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Happiness

An unpresented sequence of music on the theme of happiness.

29 minutes of unalloyed happiness, from Percy Whitlock's "Spade and Bucket Polka", to Cinderella leaving for the ball and dancing to Prokofiev's ballet music; from the hope of happiness in the future in Handel's oratorio "Jephtha" , to Bach's spiritual joy in his Cantata no 51; from Bobby McFerrin's positive attitude, to sheer musical joy from Mendelssohn and Django Reinhardt, and finally the choice of a dreamy happy ending (as opposed to the alternate less happy option) from the film "The French Lieutenant's Woman".

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Music Played

  • Percy Whitlock

    Spade and Bucket Polka (Holiday Suite)

    Orchestra: RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Gavin Sutherland.
    • Marco Polo.
  • George Frideric Handel

    These labours past (Jephtha)

    Singer: Carolyn Sampson. Singer: Robin Blaze. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Director: Nicholas Kraemer.
    • Handel: Great Oratorio Duets.
    • BIS.
    • 1.
  • Bobby McFerrin

    Don't worry be happy

    Performer: Bobby McFerrin.
    • EMI.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Happiness (Waltz Suite)

    Orchestra: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6 - Waltz Suite.
    • Naxos.
    • 9.
  • Django Reinhardt

    Minor Swing

    • FINAL CUT: Music for four guitars.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 001.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata "Jachzet Gott in allen Landen" BWV 51 - Nos. 4 & 5: Chorale & Alleluja

    Singer: Elizabeth Watts. Ensemble: The English Concert. Conductor: Harry Bicket.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Violin Concerto in E minor, Op 64 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Janine Jansen. Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Mendelssohn/Bruch - Violin Concertos; Romance: Janine Jansen.
    • Decca.
  • Carl Davis

    The French Lieutenant's Woman (The Happy Ending)

    Conductor: Carl Davis.
    • DRG.

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