年の暮れに演奏される「第九」の魅力

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年の暮れに演奏される「第九」の魅力

年末になると、毎年決まってベートーベンの「交響曲第9番」が演奏されます。
場所によっては、この第九の演奏を聴くだけでなく、市民が合唱に参加できるイベントが開催され、大いに賑わいを見せるところもあります。
実際、年々参加者も増える傾向にあり、第九の演奏日までに熱心に合唱の練習が繰り替えされています。
また、参加者の声からは、一度この第九の合唱に参加すると、止められなくなるという声をよく聞きます。
第九には、人を引き付ける不思議な力があるのでしょうか。
もともと、第九が年末に演奏されるようになったのは、日本独特の文化です。
この文化が形成された背景には、日本のあるオーケストラ(管弦楽団)が、きっかけでした。
このオーケストラは、演奏会を開いてもなかなか、観客数が満員になる事がなく、経営が赤字状態になっていた時代がありました。
この頃、ちょうど年末の演奏会で、たまたまベートーベンの第九番の交響曲「合唱付き」の全曲演奏を始めて試みたところ、非常に聴衆にうけ、それ以降、第九は日本の人々に広く知られるようになった、と言われています。
一度第九を聞くと、誰もが圧倒的な力量感と、荘厳な旋律による合唱に魅了される事でしょう。
第九演奏会における合唱に参加する人々も、聴くだけでは満足できず、自ら唄ってみるというスタンスに変化していったケースが圧倒的に多い特徴があります。
そういった点で、第九は時代と共に人々に愛され、人々が育んできた面も大きく、またこのような背景こそが、人の心を掴んで放さない、第九の魅力に発展していったとも言えます。

Needed Game 7 wins in the first round in both 1991 and 1992 to advance

The greatest team of the Lemieux-Jagr duo won an NHL-record 17 straight games from March 9-April 10 to finish with a league-best 119 points. Four different Penguins (Lemieux, Kevin Stevens, Rick Tocchet and Ron Francis) scored at least 100 points, with Jagr at 94.

It also didn’t help that others’ attempts to listen to players’ concerns were awkward and/or tone deaf. Bills owner Terry Pegula complimented Anquan Boldin for his message about police brutality, but called the receiver “Antwan.” He also said the NFL could use a spokesperson like Boldin on social issues because it couldn’t be “white owner but needs to be someone who’s black.”

Both teams are looking way up at the Eagles in the NFC East, and the loser has a long, difficult path as midseason approaches. Knowing well in advance that Ezekiel Elliott is available will help the Cowboys. Possibly being down two key offensive linemen (Trent Williams, Brandon Scherff) does Washington no good. Neither does the fact that the Cowboys have won four straight in Washington, including Dak Prescott’s first career win last season.

Deshaun Watson has been great, but it has to be pretty worrisome that Houston is 3-4 despite Watson’s play. The biggest concern is they’ve lost three games when scoring 30 or more points this season. They had three such losses in their franchise history prior to this season.

Can the Bills keep winning with such little production from their wide receivers? Their receivers rank last in receptions (45) and yards (594), and eventually Buffalo could need them to make some plays.flames_083

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Yu Darvish starts Wednesday for the Dodgers, trying to win their first title since 1988

It was the third home run of the World Series for Pederson, demoted to the minors from mid-August until early September, then left off the NL Division Series roster. He had hit just one previous opposite-field homer in the big leagues this season, and teammates offered to pay him to go the other way.

“People are trying to get me encouraged to using the whole field,” he said. “I’m not very good at it.”

Yu Darvish starts Wednesday for the Dodgers, trying to win their first title since 1988, and Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw will be ready in the bullpen after getting knocked out in the fifth inning of Game 5.

“He probably couldn’t sleep the last two or three nights.” Actually, Ball napped Thursday afternoon and then ate his traditional pre-game lunch, a Spicy Italian sandwich with extra lettuce and mayonnaise from Subway. He slipped on a Dodgers jersey and left his home in Marina del Rey early, at 3 p.m. so he could get treatment on his sprained left ankle.

Wherever Ball goes, he will face some degree of resentment, if not from the Currys then certainly the Beverleys. “With his stardom, much is given and much is required,” Beverley said. “He’s a great talent. Don’t get me mistaken. In a couple years, he’s going to be a really, really, really, really good talent. He has a good feel for the game. But due to a lot of extra stuff outside basketball, it’s a lot of pressure.”

Not every opponent employs a pest like Patrick Beverley, and Friday night in Phoenix, openings will be much easier to find. Eventually, the Lakers will turn Ball’s telepathic passes into points. But he will never forget the 2017 opener. When Magic thinks of his debut, he thinks of Kareem. When Ball thinks of his, he will think of Pat Bev. “He’ll appreciate this,” Beverley said, “when he looks back on it.” canadiens_1421_d7a0444e8da2ec92-180x180

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The NFL trade deadline is suddenly exciting. What changed?

The NFL trade deadline was Tuesday afternoon, and fans were imagining a deal that would make their team better. For years those were pipe dreams that never happened.

A year ago, Joe Thomas, Sheldon Richardson, Alshon Jeffery, Joe Haden and others were rumored to be possible pieces in trades before the 2016 deadline. But no blockbuster happened, and the biggest moves were the Browns acquiring Jamie Collins and the Patriots getting Kyle Van Noy.

According to the win probability data at FanGraphs.com, there have been 15 win-expectancy swings of at least 20 percent during the first five games of the series. These are the game-flipping, stomach-turning moments that will live on in highlight recaps of this series forever.

Let’s revisit each of these moments in chronological order, and using win-probability added (WPA) as our metric, we’ll identify who the series MVP was at that moment.

By the time February rolls around in the NBA or July and August come in the MLB, it’s already apparent for many teams whether they still have championship hopes or if their year is sunk.

The 49ers chose not to seek a potential long-term quarterback solution in the offseason, instead signing Hoyer and using a third-round pick on Beathard.

Hoyer started the first six games but was benched in favor of Beathard in the team’s loss to Washington on Oct. 16. Beathard has started the past two games but didn’t fare much better than Hoyer as the Niners lost to Dallas and Philadelphia by a combined 53 points to drop to 0-8 for the first time in franchise history.

The trade for Garoppolo comes as a surprise if only because most Niners quarterback speculation centered on Cousins, who could become a free agent in March and has long-standing ties to San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan.
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Corey Davis likely to return vs. Ravens; Marcus Mariota back to 100 percent

The return of Titans rookie receiver Corey Davis is imminent, and it’s likely to come Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

Golden State (4-3) shot 57 from the field opposed to Detroit’s 46 percent mark, but continual carelessness was the issue yet again. They turned it over 26 times, leading to 33 points for the Pistons.

Every game this season, the Warriors have turned over the ball 16 or more times.

Draymond Green, who avoided a suspension from his altercation with Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal on Friday, looked out of sorts. He pulled down 13 boards, but he committed a game-high six turnovers and only four assists.

The announcement of Kapler’s hiring will be made sometime this week.

Kapler, 42, hit .268 in 12 major league seasons as an outfielder with Boston, the Texas Rangers and four other clubs. He is known to have a strong background in analytics, an area the Phillies said they planned to stress in their search.

The star recruit and son of Hawkeyes coach Fran McCaffery had planned to sit out as a freshman and play baseball for Iowa in the spring. But backup point guard Christian Williams left the program last week, leaving Iowa thin at that position.

Although he finished 27 of 45 for 423 yards, the Lions failed to score a touchdown despite seven trips inside the Steelers’ 30-yard line, as downs, turnovers or field goals ended their drives.

Smith-Schuster, who saw extra snaps in wake of Martavis Bryant’s suspension, finished with seven catches for 193 yards and the long TD. Bryant, who questioned Smith-Schuster’s talent on Instagram, simply watched on the sideline as Smith-Schuster all but took away his spot in the offense.
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Phillies tab Dodgers exec Gabe Kapler as next manager

Gabe Kapler has been named the new manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, a league source confirmed to ESPN.com.

The problem with Manning is that he’s owed $22.2 million on the cap next year, including a $5 million roster bonus and a $10 million base salary. The roster bonus makes it likely the Giants will have to make a decision on Manning in March, before they’re even sure they’ll end up with a young quarterback in the draft. The Giants could clear out $16 million in cap space by designating Manning as a post-June 1 release, which is money they’ll need if they want to re-sign Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg before looking at that enormous Odell Beckham Jr. extension.

Davis returned to practice Monday, on a limited basis, for the first time since Week 2, when he suffered a hamstring injury that caused him to miss five games.

“I’m feeling the best I’ve felt. I’m feeling real confident this week,” said Davis, the No. 5 overall pick out of Western Michigan, noting he’ll “definitely” be 100 percent if he’s out there this week. “It’s been tough on me, but the main thing is me staying positive.”

Tight end Delanie Walker did not practice with a right ankle bone bruise, but Mularkey noted it was mostly due to the fact the Titans had an extra day of practice this week.

Safety Johnathan Cyprien returned to practice on a limited basis for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury in Week 1. Mularkey said Cyprien’s practice reps were plentiful, similar to Davis, leading to a decent chance he’ll push to play Sunday as well.

The Detroit Pistons, after beating the LA Clippers the evening prior in Southern California, stole a huge road win on Sunday by defeating the defending champs 115-107 at Oracle Arena.
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The Best Local Spots Near Every Playoff Ballpark

If you’re a fan of any of the eight MLB teams still playing and are lucky enough to attend a playoff game, congratulations! That’s awesome. (Unless you’re a Red Sox fan in which case it’s looking like it could be a very sad scene at Fenway on Sunday). You’ll need to plan out your eating and drinking schedule accordingly. The lines inside the stadiums are going to be extremely intimidating and frustrating to deal with. So, if you don’t want to get to the stadium as soon as the gates open and get right in the food lines, then consider finding food options around the stadium.

“There’s playing football — and then there’s playing football in Kansas City,” Charles wrote. “The city is special…the stadium is special…the atmosphere isn’t like anywhere else in the world. It was a privilege to be able to take part in so many of those Sundays at Arrowhead, and to be able to contribute to so many great Chiefs teams.

“Things are different now, I guess. It’s nine years later — and I’m coming back to K.C. for a road game, playing for a new team. A different team for the first time in what feels like forever. But it’s times like these that make you think about how it started. Times like these that make me think about how lucky I was to call Kansas City home.”

Charles, who was selected by Kansas City in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft, signed a one-year deal with the Broncos in May following his release from the Chiefs in February. The veteran wanted to remain with the team and was even willing to take a pay cut to make it happen, but ultimately couldn’t change his fate. Still, he doesn’t take being cut personally.

“At the end of the day, I wouldn’t change a single thing about the past nine years,” Charles wrote. “I could go on and on about how grateful I am, or about what my old team means to me. But instead I’ll just say it like this: Football ends at some point. Family is forever.
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NFL power rankings 2017: Tracking where teams are entering Week 5

The NFL wrapped up Week 4 with a great battle between the Kansas City Chiefs and Washington. The Chiefs secured the win and moved to 4-0, the last unbeaten team left in the NFL. Naturally, they’re the top-ranked team across the board in this week’s power rankings.

SB Nation released its Hope Rankings heading into Week 5. This isn’t a power rankings list. Instead, this list tells you which team SB Nation thinks has the most hope heading into Week 5. The Houston Texans are the No. 1 team on this week’s Hope Rankings. They defeated the Tennessee Titans, 57-14, in Week 4 — and rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for 283 passing yards and four touchdowns.

Rookie safety Jabrill Peppers showed up on the injury report with a toe issue. Coach Hue Jackson said he has been dealing with it for a while, and it kept him out of practice on Wednesday. Peppers’ availability could come down to a Friday or game-day decision. — Pat McManamon

The biggest issue is still right tackle Marcus Gilbert (hamstring), who did not practice Wednesday and has been out for much of the past month. As one of the game’s best right tackles, Gilbert affects much of the what the offense wants to do schematically. Four other starters sat out Wednesday: center Maurkice Pouncey (chest), offensive guard Ramon Foster (back), defensive end Stephon Tuitt (back) and linebacker Vince Williams. None of those injuries is considered major, but missed game action is possible. — Jeremy Fowlerlakers_058

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Jaguars expect RB Leonard Fournette to play Week 7 vs. Colts

The Jacksonville Jaguars expect running back Leonard Fournette to play in Week 7 against the Indianapolis Colts after the star rookie injured his ankle Sunday, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette suffered a sprained right ankle late in the team’s 27-17 loss to the Rams and his status for the upcoming week is unclear.
Fournette suffered a sprained right ankle in the fourth quarter of the 27-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. He was cleared to re-enter but remained on the sideline for Jacksonville’s final drive.

On Sunday, Fitzpatrick nearly led the Bucs to a comeback win. Down 31-0 in the third quarter, the team’s rally fell just short in a 38-33 loss. Fitzpatrick completed 22 of 32 passes for 290 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions.

Fitzpatrick got time in the Bucs’ Week 2 win over the Bears, though he threw just one pass that fell incomplete. He was the starter for the Jets for the majority of last season, where he was 3-8 in his starts. The year before that, he led the Jets to a 10-6 record, throwing for nearly 4,000 yards along with 31 touchdowns against 15 interceptions.

Depending on the severity of Winston’s injury, the Bucs will be hoping they get 2015 Fitzpatrick, as opposed to the one we saw in 2016.

A few games doesn’t sound like a lot, but let’s put that in context for what New Orleans has been like over the past few years. The Saints gave up 13 points to Carolina; over the rest of their games, the Panthers have averaged 23 points. The Saints held Newton & Co. 10 points below their season average. Miami hasn’t been great, but it fell 15.3 points below expectation when the Saints shut it out in Week 4. (The Lions exceeded their season average, but even that’s only a trick of defensive scoring.)falcons_029

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Carolina Panthers Jersey Film Analysis: The Shovel Option

The Carolina Panthers have had issues running the football on traditional run plays all year long. We saw these problems continue yesterday, as the Detroit Lions did an excellent job of stopping the Panthers on the ground, holding them to just 28 yards rushing. The Lions were able to stop the Panthers from effectively running the football because their interior linemen did a great job of clogging up the interior run lanes, while their edge defenders and linebackers stayed disciplined on the edge to prevent any cutbacks.

The Carolina Panthers are slowly bringing back option elements into their offense every week. As Cam Newton continues to recover from his off-season shoulder surgery, it will be interesting to see how the Panthers balance their offense with traditional runs and option runs moving forward.

After passing for just four touchdowns with five interceptions and three fumbles through Chicago’s first four games, the Bears have finally seen enough out of Mike Glennon. Head coach John Fox will give rookie Mitch Trubisky a shot under center in his first career start on Monday night.

Yahoo Sports has the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers in its top five. The Eagles took care of business at home against the Arizona Cardinals, and the Panthers — led by quarterback Cam Newton — are on a two-game winning streak.

The Eagles moved up in ESPN’s power rankings, too. They were No. 8 last week but moved up to No. 4. The Panthers and Patriots also climbed up this list after their respective Week 5 victories.
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Game 4 of the best-of-five series is Tuesday. Jake Arrieta returns from his own hamstring injury for the Cubs, while Tanner Roark gets the ball for the Nationals.

“We’ve got to attack. We’ve got to be in attack mode,” Rizzo said. “There’s no relaxing just because we’re up in the series.”

Chicago committed four errors, including two by left fielder Kyle Schwarber on one ugly play, and Jason Heyward also made an uncharacteristic baserunning mistake. But the Cubs got a huge pinch-hit RBI single from Albert Almora Jr. and a solid pitching performance from Jose Quintana in the return of postseason baseball to Wrigley after last year’s World Series ended in Cleveland.

Francona said Saturday that Encarnacion was unlikely to start Game 3 at Yankee Stadium, but the three-time All-Star hadn’t been ruled out even though he used crutches and wore a boot during a day off in the series.

Encarnacion said nothing is broken in his ankle. The team had feared a worse diagnosis, but Francona said Encarnacion felt much better Saturday and the club had no plans to replace him on the roster.

The injury certainly looked bad. Encarnacion rolled in the infield dirt in obvious pain after going awkwardly into second base as he attempted to scamper back on a line-drive double play. But an MRI showed only the sprain.

Encarnacion batted .258 with 38 home runs and 107 RBI in his first season with the Indians this year. steelers_001

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