In memory of Miles

Not Miles Davis, but rather my cat Miles (who was named after Davis). Miles was 17 years old and died this morning after living with diabetes for three years.

Right now that Miles/Miles Davis connection is playing out on my stereo as I listen to "He Loved Him Madly," Davis's tribute to Duke Ellington, a 32-minute expressions of grieving and love and respect, recorded in June 1974 and released on the album Get Up with It.

Before that, I listened to three of the gentler Requiem mass settings:

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924): Requiem, Op. 48
Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986): Requiem, Op. 9
Barbara Bonney, soprano; Thomas Hampson, baritone; Ambrosian Singers; Philharmonia Orchestra; Michel Legrand, conductor
(Teldec, 6/93)

Pierre de La Rue (c.1460-1518): Missa pro defunctis (Mass for the dead)
New London Chamber Choir; James Wood, conductor
(Amon Ra, 11/85)

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