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Song of the Day #174

Song of the Day: The Ten Commandments ("The Exodus") [audio clip at that link], music by Elmer Bernstein, is from the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille epic film, starring Charlton Heston as Moses. Bernstein announces the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt with a sound like that of the ram's horn, and takes us on the adventure of liberation in a musical moment that DeMille hoped would echo "Onward Christian Soldiers." The score, said DeMille, captures "Wagner's concept that action, setting, language and music should all blend into one perfect pattern." And an organic whole, it certainly is. Exhilarating.