Daily Archives: July 26, 2012

Hot Docs Trailer – You’ve Been Trumped (A must see!)

This is the You’ve Been Trumped trailer for Hot Docs. World Premiere in Toronto at 9pm on 3rd May.

Culture in Maastricht, Holland, Andre Rieu Live Concert, 2009

Mozart Symphony no. 38, in D Major, K. 504 ‘Prague Symphony’

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504, was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in late 1786. It was premiered in Prague on January 19, 1787, a few weeks after Le nozze di Figaro opened there. It is popularly known as the Prague Symphony. Mozart’s autograph thematic catalogue bears December 6, 1786, as the date of composition. Other works written by Mozart about contemporary with this symphony include the twenty-fifth piano concerto and the piano trio in B-flat (K. 503 and K. 502, respectively) the former also written in December 1786, the latter written in November. The aria scena and rondo Ch’io mi scordi di te? K.505 for soprano and orchestra with piano obligato, regarded by Girdlestone in his book on Mozart and his Piano Concertos as a work on the same level, also dates from the same period. This work would be called No. 37 if the K. 444 work (mostly by Michael Haydn, except for the slow introduction, which is by Mozart) was removed from the numbering. The early classical symphony of the 18th century would either have three movements or four (or one movement in three recognizable sections, like the 26th or the 32nd), the four-movement symphonies having a minuet in addition.

By the time Mozart wrote his Prague symphony, however, the symphony was no longer a step away from the opera overture, no longer bound to this tradition, so that the symphony without a minuet could be, and was, similar in weight to his other symphonies, different mostly in the lack of that minuet and not in overall specific gravity. The Prague Symphony was scored for two flutes, two oboes, two bassoons, two horns, two trumpets, timpani and strings. The work has the following three movements:

  • 1. Adagio—Allegro, 4/4 (Sonata form)
  • 2. Andante in G major, 6/8 (Sonata form)
  • 3. Finale (Presto), 2/4.

Although Mozart’s popularity among the Viennese waxed and waned, he was consistently popular among the Bohemians and had a devoted following in Prague. A piece appearing in the Prager Neue Zeitung shortly after Mozart’s death expresses this sentiment:

“Mozart seems to have written for the people of Bohemia, his music is understood nowhere better than in Prague, and even in the countryside it is widely loved.”
The Prague Symphony was written in   gratitude for their high esteem.

I Didn’t Know That: The London Tube

Published on Jul 24, 2012 by 

Follow Richard Ambrose and Jonny Phillips on an underground journey as they explore the London Tube and learn how to drive a tube train. Mind the gap!

Did I Said That? What is: INDEX

INDEX: The finger that never fails to point to another’s guilt, almost always,  in error!

(Pour fair le tableau d’un oiseau -Jaques Prevert)

Pour faire le portrait d’un oiseauPeindre d’abord une cage
avec une porte ouverte
peindre ensuite quelque chose de joli
quelque chose de simple
quelque chose de beau
quelque chose d’utile
pour l’oiseau
placer ensuite la toile contre un arbre
dans un jardin
dans un bois ou dans une forêt
se cacher derrière l’arbre
sans rien dire
sans bouger…
Parfois l’oiseau arrive vite
mais il peut aussi bien mettre de longues années
avant de se décider
Ne pas se décourager
attendre s’il faut pendant des années
la vitesse ou la lenteur de l’arrivée de l’oiseau
n’ayant aucun rapport
avec la réussite du tableau
Quand l’oiseau arrive
s’il arrive
observer le plus profond silence
attendre que l’oiseau entre dans la cage
et quand il est entré
fermer doucement la porte avec le pinceau
effacer un à un tous les barreaux
en ayant soin de ne toucher aucune des plumes de l’oiseau
Faire ensuite le portrait de l’arbre
en choisissant la plus belle de ses branches
pour l’oiseau
peindre aussi le vert feuillage et la fraîcheur du vent
la poussière du soleil
et le bruit des bêtes de l’herbe dans la chaleur de l’été
et puis attendre que l’oiseau se décide à chanter
Si l’oiseau ne chante pas
c’est mauvais signe
signe que le tableau est mauvais
mais s’il chante c’est bon signe
signe que vous pouvez signer
Alors vous arrachez tout doucement
une des plumes de l’oiseau
et vous écrivez votre nom dans un coin du tableau.   

C’est i

Sisyphus Dreaming, by george-b (my Poetic Thought)

Sisyphus Dreaming, by george-b

Somewhere, between a dream and a rock,  
I Am:

The dream’s  the stronger rock – the rock is talcum…
The dream’s  much easier to push uphill…
The talcum rock is sliding back into Abyss, each time

It Seems:

Will same dream come to me  tomorrow?

© 2012, poem, George-B, All rights reserved

If dreams were, lets say reality, than we would wake up to Paradise after each waking up….But do we? We created the illusion to be able to go through life, regardless of life throw at us, and expecting, really, only to be breathing the moment next, asking for more air. I like not only the frozen image of the face of a child, with the expression of an adult! I hope I’m right, I feel like she woke up to an less than appealing reality.

Faces Places Paces

It’s whatever makes you see
Makes you believe
And forget about the premonition you need to conceive
The images they sell are Illusion and Dream
In other words dishonesty

Illusion and Dream, Poets of the Fall




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Lockdown in London: Professor, Ex-U.S. Athlete Jules Boykoff on Olympic Censorship & Militarization (from Democracy Now)

Lockdown in London: Professor, Ex-U.S. Athlete Jules Boykoff on Olympic Censorship & Militarization (from Democracy Now)

Lockdown in London: Professor, Ex-U.S. Athlete Jules Boykoff on Olympic Censorship & Militarization (from Democracy Now) (click to access Program)

Surviving a political sex scandal (from CNN)

Surviving a political sex scandal (from CNN)

Surviving a political sex scandal (from CNN)   (Click to access this silly gospel staff)

Ry Cooder and David Lindley – Jesus On The Mainline

This is some superb footage of Ry Cooder with David Lindley, Bobby King, Terry Evans, Willie Green and Joachim Cooder shot at the 1994 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.  Just don’t ask me what the sub-titles mean – or who the bloke at the beginning is (but he does look strangely familiar)… http://www.rycooderstuff.co.uk

Frizzguitar: Bei mir bist du schoen

From Frizzguitar: Coming from Germany I had the pleasure to join the Belgian Folk music session at St. Andrew’s PresbyterianChurch of Scotland” in Bruxelles on 4th of May 2012; I played on my American resonator (DOBRO) guitar the old Jewish standard “BEI MIR BIST DU SCHOEN” (in the jazzy style of Gypsy swing) – and was kindly supported by the British musician ROB (clarinet) and the French spoken female musician CATOU (4-stringed B.”

What an wonderful interpretation!

From Frizztext: Once I heard the great Ry Cooder playing a gospel titled “Jesus on the mainline” – nearly with a kind of a reggae rhythm, isn’t it? I tried to play on my guitar a tribute to his song – as a fingerstyle simple instrumental only … Listen to this wonderful interpretation of Jesus on the Mainline   Here…

Such great interpretation has be reblogged!