Daily Archives: February 25, 2012

Awakening Spring ( my nature photography)

awakening spring

awakening spring

Flower Liberty Park Cerritos (my nature photography)

Flower Liberty Park Cerritos

Flower Liberty Park Cerritos

New Passion Flower February 25, 2012 (Liberty Park – Cerritos) (my nature photography)

New Passion Flower February 25, 2012 (liberty Park Cerritos) (my nature photography)

New Passion Flower February 25, 2012 (liberty Park Cerritos) (my nature photography)

Mini-Sahara (at Bolsa Chica State Beach): (my nature photography)

Mini-Sahara (at Bolsa Chica State Beach)

Mini-Sahara (at Bolsa Chica State Beach)

Today it was windy, a cold wind, blowing from the ocean, and building dunes, only to blow them all around. I remember seeing a documentary about northern Sahara, with some very eroded mountains looking quite like this. That’s why I call it Mini-Sahara. 

Celibidache conducts Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No.1 in A

Sergiu Celibidache conducding the BucharestGeorge EnescuPhilharmonic Orchestra in his homeland, 1978″

Excerpts from Wikipedia Article in translation: “Symphonic miniatures are based on folklore (mainly urban) and type present a medley of songs grouping with sequences developer. Their exotic nature, dynamic, melodic beauty, spectacular orchestration have made these songs come quickly repertory orchestras and be interpreted in concert or in records discrografice by most major conductors of the world.” 

Bucharest, Romania: Ateneu Român

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Dvořák: Humoresque Op. 101 No. 7, Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Ozawa

Excerpts from Wikipedia: Humoresques (Czech: Humoresky), Op. 101 (B. 187) is a piano cycle by the Czech composer Antonín Dvořák, written during the summer of 1894. One writer says “the seventh Humoresque is probably the most famous small piano work ever written after Beethoven’s Für Elise.
During his stay in America, when Dvořák was director of the Conservatory in New York from 1892 to 1895, the composer collected many interesting musical themes in his sketchbooks. He used some of these ideas in other compositions, notably the “From the New World” Symphony, the “American” String Quartet, the Quintet in E Flat Major, and the Sonatina for Violin), but some remained unused.

In 1894, Dvořák spent the summer with his family in Bohemia, at Vysoká u Příbrami. During this “vacation”, Dvořák began to use the collected material and to compose a new cycle of short piano pieces. On 19 July 1894 Dvořák sketched the first Humoresque in B major, today number 6 in the cycle. However, the composer soon started to create scores for the pieces that were intended to be published. The score was completed on 27 August 1894.

The cycle was entitled Humoresques shortly before Dvořák sent the score to his German publisher F. Simrock. The composition was published by Simrock in Autumn, 1894.

The publisher took advantage of the great popularity of the seventh Humoresque to produce arrangements for many instruments and ensembles. The piece was later also published as a song with various lyrics. It has also been arranged for choir.”

(source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humoresques_(Dvo%C5%99%C3%A1k


Dvorak Slavonic Dance No.1 – Wiener Philharmoniker -S. Ozawa

 Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance No.1 In c. (Live Performance with Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Seiji Ozawa)

The Mission – Gabriel’s Oboe ( “Music the universal language before words existed”)

Movie – The Mission
Music – Gabriel’s Oboe
Actor – Jeremy Irons (Father Gabriel)
Soundtrack – Ennio Morricone

Going Home – Paul Robeson

Magnificent live rendition of the Anton Dvorak adaptation – Going Home. From the live concert at Carnegie Hall in New York, 1958. 

04. “Simfonie din lumea nouă” (Going home – Antonin Dvorak) / (Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”)

“Simfonie din lumea nouă” (Going home – Antonin Dvorak)

Interpretează “Brass Quintet Bucureşti” şi Mezzosoprana Claudia Măru-Hanghiuc

Parcul Colţea – sâmbătă 04 septembrie 2010

English: Czech Composer Antonín Dvořák (1841-1...

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A wonderful idea from Kris Merino!

I recently wrote, as part of the Thirty Day Book Challenge, a post about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the young-adult novel by Ransom Riggs. It came recommended by my students, and as I wrote in the entry for that day’s challenge (favorite Y/A novel), I really enjoyed the book. My favorite part, however, was not necessarily the narrative, although it was certainly enjoyable. The best part of the book, for me at least, were all the old photographs.

I have always loved looking at old photos, especially of people who I don’t know, and thinking of all the possible back-stories that could have led to the moment the photograph was taken. I was lucky enough to grow up in a house with four generations living under the same roof, and when I was young I would spend countless hours lost in my great-grandmother’s photo albums, creating different…

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