Daily Archives: October 27, 2013

Frantisek Ignac Tuma (1704-1774) Sinfonia in b flat major



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
František Ignác Antonín Tůma (Kostelec nad OrlicíBohemia,
October 2, 1704 – Vienna, January 30, 1774) was an important Czech composer of the Baroque era. Born in Kostelec nad Orlici, Bohemia, he lived the greater part of his life inVienna, first as director of music for Count Franz Ferdinand Kinsky, later filling a similar office for the widow of Emperor Karl VI. He was an important late-baroque composer, organist, gambist and theorbist.

Tůma’s music belongs stylistically to the late Baroque. His sacred works, which were known to Haydn and Mozart, were noted by his contemporaries for their solidity of texture and their sensitive treatment of the text as well as for their chromaticism. His instrumental music includes trio and quartet sonatas, sinfonias and partitas, mostly for strings and continuo; some of them were clearly intended for orchestral use.

Among his sacred works we find some 65 masses, 29 psalms and 5 settings of the Stabat Mat

 

Frederick Delius – On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring


On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring is a tone poem composed in 1912 by Frederick Delius CH; it was first performed in Leipzig on 23 October 1913. It is the first of “Two Pieces for Small Orchestra”, the second piece being Summer Night on the River, although these have for many years existed separately on recordings and in the concert hall.

The piece opens with a slow three-bar sequence; its first theme is an exchange of cuckoo calls, first for oboe, then for divided strings. The second theme is scored for first violins, and is taken from a Norwegian folk song, “In Ola Valley”, which was brought to his attention by the Australian composer and folk-song arranger Percy Grainger. (The theme was also quoted by Edvard Grieg in his 19 Norwegian Folksongs, Op. 66.) The clarinet returns with the cuckoo calls before the piece ends in pastoral fashion. (Courtesy of Wikipedia).

I took these photographs of places in and around the Derbyshire Peak District: places just outside include the villages of Kirk Ireton and Brassington, which I shot today, and after a very long Winter and cold spring it truly felt like the first day of Spring! I have seen swallows return within the last week, but as yet haven’t heard a cuckoo. It won’t be long now though, and is always a joy!

For more videos and other information about the Peak District please visit Let’s Stay Peak District at http://www.peakdistrict-nationalpark.com

Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields
Conductor: Sir Neville Marriner
A Decca Recording

 

Carl Maria von Weber – Polonaise Brillante, Op. 72 (arr. Franz Liszt)



Jerome Rose, piano. Philharmonia Hungarica, Richard P. Kapp.

 

Quotation/Definition: Ambrose Bierce


Ocean, n.: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man—who has no gills.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: AUGUSTE ESCOFFIER (1846)


Auguste Escoffier (1846)

Escoffier was a legendary French chef credited with inventing peach Melba and other classic dishes. He began his career in his uncle’s kitchen, and by the time he retired some 60 years later, he had directed the kitchens of several grand European hotels and earned himself a reputation as the “Emperor of Chefs.” In 1903, he published Le Guide Culinaire, which contains 5,000 recipes and is still used today as both a cookbook and cooking textbook. How did peach Melba get its name? More… Discuss

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: MAXENTIUS BECOMES EMPEROR OF ROME (306 CE)


Maxentius Becomes Emperor of Rome (306 CE)

Shortly after Roman co-emperors Diocletian and Maximian retired, Maximian’s successor, Constantius, died. The Romans, discontented with the shift of power away from Rome, supported Maximian’s son, Maxentius, who claimed the throne. His father came out of retirement to help him when Severus and Galerius claimed the throne and tried to overthrow him. Severus was compelled to surrender, and Galerius withdrew. Maxentius and his father fell out, however, and Maxentius was defeated by whom in 312 CE? More… Discuss

 

COSTCO


Costco

The first Price Club opened in 1976 in an airplane hangar previously owned by Howard Hughes, and the first Costco opened in 1983. The two merged in 1993, and Costco is now the largest membership warehouse chain in the US. Costco sells items, often in bulk, at low prices in its unadorned warehouses, displaying products on pallets. The company maintains a markup limit of 15 percent, and will not stock a product if it deems the price too high. What did Costco refuse to sell for this reason in 2009? More…Discuss

 

DANGER ON THE ROADS


Danger on the Roads

Spending hours at the wheel can make anyone sleepy, but for truck drivers, whose livelihoods depend on how quickly they can get to their destinations, taking a break is often not seen as an option. Instead, many truckers opt for alcohol or other mind-altering substances, like marijuana, amphetamines, and cocaine, to keep them on the road. An analysis of 36 studies shows that this is going on all over the world in varying degrees. Substance use seems to be linked to poor working conditions, suggesting that taking steps to improve working conditions for truckers could reduce this dangerous practice. More… Discuss

 

Nicolae Furdui-Iancu : Săracă inima mea



http://www.nicolaefurduiiancu.ro/

 

*So sad to hear about Lou’s passing today at the age of 71: “Walk On The Wild Side”



*So sad to hear about Lou’s passing today at the age of 71. There will never be another one like you Lou. A true original and pioneer. Like The Who said in their Facebook status: “Walk On the Peaceful Side”*

“Walk On The Wild Side” from Lou Reed’s 1972 second solo album, Transformer, after leaving the Velvet Underground did not chart in the top 10 on Billboard. Some of the songs that year that did chart in the top 10 were: Gilbert O’Sullivan‘s “Alone Again (Naturally),” Mac Davis “Don’t Get Hooked On Me,” and Wayne Newton “Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast.” I’d say “Walk On The Wild Side” is just as memorable, if not more so than those ones. My favorite part of the song is probably the saxophone solo at the end 3:44

To say the least, this song was highly controversial when it came out considering it is about transvestites who come to NYC for prostitution. They would say to their potential customers, “Take a walk on the wild side!” Lou Reed once said about the song: “I always thought it would be fun to introduce people to characters they maybe hadn’t met before, or hadn’t wanted to meet.” What an amazing storyteller and lyrical genius Lou Reed was. 

Try to find another song from this time period where the artist talks about subjects such as “giving head,” I doubt you can find another! He was writing about things that, frankly, almost no other artist at that time would even consider writing or singing about. Lou was well before his time, and has inspired countless artists from all genres. What a classic, classic song! Still no song like it to this day. What artist other than Lou could get away with lyrics like: “And the colored girls go doo do doo, doo do doo, doo do doo”?! The lyrics are way too clever and fun not to post in the description so here they are:

Lyrics:

Holly came from Miami, F.L.A.
Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A.
Plucked her eyebrows on the way
Shaved her legs and then he was a she
She says, ‘Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side’
He said, ‘Hey honey, take a walk on the wild side’

Candy came from out on the island
In the backroom she was everybody’s darlin’
But she never lost her head
Even when she was giving head
She says, ‘Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side’
He said, ‘Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side’

And the colored girls go
Doo do doo, doo do doo, doo do doo

Little Joe never once gave it away
Everybody had to pay and pay
A hustle here and a hustle there
New York City’s the place where they said
‘Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side’
I said, ‘Hey Joe, take a walk on the wild side’

Sugar plum fairy came and hit the streets
Lookin’ for soul food and a place to eat
Went to the Apollo, you should’ve seen ’em go go go
They said, ‘Hey sugar, take a walk on the wild side’
I said, ‘Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side’
Alright, huh

Jackie is just speeding away
Thought she was James Dean for a day
Then I guess she had to crash
Valium would have helped that bash
She said, ‘Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side’
I said, ‘Hey honey, take a walk on the wild side’

And the colored girls say
Doo do doo, doo do doo, doo do doo

Just a thought: “Corruption rises to the top, just like truth does, in spite of efforts by the corrupts to keep it submerged”!


Just a thought: “Corruption rises to the top, just like truth does, in spite of efforts by the corrupts to keep it submerged!”

Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald op.325 – Johann Strauss II



Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald op.325 (Tales from Vienna Woods). Author: Johann Strauss II (1825-1899).
Conductor: Willi Boskovsky & Wiener Philharmoniker
Picture: Vienna Woods

Happy Birthday Paganini: Violin Concerto No.1in D major, Op. 6 Igor Violin: Pigayzen


N. Paganini – I Koncert skrzypcowy D-dur op. 6/ N. Paganini – Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 6
Opera i Filharmonia Podlaska Europejskie Centrum Sztuki/The Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic European Art Centre. 
Emin Guven Yaslicam – dyrygent/conductor.
Igor Pikayzen – skrzypce/violin.
Orkiestra Opery i Filharmonii Podlaskiej/The Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

Quotation: Willa Cather about married men


Men are all right for friends, but as soon as you marry them they turn into cranky old fathers, even the wild ones. They begin to tell you what’s sensible and what’s foolish, and want you to stick at home all the time. I prefer to be foolish when I feel like it, and be accountable to nobody.

Willa Cather (1873-1947) Discuss

 

Today’s Birthday: NICCOLÒ PAGANINI (1782) Leonid Kogan plays “La Campanella”


Niccolò Paganini (1782)

An Italian violinist and composer whose virtuosity is the stuff of legend, Paganini was playing with an orchestra by the age of nine. By the time he reached adulthood, the renowned violinist had also earned a reputation as a shameless womanizer and inveterate gambler. The latter vice once even cost him his prized violin. Nevertheless, he had a profound influence on the evolution of violin technique. Why did the Catholic Church deny him burial in consecrated ground for years following his death? More… Discuss

This Day in the Yesteryear: THE FIRST UNDERGROUND LINE OF THE NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY OPENS (1904)


The First Underground Line of the New York City Subway Opens (1904)

Now an integral part of New York City culture, the NYC subway opened its first underground line in 1904—about 35 years after service began on the first elevated line. The subway’s early popularity was highlighted in songs like “Take the ‘A’ Train” and publicity contests like “Miss Subways.” Millions of people now ride the city’s subways every day, consistently crowding some trains well beyond capacity. What 1888 natural disaster boosted support for the creation of an underground transit system? More… Discuss

 

GENETIC MUTATION SLOWS METABOLISM


Genetic Mutation Slows Metabolism

Obesity has long been viewed as a controllable condition that results from a combination of laziness and a lack of self-control. Although it is true that eating too much and exercising too little are factors in weight gain, scientific evidence is increasingly pointing to biological contributors as well. Researchers have found a genetic mutation that seems to increase appetite and slow metabolism. Many with this mutation are severely obese by early childhood. Previous research has uncovered several other genes that predispose people to obesityMore… Discuss

 

THE BABINGTON PLOT


The Babington Plot

Mary Queen of Scots was the Catholic monarch during the Scottish Reformation. Forced to abdicate, she fled to England and was welcomed but then imprisoned by Elizabeth I, who considered Mary a threat due to her Catholicism and her strong claim to the throne through her grandmother, Margaret Tudor. During her 18-year imprisonment, Mary endlessly schemed to gain her freedom but was beheaded when the Babington Plot—to murder Elizabeth and place Mary on the throne—was discovered. Who was Babington? More… Discuss

 

Preview: The Deputy Director – 60 Minutes – CBS News


Preview: The Deputy Director – 60 Minutes – CBS News.

Infection Warning


 

Infection Warning.

The Simpsons: Goodbye, Edna Krabappel – Telegraph Blogs


 

The Simpsons: Goodbye, Edna Krabappel – Telegraph Blogs.

US ‘operates 80 listening posts worldwide, 19 in Europe, and snooped on Merkel mobile 2002-2013’ – Telegraph


 

US ‘operates 80 listening posts worldwide, 19 in Europe, and snooped on Merkel mobile 2002-2013’ – Telegraph.

Deep Soul – How Muscle Shoals became musics most unlikely hit factory


Deep Soul – How Muscle Shoals became musics most unlikely hit factory.