Daily Archives: April 28, 2014

Vigilia Canonización: Vida de Juan XXIII y Juan Pablo II

ST. OF THE DAY: In St. Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr (Feast day – April 28)


April 28 Saint of the Day

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Symphony No. 4 in B flat major (Op. 60)

The work is in four movements:

1. Adagio — Allegro vivace, 2/2
2. Adagio, 3/4 in E flat major
3. Allegro vivace, 3/4
4. Allegro ma non troppo, 2/4

Symphony No. 4 in B flat major (Op. 60), It was written in the summer of 1806. It was premiered in March 1807 at a private concert of the home of Prince Franz Joseph von Lobkowitz. The Coriolan Overture and the fourth piano concerto were premiered in that same concert.

The work was dedicated to Count Franz von Oppersdorff, a relative of Beethoven’s patron, Prince Lichnowsky. The Count met Beethoven when he traveled to Lichnowsky’s summer home where Beethoven was staying. Von Oppersdorff listened to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major, and liked it so much that he offered a great amount of money for Beethoven to compose a new symphony for him. 

The dedication was made to “the Silesian nobleman Count Franz von Oppersdorf”. Hector Berlioz was so enamoured of the symphony’s 2nd movement that he claimed it was the work of the Archangel Michael, and not that of a human.
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JOHANNES BRAHMS – 7 WALTZES OP. 39: JOHANNES BRAHMS – 7 WALTZES OP. 39 Performed by Dinu Lipatti, Nadia Boulanger

Performed by Dinu Lipatti, Nadia Boulanger

1. Waltz for Four Hands in C-Sharp Major, No. 6, Op. 39 00:00
2. Waltz for Four Hands in A-Flat Major, No. 15, Op. 39 00:58
3. Waltz for Four Hands in E Major, No. 2, Op. 39 2:04
4. Waltz for Four Hands in B Major, No. 1, Op. 39 3:19
5. Waltz for Four Hands in G-Sharp Minor, No. 14, Op. 39 4:07
6. Waltz for Four Hands in G Major, No. 10, Op. 39 5:15
7. Waltz for Four Hands in E Major, No. 5, Op. 39 5:47

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An ancient Roman festival held in honor of Flora, the goddess of flowers and gardens, the Floralia was first instituted in 238 BCE. In 173 BCE, the Roman Senate made it an annual festival extending for six days—starting on the anniversary of the founding of Flora’s temple. Traditionally, the first person to lay a garland on the temple’s statue of Flora was destined to have good fortune. The Floralia, which featured small statues of Flora that children would decorate with flowers, is believed to have been the precedent for Christian-oriented May Day celebrations. More…Discuss

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QUOTATION: William Shakespeare – “The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.”

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Discuss

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Source of Mysterious Ocean “Quack” Identified

For the past 50 years, scientists have been baffled by a mysterious quack-like sound, nicknamed the bio-duck, detected in the ocean waters around the Antarctic and Western Australia. Over the years, they have come up with various theories regarding its source, ranging from fish to ships. Now, however, they have finally conclusively pinpointed the emitter of the mysterious bio-duck: the Antarcticminke whale. Acoustic recorders picked up the marine mammals making the distinctive, low-frequency vocalizations near the surface, before they dove to the depths to feed. What is “the Bloop“? More… Discuss

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Ferruccio Lamborghini (1916)

Lamborghini was a successful Italian tractor manufacturer and sports car enthusiast who founded a luxury car company in 1963, allegedly after a spat with Enzo Ferrari. The story goes that Lamborghini was dissatisfied with the clutch in one of his Ferraris and voiced this to Enzo Ferrari, who dismissed the complaints as those of a mere tractor maker. Infuriated, Lamborghini decided to retaliate by creating his own superior sports car. Why did he choose the image of a bull for his company’s logo? More… Discuss

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