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。

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.

Lee did some work Friday, after not having practiced since suffering the injury during Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets.

He is Jacksonville’s second-leading receiver (13 catches for 159 yards), behind Allen Hurns (16 catches, 186 yards, two TDs). The Jaguars lost top receiver Allen Robinson for the season with a torn left ACL in the season opener.

At the end, key fantasy players listed Friday as “Out” for the week’s games will appear as a group. There are four teams on bye this week: The Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins all have the week off.

The New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers played on Thursday night, leaving 13 remaining matchups whose fantasy-relevant injured players are represented here. First weekend games kick off at 1:00 p.m. ET this week.
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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.

Nelson caught seven passes for 79 yards and a touchdown in a Week 1 win over the Seahawks.

The Packers also lost slot receiver Randall Cobb late in Sunday’s game. The speedy receiver, who already has 15 receptions this season, suffered a shoulder injury during the fourth quarter.

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

Geronimo Allison and Davante Adams would start at wide receiver for Green Bay should Cobb and Nelson miss Sunday’s game.

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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.

Scott Kazmir, who currently plays for the Dodgers but was raised in Houston, is contributing to multiple organizations. Kazmir is donating $10k each to the Houston SPCA, the Coalition for Homeless, and the Houston Food Bank.

From a New York Giants perspective, I’d guess you’re surprised that after eight months the offense looked as bad as it did. Even without Odell Beckham Jr. it should have been more functional than it was in Sunday’s 19-3 loss.

Many people questioned the Jets signing a kicker coming off a bad year in Arizona. Even more questioned the Jets when Catanzaro made the roster despite being outkicked by Ross Martin in training camp.

His teammate and fellow cornerback Robert Alford told SB Nation what he saw unfold.

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.

We’ve been getting pressure the whole night, Allen said. The defensive line has been killing. So I guess [Rodgers] was trying to get the ball out of his hands, and he went at one of the wrong ones, I think.

The confidence in his strength is what allows him to reach the second level of the defense so quickly. This is something rare that you see in running backs with 4.5 speed. This is because they can get to the edge, and that is where they get the most yards. Fournette can do both. He can hit the linebackers with force and keep his feet moving and the has the ability and quickness to get to the edge and gain another 20 yards on the outside.

This next clip shows how quick he can find the smallest hole and then uses his speed burst to gain positive yardage.
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Ankle injury sidelines Odell Beckham Jr. for Giants’ opener

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will not play in Sunday night’s opener against the Dallas Cowboys.

With Beckham sidelined, second-year receiver Roger Lewis is expected to take a majority of his snaps. Offseason acquisition Brandon Marshall is also expected to play a bigger role.

There is a five-step process to be cleared from the concussion protocol, including a step that says a player must return to practice as a full participant. Due to the short week, the Texans only have one practice before the game.

Ellington was the Texans’ No. 2 receiver on Sunday, with Will Fuller out with a broken collarbone and Jaelen Strong suspended.

Strong will be back for Week 2, but Houston will still be without Fuller. Along with DeAndre Hopkins, the Texans have Braxton Miller and Andy Jones available at wide receiver. Running back Tyler Ervin could see time at receiver as well.

If the three tight ends are not cleared to play, the Texans could promote Evan Baylis from the practice squad. The undrafted free agent had four catches for 32 yards in three preseason games.

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The offset is having an advisor who can offer guidance about how to handle what Dominik called “all the other stuff that comes across your plate.”
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Newton said it’s like passing information on to a son or daughter.

Rodgers is one of the league’s best. He’s the primary reason the Packers were able to play their way out of a 4-6 start to a 10-6 finish last year. He’s been named league MVP twice in his career, and is usually in the conversation for the honor every season. Aaron Rodgers is the Packers offense, and as long as they have him on the field, they’re in contention.

Rodgers is under contract through 2019, and he’s averaging $22 million per year. He’ll be 36 when his current deal is up, but he hasn’t missed a game since 2013 and he threw for 40 touchdowns next season. He’s still in his prime, and he’ll be worth every penny when Green Bay does extend him.

“There was a lot of refreshing going on,” he said. “But it was exciting talking to him prior to and after the game. I tried not to dump so much on him. It’s a difference when you’re Cam Newton. And it’s a difference when you’re big brother. So now I try to find a fine line and give him a lot of the experiences I’ve [had].”

Newton said it’s like passing information on to a son or daughter.

“You can tell your kids everything they’re about to go through, but as soon as they go through it they’re like, ‘Man, I remember you telling me,'” he said. “I’m like, ‘Yeah, I told you.’

The 2015 NFL MVP was more concerned about living up to the standard “little” brother Caylin Newton set on Saturday in leading Howard University to one of the biggest upsets in college football history based on the point spread.
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