Daily Archives: January 22, 2014

Beethoven “12 Contredances”

12 Contredances for small Orchestra WoO 14 
by Ludwig van Beethoven
Chamber Orchestra Berlin
Helmut Koch, conductor


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GREAT PERFORMANCES: Earl Wild Plays Debussy Danse Tarantelle Styrienne

Earl Wild Plays Debussy Danse Tarantelle Styrienne


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Great Composers/Compositions: Grieg – Holberg Suite, Op. 40 (”From Holberg’s Time”)

The Holberg Suite was originally composed for the piano and was adapted for string orchestra a year later. Not as famous as Peer Gynt, but seen by many critics as equal.
Berliner Philharmoniker / Herbert von Karajan
00:00 1. Praeludium
03:02 2. Sarabande 
07:18 3. Gavotte 
11:07 4. Air 
16:58 5. Rigaudon


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Saint of the Day for Thursday, January 23rd, 2014: ST. ILDEPHONSUS

Saint of the Day for Thursday, January 23rd, 2014


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Saint of the Day for Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014: ST. VINCENT PALLOTTI

Saint of the Day for Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014


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San Ildefonso Pueblo Feast Day


English: Tewas in headdress, male and female, ...

English: Tewas in headdress, male and female, descending stairs, “Dance, San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico.”; From the series Ansel Adams Photographs of National Parks and Monuments, compiled 1941 – 1942, documenting the period ca. 1933 – 1942. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


These late-January festivities mark a highlight in the ceremonial year at San Ildefonso Pueblo near Santa Fe, New Mexico. January 23 is the pueblo’s feast day, celebrated with a special church service and dances, such as the BuffaloComanche, and Deer dances. The dances are a way of paying respect and giving thanks for the animals on which people depend for food and other materials. On the evening before, there are bonfires and a firelight procession. More… Discuss


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QUOTATION: Friedrich Nietzsche

Whence come the highest mountains? … They come out of the sea. That testimony is inscribed on their stones, and on the walls of their summits. Out of the deepest must the highest come to its height.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) Discuss


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Gertrude Belle Elion (1918)

After teaching chemistry because jobs for female researchers were then scarce, Elion got work as an assistant at a drug company and went on to become a pioneering US pharmacologist. With George Hitchings, she developed treatments for leukemia, autoimmune disorders, urinary tract infections, gout, malaria, and viral herpes. Although Nobel Prizes are rarely awarded to drug company employees, the duo shared in the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physiology. To what did Elion attribute her interest in science? More… Discuss


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January 23: Shaanxi Earthquake, devastation ki...

January 23: Shaanxi Earthquake, devastation kills 830,000 in China. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Shaanxi Earthquake: Deadliest in Recorded History (1556)


The 1556 Shaanxi Earthquake in China is the deadliest earthquake on record, having killed approximately 830,000 people and destroyed an area 520 miles (837 km) wide. According to Chinese annals, mountains moved and rivers changed course due to the massive quake, which affected places more than 200 miles (322 km) from the epicenter. Aftershocks continued for months. In addition to the quake’s force—its magnitude is estimated at 8.0—the high death toll is attributed to what other factors? More… Discuss





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The Why of the V

Researchers believe they now have a definitive answer for why birds so often fly in a V formation. Scientists fitted a flock of northern bald ibises with monitors that record each bird’s position, speed, and heading in flight as well as every wing flap. The data show that each bird positions itself and times its flapping to take maximal advantage of the upwash—upward moving air—generated by the bird ahead of it. As a bird flies forward, itpushes air downward beneath its wings, but at its wingtips the air is actually pushed upward. The V formation thus allows birds to conserve energy and increase their flying range. More… Discuss


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The Incoherence of the Philosophers

The Incoherence of the Philosophers is a landmark 11th-century text by al-Ghazali of the rational-based Asharite school of Muslim theology. In it, he criticizes the Avicennian school of Islamic philosophy, accusing its followers of being irreligious. Among al-Ghazali’s 20 charges against them is their inability to prove the existence of God and inability to prove the impossibility of the existence of two gods. Who refuted al-Ghazali’s views with The Incoherence of the IncoherenceMore…Discuss


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ROMANIA – Travel and Tourism Information

Romania's Castles and Fortresses - The Fortress of Rasnov (near Brasov, Romania)ROMANIA – Travel and Tourism Information.


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FRINGE 4×15 “A Short Story About Love” Ending

FRINGE 4×15 “A Short Story About Love” aired March 23rd, 2012.

Find out more about this episode here



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Fringe Season 05 episode 01 (Yazoo – Only you)


Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11.
“Music helps you shift perspective to see things differently if you need to.”
“See things like hope?”
“Yes, very much like that.”


Only You Lyrics


“Only You” was written by Clarke, Vince.


Looking from a window above
It’s like a story of love, can you hear me?
Came back only yesterday
I’m moving farther away, want you near me

All I needed was the love you gave
All I needed for another day
And all I ever knew, only you

Sometimes when I think of her name
When it’s only a game and I need you
Listen to the words that you say
It’s getting harder to stay when I see you

All I needed was the love you gave
All I needed for another day
And all I ever knew, only you

All I needed was the love you gave
All I needed for another day
And all I ever knew, only you

This is going to take a long time
And I wonder what’s mine, can’t take no more
Wonder if you’ll understand
It’s just the touch of your hand behind a closed door

All I needed was the love you gave
All I needed for another day
And all I ever knew, only you


Only You (Yazoo song)

Only You (Yazoo song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



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Great Comopositions/Performances: Alessandro Marcello Concerto en re minore (D minor), SF 935 – Op.1. Maurice André

Alessandro Marcello 

Concerto en re minore (D minor), SF 935 – Op.1.

I. Andante 
II. Adagio
III. Presto
Maurice André,  1993


Alessandro Marcello

Cover of Alessandro Marcello

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  


Alessandro Ignazio Marcello (1st February 1673[1] in Venice – 19 June 1747 in Venice) was an Italian nobleman, poet, philosopher, mathematician and musician.




A contemporary of Tomaso Albinoni, Marcello was the son of a senator in Venice. As such, he enjoyed a comfortable life that gave him the scope to pursue his interest in music. He held concerts in his hometown and also composed and published several sets of concertos, including six concertos under the title of La Cetra (The Lyre), as well as cantatasariascanzonets, and violin sonatas. Marcello, being a slightly older contemporary of Antonio Vivaldi, often composed under the pseudonym Eterio Stinfalico, his name as a member of the celebrated Arcadian Academy (Pontificia Accademia degli Arcadi). He died in Padua in 1747.


Alessandro’s brother was Benedetto Marcello, also a composer, who illegally married his singing student Rosanna Scalfi in 1728. After his death she was unable to inherit his estate, and in 1742 she filed suit against Alessandro Marcello, seeking financial support.[2]




Although his works are infrequently performed today, Marcello is regarded as a very competent composer. His La Cetra concertos are “unusual for their wind solo parts, concision and use of counterpoint within a broadly Vivaldian style,” according to Grove, “placing them as a last outpost of the classic Venetian Baroque concerto.”


concerto op 1. Marcello wrote in D minor for oboestrings and basso continuo is perhaps his best-known work. Its worth was affirmed by Johann Sebastian Bach who transcribed it for harpsichord (BWV 974). A number of editions have been published of the famous Oboe Concerto in D minor. The edition in C minor is credited to Benedetto Marcello.



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Great Composition/Performances: Fritz Kreisler plays Liebesfreud

Fritz Kreisler -Violin
Franz Rupp – Piano
(recorded 1938)


English: Fritz Kreisler (1875 – 1962), Austria...

English: Fritz Kreisler (1875 – 1962), Austria-born American violinist and composer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




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