Daily Archives: May 16, 2014

MAKE MUSIC PART OF YOUR LIFE SERIES: Gioachino Rossini – Sonata No. 1 for Strings in G major


Gioachino Rossini – Sonata No. 1 for Strings in G major

Andras Kiss, violin. Budapest Rossini Ensemble.
Gioachino Rossini – Sonata No. 1 for Strings in G major
I. Moderato 00:08:15
II. Andantino 00:04:42
III. Allegro 00:02:29

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MAKE MUSIC PART OF YOUR LIFE SERIES: Antonín Dvořák – Serenade in D minor, Op. 44


Antonín Dvořák – Serenade in D minor, Op. 44

Nash Ensemble

Antonín Dvořák – Serenade in D minor, Op. 44
1. Moderato, alla Marcia 4’17
2. Minuetto 6’08
3. Andante con moto 8’35
4. Allegro molto 6’13

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TODAY’S SAINT – MAY 16: St. Simon Stock


St. Simon Stock

Image of St. Simon Stock

Facts

Feastday: May 16

Although little is known about Simon Stock’s early life, legend has it that the name Stock, meaning “tree trunk,” derives from the fact that, beginning at age twelve, he lived as a hermit in a hollow tree trunk of an oak tree. It is also believed that, as a young man, he went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land where he joined a group of Carmelites with whom he later returned to Europe. Simon Stock founded many Carmelite Communities, especially in University towns such as Cambridge, Oxford, Paris, and Bologna, and he helped to change the Carmelites from a hermit Order to one of mendicant friars. In 1254 he was elected Superior-General of his Order at London. Simon Stock’s lasting fame came from an apparition he had in Cambridge, England, on July 16, 1251, at a time when the Carmelite Order was being oppressed. In it the Virgin Mary appeared to him holding the brown scapular in one hand. Her words were: “Receive, my beloved son, this scapular of thy Order; it is the special sign of my favor, which I have obtained for thee and for thy children of Mount Carmel. He who dies clothed with this habit shall be preserved from eternal fire. It is the badge of salvation, a shield in time of danger, and a pledge of special peace and protection.” The scapular (from the Latin, scapula, meaning “shoulder blade”) consists of two pieces of cloth, one worn on the chest, and the other on the back, which were connected by straps or strings passing over the shoulders. In certain Orders, monks and nuns wear scapulars that reach from the shoulders almost to the ground as outer garments. Lay persons usually wear scapulars underneath their clothing; these consist of two pieces of material only a few inches square. There are elaborate rules governing the wearing of the scapular: although it may be worn by any Catholic, even an infant, the investiture must be done by a priest. And the scapular must be worn in the proper manner; if an individual neglects to wear it for a time, the benefits are forfeited. The Catholic Church has approved eighteen different kinds of scapulars of which the best known is the woolen brown scapular, or the Scapular of Mount Carmel, that the Virgin Mary bestowed on Simon Stock. His feast day is May 16th.

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: St. Brendan’s Day


St. Brendan’s Day

St. Brendan, who lived in the 6th century and is one of the most popular Irish saints, is alleged to be the author of Navigatio Brendani (the story of a journey to a land across the ocean). No one, including St. Brendan, knew where he had been when he returned, but a number of legends developed over the centuries. In 1977, an Irishman named Tim Severin built a boat out of leather as described in Navigatio and set out to follow St. Brendan’s instructions. He ended up in Newfoundland, giving credence to the theory that St. Brendan reached America 1,000 years before Columbus. More… Discuss

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QUOTATION: Jerome K. Jerome


It is a most extraordinary thing, but I never read a patent medicine advertisement without being impelled to the conclusion that I am suffering from the particular disease therein dealt with in its most virulent form.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) Discuss

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Pope Innocent XI (1611)


Pope Innocent XI (1611)

In 1676, Benedetto Odescalchi was elected pope despite the strong opposition of Louis XIV of France, with whom he had a long, bitter quarrel over Gallicanism—a French Roman Catholic tradition of resistance to papal authority. He took the name Innocent XI. As Pope, Innocent lived very parsimoniously and sought to curb nepotism among the cardinals. He closed all of the theaters in Rome—deemed centers of vice and immorality—and brought a temporary halt to the flourishing tradition of what? More… Discuss

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: Pope Benedict XV Canonizes Joan of Arc (1920)


Pope Benedict XV Canonizes Joan of Arc (1920)

Joan of Arc was a French military leader. As a girl, she began hearing voices—those of saints, she believed—exhorting her to aid the dauphin, who was being kept from the throne by the English in the Hundred Years War. Joan organized the French resistance that defeated the English siege of Orléans and had the dauphin crowned Charles VII. Captured and sold to the English by the Burgundians thereafter, she was tried for heresy and witchcraft. How old was she when she was burned at the stake? More… Discuss

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Wreck May Be that of Santa Maria


Wreck May Be that of Santa Maria

“In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” Three ships set out on this historic voyage, the Santa María, the Niña, and the Pinta, but only two returned. The Santa María ran aground on a reef near Haiti on Christmas Day and was stripped of its timbers for use in building a small fort, La Navidad, on the island—the first European settlement in the New World. Now, more than 500 years later, the remains of the famous ship may have been located. Further investigation is needed to conclusively identify the wreck, but its size and location are consistent with historic records. More… Discuss

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Giacomo Puccini


Giacomo Puccini

Puccini was an Italian composer of operas and a leading exponent of the realistic, verismo style. Born into a family of musicians, he studied piano and organ in his hometown before entering the Milan Conservatory in 1880. His famous operas, which remain exceedingly popular to this day, include La Bohème, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly. His death in 1924 is often cited as the end of grand opera. Complications from what experimental medical treatment hastened his death? More… Discuss

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Kim Richey – A Place Called Home (Studio version) – Paintings by Alexander Mann


Kim Richey – A Place Called Home (Studio version) – Paintings by Alexander Mann

Music : Kim Richey – A Place Called Home (Studio version) . Paintings by Alexander Mann (1853 – 1908, scottish landscape and genre painter) – he was a member of New English Art Club and Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
Video by Laurentziu Ro (Romania)

It’s not hard to see anyone who looks at me
Knows I am just a rolling stone
Never landed any place to call my own
To call my own

Well it seems like so long ago
But it really ain’t you know, I started off a crazy kid
Miracle I made it though the things I did
The things I did

Some day I’ll go where there ain’t no rain or snow
Till then I’ll travel alone
And I’ll make my bed with the stars above my head
And dream of a place called home

I had a chance to settle down, get a job and live in town
Work in some old factory
I never liked the foreman standing over me
Over me

No I rather walk a windy road, rather know the things I know
See the world with my own eye
No regrets, no looking back, no good byes
No good byes

Some day I’ll go where there ain’t no rain or snow
Till then I’ll travel alone
And I’ll make my bed with the stars above my head
And dream of a place called home

Na na na na
Na na na na na
Na na na na
Na na na na na ah na
Ah na na na na na

And some day I’ll go where there ain’t no rain nor snow
Till then I’ll travel alone
And I make my bed with the stars above my head
And dream of a place called home

Some day I’ll go where there ain’t no rain nor snow
Dream of a place called home

Songwriters
HENDERSON, MICHAEL JAMES / RICHEY, KIM

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Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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