Daily Archives: January 13, 2014

La Clemenza Di Tito – K. 621 W.A.Mozart (Overture) – Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra-Julio Marić

TVSA (Televizija Sarajevo)
18.12.2009 – Sarajevo National Theater Christmas Gala Sarajevo National Theater´s Choir and Orchestra Conductor: Julio Marić -TV Transmission


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FABULOUS COMPOSERS/COMPOSITIONS: 2013-03-10 Detroit Symphony Civic Philharmonic Orchestra – Civic Family Experience II

0:00 An Outdoor OvertureAaron Copland
10:02 Bloom – Steven Bryant; 
19:08 – Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op.43, Finale – Jean Sibelius.

Music performed by the Detroit Symphony Civic Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Thompson, at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit, Michigan, on March 10, 2013.


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Statue of Bedřich Smetana by the Vltava river

Statue of Bedřich Smetana by the Vltava river (Photo credit: Jorge Lascar)

Má vlast (Czech pronunciation: [maː vlast], meaning”Mycountry/homeland”) is a set of six symphonic poems composed between 1874 and 1879 by the Czech composer Bedřich Smetana. While it is often presented as a single work in six movements and – with the exception of Vltava – is almost always recorded that way, the six pieces were conceived as individual works. They had their own separate premieres between 1875 and 1880; the premiere of the complete set took place on 5 November 1882 in Prague, under Adolf Čech, who had also conducted two of the individual premieres.


In these works Smetana combined the symphonic poem form pioneered by Franz Liszt with the ideals of nationalistic music which were current in the late nineteenth century. Each poem depicts some aspect of the countryside, history, or legends of Bohemia.




The Vltava in Prague


Vltava, also known by its German name Die Moldau (or The Moldau), was composed between 20 November and 8 December 1874 and was premiered on 4 April 1875 under Adolf Čech. It is about 12 minutes long, and is in the key of E minor.


In this piece, Smetana uses tone painting to evoke the sounds of one of Bohemia’s great rivers.[2] In his own words:


The composition describes the course of the Vltava, starting from the two small springs, the Cold and Warm Vltava, to the unification of both streams into a single current, the course of the Vltava through woods and meadows, through landscapes where a farmer’s wedding is celebrated, the round dance of the mermaids in the night’s moonshine: on the nearby rocks loom proud castles, palaces and ruins aloft. The Vltava swirls into the St John’s Rapids; then it widens and flows toward Prague, past the Vyšehrad, and then majestically vanishes into the distance, ending at the Labe (orElbe, in German).


Motif of Vltava


The piece contains Smetana’s most famous tune. It is an adaptation of the melody La Mantovana, attributed to the Italian renaissance tenor Giuseppe Cenci (also known as Giuseppino),[3] which, in a borrowedMoldovan form, was also the basis for the Israeli national anthemHatikvah. The tune also appears in major in an old folk Czech song Kočka leze dírou (“The Cat Crawls Through the Hole”), and Hanns Eislerused it for his “Song of the Moldau”.
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Live: Evgenia Rubinova plays Brahms Capriccio in d op. 116/1

Live: Evgenia Rubinova plays Johannes Brahms Capriccio in d op. 116/1 d-moll

classical, classic, piano, performance


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QUOTATION: Jerome K. Jerome

A good dinner brings out all the softer side of a man. Under its genial influence the gloomy and morose become jovial and chatty.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) Discuss


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Ratification Day

Though most people associate the end of the American Revolution with the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia, in 1781, the war was not officially ended until the Treaty of Paris was ratified on January 14, 1784. The Old Senate Chamber in the Maryland State House at Annapolis has been preserved exactly as it was when the ratification took place. On Ratification Day, the ceremony that takes place inside varies from year to year, but it often revolves around a particular aspect of the original event. More… Discuss


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Hugh Lofting (1886)

Lofting was a British-born author and illustrator best known for his classic children’s books about Doctor Dolittle—a gentle, eccentric physician who shuns human patients in favor of animals, whereupon he learns to speak the language of animals. A civil engineer-turned-writer, Lofting created the Dolittle character to entertain his children in letters he sent home from the front during WWI. He published his stories after the war and won the prestigious Newbery Medal. What else did he write? More… Discuss


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Teenage Heiress Lesley Whittle Kidnapped from Bedroom (1975)

Dubbed the “Black Panther,” Donald Neilson terrorized the UK in the 1970s. Initially a burglar, he began breaking into sub-post offices and murdering workers. He then kidnapped his youngest victim, 17-year-old heiress Lesley Whittle, for a ransom of £50,000. Police ineptitude plagued the case, and the ransom money was not delivered by the demanded deadline. Months later, Whittle’s emaciated body was found hanging from a wire at the bottom of a drainage shaft. How was Neilson captured? More…Discuss


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India Marks Three Years Polio-Free

Since 1995, India has spent $2.5 billion on its campaign to eradicate polio, mobilizing millions to stamp out thecrippling disease. Just a few years ago, hundreds of new polio cases were still being reported there each year, but in 2011, there was just one—the country’s last. Three years have passed since polio was last seen in India, and the World Health Organization (WHO) is set to declare the nation polio-free in the coming months. The only countries where polio remains endemic are Afghanistan, Pakistan, and NigeriaMore… Discuss


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Etiquette (Casiotone for the Painfully Alone a...

Etiquette (Casiotone for the Painfully Alone album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Many areas of public life are governed by codes of etiquette, which we often follow without having to think about them. However, every culture has its own distinct systems of etiquette, so it can be difficult to know how to behave in a new place, especially when conducting business. In Japan, for example, moments of silence are a normal part of conversation, in contrast with the small talk that is expected in some other cultures. What are some other examples of etiquette throughout the world? More… Discuss

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‘Alexandra Leaving’ (FotoSketcher – Stylized Effect ‘Emergence 2’)

'Alexandra Leaving' (FotoSketcher - Stylized Effect 'Emergence 2')

‘Alexandra Leaving’ (FotoSketcher – Stylized Effect ‘Emergence 2’)


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Fabulous Composers/Compositions: GEORG FRIEDRICH HÄNDEL- Berenice , Minuet

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George Frideric Handel
George Frideric Handel by Balthasar Denner.jpg

Berenice (HWV 38) is an opera in three acts by George Frideric Handel to an Italian libretto, written in Italy in 1709 and originally entitled Berenice, regina d’Egitto (Berenice, Queen of Egypt), byAntonio Salvi.

It was first performed at the Covent Garden Theatre in London on 18 May 1737. It was not successful and only given four times.

It is based upon the life of Cleopatra Berenice, daughter of Ptolemy IX (the main character in Handel’s opera Tolomeo) and is set in around 81 BC.


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Fabulous Composesrs/Compositions: String Quintet in E Major Op. 11 #5, ‘Minuet’, by Boccherini


Luigi Boccherini playing the chello

Luigi Boccherini playing the chello (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The String Quintet in E major, Op. 11, No. 5 by Luigi Boccherini was written in 1771 and published in 1775. It is one of his most popular works. The quintet is famous for its minuet third movement, often referred to as “The Celebrated Minuet”, which is most-often played as a standalone piece outside of the context of the full quintet. It ia one of the most recognized composition from the Baroque Period.

Images – Versailles Gardens in France and Generalife Gardens in Spain


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Manuel de Falla – El Sombrero de Tres Picos – Complete Ballet

Manuel de Falla (1876 – 1946)

Español: Estatua de Manuel de Falla en la Aven...

Español: Estatua de Manuel de Falla en la Avenida de la Constitución de Granada (España). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

El Sombrero de Tres Picos – Complete Ballet
(The Three-Cornered Hat / Le tricorne / Der Dreispitz – 1919)

Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE
Carlos Kalmar – Conductor

Maria del Mar Campo – Mezzosoprano

Introducción y escena – Introduction and Scene
La tarde – Afternoon
Danza de la molinera (Fandango) – Dance of the Miller’s Wife
Las uvas – The Grapes
Danza de los vecinos (Seguidilla) – Dance of the Neighbors
Danza del molinero (Farruca) – Dance of the Miller
Danza del corregidor – Dance of the Magistrate
Danza final (Jota)

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Fabulous Compositions/ Performances: Ludwig van Beethoven, Sesta Sinfonia Op. 68 in Fa maggiore, “Pastorale” (Beethoven’s Six Symphony in E major, Op. 68) – Riccardo Muti conducts the Filarmonica della Scala di Milano

Epoca: 1807 – 1808
ottavino, 2 flauti, 2 oboi, corno inglese, 2 clarinetti, 2 fagotti,
2 corni, 2 trombe, 2 tromboni, timpani, archi

I Allegro ma non troppo 0:00
II Andante molto mosso 12:40
III Allegro 25:12
IV Allegro vivace 30:43
V Allegretto 34:37

Filarmonica della Scala di Milano


Riccardo Muti

Cover of Riccardo Muti





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Marin Marais (1656-1728) – Sonnerie de Sainte-Geneviève du Mont de Paris (1723)







Marin Marais (1656-1728), composer

Marin Marais (1656-1728), composer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Marin Marais (1656-1728) – Sonnerie de Sainte-Geneviève du Mont de Paris [The Bells of St. Genevieve] from La Gamme et Autres Morceaux de Symphonie (1723)

New Comma Baroque – Matthew C. Cataldi, Baroque violin, Phillip W. Serna, viola da gamba & Emily J. Morlan, historical keyboards


Various Viols Nederlands: Diverse typen violas

Various Viols Nederlands: Diverse typen violas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Recorded March 27th-28th, 2012 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Crystal Lake, IL 

All video content © 2012 New Comma Baroque –


Baroque !

Baroque ! (Photo credit: fred_v)



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sonnerie de Ste-Geneviève du Mont-de-Paris, “The Bells of St. Genevieve” in English, is a work by Marin Marais written in 1723 for violviolin and harpsichord withbasso continuo. It can be considered a passacaglia or a chaconne, with a repeating D, F, E bass line. Being a student of Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, it is perhaps Marais’ most famous composition that explores the various techniques of the viol.


The work begins with 4 measures of the bass line played by the continuo and viol, then, on the 5th measure the violin takes over the melody. Throughout the piece, the violin and viol take turns with the melody.


The viol part is of great difficulty because of Marais’s mastery of that instrument. The centerpiece is not the melody, the violin, but the viol. His work can be thought of as something to showcase the violist’s skill, despite that it does not always have the melody.


The piece also exists in a version for solo double bass, having been arranged by Norman Ludwin for Ludwin Music. An electronic version on aFairlight synthesizer was used in the soundtrack of the 1982 film “Liquid Sky“.





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