Daily Archives: April 22, 2011

Easter 2011_ Egg Hunting May require Tree Climbing: Who’s In?


Click On the pic to view the video and read more about this wonderful idea for an Easter Celebration.

Dmitri Shostakovich Festive Uverture Op 96


Shostakovich Festive Overture Op 96 Live At The  Nobel Prize Concert 2009:

Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich,

Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov,
Orchestra: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic.

Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (September 1906 — 9 August 1975) was a Soviet Russian composer and one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century.

Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Leon Trotsky‘s chief of staff Mikhail Tukhachevsky, but later had a complex and difficult relationship with the Stalinist bureaucracy. In 1936, the government, most probably under orders from Stalin, harshly criticized his opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, causing him to withdraw the Fourth Symphony during its rehearsal stages. Shostakovich’s music was officially denounced twice, in 1936 and 1948, and was periodically banned. Nevertheless, he also received accolades and state awards and served in the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR. Despite the official controversy, his works were popular and well received.

After a period influenced by Sergei Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky, Shostakovich developed a hybrid style, as exemplified by Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (1934). This single work juxtaposed a wide variety of trends, including the neo-classical style (showing the influence of Stravinsky) and post-Romanticism (after Gustav Mahler). Sharp contrasts and elements of the grotesque characterize much of his music.

Shostakovich’s orchestral works include 15 symphonies and six concerti. His symphonic work is typically complex and requires large scale orchestras. Music for chamber ensembles includes 15 string quartets, a piano quintet, two pieces for a string octet, and two piano trios. For the piano he composed two solo sonatas, an early set of preludes, and a later set of 24 preludes and fugues. Other works include two operas, and a substantial quantity of film music. Read more about His life and work at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitri_Shostakovich

Leonard Bernstein Conducting Candide Overture (London December 13, 1989)


Candide Overture, conducted by the composer himself, Leonard Bernstein. Concert performance of Candide with June Anderson, Jerry Hadley, Christa Ludwig, Nicolai Gedda – London Symphony Orchestra (London, December 13, 1989).

Candide
is an operetta with music composed by Leonard Bernstein, based on the novella of the same name by Voltaire.[1] The operetta was first performed in 1956 with a libretto by Lillian Hellman; but since 1974 it has been generally performed with a book by Hugh Wheeler[2][3] which is more faithful to Voltaire’s novel. The primary lyricist was the poet Richard Wilbur.
(Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candide_(operetta))

Today’s Birthday: Henry Fielding (1707)


Henry Fielding (1707)

Born 22 April 1707(1707-04-22)
Sharpham, Glastonbury, Somerset, England
Died 8 October 1754(1754-10-08) (aged 47)
Lisbon, Portugal
Pen name Captain Hercules Vinegar“, also some works published anonymously
Occupation Novelist, dramatist
Nationality English
Period 1728–54
Genres satire, picaresque
Literary movement Enlightenment, Augustan Age
Relative(s) Sara Banerji (1900s author)

Fielding was an English novelist and dramatist known for his humor and satire. He settled in London in 1729 and began writing comedies, farces, and burlesques, including Tom Thumb. Two of his satires attacked the Walpole government and provoked the Licensing Act of 1737, which initiated censorship of the stage and ended his career as a playwright. He thereupon turned to writing novels, publishing his most popular work, Tom Jones, in 1749. Why did he travel to Portugal in 1754? More… Discuss

This Day In History: First Earth Day Celebrated (1970)


First Earth Day Celebrated (1970)

The first Earth Day was organized in 1970 to promote ecological ideas, encourage respect for life on earth, and highlight growing concern over pollution of the soil, air, and water. Earth Day is now observed in more than 140 nations with outdoor performances, exhibits, street fairs, and television programs that focus on environmental issues. In 1990, Earth Day was marked by an “International Peace Climb,” in which climbers from the US, Soviet Union, and China scaled what peak together? More…

Crispian St Peters – You Were On My Mind



Something about me: I love a good song, so much sometime, that I feel like sharing it.
I hope you’ll enjoy listening to it one more time, too.