BERLIN/LONDON (dpa) – The Queen celebrates the jubilee of her throne – the music should not be absent, as was the splendid coronation ceremony with all the choirs, events, parades and hymns.
But Elizabeth II (96), with a BA and PhD in Music as an honorary title, is also the daughter of the motherland of pop Great Britain and in this respect – many are certainly – a major fan. And because not everyone is mine – the fan is: Speeches from the common people also belong on the playlist for a grand celebration of the world’s longest-serving monarch starting June 2nd.
Ernest Bullock and George Frideric Handel
Although Elizabeth II officially took office in 1952, her coronation did not take place until the following year. It was a major international television event of a whole new dimension, and the music for it couldn’t be stylized enough (now re-documented on CD “The Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey, 2nd June 1953”). Highlights of the compilation of 500 Years of English Church, Choral and Ceremonial Music: The Fanfare by Sir Bullock (1890-1979), including “God Save the Queen!” – 1759).
Edward Elgar Nursery Suite
Somewhat surprisingly from today’s perspective, a piece by the great British composer Elgar (1857-1934) was not played at Westminster Abbey in 1953. What if “Pomp & Circumstance March No. 1” did you not like? It’s hard to imagine, as the middle section is known around the world as the “Land of Hope and Glory” and is considered an important unofficial anthem of the United Kingdom. When Elgar met young Elizabeth and her one-year-old sister Margaret in 1930, it is said to have inspired his “nursery suite”. So, this English classic makes it naturally every good royalty playlist.
The Queen loves musicals
In addition to classical music, Elizabeth II probably also loves musicals. As Radio Classic discovered last year, it was particularly captured with Berlin’s masterpiece “Annie Get Your Gun,” which premiered in New York in 1946, and “Oklahoma!” , a Rodgers/Hammerstein musical genre three years earlier. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, after meeting the Queen, claimed that one of her favorite songs was Cole Porter’s “Miss Otis Regrets”, made famous by jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald.
Beach Boys and Apa
Pop music doesn’t have to be British to please the Queen. According to Radio Classic, the California beach boys’ sunny song “California Girls” about genius Brian Wilson, starred at the top of the royal chart. It’s almost too good to be true: According to TV presenter Chris Evans, the lady from the ultimate catchy Buckingham Palace tune is the “Dancing Queen” of Swedish pop legend Abba. Elizabeth II was quoted as saying, “I try to dance the same way whenever this song comes out. Because I am the Queen and I love to dance.” Speaking of which: According to Gala, her cousin Mrs. Elizabeth Anson described her as a great dancer and praised her “excellent sense of rhythm” .
Gary Barlow and Wham!
There is a lot of good pop from England – the Queen also has some favorites from her home island. Gary Barlow, lead singer of Take That, contributes to the anniversary playlist of the choral song “Sing” (2012) with The Commonwealth, which he gave to Crown Prince Charles for a video. George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley aka Wham! (“Last Christmas”, “Wake Me Up Before You Go”) It is also said that it pleased Elizabeth II. Pop music executive Brian Morrison once said that she “meditated on all of the hit songs! He knows and spends a lot of time listening to their songs.” You will hardly find out more precisely – because like so many in King’s life, her taste in music is kept secret in detail.
The Queen, Duran Duran and Hans Zimmer
It only makes sense that you wouldn’t miss out on the mega-pop band Queen in their current line-up at the Queen’s annual big pop party. It would also book a place on the playlist for guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and alternate Freddie Mercury Adam Lambert (“We Are the Champions”). The list of participants in the “Platinum Party at the Palace” on June 4 was impressive. Duran Duran (“The Wild Boys”), who was Princess Diana’s favorite band, will also be in attendance – along with Diana Ross, Alicia Keys, Elbo, Andrea Bocelli, Celeste and Sam Ryder. German colors are represented at the pop party in London with the soundtrack by Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer (“Dune”).
The Sex Pistols and The Smiths
This is where things get bitter for royal fans, but not every musician has loved and still loves the royal family. Punk rock exploded with a hate song 45 years ago: Singer Johnny Rotten Sex Pistols spit “God save the Queen” – translate something like this: “God save the Queen! / Fascist regime! / (…) God save her Queen! / She’s not a human Named after a very popular English theme, about angry frontman Morrissey, The Smiths titled one of their best songs and an entire album, “The Queen Is Dead.” You don’t have to find it cute, but it’s part of it. .