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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。

Haynesworth should be remembered for his tremendous ability as a dominating defensive tackle, but that’s just not the case.

He instead is best known for stomping on Dallas center Andre Gurode during a game in 2006, which led to a five-game suspension. He also signed a seven-year, $100 million deal with the Redskins, but spent most of those two seasons antagonizing the coaching staff.

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Bills rookie head coach Sean McDermott will be quite familiar with the quarterback his team faces Sunday when Buffalo plays in Atlanta.

In McDermott’s six seasons as the Panthers defensive coordinator (2011-16), he coached against Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in 12 games, losing seven of them. In that span, Ryan completed 68.6 percent of his passes and averaged 294.3 yards per game, throwing 21 touchdowns and 10 interceptions with a 98.6 passer rating.

Last season, Ryan completed 78.6 percent of his passes for 780 yards, six TDs, one INT and a 135.7 passer rating against the Panthers.

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With that, we introduce Les Abrams, who for 35 years sold TV ad time. With the reminder “local stations only can sell ads before the opening kickoff, at halftime and at the end of the third quarter,” Abrams presents: “My solution to the plethora of ads in NFL games, which for sure leads to lower viewership:

“Currently, there are commercial breaks every time there’s a change of possession, after every score, extra point, injuries, et al. Fine, let’s leave that alone.

The Saints ranked 32nd in the NFL in pass defense and need significant help at cornerback. That’s why they have kicked the proverbial tires on New England Patriots star corner Malcolm Butler. Even if Butler does end up in New Orleans, it would behoove the Saints to make even more of an investment at the position with a ready-made perimeter corner like Humphrey.

“A lot of it was the mental capacity of the ballclub, the entire team,” Retzlaff said. “When you look back at it, you’ll see that a lot of the guys that played on that championship team ended up being coaches in the NFL.”nike-youth-cardinals-111

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Saints sprinting along rare path toward Super Bowl contention

Maybe Trey Wingo is onto something.

Saints fans should certainly hope so.

Huge wins for the Eagles, Rams and Saints lent further credence to talk of them going deep into the playoffs.

In the AFC, the balance of power in the South tilted further toward the Titans and Jaguars, and the Raiders look to have the best hope of catching the Chiefs in the West.

Here’s a look at some of the best local headlines from Sunday’s slate:

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What hangs over all of it is, once again, an unknown future. Westbrook’s is locked down, but the ticking clock on George’s free agency leaves an eggshell element to all of it. Each loss feels like an indictment, and if the Thunder continue to fumble their way along, all the fishing and bonding won’t be enough. But Westbrook has committed to making it work, and work in Oklahoma City, because Durant’s departure personally stung him.nike_steelers_2105

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Here is a breakdown of each team, handicapping the race with seven weeks left in the regular season.

A 5-4 team (Buffalo) has the inside track to the AFC’s second wild-card berth. All four NFC clubs with the same record — Atlanta, Dallas, Green Bay and Detroit — would be shut out in their conference if the playoffs began today because Seattle (6-3) currently controls the No. 6 playoff seed.

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The Patriots, who practiced during the week at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs in order to prepare for the high altitude of Mexico City, have now won six consecutive games and were able to keep pace with the Steelers atop the AFC.

The Raiders, who had a bye last week and are hoping to remain a part of the AFC playoff picture, experienced the altitude of Mexico City last season, when they beat the Texans at Azteca Stadium in the first ever “Monday Night Football” game played outside the United States. That experience didn’t do Oakland much good Sunday.

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Ex-Braves GM John Coppolella permanently banned; team loses prospects

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

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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.

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Carolina Panthers Jersey Film Analysis: The Shovel Option

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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.

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1. Packers coach Mike McCarthy will have to trust Hundley There’s really no replacing a two-time league MVP like Rodgers, but McCarthy cannot afford to water down his offense with Hundley at the helm. Hundley is in his third year with the Packers, who selected the former UCLA quarterback in the fifth round of the 2015 draft. While he had attempted just 11 passes during the regular season prior to Sunday, completing three for 17 yards, he is an athletic player who can provide the same mobility as Rodgers.

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Sources: Steelers’ Martavis Bryant, Jaguars’ Marqise Lee to play Sunday

Despite being listed as questionable because of an illness, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant will play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Bryant was added to the team’s injury report on Saturday. He has 10 catches for 183 yards and one touchdown in four games this season for the 3-1 Steelers.

Also listed as questionable due to a rib injury, Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee is slated to play Sunday against Pittsburgh, a source said.

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Joe Thomas plays in 10,000th consecutive snap

It was a just shotgun trap run in the first quarter Sunday against the Ravens.

While the play itself was nothing special, it was a milestone for Browns left tackle Joe Thomas.

The 10-time Pro Bowler, now in his 11th season, has never missed a snap since the Browns selected him third overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. That Isaiah Crowell run gain against the Ravens was the 10,000th consecutive snap of his Hall-of-Fame career.

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According to NFL Network, Cobb is considered day-to-day after avoiding serious injury. He underwent an MRI Monday.

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Your league doesn’t have to limit itself to offensive players, either. You can use Individual Defensive Players (IDP) by selecting defensive positions, like Cornerback (CB), Edge Rusher (EDR), Defensive Tackle (DT) or Defensive Player Utility (DP — any defensive player position). This allows you to use players on both sides of the ball and really test — and even increase — your all-around football knowledge.

There are also some out-of-the-box options like Head Coach (HC, which gives you points when the NFL team you pick wins a game or reaches certain scoring thresholds) and Punter (P).

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Ricardo Allen, the Falcons’ starting free safety, described his thoughts on the play.

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On the deep ball, I was on my man, Alford said. I turned around and I just saw that the ball was overthrown and that he caught it.

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