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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: LEONARDO DA VINCI (1452)


Leonardo da Vinci (1452)

Da Vinci was an Italian painter, sculptor, architect, musician, engineer, and scientist. His drawings depict subjects ranging from flying machines to caricatures

The Mona Lisa.

The Mona Lisa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

and are rendered with scientific precision and consummate artistry. Included among his works are intricate anatomical studies of humans, animals, and plants. The richness and originality of intellect expressed in his notebooks reveal one of the greatest minds of all time. Why are most of his journals written in mirror-image cursive? More… Discuss

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QUOTATION: Rudyard Kipling


Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: Henry David Thoreau


If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

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QUOTATION: George Bernard Shaw


Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Discuss

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ARTIFICER


artificer 

Definition: (noun) A skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft.
Synonyms: artisanjourneymancraftsman
Usage: There are native tanners, shoemakers, weavers, blacksmiths, stonecutters, and other artificers attached to each establishment. Discuss.
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QUOTATION: Willa Cather


Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.

Willa Cather (1873-1947) Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: Richard le Gallienne


War I abhor, and yet how sweet The sound along the marching street Of drum and fife, and I forget Wet eyes of widows, and forget Broken old mothers, and the whole Dark butchery without a soul.

Richard le Gallienne (1866-1947) Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: All for one, one for all. Alexandre Dumas


All for one, one for all.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) Discuss

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WORD: DOODAD


doodad 

Definition: (noun) Something unspecified whose name
is either forgotten or not known.
Synonyms: gizmogubbinsthingamabobthingamajig,
thingummy,whatchamacallitwhatsiswidget,
doohickeydoojiggergimmick
Usage: My twin sister and I have a special bond, so when she asks to borrow my doodad, I know exactly what she is talking about.Discuss.

 

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QUOTATION: Miguel de Cervantes


Everyone is as God has made him, and oftentimes a great deal worse.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: William Shakespeare


Friendship is constant in all other things Save in the office and affairs of love.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: Henry David Thoreau


Books, not which afford us a cowering enjoyment, but in which each thought is of unusual daring; such as an idle man cannot read, and a timid one would not be entertained by, which even make us dangerous to existing institution–such call I good books.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

 

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What interests people/what went viral: Chèvres en équilibre – goats balancing on a flexible steel ribbon 2,428,062/published: Published on Feb 17, 2014


 

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: GUSTAVO ADOLFO BÉCQUER (1836)


Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer (1836)

One of the best 19th-century lyric poets, Bécquer was a Spanish poet and writer of romantic tales. Orphaned by 11, unhappily married, and living in poverty for most of his brief life, he became lonely and introspective. His celebrated suite of poems, Rimas, is characterized by the melancholy and resigned bitterness of the romantics. He was moderately well known during his life but gained wider acclaim following the posthumous publication of many of his works. What caused his early death? More… Discuss

 

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Ensemble Passero – Adoramus te Christe von G.P. da Palestrina (1525-1594)



Adoramus te Christe von G.P. da Palestrina (1525-1594)
gesungen vom Ensemble Passero am 2. März 2013 in der Alten Kapelle zu Regensburg anlässlich des Konzertes “Glaube als Passion – Botschaften Papst Benedikts XVI. in Liedern”

 

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Maria Callas and Giacomo Lauri-Volpi sing the Miserere scene from Il Trovatore



Maria Callas and Giacomo Lauri-Volpi sing the Miserere scene from Il Trovatore. (Napoli, 1951)

 

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QUOTATION: “One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.” (George Eliot)


One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

 

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Downey Civic Center: I love the architecture

This gallery contains 8 photos.


 

Rie Sinclair Island of Loneliness Art – Painter: Ilia Efimovich Repin (1844-1930) Painting: Volga Boatmen (1870-1873)


 

 

 

 

 

Rie Sinclair – Island of Loneliness

 

 

 

Ilya Repin, Self-portrait, 1878

Ilya Repin, Self-portrait, 1878 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Art – Painter: Ilia Efimovich Repin (1844-1930)
Painting: Volga Boatmen (1870-1873)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barge Haulers wading. Oil on canvas. 62 × 97 c...

Barge Haulers wading. Oil on canvas. 62 × 97 cm. The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ilya Repin. Apples and Leaves

Ilya Repin. Apples and Leaves (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Most Beautiful Adagios by Elliot Goldenthal


“Some of my favourite Adagios by Elliot Goldenthal. Music from “Cobb” (1994), “Batman Forever” (1995), “Alien 3” (1992), “Titus” (1999), “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within” (2001) and from the ballet “Othello” (1997).” -E.G.

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Ludwig van Beethoven – Romance for Violin & Orchestra No. 1 in G major, Op. 40


Ludwig van Beethoven – Romance for Violin & Orchestra No. 1 in G major, Op. 40

Emmy Verhey, Violin. Brabant Orchestra, Eduardo Marturet

 

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Flute Quartet No.2 G major (K.285a.)


Flute: Sharon Bezaly 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Flute Quartet No.2 G major (K.285a.)
Andante & 
Tempo di Menuette

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Stina Nordenstam – Little Star and ALLUMETTES SUEDOISES ! – ARTHROPOMANIA BOTANICA


Stina Nordenstam – Little Star

Little star, so you had to go.
You must have wanted him to know.
You must have wanted the world to know
Poor little thing.
Now they know.
Little star,
I had to close my eyes.
There was a fire at the warehouse.
They’re always waiting for a thing like this.
Came driving from all over town,
For you, little star.
Little star, you, little star. (Sax solo)
Little star
So you had to go
You must have wanted him to know
You must have wanted the world to know
Poor little thing
And now they know
Laudamus, adorramus te, Dominec.
Laudamusbenedicimus
Domine Deus.
Laudamus, benedicimus
Domine Deus.
Cum Sancto Spiritu, in gloria Dei Patris. For you, little star. 

ALLUMETTES SUEDOISES ! – ARTHROPOMANIA BOTANICA.

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ANOTHER WAY TO SAY YOU’RE MISSED – PHOTOSKETCHER- EMERGENCE 2 (MY ART COLLECTION)


ANOTHER WAY TO SAY YOU'RE MISSED - PHOTOSKETCHER- EMERGENCE 2 (MY ART COLLECTION)

ANOTHER WAY TO SAY YOU’RE MISSED – PHOTOSKETCHER- EMERGENCE 2 (MY ART COLLECTION)

 

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: JACKSON POLLOCK (1912)


After working on the Federal Art Project—a US program for the unemployed during the Great Depression—Pollock began developing the abstract, expressive style that made him a symbol of artistic revolt. Influenced by surrealism, Pollock energetically dripped paint in complicated linear patterns onto enormous canvases placed on the floor. Unlike most artists, Pollock was a celebrity during his lifetime, which was cut short by a car crash. Jackson was his middle name. What was his first name? More… Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: Francis Bacon


Revenge triumphs over death; love slights it; honor aspireth to it; grief flieth to it; fear preoccupateth it.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Discuss

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Sviatoslav Richter – Schumann – Waldszenen (Forest Scenes), Op 82



Robert Schumann
Waldszenen (Forest Scenes), Op 82

 

The image of Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richte...

The image of Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

1 Eintritt
2 Jäger auf der Lauer
3 Einsame Blumen
4 Verrufene Stelle
5 Freundliche Landschaft
6 Herberge 
7 Vogel als Prophet
8 Jagdlied
9 Abschied

Sviatoslav Richter, piano

Recorded live, 1956

 

 

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ARTICLE: THE LITTLE THEATER MOVEMENT


The Little Theater Movement

Sensational melodramas had been en vogue at the theater since the 19th century, but as film became the medium for large-scale spectacle, the Little Theater Movement developed in the US. Beginning in Chicago around 1912, theater enthusiasts banded together to produce more intimate, noncommercial, and reform-minded plays. The success of their Little Theater Movement likely helped to launch community theater and Off-Broadway plays. It also kick-started the career of what famous playwright? More… Discuss

 

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Haiku – Snowdrops, by George-B


Haiku – Snowdrops, by George-B

Haiku – Snowdrops

Snowdrops pierce winter
Snows are blushingly thawing
Nature rejoices!

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GREAT PERFORMANCES: Earl Wild Plays Debussy Danse Tarantelle Styrienne


Earl Wild Plays Debussy Danse Tarantelle Styrienne

 

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FRINGE 4×15 “A Short Story About Love” Ending



FRINGE 4×15 “A Short Story About Love” aired March 23rd, 2012.

Find out more about this episode here

 

 

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GREAT PERFORMANCES: Rhapsody in Blue – George Gershwin



Rhapsody in Blue, de George Gershwin. Interpretada por el genial Leonard Bernstein, al piano y la dirección.

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QUOTATION: George Eliot ABOUT A TYRANT


If a man means to be hard, let him keep in his saddle and speak from that height, above the level of pleading eyes, and with the command of a distant horizon.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: George Eliot about conceited people


I’ve never any pity for conceited people, because I think they carry their comfort about with them.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

 

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‘Alexandra Leaving’ (FotoSketcher – Stylized Effect ‘Emergence 2′)


'Alexandra Leaving' (FotoSketcher - Stylized Effect 'Emergence 2')

‘Alexandra Leaving’ (FotoSketcher – Stylized Effect ‘Emergence 2′)

 

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Manuel de Falla – El Sombrero de Tres Picos – Complete Ballet



Manuel de Falla (1876 – 1946)

Español: Estatua de Manuel de Falla en la Aven...

Español: Estatua de Manuel de Falla en la Avenida de la Constitución de Granada (España). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

El Sombrero de Tres Picos – Complete Ballet
(The Three-Cornered Hat / Le tricorne / Der Dreispitz – 1919)

Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE
Carlos Kalmar – Conductor

Maria del Mar Campo – Mezzosoprano

Introducción y escena – Introduction and Scene
La tarde – Afternoon
Danza de la molinera (Fandango) – Dance of the Miller’s Wife
Las uvas – The Grapes
Danza de los vecinos (Seguidilla) – Dance of the Neighbors
Danza del molinero (Farruca) – Dance of the Miller
Danza del corregidor – Dance of the Magistrate
Danza final (Jota)

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Marin Marais (1656-1728) – Sonnerie de Sainte-Geneviève du Mont de Paris (1723)


 

 

 

 

 

 

Marin Marais (1656-1728), composer

Marin Marais (1656-1728), composer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Marin Marais (1656-1728) – Sonnerie de Sainte-Geneviève du Mont de Paris [The Bells of St. Genevieve] from La Gamme et Autres Morceaux de Symphonie (1723)

New Comma Baroque – Matthew C. Cataldi, Baroque violin, Phillip W. Serna, viola da gamba & Emily J. Morlan, historical keyboards

 

Various Viols Nederlands: Diverse typen violas

Various Viols Nederlands: Diverse typen violas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Recorded March 27th-28th, 2012 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Crystal Lake, IL 

All video content © 2012 New Comma Baroque -

 

Baroque !

Baroque ! (Photo credit: fred_v)

 

http://www.newcommabaroque.org/

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sonnerie de Ste-Geneviève du Mont-de-Paris, “The Bells of St. Genevieve” in English, is a work by Marin Marais written in 1723 for violviolin and harpsichord withbasso continuo. It can be considered a passacaglia or a chaconne, with a repeating D, F, E bass line. Being a student of Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, it is perhaps Marais’ most famous composition that explores the various techniques of the viol.

 

The work begins with 4 measures of the bass line played by the continuo and viol, then, on the 5th measure the violin takes over the melody. Throughout the piece, the violin and viol take turns with the melody.

 

The viol part is of great difficulty because of Marais’s mastery of that instrument. The centerpiece is not the melody, the violin, but the viol. His work can be thought of as something to showcase the violist’s skill, despite that it does not always have the melody.

 

The piece also exists in a version for solo double bass, having been arranged by Norman Ludwin for Ludwin Music. An electronic version on aFairlight synthesizer was used in the soundtrack of the 1982 film “Liquid Sky“.

 

 

 

 

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Silhouette – Pencil Sketch 5 – GB, 2014 (digital-FotoScketcher)


Silhouette - Pencil Sketch 5-GB, 2014

Silhouette – Pencil Sketch 5-GB, 2014

 

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QUOTATION: George Eliot (1819-1880)


It is well known to all experienced minds that our firmest convictions are often dependent on subtle impressions for which words are quite too coarse a medium.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

 

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Great Performances: Claude Debussy, Sarabande pour le Piano, L95. Claudio Arrau, piano. — Lista de reproducción Claude Debussy: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…


Claude Debussy
Sarabande pour le Piano, L95. 
Claudio Arrau, piano.

Lista de reproducción Claude Debussy:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

  • Claudio Arrau
    Pianist
  • Claudio Arrau León was a Chilean pianist known for his interpretations of a vast repertoire spanning from the baroque to 20th-century composers, especially Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Brahms. Wikipedia
 

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QUOTATION: George Eliot ON SAFETY


A man will tell you that he has worked in a mine for forty years unhurt by an accident as a reason why he should apprehend no danger, though the roof is beginning to sink.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

 

George Eliot


What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult to each other?

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

 

Deus In Adjutorium – Monteverdi Vespers 2007


Deus In Adjutorium – Monteverdi Vespers 2007

Domn,domn sa-naltam


COLINDA 2 – Domn,domn sa-naltam

 

ECLECTICISM


Eclecticism

In eclecticism, a concept used in many disciplines, elements from diverse styles are selected and combined into a single system. The term “eclectic” can describe artists who combine, for example, elements from the Renaissance and classical traditions in their paintings. It can also be applied to philosophers who take elements from different systems of thought without regard for possible contradictions. In this way, the term is sometimes used pejoratively. What musicians are considered eclectic?More… Discuss

 

Leonard Cohen Live: Suzanne (Rare Footage)


LEONARD COHEN SUSANNE LYRICS

 Send “SUSANNE” Ringtone to your Cell 

Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river.
You can hear the boats go by,
You can spend the night beside her.
And you know she’s half crazy,
But that’s why you want to be there.
And she feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China.
And just when you mean to tell her that you have no love to give her,
Then she gets you on her wavelength
And she lets the river answer
That you’ve always been her lover.

And you want to travel with her,
And you want to travel blind,
And you know she will trust you,
For you’ve touched her perfect body with your mind.

and Jesus was a sailor, when he walked opon the water
And he spent a long time watching from his lonely wooden tower.
And when he knew for certain, only drowning men could see him,
He said: “All men will be sailors then, until the sea shall free them.”
But he himself was broken
Long before the sky would open,
Foresaken, almost human,
He sank beneath your wisdom, like a stone

And you want to travel with him
And you want to travel blind
And you think maybe you’ll trust him
For he’s touched your perfect body with his mind.

Now Suzanne takes your hand and she leads you to the river.
She’s wearing rags and feathers from Salvation Army counters.
And the sun pours down like honey on our Lady of the Harbor.
And she shows you where to look, among the garbage and the flowers.
There are heros in the seaweed,
There are children in the morning,
They are leaning out for love,
They will lean that way forever,
While Suzanne holds the mirror.

And you want to travel with her,
And you want to travel blind,
And you know you can trust her
For she’s touched your perfect body with her mind.

 Send “SUSANNE” Ringtone to your Cell 

Further information: 

behind-the-song-Susanne - Leonard Cohen

behind-the-song-Susanne – Leonard Cohen (click to access story)

Welcome to laweekly.com

Los Angeles LAWeekly- Living off the Grid-Susanne Verday (click to access story)

 

Quotation: Francis Bacon on being born and dying


It is as natural to die, as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful, as the other.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Discuss

Quotation: William Makepeace Thackeray about friendship


Who has not remarked the readiness with which the closest of friends and honestest of men suspect and accuse each other of cheating when they fall out on money matters?

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) Discuss

 

Quotstion: William Makepeace Thackeray about a good word


Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) Discuss

 

Quotation: George Bernard Shaw about governing Peter and Paul


A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Discuss