Daily Archives: December 10, 2013

Great Performances: Beethoven’s “Overture König Stephan” with Leonard Bernstein

Overture König Stephan, op. 117
by Ludwig van Beethoven
Wiener Philharmoniker
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

Mozart Rondo for Horn and Orchestra in Eb K 371

Martha Argerich, Mazurka Op 59 No 1, Chopin Competition 1965

From the Chopin Competition in 1965.

Mazurka Op. 59, No. 1 in A Minor.

Music by Frederic Chopin.

Quotation: Gilbert Chesterton

Very few reputations are gained by unsullied virtue.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Today’s Birthday: MAX BORN (1882)

Max Born (1882)

A prominent German physicist, Born taught theoretical physics at the University of Göttingen from 1921 to 1933, until Nazi policies forced him—a person of Jewish descent—to flee to England, where he continued to teach at the university level. He made contributions to various branches of physics, including solid-state physics and optics, but his most important work was that related to quantum mechanics—work that earned him a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1954. Born was one of 11 signatories to what? More…



United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Established (1946)

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)—now the United Nations Children’s Fund—was founded in 1946 for the purpose of providing relief to children in countries devastated by World War II. After 1950, it turned to general children’s welfare programs, winning the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1965. Today, it focuses on areas in which relatively small expenditures can have a significant impact. How did its famous “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” fundraising campaign begin? More…


Mid-East Plan to Replenish the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is dying—well, dwindling; the landlocked salt lake, the lowest body of water on Earth, is receding by as much as 3.3 ft (1 m) every year. The lake is fed primarily by the Jordan River, whose waters have been increasingly used for irrigation, greatly reducing inflow to the Dead Sea. Concerns about the loss of this unique natural resource have superseded political divisions, with IsraelJordan, and the Palestinian Authority coming together on a water-sharing deal aimed at replenishing the Dead Sea via a pipeline that will carry Red Sea brine to it from Jordan. Under the agreement, Israel will also provide more drinking water to Jordan and the Palestinian territories. More…

Article: THE PUTTO

The Putto

The chubby, usually naked infants with wings that often appear in Renaissance sculpture and paintings are called putti. Putto is the Italian word for “boy,” and the cherubic putti found in artwork are usually male. Putti were seen primarily on sarcophagi of the 2nd century before experiencing a revival in 15th-century Italy, thanks largely to the work of Donatello, and becoming a common feature of Baroque ceiling frescoes. What other artist painted well-known representations of putti? More…

Petra Jordan – the Treasury as in Indiana Jones the Last Crusade [panoramas.dk/fullscreen]



Petra-Kazneh,-bibleplaces (click to access the panoramic view photo)

Petra Jordan – the Treasury as in Indiana Jones the Last Crusade.

Colosseum Rome – Pictures in 360 degrees Panorama Photo

Colosseum- panoramic view

Colosseum- panoramic view (click to access site)

Colosseum Rome – Pictures in 360 degrees Panorama Photo.

Gingerbread House: Streit’s German Bakery in Downey Tel: (562) 923-0844 Fax: (562) 923-1313

Gingerbread House: Streit Bakery in Downey

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Self Importance, poetic thought by George-B

Self Importance, poetic thought by George-B

Tonight the Maker protects Creation
from the cold of the Earth
by covering it
with a thick blanket of clouds…
The rest of the Universe is thankful:
What goes on on Earth, stays on Earth

Puer natus in Bethlehem – Michael Praetorius – Sinfonietta – Sydney Youth Orchestra – SYO

Puer natus in Bethlehem – by Michael Praetorius. Performed by Sinfonietta string orchestra conducted by Michael Thrift.http://syo.com.au

“In the 1590s Michael Praetorius settled in Wolfenbüttel as organist to Duke Heinrich Julius of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel and was later appointed court Kapellmeister. In 1613 he moved temporarily to Dresden, at the request of the Elector of Saxony, returning to Wolfenbüttel in 1616, although continuing to undertake other work, not least in the re-organization of musical establishments. His writings on music include the important Syntagma musicum, the second volume of which gives useful information on the musical instruments of his time.

Church Music

Descended from a family of strict Lutheran persuasion, Praetorius based a great deal of his music on Lutheran hymns and on the Latin Lutheran liturgy of the time. His Musae Sioniae, in nine parts, contains a variety of Lutheran church music, polyphonic and homophonic, with a number of works which have become a well enough known part of present choral and hymn repertoire, in particular the familiar carol Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (A Rose has grown), In dulci jubilo and Puer natus in Bethlehem (A Boy is born in Bethlehem).

Instrumental Music

Instrumental music by Michael Praetorius is confined to his collection of dances, Terpsichore. A set of organ chorales is included in the seventh book of Musae Sioniae.” Source:http://www.naxos.com

This performance is part of the Sydney Youth Orchestra family concert on 19 June 2011 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia.




Daniel Barenboim – Manuel de Falla – Nights in Spanish Gardens


Daniel Barenboim piano
Manuel de Falla – Nights in Spanish Gardens
Chicago Symphony Orchestra

1. In the Generalife
2. Distant dance
3. In the Gardens of the Sierra de Córdoba

Vienna Boys Choir: Still, Still weil’s Kindlein Shlafen…

Another german/austrian christmas Song: 

Still, Still weil’s Kindlein schlafen will

Still, still, still,
Weil‘s Kindlein schlafen will.
Die Englein tun schön jubilieren,
Bei dem Kripplein musizieren.
Still, still, still,
Weil’s Kindlein schlafen will.

English Translation (Frank 2000): 
Still, still, still,
Let baby sleep its fill,
The angels are all jubilating
By the manger, music making.
Still, still, still,
Let baby sleep its fill.


Mozart – String Quartet No. 19 in C, K. 465 (Dissonance)

The String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, KV. 465 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, nicknamed “Dissonance” on account of its unusual slow introduction, is perhaps the most famous of his quartets. It is the last in the set of six quartets composed between 1782-1785 that he dedicated to Joseph Haydn.
According to the catalog of works Mozart began early the preceding year, the quartet was completed on January 14, 1785. As is normal with Mozart’s later quartets, it is in four movements:
1. Adagio-Allegro
2. Andante cantabile – in F major
3. Menuetto. Allegro. (C major, trio in C minor)
4. Allegro molto
The first movement opens with ominous quiet Cs in the cello, joined successively by the viola (on A♭ moving to a G), the second violin (on E♭) and the first violin (on A), thus creating the “dissonance” itself and narrowly avoiding a greater one. This lack of harmony and fixed key continues throughout the slow introduction before resolving into the bright C major of the Allegro section of the first movement, which is in sonata form. Mozart goes on to use chromatic and whole tone scales to outline fourths. Arch shaped lines emphasizing fourths in the first violin (C – F – C) and the violoncello (G – C – C’ – G’) are combined with lines emphasizing fifths in the second violin and viola. Over the barline between the second and third measures of the example a fourth-suspension can be seen in the second violin’s tied C. In another of his string quartets, KV 464, such fourth-suspensions are also very prominent.
The second movement is in sonatina form, i.e. lacking the development section. Alfred Einstein writes of the coda of this movement that “the first violin openly expresses what seemed hidden beneath the conversational play of the subordinate theme.” The third movement is a minuet and trio, with the exuberant mood of the minuet darkening into the C minor of the trio. The last movement is also in sonata form. 
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Great Performances: Bernstein Beethoven Leonore Overture Nº3

Leonore Overture Nº 3 in C major, Op. 72b

The Amnesty International Concert

Orchestra: Bavarian Broadcast Symphony Orchestra
Venue: Munich, Germany.
Date: 17/10/1976

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Leonard Bernstein (1918 – 1990)

QUOTATION: Lucy Maud Montgomery about words and feelings

Terrible emotions always do sound foolish when we put them into our inadequate words. They are not meant to be spoken—only felt and endured.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) Discuss

Giacomo Puccini – Suor Angelica (Intermezzo)

Today’s Birthday: THOMAS HOPKINS GALLAUDET (1787)

Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet (1787)

A promising student with varied interests, Gallaudet earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale, after which he attended seminary and became a preacher. However, upon meeting 9-year-old Alice Cogswell, the deaf daughter of a neighbor, his interests turned to education of the deaf. He traveled to Europe to study the latest methods, including sign language, and returned to found the first American free school for the deaf. Who founded the university for the deaf named for Gallaudet? More… Discuss


Imperial Japanese Navy Sinks Two British Warships (1941)

Japanese aggression in late 1941 prompted Britain to send two of their largest warships—HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse—to the Pacific as a deterrent. However, war in the Pacific escalated with the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7. Three days later, Japanese forces destroyed the Prince of Wales and Repulse near Singapore. The warships were the first sunk by aircraft while at sea. How did British Prime Minister Winston Churchill react to the sinkings? More… Discuss



Parents Planning to Fly with Children, Take Note

With the Christmas holiday fast approaching, many are girding themselves for the stresses of travel that lie ahead. Those flying somewhere will have to contend with the usual airport frustrations—delayed and cancelled flights—as well as crowded planes and annoying passengers. Interestingly, American travelers in a recent survey by online travel site Expedia.com ranked the “Inattentive Parent” the most annoying type of traveler with whom to share a flight, ahead of the “Rear Seat Kicker,” the “Aromatic Passenger,” and the “Boozer.”More… Discuss



Noblesse Oblige

The French phrase noblesse oblige means “nobility obliges” and implies that with wealth, power, and prestige come responsibilities. The phrase has been more broadly used to describe the motivation of those who help the less fortunate. The concept has been referenced by diverse authors through the centuries, including Homer, Honoré de Balzac, and William Faulkner, and has even been cited in modern legal writings. What Disney movie directly references noblesse oblige in one of its songs? More… Discuss




Definition: (verb) To fill with delight.
Synonyms: enchantenthrallravishtransport
Usage: The Harry Potter books have enraptured millions of young readers. Discuss.