Daily Archives: March 2, 2014

TODAY’S HOLIDAY: HINA MATSURI


Hina Matsuri

Hina Matsuri is a festival for girls, celebrated in homes throughout Japan since the Edo Period (1600-1867). A set of 10 to 15 dolls (or hina), usually family heirlooms from various generations, is displayed on a stand covered with red cloth. Dressed in elaborate silk costumes, the dolls represent the emperor and empress, court ministers, and servants. In parts of Tottori Prefecture, girls make boats of straw, place a pair of paper dolls in them and set them afloat on the Mochigase River. The custom dates back to ancient times when dolls were used as talismans to exorcize evil. More…Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: Charles Darwin


It has been a bitter mortification for me to digest the conclusion that the ‘race is for the strong’ and that I shall probably do little more but be content to admire the strides others made in science.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882) Discuss

 

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: JACKIE JOYNER-KERSEE (1962)


Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1962)

Considered one of the finest female athletes in history, Joyner-Kersee is an American track and field star. She medaled at four consecutive Summer Olympics, taking home a total of three gold, one silver, and two bronze medals. She won gold in the 1988 Olympic heptathlon and repeated this feat in 1992, becoming the first heptathlete ever to have consecutive Olympic wins. She is also the first heptathlon competitor ever to top 7,000 points. Who is the current heptathlon world record holder? More… Discuss

 

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: JAPAN ATTACKS AUSTRALIA (1942)


Japan Attacks Australia (1942)

In aviation’s early days, the pearling port of Broome in Western Australia served as a refueling point for planes flying between the Dutch East Indies—now Indonesia—and inland Australia. Therefore, when Japan invaded Java during World War II, the Allied evacuation route for Dutch refugees included a stop in Broome. On March 3, 1942, Japanese fighter planes attacked Broome, destroying upwards of 20 Allied aircraft, some of which were loaded with refugees at the time. How many died? More… Discuss

 

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NEWS: LIFESTYLE CHANGES COULD CUT MISCARRIAGE RISK


Lifestyle Changes Could Cut Miscarriage Risk

Researchers say that more than a quarter of first-timemiscarriages are preventable and could be avoided if women made certain lifestyle changes. Heavy lifting,obesity, being underweight, alcohol consumption, and working night shifts during pregnancy were all found to be factors that elevate miscarriage risk. Age was also found to be a factor, with women in their mid-30s and above more likely to lose a pregnancy. It is important not only for individual women to be aware of these risks but also for policymakers and employers to know of them and help pregnant women avoid them whenever possible. More… Discuss

 

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ARTICLE: GEISHA: “ART PERSON”


Geisha: “Art Person”

A geisha is a traditional Japanese artist-entertainer skilled at conversation, singing, and dancing. The geisha system likely originated in the 17th century to provide a class of well-trained entertainers separate from courtesans and prostitutes. Even though geisha are usually women, the first ones were actually men. The numbers of geisha have declined from some 80,000 in the 1920s to a few thousand today. Why did geisha often paint their teeth black as part of their formal make-up? More… Discuss

 

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Daniil Trifonov, Zubin Mehta – Rachmaninov, Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini



Tel Aviv, 26.12.2011
Rachmaninov, Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini
Daniil Trifonov (piano)
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Zubin Mehta

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Rachmaninoff Variation 18 Rhapsody on Themes of Paganini Valentina Lisitsa


Live footage from the recording session. London Symphony Orchestra , Michael Francis conducting. The recording is available now on Decca. Get yours today! :-)
iTuneshttp://smarturl.it/paganinirhapsody
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/LisitsaPaganini

 

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Modest Mussorgsky – Saint John’s Night on the Bare Mountain (Original score) / Abbado – LSO



The original Mussorgsky score (1867) and not the Rimsky Korsakov one (1886).

From wikipedia:
Night on Bald Mountain is a composition by Modest Mussorgsky that exists in, at least, two versions—a seldom performed 1867 version or a later (1886) and very popular “fantasy for orchestra” arranged by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, A Night on the Bare Mountain (Ночь на лысой горе, Noch’ na lysoy gorye), based on the vocal score of the “Dream Vision of the Peasant Lad” (1880) from The Fair at Sorochyntsi with some revisions, most notably the omission of the choir.[citation needed] There is also a version orchestrated by twentieth-century conductor Leopold Stokowski; this is the version used in the now-classic 1940 Walt Disney animated film Fantasia.

Inspired by Russian literary works and legend, Mussorgsky made a witches’ sabbath the theme of the original tone poem, completed on 23 June 1867 (St. John’s Eve). St. John’s Night on the Bare Mountain and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “musical picture” Sadko (also composed in 1867) share the distinction of being the first tone poems by Russian composers.

As with so much of Mussorgsky’s music, the work had a tortuous compositional history and was arranged after his death in 1881 by his friend and fellow member of The Mighty Handful Rimsky-Korsakov. It was never performed in any form during Mussorgsky’s lifetime.[2] The Rimsky-Korsakov edition premiered in 1886, and has become a concert favorite.

Setting:
Russian legend tells of a witches’ sabbath taking place on St. John’s Night (June 23–24) on the Lysa Hora (Bald Mountain), near Kiev.

Program:
The following program is taken from the score: Сбор ведьм, их толки и сплетни (Assembly of the witches, their chatter and gossip) Поезд Сатаны (Cortège of Satan) Чёрная служба, Messe noire (Black service, Black mass) Шабаш (Sabbath)

More details and a variation to this program may be found in a letter written by the composer to Vladimir Nikolsky: “So far as my memory doesn’t deceive me, the witches used to gather on this mountain, gossip, play tricks and await their chief — Satan. On his arrival they, i.e. the witches, formed a circle round the throne on which he sat, in the form of a kid, and sang his praise. When Satan was worked up into a sufficient passion by the witches’ praises, he gave the command for the sabbath, in which he chose for himself the witches who caught his fancy. –So this is what I’ve done. At the head of my score I’ve put its content: 1. Assembly of the witches, their talk and gossip; 2. Satan’s journey; 3. Obscene praises of Satan; and 4. Sabbath… The form and character of the composition are both Russian and original”.

 

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J.S.Bach: Toccata and Fugue in d minor – BWV 565


Don’t Like Eating Yoga Mats? Avoid These Brands… | Care2 Healthy Living


Don’t Like Eating Yoga Mats? Avoid These Brands… | Care2 Healthy Living.

The Environmental Working Group just released an extensive list of almost 500 food products and over 100 brands that make use of the unwelcome chemical. View the entire list here, or check out some of the more recognizable offenders listed below:

America’s Choice

Arnold

Betty Crocker

D’italiano

Drake’s

Earthgrains

Entenmann’s

Essential Everyday

Fiber One

Fleischmann’s

Freihofer’s

Healthy Life

Jimmy Dean

Little Debbie

Marie Callender’s 

Nature’s Own

Pillsbury

Sara Lee

Shoprite

Smucker’s

Sun-Maid

Sunbeam

Tyson

Village Hearth

Weight Watchers Smart Ones

White Castle

Wonder

Aside from the aforementioned brands, ADA also lurks in many fast food chains, like Starbucks, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, and Burger King. The harmful chemical is banned in Europe and Australia, as it can cause respiratory illness in large quantities, but merely regulated to 45 parts per million here in the US. Check out the movement to ban it all together.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/dont-like-eating-yoga-mats-avoid-these-brands.html#ixzz2uqxMsXU0

 

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Z.Francescatti – R.Casadesus: BEETHOVEN Sonata No.8 Op.30,3 (1961)



Ludwig van BEETHOVEN – The Sonatas for Violin & Piano
Violin Sonata No.8 in G major, Op.30/3
0:05 / I. Allegro assai [5'48'']
5:56 / II. Tempo di minuetto, molto moderato e grazioso [6'53'']
12:54 / III. Allegro vivace [3'22'']
Zino FRANCESCATTI, violin – Robert CASADESUS, piano 
(Rec. 1961 – vinyl CBS77426 (p) 1982)
audio restoring / vinyl remaster: Emilio Pessina, 2013
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10 Violin Sonatashttp://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

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Aram Khachturian Adagio Spartacus and Phrygia, SYOA, Sergey Smbatyan



State Youth Orchestra of Armenia 
Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Sergey Smbatyan

Aram Khachaturian – Adagio Spartacus and Phrygia from the Ballet “Spartacus”
Aram Khachaturian International Violin Competition 2010 

http://www.syoa.am
http://www.akhic.am

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Joseph Boulogne, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges – L’amant anonyme (1780) – Ballet no 1



Joseph Boulogne (1745 – 1799) was the son of a French aristocrat and an African slave woman. He is considered to be one of the first composers to write music in the western tradition with African ancestry. Here is part of a ballet he wrote in 1780. Performed by Tafelmusik Orchestra conducted by Jeanne Lamon.

 

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History of Ukraine (excerpts from Wikipedia) <<<>>



Tetyana Ivanytska “Have Mercy On Me, Oh Lord” (Ukrainian classical music)
Artists: “Khreschatyk” Academic Chamber Choir, a conductor — Pavlo Struts
Kyiv, 2008

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
 
Part of a series on the
History of Ukraine
Coat of arms of Ukraine
Portal icon Ukraine portal
 

The territory of Ukraine has been inhabited for at least forty four thousand years.[1] It is where the horse was first domesticated[2] and a candidate site of the origins of the Proto-Indo-European language family.[3][4]

According to a popular and well established theory, the medieval state of Kievan Rus was established by the Varangians in the 9th century as the first historically recorded East Slavic state. It emerged as a powerful nation in the Middle Ages but disintegrated in the 12th century. By the middle of the 14th century, present Ukrainian territories were under the rule of three external powers: the Golden Horde, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and the Kingdom of Poland, during the 15th century these lands came under the rule of the Crown of the Kingdom of PolandPolish Lithuanian Commonwealth (since 1569), and Crimean Khanate.[5] In 1653 the greater portion of the population rebelled against dominantly Polish Catholic rule and in January 1654 an assembly of the people (rada) voted at Pereyaslav to turn to Moscow, effectively joining the southeastern portion of the Polish-Lithuanian empire east of the Dnieper River to Russia.[6] After the Partitions of Poland (1772–1795) and conquest of Crimean Khanate, Ukraine was divided between Russia and Austria, thus the largest part of Ukraine was integrated into theRussian Empire, with the rest under Austrian (known as Austro-Hungarian since 1849) control.

chaotic period of warfare ensued after the Russian Revolution, with internationally recognized establishment of an independent Ukrainian People’s Republic. Independent Ukraine emerged from its own civil war. The Ukrainian–Soviet Warfollowed, which resulted in the Soviet Army establishing control in late 1919[7]Soviet victory. The conquerors created theUkrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, which on 30 December 1922 became one of the founding republics of the Soviet Union. The Soviet government was hostile to Ukrainian language and Ukrainian culture; there were mass repressions of Ukrainian poets, historians and linguists. Then there was a genocide of Ukrainians: millions of people starved to death in 1932 and 1933 in the Holodomor. After the 1939 invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany and Soviet Union, the Ukrainian SSR’s territory was enlarged westward. During World War II the Ukrainian Insurgent Army tried to reestablish Ukrainian independence and fought against both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. But in 1941 Ukraine was occupied by Nazi Germany, being liberated in 1944. In 1945, the Ukrainian SSR became one of the founding members of the United Nations.[8] In 1954, it expanded to the south with the transfer of the Crimea.

Ukraine became independent again when the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991. This dissolution started a period of transition to amarket economy, in which Ukraine suffered an eight-year recession.[9] Since then, however, the economy has experienced a high increase in GDP growthUkraine was caught up in the worldwide economic crisis in 2008 and the economy plunged. GDP fell 20% from spring 2008 to spring 2009, then leveled off as analysts compared the magnitude of the downturn to the worst years of economic depression during the early 1990s.[10]

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy – Meeresstille und Glückliche Fahrt (“Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage”) Overture, Op. 27



Hanover Band, Roy Goodman. Paint by Moonlight on the Sea and the Rocks by Ferdinand du Puigaudeau

 

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Europe – Ukraine calls up military reserves after Russian forces seize Crimea – France 24


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Europe – Ukraine calls up military reserves after Russian forces seize Crimea – France 24.

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