Daily Archives: February 14, 2014

Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Minuet – Luigi Boccherini – String Quintet in E Major, Op.11 No.5


“Menuet” – Luigi Boccherini ( 1743-1805)
Minuet Minuetto String Quintet in E Major Op. 11 No.5 Classical

 

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Felix Mendelssohn – Songs without Words – Op.53, No.1



Felix MendelssohnSongs without Words – Op.53, No.1
András Schiff
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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Beethoven Variations on “Rule Britannia”


Beethoven Variations on “Rule Britannia

 

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: The Berlin Celebration Concert – Beethoven, Symphony No 9 Bernstein 1989



Make Music Part of Your Life Series: The Berlin Celebration Concert – Beethoven, Symphony No 9 Bernstein 1989

Published on Mar 30, 2013

Conducted by Leonard Bernstein, THE BERLIN CELEBRATION CONCERT is an historic performance marking the fall of the Berlin Wall. Performed on Christmas Day 1989 in the former East Berlin, the concert unites an international cast of celebrated musicians and vocalists for a moving performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Symphonieorchester des Bayerisches Rundfunks and members of Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestra of the Leningrad Kirov Theatre, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Orchestre de Paris.

 

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This post by dictation


You should know that this post was written dictation (text to speech), by using the window originally installed programs.

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: SERBIA STATEHOOD DAY OF THE REPUBLIC


Serbia Statehood Day of the Republic

On February 15, 1804, Serbian patriot Djordje Petrovic Karadjordje led an uprising against the Turkish Ottoman Empire to gain independence. A second uprisingoccurred in 1815 and was successful; Serbia formally gained independence in 1829. In 2001, the Serbian Parliament declared February 15 a state holiday to commemorate the day that the first Serbian uprising began. A ceremony is held in Orasac to celebrate the uprising and first constitution (signed in 1835). The main celebrations include festive concerts, film and theater premiers, exhibitions, and many other events.More… Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: William Shakespeare


In time we hate that which we often fear.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Discuss

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: MIEP GIES (1909)


Miep Gies (1909)

Gies was one of five heroic Dutch citizens who helped hide Otto Frank, his wife and daughters, and four other Jews from the Nazis during the occupation of the Netherlands. After the hidden Jews were betrayed to the Gestapo in 1944, Gies took Otto’s daughter Anne‘s diary, and kept it—unread—in hopes of someday returning it to her. After the war, Gies gave the now-famous diary to the only surviving member of the family, Otto. Why did she later say that had she read it, she would have destroyed it? More… Discuss

 

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: ENTIRE US FIGURE SKATING TEAM KILLED IN PLANE CRASH (1961)


Entire US Figure Skating Team Killed in Plane Crash (1961)

February 15, 1961, was a dark day in figure skating history. On that day, 72 people, including all 18 members of the US Figure Skating team and 16 family members, coaches, and skating officials, died when their flight from New York to Brussels went down in a field just miles from its destination. A farm worker on the ground also perished. The skaters had been en route to the 1961 World Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia. What did the event’s organizers do to honor the dead athletes? More… Discuss

 

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NEWS: FORECASTING FROM ONE’S BONES


Forecasting from One’s Bones

Anecdotal evidence points to a link between weather conditions and body aches; however, the medical community has yet to reach a consensus on the issue since studies have yielded mixed results. Data from one recent study suggest that increased humidity andbarometric pressure exacerbate joint pain and stiffness. For every 10% increase in humidity, osteoarthritissufferers experienced a 1-point increase in pain on the Western Ontario and McMasters University Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC). Similarly, for every 10-hectopascal increase in barometric pressure, WOMAC function scores worsened by a point. These effects are considered only moderate and not clinically significant. More… Discuss

 

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ARTICLE: MELANISM


Melanism

Melanism is the dark coloration of the skin, hair, fur, or feathers due to a high concentration of the pigment melanin. A classic example is the panther—which is actually a black leopard. However, melanism has several variations. Pseudo-melanism occurs when dark markings cover a large part of an animal’s body, while industrial melanism results in dark varieties of animals that need camouflage in smoke-blackened industrial regions. What insect is commonly associated with industrial melanism? More… Discuss

 

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Noam Chomsky (2014) “How to Ruin an Economy; Some Simple Ways”


Filmed and edited by Leigha Cohenhttp://www.leighacohenvideo.com/

Noam Chomsky spoke at Third Boston Symposium on Economics on February 10th 2014, sponsored by the Northeastern University Economics Society in Boston, MA.

Chomsky argued that certain factors, among them cutting federal funding for research and development and the growing gap between the richest 1 percent and everybody else, have led to the country’s current economic climate.

“The system is so dysfunctional that it cannot put eager hands to needed work using the resources that would be available if the economy were designed for human needs,” Chomsky said. “These things didn’t just happen like a tornado, they are the results of deliberate policies over roughly the past generation.”

Chomsky focuses on what economic actions that government, the super rich and corporations are doing that insures the US and other economies fail for the overwhelming majority of people. We’re a nation whose leaders are pursuing policies that amount to economic suicide. 

This video also includes an extended 14 minute question and answer period with Dr. Chomsky..

Unless otherwise indicated, all materials on in this video are copyrighted to Leigha Cohen Video, All rights reserved. No part of this video may be used for any purpose other than educational use and any monetary gain from this video is prohibited without prior permission from me. Therefore, reproduction, modification, storage in a retrieval system is prohibited. Standard linking of this video is allowed and encouraged

 

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Strength in Frailty (my photo collection)


Strength in Frailty

Strength in Frailty (my photo collection)

 

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Your Shot Blog — National Geographic Your Shot • Long Lens: Alexander Stepanenko, Russia


imageYour Shot Blog — National Geographic Your Shot • Long Lens: Alexander Stepanenko, Russia.

Some photos: Saint Valentine’s Day with #PopeFrancis


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Browser Extension Identifies Plagiarized ‘Churnals’


Plato on-line

niemanlab-churnalism2 Churnals are news stories that are thin rewrites (or outright cut-and-paste copies) of press releases
‘The U.K.’s Media Standards Trust has released an updated version of Churnalism. In addition to a revamped website, the trust has also produced a Churnalism browser extension for Chrome and Firefox that checks for lazy work while you browse.

‘Now, once you’ve downloaded the extension, your browser will automatically alert you when it looks like the news article you’re reading is closely based on a press release. Much easier and more ambient than having to go to the churnalism site itself. This has also meant we can do stuff like allowing the reader to click on a highlighter pen in the plugin drop down and highlight the actual text in the news article which looks like it’s been copy-pasted…’
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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Grieg – Piano Concerto & Chopin: Piano Concerto – Arthur Rubinstein


Published on Mar 15, 2013

Magnificent two piano concerto`s Piano: Arthur Rubinstein, conducted: Andre Previn London Symphony Orchestra recorded 1975. Arthur Rubinstein was born in Łódź (January 28, 1887 — December 20, 1982), Congress Poland (part of the Russian Empire for the entire time Rubinstein resided there) on January 28, 1887, to a Jewish family. He was the youngest of seven children, and his father owned a small textile factory. Arthur Rubinstein. However, his United States impresario Sol Hurok insisted he be billed as Artur, and records were released in the West under both versions of his name. At the age of two, Rubinstein demonstrated perfect pitch and a fascination with the piano, watching his elder sister’s piano lessons. By the age of four, he was recognised as a child prodigy. His father had a predilection for the violin and offered Rubinstein a violin; but Rubinstein rejected it because he thought his instinct was for harmony and polyphony. The Hungarian violinist Joseph Joachim, on hearing the four-year-old child play, was greatly impressed, told Arthur’s family, 1894, seven-year-old Arthur Rubinstein had his debut with pieces by Mozart, Schubert and Mendelssohn. At the age of ten, Rubinstein moved to Berlin to continue his studies, and gave his first performance with the Berlin Philharmonic in 1900, at the age of 13. Rubinstein made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall in 1906, and thereafter toured the United States, Austria, Italy, and Russia. In 1912, he made his London debut, and found a home there in the Edith Grove, Chelsea, musical salon of Paul and Muriel Draper, in company with Kochanski, Igor Stravinsky, Jacques Thibaud, Pablo Casals, Pierre Monteux and others. During World War I, Rubinstein stayed in London, giving recitals and accompanying the violinist Eugène Ysaÿe. In 1916 and 1917, he made his first tours in Spain and South America where he was wildly acclaimed. It was during those tours that he developed a lifelong enthusiasm for the music of Enrique Granados, Isaac Albéniz, Manuel de Falla, and Heitor Villa-Lobos. He was the dedicatee of Villa-Lobos’s Rudepoêma and Stravinsky’s Trois mouvements de Petrouchka. Rubinstein was disgusted by Germany’s conduct during the war, and never played there again. His last performance in Germany was in 1914. In 1921 Rubinstein gave two American tours, travelling to New York with Karol Szymanowski and his close friend Paul Kochanski. In 1932, the pianist, who stated he neglected his technique in his early years, relying instead on natural talent, withdrew from concert life for several months of intensive study and practice. Rubinstein toured the United States again in 1937, his career becoming centered there during the World War II years when he lived in Brentwood, California. He became a naturalized American citizen in 1946. A cast of the pianist’s hands, at the Łódź museum During his time in California, Rubinstein provided the piano soundtrack for several films, including Song of Love with Katherine Hepburn. He appeared, as himself, in films Carnegie Hall and Of Men and Music. Although best known as a recitalist and concerto soloist, Rubinstein was also considered an outstanding chamber musician, partnering with such luminaries as Henryk Szeryng, Jascha Heifetz, Pablo Casals, Gregor Piatigorsky, and the Guarneri Quartet. Rubinstein recorded much of the core piano repertoire, particularly that of the Romantic composers. At the time of his death, the New York Times in describing him wrote, “Chopin was his specialty . . . it was [as] a Chopinist that he was considered by many without peer”. With the exception of the Études, he recorded most of the works of Chopin. He was one of the earliest champions of the Spanish and South American composers and of French composers who, in the early twentieth century, were still considered “modern” such as Debussy and Ravel. In addition, Rubinstein was the first champion of the music of his compatriot Karol Szymanowski. Rubinstein, in conversation with Alexander Scriabin, named Brahms as his favorite composer, a response that enraged Scriabin. In 1975, a documentary named Artur Rubinstein, Love of Life was on; a TV special named Rubinstein at 90 represented he had been playing for people for eight decades. By the mid-1970s, Rubinstein’s eyesight had begun to deteriorate. He retired from the stage at age eighty-nine in May 1976, giving his last concert at London’s Wigmore Hall, where he had first played nearly seventy years before. Rubinstein, who was fluent in eight languages, held much of the repertoire, not simply that of the piano, in his formidable memory.

 

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Today’s Saint: St. Valentine (Happy Valentine’s Day!)


Feastday: February 14
Patron of Love, Young People, Happy Marriages
Died: 269
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St. ValentineValentine was a holy priest in Rome, who, with St. Marius and his family, assisted the martyrs in the persecution under Claudius II. He was apprehended, and sent by the emperor to the prefect of Rome, who, on finding all his promises to make him renounce hisfaith ineffectual, commanded him to be beaten with clubs, and afterwards, to be beheaded, which was executed on February 14, about the year 270. Pope Julius I is said to have built a church near Ponte Mole to his memory, which for a long time gave name to the gate now called Porta del Popolo, formerly, Porta Valetini. The greatest part of his relics are now in the church of St. Praxedes. His name is celebrated as that of an illustrious martyr in the sacramentary of St. Gregory, the Roman Missal of Thomasius, in the calendar of F. Fronto and that of Allatius, in Bede, Usuard, Ado, Notker and all other martyrologies on this day. To abolish the heathens lewd superstitious custom of boys drawing the names of girls, in honor of their goddess Februata Juno, on the fifteenth of this month, several zealous pastors substituted the names of saints in billets given on this day.

The Origin of St. Valentine

The origin of St. Valentine, and how many St. Valentines there were, remains a mystery. One opinion is that he was a Roman martyred for refusing to give up his Christian faith. Other historians hold that St. Valentine was a temple priest jailed for defiance during the reign of Claudius. Whoever he was, Valentine really existed because archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to Saint Valentine. In 496 AD Pope Gelasius marked February 14th as a celebration in honor of his martyrdom.

The first representation of Saint Valentine appeared in a TheNuremberg Chronicle, a great illustrated book printed in 1493. [Additional evidence that Valentine was a real person: archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to Saint Valentine.] Alongside a woodcut portrait of him, text states that Valentinus was a Roman priest martyred during the reign of Claudius the Goth [Claudius II]. Since he was caught marryingChristian couples and aiding any Christians who were being persecuted under Emperor Claudius in Rome [when helping them was considered a crime], Valentinus was arrested and imprisoned. Claudius took a liking to this prisoner — until Valentinus made a strategic error: he tried to convert the Emperor — whereupon this priest was condemned to death. He was beaten with clubs and stoned; when that didn’t do it, he was beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate [circa 269].

Saints are not supposed to rest in peace; they’re expected to keep busy: to perform miracles, to intercede. Being in jail or dead is no excuse for non-performance of the supernatural. One legend says, while awaiting his execution, Valentinus restored the sight of his jailer’s blind daughter. Another legend says, on the eve of his death, he penned a farewell note to the jailer’s daughter, signing it, “From your Valentine.”

St. Valentine was a Priest, martyred in 269 at Rome and was buried on the Flaminian Way. He is the Patron Saint of affianced couples, bee keepers, engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travellers, young people. He is represented in pictures with birds and roses.

 
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from Wikipedia

Saint Valentine (in Latin, Valentinus) is a widely recognized third-century Roman saint commemorated on February 14 and associated since the High Middle Ages with a tradition of courtly love. Nothing is reliably known of St. Valentine except his name and the fact that he died on February 14 on Via Flaminia in the north of Rome. It is uncertain whether St. Valentine is to be identified as one saint or two saints of the same name. Several different martyrologies have been added to later hagiographies that are unreliable. For these reasons this liturgical commemoration was not kept in the Catholic calendar of saints for universal liturgical veneration as revised in 1969.[2] But the “Martyr Valentinus who died on the 14th of February on the Via Flaminia close to the Milvian bridge in Rome” still remains in the list of officially recognized saints for local veneration.[3] Saint Valentine’s Church in Rome, built in 1960 for the needs of the Olympic Village, continues as a modern, well-visited parish church.

Today, Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as the Feast of Saint Valentine, is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion,[4] as well as in the Lutheran Church.[5] In the Eastern Orthodox Church, Saint Valentine the Presbyter is celebrated on July 6[6] and Hieromartyr Saint Valentine (Bishop of Interamna, Terni in Italy) is celebrated on July 30.[7] Notwithstanding, because of the relative obscurity of this western saint in the East, members of the Greek Orthodox Church named Valentinos (male) or Valentina (female) may celebrate their name day on the Western ecclesiastical calendar date of February 14.[8]

 

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UNWRAPPING WORLDS LARGEST HERSHEY’S BAR



A REVIEW OF THE WORLDS LARGEST HERSHEY’S BAR SNICKERS AND REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CUP ON OUR SHELF

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Comcast buys Time Warner Cable. What does it mean for customers? (+video) – CSMonitor.com


Comcast buys Time Warner Cable. What does it mean for customers? (+video) – CSMonitor.com.

20 great things to do in Rome – Time Out Rome


20 great things to do in Rome20 great things to do in Rome – Time Out Rome.

From National Geographic: The 10 Best Chocolatiers in the World – Intelligent Travel


The 10 Best Chocolatiers in the World – Intelligent Travel.

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Claudio Arrau plays Debussy Estampes, no.2, “La soirée dans Grenade”


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaEstampes (Prints), L.100, is a composition for solo piano by Claude Debussy. It was finished in 1903.

Estampes contains three movements:

  1. Pagodes (Pagodas) – approx. 6 minutes.
  2. La soirée dans Grenade (The Evening in Granada) – approx. 5½ minutes.
  3. Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens in the Rain) – approx. 3½ minutes.[1]

II. La soirée dans Grenade

La soirée dans Grenade uses the Arabic scale and mimics guitar strumming to evoke images of GranadaSpain. At the time of its writing, Debussy’s only personal experience with the country was a few hours spent in San Sebastián.[2] Despite this, the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla said of Soirée, “There is not even one measure of this music borrowed from the Spanish folklore, and yet the entire composition in its most minute details, conveys admirably Spain“.[3]

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Edvard Grieg. “Peer Gynt” Suite No. 1, Op. 46



Edvard Grieg. “Peer Gynt” Suite No. 1, Op. 46
1. Morning Mood 
2. The Death of Åse
3. Anitra’s Dance
4. In the Hall of the Mountain King

Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor
Gintaras Rinkevicius

Was recorded by “Culture”-TV channel on 15 October 2012 at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow)

Эдвард Григ. Сюита “Пер Гюнт” №1, Op. 46
1. Утро
2. Смерть Озе
3. Танец Анитры
4. В пещере горного короля

Новосибирский академический симфонический оркестр, художественный руководитель и главный дирижёр Гинтарас Ринкявичус

Запись телеканала “Культура” с концерта 15 октября 2012 года в Концертном зале имени Чайковского (Москва)

 

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Make Music Part of your Life Series: Ruggiero RICCI at SAINT-SAËNS Havanaise Op.83 – P.Cao, 1972



Camille SAINT-SAËNS: Havanaise, in E Major Op.83 (1887)
Ruggiero RICCI – Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg – Pierre Cao, conductor (Recorded: Hamburg 1972)
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SAINT-SAENS, WORKS FOR VIOLIN AND ORCHESTRA:
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1) Violin Concerto No.2 in C Major Op.58 (1858)
Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg – Pierre Cao, conductor
2) Violin Concerto No.1 in A Major Op.20 -Allegro (1859)
Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg – Pierre Cao, conductor
3) Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, in A Minor Op.28 (1863)
Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg – Pierre Cao, conductor
4) Romance, in C Major Op.48 (1874)
Philharmonia Hungarica – Reinhard Peters, conductor
5) Violin Concerto No.3 in B minor Op.61 (1880)
Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg – Pierre Cao, conductor
6) Violin Concerto No.4 in G major Op.62 ‘Inachevé’ (Morceau de concert) (1880)
Philharmonia Hungarica – Reinhard Peters, conductor
7) Havanaise, in E Major Op.83 (1887)
Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg – Pierre Cao, conductor
8) Caprice Andalous, in G Major Op.122 (1904)
Philharmonia Hungarica – Pierre Cao, conductor
(Ruggiero Ricci, violin / Hamburg, 1972 – (c)&(p) 1990 by VOX)
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