Daily Archives: August 18, 2012

Quotation: John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) on opinion v. thought, comfort over discomfort!


Too often we…enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Discuss

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Today’s Birthday: ANTONIO SALIERI (1750) The Adorable “Gloria” from the MAss in B flat (1809)


Antonio Salieri (1750)

Italian composer and conductor Antonio Salieri moved to Vienna, Austria, in 1766 with his music teacher, imperial court composer Florian Gassmann. When Gassmann died, Salieri took his position and went on to become Vienna’s most popular opera composer for the remainder of the 18th century. Beethoven, Schubert, and Liszt were among his most famous students. Though Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart were rivals, the story that he poisoned Mozart is likely untrue. How did their rivalry begin? More… Discuss

Antonio Salieri`s dramma eroicomico in two acts, “Cesare in Farmacusa” was written with a libretto by Carlo Prospero de Fraceschi. It premiered in the Kärntnerthortheater of Vienna in 1800 to very much success; critics especially praised its Act I finale, which was hailed as a masterpiece, and its Act II march, which was specifically noted for its excellent orchestration, one reflecting the more Romantic style of composers like Cherubini and Paer. Its libretto, after Plutarch, relates the story of Julius Caesar`s capture by pirates in the island of Farmacusa and his journey to escape from captivity.
The ouverture is conducted here by Michael Dittrich with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Antonio Salieri:
Mass in B flat – Gloria
(1809)

Soprano: Constanze Albrecht
Alto: Ulrike Zech
Tenor: Sebastian Reim
Bass: Friedemann Klos

Universitätschor Dresden
Sinfonietta Dresden
Conductor: Maja Sequeira
-live from Dresden-

This Day in History: GENGHIS KHAN DIES (1227)


 

Genghis Khan Dies (1227)

Though infamous for slaughtering entire cities and destroying fields and irrigation systems, Genghis Khan is admired for his military brilliance. The emperor-warrior consolidated nomadic tribes into a unified Mongolia and led them to conquer much of Asia from the Pacific coast to Eastern Europe. He died on a military campaign in China, and the empire was divided. The circumstances of his death are unclear. According to legend, how did his descendants ensure that his grave would remain hidden? More… Discuss

 

ECCLESIASTES


 

 

Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes is a book in the Jewish and Christian biblical canon. Its author—traditionally held to be Solomon—is occupied with the notion that wickedness and death seem to mock all effort to find purpose in life. The book opens with the assertion that because life on Earth has no meaning, it should be enjoyed. It goes on to emphasize the universality of death. The apparent cynicism of the book is said to have distressed ancient rabbis. What memorable verse decries the pointlessness of life? More… Discuss

 


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