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Analog Fagaras-Cat esti omule pe lume



Analog Fagaras si studioul ZooM Recordings
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Great Compositions/Performances: Béla Bartók – Román népi táncok / Dansuri populare românești / Rumanian Folk Dances



Béla Bartók (1881-1945), Magyarország / Hongrie

- Román népi táncok, Sz. 56, BB 68
- Dansuri populare românești
- Rumanian Folk Dances

GHEORGHE ZAMFIR, nai / pán-pipe / panflute
Studio Orchestra
Tony Britten

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Great Compositions/Performances: Angela Gheorghiu: “Quia respexit” (Magnificat) by Bach


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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Magnificat en majeur, BWV 243 / in D major / in D-Dur

Aria : “Quia respexit humilitatem”

Angela Gheorghiu, soprano

Madrigal Chamber Choir Romania 
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Ion Marin , Marin Constantin
1998

 

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Romanian Spring Traditions – Martisor – MARCH 1(PRON. MARTZISHOR)


Romanian Spring Traditions – Martisor.

 

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Madama Butterfly – Vogliatemi bene – Jonas Kaufmann and Angela GheorghiuMadama Butterfly – Vogliatemi bene – Jonas Kaufmann and Angela Gheorghiu



Jonas Kaufmann and Angela Gheorghiu, Vogliatemi bene, from the recording sessions of the EMI Madama Butterfly in Rome, July 2008

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Ansamblul Ghiocelul din Avrig, la Buzias 2013. Vineri



Ansamblul artistic “Ghiocelul” din Avrig, Sibiu, a participat la Festivalul de Folclor “La izvor, la izvorele…!”, de la Buzias, in perioada 24-26 mai 2013. Spectacol sustinut la Iulius Mall din Timisoara.

 

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Jurnal de calatorie prin Tara Fagarasului (bring your appetite with you, we’ll do the rest!)


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Post by Romania – Carpathian Garden: Fundata Brasov


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Great Compositions/Performances: ENESCO: Romanian Rhapsody in A, Op. 11, No. 1 – London Symphony Orchestra



Scenes of Romania set to the music of George Enesco, conducted by Antal Dorati.

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Great Compositions/Performances: George Enescu – Romanian Rhapsody n° 2 in D major, Op. 11 (Orchestre de Montbéliard, Paul Staïcu)



The first Romanian Rhapsody composed at 19 years (together with a second one, both bearing the opus number 11) gained a worldwide fame for its lovely folk tunes (in fact, all Enescu’s works are imbued with such folk lightmotifs) and vivid Romanian rhythms, becoming definitely the best known of all his compositions. Here the Rhapsody No.2 is performed with an infectious empathy by the Romanian conductor Paul Staïcu along with his outstanding musicians of Montbéliard Philharmonic Orchestra.  The performance reveals a mighty symphonist with a keen sense of colours and orchestral textures, a rigorous and honest one devoted to principles and truth, extracting the sap of his composition from folk melodies of his people.  The reputed conductor Paul Staïcu has signed a series of recordings devoted to the complete orchestral oeuvres of his fellow compatriot.  The celebrated Romanian Rhapsody in D major op.11 , more reflexive than its pair no.1, the second Romanian Rhapsody is also a youthful work (written in 1900, when the composer was 19) with persistent folk aromas and picturesque suggestions, aiming at fructifying the popular Romanian musical treasure and meditative side of its sentimentality. The rhapsodic character compounds its appeal and favours its reception by audiences. It is a composition putting grave questions and depicting outrageous realities, filtered through a sensitive conscience. It conveys the sufferance of a moral man facing the immorality of a corrupt and pointless world, reflecting on duties and faiths, on life’s sense and destiny. The torturing mood is magisterially recreated by the inspired baton of Paul Staïcu, the main themes flow unceasingly with a desolating vigour and reach finally a concluding climax affirming an undefeated hope in the majesty of mankind.

  

The Romanian Athenaeum, at about the time of the Rhapsodies’ premiere there in 1903

The two Romanian Rhapsodies, Op. 11, for orchestra, are George Enescu‘s best-known compositions. They were both written in 1901, and first performed together in 1903. The two rhapsodies, and particularly the first, have long held a permanent place in the repertory of every major orchestra. They employ elements of lăutărească music, vivid Romanian rhythms, and an air of spontaneity. They exhibit exotic modal coloring, with some scales having ‘mobile’ thirds, sixths or sevenths, creating a shifting major/minor atmosphere, one of the characteristics of Romanian lăutărească music.[1][not in citation given] They also incorporate some material found in the later drafts of his Poème roumaine, Op. 1.[2]

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The stage of the Athenaeum in Bucharest

The two Romanian Rhapsodies were composed in Paris, and premiered together in a concert at the Romanian Athenaeumin Bucharest which also included the world premiere of Enescu’s First Suite for Orchestra, Op. 9 (1903). The composer conducted all three of his own works, which were preceded on the programme by Berlioz’s Overture to Les francs-jugesand Schumann’s Symphony No. 1, both conducted by Eduard Wachmann. The concert took place on 23 February 1903[3](according to the Julian calendar in use in Romania at that time; 8 March 1903 Gregorian).[4] The Second Rhapsody was played first, and Enescu maintained this order of performance throughout his life.[5]

Rhapsody No. 2 in D major

The Second Rhapsody, like the first, was completed in 1901,[14][7] but is more inward and reflective. Its essential character is not dance, but song.[15][5] It is based on the popular 19th-century ballad “Pe o stîncă neagră, într-un vechi castel” (“On a dark rock, in an old castle”) which, like the opening melody of the First Rhapsody Enescu may have learned from the lăutar Chioru,[1] though again there is some doubt whether Enescu actually remembered it from Chioru.[10] After a development culminating in a canonic presentation, this theme is joined by a dance tune, “Sîrba lui Pompieru” (“Sîrba of the Fireman”), followed shortly afterward by the second half of a folksong, “Văleu, lupu mă mănîncă” (“Aiee, I’m being devoured by a wolf!”), which is treated in canon.[16] Toward the end there is a brief moment of animation, bringing to mind the spirit of country lăutari, but the work ends quietly.[17]

Unlike the First Rhapsody, there is no controversy at all about the scoring of the Second, which is given in the published score as: 3 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets in A, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets in C, 3 trombones, 2 timpani, cymbal, 2 harps, first violins, second violins, violas, cellos, and double basses.[18]

 

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Info Transylvania – Accomodation in Transylvania, Tourist Attractions in Transylvania, all about Transylvania


Info Transylvania – Accomodation in Transylvania, Tourist Attractions in Transylvania, all about Transylvania.

 

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Semnale de bucium / Carpathian horn signals



“Semnale de bucium” performed by a group of six carpathianhorn (“bucium”, “tulnic“) players. Romanian traditional folk song from Transylvania area.

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Unirea Principatelor Române 24 ianuarie 1859


Unirea Principatelor Române 24 ianuarie 1859

Unirea Principatelor Române cunoscută și ca Mica Unire (Marea Unire fiind cea de la 1918) a avut loc la jumătatea secolului al XIX-lea și reprezintă unificarea vechilor state Moldova și Țara Românească

Unirea este strâns legată de personalitatea lui Alexandru Ioan Cuza și de alegerea sa ca domnitor al ambelor principate la 5 ianuarie 1859 în Moldova și la 24 ianuarie 1859 în Țara Românească. Totuși, unirea a fost un proces complex, bazat pe puternica apropiere culturală și economică între cele două țări. 

Procesul a început în 1848, odată cu realizarea uniunii vamale între Moldova și Țara Românească, în timpul domniilor lui Mihail Sturdza, respectiv Gheorghe Bibescu. Deznodământul războiului Crimeii a dus la un context european favorabil realizării unirii. Votul popular favorabil unirii în ambele țări, rezultat în urma unor Adunări Ad-hoc în 1857 a dus la Convenția de la Paris din 1858, o înțelegere între Marile Puteri prin care se accepta o uniune mai mult formală între cele două țări, cu guverne diferite și cu unele instituții comune. La începutul anului următor, liderul unionist moldovean Alexandru Ioan Cuza a fost ales ca domnitor al Moldovei și Țării Românești, aducându-le într-o uniune personală. În 1862, cu ajutorul unioniștilor din cele două țări, Cuza a unificat Parlamentul și Guvernul, realizând unirea politică. 

După înlăturarea sa de la putere în 1866, unirea a fost consolidată prin aducerea pe tron a principelui Carol de Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, iar constituția adoptată în acel an a denumit noul stat România.

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Un bulgăre de humă (1989) (Ion Creangă și Mihai Eminescu)




Povestea lui Ion Creanga, scriitorul care a reusit sa impresioneze generatii de-a randul cu basmele si povestirile sale. Continuand un har mostenit de la stramosii sai, Creanga considera povestile lui o simpla sursa de amuzament, lipsita de profunditate. Mihai Eminescu este cel care incearca sa-l convinga ca detine un talent deosebit. Poetul, insa, are alte probleme, fiind implicat intr-o imposibila poveste de dragoste cu Veronica Micle…. Respectul pe care il avem in mod firesc fata de marile personalitati Ion Creanga si Mihai Eminescu a devenit, in
momentul realizarii acestui film extrem de inhibant. Acesta a constituit principalul handicap pe care l-am avut de trecut. Pentru a deveni personaje de film, Eminescu si Creanga trebuiau sa coboare de pe statui, sa prinda viata imprumutand chipurile unor actori: sa vorbeasca, sa se miste si sa evolueze intr-un chip cat mai firesc. In loc sa pastram un ton solemn, omagial, care ar fi imprimat filmului, cred, un aer sedentios, an incercat sa ne apropiem cu discretie si caldura de personalitatile readuse la viata. Chiar daca primele lor aparitii in film risca sa deceptioneze printr-o fireasca neidentificare cu fotografiile icoana, atat de cunoscute, speram ca personajele sa devina convingatoare pe parcursul desfasurarii povestirii cinematografice. Este un omagiu pe care ila duce cu intarziuere implinirii a 100 de ani de la moartea lui Ion Creanga, Mihai Eminescu si Veronica Micle” (Nicolae Margineanu).

 

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Great Compositions/Performances: Corul Madrigal Pe carare sub un brad D.G.Kiriac) “…ca dragostea n-are leac decat ochii care-ti plac!…)


Great Compositions/Performances:  Corul Madrigal Pe carare sub un brad D.G.Kiriac) “…ca dragostea n-are leac decat ochii care-ti plac!…)

 

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English: the eyes Français : les yeux Deutsch: die Augen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

Dumitru Georgescu Kiriac (18 March 1866 – 8 January 1928) was a Romanian composer, conductor, and ethnomusicologist.[1] He was particularly known for his sacred choral works and art songs which were based on the Romanian Orthodox tradition and Romanian folklore.[2]

Kiriac was born in Bucharest and began his musical studies at the Bucharest Conservatory (now the National University of Music) with Gheorghe Brătianu (1847 – 1905) and Eduard Wachmann (1836 – 1908). From 1892 to 1899 he studied in Paris with Vincent d’Indy at the Schola Cantorum de Paris and with Charles-Marie Widor and Gabriel Fauré at the Paris Conservatory. It was during this time that he began collecting Romanian children’s folk songs. On his return to Bucharest in 1900 he became a professor at the Bucharest Conservatory. The following year he founded the Romanian choral society, Carmen.[2][3]

Kiriac died in his native city at the age of 61. He was considered one of the founders of modern Romanian music.[4] Festivalul Internaţional de Muzică Corală “D.G. Kiriac”, an international festival of sacred choral music held annually in the city of Pitești, is named in his honour as is the city’s male voice choir.[5]

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ROMANIA – Travel and Tourism Information


Romania's Castles and Fortresses - The Fortress of Rasnov (near Brasov, Romania)ROMANIA – Travel and Tourism Information.

 

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Colinde traditionale-Transilvania”COLINDITA-ZESTREA”(2005)instructori:Marinela si C-tin Istici



Filmări – noiembrie 2005 în incinta Mănăstirii Greco-Catolice Sf.Anton din Gherla.Grupul fiinteaza sub egida Liceului Ana Ipatescu şi Casa Municipală de Cultură Gherla, fiind instruit incepand cu 1994 de CONSTANTIN ISTICI si MARINELA ZEGREAN ISTICI iar din 2006 si pâna în prezent de CONSTANTIN ISTICI. Filmul reprezintă generatia 2005. Debutul grupului a avut loc la Sala Radiodifuziunii Romane Bucuresti in data de 13 decembrie 1993 – Concertul de Colinde – Realizatoar: EUGENIA FLOREA, prezentator: MIHAI POPESCU,cu aceasta ocazie debutează si RARES ZEGREAN ISTICI, “mascota” si năzdravanul grupului. Denumirea ZESTREA si l-a luat odata cu participarea la Festivalul de Folclor “Obiceiuri Uitate” – MAMAIA 2003, unde au câştigat locul doi.. Regia, scenariul si dialogurile,sunt semnate de C-tin Istici.

Ciprian Porumbescu – Crai Nou — 1.– Aria Dochitei – Hora


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Colind Andra – Deschide usa crestine



Colind Andra – Deschide usa crestine K-Lumea.net

 

Bucharest City Tour



Masterminds.ro & Yony_Ro presents you the capital of Romania as you never seen it before! 

Video by: Masterminds.ro
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Photos by: yony_ro
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Music by: George Enescu 
(Romanian Rhapsody no. 1)

A High Definition video which will make you see how Bucharest really is! You will feel the real Romanian passion for art, culture and life itself!
Bring closer a glass of red wine, turn the sound volume just a bit higher than normal.. now relax and enjoy the following 10 minutes..

 

Fabulous Compositions: Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 by George Enescu



The author of this beautiful video has chosen a ever so truthful account of  the country and the people of Romania, now and throughout the ages old history, for which am very thankful:

“Pentru mine, Enescu va rămâne una din veritabilele minuni ale lumii.
(…) Rădăcinile puternice şi nobleţea sufletului său sunt provenite din
propria lui ţară, o ţară de inegalată frumuseţe.” Yehudi Menuhin

Just a thought:  “Yehudi Menuhin’s quotation refers to the best known, and loved Romanian poet Mihai Eminescu:  Nevertheless, I believe that George Enescu achieved in his Romanian Rhapsodies a portrayal of the people of Romania that no one else ever was able to describe with so much humanity, in the language of music what Eminescu did by employing the romantic poetry of the  Romanian language.” George-B 

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Today’s Birthday: MARIE OF EDINBURGH, QUEEN OF ROMANIA (1875)


Marie of Edinburgh, Queen of Romania (1875)

No ordinary queen, Marie took an active role in Romania‘s wartime activities, beginning with helping bring the country into the Allied camp in World War I and ending with her representation of Romanian interests in territory negotiations at the close of the war. In the interim, the “Soldier Queen” also contributed to the war effort by volunteering as a nurse with the Red Cross and publishing a book whose proceeds went to the same cause. Marie later became the first royal adherent of what faith? More…Discuss

 

Doină de jale – Ciocârlia / Sad Song – The Lark



“Doină de jale – Ciocârlia” performed by Gheorghe Zamfir at panflute (“nai”). Adapted from a Romanian traditional folk song.

 

Visit The Town of Fagaras…See for yourself!


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Hymn to the Theotokos at Sinaia Monastery in Romania



Pilgrims singing in Sinaia monastery church in Romania

 

Romanian Anthem



Republic of Romania National Anthem
Lyrics:

Wake up, Romanian, from your deadly sleep
Into which you’ve been sunk by the barbaric tyrants
Now, or never, your fate renew,
To which your enemies will bow to.

Now or never let’s give proof to the world
That in these veins still flows a Roman blood,
That in our chests we still maintain our pride in a name
The victor in his battles, the name of Trajan!

Watch on, shadows of highnesses, Mihai, Stefan, Corvine,
The Romanian Nation, your great grandchildren,
With weapons in their arms, with your fire in their veins,
“Life in freedom or death!” shout all.

Priests, lead with your crucifixes! Because our army is Christian,
The motto is Liberty and its goal is holy,
Better to die in battle, in full glory!
Than to once again be slaves upon our ancient ground!

“Beethoven’s Silence”



Autumn in Romania – Cheile Grădiştei (jud. Braşov), 8-10 octombrie 2008
Music: ERNESTO CORTAZAR (“Beethoven’s Silence”)

Bucegi Mountains, Romania Crucea Caraiman 1981 (my Photo Collection)


Bucegi Mountains, Romania Crucea Caraiman 1981

Bucegi Mountains, Romania Crucea Caraiman 1981

Dumitru Farcas: Go, Longing, to Rocky Montains (Romanian a folkloric Song)



Dumitru Fărcaş – Du-te, dor, în munţi de piatră

Toate pozele sunt făcute de mine, pe Masivul Ceahlău (Carpaţii Orientali)

All the pictures are took by me in the Ceahlău Massif (the Carpathian Mountains, in Moldavia region of Romania)

Dumitru Farcas: Go, Longing, to Rocky Montains

Photos taken in Ceahlau Massif, Moldova, Romania

“Resting on a Bench” (My Father resting on a bench in the central park, Fagaras, Romania, 1939 – My photo Collection): “I learned how to ride that very bike in 1960″)


"Resting on a Bench" (My Father resting on a bench in the central park, Fagaras, Romania, 1939 - My photo Collection)

“Resting on a Bench” (My Father resting on a bench in the central park, Fagaras, Romania, 1939 – My photo Collection) I learned how to ride that same bike, in the 1960. 

“The Corso Stroll” (My Father and his friend Dr. Letea, In Brasov (Kronstadt), Romania, 1941) (My Photo Collection)


"The Corso Stroll" (My Father and his friend Dr. Letea, In Brasov (Kronstadt), Romania, 1941) (My Photo Collection)

“The Corso Stroll” (My Father and his friend Dr. Letea, In Brasov (Kronstadt), Romania, 1941) (My Photo Collection)

“Two Generations Ice-skating ” (above: Me, 1963/ Bellow: my Father and friends, 1934: Both pictures at the Cetatea Fagaras, Fagaras, Romania) (My Photo Collection)


"Two Generations Ice-skating " (above: Me, 1963/ Bellow: my Father and friends, 1934. Both pictures at the Cetatea Fagaras, Fagaras, Romania) My Photo Collection)

“Two Generations Ice-skating ” (Top: Me, 1963/ Bottom: my Father and friends, 1934. Both pictures at the Cetatea Fagaras, Fagaras, Romania) (My Photo Collection)

Adevarul despre Romania (The Truth about Romania)


Grigore Lese – Canta cucu-n lemn uscat | imagini de stana



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Martisorul – Dansul fetelor din Crihalma


Crihalma - Fagaras - Romania

Crihalma – Fagaras – Romania

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Cascada (Waterfall) Urlatoarea (the Screamer) In Masivul Bucegi, Carpatii Meridionali_Romania 1973 (my photography Collection)


Cascada (Waterfall) Urlatoarea (the Screamer) In Masivul Bucegi, Carpatii Meridionali_Romania 1973

Cascada (Waterfall) Urlatoarea (the Screamer) In Masivul Bucegi, Carpatii Meridionali_Romania 1973 (My photoraphy Collection)

“My grand father – In Sunday Cloches” (Strada Tabacari, no.34, Fagaras, Romania Around 1958) (old photos, snapshot on the past”- My photography collection)


"My grand father" (Strada Tabacari, no.34, Fagaras, Romania Around 1958) (old photos, snapshot on the past"- My photography collection)

“My grand father- In Sunday clothes” (Strada Tabacari, no.34, Fagaras, Romania Around 1958) (old photos, snapshot on the past”- My photography collection)

This was right after they installed sewage line along the street, which before was a small creek aalled “Iazul Morii” or Pe la Palane (by the fences) because it was lined with the surrounding property fences. There was a water mill upstream, where the community got their grains milled, and a bread oven where we would go from time to time with our dough ready to be baked in the oven. That was the finest homemade bread I’ve ever helped make or tasted – I promise you!

 

Ciprian Porumbescu – Rapsodia Romana



Ciprian Porumbescu (born Cyprian Gołęmbiowski on October 14, 1853 July 6, 1883) was an Romanian composer born in Şipotele Sucevei in Bukovina (now Shepit, Putyla Raion, Ukraine). He was among the most celebrated Romanian composers of his time; his popular works include Crai nou, Trei culori, Song for the 1st of May, Ballad for violin and piano, and Serenada. In addition, he composed the music for Pe-al nostru steag e scris Unire, which was used for Albania’s national anthem, Hymni i Flamurit. His work spreads over various forms and musical genres, but the majority of his work is choral and operetta. Ciprian Porumbescu was born into the family of Iraclie Gołęmbiowski (who changed the Polish-sounding family name to its Romanian translation), an ethnic Romanian writer and Orthodox priest of possible Polish origins. He studied music in Suceava and Cernăuţi, then continued at the Konservatorium für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna from 1879 to 1881 under Anton Bruckner and Franz Krenn. His artistic career as a composer, conductor, violinist, and pianist started in Cernăuţi, and continued in Vienna, and later in Braşov where he taught vocal music at Romanian schools.

Ciprian Porumbescu wrote poetry, lyrics and press articles, and actively participated in the public cultural life. He helped the rise of the Romanian music school during an age of enthusiasm generated by Romania’s independence. Some of the most remarkable musical pages of the composer were inspired by national heroes and great army leaders, such as Stephen III of Moldavia and Dragoş Vodă. The appreciation of his music came from the melodic nature of his compositions and their folklore inspiration.

Ciprian Porumbescu left a legacy of more than 250 works, bringing him fame and popularity through his short life. The composer saw his work Crai Nou (New Moon) performed in Braşov, while his vocal works Pe-al nostru steag (On our flag), Treiculorul (Three coloured), Cântec de primăvară (Spring song), Serenada, Cântecul gintei latine (Latin nation song), La malurile Prutului (On the Prut’s shores), and Altarul manastirii Putna (Putna monastery’s altar) were already in the public conscience. He died at the age of 29 in Stupca, which was renamed Ciprian Porumbescu in his honor.
(Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ciprian_Porumbescu)

Folclor Nepieritor, Dumitru Fărcaş – Învârtita ca-n Ardeal (Transyvanian Dance)


 It is possible that instruments from both traditions were combined into one entity. The tárogató has a Persian origin, and it appeared in Hungary during the Turkish wars.[2] Up to about the 18th century, the tárogató was a type of shawm, with a double reed, conical bore, and no keys.

Being a very loud and raucous instrument, the tárogató was used as a signaling instrument in battle (like the bugle or the bagpipe).[1]

Because the tárogató was an iconic instrument of the Rákóczi’s War for Independence (1703–1711). Its use was suppressed in the 18th century by the Habsburg monarchy.[1][2] The instrument was eventually abandoned being considered too loud for a concert hall.[2]

Modern usage

Dumitru Dobrican, a taragot folk musician from Dăntăuşii din Groşi, Romania.

In the 1890s a modern version was invented by Vencel József Schunda, a Budapest instrument maker.[2] It uses a single reed, like a clarinet or saxophone, and has a conical bore, similar to the saxophone. The instrument is made of wood, usually black grenadilla wood like a clarinet. The most common size, the soprano tárogató in B♭, is about 29 inches (74 cm) in length and has a mournful sound similar to a cross between an English horn and a soprano saxophone. Other sizes exist; one maker, János Stowasser, advertised a family of seven sizes of which the largest was a contrabass tárogató in E♭.[1] The new tárogató bears very little resemblance with the historical tárogató and the two instruments should not be confused.[1][3] It has been suggested that the name schundaphone would have been more accurate, but tárogató was used because of the nationalistic image that the original instrument had.[4]

This instrument was a symbol of Hungarian aristocracy, and the favorite woodwind instrument of Governor Miklós Horthy.
(Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taragot)

Today’s Birthday: Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876)


Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876)

Rinehart was a popular American author considered the inventor of the Had-I-But-Known school of mystery writing. Her immensely successful first novel, The Circular Staircase launched her career, and her books, which often blend mystery with humor and romance, have sold over 10 million copies. She was a war correspondent during WWI and wrote several books promoting women’s contributions to the war effort. What popular phrase is said to have been inspired by her 1930 novel The Door? More… Discuss

An  interesting fact, from her biography:
Left-handed at a time when that was considered inappropriate, she was trained to use her right hand instead.”
This reminds me of my left-handedness, therefore I can relate to her struggle to learn how to write with her right hand, as I experienced myself the ordeal: I don’t know how children are educated in the lately, but going to school in Romania in the sixties, implied you’ll write with your right hand. Even now, when I see people writing with their left hand, I cannot but ask myself how it might feel to be afforded this, fundamental natural freedom. On the other hand, While writing is just about the only task I attend to with my right, I would have to learn to feed myself, if it was not for my left. I think I envy the ambidextrous, just a bit.” 

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Today’s Birthday: Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (1848)


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Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (1848)

In 1840, Queen Victoria married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, and the two had nine children, whose marriages, and those of their grandchildren, in turn, allied the British royal house with those of Russia, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Romania, and others. Their sixth child, Princess Louise, is regarded by biographers as the couple’s most beautiful daughter. In 1871, Louise married the Marquess of Lorne and became the Duchess of Argyll. Why was the marriage controversial? More… Discuss

Mondial: Atat de Frageda, Mihai Eminescu




Atât de fragedă…Mihai Eminescu 

Atât de fragedă, te-asameni
Cu floarea albă de cireş,
Şi ca un înger dintre oameni
În calea vieţii mele ieşi.

Abia atingi covorul moale,
Mătasa sună sub picior,
Şi de la creştet pân-în poale
Pluteşti ca visul de uşor.

Din încreţirea lungii rochii
Răsai ca marmura în loc -
S-atârnă sufletu-mi de ochii
Cei plini de lacrimi şi noroc.

O, vis ferice de iubire,
Mireasă blândă din poveşti,
Nu mai zâmbi! A ta zâmbire
Mi-arată cât de dulce eşti,

Cât poţi cu-a farmecului noapte
Să-ntuneci ochii mei pe veci,
Cu-a gurii tale calde şoapte,
Cu-mbrăţişări de braţe reci.

Deodată trece-o cugetare,
Un văl pe ochii tăi fierbinţi:
E-ntunecoasa renunţare,
E umbra dulcilor dorinţi.

Te duci, ş-am înţeles prea bine
Să nu mă ţin de pasul tău,
Pierdută vecinic pentru mine,
Mireasa sufletului meu!

Că te-am zărit e a mea vină
Şi vecinic n-o să mi-o mai iert,
Spăşi-voi visul de lumină
Tinzându-mi dreapta în deşert.

Ş-o să-mi răsai ca o icoană
A pururi verginei Marii,
Pe fruntea ta purtând coroană -
Unde te duci? Când o să vii?

Ceata De la Margineni, Fagaras: La Multi Ani MMXI, din Downey California


Visit http://www.margineni.ro/,

One of the best Romanian websites, at least in Fagaras Country (Tara Fagarasului as it is known to us Romanians). Congratulations to the webmasters, Emil Maga and his Family
I am happy to have discovered them earlier this year, and reconnect with places I hold dear.

Dumitru Fărcaş – Bărbătesc din Maramureş


Camellia Flower

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Please forgive me as I find myself sometimes reposting and reposting music, like this elders dance from  (one of the many distinctive folkloric identities within the family of Romanians: I just cannot help, nor celebrating the treasures of our larger than life soul thru the soft instrument: the tarragot, and masterfully interpreted by Dumitru Farcas. I really think that the value of this music are too larger than the Mioritic Space, we Romanians like to refer to as our land, water, air and life within our ever changing physical, and man-marked borders. So, out there in the immensity of the Earth, our larger than soul home, we too should remember a little of our treasure chest of traditions and keep them alive: They are too beautiful not to sing from all mountaintops.

Eu Zic Asa: “Sa ne tina Dumnezeu Dragutu pe toti si intotdeauna aproape de Harul Lui, ca un parinte iubitor.”

Tatal Nostru Care Ne Esti In Ceruri, Sfinteasca-se Numele Tau!

Tatal Nostru Prayer

 

Don’t Try To Remember everything…Research Instead…VIRTUALLY


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My proffessors tought me a valuable lesson… may be the most valuable lesson of all:

  

  

  

  

DON’T EVEN ATTEMPT TO LEARN EVERYTHING BE HEART: THE REAL SKILL OF A UNIVERSITY GRADUATE, IS… TO BE ABLE TO TAP INTO THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE, TO KNOW WHERE TO GO FOR INFORMATION, AND HOW TO MAKE IT USER FRIENDLY”. ALways can visit a library. for instance visit this one:

The Library Of Congress Online: 
http://catalog.loc.gov/,

I mean I was able to find telephone books from Romania, from 1925, and 1958; I was able to find my address and telephone number, and my great grand parents business, adresses, etc. One can find, that which one is searching for: literally.          

 

Well in those times we were talking libraries, today we’re talking virtual libraries: Create one of your own: Start today, start now, by adding this acronym finder and acronym attic list to your new library, of your congress, of your choice:

http://www.acronymfinder.com/RSS.html

http://www.acronymattic.com/