This was a difficult week. Besides the normal end-of-semester activities, I already had planned to attend my grandfather's memorial service in Wisconsin this Saturday (tomorrow) with my kids and ex-wife. But on Tuesday, Jane Acres, Mary's cousin and my daughter's godmother, died after battling cancer for years. And her funeral in Canada is scheduled for the same day. Naturally we all had overwhelming feelings from Jane's death. She was an incredible person, so spiritual, so funny, so full of love. Jane was a great role model for Kate, showing how to face death with grace and spirit. So Kate and Mary are up in Canada for her funeral, and I'm in Wisconsin with Ben (the five-year-old) for my grandpa's memorial. He was also a special person, sharp as a tack the day he died at 96 years, spirited and a lover of life.
1. "Come to Me (Fantine's Death)" from Les Miserables by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boubil, Herbert Kretzmer.
2. "Death and the Maiden" by The Clogs on Lantern.
3. "Death of Anna" by John Corigliano from The Red Violin soundtrack.
4. "Death of Kashchei" from The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky, performed by Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor.
5. "Etudes; Death of Kaspar" by John Corigliano from The Red Violin soundtrack.
6. "Let Us Garlands Bring, Op. 18 - 1. Come Away, Come Away, Death" by Gerald Finzi, performed by Bryn Terfel, Malcolm Martineau.
7. "Kijé's Death" from Lieutenant Kijé Suite by Sergei Prokofiev, performed by the Dallas Symphony.
8. "O Death" performed by Ralph Stanley on O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.
9. "O Death, where is thy sting?" from The Messiah by George Fridrich Handel, performed by Florence Quivar, John Aler; Andrew Davis, Toronto Symphony, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.
10. "Ogre Hunters - Fairytale Deathcamp" by Harry Gregson-Williams & John Powell, from Shrek soundtrack.
11. "People's Revolution; Death of Chou Yuan" by John Corigliano from The Red Violin soundtrack [a lot of death in this movie!]
12. "Since by man came death" from The Messiah by Handel, performed by Andrew Davis, The Toronto Symphony, The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.
13. "War is Declared / The Death of Charles" by Max Steiner, from the Gone with the Wind soundtrack.