Sunday, September 8, 2013
Welcome to the second Sunday in September. By the way I tell time that means that it is now exactly two weeks until Autumn...yay!
For this mornings selection we have a piece of music that has been very dear to me for many many years that has a (somewhat) interesting back story. Growing up I was a huge fan of the show M.A.S.H., still am in all honesty. My favourite time in the show was later in the series when Col. Potter arrived but more importantly was the addition of Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III. I'm sure that admission has shocked and surprised many of you ....alright, maybe not...alright, probably not in the slightest little bit at all.
Those of you that know the show know of Winchesters love of classical music, it was one of the things that kept him sane whist the chaos of war swirled around him. In the final episode, the best final episode of all time I might add, he meets a group of Chinese musicians who surrender to him oddly enough. He starts working with the musicians to teach them Mozart's "Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581" (see where I'm going with this?). Ultimately the musicians are sent back in a prisoner exchange but their convoy is attacked and the musicians die, the last one just before he is being brought back to the 4077th. Winchester was the one to see the man and it wounds him deeply finding out that they had all perished. He goes back to his tent and plays the record of the song he was teaching them, only to become angered and destroy the record.
For Winchester the very thing that had been his salvation during the war had suddenly become an extremely bittersweet reminder of it. The lesson I took from this is that anything we hold close can be forever altered in a split second in ways that are quite beyond our control. We should all remember that life is a fluid movement of time and circumstance that can takes us places we never wanted to go, never knew existed and can sometimes never come back from. Embrace those changes, learn from them, find the joy in them no matter how bad they may sometimes seem.
Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581 is an absolutely beautiful piece of music, I hope you enjoy it. This recording is the entire piece in all four movements, even if you just listen to the Allegro (the first 9 minutes 21 seconds) you will not be disappointed.