Daily Archives: June 5, 2012

Horowitz – Liszt Consolation No. 3 (Vienna, 1987)

Romance “O pourquoi donc”, S169 (1848)


Excerpts from Robert Cummings’ article:  “The genesis of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major dates to 1830, when the composer sketched out the main theme in a notebook. It wasn’t until the 1840s, however, that Liszt actually commenced work on the concerto. As a neophyte in the art of orchestration — his output to that point consisted almost entirely of keyboard music — Liszt enlisted the assistance of his pupil Joachim Raff in providing the work an instrumental skin. Liszt completed the concerto in 1849 but made a number of revisions over the next several years. The final version of the work dates from 1856.”

Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/piano-concerto-no-1-in-e-flat-major-s-124-lw-h4#ixzz1wyUzMamM

Quotation of the Day: Francis Bacon

I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves, by way of amends, to be a help and ornament thereunto.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Discuss


Crown-of-Thorns Starfish Starved Before Mass Stranding

In January, more than 800 crown-of-thorns starfish were found stranded on a beach in southern Japan, and now researchers believe they have discovered the cause of the mass stranding—the creatures were starving and too weak to return to the sea after they washed ashore. Crown-of-thorns starfish feed on coral and can consume up to 65 square feet (6 sq m) of livingcoral reef per year. In 2009, their population near the island of Ishigaki surged considerably, and since that time, the amount of coral in the area dwindled to nearly nothing. With their food source depleted, the starving starfish likely moved closer to the beach in search of more coral and became stranded. More… Discuss