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 former Eagles tight end intends to sign a four-year contract with the Bears this week, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported.

According to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, the deal is worth $32 million.

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According to NFL Media, which cited unidentified sources, Cousins is expected to have dinner with Vikings coaches and other essential personnel Wednesday before visiting the team’s new facility Thursday.

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Roger Goodell runs a 5.41 40-yard dash through the NFL office

The 40-yard dash is the marquee event at the NFL Combine every year, and for the first time since 2015, commissioner Roger Goodell got in on the action.
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That’s Eisen’s second-best 40 time since he started running it in 2005.

This marks the 14th consecutive year that Eisen has run a televised 40. He posted his best time in 2016, when he ran a 5.94. That’s the second time in all these years that Eisen has managed to get below six seconds.

Eisen had hoped to beat his best time in 2017, but he fell a little short. A 6.02 time isn’t bad for a sports journalist in his late 40s. But NFL Network used their simulcam feature to pit Eisen against John Ross’ record-setting 40 last year. They gave Eisen a 7-yard head start. It didn’t help.

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One-man show: Laine gets trick in Jets’ 3-0 win vs Rangers

Patrik Laine went more than a year between hat tricks, and still the 19-year-old Finnish star is on a remarkable pace.

Laine got his fourth hat trick and set a career high with his 38th goal, lifting the Winnipeg Jets over the New York Rangers 3-0 on Tuesday night.

“It was very nice for me to finally score a goal,” Klefbom told the team’s official website after snapping a 33-game drought off assists from McDavid and Draisaitl, who have combined for 51 goals and 89 assists.

McDavid has nine points (three goals, six assists) in a five-game run, and leads the club with 80 points (30 goals, 50 assists).

Draisaitl has collected 11 goals and 17 helpers in his last 25 contests and has not been held without a point in back-to-back games over that span. He has 60 points (21 goals, 39 assists) this season.

Against New York, the Oilers’ Cam Talbot is 6-2-0 with a 2.49 goals-against average in eight career starts. Al Montoya has given up 10 goals while winning all four career starts versus the Islanders.

The 25-year-old Gustafsson played his 20th game this season with Chicago on Tuesday night. Sikura, also 25, has skated with AHL Rockford, where he leads the farm team with 16 goals in his first season there. He’s the older brother of Blackhawks prospect Dylan Sikura, who’s finishing his senior year at Northeastern University. Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman has said he wants to sign Dylan after the NCAA season ends.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have a chance Thursday night to win three straight games for the first time since November.

An extended streak couldn’t come at a better time for the Blue Jackets (34-28-5) as they fight for their playoff lives during the final month of the regular season. They enter Thursday night’s game against the Colorado Avalanche at Nationwide Arena just two points ahead of the Florida Panthers for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

The game is just as important for the Avalanche (35-24-7), who are trying to keep pace in the Western Conference race. They’re just outside the final wild-card spot behind the Los Angeles Kings with 16 games remaining.

The Blue Jackets, coming off a three-game West Coast swing, made it two consecutive wins on Tuesday night with a 4-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights. They survived after having played and won Sunday night at San Jose.

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NBA wrap: Celtics edge Trail Blazers for fourth straight win

With the All-Star break approaching, Al Hoford and the Celtics continued to roll Sunday with a 97-96 win over the Trail Blazers.
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Horford, who hit a buzzer-beater to win the game, scored 22 points with 10 rebounds and five assists, dominating on the offensive end with Kyrie Irving out of the lineup with an injured quad. Jayson Tatum added 17 points and five assists, and Jaylen Brown notched 16 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Irving, who has missed the last three games with the injury, will travel with the team to Toronto, but his status for Tuesday’s game against the Raptors is uncertain.

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Just rest, man, Butler said, via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. I got to rest. I got to rest my body up. I know this Timberwolves season is very, very important to me. I’ve got to be ready to roll when I get back there.

Via Pro Basketball Talk, while some speculated Butler did not want to play after imbibing too heavily in the L.A. nightlife over the weekend, D’Antoni confirmed Butler’s explanation.
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Baker Mayfield believes he’s the man to resurrect Browns

Baker Mayfield never lacked confidence at Oklahoma, and that hasn’t changed as he begins his NFL journey.
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Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine, Mayfield fielded questions about potential destinations, and the Browns came up as a possible suitor. While some players might balk at heading to Cleveland, where quarterbacks have struggled for more than a decade, Mayfield chose to look at the positive side.

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He added it wouldn’t matter if they did, because he said he wouldn’t entertain any sort of position switch.

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Luck’s only practice time since Week 17 of the 2016 season was on a limited basis in October, before the team gave him a cortisone shot and shut him down due to soreness in the shoulder. He spent about six weeks in the Netherlands getting rehab on his shoulder and is currently in California working with throwing experts. Luck has used weight Joey Bosa Youth jersey balls to work on regaining strength in his shoulder.

The Colts, despite Luck’s long layoff, continue to believe he will be back for the 2018 season.

Do I have any doubt that he’s going to be ready? No, I don’t, Ballard said.

Hall was already having a monster season that put his name back in the mix with the elite of the elite in the NHL. Since Jan. 1, he’s found yet anther level to his game. After turning in a tidy 1.0 points per game through the first 36 games of the season, Hall has been scoring at a clip of 1.44 points per game in 18 games since the calendar flipped to 2018. He’s currently pulling rookie Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri into next-level status for fantasy managers and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, riding an 18-game point streak.

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Size- and arm strength-wise, the top-rated quarterbacks who fit Elway’s vision would seem to be Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen or Josh Allen.

Even so, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell did not succumb to both internal and external pressure and alter how teams handle the pregame anthem. Goodell also helped spearhead the creation of an NFL social justice initiative with a $90 million pledge over the next seven years for various programs after meetings with involved players.

“He thinks it’s a right of the players for those guys to either stand or kneel or whatever,” Winston said. “That’s the country we live in. That’s what he’s made very clear.

“While I know some of the owners and even the commissioner have said they don’t like it, that’s what (the NFL’s) stance has been. I haven’t heard anything different than that.”

And Lue, finally, after dancing around the question all season prior to the trade deadline, could give a direct answer when asked about the identity of his team.

“It starts with our defense,” Lue said. “That’s what we’ve got to be: turn our defense into offense. If we’re guarding the basketball, we’re getting stops, getting turnovers, we can really get out and run because we have four guys on the floor at all times that can make a play.”

Giving a rookie QB time to develop into a true franchise quarterback would require patience, but I think that’s the approach Elway will take while also keeping Lynch in the mix. Lynch is still on his rookie deal, so he’s a low-cost option.

And if it doesn’t work out for Denver to move up to one of the top two draft spots due to the high cost established by the Jared Goff and Carson Wentz deals, Elway will have second and third choices he also covets as a potential franchise QBs. Elway in that case would either trade up a couple spots to get his QB or hope the player falls to the No. 5 overall pick.

All are in the range of 6-4 to 6-5. Baker Mayfield at 6-1 is an appealing playmaker but not in the big QB mold Elway seemingly prefers.bears_136

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Auston Matthews scores in the third to tie the game as the Maple Leafs go on to beat the Islanders 4-3 in a shootout.

New York responded 99 seconds later as Eberle’s centering pass redirected off Nikita Zaitsev’s skate and past Andersen. Barzal got the primary assist on Eberle’s 21st of the season.
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We read the news just like everyone else, Smith said, via NJ.com. You see Donald Trump tweet something … We have those conversations in the locker room, just like everyone else does in the workplace. We’re very informed about what goes on, and we’re trying to continue to educate ourselves. It’s pretty special to have a group like that of folks that aren’t just socially conscious, but folks who genuinely care about people and care about learning more.

Smith previously won the Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens five years ago and visited the White House to celebrate.

The defensive end was one of many Patriots players not to visit last year and he doesn’t plan on visiting now either.

No, I’m not going to the White House. Are you kidding me? Long said on the Pardon My Take podcast last Sunday.

Long donated his entire 2017 salary to charity and has been an advocate for education equality. Last year, he received criticism for choosing not to visit Washington, D.C., but fired back at those who disapproved.
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Mark Cuban says it would be best for 18-40 Mavs to keep losing

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban calls tanking brutal but acknowledged that he told his team that it would be best to lose for the rest of the 2017-18 season.
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This season, the Mavericks (18-40) have the third-worst record in the NBA entering Tuesday but are among a logjam of seven teams with fewer than 20 wins. The team with the worst record will have a 25 percent chance of making the No. 1 pick in June’s draft.

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One shift after scoring his 28th goal of the season Thursday night in a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders, Matthews left the game following a hit in which he was sandwiched between defenseman Adam Pelech and forward Cal Clutterbuck.

Matthews has 28 goals and 22 points in 53 games this season. His departure from the lineup will result in a shifting of lines.

William Nylander will move from the wing to center to fill Matthews’ spot. Connor Brown will be elevated to play on the right wing to fill Nylander’s spot on the team’s top line.

Matthews missed 10 games this season due to injury. On Nov. 8, he missed four games with an upper-body ailment. On Dec. 9, Matthews collided with teammate Morgan Rielly in a game against Pittsburgh. He missed the next six games due to a concussion.

Either Josh Leivo or Matt Martin will enter the lineup for Toronto on Saturday. Leivo has been a healthy scratch for 23 consecutive games. He last played a game on Dec. 31 against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Leivo has also been the topic of trade speculation as Monday’s NHL trade deadline approaches.

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Hosmer was key to Kansas City’s back-to-back World Series teams, culminating in a championship in 2015. He turned 28 in October.

The ice cold MLB free agent market might be starting to thaw, with one of the winter’s biggest targets apparently landing in a new home. The San Diego Padres have reportedly agreed to terms with first baseman Eric Hosmer, per Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
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This is just the third free agent contract longer than three years this winter, along with Yu Darvish to the Cubs (6 years, $126 million) and outfielder Lorenzo Cain to the Royals (5 years, $80 million), the latter a teammate of Hosmer’s in Kansas City for seven seasons.

Wil Myers hit 58 home runs, 58 Ted Ginn Jr Jersey doubles and stole 48 bases the last two seasons as San Diego’s first baseman while hitting .251/.332/.462, a 112 OPS+, reportedly told the team in December he would be willing to move to the outfield if the Padres signed a first baseman this winter, per AJ Cassavell of MLB.com.

The NHL decided that pausing its season for a few weeks and letting players risk injury for someone else wasn’t worth taking advantage of a once-every-four-years chance to grow the sport locally and internationally. That’s a personal choice, in line with the league’s history of prioritizing short-term convenience over whatever else.
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