Category Archives: MEMORIES

today’s birthday: Mohandas Gandhi (1869)


Mohandas Gandhi (1869)

Gandhi is remembered as one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century for his role in securing India’s independence from British rule through non-violent civil disobedience, a method that has since inspired notable civil rights leaders around the globe. The victory was bittersweet for Gandhi, who had championed Hindu-Muslim unity, as independence came with a plan to carve out a separate Muslim state—Pakistan. In 1948, he was assassinated by a Hindu fanatic. Why is Gandhi often called Mahatma? More… Discuss

story: Enrico Caruso


Enrico Caruso

Caruso was an Italian operatic tenor renowned for the beauty, range, and power of his voice. A mechanical engineer who indulged his passion for singing in his spare time, Caruso had no formal musical training until his late teens. After just a few years of study, he made his professional operatic debut, touching off his meteoric rise to fame. In 1903, he made his American debut at the Metropolitan Opera, where he was a favorite until his death. What helped secure his status as an opera legend? More… Discuss

Alexander Borodin – String Quartet No. 2: make music part of your life series


Alexander Borodin – String Quartet No. 2

Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: great compositions/performances


Antonín Dvořák -Scherzo Capriccioso, Op. 66: great compositions/performances


Antonín Dvořák -Scherzo Capriccioso, Op. 66

Franz Doppler – Duettino on Hungarian Themes, Op. 36 – Two Flutes & Piano: make music part of your life series


Franz Doppler – Duettino on Hungarian Themes, Op. 36 – Two Flutes & Piano

Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 2 [COMPLETE]: make music part of your life series


Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 2 [COMPLETE]

Cimarosa: “Il Matrimonio segreto” – Ouverture (Daniel Barenboim): make music part of you rlife series


Franz Schubert – Quintet for piano, violin, viola, cello & double-bass, in A major, D 667 “The Trout: great compositions/performances


Franz Schubert – Quintet for piano, violin, viola, cello & double-bass, in A major, D 667 “The Trout

iesLudwig van Beethoven – Fidelio Overture, Op. 72b: make music part of your life series


Ludwig van Beethoven – Fidelio Overture, Op. 72b

Symphony No. 3 in D Major, Op. 29 “Polish” – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: great compositions/performances


Symphony No. 3 in D Major, Op. 29 “Polish” – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Saint of the Day for Wednesday, October 1st, 2014: St. Therese of Lisieux


English: Statue of St Therese of Lisieux, in t...

English: Statue of St Therese of Lisieux, in the Padre Pio garden at Ladyewell, Fernyhalgh (near Preston), Lancashire (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

St. Therese of Lisieux

Generations of Catholics have admired this young saint, called her the “Little Flower”, and found in her short life more inspiration for own lives than in volumes by theologians. Yet Therese died … continue reading

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this day in the yesteryear: The Honeymooners Premiers on CBS (1955)


The Honeymooners Premiers on CBS (1955)

The Honeymooners was a short-lived American sitcom based on sketches by comedian Jackie Gleason. It starred Gleason and Audrey Meadows as a struggling working class couple in New York—a drastic departure from other popular comedies of the era that depicted their characters in comfortable, middle-class, suburban environments. Though The Honeymooners was cancelled after just 39 episodes, it has been aired for decades in syndication. What animated TV series did Gleason’s show inspire? More… Discuss


Wildlife Declined By More than Half in 40 Years

Human activities have dramatically altered the balance of life on Earth, according to a report by the Zoological Society of London. Wildlife populations around the globe have plummeted by more than half over just the past four decades, and the decline shows no signs of letting up any time soon. When broken down by habitat type, the data show that terrestrial and marine species both declined by 39 percent between 1970 and 2010, while freshwater species suffered a staggering 76 percent drop. The report calls “unsustainable human consumption” leading to habitat loss and degradation the greatest threat to biodiversity on our planet. More… Discuss

story: Windsor Castle


English: Photograph of Windsor castle showing ...

English: Photograph of Windsor castle showing visitors. Taken Summer 1989 by contributor. All rights waived. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Windsor Castle

Located in the county of Berkshire, west of London, Windsor Castle has been a principal official residence of British monarchs since the 11th century. The Queen herself is quite fond of Windsor and frequently weekends there. Windsor has the distinction of being the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. The modern castle, which contains about 1,000 rooms and occupies 13 acres (5 hectares), consists of three “wards”—the upper, middle, and lower. What damaged more than 100 rooms in 1992? More… Discuss

A perfect one hundred percent, poetic thought, ©by George-B Always (the smudge and other poems)


A perfect one hundred percent, poetic thought,
by George-B

In some non mysterious yet natural way
I failed to understand the way you are,
speak,

laugh,
cry
look up toward the heavens above in search of
a sign
release
understanding
love
anything to
heal
lean on
A cotton cloud
and again understanding,
that is comprehensive,
that cleanses like
a non-acid summer rain as they used to be before…
You are so obvious, yet-yet  I always failed to give you
what you needed, to give you…
so I just gave you back you riddle and
tried to behave meanwhile as if I understood you
completely, as if I knew the puzzling cross-word by heart
as if I ace every SAT question, one and all,
a perfect one hundred percent.

(©by George-B Always
)

***String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D.810 “Der Tod und das Mädchen” (Death and the Maiden) – Alban Berg Quartet: great compositions/performances


*String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D.810 “Der Tod und das Mädchen” Death and the Maiden Alban Berg Quartet

Saint of the Day for Tuesday, September 30th, 2014: St. Jerome


St. JeromeImage of St. Jerome

St. Jerome, who was born Eusebius Hieronymous Sophronius, was the most learned of the Fathers of the Western Church. He was born about the year 342 at Stridonius, a small town at the head of the … continue reading

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quotation: Better no rule than cruel rule. Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)


Better no rule than cruel rule.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC) Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: First Photos Taken of a Giant Squid in the Wild (2004)


First Photos Taken of a Giant Squid in the Wild (2004)

In 2004, two teams of Japanese researchers traveled to a sperm whale hunting ground south of Tokyo, where they attached bait, a camera, and a flash to a 3,000-foot (914-m) line. After numerous attempts to lure their prey, a 26-foot (8-m) giant squid attacked and became entangled in the lure, breaking free after more than 500 photos were taken over a four-hour period. What did the photos—the first ever taken of a live giant squid in its natural habitat—reveal about the mysterious creature? More… Discuss

official trailer of the film “I Build the Tower” the Watts Towers by Simon Rodia: A MUST SEE!


Sam (Simon Rodia) of the watts Towers

Simon Rodia, Architect and sole builder of the Rodia Towers (Watts Towers)

the Watts Towers Arts Center and tours
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Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles – Full Album (1967): great compositions/performances


Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles – Full Album (1967)

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – 0:00
With a Little Help from my Friends2:02
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds4:45
Getting Better – 8:11
Fixing a Hole10:58
She’s Leaving Home13:34
Being for the Benifit of Mr.Kite! – 17:09
Within You Without You19:49
When I’m Sixty-Four – 24:52
Lovely Rita27:29
Good Morning Good Morning30:10
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) – 32:49
A Day in the Life – 34:08


“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is track #13 on the album Love. It was written by Lennon, John Winston / Mccartney, Paul James.

It was twenty years ago today
Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play
They’ve been going in and out of style
But they’re guaranteed to raise a smile

So may I introduce to you
The act you’ve known for all these years
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

We’re Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
We hope you will enjoy the show
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sit back and let the evening go
Sgt. Pepper’s lonely, Sgt. Pepper’s lonely
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

It’s wonderful to be here
It’s certainly a thrill
You’re such a lovely audience
We’d like to take you home with us
We’d love to take you home

I don’t really want to stop the show
But I thought that you might like to know
That the singer’s going to sing a song
And he wants you all to sing along

So let me introduce to you the one and only Billy Shears
And Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Songwriters
LENNON, JOHN WINSTON / MCCARTNEY, PAUL JAMES

this day in the yesteryear: Japan Resumes Diplomatic Relations with China (1972)


Japan Resumes Diplomatic Relations with China (1972)

The first Sino-Japanese War in the late 19th century damaged relations between the two countries for decades, as it marked the emergence of imperial Japan and saw harsh terms imposed on a badly defeated China. Relations did not improve until Kakuei Tanaka was elected prime minister of Japan in 1972. Shortly after his election, Tanaka visited China and signed an agreement establishing diplomatic relations between Japan and the Beijing regime. Who else made a historic visit to China in 1972? More… Discuss

MUSSORGSKY (arr. Stokowski) Night on Bald Mountain: great compositions/performances


MUSSORGSKY (arr. Stokowski) Night on Bald Mountain

Here is Leopold Stokowski‘s (1882-1977) transcription of Modest Mussorgsky‘s “Night on Bald Mountain”. This is the version most famously featured as the ending sequence of the Disney film “Fantasia” (1948), and that most famously caused quite an uproar among movie-goers due to the demonic imagery used in the aforementioned clip.

Stokowski was a prodigy along the lines of Maazel, entering into the Royal Academy of Music to study composition and conducting at the age of merely 13. During his long span as one of the most prominent and important conductors (not to mention one of the greatest) he was actually a very controversial figure. What many people probably don’t know is that Stokowski was a great champion of contemporary music, giving the U.S. and/or world premieres of works by Elgar, Vaughn Williams, Prokofiev, Schoenberg, Hovhaness, Copland, Barber, Berg, Feldman and other contemporary composers. He is also very important to the history of modern concert practice as well, popularizing the batonless technique of conducting, as well as inventing and popularizing the “pops concert” and the modern chairing of a symphony orchestra. He was able to produce what was then referred to as “the Stokowski Sound”, although what is now called “the Philly Sound” (one of the many, illustrious orchestras he was resident conductor for), and was the greatest influence on many conductors proceeding him, particularly Leonard Bernstein. His transcriptions and editing of works were considered uncoif at the time, a practice that had long since become outdated as printed music became more available, but they are now one of the things he is best-known for, particularly this and his orchestration of Bach’s Toccata en Fugue in D Minor BWV 565.

Performed here in 1966 by the London Symphony Orchestra.

Jose Carreras. Siete canciones populares españolas. M. de Falla: make music part of your life series


Jose Carreras. Siete canciones populares españolas. M. de Falla.

Rostropovich plays the Sarabande from Bach’s Cello Suite # 1: great compositions/performances


Rostropovich plays the Sarabande from Bach’s Cello Suite # 1

Svetlanov conducts Tchaikovsky – Capriccio italien, Op. 45: great compositions/performances


Svetlanov conducts Tchaikovsky – Capriccio italien, Op. 45

Maria Callas. Sola, perduta, abbandonata. Manon Lescaut. Giacomo Puccini: great compositions/performances


Maria Callas. Sola, perduta, abbandonata. Manon Lescaut. Giacomo Puccini.

Mottetto per San Paolino – Giacomo Puccini(1858-1924): make music part of your life series


Mottetto per San Paolino – Giacomo Puccini(1858-1924)

Gioachino Rossini – “Kyrie” from “Messa di Gloria”: make music part of your life series


Gioachino Rossini – “Kyrie” from “Messa di Gloria” (Raul Gimenez & Francisco Araiza)

Pacific Chorale sings Rachmaninov Vespers: Rejoice, O Virgin: great compositions/performances


Pacific Chorale sings Rachmaninov Vespers: Rejoice, O Virgin

NYP: KURT MASUR Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: great compositions/performances


NYP: KURT MASUR Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

quotation: Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. Victor Hugo


 

Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) Discuss

 

Murphy’s Law


Murphy’s Law

Murphy’s Law is the humorous axiom stating that anything that can possibly go wrong will go wrong. Its namesake is likely Edward A. Murphy, an engineer on US Air Force rocket-sled experiments. During one trial, someone methodically wired each sensor involved in an experiment backwards, prompting Murphy to remark, “If there are two or more ways to do something, and one of those ways can result in a catastrophe, then someone will do it.” How did Murphy’s Law become known to the public? More… Discuss

Éléonore Darmon et Éric Astoul jouent Tchaikovsky “Souvenir d’un Lieu Cher” op. 42: make music part of your life series


Éléonore Darmon et Éric Astoul jouent TchaikovskySouvenir d’un Lieu Cher” op. 42 

JOHANNES BRAHMS.- Serenade Nº2 A-Dur Op 16: make music part of oyur life series


JOHANNES BRAHMS.- Serenade Nº2 A-Dur Op 16

Richard Wagner – Ride of the Valkyries + Magic Fire Music: great compositions/performances


Richard WagnerRide of the Valkyries + Magic Fire Music (orchestral versions)

From “50 Erotic Classics – Sensual Classical Music from the Red Room”, Philharmonia Slavonica conducted by Alfred Scholz. From “Classic Operas – Wagner: The Ring of the Nibelungen (Highlights)”, Budapest Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gyorgy Lehel.I do not own any of the material in the video.

 

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No.3 – Blomstedt/RCO(2008Live): Great compositions/performances


Mendelssohn: Symphony No.3 – Blomstedt/RCO(2008Live)

quotation: “…I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” Robert Louis Stevenson


For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Discuss

today’s birthday: Thomas Nast (1840)


Thomas Nast (1840)

Nast was a US caricaturist and cartoonist who defined the genre of the American political cartoon. During the American Civil War, Harper’s Weekly published the first of Nast’s serious political cartoons, which earned praise from President Lincoln. His stylized, clever, and forceful cartoons were instrumental in breaking up the corrupt New York City political machine of William Tweed. Nast popularized the use of what symbols in his depictions of the US Democratic and Republican parties? More… Discuss

this day in the yeseryear: Sweden Adopts New Act of Succession (1810)


Sweden Adopts New Act of Succession (1810)

The present Swedish royal dynasty was established by French-born Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte. Bernadotte initially supported Napoleon but then shifted his allegiance to Sweden. In 1810, he was invited to become crown prince of Sweden. He was made heir to Charles XIII through the Act of Succession. Among other things, it specifies that a Swedish prince must belong to the Church of Sweden and be raised within the realm. What change was made to the rule of succession in 1980? More… Discuss

Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 “From The New World” / Karajan · Vienna Philarmonic : great compositions/performances


Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 “From The New World” / Karajan · Vienna Philarmonic

Enrique Granados. Valses poeticos by Mircea Gogoncea: make music part of your life series


Enrique Granados. Valses poeticos by Mircea Gogoncea

Oistrakh plays Wieniawski Legende in G minor, op.17: great compositions/performances


Oistrakh plays Wieniawski Legende in G minor, op.17

Richard Wagner Overture from the Flying Dutchman: make music part of your life series


Richard Wagner Overture from the Flying Dutchman

Jonathan Carney “Romance” The Gadfly, for Irene: great compositions/performances


Jonathan Carney “Romance” The Gadfly, for Irene

Tchaikovsky-Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 35: Great compositions/performances


Tchaikovsky-Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 35 (Complete)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
 

The Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35, was written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1878. It is one of the best known violin concertos, and is considered one of the most technically difficult works for the violin.

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Composition

Tchaikovsky (right) with violinist Iosif Kotek

The piece was written in Clarens, a Swiss resort on the shores of Lake Geneva, where Tchaikovsky had gone to recover from the depression brought on by his disastrous marriage to Antonina Miliukova. He was working on his Piano Sonata in G major but finding it heavy going. Presently he was joined there by his composition pupil, the violinist Iosif Kotek, who had been in Berlin for violin studies with Joseph Joachim. The two played works for violin and piano together, including a violin-and-piano arrangement of Édouard Lalo‘s Symphonie espagnole, which they may have played through the day after Kotek’s arrival. This work may have been the catalyst for the composition of the concerto.[1] He wrote to his patroness Nadezhda von Meck, “It [the Symphonie espagnole] has a lot of freshness, lightness, of piquant rhythms, of beautiful and excellently harmonized melodies…. He [Lalo], in the same way as Léo Delibes and Bizet, does not strive after profundity, but he carefully avoids routine, seeks out new forms, and thinks more about musical beauty than about observing established traditions, as do the Germans.”[2] Tchaikovsky authority Dr. David Brown writes that Tchaikovsky “might almost have been writing the prescription for the violin concerto he himself was about to compose.”[3]

Tchaikovsky made swift, steady progress on the concerto, as by this point in his rest cure he had regained his inspiration, and the work was completed within a month despite the middle movement getting a complete rewrite (a version of the original movement was preserved as the first of the three pieces for violin and piano, Souvenir d’un lieu cher).[4] Since Tchaikovsky was not a violinist, he sought the advice of Kotek on the completion of the solo part.[5] “How lovingly he’s busying himself with my concerto!” Tchaikovsky wrote to his brother Anatoly on the day he completed the new slow movement. “It goes without saying that I would have been able to do nothing without him. He plays it marvelously.”[6]

Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.2 in F major – D. Shostakovich, A. Cluytens: make music part of your life series


Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.2 in F major – D. Shostakovich, A. Cluytens

Camille Saint-Saëns – Danse Macabre (National Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor:Leopold Stokowski): great compositions/performances


Aram Khachaturian – Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia: make music part of your life series