As I mentioned in a previous blog post, my family was looking at old slides from Walt Disney World in the 80's and 90's, which led me to listening to some old music from the parks, specifically former versions of Illuminations at Epcot. We all know that I'm a huge fan of the Gavin Greenaway music that graces World Showcase each night these days, but as many times as I've listened to that soundtrack, I'm not anywhere near as well versed in what came before it.
For those that don't know, previous to Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, there were multiple other versions of the show, many of which only showed once a week (usually Saturday nights). The soundtracks for those older editions are largely made up of classical music. The version I found on YouTube, which I've included below, is Illuminations 25 (B), celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort with the return of classical music to the show.
It's a pretty long soundtrack, but I was listening to it in full for the first time last week while, of all things, curling my hair on a Wednesday morning. So I'm standing there, curling my hair, and I'm already freaking out because of some of the absolutely brilliant music included in the show, specifically around the point of the inclusion of "The Aquarium" from Carnival of the Animals, "A Night on Bald Mountain" by Mussorgsky and so on and so forth when all of a sudden I start automatically singing along to the score. For a second, I stopped, trying to figure out why in the world I was singing, but then I realized that what came next wasn't just any other song.
It was Jupiter.
"Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity" is a movement from the Holst Planets Suite, and it just happens to be the movement our college wind ensemble played this past fall. That's right, I've gotten to the point in my music career where I am playing some of the same pieces as have been included in spectacular shows at Walt Disney World. You can imagine my excitement.
As a music major, there's so many wonderful pieces out there, and you can't play it all, but I do believe that now it's one of my goals to play as many of the Disney featured pieces as possible. After all, I already have a few checked off my list!
Have a magical day!
(Note: This blog post was written on February 24).