, 2018

Good morning dear music friends!

This week I would like to continue the journey on highlighting a few more wonderful musicians, many of whom I have met and known for many years. 

Today I would like to highlight the French Composer and Organist , Jean Langlais, whom I had the honor of meeting and attending some master classes with in 1976 as a student at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.  

Born on February 15, 1907, in La Fontenelle, Brittany, France, a small village near by the Mont Saint-Michel, Jean Langlais became blind from the age of two.
Sent to the Paris National Institute for the Young Blind in 1918, he studied piano, violon, harmony and organ with great blind teachers among other Albert Mahaut and Andre Marchal. 
Later, he entered the Paris National Conservatory of Music in Marcel Dupre organ class, obtaining a First Prize in 1930. In 1931, he received the “Grand Prix d’Execution et Improvisation des Amis de l’Orgue”, after having studied improvisation with Charles Tournemire. He ended his studies with a Composition Prize in Paul Dukas class at the Paris Conservatory in 1934. 
Professor for forty years at the National Institute for the Young Blind, he also taught at the Paris Schola Cantorum where, between 1961 and 1976, he influenced both french and foreign students. 
In 1945, he became the successor to Cesar Franck and Charles Tournemire at the prestigious organ tribune of Sainte-Clotilde in Paris. He left that position in 1987 at the age of 80, having been titular for 42 years. 
A great recitalist, he played more than 300 concerts in North America. A prolific composer, his catalog of works comprises 254 opus numbers (organ, vocal and instrumental music). 
Jean Langlais died in Paris, on May 8, 1991, at the age of 84.

Here are a few links to the life and music Of Jean Langlais for you to review written by Dr. Ann Labounsky, Professor of Music and Organ at Duquesne University, who studied in Paris with Andre' Marchal and Jean Langlais.

http://annlabounsky.com/john-langlais/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u05EXee8c4w

And finally here is another picture that I would like to share of Jean Langlais, Dr. Ann Labounsky and myself from his visit to Duquesne University 

  

Thank you so much for visiting today!


Tribute to Pianist Van Cliburn - November 9, 2018

Good morning dear music friends!

Today I would like to finish off this week of tributes with the wonderful pianist, Van Cliburn.

I had the honor of meeting him in concert back in 1971.  I was a 16 year old high school student at the time, playing baritone horn in the Pittsburgh Diocesan Orchestra when we had the honor of performing in concert with the Pittsburgh  Symphony with world renowned pianist , Van Cliburn as guest artist, at III Rivers Stadium to an audience of over 25,000. 

I will never forget at the rehearsal the night before, during a break Van Cliburn sat down with a few of us students and talked with us about our goals in life as budding musicians.  He was so genuine, kind hearted  and down to earth and at the end of our break signed our music which I have hanging in  my music studio to this day!  A truly remarkable, memorable event in my early music life I shall always remember and cherish.  

Van Cliburn was born Harvey Lavan Cliburn, Jr. on July 12, 1934, in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. His mother, named Rildia Bee O'Bryan, had been taught piano by Arthur Friedheim, a pupil of Franz Liszt. Cliburn began taking piano lessons at the age of three from his mother, who was strict and demanded perfection. At the age of twelve Cliburn won a piano competition in Texas and made his debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. At the age of twenty he made his debut at Carnegie Hall.

In 1958 Cliburn won the First International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow. There he played the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and the Piano Concerto No. 3 by Sergei Rachmaninoff in his triumphal competition finale performances. 

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0166563/bio

Also may I add a note about the lasting legacy in his name, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

https://www.cliburn.org/ 

Here also is a link of Van Cliburn performing the great Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHbPDDoVXtQ

Thanks sincerely for visiting today!


Tribute to Concert Organist Hector Olivera - November 8, 2018

Good morning dear music friends!

Today I would like to share a link to another virtuoso musician that I have seen many times in concert and have had the honor of knowing as a fellow musician 

Maestro Hector Olivera

Since entering the Buenos Aires Conservatory as a child prodigy at age six, Maestro Hector Olivera has become one of the most sought after and revered international concert organists of the present time.

http://hectorolivera.com/

Thank you sincerely for visiting  today!


Tribute to Organist Virgil Fox - November 7, 2018

Good morning dear music friends!

I bring to you today a concert organist that I had the honor of hearing perform live

in concert back in the '70's' 

Virgil Fox

Virgil Fox

Virgil Keel Fox (May 3, 1912 in Princeton, Illinois – October 25, 1980 in Palm Beach, Florida) was an American organist, known especially for his flamboyant "Heavy Organ" concerts of the music of Bach.

These events appealed to audiences in the 1970s who were more familiar with rock 'n' roll music and were staged complete with light shows. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgil_Fox

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ya7Pop9QoUo


Tribute to Pianist Dino Kartsonakis - November 5, 2018

Hello dear music friends!

Today I want to share a few links of one of my all time favorite pianists in the world today

Dino Kartsonakis 

born July 20, 1942 is an American pianist of Greek heritage. He is known for his virtuosic arrangements of sacred music for the piano.  He began playing at the age of three and was enrolled in piano lessons at age five. Dino received his professional training at The King's College as well as the Juilliard School of Music. 

I had the honor of hearing him perform live in concert many years ago and may I add he has been an inspiration to me for many years as well.

http://dinokartsonakismusic.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIg5j0SrLPs&list=RDEM0bMCj_Hvy8fhIPRR_ZtUMg&start_radio=1

Thank you so much for visiting today!


"Life's Journey" music on Napster - November 2, 2018

Good morning dear music friends!

Autumn is such a beautiful time of the year for so many people in the world with the arriving of the cooler weather and the colorful changing leaves on the trees

For me it is also a wonderful time for meditation and reflection of life as I look back at the past year and reflect on where I was 6 months ago, where I am now and where do I want to be by this time next year

Autumn is surely a beautiful season for meditation and change in your life 

Here is a link today for my piano meditation titled "Autumn" from my

"Life's Journey" music CD on Napster


' Peace be with you all '

https://us.napster.com/artist/bob-luft/album/lifes-journey


Over 48,000 Bob Luft Music Friends! - October 31, 2018

Good morning dear music friends!

I hope and pray all is well with you today 

I was just checking the stats on my website this morning and discovered that over

48,000 music friends have visited the bluftmusic site over the past 12 months from

32 different countries! 

I am honestly quite overwhelmed and so very thankful that so many music friends take a few moments from their day to visit my website and listen to a bit of my music 

As you know, my music is free to listen to on many of the popular internet sites such as

YouTube, Spotify, Pandora and others

And all I can say is thank you sincerely for listening to my piano and organ music 

Peace be with you all!

Here is the link to my music: 

http://www.bluftmusic.com/links.html


Life's Journey on Spotify - October 29, 2018

Hello dear music friends!

I hope and pray all is well with you today

Too much has happened in the news

these past few days 

May I just say "Pray for peace in our world" today 

Here is my "Life's Journey" link on Spotify 

https://open.spotify.com/album/3WQitOJ8DPu8o1tl0UsFPU

Winter - October 26, 2018

Hello again dear music friends!

Today I would like to share a few more reviews to finish out the week

This piano piece is simply called " Winter " and is one of my favorites from the " Life's Journey " CD

A sincere thank you to Fred Kimmel for the review

Here is the link:

http://www.broadjam.com/songs/BobLuft/winter

Broadjam Member Reviews

Absolutely beautiful piano composition. One of the few pieces I've heard today that caught my ear.

    - Fred Kimmel 

 

Once Upon a Time - October 26, 2018

Good morning dear music friends!

This past week has been very enjoyable as I have been sharing some music reviews from fellow musicians from around the world regarding a few of my piano selections from my

" Life's Journey " CD 

Today I would like to share a review on the piano piece called

" Once upon a time "

A sincere thank you to Norb Studelska for the very kind review!

Thank you so much for visiting today

Here is the link:

http:// www.broadjam.com/songs/BobLuft/once-upon-a-time

Broadjam Member Reviews

Very impressive! Great dynamic variations. I really liked your changing of key signatures and varying of major and minor structures, yet continually returning to your base theme. You are a very skilled performer. Your recording mix was very balanced. I had to hear it again!

    - Norb Studelska/Upper Air Disturbance

Memories - October 25, 2018

Good morning dear music friends!

Today's feature song and review is a piano meditation titled 

" Memories " 

Reflections of the chapters of life, the ups and downs, things you're glad you did, things maybe you wish that you could have done differently, everything along the way that has made you who you are and where you are today ...

Many thanks to James Beck for the very kind review!

Here is the Broadjam music link:

http://www.broadjam.com/songs/BobLuft/memories 

Broadjam Member Reviews

Lovely. Bittersweet and thought provoking. Nice mix of emotion gives it a popular flavor.

    - James Beck

Autumn - October 24, 2018

Good morning dear music friends!

I hope and pray all is well with you today!

Today I would like to share a review on a piano composition of mine titled " Autumn " 

It is one of my favorites from my

" Life's Journey " album

Many sincere thanks to today's review by Jon Babb! 

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Here is the link to today's featured song

" Autumn " 

http://www.broadjam.com/songs/BobLuft/autumn 

Broadjam Member Reviews

I immediately felt at ease while listening to this. I can picture listening to this on a gentle morning when everyone else is still in bed and I can just sit outside and relax to the music. You did a good job softening the notes at appropriate times and I could really feel the expressions. Wonderful music here and I hope to hear more from you! 

    - Jon Babb

 

Prelude in A minor for Piano - October 23, 2018

Hello dear music friends!

I am very happy to say that the '90' + weather here in sunny Florida is finally starting to ease up a little bit

Here is another very nice review I received a little while back on my piano meditation

" Prelude in A minor "

This piano meditation placed # 1 on the Broadjam adult music listening channel back when it was released

 Thanks very much to N. Jones for the review!

Here is the link to Broadjam for " Prelude in A minor " 

http://www.broadjam.com/songs/BobLuft/prelude-in-a-minor


Broadjam Member Reviews

Near masterful if original.

                                                                                                                                                         

Life's Journey Review - October 22, 2018

Good morning music friends!

Over the years I have received some wonderful reviews from fellow musicians but have never released them to the public and so this week I will be sharing some of them with you

Here is a review of my " Life's Journey " piano composition found on the Broadjam music site

A sincere thank you to Lance for the wonderful review! 

Here also is the link to the review:

http://www.broadjam.com/songs/BobLuft/lifes-journey 

Broadjam Member Reviews

Nothing like deep dark piano to stimulate the creative nodes in our magnificent brains. I love music that makes you "feel", especially in this numb world we live in now in 2016 and beyond. Love the work.



Broadjam Music - October 19, 2018

Hello dear music friends!

Today I would like to mention a music company for musicians called Broadjam

It is an online music site where musicians can upload their own music for listening and review

Here is the link to Broadjam where I've received some

wonderful reviews by other fellow musicians: 

http://www.broadjam.com/BobLuft 

Have a blessed day today!

Google Play - October 18, 2018

Good morning dear music friends!

Today I would like to mention another popular music site that I'm sure many of you have visited:

Google Play 

It has become one of the front runners in the music streaming industry today and seems to have made a popular niche for itself 

Here is my music link for Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Bob_Luft_Life_s_Journey?id=Bzlt6of6xy3qxmmzp5zzst5vqse&hl=en

Thank you so much for visiting today!

Life's Journey on Pandora - October 16, 2018

Hello dear music friends!

I hope and pray all is well with you today

Did you know that my " Life's Journey " piano CD is on PANDORA radio?

Just go to PANDORA and create a BOB LUFT channel to listen 

And the best part - it's FREE! Here is the link to PANDORA 

https://www.pandora.com/station/play/4096420592543742819 

Thank you so much for visiting today!


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