Daily Archives: July 21, 2011

Anne-Sophie Mutter / Il trillo del diavolo I -Tartini


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Violin Concerto in A minor Opus 53 (III Giocoso Ma Non Troppo) by Antonin Dvorak- David Oistrach


Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53 (B.108) is a concerto for violin and orchestra composed by Antonín Dvořák in 1879. The concerto was premiered in 1883 by František Ondříček in Prague. He also gave the premieres in Vienna and London. Today it remains an important work in the violin repertoire.

The concerto’s structure is the classical three movements of fast-slow-fast.

  1. Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Adagio ma non troppo
  3. Finale: Allegro giocoso ma non troppo

Antonín Dvořák was inspired to write his concerto after having met Joseph Joachim in 1878 and composed the work with the intention of dedicating it him. However, when he finished the concerto in 1879, Joachim became skeptical about it. Joachim was a strict classicist and objected to Dvořák’s inter alia, or his abrupt truncation of the first movement’s orchestral tutti. Joachim also didn’t like the fact that the recapitulation was cut short and that it led directly to the slow second movement. It is also assumed that he was upset with the persistent repetition found in the third movement. However, Joachim never said anything outright and instead claimed to be editing the solo part. He never actually performed the piece.

(Sourse: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violin_Concerto_(Dvo%C5%99%C3%A1k)

Judge Allows Closure of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant


Judge Allows Closure of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant

Judge Allows Closure of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant (when you click...you get more goodies at DemocracyNow)

Judge Allows Closure of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant

Earlier this week, a federal judge denied a request for an injunction from owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to keep the facility online past its deadline to close down when its 40-year contract license expires next year.
(Read on at:  http://www.democracynow.org/2011/7/21/headlines#17)

Diabetes on the Rise via The Lancet


Diabetes onthe Rise _ At the Antipode of Starvation
Diabetes on the Rise _ At the Antipode of Starvation

(Click o the picture to read the story at “The Lancet”)

Daily Workout (one hour of brisk walking for example), preferably outdoors, will contribute to your wellness both physical and mental. If you can walk four miles in one hour, you are at a good pace. 

Quotation of the Day: About Human Nature and Personality


Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies.

Jane Austen (1775-1817) Discuss

The above quote comes from the book entitled; Northanger Abbey–1817. An earlier version entitled Susan was written in 1803 but was not published. Miss Austen revised the work in 1816 and it was published as, Northanger Abbey, in 1817 after her death. The above quote comes from the book entitled; Northanger Abbey–1817. An earlier version entitled Susan was written in 1803 but was not published. Miss Austen revised the work in 1816 and it was published as, Northanger Abbey, in 1817 after her death. (Read the E-Book at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/121/121-h/121-h.htm)

Today’s Birthday: Paul Julius Freiherr von Reuter (1816)


Paul Julius Freiherr von Reuter (1816)

Reuter, founder of the Reuters news agency, was a pioneer of telegraphy and news reporting. In 1849, he started a post service to bridge the gap in a telegraph line between Germany and Belgium. He soon moved to England and opened a telegraph office serving banks, brokerages, and businesses. He steadily extended his commercial news service, acquiring his first subscribing newspaper client in 1858. Undersea cables enabled him to expand the service. What animal was used to deliver messages in 1849? More… Discuss

This Day In History: Neil Armstrong Becomes the First Man to Walk on the Moon (1969)


Neil Armstrong Becomes the First Man to Walk on the Moon (1969)

As commander of Apollo 11, Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the Moon. With hundreds of millions watching a broadcast of his history-making moonwalk, he uttered the now famous line, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” Buzz Aldrin followed, and the two astronauts proceeded to set up scientific equipment, conduct experiments, and collect samples from the lunar surface. What other spacecraft landed on the moon while Apollo 11 was still there? More… Discuss

UN Declares Famine in Somalia


UN Declares Famine in Somalia

Survival Rations for Somalia

Survival Rations for Somalia

The UN has declared a famine in two regions of southern Somalia and warns that the crisis could spread throughout the country over the next two months if international donors do not take immediate action. The area is suffering the worst drought in more than half a century, affecting an estimated 10 million people. Most major aid agencies employ the word famine only when at least 20 percent of the population has access to fewer than 2,100 kilocalories of food a day, more than 30 percent of children are suffering acute malnutrition, and two adults in 10,000 or four children in 10,000 are dying of hunger each day. More… Discuss

“Freedom Is Just Another Word For Nothing Left To loose” (Janis Joplin via Bob McGee)


francisco_de_goya_y_lucientes_-_los_fusilamientos_del_tres_de_mayo_-_1814

francisco_de_goya_y_lucientes_-_los_fusilamientos_del_tres_de_mayo_-_1814