Daily Archives: July 14, 2011

Edgar L. Bainton: Pavane, Idyll and Bacchanal, for string orchestra, with flute & tambourine ad libitum

Edgar L. Bainton: Pavane, Idyll and Bacchanal, for string orchestra, with flute & tambourine ad libitum
Paul Daniel / BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Edgar Leslie Bainton (14 February 1880 – 8 December 1956) was a British composer, most celebrated for his church music. Perhaps his most famous piece is the liturgical anthem And I saw a new heaven, but during recent years Bainton’s other musical works – neglected for decades – have been increasingly often heard in the concert repertoire.


Today’s Birthday: Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)

Gerald Finzi – Eclogue for Piano and Strings  Performed by the English String Orchestra

Gerald Raphael Finzi (14 July 1901 – 27 September 1956) was a British composer. Finzi is best known as a song-writer, but also wrote in other genres. Large-scale compositions by Finzi include the cantata Dies natalis for solo voice and string orchestra, and his concertos for cello and clarinet. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Finzi)



The Room (Five Lines Poem)

The Room©, by George

I’ve been living in The Room, always…
Some travelled, busy to know other rooms.

They say there is just One Room and many 
copies, mirrors, devices to repeat, reproductions.

 I believe them –  I live in The Room.

Today’s Birthday: Ingmar Bergman (1918): Unity and Continuity in Filmmaking

Ingmar Bergman (1918)

Bergman was a Swedish film and stage writer, director, and producer. He achieved an impressive degree of freedom early in his career and used it to create and develop a highly individual approach. Working with many of the same actors and technicians from film to film—including actor Max von Sydow and cinematographer Sven Nykvist—Bergman filled his work with an unusual degree of unity and continuity. He won international acclaim for The Seventh Seal and what other films? More… Discuss

Today’s Quotation: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) – “Acquaintance”, Defined

Acquaintance, n.: A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to. A degree of friendship called slight when its object is poor or obscure, and intimate when he is rich or famous.

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (June 24, 1842[2] – after December 26, 1913[1]) was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist and satirist. Today, he is best known for his short story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” and his satirical lexicon, The Devil’s Dictionary. The sardonic view of human nature that informed his work – along with his vehemence as a critic, with his motto “nothing matters” – earned him the nickname “Bitter Bierce.”


Despite his reputation as a searing critic, however, Bierce was known to encourage younger writers, including poet George Sterling and fiction writer W. C. Morrow. Bierce employed a distinctive style of writing, especially in his stories. This style often embraces an abrupt beginning (see cold open), dark imagery, vague references to time, limited descriptions, the theme of war, and impossible events.


In 1913, Bierce traveled to Mexico to gain a firsthand perspective on that country’s ongoing revolution. While traveling with rebel troops, the elderly writer disappeared without a trace.
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambrose_Bierce)


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) Discuss