Daily Archives: July 20, 2013

Quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson on people- how to treat them!

Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: LOUISE BLANCHARD BETHUNE (1856)

Louise Blanchard Bethune (1856)

Bethune was the first professional woman architect in the US and the first woman elected to the American Institute of Architects. After high school, she became an apprentice at a Buffalo, New York, architectural firm where she met her future husband, architect Robert Bethune. They married in 1881 and opened their own firm, which designed several hundred buildings throughout New York in the Romanesque revival style popular in the late 19th century. What building is considered her masterpiece? More… Discuss



Marie Besnard Charged with Multiple Murders (1949)

Between 1927 and 1947, 13 of Besnard’s family members and friends died under mysterious circumstances, and she became a wealthy woman by inheriting their fortunes. She gave bizarre explanations for some of the deaths, such as claiming that two people had eaten lye they mistook for a dessert. Her second husband remarked that he thought she was poisoning him, prompting the police to investigate his death. When they exhumed his body, they found arsenic. Why was Besnard acquitted of murder charges?More… Discuss


Cancer-Sniffing Surgical Knife Could Improve Outcomes

A new electrosurgical knife that uses heat to cut through tissue and then almost instantly analyzes the smoke given off for signs of cancer could revolutionize the practice of oncological surgeryRemoving cancerous growths is a difficult task, and cancer patients frequently end up needing a second operation to remove bits of tumor missed during the first. The knife’s developers believe it will cut down on the length of cancer surgeries, improve accuracy in the operating room, and improve outcomes overall. More… Discuss



Colma, CA

There is a good reason the motto of residents of Colma, California, is “It’s great to be alive in Colma!” The Bay Area city was founded as a necropolis in 1924 and is now home to 18 cemeteries—17 for humans and one for pets—containing the final resting places of Joe DiMaggio, Wyatt Earp, and William Randolph Hearst, among many others. Most of the city’s land is devoted to memorial parks. What city once passed an ordinance evicting all of its cemeteries, resulting in their relocation to Colma? More… Discuss


The Stand Your Ground Law And The Zimmerman Trial


President_Barack_ObamaLast night, I appeared again (here and here) on the PBS Newshour to discuss President Barack Obama’s comments about the Zimmerman trial.  While I usually do not intrude on our weekend guest bloggers, I have received a few emails about a comment that I made about the Stand Your Ground law.  I was commenting on the President’s statement that we need to reexamine the Stand Your Ground law and noted that the law was not in play at the trial.  This led to a few emails objecting that I had ignored the jury instructions that they claim imposed the standard of the SYG law on the jury. I disagree and wanted to briefly explain.  Most were civil and insightful and I thought, after our exchange, it would be good to post a brief discussion on this insular issue from the trial.  There are important things to discuss in…

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J. S. Bach – Trio Sonata for Flutes and Continuo in G Major BWV 1039 – 1. Adagio (1/4)

Rearranged by Bach to become Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord, BWV 1027 (see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q97Qxv… )
Frans Brüggen & Leopold Stasny, Transverse Flute
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Cello 
Herbert Tachezi, Harpsichord

Flute Chamber Music playlist:http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list…

Gioachino Rossini – The Italian Woman in Algiers – Overture

Title : Gioachino Rossini – The Italian Woman in Algiers (L’italiana in Algeri) – Overture

Antonín Dvořák – Legends, Op. 59

Ingryd Thorson & Julian Thurber, piano

Antonín Dvořák – Legends, Op. 59
1. Allegretto non troppo, quasi andantino [D minor] 3’03
2. Molto moderato [G major] 4’08
3. Allegro giusto [G minor] 4’11
4. Molto maestoso [C major] 5’30
5. Allegro giusto [A flat major] 4’16
6. Allegro con moto [C sharp minor] 4’21
7. Allegretto grazioso [A major] 2’14
8. Un poco allegretto e grazioso, quasi andantino [F major] 3’16
9. Andante con moto [D major] 2’27
10. Andante [B flat minor] 3’14


Bach – Sleepers wake

Schubert Symphony No 9 C major “The Great” Karl Bohm Wiener Symphoniker

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:  Franz Schubert‘s Symphony No. 8 in B minor (sometimes renumbered as Symphony No. 7,[1] in accordance with the Neue Schubert-Ausgabe[2]), commonly known as the”Unfinished Symphony” (German: Unvollendete), D.759, was started in 1822 but left with only two movements known to be complete, even though Schubert would live for another six years. A scherzo, nearly completed in piano score but with only two pages orchestrated, also survives. It has long been theorized that Schubert may have sketched a finale which instead became the big B minor entr’acte from his incidental music to Rosamunde, but all the evidence for this is circumstantial.[3] One possible reason for Schubert’s leaving the symphony incomplete is the predominance of the same meter (three-in-a-bar). The first movement is in 3/4, the second in 3/8 and the third (an incomplete scherzo) also in 3/4. Three consecutive movements in basically the same meter rarely occur in symphonies, sonatas or chamber works of the great Viennese composers.Haydn’s Farewell Symphony has been cited as a notable exception; but its finale, though ending with a 3/4 Andante in which all the instruments drop out one by one leaving two duetting solo violinists ending the work in F-sharp major, starts with an orthodox sonata-allegro in the tonic F-sharp minor in common (i.e., duple) time transitioning after the recapitulation to the unorthodox extended slow 3/4 “Farewell” coda in modified sonata form.

Schubert’s Eighth is sometimes called the first Romantic symphony due to its emphasis on expressive melody, vivid harmony and creative combinations of orchestral tone color despite the architecturally imposing Classical sonata-form structures of its two completed movements highlighted by the dramatically climactic development section of the first movement based solely on its quietly sinister opening theme.

To this day, musicologists still disagree as to why Schubert failed to complete the symphony; or even whether he did fail to complete it.[4] Some have speculated that he stopped working on it in the middle of the scherzo in the fall of 1822 because it was associated in his mind with the initial outbreak of syphilis, or simply that he was distracted by the inspiration for his Wanderer Fantasy for solo piano which occupied his time and energy immediately afterward; or perhaps a combination of both factors.


Granados / Alicia de Larrocha, 1961: Seis Piezas Sobre Cantos Populares Españoles – Zapateado

Alicia de Larrocha (1923 – 2009) performs Zapateado from Seis Piezas Sobre Cantos Populares Españoles, by Enrique Granados. This performance originally was recorded by Hispavox circa 1961, then distributed in 1974 under the Musical Heritage Society label (MHS 1870).

Alicia de Larrocha i de la Calle, (Barcelona, 23 de maio de 1923 – Barcelona, 25 de setembro de 2009) foi uma pianista espanhola, reconhecida como a de maior projecção internacional, e uma das melhores intérpretes de piano do século XX especialmente em obras de Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart e no repertório espanhol.

Alicia de Larrocha y de la Calle (23. maj 1923 – 25. september 2009) var en spansk pianist, der blev regnet som en af de bedste i sin generation.

Alicia de Larrocha y de la Calle (* 23. Mai 1923 in Barcelona; † 25. September 2009 ebenda) war eine spanische Pianistin.

Alicia de Larrocha y de la Calle (23. toukokuuta 1923 25. syyskuuta 2009) oli espanjalainen pianisti.

Alicia de Larrocha de la Calle est une pianiste espagnole, née le 23 mai 1923 à Barcelone où elle est morte le 25 septembre 2009 à l’âge de 86 ans.

Алисия де Ларроча и де ла Калье (исп. Alicia de Larrocha y de la Calle; 23 мая 1923(19230523), Барселона — 25 сентября 2009, Барселона) — испанская пианистка. 

Alícia de Larrocha i de la Calle (hiszp. Alicia de Larrocha y de la Calle; ur. 23 maja 1923 w Barcelonie, zm. 25 września 2009 tamże) pianistka katalońska. Uczennica Franka Marshalla. Pierwszy raz wystąpiła publicznie w wieku 6 lat. Zadebiutowała w Wielkiej Brytanii w roku 1953, a w Stanach Zjednoczonych w 1955 (z Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra). Dokonała wielu nagrań, cenione są jej wykonania muzyki kompozytorów hiszpańskich (m.in. Granadosa i Albeniza).

Enrique Costanzo Granados y Campiña (ur. 27 lipca 1867 w Leridzie, Katalonia, zm. 24 marca 1916) hiszpański pianista i kompozytor, współtwórca narodowego stylu w muzyce hiszpańskiej.

Pantaleón Enrique Joaquín Granados y Campiña (Lleida, Catalonië, 27 juli 1867 – op zee (tussen Folkestone en Dieppe), 24 maart 1916) was een Spaans componist, muziekpedagoog en pianist.

Enrique Granados y Campiña (Enric en catalan) (né le 27 juillet 1867, à Lérida décédé le 24 mars 1916, en mer) est un compositeur et pianiste espagnol.

Enric Granados i Campiña (span. Enrique Granados y Campiña) (* 27. Juli 1867 in Lleida, Katalonien; † 24. März 1916 nach der Torpedierung der Kanalfähre Sussex im Ärmelkanal) war ein spanischer Komponist und Pianist.

Enrique Granados y Campiña (Lérida, 27 de julio de 1867 – Canal de la Mancha, 24 de marzo de 1916), generalmente conocido como Enrique Granados fue un compositor y pianista español.

Johannes Brahms: Symphony #4 in e Op 98

Brahms’ legendary fourth symphony, played by the legendary Vienna Philharmonic, conducted by Istvan Kertesz.

1st movement: Beginning
2nd movement: 12:20
3rd movement: 24:07
4th movement: 30:13

Francois Couperin ‘Les Baricades Misterieuses’

A short memorable keyboard piece by French Baroque composer, Francois Couperin (1668~1733)
Wonderfully interpreted by Angela Hewitt on piano.

GIULIO TAMPALINI – Mauro Giuliani: Concerto op. 30

Giulio Tampalini plays “Concerto op. 30” by Mauro Giuliani with Polish Symphony Orchestra, conductor Krzysztof Klima. 

  • I. Allegro II.
  • Siciliana III.
  • Polonaise

Guitar:Philip Woodfield http://www.woodfieldguitars.com

Frederic Chopin – Nocturne in G Major – Op. 37 No. 2

Chopin‘s Nocturne in G Major.

The Nocturne in G major is initially marked as andantino and is in 6/8 meter, remaining so for all 139 measures. It is written in the style of a Venetian barcarolle, which, according to Dubal, is engendered by the main theme’s “euphonious thirds and sixths”. Huneker commented that “pianists usually take the first part too fast, the second too slowly” and play the piece like an étude. Friskin commented that the sixths “require care to get evenness of tone control.” The piece has the structure ABABA, somewhat unusual for a Chopin nocturne. The melody in thirds and sixths is similarly unusual, all other Chopin nocturnes opening with single-voice melodies.

The nocturne has been acclaimed as one of the most beautiful melodies that Chopin has ever composed. 


Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” (No. 9-12)

From Lindorossini:  “At the end of an overlong day laden with teaching and other duties, Edward Elgar lit a cigar, sat at his piano and began idling over the keys. To amuse his wife, the composer began to improvise a tune and played it several times, turning each reprise into a caricature of the way one of their friends might have played it or of their personal characteristics. “I believe that you are doing something which has never been done before,” exclaimed his wife”. Thus, as the legend tells us, was born one of music’s great works of original conception, and Elgar’s greatest large-scale “hit”: the Enigma Variations.

The enigma is twofold: each of the 14 variations refers to a friend of Elgar’s, who is depicted by the nature of the music, or by sonic imitation of laughs, vocal inflections, or quirks, or by more abstract allusions. The other enigma is the presence of a larger “unheard” theme which is never stated but which according to the composer is very well known. A third enigma formed, when I decided to upload the variations, as I am completely baffled about the identity of either the conductor or the orchestra.

But getting back to the work itself, the work contains some most charming and interesting music.

As the piece is about thirty minutes long, I’ve divided it into three parts, each one finishing with a furious allegro passage (and, interestingly enough, the variations go well this way).

VIII. W.N. (allegretto0:00), Winifred Norbury, a gracious and gentle friend, hence the relatively relaxed atmosphere. At the end of this variation, a single violin note is held over into the next variation, the most celebrated of the set. The gentle chirping of the flutes, wonderfully contrasted by the plucking of the strings, paints a most gracious person.

IX. Nimrod (andante; 1:55), Augustus Jaeger, Elgar’s close friend. It is said that this variation, as well as an attempt to capture what Elgar saw as Jaeger’s noble character, depicts a night-time walk the two of them had, during which they discussed the slow movements of Ludwig van Beethoven. The first eight bars resemble, and have been said to represent, the beginning of the second movement of Beethoven’s Eighth Piano Sonata (Pathetique). The name of the variation cunningly refers to an Old Testament patriarch described as a mighty hunter, the name Jaeger being German for hunter. Though certainly the most celebrated of all the variations, I find myself admiring, rather than truly enjoying it, unlike, for example, the previous variation.

X. Dorabella (allegretto:  5:57), Dora Penny, whose infectious laugh is depicted in a repeated line for the the woodwinds.

XI. G.R.S. (allegro di molto: 8:33), George Sinclair, an organist. More specifically, the variation also depicts Sinclair’s bulldog Dan, and a walk by the River Wye with Sinclair and Elgar when Dan fell into the river: one can actually see the dog running back and forth to and away from his master in a frenzy… and then falling into the water. 

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