From “God Save the Queen!” To the “Dancing Queen” – Culture

– Masterpieces from Bullock, Handel and Elgar, Some American Musical songs, “Dancing Queen” by ABBA, Delightful songs from Queen and Duran Duran, Evil from the Sex Pistols and The Smiths: Queen’s Jubilee Festival playlist.

The Queen celebrates her jubilee – the music should not be absent, as was the splendid coronation ceremony with all the choirs, ceremonies, parades and hymns.

But Elizabeth II (96), with a BA and PhD in Music as an honorary title, is also a native of Great Britain and in this respect – that’s for sure – a huge fan. And because not everyone is mine – the fan is: A commoner sermon also belongs 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 the raucous anthem “God Save the Queen!” , and the coronation anthem for Handel, a Londoner by his choice of Halle (1685-1759).

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. Did Elizabeth II hate his famous “Pomp & Circumstance March No. 1”? 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!” The three-year-old is a milestone for Rodgers/Hammerstein. After meeting the Queen, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber 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 catchy Buckingham Palace tune is the “dancing queen” of Swedish pop legends ABBA. Elizabeth II was quoted as saying, “I try to dance whenever this song comes out. Because I am the Queen and I love to dance.” Speaking of which: Gala reported that her cousin Lady Elizabeth Anson described her as a wonderful 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 the choral song “Sing” (2012) with the Commonwealth Band to the annual playlist, which he submitted 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 director Brian Morrison once said that she “knows all of Wham’s songs! She has spent 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 reads impressively. 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. Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer (“Dune”) represents German colors at a pop party in London.

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 45 years ago with a hate song: “God Save the Queen” singer Johnny airs the routine of the Sex Pistols – roughly translated as: “God save the Queen! / Fascist regime! / (…) God save her queen! / It ain’t human being”. In 1986, the Smiths, named after a very popular English theme, about angry showdown star Morrissey, 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.

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