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My loves, poetic thought by George-B © (the smudge and other poems page)


My loves, poetic thought by George-B
©(the smudge and other poems)

My love for stars
showed me how to search for
early morning dew,
between the petals of roses
and the dew under the soles of the shoes,
every step I take
among watery egg shaped diamonds,

an engagement,
a promise,
a four leaf clover – for luck – as well.

My love for birds
showed me how to listen to their thrills,
and try to imitate,
the lark,
the mocking bird,
the hummingbird,
The rave, the vulture and the duck…

My love for life
showed me how every present moment is
infinitely more viable than,
Many millions passed,
and the one coming next I wish I am around for.

©George-B

Four-leaf clover (Four-leaf clover,クローバー)

Four-leaf clover (Four-leaf clover,クローバー) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

today’s holiday: Trafalgar Day


Trafalgar Day

This is the anniversary of the famous naval battle fought by the British off Cape Trafalgar, Spain, in 1805, under the command of Viscount Horatio Nelson (1758-1805). The victory over Napoleon’s forces cost Lord Nelson his life and is commemorated by the column erected in his honor in London’s Trafalgar Square. Ceremonies on Trafalgar Day, or Nelson Day, include a naval parade from London’s Mall to Trafalgar Square, where a brief service is held and wreaths are placed at the foot of Nelson’s Column. More… Discuss

New Multiple Myeloma Drug Set to Begin Clinical Trials|Specialty Pharmacy TIme


Specialty Pharmacy News

Treatment inhibits key process that enables cancer cells to multiply.

Researchers in London plan to begin clinical trials on a significant new treatment for multiple myeloma by the end of next year.

In laboratory testing, the drug, known as DTP3, killed myeloma cells within human cells and mice without causing any toxic side effects. In a paper published on October 13, 2014 in Cancer Cells, researchers outlined how the drug inhibits a key process that allows cancer cells to multiply.

“Lab studies suggest that DTP3 could have therapeutic benefit for patients with multiple myeloma and potentially several other types of cancer, but we will need to confirm this in our clinical trials, the first of which will start next year,” said lead researcher Professor Guido Franzoso in a press release.

DTP3 was developed through an evaluation of the mechanisms that enable cancer cells to continue multiplying beyond their normal lifespan. Specifically, the researchers studied a protein called nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB), which plays a key role in inflammation, in addition to immune and stress response systems.

“We had known for many years that NF-kB is very important for cancer cells, but because it is also needed by healthy cells, we did not know how to block it specifically,” Franzoso said. “The discovery that blocking the GADD45β/MKK7 segment of the NF-κB pathway with our DTP3 peptide therapeutic selectively kills myeloma cells could offer a completely new approach to treating patients with certain cancers, such as multiple myeloma.” – See more at: http://www.specialtypharmacytimes.com/news/New-Multiple-Myeloma-Drug-Set-to-Begin-Clinical-Trials#sthash.XGAUTmks.Gyz2Cy02.dpuf

via New Multiple Myeloma Drug Set to Begin Clinical Trials.

Béla Bartók – Rhapsody No.1 for Violin and Orchestra: make music part of your life series


Béla Bartók – Rhapsody No.1 for Violin and Orchestra

quotation: Charles Dickens — “…it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.”)


It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done;

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) Discuss

Leonard Cohen – In My Secret Life lyrics plus: make music part of your life series (“…Looked through the paper. Makes you want to cry. Nobody cares if the people Live or die…”)


“In My Secret Life”

I saw you this morning.
You were moving so fast.
Can’t seem to loosen my grip
On the past.
And I miss you so much.
There’s no one in sight.
And we’re still making love
In My Secret Life.

I smile when I’m angry.
I cheat and I lie.
I do what I have to do
To get by.
But I know what is wrong,
And I know what is right.
And I’d die for the truth
In My Secret Life.

Hold on, hold on, my brother.
My sister, hold on tight.
I finally got my orders.
I’ll be marching through the morning,
Marching through the night,
Moving cross the borders
Of My Secret Life.

Looked through the paper.
Makes you want to cry.
Nobody cares if the people
Live or die.
And the dealer wants you thinking
That it’s either black or white.
Thank G-d it’s not that simple
In My Secret Life.

I bite my lip.
I buy what I’m told:
From the latest hit,
To the wisdom of old.
But I’m always alone.
And my heart is like ice.
And it’s crowded and cold
In My Secret Life.

Weber – Jubel Ouvertüre – LSO / Monteux: make music part of your life series


Weber – Jubel Ouvertüre – LSO / Monteux


Aleister Crowley (1875)

Crowley was a 20th-century English occultist who developed a religious philosophy called Thelema. As a young adult, he was a member of the influential occult society the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn but later turned toward yoga and Asian mysticism. While visiting Cairo, Egypt, Crowley reportedly had a mystical experience involving a voice that dictated The Book of the Law, the central text of Thelemic religious philosophy. According to Crowley, what did the voice call itself? More… Discuss

this pressed: James Bond Comic Books to Explore Origins of World’s Most Famous Spy


James Bond, the world’s most famous spy and one of the most enduring fiction characters ever created, will star in a new series of comic books that will reveal untold tales and explore the origins of the man who is licensed to kill. The books, which are slated for release beginning next year, will re-tell some of Bond’s exploits from the original novels and the big screen, as well as bringing his fans new stories from his days before Casino Royale; Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel, which came out in 1953.
Read more at http://guardianlv.com/2014/10/james-bond-comic-books-to-explore-origins-of-worlds-most-famous-spy/#uob8mbT7Y01rWR4W.99

James Bond Comic Books to Explore Origins of World’s Most Famous Spy.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no. 8 in F Major, Op 93: great compositions/performances


Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no.8 in F Major,  Op 93

quotation: What hath night to do with sleep? John Milton


What hath night to do with sleep?

John Milton (1608-1674) 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

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

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

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


Giuseppe Sammartini Oboe Concerto in E flat major: make music part of your life series


Giuseppe Sammartini Oboe Concerto in E flat major

Schubert – Piano sonata D.664 – Richter London 1979: great compositions/performances


Schubert – Piano sonata D.664 – Richter London 1979

Carnaby Street


Carnaby Street

Once a fashionable quarter, London’s Soho district became popular among writers and artists in the 19th century and then became associated with the “Swinging London” of the 1960s. The epicenter of the scene was Carnaby Street, which housed many fashion boutiques and designers and drew “Mods” who embraced new trends like bell-bottoms and miniskirts. Bands such as The Who and the Rolling Stones were also frequent visitors. What major change came to Carnaby Street in the 1970s? More… Discuss

quotation: There is a wisdom of the head, and… a wisdom of the heart. Charles Dickens


There is a wisdom of the head, and… a wisdom of the heart.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) Discuss

Schumann – Symphony n°3, in E flat, Op.97 – Philharmonia Orchestra/ Carlo Maria Giulini: great compositions/performances


Schumann – Symphony n°3 – Philharmonia / Giulini

Claude Debussy – Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp: make music part of your life series


Classical Music  Classical Music
Doriot Anthony Dwyer, flute.

Burton Fine, viola.
Ann Hobson, harp.

- Pastorale. Lento, dolce rubato.
- Interlude: Tempo di Minuetto.
- Finale. Allegro moderato ma risoluto.

Syrinx, for Flute solo. Doriot Anthony Dwyer, flute.

The Sonata for flute, viola and harp (French: Sonate pour flûte, alto, et harpe), L. 137, was written by Claude Debussy in 1915.
The first performance was a private one at the home of Jacques Durand, Debussy’s publisher, on December 10, 1916 and the first public performance was thought to be at a charity concert on March 9, 1917 (Walker, 1988). However, Thompson (1968) reported a performance of the sonata at London’s Aeolian Hall by Albert Fransella, H. Waldo Warner and Miriam Timothy on February 2, 1917 as part of a concert otherwise given by the London String Quartet.
According to Léon Vallas (1929, cited in Walker, 1988), Debussy initially planned this as a piece for flute, oboe and harp. He subsequently decided that the viola’s timbre would be a better combination for the flute than the oboe’s, so he changed the instrumentation to flute, viola and harp

quotation: We loved the doctrine for the teacher’s sake. Daniel Defoe


We loved the doctrine for the teacher’s sake.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) Discuss

Author Claims Jack the Ripper Was Actually Aaron the Ripper


Author Claims Jack the Ripper Was Actually Aaron the Ripper

The true identity of the infamous serial killer known as Jack the Ripper has eluded investigators for over a century, but in his new book, Naming Jack the Ripper, author Russell Edwards claims to have solved the mystery at last. He points the finger at 23-year-old Polish immigrant and hairdresser Aaron Kosminski, long considered one of the key suspects in the so-called Whitechapel murders. Edwards arrived at this conclusion after linking DNA left on a shawl at one of the Ripper’s murder scenes to the descendants of Kosminski. More… Discuss

Schumann – Symphony No 2 in C major, Op 61 – Harding: make music part of your life series


Schumann – Symphony No 2 in C major, Op 61 – Harding

this day in the yesteryear: First V-2 Rocket Hits London (1944)


First V-2 Rocket Hits London (1944)

Developed by Germany during World War II, the Vergeltungswaffe 2 (V-2) rocket was the world’s first modern ballistic missile and the first known manmade object to enter outer space. Thousands were launched on Allied targets during the last year of the war, causing more than 9,000 deaths. One of the rocket’s first targets was London, which was hit just days after Hitler declared his plans to start V-2 attacks. To what did the British government initially attribute the resulting explosion? More… Discuss

Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two) sung by Londoner Pat Phillips: old tones never getting old


Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two) sung by Londoner Pat Phillips

 

this day in the yesteryear: “Umbrella Assassin” Strikes (1978)


A diagram of a possible umbrella gun

A diagram of a possible umbrella gun (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Umbrella Assassin” Strikes (1978)

Georgi Markov began his career as a writer in his native Bulgaria. After defecting to the West in 1969, he continued his criticisms of the Bulgarian regime. On September 7, 1978, Markov was waiting at a London bus stop when he felt a sting on his leg and turned to see a man pick up an umbrella. Markov’s death days later was attributed to the tiny, ricin-laced pellet that had been fired into his leg—likely from the umbrella. The “Umbrella Assassin” was never caught. Who is the prime suspect? More… Discuss

G. Holst – The planets Op. 32 – Venus, the Bringer of Peace – Berliner Philharmoniker- Karajan: great compositions/performances


G. Holst – The planets Op. 32 – Venus, the Bringer of Peace – Berliner Philharmoniker- Karajan (2/7)

doramas67  doramas67
The Planets, Op. 32, is a seven-movement orchestral suite by the English composer Gustav Holst, written between 1914 and 1916. Each movement of the suite is named after a planet of the Solar System and its corresponding astrological character as defined by Holst. With the exception of Earth (the centre of all yet influentially inert astrologically[1]), all the astrological planets known during the work’s composition[2] are represented.

From its premiere to the present day, the suite has been enduringly popular, influential, widely performed and frequently recorded. The work was not heard in a complete public performance, however, until some years after it was completed. Although there were four performances between September 1918 and October 1920, they were all either private (the first performance, in London) or incomplete (two others in London and one in Birmingham). The premiere was at the Queen’s Hall on 29 September 1918, conducted by Holst’s friend Adrian Boult before an invited audience of about 250 people. The first complete public performance was finally given in London by Albert Coates conducting the London Symphony Orchestra on 15 November 1920.

Instrumentation

The work is scored for an exceptionally large orchestra:
Woodwind: 4 flutes (3rd doubling 1st piccolo; 4th doubling 2nd piccolo and a “bass flute in G”, actually an alto flute), 3 oboes (3rd doubling bass oboe), an English horn, 3 clarinets in B-flat, a bass clarinet in B-flat, 3 bassoons and a contrabassoon
Brass: 6 horns in F, 4 trumpets in C, 3 trombones (2 tenor and 1 bass), a “tenor tuba” (euphonium in B-flat) and a bass tuba
Keyboards: a celesta, and an organ
Percussion: 6 timpani (2 players, 3 drums each except in “Uranus” having 4 drums for 1st and 2 drums for 2nd), a bass drum, a snare drum, cymbals, a triangle, a tam-tam, a tambourine, a glockenspiel, a xylophone, and tubular bells
Strings: 2 harps, 1st and 2nd violins, violas, cellos, and double basses
Voices: (“Neptune” only), 2 three-part women’s choruses (SSA) located in an adjoining room which is to be screened from the audience

The suite has seven movements, each named after a planet and its corresponding astrological character (see Planets in astrology):

1.Mars, the Bringer of War
2.Venus, the Bringer of Peace
3.Mercury, the Winged Messenger
4.Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
5.Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
6.Uranus, the Magician
7.Neptune, the Mystic

The Planets (Los planetas) op. 32, es la obra más conocida del compositor inglés Gustav Holst y fue compuesta entre 1914 y 1918. Es una suite de siete movimientos a cada uno de los cuales Holst le dio el nombre de un planeta (y su correspondiente deidad en la mitología grecorromana).

The Planets, como reza su subtítulo, es una suite “para gran orquesta”. Instrumentos nada habituales, como la flauta baja o el oboe barítono o bajo y unos nutridos efectivos de percusión (bombo, batería, platillos, Triángulo (instrumento musical), tambor militar, pandereta, gong, campanas, xilófono y glockenspiel, así como dos timbalistas) y metal (6 trompas, 4 trompetas, 3 trombones, tuba tenor y tuba bajo) forman, entre otros, la nómina de la suite. Es quizás la orquesta más grande empleada jamás por Holst.

Estructura

La suite está formada por los siguientes movimientos:
Marte, el portador de la guerra.
Venus, el portador de la paz.
Mercurio, el mensajero alado.
Júpiter, el portador de la alegría.
Saturno, el portador de la vejez.
Urano, el mago.
Neptuno, el místico.

today’s birthday: Wilhelmina I of the Netherlands (1880)


Wilhelmina I of the Netherlands (1880)

The daughter of King William III, Wilhelmina I was queen of the Netherlands for more than 50 years, encompassing the two world wars. After Germany invaded the Netherlands in 1940, she left with her family for London but made radio broadcasts to boost the morale of the Dutch people, becoming a symbol of Dutch resistance to the German occupation. In 1948, after celebrating the 50th anniversary of her reign, she abdicated in favor of her daughter. What did Wilhelmina title her autobiography? More… Discuss


Nouvelle Cuisine

Nouvelle cuisine is a school of French cooking that seeks to bring out the natural flavors of foods and uses light, low-calorie sauces and stocks. Based on the style of chef Fernand Point, it was developed in France in the 1960s and marked a departure from the rich preparations of haute cuisine, which emphasizes butter and cream. Though nouvelle cuisine is less popular today, its influence is still widely felt. What is its approach to food presentation? More… Discuss

word: clandestine


clandestine 

Definition: (adjective) Kept or done in secret, often in order to conceal an illicit or improper purpose.
Synonyms: hush-hush, cloak-and-dagger, undercover, underground, hole-and-corner, hugger-mugger, secret, surreptitious
Usage: The clandestine affairs of the congressman are being investigated by the ethics committee. Discuss.

Rest in peace Richard Attenborough. Great words, as ever.


What was that tune again?…PAPEL DE LIJA (SANDPAPER). L. Anderson. Dir.: Andrés Salado. Percu.: Alfredo Anaya y Alberto Román: make music part of your life series


PAPEL DE LIJA (SANDPAPER). L. Anderson. Dir.: Andrés Salado. Percu.: Alfredo Anaya y Alberto Román.

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Saint Saens – Piano conc.No.2 – Arthur Rubinstein: great compositions/performances


Saint Saens – Piano conc.No.2 – Arthur Rubinstein

this day in the yesteryear: New London Bridge Opens (1831)


New London Bridge Opens (1831)

The London Bridge of nursery-rhyme fame was built around 1200. Damaged by many fires over the years, it was replaced with a new, five-arched, granite bridge in 1831. The New London Bridge spanned the city’s River Thames for over a century. In 1968, American entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch purchased and reconstructed the bridge in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where it has since become Arizona’s second biggest tourist attraction after the Grand Canyon. How much did McCulloch pay for the bridge? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Daniel Defoe Placed in a Pillory (1703)


Daniel Defoe Placed in a Pillory (1703)

Although Defoe achieved literary immortality with the novel Robinson Crusoe and is called the father of modern journalism, he also produced eloquent, witty, often audacious tracts on public affairs during his prolific writing career. After Defoe’s publication of a pamphlet that ruthlessly satirized the High Church Tories, he was arrested and placed in a pillory. According to legend, what did Defoe’s pillory audience throw at him instead of the customary harmful and noxious objects? More… Discuss

Nocturne – Antonin Dvořák Nocturne In B, Op. 40, B 48 (make music part of your life series)


Antonin Dvořák: Nocturne In B, Op. 40, B 48
Bernhard Güller: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Moonlight Classics

today’s birthday: William Makepeace Thackeray (1811)


William Makepeace Thackeray (1811)

Thackeray was an English novelist and satirist. In his lifetime, he was seen as the only possible rival of Charles Dickens for his pictures of contemporary life. Thackeray achieved widespread popularity in 1848 with Book of Snobs, but he is best known for another of his novels published that year, Vanity Fair, a satirical panorama of upper-middle-class London life in the early 19th century. Who were Charles James Yellowplush, Michael Angelo Titmarsh, and George Savage Fitz-Boodle? More… Discuss

make music part of your life series: Gabriel Faure, Pelleas and Melisande Suite, Op. 80


Gabriel Faure, Pelleas and Melisande Suite, Op. 80

GABRIEL FAURE: Pelleas and Melisande Suite, Op. 80:

1. Prelude – 00.10
2. Entr’acte: La Fileuse – 06.20
3. Sicilienne de Pelleas et Melisande – 09.20
4. La mort de Melisande – 13.10

Sinfonietta Sofia Orchestra,  conductor Christo Pavlov
New Concert Hall, 01 Oct 2011

Sofia, Bulgaria

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 

Fauré at about the time of his Pelléas et Mélisande music

Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80 is a suite derived from incidental music by Gabriel Fauré for Maurice Maeterlinck‘s play of the same name. He was the first of four leading composers to write music inspired by Maeterlinck’s drama. Debussy, Schoenberg and Sibelius followed in the first decade of the 20th century.

Fauré’s music was written for the London production of Maeterlinck’s play in 1898. To meet the tight deadline of the production, Fauré reused some earlier music from incomplete works and enlisted the help of his pupil Charles Koechlin, who orchestrated the music. Fauré later constructed a four-movement suite from the original theatre music, orchestrating the concert version himself.

History

 

The score was commissioned in 1898 by Mrs Patrick Campbell for the play’s first production in English, in which she starred with Johnston Forbes-Robertson and John Martin-Harvey.[n 1] Mrs Campbell had invited Debussy to compose the music, but he was busy working on his operatic version of Maeterlinck’s play, and declined the invitation.[2] Debussy in his letter said: “j’aimerai toujours mieux une chose où, en quelque sorte, l’action sera sacrifiée à l’expression longuement poursuivie des sentiments de l’âme. Il me semble que là, la musique peut se faire plus humaine, plus vécue, que l’on peut creuser et raffiner les moyens d’expression” (“I will always prefer a thing in which, in a way, the action is sacrificed for the expression sought after by the soul. It seems to me that in that case, the music is more human, more lived, that we can refine our means of expression”).[3]

 

 

Fauré was in London in March and April 1898, and was introduced to Mrs Campbell by the musical benefactor Frank Schuster.[4] Fauré accepted her invitation to compose the music for the production, despite the tight deadline – the play was to open in June of that year. He wrote to his wife, “I will have to grind away hard for Mélisande when I get back. I hardly have a month and a half to write all that music. True, some of it is already in my thick head!”[5] It was Mrs Campbell who commissioned Fauré to write the incidental music to the play. She “felt sure M. Gabriel Fauré was the composer needed.”[6]

 

As he often did, Fauré reused music written for incomplete or unsuccessful works.[7] A sicilienne from his unfinished 1893 score for Le Bourgeois gentilhomme was the most substantial piece retrieved for Pelléas et Mélisande.[8] Pressed for time, and never greatly interested in orchestrating, Fauré enlisted the help of his pupil Charles Koechlin, who accompanied him to London.[5] The complete incidental music comprised 19 pieces (2 are missing) of varying length and importance.[9]

 

Fauré conducted the orchestra for the premiere, at the Prince of Wales’s Theatre on 21 June 1898.[10] Mrs Campbell was enchanted by his music, in which, she wrote, “he had grasped with most tender inspiration the poetic purity that pervades and envelops M. Maeterlinck’s lovely play”.[11] She asked him to compose further theatre music for her in the first decade of the 20th century, but to his regret his workload as director of the Paris Conservatoire made it impossible.[12] Over the next 14 years, she revived the play, always using Fauré’s score. In 1904, the music was used for a production of the original French version of the play, starring Sarah Bernhardt.[9] Fauré’s incidental music was used again in Georgette Leblanc‘s production of the play in the cloisters and gardens of Saint-Wandrille abbey in August 1910, conducted by Albert Wolff.[13]

 

There are two different versions of the original theatre score for Pelléas et Mélisande in existence. The first is Koechlin’s autograph of the orchestral score, dating from May and June 1898, and incorporating several rough sketches by Fauré in short score.[9] The second is the conducting score used by Fauré in London; this is also a manuscript in Koechlin’s handwriting.[9]

 

Fauré later reused the music for Mélisande’s song in his song cycle La chanson d’Ève, adapting it to fit words by the Symbolist poet Charles van Lerberghe.[14] The Sicilienne became very popular as an independent piece, with arrangements for flute and piano (by Henri Büsser among others), for cello and piano, as well as other instruments. Extracts from Pelléas et Mélisande were used by George Balanchine as the score for the Emeralds section of his 1967 ballet Jewels.

 

After Fauré, three other leading composers completed works inspired by Maeterlinck’s drama: Debussy‘s opera (1902), Schoenberg‘s early tone poem (1903) and Sibelius‘s incidental music (1905).[15]

great compositions/performances: Barbirolli – Arensky: Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky


Barbirolli – Arensky: Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky

***London Symphony Orchestra
(Recorded in 1947)

John Barbirolli
Born: 12/2/1899 – Holborn, London, England
Died: 7/29/1970 – London, England

Anton Stepanovich Arensky (Russian: Антон Степанович Аренский) (12 July 1861 — 25 February 1906), was a Russian composer of Romantic classical music, a pianist and a professor of music.

Arensky was born in Novgorod, Russia. He was musically precocious and had composed a number of songs and piano pieces by the age of nine. With his mother and father, he moved to Saint Petersburg in 1879, where he studied composition at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. After graduating from the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in 1882, Arensky became a professor at the Moscow Conservatory. Among his students there were Alexander Scriabin, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Alexander Gretchaninov. In 1895 Arensky returned to Saint Petersburg as the director of the Imperial Choir, a post for which he had been recommended by Mily Balakirev. Arensky retired from this position in 1901, spending his remaining time as a pianist, conductor, and composer. Arensky died of tuberculosis in a sanatorium in Perkjärvi, Finland. It is alleged that drinking and gambling undermined his health.

Pyotr Tchaikovsky was the greatest influence on Arensky’s musical compositions. Indeed, Rimsky-Korsakov said, “In his youth Arensky did not escape some influence from me; later the influence came from Tchaikovsky. He will quickly be forgotten.” The perception that he lacked a distinctive personal style contributed to long-term neglect of his music, though in recent years a large number of his compositions have been recorded. Especially popular are the orchestral Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky based on one of Tchaikovsky’s Songs for Children, Op. 54.

The weather is like the government, always in the wrong. Jerome K. Jerome (three men in a boat)


The weather is like the government, always in the wrong.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) Discuss

Princess Caraboo


Princess Caraboo

“Princess Caraboo” was a famous imposter in 19th-century England. Her real-name was Mary Baker, and she was a cobbler’s daughter. She invented a fictitious language and created an exotic persona, claiming to be Princess Caraboo from the island of Javasu. She alleged that she had been captured by pirates but managed to jump from their ship and swim to safety. For several weeks, Princess Caraboo enjoyed the hospitality and company of local society. How was her true identity finally uncovered? More… Discuss

It’s alright, poetic thought by George-B (the smudge and other poems Page)


It’s alright, poetic thought by George-B (the smudge and other poems Page)

Before me, before I was,
There were two ideas of me, two thoughts
In two minds…and it was alright…
Then one day they came together in one,
New string of DNA, and it was all right…
I was then immersed in the ocean bubble, until
I grew wings, and it was alright…
One day, early morning, I thought
I could leave the ocean
for the rigors of land crawling,
but I did not crawl…
not for a while…and it was alright…
Then
Everything became prosaic, and prose,
and the poetry was lost to
the mundane passage of time,
and nothing could replace that anymore…
not ever…and it’s all right…

great compositions/performances: Leonid Kogan plays Lalo Symphonie Espagnole op.21, Kirill Kondrashin USSR 1959 – LIVE


Leonid Kogan plays Lalo Symphonie Espagnole op.21, Kirill Kondrashin USSR 1959 LIVE

Leonid Kogan (1924-1982), the great Russian violinist.

Édouard-Victoire-Antoine Lalo (1823- 1892) was a French composer.

Symphonie Espagnole, op.21
I. Allergo non troppo (0:00)
II. Scherzando – Allegro molto (7:27)
III. Intermezzo – Allegro non troppo (11:36)
IV. Andante (17:21)
V. Rondo – Allegro(23:41)

Kirill Kondrashin
The USSR State Symphony Ochestra
Recorded in 1959. 10. 21
Live at the Moscow Conservatory Grand Hall

*****

There are three Kogan’s Lalo Symphonie Espagnole recordings I know by now :

with Charles Bruck
Paris Conservatory Orchestra
1950s

with Kirill Kondrashin
Philhamonia Orchestra
London, Abbey Road Studio
1959. 2. 25-27

with Kirill Konrashin
USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Live at Moscow Conservatory Grand Hall
1959. 10. 21

 

 

this day in the yesteryear: Globe Theatre Burns to the Ground (1613)


Globe Theatre Burns to the Ground (1613)

 

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English: The Globe Theatre. The Globe Theatre, Southwark. This is a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, made famous by Shakespeare. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first Globe Theatre was an Elizabethan theatre where several of Shakespeare’s plays were originally staged. It was built around 1598 in London using timber from an earlier theater and was jointly owned by members of the theatrical company to which Shakespeare belonged. The Globe burned down in 1613 during a performance of Henry VIII. It was rebuilt in 1614, but Puritans closed it and all other theaters in 1642, and it was demolished soon after. What caused the fire in 1613? More… Discuss

words, poetic thought by George-B Cuvinte, cugetare poetica de George-B ©Always (my poetry collection – the sludge and other poems)


words, poetic thought by George-B (©Always)
I opened the drawer of words
And picked, mixed,
at random
with hungry hands … words

slippery
heavy
hot
lightning
wet
salt
bitter
blue
black
gray …
randomly
most leaked
through my fingers, like the fine sands
from the beaches of Mamaia …
I sat those words that did not flee
And I built a house of words
And I used that evening armature moonless night
And I put the as firmament to watch over
Being very tired after so much work
I slept in the house of words
with the firmament watching over…

©Always (my poetry collection – the sludge and other poems)

 

this day in the yesteryear: World’s First ATM Installed in Enfield, London (1967)


World’s First ATM Installed in Enfield, London (1967)

ATMs, or automated teller machines, can be used by bank customers to process several different kinds of account transactions, such as cash withdrawals, deposits, and fund transfers, and to review account statements and balances. Most consider the world’s first ATM to be the one invented by John Shepherd-Barron and installed by Barclays Bank in North London on June 27, 1967. However, a mechanical bank deposit box, arguably an ATM, was installed in New York how many years earlier? More… Discuss

my open window, poetic thought by George-B My collection of art)


 

my open window, poetic thought by George-B

From the window into my soul
See the miles long waves
rolling toward the sandy arrival
The bendin’ the wind of smoke stacks
At the highest rim top,
with the warning red light winking at
planes,
birds
clouds, oh yes!

From the window into my heart
See the love for hills,
wild mustard,
patches of wildest squash,
fallen old oak, young brush that’s never be old,
even though dry too early, oh yes!

From the window in my mind
See the music waving at you to join
in the choir,
the band,
orchestra,
instrument, voice, oh yes!

And see the poetry of words, that gather meaning
as they find themselves aligned and joined
by breath
as sole glue and string,
on the background of the cave wall,
from which all sense became to life, oh yeah!

Became to life!
Welcome to my open window!