Daily Archives: August 13, 2013

John Foulds – Mantra I (of action and vision of terrestrial avataras)

from Three Mantras from Avatara, for orchestra, Op. 61b: Mantra I (Of Action and Vision of Terrestrial Avataras) – Impetuoso

Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; Prelude to Act I; Solti

Wilhelm Richard Wagner
Sir Georg Solti 
Vienna Philharmonic

This piece introduces the first act of the composer’s music drama called The Mastersingers of Nuremberg. Similar to his other operas, he wrote the scenario and libretto in addition to the musical score.


Schubert: Symphony No.4 – Giulini/ODP (1990 Live)

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Symphony No.4 in C minor, D.417 “Tragic”
Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestre de Paris
Salle Pleyel, Paris, 14 11/1990

Quotation George Eliot on about the skill of adaptation

If I got places, sir, it was because I made myself fit for ’em. If you want to slip into a round hole, you must make a ball of yourself.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Today’s Birthday: POPE PIUS VII (1742)

Pope Pius VII (1742)

Pius VII became pope in 1800, at a time of turmoil for the Catholic Church. A decade earlier, during the early stages of the French Revolution, the National Assembly tried to subordinate the Church to the state. In 1801, Pius and Napoleon negotiated an end to the breach, but relations remained strained. In one notable incident, Napoleon took his crown from the pope’s hands during a ceremony and crowned himself. What unusual headgear did Pius VII allegedly wear during his own coronation and why? More…


This Day in the Yesteryear: FINAL PUBLIC EXECUTION IN THE US (1936)

Final Public Execution in the US (1936)

In 1936, convicted rapist Rainey Bethea was sentenced to be hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky, at a time when such hangings were conducted publicly. Because the county sheriff supervising the execution was a woman, the case sparked national press coverage, and up to 20,000 spectators gathered to watch the event, the last of its kind in the US. Two years later, the Kentucky legislature officially put an end to public executions. How did newspaper reports depict the hanging? More…

Illegal Rooftop Mountain Villa Ordered Demolished

A Chinese man illegally constructed a fake mountaintop and villa on the roof of a 26-story high-rise apartment building in Beijing. It is a sight reminiscent of the over-the-top, preposterous lairs belonging to the hapless villain Dr. Evil, of Austin Powers fame, but this is a residential building, not a Hollywood film set. Residents fear the 8,600-sqare-foot (800-sqare-meter) rooftop “mountain” has compromised the structural integrity of the edifice. Authorities have ordered that the addition, which was built without permits, be removed before the end of the month.More…


The Maunder Minimum

The Maunder Minimum was the 70-year period from about 1645 to 1715 when sunspots were exceedingly rare, as noted by the solar observers of the time. The years of the Maunder Minimum coincided with the coldest part of the Little Ice Age, during which Europe and North America were subjected to bitterly cold winters—leading to speculation that the phenomena were related. Astronomer John A. Eddy popularized the concept in his landmark 1976 paper “The Maunder Minimum.” Who was the eponymous Maunder? More…


Gotan Project – Santa Maria (Del Buen Ayre)

Tango Scene from the Movie: Shall We Dance?

Enjoy it! Al Pacino -Scent of a Woman-the brilliant tango

Itzhak Perlman Tango

The House of curves, poetic thought by George-B

The House of curves, poetic thought by George-B

I thought I knew your curves…
I didn’t get to understand their meaning…
The age old kept secret,
so naturally implanted… in the life of curves…

The smoothness of the skin,
the abysmal directionless  trampoline,
The fall at the end- unbroken, full speed head on,
the trip so memorable, it is forgotten
for one more ride onto the vortexing incline to take effect…

one day it is revealed:

It is the house that always win.


Paganini Caprices in A Op.1 No.24 – Itzhak Perlman, Violin

In A minor Tema con variazioni
Itzhak Perlman, violin

Russian Sailors Dance from The Red poppy

By Reinhold Gliere (1875-1956) Transcribed for band by Erik Leidzen.
The Red Poppy was a ballet written for the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow in 1927, by Ukrainian-born Reinhold Gliere. The ballet tells the story of the up-rising of Chinese workers in a seaport, a Russian captain who tries to help, and a young woman worker who falls in love with him. Gliere uses many of his native folk tunes in the ballet, the most famous of which is the Sailors Dance. Based on a folk song known as Yablochka (little angel), the piece is a theme and variations that gains speed and energy as it reaches its conclusion.


Haydn Symphony No 103 ‘Drumroll’ E flat major Minkowski

The Symphony No. 103 in E-flat major, Hoboken 1/103, is the eleventh of the twelve so-called London Symphonies written by Joseph Haydn. This symphony is nicknamed “The Drumroll”, after the long roll on the timpani with which it begins.
Composition and premiere
The symphony was the last but one of twelve that were composed for performance in England during Haydn’s two journeys there (1791–1792, 1794–1795). Haydn’s music was well known in England well before the composer traveled there, and members of the British musical public had long expressed the wish that Haydn would visit. The composer’s reception in England was in fact very enthusiastic, and the English visits were one of the most fruitful and happy periods of the composer’s life. Haydn composed the “Drumroll” Symphony while living in London during the winter of 1794–1795. Continue reading