Daily Archives: August 29, 2013


New Impressions from the Trail: Slalom to the top (where the canvas changes daily) (My photo Collection)

This gallery contains 16 photos.

Whittier Water – digital oil painting (my Art Collection)

Whittier Water - digital oil painting (my Art Collection)

Whittier Water – digital oil painting (my Art Collection)


Impressions from the trail: August 28, 2013 (My Photo Collection)

This gallery contains 41 photos.

TCHAIKOVSKY_Meditation Op. 72 No. 5

P.I.Tchaikovsky – Meditation Op.72 No.5, Piano – Tomona Miyazakihttp://tomona.jp

1. The wounded heart
2. Last Spring

Willem Mengelberg
Born: March 28, 1871 – Utrecht,
Holland Died: March 21, 1951 – Chur, Switzerland Grieg(1843-1907)

In the late 1860s Grieg married his cousin, Nina Hagerup, and settled in Christiania (now much less charmingly named Oslo). Life couldn’t have been easy, eking out a living from teaching and conducting, particularly as his over-zealous studies in Leipzig had permanently damaged his health. Then, in 1874, still aged only 31, came a stroke of good fortune: he was awarded a life annuity from the Norwegian government (nice work if you can get it!). Maybe he isn’t exactly a “front rank” composer, but his music is equally capable of charming the simple soul (like me) as it is the not so simple (like Liszt).  Continue reading

Arrau – Bernstein Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58.

“The Amnesty International Concert”

Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Piano Soloist: Claudio Arrau
Orchestra: Bavarian Broadcast Symphony Orchestra
Venue: Munich, Germany
Date: 17/10/1976

I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante con moto
III. Rondo. Vivace

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Claudio Arrau (1903 – 1991)
Leonard Bernstein (1919 – 1990)


Pyotr Tchaikovsky – Souvenir de Florence

Pyotr Tchaikovsky – Souvenir de Florence

The String Sextet in D minor “Souvenir de Florence”, Op. 70, is a string sextet scored for 2 violins, 2 violas, and 2 cellos composed in the European summer of 1890 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Tchaikovsky dedicated the work to the St. Petersburg Chamber Music Society in response to his becoming an Honorary Member. The work, in the traditional four-movement form, was titled “Souvenir de Florence” because the composer sketched one of the work’s principal themes while visiting Florence, Italy, where he composed The Queen of Spades. The work was revised between December 1891 and January 1892, before being premiered in 1892.

1. Allegro con spirito (00:00)
2. Adagio cantabile e con moto (10:16)
3. Allegretto moderato (19:56)
4. Allegro con brio e vivace (26:11)


Martha Argerich plays Franz Liszt – The Piano Sonata in B-Minor S.178

Quotation: Eleanor H. Porter

People radiate what is in their minds and in their hearts. If a man feels kindly and obliging, his neighbors will feel that way, too, before long. But if he scolds and scowls and criticizes—his neighbors will return scowl for scowl, and add interest!

Eleanor H. Porter (1868-1920) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: VIVIEN THEODORE THOMAS (1910)

Vivien Theodore Thomas (1910)

When the Great Depression hit, Thomas was forced to set aside his dreams of becoming a doctor and instead found work as a laboratory assistant to American surgeon Alfred Blalock. He spent the next 34 years working with Blalock and was instrumental in developing a pioneering surgical treatment for tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart malformation. Despite his groundbreaking work, he went unrecognized for many years due to racial prejudices. What honorary degree was conferred upon him in 1976? More… Discuss



Brazilian Runner Attacked by Spectator during Olympic Marathon (2004)

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, Vanderlei de Lima was on track to become the first Brazilian to win an Olympic gold medal in the marathon, leading the pack in the last miles of the race, when he was pushed into the crowd by a spectator named Cornelius Horan, a defrocked Irish priest. De Lima lost about 10 seconds in the incident and finished third. Brazil appealed for de Lima to be awarded a gold medal but was denied. What other sporting event had Horan previously disrupted?More… Discuss



“Cancer” Impacts Patients’ Treatment Preferences

The terminology a doctor uses when breaking the news of a diagnosis to a patient could affect which course of treatment the patient opts for. Women are more likely to choose surgery to treat ductal carcinoma in situ, a non-invasive type of breast lesion, when the word cancer is used in its description. When it is presented to them as “a breast lesion” or “abnormal cells,” as opposed to “non-invasive breast cancer,” they are more open to alternative treatment options like drugs and watchful waitingMore… Discuss



No Man’s Land

No man’s land is territory whose ownership is unclear or under dispute and is often unoccupied. The term—then spelled “nonesmanneslond”—was likely first used in medieval Europe to describe a contested territory or refuse dumping ground between fiefdoms. During WWI, it was used to refer to the land between enemy trenches too dangerous to occupy, and during the Cold War, it became associated with territories near the Iron Curtain. What stretch of no man’s land is known as the “Cactus Curtain“? More… Discuss