Daily Archives: April 26, 2014

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Dream A Little Dream Of Me

Dream A Little Dream Of Me 

Wikipedia: “Dream a Little Dream of Me” is a song, from c.1931, with music by Fabian Andre and Wilbur Schwandt[1] and lyrics by Gus Kahn. It was first recorded in February 1931 by Ozzie Nelson and also by Wayne King and His Orchestra, with vocal by Ernie Birchill. A popular standard, more than 60 other versions have been recorded, but some of the highest chart ratings were in 1968 by Mama Cass Elliot with The Mamas & the Papas.


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House MD | Everybody Lies (Gregory House)

Remembering “House M.D.” – A Tribute to the “king of tv shows”

Goodbye House. A show I will always remember.
Best viewed in 720p

Contains SPOILERS for House seasons 1 to 8
Music – Sunshine by John Murphy

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Impressions from the trail: April – Spring – 2014- A Good Year (photos taken on trails at Puente Hills Nature… (My photo collection)

This gallery contains 11 photos.

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Schumann – Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op. 52

Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op. 52. 

The Hanover Band, on period instruments. Conducted by Roy Goodman. Composed by R. Schumann (1810-56). 

I. Overture (0:00)
II. Scherzo (6:20)
III. Finale (10:48)

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Brahms – Tragic Overture: Sir Colin Davis conducts European Union Youth Orchestra

Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Relaxation Piano Music I – Chopin, Schubert, Handel, Brahms & Others

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A compilation of some of the more relaxing piano performances I’ve uploaded to YouTube. All pieces of music in this collection are played and recorded by myself. I’ve added in links/starting times for each piece in the collection, for those who wish to browse, or jump to a favourite spot. I have also added links to the original videos.

The pieces in this collection are:

Moment Musicaux #6 (Schuberthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_iLv…
Handel’s Largo (9:58https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_iLv…
Bethena Waltz (Scott Joplin) (16:14https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWlyc…
Waltz in #15 A Flat (Brahms) (23:46https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6K46…
Ave Maria (Schubert) (26:11https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ev9qW…
Waltz #2 (Brahms) (28:58https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjqjq…
Intermezzo in A Minor, Op. 116 #2 (Brahms) (31:44)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeTLN…
Intermezzo Op. 76 #7 (Brahms) (35:31)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCt_L…
Intermezzo In A minor Op. 118 #2 (Brahms) (39:38)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaXUJ…
Intermezzo Op. 119 #2 (Brahms) (46:46)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doySb…
Romanze (Brahms) (54:36https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWJej…
Nocturne #2 (Chopin; yes, that is a typo in the title!) (59:11)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS_Gu…
Nocturne #16 (Chopin) (1:04:38https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS_Gu…
Nocturne #18 (Chopin) (1:10:07https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjXUs…
Prelude #17 (Chopin) (1:16:52https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLKLL…
Prelude #23 (Chopin) (1:20:35https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Xhet…
Waltz #3 (Chopin) (1:21:43https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTGlq…
Waltz #9 ‘(Chopin) (1:28:56https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1Jax…
Prelude #4 (Chopin) (1:33:39https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtXlD…
Arabesque #1 (Debussy) (1:36:05https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7-Tv…
Deep River (Samuel Taylor Coleridge Arr.) (1:41:42)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGPAU…

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Camille Saint-Saëns – Danse Macabre

Danse Macabre (first performed in 1875) is the name of opus 40 by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns.

The composition is based upon a poem by Henri Cazalis, on an old French superstition: Zig, zig, zig, Death in a cadence, Striking with his heel a tomb, Death at midnight plays a dance-tune, Zig, zig, zig, on his violin. The winter wind blows and the night is dark; Moans are heard in the linden trees. Through the gloom, white skeletons pass, Running and leaping in their shrouds. Zig, zig, zig, each one is frisking, The bones of the dancers are heard to crack— But hist! of a sudden they quit the round, They push forward, they fly; the cock has crowed.

According to the ancient superstition, “Death” appears at midnight every year on Halloween. Death has the power to call forth the dead from their graves to dance for him while he plays his fiddle (represented by a solo violin with its E-string tuned to an E-flat in an example of scordatura tuning). His skeletons dance for him until the first break of dawn, when they must return to their graves until the next year.

The piece opens with a harp playing a single note, D, twelve times to signify the clock striking midnight, accompanied by soft chords from the string section. This then leads to the eerie E flat and A chords (also known as a tritone or the “Devil’s chord“) played by a solo violin, representing death on his fiddle. After which the main theme is heard on a solo flute and is followed by a descending scale on the solo violin. The rest of the orchestra, particularly the lower instruments of the string section, then joins in on the descending scale. The main theme and the scale is then heard throughout the various sections of the orchestra until it breaks to the solo violin and the harp playing the scale. The piece becomes more energetic and climaxes at this point; the full orchestra playing with strong dynamics.Towards the end of the piece, there is another violin solo, now modulating, which is then joined by the rest of the orchestra. The final section, a pianissimo, represents the dawn breaking and the skeletons returning to their graves.

The piece makes particular use of the xylophone in a particular theme to imitate the sounds of rattling bones. Saint-Saëns uses a similar motif in the Fossils part of his Carnival of the Animals.
[from Wikipedia]

Artwork:Remedios Varo,”Les Feuilles Mortes”.
Played by:National Philharmonic Orchestra,
conductor:Leopold Stokowski.

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Paul Dukas – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Title : The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Composer : Paul Dukas
Music : Leopold Stokowski (with the Philadelphia Orchestra)

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Dmitry Shostakovich, Festive Overture, Op. 96 (arr. for wind ensemble)

Dmitry Shostakovich
President’s Own United States Marine Band, The, President’s Own United States Marine Band, The
Festive Overture, Op. 96 (arr. for wind ensemble)
President’s Own United States Marine Band: The Bicentennial Collection

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Great Compositions/Performances: Liszt Ballade 2 Bonn Beethoven-Haus Lisitsa on 97 keys

Finally a chance to use all 97 keys, live , on video 🙂
In the original score , the decending broken octaves passage ( so-called martellato, around 8:00“) is reduced in left hand to a single line at the bottom , when Liszt-times piano run out of keys to decsend. The effect of using the missing lower octave – particulalry in live setting – is simply stupendous. There is nothing that can match sound of roaring Imperial extra-low notes! It has to be heard live – or at least in analogue recording ( that I am going to make very soon , a “Liszt project ” ) . This is the piano I am going to use 🙂 Bosy rules !!!!

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Great Compositions/Performances: Liszt 3 Concert Etudes No 3 Un Sospiro Arrau Rec 1974

From Beckmesser2:  “For me. the most fascinating aspect of this recorded performance, by Claudio Arrau,is the interpolation of material not found in the original text. I suspect that these additional measures ,found after the second cadenza and three measures before the end, came from Liszt through his pupil Martin Krause, Arrau’s teacher.”

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Saint of the Day for Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Saint of the Day

Image of St. Cletus

St. Cletus

St. Cletus was the third bishop of Rome, and succeeded St. Linus, which circumstance alone shows his eminent virtue among the first disciples of St. Peter in the West. He sat twelve years, from 76 to … continue reading

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QUOTATION: Charlotte Bronte

Look twice before you leap.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) Discuss

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Shad Festival

Since 1981, the city of Lambertville, New Jersey, has celebrated the Shad Festival, honoring the annual return of the shad fish to the Delaware River to spawn. The festival also promotes the preservation of the environment and of the Delaware River ecosystem. The two-day street festival features an arts show, cooking demonstrations, and live music concerts. Local nonprofit and community volunteer organizations use the event as a fundraiser by selling food and other items. There are also demonstrations of how the local fishing community catches shad with nets.More… Discuss

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Charles Richter (1900)

Richter was an American seismologist best known for creating the Richter scale, which quantifies the magnitude of earthquakes by assigning each quake a single number based on the measurement of seismic waves. The scale is logarithmic, meaning that each increase of one unit represents a 10-fold increase in the amplitude of the waves. Though the scale has no theoretical upper limit, the most severe quakes have not exceeded a scale value of 9. What earthquake measurement method succeeded Richter’s? More…Discuss

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Nuclear Reactor at Chernobyl Plant Explodes (1986)

The accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is regarded as the worst nuclear accident in history. Radioactive debris from the disaster drifted across parts of the western Soviet Union and Europe. Large areas of Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia were badly contaminated, resulting in the resettlement of hundreds of thousands of people and a disputed number of deaths. The incident set off an international outcry over the dangers posed by radioactive emissions. What caused the accident? More… Discuss

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Measles Cases on the Rise in the US

Public vaccination initiatives in the US—like the Vaccines for Children program, which provides freevaccinations to low-income children—have prevented some 323 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations, and 732,000 deaths among those born during the past 20 years. Vaccines for Children was established in 1994 as a direct response to a nationwide measles resurgence that caused tens of thousands of illnesses and over 100 deaths; yet, as the organization approaches its 20th anniversary, the very disease it was meant to stamp out is seeing yet another resurgence. In just the first four months of this year, 129 measles cases were reported, a number greater than any similar period since 1996. More… Discuss

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Forensics is the science and practice of examining physical evidence in order to resolve legal issues, particularly those related to crimes. It comprises a range of scientific disciplines, like forensic toxicology, which focuses on the effects of drugs and toxins on the body, and forensic pathology, which aims to establish cause of death through examination of the corpse. Popular TV shows glamorizing forensics have given viewers unrealistic expectations of the field, a phenomenon dubbed what? More…Discuss

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