Daily Archives: May 17, 2012

Franz Liszt – Liebestraum – Love Dream

Liebesträume No. 3

Liebesträume No. 3 is the last of the three that Liszt wrote, and the most popular, and can be considered as split into three sections, each divided by a fast cadenza requiring dexterous finger work and a very high degree of technical ability.

The same melody is used throughout the entire piece, each time varied, especially near the middle of the work, where the climax is reached.

At the end, the piece dies down into a final chorded section, and has a broken chord for an ending, usually played slowly as if they were individual notes, rather than rippled.

Liebesträume No. 3 is a standard repertoire piece, and most concert pianists will have played or studied it.


Bedrich (Bedřich) Smetana-Vltava(Ma vlast)

Excerpts from Wikipedia: “Má vlast (traditionally translated as “My Country“, though more strictly meaning “homeland”) is a set of six symphonic poems composed between 1874 and 1879 by the Czech composerBedřich Smetana. While it is often presented as a single work in six movements and – with the exception of Vltava – is almost always recorded that way, the six pieces were conceived as individual works. They had their own separate premieres between 1875 and 1880; the premiere of the complete set took place on 5 November 1882 in Prague.

In these works Smetana combined the symphonic poem form pioneered by Franz Liszt with the ideals of nationalistic music which were current in the late nineteenth century. Each poem depicts some aspect of the countryside, history, or legends of Bohemia.

Vltava, also known by its German name Die Moldau (or The Moldau), was composed between 20 November and 8 December 1874 and was premiered on 4 April 1875. It is about 12 minutes long, and is in the key of E minor.

In this piece, Smetana uses tone painting to evoke the sounds of one of Bohemia’s great rivers. In his own words:

The composition describes the course of the Vltava, starting from the two small springs, the Cold and Warm Vltava, to the unification of both streams into a single current, the course of the Vltava through woods and meadows, through landscapes where a farmer’s wedding is celebrated, the round dance of the mermaids in the night’s moonshine: on the nearby rocks loom proud castles, palaces and ruins aloft. The Vltava swirls into the St John’s Rapids; then it widens and flows toward Prague, past the Vyšehrad, and then majestically vanishes into the distance, ending at the Labe (or Elbe, in German).
Motif of Vltava

The piece contains Smetana’s most famous tune. It is an adaptation of the melody La Mantovana, attributed to the Italian renaissance tenor Giuseppe Cenci(also known as Giuseppino), which, in a borrowed Moldovan form, was also the basis for the Israelinational anthemHatikvah. The tune also appears in major in an old folk Czech song Kočka leze dírou(“The Cat Crawls Through the Hole”) and Hans Eisler used it for his “Song of the Moldau”.
(from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A1_vlast


Sounds of Nature: Bird Songs

Amazon Rainforest Relaxation Video

Your free 60-Minute Amazon MP3http://www.tinyurl.com/free-rainforest-mp3


Music by Nature Whispers. Video by Tom Lynskey.

If you’re interested in buying any of these songs, check out this link:

Ok, some people keep saying that this is too loud. My solution to you is to lower the volume. Simple yet effective. 

Preying on the Poor – How Government and Corporations Use the Poor as Piggy Banks (by Barbara Ehrenreich) (click to access article)

Preying on the Poor - How Government and Corporations Use the Poor as Piggy Banks (by Barbara Ehrenreich) (click to access article)

Preying on the Poor – How Government and Corporations Use the Poor as Piggy Banks (by Barbara Ehrenreich) (click to access article)

Watcher’s Council Nominations: The Election Cometh Edition – Shared

looks like the zig-zagging of rabbits!, or bumble bees? Yes, bumble bees!

Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde

Watcher’s Council Nominations – The Election Cometh Edition ~ J O S H U A P U N D I T

I haven’t posted anything from the Watcher’s Council in quite some time, and I feel it is high time I get back to it.  Whatever happens, it will be an interesting rest of the year.  All personal feelings aside, I just hope we can finally get the economy back on track once and for all.  It is still the economy stupid.

Will people finally wake up?

Obama: Economy, not gay marriage, will decide vote | Fox News

Media hysteria a sign Obama’s in trouble | Fox News

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Modern Mythology (by George-B) (a poetic thought memoir)

Modern Mythology ,

(by George-B)

In the beginning the Earth was … flat, like an Olympian disk,
elephants, lions even Atlas, were holding it on tired shoulders.

One morning came when  suddenly
 the Earth reached its roundness –  
From discoid to geoid,  like a remembered dream!

The universe never seemed impressed…


Geoid EGM96

Geoid EGM96 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Good news, always from Four Blue Hills!

Today’s Birthday: Dennis Lee Hopper (1936)

Dennis Lee Hopper (1936)

Hopper was an American film actor. He appeared in two films with James Dean in the 1950s but achieved fame of his own after directing and starring in 1969’s Easy Rider. His career foundered in the 70s, but important roles in Apocalypse Now (1979) and Blue Velvet (1986) helped him revitalize his career in the 80s and 90s. In addition to acting, he was a noted artist. In 1983, he checked into rehab shortly after performing what daredevil stunt involving dynamite? More… Discuss

Euzicasa Today

Euzicasa Today: 50,000 visitorsSomebody today will become the 50,000th person (not company-companies are not people, basically because they don’t need to breathe to exist) to visit, or revisit this website. To all of you who honored me with coming over for a visit, moving in, following, here (50) on Twitter (48), Facebook and on the trail, to all of you my friends, I thank you, each you friends!

So far people from 154 countries, adventured to open the door at Euzicasa: Thank you!


Quotation of the Day: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) freedom from habit…or Habits: Stop wearing them!

Habit, n.: A shackle for the free.

Habit, n.: A shackle for the free.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) Discuss

Yes, I have something to say about this: The guy is right!  Good habits, bad habits, short habits or long (and they tend to be long, very long), they all make you drag your feet, when they take put much weight on your shoulders and lead around your ankles.

So I’d say: let’s take a break from a habit today, see if you consider going back to it tomorrow.”