Daily Archives: December 30, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RGiVwM2m18



British Army musicians entertained unsuspecting passersby with a flashmob performance in Birmingham‘s Chamberlain Square. The 60 professionals, from both Regular and Reserve bands, performed the big band classic “Sing, Sing, Sing“, by Louis Prima.

The Corps of Army Music is the largest employer of professional musicians in the UK. Read more about what they do, and how to join the professionals, at http://www.army.mod.uk/music.

The British Army offers world-class training and the opportunity to travel. Being a musician with the Corps of Army Music is just one of 220 roles available. Visit http://www.army.mod.uk/join to find out about becoming a full-time or part-time soldier — and to complete your online application.

 

British Library: Psalms in English verse (girdle book) )visit the library – widget)


Binding

Author John Croke (translator)
Title Psalms in English verse (girdle book)
Origin England, S. E. (London)
Date c. 1540
Language English
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 1 miniature of Henry VIII, in colours and gold (f. 1v). Small initials plain in silver on red grounds or in gold on blue grounds.
Dimensions in mm 40 x 30 (30 x 20)
Official foliation ff. 104 (+ 1 original parchment double-leaf, glued together, at the beginning, and 1 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Pre-1600. Original worked gilt covers (metalwork) with clasp and girdle loops.
Provenance ? Anne Boleyn (born c. 1500, d. 1536), queen of England, second consort of Henry VIII: The volume corresponds with one described in George Wyat, Extracts from the Life of Queen Anne Boleigne: Written at the close of the XVIth century, and now first printed (London: [privately printed], 1817), p. 29; Wyat notes that it was traditionally said to have been given by Anne Boleyn, when on the scaffold, to one of her maids of honour, a lady of the family of Wyat. 
? George Wyat, 1817: see above, where he states that the described volume is in his possession.
Richard Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville (b. 1776, d. 1839), 1st duke of Buckingham and Chandos, of Stowe House, near Buckingham: inscribed with the press-mark ‘Appendix in vol. 1 … no. 27’ (f. ), corresponding to his catalogue (O’Conor 1818-1819).
Richard Plantagenet Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville (b. 1797, d. 1861), 2nd duke of Buckingham and Chandos; sold in 1849 to Lord Ashburnham.
Bertram Ashburnham (b. 1797, d. 1878), 4th earl of Ashburnham, of Ashburnham Place, Sussex.
Bertram Ashburnham (b. 1840, d. 1913), 5th earl of Ashburnham: purchased by the British Museum from him together with 1084 other Stowe manuscripts in 1883.

King Henry VIII

NEW WIDGET AT EUZICASA: THE BRITISH LIBRARY


THE BRITISH LIBRARY (ACCESS HERE)

THE BRITISH LIBRARY (ACCESS HERE)

British Library Series: A splendid Carolingian copy of the Four Gospels


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On Christmas day 800 the Frankish king Charlemagne was crowned emperor by the pope in Rome. Charlemagne was not only a great political and military leader, but also a scholar and patron of the arts who invited the most learned men of the day to his court. Some particularly lavish books were produced in the Carolingian period—this image shows a jewelled ‘treasure’ binding surviving on a manuscript written at Tours probably in the 820s. Very few medieval manuscripts still have their original bindings, although it is clear from accounts in saints’ lives and other literature that illuminated books were often given valuable covers. This example contains the bones of saints set within its wooden binding boards, making it also a reliquary. Part of its decoration was reconstructed in the nineteenth century.

 

 

Mozart – Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K. 452



The Quintet in E flat major for Piano and Winds, K. 452, was completed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on March 30, 1784 and premiered two days later at the Imperial and Royal National Court Theater in Vienna. Shortly after the premiere, Mozart wrote to his father that “I myself consider it to be the best thing I have written in my life.” It is scored for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon. There are three movements:
1. Largo – Allegro moderato
2. Larghetto
3. Allegretto
This structure closely resembles that of a typical sonata. The first movement is a sprightly sonata form Allegro, with themes being passed from instrument to instrument, usually with the piano introducing a theme and accompanying while the oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon play variations on it. The Larghetto movement is typical of the 2nd movement of other Mozart pieces: soft and gentle, yet still engaging. The Allegretto movement is a “sonata-rondo” of the kind Mozart used as the finale of many of the piano concertos he was writing at this period, and contains a written-out cadenza-like section toward the end.
This piece was the inspiration for the Quintet in E flat for Piano and Winds, Op. 16, by Ludwig van Beethoven, who composed this tribute in 1796. Both compositions use the same scoring. 
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Antonín Dvořák – Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 10



Symfonie č. 3 Es dur, Op. 10

00:00 Allegro moderato
11:33 Adagio molto, tempo di marcia
28:27 Finale. Allegro vivace

Czech philharmonic orchestra, Václav Neumann

Česká filharmonie, Václav Neumann
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Symphony no.3 in E flat major was premiered by Bedřich Smetana in 1874. It was a great moment for young Dvořák, because it was his first big score played in public. You can heard in this symphony typical dvořák’s melodies but also some inspiration from Liszt or Wagner (work with motives, harmonies).

 

Vadim Repin Symphonie espagnole de Edouard Lalo Myung Whun Chung Philharmonique de Radio France



Vadim Repin Symphonie espagnole de Edouard Lalo direction Myung-Whun Chung Philharmonique de Radio France

 

Great Performances: Edouard Lalo-Cello Concerto in D minor



Leonard Rose: cello-Philadelphia Orchestra-Eugene Ormandy: conductor-1967

 

QUOTATION: George Eliot ON SAFETY


A man will tell you that he has worked in a mine for forty years unhurt by an accident as a reason why he should apprehend no danger, though the roof is beginning to sink.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

 

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: JAIME ALFONSO ESCALANTE GUTIERREZ (1930)


Jaime Alfonso Escalante Gutierrez (1930)

The subject of the acclaimed 1988 film Stand and Deliver, Escalante was a math teacher who, with his unconventional teaching style, dedication, and complete faith in his students’ potential, created a successful advanced placement—or college level—calculus program at a high school in a poor East Los Angeles neighborhood. In 1982, when 18 of his students received perfect or near-perfect scores on a national exam, they were accused of cheating. What happened when 12 retook the test? More… Discuss

 

QUEEN VICTORIA THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: CHOOSES TO MAKE OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA’S CAPITAL (1857)


Queen Victoria Chooses to Make Ottawa, Ontario, Canada’s Capital (1857)

First inhabited by indigenous tribes, the city that became Ottawa was founded as Bytown in 1827 by John By, an engineer in charge of construction of the Rideau Canal linking Lake Ontario and the Ottawa River. In the 1850s, the city was renamed Ottawa—after the Algonquian-speaking Ottawa tribe—when it fell into competition with major cities like Montreal and Toronto to be named capital of the Province of Canada, which comprised modern-day Ontario and Quebec. Why did Queen Victoria choose Ottawa? More… Discuss

 

YELLOWSTONE SUPERVNEWS: OLCANO MORE THAN TWICE AS LARGE AS PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT


Yellowstone Supervolcano More than Twice as Large as Previously Thought

The supervolcano that sits beneath America‘sYellowstone National Park and fuels such geothermal wonders as Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs is two and a half times larger than previously estimated. Scientists mapped the magma chamber underneath the Yellowstone caldera by analyzing seismic data and determined that it is 55 miles (88.5 km) long, 18 miles (29 km) wide, and contains 48 to 144 cubic miles (200 to 600 cubic km) of molten rock. If it were to erupt, the damage would be catastrophic and the effects felt worldwide. The supervolcano has erupted just three times in the past 2.1 million years. The last eruption was 640,000 years ago. More… Discuss

 

ARTICLE: THE TREPOV INCIDENT


The Trepov Incident

In July 1877, a Soviet political prisoner refused to remove his cap in the presence of St. Petersburg governor Theodore Trepov, a colonel known for violently suppressing rebellions. In retaliation, Trepov ordered that the man be flogged, which outraged Vera Zasulich, a fellow prisoner allied with a revolutionary group. In January 1888, Zasulich wounded Trepov with a revolver shot. In the trial that followed, a sympathetic jury found Zasulich not guilty. What happened to her? More… Discuss

 

WORD: CALCAREOUS


calcareous 

Definition: (adjective) Of, containing, or resembling calcium carbonate.
Synonyms: chalky
Usage: Immense accumulations of bird-guano gave the sides of Mount Mendif the appearance of calcareous rocks. Discuss.

 

Vespasian Psalter at British Library (visit The British Library here)


Phryne Fisher_ Kerry Greenwood (they speak French not frankglish)


Phryne Fisher_ Kerry Greenwood

Phryne Fisher_ Kerry Greenwood (click for the site)

EGG SANDWICH

Ten Eggs
Parsley
mayonnaise
salt and pepper
loaf of firm wholemeal bread, all crusts cut off, buttered

Boil new laid eggs for ten minutes. One egg per sandwhich. Immediately plunge them into cold water so that the yolks do not darken. When almost cold peel them and slice or chop them. Mix the eggs with a tablespoon of minced parsley and enough mayonnaise to make a nice texture. Add salt and pepper and lay the egg mixture on the buttered bread. Egg sandwiches are traditionally cut into squares.

 

Vespasian Psalter at British Library (visit The British Library here)


Vespasian Psalter_ British Lybrary_25668_2

Vespasian Psalter_ British Library_25668_2 (click to access Website)

“In Anglo-Saxon EnglandJerome’s first translation of the Psalms, the Roman version, continued to be copied, and this is the earliest surviving example of it. An Old English translation was added in the ninth century above the Latin text; this addition is the oldest extant translation into English of any biblical text. This copy was made in Kent in the first half of the eighth century, perhaps at Canterbury. As in the Lindisfarne Gospels, the frame around the picture incorporates spirals of Celtic origin. On the right is the beginning of Psalm 27 (in modern numbering) with an initial D(ominus) (Lord) with an image David with Jonathan, the earliest surviving English biblical example of an initial with a narrative scene.”

BBC News – National aquarium: Moving 2,500 underwater creatures to a new home


BBC News – National aquarium: Moving 2,500 underwater creatures to a new home.

Netflix reportedly plans streaming purge for January 1 | Internet & Media – CNET News


 

Netflix reportedly plans streaming purge for January 1 | Internet & Media – CNET News.