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。

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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Gronkowski spoke with reporters early in the week, also a good sign by Patriots standards, and returned to practice Thursday and Friday on a limited basis after a day off on Wednesday. Perhaps the best indication came from the player himself, who told reporters Friday that he is good to go.

Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks, ankle, (Q): Graham got his legs rolled up on from behind, trapping his left ankle in an awkward, externally rotated position. He did not practice Wednesday or Thursday but did return Friday and did “everything,” according to head coach Pete Carroll. Despite being listed as questionable, Graham is expected to play, per Carroll. The team travels east to face the Tennessee Titans in a late afternoon game. As always, given the questionable tag, fantasy owners should have a backup plan in place.o (13)

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Dalton played up to the new contract, though. After an up-and-down 2014 that still landed him in the Pro Bowl, he had a strong 2015 with 25 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Had he not broken his thumb in the final weeks, who knows? Maybe the Bengals may have been able to finally get a playoff win under Lewis.

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Henry will be in the RB2 mix in what should be a low-scoring affair.

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