Category Archives: Music

Instrumental Music on YouTube: Gustav Holst- The Planets, Full Suite

(See my other Music related posts) – I came across this 49:14 video a few weeks ago. It was uploaded to YouTube in April of 2014 by Gwen Ronkartz. The video includes:

  1. 0:00 Mars
  2. 7:27 Venus
  3. 14:52 Mercury
  4. 18:39 Jupiter
  5. 26:11 Saturn
  6. 35:26 Uranus
  7. 41:12 Neptune

The music is performed by a variety of artists. Check the YouTube site for a complete list. It is all instrumental with some calm enough for easy listening, but most is a little energetic for that category.

Instrumental Music on YouTube: Dvořák Symphony No 9 “New World” Celibidache, Münchner Philharmoniker

(See my other Music related posts) – I came across this a few days ago. This 53:59 video was uploaded to YouTube in April of 2013 by 1Furtwangler.

The recording was made in 1991. It is the Dvořák – Symohony No. 9 in E minor op. 95 “From The New World” Münchner Philharmoniker conducted by Sergiu Celibidache. This piece includes:

  1. Adagio – Allegro molto
  2. Largo
  3. Scherzo. Molto vivace
  4. Allegro con fuoco


Instrumental Music on YouTube: ‘Rise of R’lyeh’

(See my other Music related posts) – I like instrumental music. This piece ‘Rise of R’lyeh’ is a little different. It is a combination of instrumental and choral. It is also dark and definitely appropriate for Horror.

The 04:39 video was uploaded to YouTube in April of 2019 by the composer Graham Plowman. I first saw this on the Aethereal Engineer bog. I don’t think I can categorize it as ‘Easy Listening’. 

Instrumental Music on YouTube: “Thank You Soldiers”

(See my other Music related posts) – I came across “Thank You soldiers” a while back and thought it would be appropriate for this Memorial Day. It isn’t the normal instrumental music I post. I thought that the current and former service personnel would appreciate this. The 03:03 video was uploaded to YouTube in November of 2009 by msouders37.

This song is sung by the 3rd grade class of Tussing Elementary


Instrumental Music on YouTube: “Rey’s theme, from the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

(See my other Music  & Star Wars related posts) – I don’t listen to a lot of music. Most of what I listen to is instrumental. I came across this arrangement of seven songs a few weeks ago. It is only 08:16 long and was uploaded to YouTube in November of 2016 by Jorah the Andal.

If you like Star Wars you may want to listen.

Free VE Day Concert

The 75th anniversary of VE Day is this Friday, May 8. I saw the announcement for this free commemorative concert. Per the event announcement [1]:

Mezzo Soprano Katherine Jenkins OBE will perform in an empty Royal Albert Hall in a special half-hour concert that will be streamed to audiences for free via YouTube.

Katherine will sing wartime favorites including The White Cliffs of Dover and We’ll Meet Again; the latter performed as a virtual duet with Dame Vera Lynn. The timeless song, featuring the lyrics, ‘I know we’ll meet again some sunny day’, epitomized the emotions of the war and brought people hope and a sense of togetherness. Today, they ring true for families around the world separated from loved ones at this time of crisis.


Further Reading

  2. Music Popular in WWII: “We’ll Meet Again”

If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The “World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 390 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

Instrumental Music on YouTube: “The Black Bear” performed by the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

(See my other Music related posts) – This is not ‘Easy Listening’ music, but I decided to focus this week on something closer to my family heritage. Not everyone likes bagpipe music, though I do. I guess it is in my blood. 

The song “The Black Bear” The origin of the music is unknown. One thought is that it originated with sailors who visited North America. That is not the only source though.

Historically it is associated with the Cameronian Regiment, which was formed by Covenanters in 1689. It is best known now as a quick regimental march. It made an appearance in the 1962 WWII D-Day movie “The Longest Day”.


Further Reading

  1. The Black Bear
  2. Black Bear