Thursday Thoughts…13th April 2023…Macha and Music…


Welcome to Thursday Thoughts… what happened to last week’s Thursday Thoughts was that I forgot…Why I’m not sure…maybe I’ll get my mojo back soon or my muse will give me a shake…

Anyway let’s have a look at Macha and some other expensive drinks and why they are so expensive…

Here’s why some of the world’s priciest drinks are so expensive…it’s an interesting video that is worth a watch…

Expensive or not these drinks are very popular…I’ll have a glass of bubbly methinks! Cheers!

Now for some music…

On April 13th 1742 George Frideric Handel’s oratorio “Messiah” was performed for the 1st time at New Music Hall in Dublin…I wonder if they had any inkling of how famous their symphonies would become and that centuries later they would still be performed and enjoyed by many…one of my favourite pieces from Handel is “Water Music” and it was indeed written to be performed on water…commissioned by King George I to accompany a grand royal jaunt up the River Thames in the summer of 1717…it was also the only music that would lull my youngest daughter to sleep …

Unlike many pieces Handel wrote, the original score for Water Music didn’t survive, and none of the later versions exactly match. The piece is usually split into three separate suites made up of 22 self-contained movements, but no one is quite sure how they fit together, and in what order the movements come, or even whether Water Music was actually performed in its entirety in July 1717 or created for different occasions.

Another mystery was how on earth did Handel squeeze a harpsichord and timpani (kettle drums), which are used in most versions of Water Music, into a barge? (Most probably he didn’t take the risk, and added them to the score later.)

How’s this for a classical mashup? Just a bit of fun if you remember the Teletubbies…

Thank you for joining me today I hope everyone who celebrates had an enjoyable Easter although I have heard that rain and hurricane winds were about for some of you so please stay safe…xx

24 thoughts on “Thursday Thoughts…13th April 2023…Macha and Music…

  1. Jennie

    Thank you for some backstory on Handel’s Water Music. Fascinating! I play my record album for the children, and I’ll have to listen for the kettle drum.

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  2. koolkosherkitchen

    Macha is not expensive in our neck of the woods because all you need is dry macha leaves and a macha set. It’s pretty common here. Thank you for Handel, and yes, the harpsichord and timpani did fit on the barge. Both were a lot smaller in those times.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thats interesting​ about the musical instruments, thank you, dear Dolly… Lucky for you if macha is cheaper for you its generally cheaper here too as we are closer to the tea sources plus tea is grown here too… I hope you are well 🤗😊


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  4. D. Wallace Peach

    I don’t have the cash to buy expensive foods, and I don’t miss what I don’t know, I guess. Fascinating though! And I did not know any of that about Handel’s Water Music. How amazing that we don’t know the order of the movements. I need to listen while I blog today. I love The Messiah, and The Rite of Spring. Great music today. 🙂

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Diana enjoy the music…I am amazed that no one has figured out the order but I suppose there are so many permutaions that its almost impossible… 🙂 x

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  6. beetleypete

    Well I can save money by not buying Macha, as I think Green Tea is disgusting! I am happy to drink cheaper red wines, (£5-£6 a bottle) they taste as good as expensive ones to me.
    As for the Tellytubbies, if I never see them again that’s fine with me. 🙂 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Haha…that sounds good to me , Pete although I like a glass of bubbly now and again and if green tea is brewed correctly its very nice and if not it is indeed disgusting 🙂 xx

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