On Now

Listen to the Stream
  • God so Loved the World 6:54 John Stainer
    National Lutheran Choir
    David Cherwin
    Buy Now
  • Septet: 3rd movement 6:52 Ludwig van Beethoven
    Nash Ensemble
    Buy Now
Other MPR Radio Streams
Choral Stream
MPR News
Radio Heartland

You can now listen to Classical and Choral Music on your iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) or Android device.

Blog Archive

October 2012
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31      

Master Archive

Contact Us

Purchase the Music

  • Buy the music you've heard on-air! Your purchase helps support our classical service.


Classical Notes

Classical Notes: October 26, 2012 Archive

The Queen of Tonga - larger-than-life or just kinda chubby?

Posted at 9:18 AM on October 26, 2012 by Alison Young (0 Comments)

queen of tonga.jpgShe was larger than life - both figuratively and in reality - one paper said she was 6'4" and 280 pounds; another pegged her at just shy of six feet and a few stone less. But just looking at the picture of the Queen of Tonga next to Britain's newly crowned Queen Elizabeth and you get the picture.

The papers agree on one thing: when the two met, Queen Salote wore a skirt made of pounded bark and a coconut-husk belt - and her manner and warm grace won everyone's hearts, including England's monarch.

This morning, I'll finish our Dominick Argento birthday week with his humorous Haydn-esque "Homage to the Queen of Tonga" who was considered back in 1953 to be the most popular of ALL the coronation guests.

Comment on this post

[an error occurred while processing this directive]