Daily Archives: February 19, 2014

Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade Symphonic Suite for Orchestra

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade Symphonic Suite for Orchestra Op.35 – IV. Allegro molto (performed by unknown)

Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (Russian: ??????? ????????? ???????-????????; Russian pronunciation: [n??k??laj ?r?im.sk??j ?kors?k?f]; 18 March [O.S. 6 March] 1844[a 1] — 21 June [O.S. 8 June] 1908) was a Russian composer, and a member of the group of composers known as The Five.[a 2] He was a master of orchestration. His best-known orchestral compositions—Capriccio Espagnol, the Russian Easter Festival Overture, and the symphonic suite Scheherazade—are staples of the classical music repertoire, along with suites and excerpts from some of his 15 operas. Scheherazade is an example of his frequent use of fairy tale and folk subjects. Rimsky-Korsakov believed, as did fellow composer Mily Balakirev and critic Vladimir Stasov, in developing a nationalistic style of classical music. This style employed Russian folk song and lore along with exotic harmonic, melodic and rhythmic elements in a practice known as musical orientalism, and eschewed traditional Western compositional methods. However, Rimsky-Korsakov appreciated Western musical techniques after he became a professor of musical composition, harmony and orchestration at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in 1871. He undertook a rigorous three-year program of self-education and became a master of Western methods, incorporating them alongside the influences of Mikhail Glinka and fellow members of The Five. His techniques of composition and orchestration were further enriched by his exposure to the works of Richard Wagner. For much of his life, Rimsky-Korsakov combined his composition and teaching with a career in the Russian military—at first as an officer in the Imperial Russian Navy, then as the civilian Inspector of Naval Bands. He wrote that he developed a passion for the ocean in childhood from reading books and hearing of his older brother’s exploits in the navy. This love of the sea might have influenced him to write two of his best-known orchestral works, the musical tableau Sadko (not his later opera of the same name) and Scheherazade. Through his service as Inspector of Naval Bands, Rimsky-Korsakov expanded his knowledge of woodwind and brass playing, which enhanced his abilities in orchestration. He passed this knowledge to his students, and also posthumously through a textbook on orchestration that was completed by his son-in-law, Maximilian Steinberg. Rimsky-Korsakov left a considerable body of original Russian nationalist compositions. He prepared works by The Five for performance, which brought them into the active classical repertoire (although there is controversy over his editing of the works of Modest Mussorgsky), and shaped a generation of younger composers and musicians during his decades as an educator. Rimsky-Korsakov is therefore considered “the main architect” of what the classical music public considers the Russian style of composition. His influence on younger composers was especially important, as he served as a transitional figure between the autodidactism which exemplified Glinka and The Five and professionally trained composers which would become the norm in Russia by the closing years of the 19th century. While Rimsky-Korsakov’s style was based on those of Glinka, Balakirev, Hector Berlioz, and Franz Liszt, he “transmitted this style directly to two generations of Russian composers” and influenced non-Russian composers including Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Paul Dukas and Ottorino Respighi.


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Make Music Part of Your Life: Haydn Symphony No. 48 “Maria Theresia”

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809)
Symphony No. 48Maria Theresia
Austro – Hungarian Haydn Orchestra
Adam Fischer
Recording : 1995, Haydnsaal, Esterházy Palace, Eisenstadt, Austria

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Bill Bonner: The Archivist of Photographic Memories | PROOF


Bill Bonner: The Archivist of Photographic Memories | PROOF.

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Keeping Fit for Pianists: Steinway Obstacle Course and Beethoven Squats

Here I am – in Eindhoven Muziekgebouw, checking out the piano for an upcoming recital on March 20thhttp://www.muziekgebouweindhoven.nl/d…
The problem is – the piano is in a storage basement, blocked by various obstacles. To get to it requires some skill, and it is not just scales and arpeggios 🙂 Once there, I encounter a fine Steinway – but no chair!!!! So don’t take this attempt on Beethoven Pathetique seriously, OK? I am proud of my pedaling skills though 🙂 LOL


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What interests people/what went viral: Chèvres en équilibre – goats balancing on a flexible steel ribbon 2,428,062/published: Published on Feb 17, 2014


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Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin

On February 19, 1942, Japanese bomber and fighter planes conducted a devastating air raid on the town ofDarwin, the capital city of Australia’s Northern Territory. As a tribute to honor the dead and those who defended Darwin, an annual commemoration is held in Bicentennial Park by theCenotaph, a monument to those slain in World War I. At 9:58, the exact time the attack began, a World War II air raid siren sounds. During some observances, Australian regiments will reenact the attack: ground units fire their guns, and fighter planes perform  fly-bys over the memorial site. More…Discuss


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QUOTATION: Alexander Hamilton

A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) Discuss


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Carson McCullers (1917)

McCullers, born Lula Carson Smith, was an aspiring pianist until she was partly paralyzed by a series of strokes in her early twenties, complications stemming from misdiagnosed rheumatic fever in her adolescence. She went on to study writing instead, publishing her first—and perhaps finest—novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, when she was just 23. It, like many of her works, draws upon her Southern background and explores themes of loss and isolation. Who starred in its film adaptation? More… Discuss


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The Enigma Tornado Outbreak (1884)

One of the largest and severest tornado outbreaks in US history, the Enigma Outbreak of 1884 consisted of at least 50 and possibly more than 60 tornados that tore across 10 states over a 15-hour period. In addition to the question of exactly how many tornados touched down during the outbreak, there are the “enigmas” of precisely how many people died—estimates range from 178 to 1,200—and the extent of the property damage sustained. Best estimates place the figure at how many millions of dollars? More…Discuss


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Silk Road 2 Hacked, $2.7 Million Worth of Bitcoins Stolen

Silk Road, an anonymous online marketplace where users paid in bitcoins and the goods were often illegal, was seized and shut down by the FBI in 2013. Shortly thereafter, Silk Road 2 came online and trade resumed. Last week, the site’s administrator announced that hackers had exploited a newly discovered vulnerability in Bitcoin protocol and emptied Silk Road 2’s coffers—withdrawing the equivalent of $2.7 million from customers’ accounts. Not everyone believes the administrator’s account of events; some speculate that he saw an opportunity when the vulnerability came to light and stole the money knowing he could blame the theft on hackers. More… Discuss


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Julian of Norwich

Julian of Norwich was an English mystic who began reporting visions of Jesus during a serious illness. After recovering in 1373, she wrote accounts of her experience. Her Revelations of Divine Love is remarkable for its clarity, beauty, and profundity and is believed to be the first book written in English by a woman. Though Julian lived in a time of plagues and peasant revolts, her theology was optimistic and focused on God‘s compassionate love. What was her most controversial belief?More… Discuss


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Definition: (verb) Arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness.
Synonyms: alienateestrange
Usage: She loved him, but the sweaty gym clothes he left behind every time he borrowed her car began to seriously disaffect her.Discuss.