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Antonin Dvorak – Slavonic Dance No. 15 in A major, Op. 72, No. 7

Fabulous Performances: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61

A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a play by William Shakespeare (1564-1616), believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play, categorized as a Comedy, is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the 
stage and is widely performed across the world. [Wikipedia]

In 1826, Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) composed a concert overture, inspired by the play, that was first performed in 1827. In 1842, partly because of the fame of the overture, and partly because his employer King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia liked the incidental music that Mendelssohn had written for other plays that had been staged at the palace in German translation, Mendelssohn was commissioned to write incidental music for a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” that was to be staged in 1843 in Potsdam. He incorporated the existing Overture into the incidental music, which was used in most stage versions through the 19th century. The best known of the pieces from the incidental music is the famous “Wedding March”, frequently used as a recessional in weddings. [Wikipedia]

(00:00) (01) Overture op.21 and Incidental Music op.61
(11:47) (02) No. 1 Scherzo (Act II, scene 1)
(16:32) (03) No. 2
(18:21) (04) —– March of the Fairies
(19:59) (05) No. 3 (Act II, scene 2) Song with Chorus
(24:44) (06) No. 4
(25:22) (07) No. 5 [Intermezzo]
(29:30) (08) No. 7 (Act III, scene 2) [Nocturne]
(35:50) (09) No. 8 (Act IV, scene 1)
(38:23) (10) No. 9 Wedding March
(43:30) (11) No.10 (Act V, scene 1)
(44:15) (12) —– Marcia Funebre
(45:49) (13) No.11 A Dance of Clowns
(47:54) (14) No.12
(49:34) (15) No.13 Finale

Judi Dench (narrator),
Kathleen Battle (soprano),
Frederica von Stade (mezzo-soprano)

Orchestra: Boston Symphony, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

Conductor: Seiji Ozawa.

Great Performances: Felix Mendelssohn – A Midsummer Night’s Dream ARR for piano 4-hands

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809 – 1847)

English description:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Arr for piano 4 Hands

Overture Op.21 from 1826
Incidental music Op.61 from 1842

Artists: Silver Garburg Piano Duo
Arranger: Mendelssohn him self.

Svensk beskrivning:

En midsommarnattsdröm – Arrangerat för 4-händigt piano

Ouveryr Op.21 från 1826
Skådespelsmusiken Op.61 från 1842

Artister: Silver Garburg Piano Duo
Arrangör: Mendelssohn själv

Tracks / Spår:

1. 00:00 Overture / Ouvertyr
2. 11:38 Scherzo
3. 16:03 March of the Elves
4. 17:13 Song with Chorus / Sång med kör: You Spotted Snakes
5. 20:56 Intermezzo
6. 24:21 Notturno
7. 30:52 Wedding march / Bröllopsmarsch
8. 36:19 Feneral march / Sorgmarsch
9. 37:21 The dance of the clowns / Clown-dansen
10. 38:45 Final

Great Performances: S. Ozawa Conducts Ravel’s Pavane pour une Infante Defunte

Maurice Ravel:

Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte,
(Pavane for a Dead Princess), Orchestral Version composed by Ravel in 1910.

Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra

Fabulous Composers/Compositions: Mozart – Symphony No. 35 in D, K. 385 “Haffner”

Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385, was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1782 and is also called the Haffner Symphony.

Symphony was written in the key of D major. The symphony is in four movements:
1. Allegro con spirito, 4/4
2. Andante, 2/4
3. Menuetto, 3/4
4. Presto, 2/2.

It was commissioned by the Haffners, a prominent Salzburg family, for the occasion of Sigmund Haffner’s ennoblement. The Haffner Symphony should not be confused with the eight-movement Haffner Serenade, another piece Mozart wrote on commission from the same family in 1776. The symphony is scored for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in A, 2 bassoons, 2 horns in D and G, 2 trumpets in D, timpani, and strings. Mozart’s choice of key for the Haffner Symphony is an aspect that catches one’s attention. According to Cuyler, “the key of D major, which was so felicitous for the winds, served Mozart more often than any other key, even C, for his symphonies,” including the Paris (No. 31) and Prague (No. 38) symphonies. The key is also indicative of the work’s serenade origins as all of Mozart’s orchestral serenades are scored in D major. 
The Haffner Symphony usually runs somewhere around 20 minutes in length. A recording by George Szell with the Cleveland Orchestra (Sony SBK 46333) runs 19.11; one by Iona Brown with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (Haenssler CD 94.003) is 21.09; and one by Sir Neville Marriner also with the same ensemble (Philips 420 486-2) runs 21.34. 
FREE .mp3 and .wav files of all Mozart’s music at: http://www.mozart-archiv.de/
FREE sheet music scores of any Mozart piece at:http://dme.mozarteum.at/DME/nma/start…
ALSO check out these cool sites: http://musopen.org/
and http://imslp.org/wiki/


Myanmar Independence Day

The southeast Asian country of Burma (renamed Myanmar in 1989 by its military government), was given independence in 1948, when it refused to rejoin the British Commonwealth following Japanese occupation in World War II. The former capital,Yangon (formerly Rangoon), is decorated for Independence Day festivities, and the day is marked by sports and fairs in most cities. Burmese people dress in their national costume, which consists of an aingyi (blouse or shirt) and a longyi (skirt); panthay khowse (noodles and chicken) is traditionally served on this day, as is nga sak kin (curried fish balls). More… Discuss

QUOTATION: Herman Melville about the darkness of human behavior

Of all tools used in the shadow of the moon, men are most apt to get out of order.

Herman Melville (1819-1891) Discuss


Sir Isaac Pitman (1813)

Shorthand writing systems have existed since ancient times, but the one favored by court stenographers is relatively new, introduced by Pitman in 1837. In his phonetic shorthand method, words are written as they sound—”deal,” “may,” and “knife” are spelled “del,” “ma,” and “nif.” Adapted to more than 12 languages, it is one of the most used systems in the world. Phonetics became the family business—Pitman’s grandson invented the initial teaching alphabet. What is Stenographic Soundhand? More… Discuss


Founding of the Fabian Society (1884)

The Fabian Society was formed in 1884 with the goal of establishing a democratic socialist state in Britain. The society’s name derived from Roman commander and statesman Fabius Maximus Cunctator, whose military tactics led to victory over stronger forces. Important early members of the Fabian Society included playwright George Bernard Shaw and sociologist Sidney Webb. In 1906, the group helped organize a separate party that became the Labour Party. Why is the Fabian Society’s symbol a tortoise? More… Discuss


199,000 Disappointed Mars Hopefuls

Are you one of the 1,058 lucky people selected for a possible spot on a one-way trip to Mars? When the call went out for applicants for the Mars One mission, which aims to colonize the Red Planet by 2025, more than 200,000 people responded. There are just 24 spots. Before the final list is drawn up, the shortlisted candidates will have to undergo rigorous testing to ensure that they are both physically and mentally fit enough to endure the challenges of journeying to Mars and establishing a permanentcolony there. More… Discuss



Though their existence is debated due to a lack of records, Jomsvikings are said to have been a selective brotherhood of 10th-century Viking mercenaries with a strict code of conduct. According to accounts, each Jomsviking was expected to defend all others—avenging their deaths if necessary—and could show no fear. Reportedly, a Jomsviking was forbidden to speak ill of his brothers, and all spoils of battle were equally distributed among them. What was the punishment for breaking the rules? More… Discuss