Sunday, 7 August 2011
You Guessed it! Another Rugby Post - The Beauty of Music in Rugby
This one brings a big smile to my face. Note Tom Jones (Wales' Greatest Son - apparently) struggling through the words to this patriotic Welsh hymn. Bread of Heaven (or Cwm Rhondda to you Welsh speakers out there) is a fantastic song to belt at a Rugby match. It epitomizes the jolly and patriotic character of the Welsh people and I love it!
This classical piece of music never fails to move me. In all honesty, I believe it to be the most beautiful melody in the world. Holst's Jupiter has become directly associated with Rugby Union in recent years. This stunning piece of music is the father (or perhaps grandfather) of the official song for the Rugby World Cup, known as World in Union. It is a melody almost all will recognise. The middle-section of Jupiter has become synonymous with Pride, Strength and Courage, the core principles of our nations most beautiful sport.
So here it is, Gutav Holst's Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity.