Monthly Archives: July 2013

Quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson on gifts

Rings and other jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only gift is a portion of thyself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Today’s Birthday: MARIA MITCHELL (1818)

Maria Mitchell (1818)

The daughter of an amateur astronomer, Mitchell spent her formative years learning to observe the heavens. When she was 29, she discovered a comet. For her achievement, she was awarded a gold medal by the king of Denmark. Her reputation as an astronomer thus secured, she soon became the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and, thereafter, to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. To which of America’s Founding Fathers was Mitchell distantly related? More…

This Day in the Yesteryear: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MASSACRE (1966)

University of Texas Massacre (1966)

On August 1, 1966, University of Texas student and former Marine Charles Whitman stabbed his mother and wife to death. He then took an array of firearms to his university’s 307-foot (94-m) clock tower. There, he shot and killed more than a dozen people and wounded at least 30 others before police killed him. In his writings, Whitman expressed regret and confusion over his actions and asked that an autopsy be performed to determine what had caused his behavior. What did the autopsy find? More…



Recession’s Toll on the Mentally Ill

Data from across the European Union reveal that in the recent recession, the unemployment rate for people withmental health problems rose twice as much as for those without. Between 2006 and 2010, the unemployment rate climbed from 7.1% to 9.8% among those who were mentally sound. Meanwhile, unemployment among those with mental health problems went from 12.7% to 18.2%. For those with mental health problems, losing a job or being unemployed can be something of a double whammy, as in addition to creating economic hardship, it can also intensify underlying mental health issues. More…


Rush Hour

Rush hour—a misnomer, as it often lasts longer than a single hour—is a period of the day when traffic congestion on roads and crowding on public transportation is at its peak. These periods usually correspond to the start and end of the typical workday, when most people are commuting. Thus, there tends to be both a morning and an evening rush hour. Some areas even have a lunchtime rush hour. What system have some cities, such as São Paulo, Brazil, instituted to help curb rush hour traffic? More…


Brahms violin sonata op. 78 no. 1 in G major

piano: Daniel Barenboim
violin:Pinchas Zukerman 
The Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78,  for violin and piano was composed by Johannes Brahms during the summers of 1878 and 1879 in Pörtschach am Wörthersee. It was first performed on 8 November 1879 in Bonn. Each of three movements of this sonata shares common motivic ideas or thematic materials from the head-motif of Brahms’s two songs “Regenlied” and “Nachklang”, Op. 59, and this is why this sonata is also called Rain Sonata (Regen-Sonate).
This sonata consists of three movements. The first movement, Vivace ma non troppo is written in sonata form in G major; the second movement, Adagio — Più andante — Adagio, is an expanded ternary form in E major, and the third movement, Allegro molto moderato is a rondo in G minor with coda in G major. The dotted rhythm motif from the two songs is not only directly quoted as a leading theme in the third movement of this sonata but also constantly appearing as fragmented rhythmic motif throughout the all three movements of the sonata so that the entire sonata has a certain coherency. The rhythm of the rain motif appearing in the middle section of the second movement is adapted to a funeral march. The two disruptive appearances of the main theme of the Adagio in the third movement also represent cyclic form used in this sonata.
(from Wikipedia)


pachelbel’s Canon in D – _ – Soothing music

Music Title: Canon in D
Composer: J. Pachelbel
relax, feel the music and feel free to comment on the video and the music. I hope everyone will enjoy to hear the music and leave an impression, a comment, a rating, a like! 🙂


John Ireland – A Downland Suite (1932), for brass band

A Downland Suite (1932):
I. Prelude
II. Elegy
III. Minuet
IV. Rondo
A work for brass band by English composer John Ireland (1879-1962).

Conductor: David Honeyball
London Brass Virtuosi

Sirenes. Claude Debussy

Jean-Baptiste Lully : Les Folies d’Espagne

Texte du Lutin d’Ecouves : La Folia est, à l’origine, une danse dont il est fait pour la première fois mention dans un texte portugais du XVe siècle. Il s’agissait d’un rite chorégraphique lié à la fertilité lors duquel les danseurs portaient des hommes habillés en femmes sur leurs épaules. Le rythme rapide de la danse ainsi que son aspect insensé furent certainement à l’origine de son nom. Parmi un certain nombre de thèmes, émergea une mélodie de base.
Jusqu’au milieu du XVIIe, elle se répandit en Italie (Follia) et en France (Folie d’Espagne) puis le thème évolua rapidement pour prendre sa forme définitive dans cette suite d’accords :
Apparue aux alentours de 1650 puis publiée en 1672 par Lully, cette mélodie se stabilisera en se ralentissant et devint le thème d’innombrables variations dont les plus célèbres furent celles de Corelli parues en 1700. Continue reading

Dvorak – Romance for piano and violin, Op.11 (RATE UPON VISITING, THANK YOU!)

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Dvorak – Zypressen (“Cypresses”) for String Quartet No.13, in G major, Op.106

Dvorak: Cypresses
Antonín Dvořák: Cypresses | String Quartet No.13 in G Major, Op.106

The acclaimed Cypress String Quartet plays the cycle of miniatures, inspired by unrequited love, from which the ensemble takes its name. More than three decades after writing Cypresses, Dvořák had turned from lovesick to homesick; a masterful demonstration of the intimate conversation of chamber music, the G major Quartet is also a song of thanksgiving for the composer’s return from the US to his native land. Previous discs from the CSQ have been praised by Gramophone for the ensemble’s “intoxicating and lyrical” playing and “sheer instrumental mastery.”

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Stamitz Quartet 

Bohuslav Matousek, violin
Josef Kekula, violin II 
Jan Peruska, viola 
Vladimir Peixner, cello


Charles John Stanley – Trumpet Voluntary

Isaac Stern – Beethoven, Triple Concerto For Piano, Violin, Cello & Orchestra Op.56

Ludwig Van Beethoven [ 1770 – 1827 ],
Concerto For Piano, Violin, Cello & Orchestra
In C Major Op.56 ‘Thriple Concerto’

I. Allegro
II. Largo – attacca
III. Rondo Alla Polacca Allegro tempo I.

Violin ; Isaac Stern [ 1920 – 2001 ]
Piano ; Emanuel Ax [ 1949 – ]
Cello ; Yo-Yo Ma [ 1955 – ]

Conducted By ; Michael Stern
London Symphony Orchestra
Narrated By ; Gregory Peck

From Album [ 1992, Sony Classical LD ]
Isaac Stern A Biography In Music
Live At Royal Festival Hall


Today’s Birthday: PHILIP THE GOOD, DUKE OF BURGUNDY (1396)

Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy (1396)

A man of shifting alliances, Philip the Good ruled Burgundy at the height of its prestige and presided over one of Europe’s most lavish courts. After his father was murdered during a meeting with the dauphin of France—the future King Charles VII—Philip formed an alliance with England but then broke it to recognize Charles as king and gain French favor. Phillip soon turned on Charles, however, sheltering his rebellious son, the eventual King Louis XI. Who was captured by Phillip’s troops in 1430?More… Discuss


Quotation: Jerome K. Jerome on Love :)

If you would taste love, drink of the pure stream that youth pours out at your feet. Do not wait till it has become a muddy river before you stoop to catch its waves.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) Discuss

This Day in the Yesteryear: K2 IS SUMMITED FOR THE FIRST TIME (1954)

K2 Is Summited for the First Time (1954)

Rising 28,251 ft (8,611 m) between China and Pakistan, K2 is the second-highest peak in the world after Mount Everest. Severe storms make K2 more dangerous to climb, however, and it has never been summited in winter. Measured in 1856, it was not summited until nearly 100 years later. In 1954, Italians Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli reached the top with the help of crew members who carried oxygen to above 26,245 feet (8,000 m). What thwarted an American attempt just one year earlier? More… Discuss



TV Is Going to the Dogs, Literally

In August, DirecTV, a US-based satellite broadcasting service, will be launching the first television channel with round-the-clock programming for man’s best friend. DOGTV will air programs designed specifically for dogs, with their particular vision and hearing needs in mind. For just $4.99 a month, doting pooch owners will have access to this 24/7 stream of programming meant to relax, stimulate, and relieve the loneliness of their canines. More…Discuss


NEMESIS and Life in The Universe Documentary On History Channel


In 1984, paleontologists David Raup and Jack Sepkoski posited that mass extinction events are cyclical, happening about every 26 million years, and are often caused by large impact events—such as the asteroid that may have led to the end of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Some astronomers sought to explain the theory with Nemesis, a hypothetical companion star to the Sun about 1.5 light-years away. According to the hypothesis, how was Nemesis responsible for these extinction events? More… Discuss

Chrysotile – Arizona Ghost Town


Chrysotile – Arizona Ghost Town.

The Firebird: Infernal Dance, by Igor Stravinsky

Infernal Dance from The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky, from Fullerton College Symphony live concert 5/17/09. I’m the pianist, although the piano is mostly just adding color in this movement. Conducted, edited and uploaded by Dean Anderson,


Natalie Portman discusses the film Goya’s Ghosts’ stance on torture and how it still exists today.

La Forza Del Destino, Overture – G. Verdi

Title: La Forza Del Destino, Overture.

Composer: Giuseppe Francesco Verdi.
Artist: James Levine, London Symphony Orchestra.

Painting by Francisco De Goya.

Johann Strauss – Voices of Spring Andre Rieu

Jaqueline du Pré-Beethoven-Piano Trio op.70-part 1 of 3 (play entire playlist)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio Op.70 No.1 in D major-in re maggiore “Geistertrio” “Degli spettri” “Ghost” -first movement: Allegro vivace e con brio (HD video)
Jaqueline du Pré-Cello
Daniel Barenboim-Piano
Pinchas Zukerman-Violin


Hidden treasures – Ernest Chausson – La tempête (1888) & La légende de Sainte Cécile (1891)

Painting: “After the shipwreck” by Ivan Aivazovsky.

History: From an early age Ernest Chausson (1855-1899) showed great promise in literature, drawing and law before finally turning his attention to music. In 1879, after receiving a doctorate in law and being sworn in as a barrister, he became a pupil in instrumentation under the celebrated Massenet (who thought very highly of Chausson, naming him “a true artist”) at the Conservatoire, while also attending lectures given by Franck and visiting Germany to familiarize himself with the operas of Wagner (these three stylistic aesthetics would guide him throughout his life). However, after Chausson failed to achieve a winning place on the Prix de Rome, he decided to give up official tuition. His peaceful family life and financial security allowed the young composer to continue the pursuit of a musical career, to keep a famous musical salon at 22 Boulevard de Courcelles and to help young talent (in particular, Debussy) and continuing to compose regularly. Chausson’s musical output was relatively compact (just a bit below forty opuses) yet incredibly wide-ranging, encompassing melodies (“Nanny” and “La derniere feuille” (both 1880)), sacred music, symphonies and, finally, opera (“Le roi Arthus“). In the case of the present upload, we will approach two examples of his incidental music, almost the entire amount of which was written for the Theatre des Marionettes. Chausson become connected to the venue through his relationship with the writer Maurice Boucher, an old school chum, with whom he collaborated on several piece earlier. The project began promisingly with a rapturously received translation of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” (1888), Aristophanes’ “The Birds” (1889) and several more or less original plays. In the case of “La legende de Sainte Cecile” (1892), however, Chausson was openly unenthusiastic, and the collaboration strained the friendship of writer and composer and was not successful financially.

P.S. Shakespeare’s synopsis of “The Tempest” can be accessed here:…

Music: “La tempete” is not a score of grand ambitions or Wagnerian aspirations: indeed, the fifteen pieces that make up the work are episodic in nature, living up to their name of incidental sketches to Shakespeare’s play. Moreover, one should note that the late romantic language of Chausson’s music, showing influences of Wagner and Saint-Saens, is somewhat alien to the play’s classic character. But the composer’s success in bringing out the drama and the power of one of the Bard’s most emblematic plays cannot be overstated. The points of interest are numerous and practically encompass the whole set: the right-hand man of Prospero, Ariel (tenor), is graced both by a warm call for Ferdinand to follow him to “these yellow sands”, accompanied by an enchanting celesta (arguably this was the first public use of the then new instrument) r, and an ominous aria where he paints to a shocked Ferdinand an image of his drowned father’s “coral bones”, with its beautifully shifting tessitura and striking orchestral accompaniment of sustained string lines and pointed appearances of the harp; the goddess’ (soprano and mezzo-soprano) dramatic duet is properly celestial in conception with a culmination worthy of Wagner in its symphonic use of orchestra and heavy vocal lines; at the other end of the spectrum stands Stephano’s (bass) humorous a capella song, ideally swaggering and simplistic in melody. But while the vocal sections are striking, the various preludes and melodramas are even more attractive and distinctive, ranging from a tremulous agitato with a large amount of challenging wind work in Act IV and a mercurial duettino for flute and tambour in Act III. “Saint-Cecile” is an altogether more overtly dramatic work, an oratorio in miniature with its omnipotent chorus and ominous religious overtones. Though musically less attractive than its companion piece (the “angelic” choral movements are rather generic), the sacred work contains at least two magnificent pieces which have been included in the present upload: a magnificent adagio hymn to Saint Michael which is gradually elaborated over three melodramas (the second statement is the one presented) and a cantatique for the title-heroine of the utmost subtlety and a weeping melody worthy of Schubert. All in all, two works full of some gorgeous rarities. Continue reading

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Danny O’Keefe – Only An Ocean Away

Sleep (Anywhere On Earth You Are) – Danny O’Keefe

Acoma Pueblo – Ancient Sky City


Acoma Pueblo - Ancient Sky City - Photograph by Ansel Adams (New Mexico Legends)

Acoma Pueblo – Ancient Sky City.

Nuclear Event – State of Missouri, [Callaway Nuclear Plant]

Family Survival Protocol - Microcosm News

Earth Watch Report  –  Nuclear  Event

Shown is the Callaway Nuclear Plant, about 10 miles southeast of Fulton.

7.28.2013Nuclear EventUSAState of Missouri, [Callaway Nuclear Plant]Damage levelDetails

Nuclear Event in USA on Sunday, 28 July, 2013 at 04:12 (04:12 AM) UTC.

The in-house fire brigade quickly contained and extinguished a small fire at the nuclear power plant just outside Fulton late Friday night, according to officials. At 11:49 p.m. Friday, Ameren Missouri Callaway Energy Center declared an “Unusual Event” due to a small fire in the turbine building, a press release from Ameren Missouri electric company stated. “At no time did the situation threaten the public or nearby communities. No one was injured,” the press release stated. Barry Cox, senior director of nuclear operations for the Callaway Energy Center, told the Fulton Sun there is a fire brigade on duty 24 hours per day, seven days per week and was able to put out the fire. “No off-site…

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We Know Who You Are: 71 Senators Reject States’ Rights to Label GMOs

There are slavish souls – Friedrich Nietzsche

Report: Bicyclist Stopped For Not Having Lights After Dark . . . Ends Up In Hospital With Dislocated Shoulder and Fractures


Lapd_badgeBrian Cisneros, 34, is accusing the Los Angeles Police Department of assaulting him without provocation last week. Cisneros says that he was riding his bike when officers allegedly jumped out of a cruiser and beat him severely. He was charged with “for no lights after hours of darkness.” He has charged the officers with police abuse in a complaint.

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Different types of Durian


Here are different types of Durian shown above and some recommended below.

D24 – Bittersweet in taste, with small seed and flesh in dark yellow color.

This is one of the most expensive varieties.

XO – It has bitter taste and XO aftertaste. This is one of the most expensive among all.

Hong Xia- (meaning red prawn) the flesh in the color of cooked prawn, thin and orangey, strong aroma.

Mao Shan Wang- (meaning mountain cat king) the flesh that is firm on the outside, creamy on the inside. Having the most satisfying of all durians types, having said that, this is considered the best among all.

Red, Orange meat- one of the rare varieties, fruits are very small and can be held by one palm. Both are considered as Wild Durians.

Esplanade – The biggest Durian in the world

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Claudio Arrau plays Schubert Sonata D.894

00:00 – Allegro moderato e cantabile
18:55 – Andante
30:29 – Menuetto
35:44 – Allegretto

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Claudio Arrau Beethoven “Les Adieux”

Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a “Les Adieux”
I. Das Lebewohl: Adagio – Allegro
II. Abwesenheit: Andante espressivo
III. Das Wiedersehn: Vivacissimamente
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Claudio Arrau (1903-1991)

Mikhail Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila – Overture, Akt I: Introduction

Russian: Михаи́л Ива́нович Гли́нка – Руслан и Людмила
Vladimir Jurowski (direction), Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow (2011)
Albina Shagimuratova (Ludmila), Mikhail Petrenko (Ruslan), NC (Ratmir), 
Alexei Tanovitsky (Farlaf), Alexandrina Pendatchanka (Gorislava), 
Charles Workman (Finn/Bayan), Elena Obraztstova (Naina), Vladimir Ognovenko (Svetozar)


J. Mysliveček: Op. 1 n. 4 / Sinfonia a quattro (Nuremberg, 1764) / Czech Chamber Philarmonic

JOSEF MYSLIVEČEK also know as IL DIVINO BOEMO [1737 – 1781]

(Nuremberg, J. U. Haffner, 1764)
Sinfonia in D major
I. Allegro – 0:05
II. Andantino – 2:09
III. Presto – 4:44
Czech Chamber Philarmonic Orchestra / Vojtech Spurny (conductor)


Gustav Holst, Three Pieces for oboe and string quartet: 2. Minuet

Gustav Holst, Three Pieces for oboe and string quartet: 2. Minuet
Liepaja String Quartet, recorded in Bauska Castle, November 2012

50 Jahre EGGER: Deutschland / Richard Wagner / Tannhäuser / Festmarsch

Präsentation der EGGER-Aktivitäten in Deutschland anlässlich der 50 Jahr-Feier · K&K Philharmoniker Dirigent: Matthias G. Kendlinger · Gestaltung P. Beringer

BBC News – Bradley Manning guilty of espionage in Wikileaks case


BBC News – Bradley Manning guilty of espionage in Wikileaks case.

Headlines for July 30, 2013 | Democracy Now!

Headlines for July 30, 2013 | Democracy Now!.

Georges Cziffra Plays Liszt’s Polonaise No.2 in E Major

Miles Hoffman plays Schumann Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70

Miles Hoffman, viola.
Michael Adcock, piano.
Recorded in performance.
Photo: Mary Noble Ours.

BBC News – Manning verdict a relief to potential whistleblowers


BBC News – Manning verdict a relief to potential whistleblowers.

Life and Death in Assisted Living | FRONTLINE | PBS

Life and Death in Assisted Living | FRONTLINE | PBS.

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068, Air – J. S. Bach

Title: Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068, 2. Air.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach.
Artist: Neville Marriner, Academy Of St Martin In The Fields.

Painting by Jacob Philipp Hackert.

Success of EPA Climate Standards Will Depend on White House Support | Center for Effective Government


Success of EPA Climate Standards Will Depend on White House Support | Center for Effective Government.

JPMorgan Chase subsidiary to pay $410 million penalty in electricity pricing scheme – The Washington Post


JPMorgan Chase subsidiary to pay $410 million penalty in electricity pricing scheme – The Washington Post.