Daily Archives: October 26, 2013

Ludwig van Beethoven – Romance for Violin & Orchestra No. 1 in G major, Op. 40



Emmy Verhey, Violin.
Brabant Orchestra, Eduardo Marturet

 

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L. Bernstein – Mendelssohn Symphony No.5 in D major/D minor “Reformation” Op.107



Mendelssohn Symphony No.5 in D major/D minor “Reformation” Op.107 Complete

1. Andante — Allegro con fuoco
2. Allegro vivace
3. Andante
4. Andante con moto — Allegro maestoso

NY Philharmonic Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein Conductor

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Flute Quartet #4 in A K 298



The Flute Quartet No. 4 in A major, K. 298, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is Mozart’s final composition for flute quartet. Unlike the previous three quartets, written for the flutist Ferdinand De Jean, the Quartet in A is believed to have been written for recreational purposes, as opposed to on commission. The low Köchel number is misleading. The work is thought to have been written sometime in 1786 or 1787, only a few years before the composer’s death.
It is in three movements:
1. Andante, Theme and variations
2. Menuetto, D major, 3/4
3. Rondeau: [Allegretto grazioso], 2/4
The third movement is notable for its almost humorously detailed tempo indication: “Rondieaoux: Allegretto grazioso, ma non troppo presto, pero non troppo adagio. Così-così—non molto garbo ed espressione” (or, translated, “A joke rondo: Allegretto grazioso, but not too fast, nor too slow. So-so—with great elegance and expression”).
A typical performance lasts about 11 minutes.
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Domenico Cimarosa overture “Cleopatra”


 
 

Domenico Cimarosa (17 December 1749, AversaProvince of Caserta – 11 January 1801, Venice) was an Italian operacomposer of the Neapolitan school. He wrote more than eighty operas during his lifetime, including his masterpiece, Il matrimonio segreto (1792).

Cimarosa was born in Aversa in Campania.  His parents were poor, but, anxious to give their son a good education, they sent him to a free school connected with one of the monasteries in Naples after moving to that city. The organist of the monastery, Padre Polcano, was struck by the boy’s intellect, and voluntarily instructed him in the elements of music and also in the ancient and modern literature of his country. Because of his influence, Cimarosa obtained a scholarship at the musical institute of Santa Maria di Loreto in Naples, where he remained for eleven years, chiefly studying with great masters of the old Italian school; Niccolò PiccinniAntonio Sacchini, and other musicians of repute are mentioned among his teachers.

 

Quotation: Francis Bacon (good old times…)


There is no vice that doth so cover a man with shame, as to be found false and perfidious.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Discuss

 

Today’s Birthday: BERYL MARKHAM (1902)


Beryl Markham (1902)

A British-born Kenyan aviatrix, adventurer, racehorse trainer, and writer, Markham is best remembered for her historic east-to-west solo flight across the North Atlantic in 1936 and for her 1942 memoir West with the Night, which chronicles her many adventures. The book had only modest success at first and soon went out of print, but it was rediscovered and reissued in 1983 and is now considered one of the best adventure books ever written. What controversy arose regarding its authorship? More… Discuss

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: PRESIDENT OF SOUTH KOREA ASSASSINATED BY HIS CHIEF OF INTELLIGENCE (1979)


President of South Korea Assassinated by His Chief of Intelligence (1979)

Park rose through the ranks of the South Korean army and was a member of the military junta that overthrew the civilian government in 1961. Two years later, he was elected president of South Korea. Although his government aided economic progress through export-oriented growth, Park became increasingly dictatorial and was assassinated by his chief of intelligence in 1979—the last of several assassination attempts against him. Who was accidentally murdered in a 1974 attempt on Park’s life? More… Discuss

 

STUDY: WOMEN BETTER MULTITASKERS


There is no easy answer to the question of whichgender is better at juggling multiple tasks. In a recent study of multitasking, women outperformed men and seemed to be more organized under pressure. However, evidence on the issue has generally been mixed, with men surpassing women in some studies and vice versa. This may have to do with the nature of the tasks utilized in the individual studies. The bottom line is that juggling multiple tasks slows everyone—both men and women alike—down while increasing the number of errors made. More… Discuss

 

Word: GUTTERSNIPE


Definition: (noun) A child who spends most of his time in the streets especially in slum areas.
Synonyms: street urchin
Usage: In Shaw’s Pygmalion, an elocution expert plucks a guttersnipe from Covent Garden market and teaches her to talk like a lady. Discuss.