Daily Archives: September 20, 2011

Schubert – String Quartet “Rosamunde” D804 – Mov. 2 (Andante) Performed by the Takacs Quartet

String quartet No. 13 in A minor “Rosamunde” D804

Wine, Women and Song: Johann Strauss (II)

Wein, Weib und Gesang (Wine, Woman, and Song), Op. 333, is a waltz by Johann Strauss II. It is a choral waltz in its original form,[1] although it is seldom heard in this version today. It was commissioned for the Vienna Men’s Choral Association’s so-called Fools’ Evening on 2 February 1869 with a dedication to the Association’s honorary chorus-master Johann Herbeck. Its fanciful title was drawn from an old adage: “Who loves not wine, women and song remains a fool his whole life long.”[2]

Strauss’ works at this age displays the Waltz King at the height of his creative powers, and it was no less evident in this waltz with its 137-bar introduction, combining tranquil melodies with superb orchestration. Its admirers include the famous opera composer Richard Wagner and Strauss’ good friend Johannes Brahms.

The waltz’s primary home key is in E-flat major, with its Introduction interpolating with B-flat major as well as B major. The first waltz melody, with its tapping quality is quintessentially Viennese in nature. Further waltz themes alternate between lush passion and good-humored cheekiness, ending with a swirling finish in the principal home key underlined by a brass fanfare and snare drumroll, as is the usual style of concluding a piece in Strauss’ works dating around that period.

Besides being a waltz, the title is also a German expression for having fun.

12 Tips to Avoid Diabetes Complications_WebMD

12 Tips to Avoid Diabetes Complications_WebMD

12 Tips to Avoid Diabetes Complications_WebMD (click on picture to view the presentation ay WebMD)

Today’s Birthday: James Dewar (1842)

James Dewar (1842)

Dewar was a British chemist and physicist best known for his work on the properties of matter at very low temperatures and the liquefaction of gases. In the course of his work, he liquefied and solidified hydrogen and invented the Dewar flask. Used for storing liquefied gases, his Dewar flask—a double-walled flask with an insulating vacuum between the inner and outer walls—became essential in low-temperature scientific work. What everyday item was patterned after Dewar’s flask? More… Discuss

This Day in History: Saladin Begins Siege of Jerusalem (1187)

Saladin Begins Siege of Jerusalem (1187)

Jerusalem was conquered by the Crusaders in 1099 during the First Crusade and served as the capital of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem for most of the 12th century, but it was besieged and captured by Saladin, the Kurdish Muslim warrior and Ayyubid Sultan of Egypt, after his decisive victory at Hattin in 1187. The Crusaders negotiated a surrender, and the two parties agreed to a peaceful handover of the city to Saladin, preventing the sort of massacre that had occurred when? More… Discuss

Recession Linked to Rise in Child Abuse Injuries

Recession Linked to Rise in Child Abuse Injuries

Since the start of the economic downturn in the US, the number of children being hospitalized with severe brain injuries as a result of abuse has spiked. In the three years leading up to the recession, the rate of abusive head injuries was 8.9 per year per 100,000 kids. During the recession, this number jumped to 14.7 per 100,000. Although there is no proof that pay cuts or job loss is responsible for the increase in abuse, previous research has linked parental stress to child maltreatment, and financial hardship could certainly contribute to parental stress. More… Discuss