Daily Archives: July 3, 2013

Quotation: Henry David Thoreau

A very few—as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men—serve the state with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated as enemies by it.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: ANN LANDERS (1918)

Ann Landers (1918)

In 1955, EstherEppie” Friedman began doling out advice to the public in the name of famed columnist Ann Landers. Ruth Crowley had originated the role, and when she died, Friedman took over the column, gaining a following of some 90 million readers with her witty-but-tough style. Though Friedman sometimes drew criticism for taking on controversial topics, such as abortion and prostitution, she received wide support after discussing her divorce. What was her connection to her rival “Dear Abby“? More… Discuss



Suspicious Airshow Accident Kills Aviator B. H. DeLay (1923)

Just two decades after the Wright brothers produced the first manned, power-driven plane, aviator B. H. DeLay started performing stunt-filled airshows. His repertoire included tail spins, barrel rolls, and loop-the-loops, and he went on to execute air stunts in more than 50 films. At age 31, DeLay died in an airshow plane crash. In the midst of a loop, the wings of his plane folded back, and it plummeted to the ground. After the crash, there were rumors of sabotage. Who was the leading suspect? More… Discuss



Egyptian Army Removes President from Power

When popular unrest forced Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak to step down in 2011, after 30 years in power, the army took control and set up the country’s first democratic election. Just over a year ago, the Egyptian people chose Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood to be their new president. Since then, however, there has been widespread and growing discontent with his leadership, prompting the military to step in yet again. Yesterday, Egypt’s army announced that it had deposedMorsi and suspended the constitution. The chief justice of the Sup reme Constitutional Court will act as interim leader until new elections are held.More… Discuss



Very inspired pictures to go with a wonderful tune

Green Eye

Wow, the details….Lovely work!

A Pondering Mind

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Rewolucja w Meksyku – galeria

Great Gallery: Will you check it out please?



Mexico: A Revolution in Art, 1910-1940 – 06.07.2013-29.09.2013 – The Royal Academy of Arts, Londyn / London

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RUBINSTEIN – CHOPIN Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise in Eb, Op. 22 (2)

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George Bizet – Petite Suite d’Orchestre ” Jeux d’enfants”, Op. 22 – Iasi Philharmonic, Valentin Doni Conductor

George Bizet – Petite Suite d’Orchestre ” Jeux d’enfants”, Op. 22

Iasi Philharmonic, Valentin Doni Conductor

Nr.1 – Mareche ( Trompete et Tambour ) 
Nr.2 – Berceuse ( La poupee ) – 02:35
Nr.3 – Impromptu ( La toupie ) – 06:04
Nr.4 – Dou ( Petit Mari, petite femme ) – 07:15
Nr.5 – Galop ( Le bal ) – 11:03

John Barry – Dances with Wolves Soundtrack – The John Dunbar Theme

John Barry – Dances with Wolves Soundtrack – The John Dunbar Theme

Duke Ellington – Transblucency

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Transblucency.
Recorded July 9, 1946.

Vocals by Kay Davis.

Sergiu Celibidache – Munchener Philharmoniker – Ravel: Bolero – Japan, 1994

This article is about Ravel’s piece for orchestra. For Latin music, see Bolero. For other uses, see Bolero (disambiguation).

Ida Rubinstein, the inspiration behind Boléro. Portrait by Valentin Serov.

A scene from Maurice Béjart’s production of Boléro. The leading ballet dancer Sylvie Guillem makes a leaping movement on a table, which is similar to the original 1928 choreography of Bronislava Nijinska.[1]

Boléro is a one-movement orchestral piece by Maurice Ravel (1875–1937). Originally composed as a balletcommissioned by Russian ballerina Ida Rubinstein, the piece, which premiered in 1928, is Ravel’s most famous musical composition.[2] Before Boléro, Ravel had composed large scale ballets (such as Daphnis et Chloé, composed for the Ballets Russes 1909–1912), suites for the ballet (such as the second orchestral version of Ma Mère l’Oye, 1912), and one-movement dance pieces (such as La Valse, 1906–1920). Apart from such compositions intended for a staged dance performance, Ravel had demonstrated an interest in composing re-styled dances, from his earliest successes (the 1895 Menuet and the 1899 Pavane) to his more mature works like Le tombeau de Couperin (which takes the format of a dance suite).

Boléro epitomises Ravel’s preoccupation with restyling and reinventing dance movements. It was also one of the last pieces he composed before illness forced him into retirement: the two piano concertos and the Don Quichotte à Dulcinée song cycle were the only compositions that followed Boléro.

Sergiu Celibidache (Romanian: [ˈserd͡ʒju t͡ʃelibiˈdake]; 11 July [O.S. 28 June] 1912 – 14 August 1996) was a Romanian conductorcomposer, and teacher. Educated in his native Romania, and later in Paris and Berlin, Celibidache’s career in music spanned over five decades, including tenures as principal conductor for the Munich PhilharmonicBerlin Philharmonic and several European orchestras. Later in life, he taught at Mainz University in Germany and the Curtis Institute of Music in PhiladelphiaPennsylvania. Continue reading

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34, is the common Western title for an orchestral work based on Spanish folk melodies and written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in 1887. Rimsky-Korsakov originally intended to write the work for a solo violin with orchestra, but later decided that a purely orchestral work would do better justice to the lively melodies. The Russian title is Каприччио на испанские темы (literally, Capriccio on Spanish Themes). The Capriccio consists of five movements and is scored for 2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes (one doubling English horn), 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, harp and strings.

The work has five movements:

The first movement, Alborada, is a festive and exciting dance, typically from traditional asturian music to celebrate the rising of the sun. It features the clarinet with two solos, and later features a solo violin with a solo similar to the clarinet’s. 

The second movement, Variazioni, begins with a melody in the horn section. Variations of this melody are then repeated by other instruments and sections of the orchestra. 

The third movement, Alborada, presents the same asturian dance as the first movement. The two movements are nearly identical, in fact, except that this movement has a different instrumentation and key. 

The fourth movement, Scena e canto gitano (“Scene and gypsy song”) opens with five cadenzas — first by the horns and trumpets, then solo violin, flute, clarinet, and harp — played over rolls on various percussion instruments. It is then followed by a dance in triple time leading attacca into the final movement. 

The fifth and final movement, Fandango asturiano, is also an energetic dance from the Asturias region of northern Spain. The piece ends with an even more rousing statement of the Alborada theme.

From The Blog – Huff Post Green- Danielle Nierenberg – 11 Chefs Changing the Food System….(but don’t just take my word for it: check it out for yourselves!)

From The Blog - huff Post Green- Danielle Nierenberg - 11 Chefs Changing the Food System

From The Blog – Huff Post Green- Danielle Nierenberg – 11 Chefs Changing the Food System (click to access story….Of forever regret that your didn’t… 😦  )

Crowned Eagle!

lovely picture!

The Crowned Eagle is the most powerful eagle in Africa. It can fly at up to 100 mph silently and kill prey that weigh up to 44 pounds. We saw these eagles hunting in Africa and it was an unbelieveably impressive sight. Mated eagle pairs often hunt together which is what we observed. They are monogamous unless their mate dies, and they return to the same nest for many years.
Crowned Eagles are the only surviving members of their genus, the Madagascar Crowned Hawk Eagle which became extinct about a thousand years ago.
The San Diego Zoo had the first Crowned Eagle hatched in captivity in 1996.
I imagine this is how the eagle might look to it’s prey as it closed in. Rather intimidating no?
If one of these eagles escaped from the zoo and flew over to The Holler, the red-tailed hawks would catch the next air draft…

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Igor Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring

Yoel Levi conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in this studio recording made in 1991. This specific recording of Stravinsky‘s Rite of Spring (aka Le Sacre du Printemps) is owned by Telarc.

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Claudio Arrau Schumann Waldszenen 9 Abschied Op. 82

Claudio Arrau Schumann Waldszenen 9 Abschied Op. 82

Franz Schubert – Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat major, D 929 (Op. 100)

Israel Piano Trio:
Alexander Volkov, piano.
Menahem Breuer, violin.
Marcel Bergman, cello.

Franz Schubert – Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat major, D 929 (Op. 100)
I. Allegro
II. Andante con moto
III. Scherzo, allegro moderato
IV. Allegro moderato

Mozart – Symphony No. 36 in C, K. 425, ‘Linz’

The Symphony No. 36 in C major, KV 425, (known as the Linz Symphony) was written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart during a stopover in the Austrian town of Linz on his and his wife’s way back home to Vienna from Salzburg in late 1783. The entire symphony was written in four days to accommodate the local count’s announcement, upon hearing of the Mozarts’ arrival in Linz, of a concert. The première in Linz took place on 4 November, 1783. The composition was also premièred in Vienna on 1 April, 1784. The autograph score of the “Linz Symphony” was not preserved. The symphony is scored for 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani and strings. There are four movements:
1. Adagio, 3/4 — Allegro spiritoso, 4/4
2. Poco adagio, 6/8
3. Menuetto, 3/4
4. Finale (Presto), 2/4.
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Most likes in one day – Thank You Friends!

Most likes in one day - thank you my friends

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Ottorino Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances Suite III, Under the baguette of Seiji Ozawa

A very special Musical Treat, Friends!

Suite No. 3 (1932)

Suite No. 3 was composed in 1932. It differs from the previous two suites in being arranged for strings only and somewhat melancholy in overall mood. It is based on lute songs by Besard, a piece for baroque guitar by Ludovico Roncalli, and lute pieces by Santino Garsi da Parma and additional anonymous composers.

  1. Italiana (Anonymous: Italiana (Fine sec.XVI) – Andantino)
  2. Arie di corte (Jean-Baptiste Besard: Arie di corte (Sec.XVI) – Andante cantabile – Allegretto – Vivace – Slow with great expression – Allegro vivace – Vivacissimo – Andante cantabile)
  3. Siciliana (Anonymous: Siciliana (Fine sec.XVI) – Andantino)
  4. Passacaglia (Lodovico Roncalli: Passacaglia (1692) – Maestoso – Vivace)
In this Japanese name, the family name is “Ozawa“.

Seiji Ozawa (小澤 征爾 Ozawa Seiji September 1, 1935?) is a Japanese conductor, particularly noted for his interpretations of large-scale late Romantic works. He is most known for his work as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and principal conductor of the Vienna State Opera.


Negoiu prin Strunga Dracului 2011 (I miss Those mountains)

English: Călţun mount, Romania Română: Vârful ...

English: Călţun mount, Romania Română: Vârful Călţun şi Lacul Călţun din Strunga Dracului Magyar: Leszpez-csúcs a Fogarasi-havasokban, Romániában (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Panorama ‘Vanatoarea lui Buteanu’-‘Varful Laitel’ si ‘Negoiu‘ prin ‘Strunga Dracului’. When Backpacking from West to East, you access through the Devil‘s Horn (Strunga Dracului), which always made it more…palatable for me!) THere were no other mechanical devises there 40 years ago but the chain for handrail, in sections on alternating sides of the horn…
Have a great time and thanks to those who made this video

Strunga Dracului

Strunga Dracului (Photo credit: Misantrofia)

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    English: This is the Negoiu Peak from the Faga...

    English: This is the Negoiu Peak from the Fagarasului Mountains. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


La trei pasi de moarte (Muntii Fagaras Romania)

‘Trois-Quart’ Shades of Gray oil Painting (My Art Collection)

'Trois-Quart' Shades of Gray oil Painting (My Art Collection)

‘Trois-Quart’ Shades of Gray oil Painting (My Art Collection) (click to enlarge, in order to appreciate the digital painting)