Daily Archives: May 4, 2014

TODAY’S HOLIDAY: Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, or the Fifth of May, is a national holiday in Mexico commemorating the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, in which Mexican troops under General Ignacio Zaragoza defeated the invading French forces of Napoleon III. The anniversary of this event is celebrated not only in Mexico but in many American communities with large Mexican-American populations—especially in the southwestern states of Texas, Arizona, and southern California. The events include parades, patriotic speeches, bullfights, barbecues, and beauty contests. More… Discuss

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Soren Kierkegaard (1813)

Soren Kierkegaard (1813)

Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher and theologian and is generally considered, along with Friedrich Nietzsche, to be a founder of existentialism. Much of Kierkegaard’s work deals with religious problems, as he rejected organized Christianity and emphasized man’s moral responsibility and freedom of choice. Kierkegaard stressed the importance of the self and argued that “subjectivity is truth” and “truth is subjectivity.” Why did Kierkegaard publish many of his earlier works under pseudonyms? More… Discuss

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: Coco Chanel Introduces Chanel No. 5 (1921)

Coco Chanel Introduces Chanel No. 5 (1921)

Chanel No. 5—one of the best-known perfumes in the world—was the first fragrance from Parisian couturier Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. It is rumored that five was Chanel’s lucky number, and that she liked option number five best when given numbered sample scents during the development of her iconic perfume. Created at a time when “respectable” women favored the pure scents of garden flowers, No. 5 provocatively blended jasmine and a glandular secretion harvested from what cat-like animal? More… Discuss

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NEWS: Wrongful Convictions in US Capital Cases Higher than Thought

Wrongful Convictions in US Capital Cases Higher than Thought

Capital punishment is a highly controversial topic, and new calculations about the rate of wrongful death sentences in the US are adding fuel to the fire. Using data about US death sentence convictions and exonerations, researchers concluded that about 4 percent of people sentenced to death between 1973 and 2004—some 300 people—were actually innocent, a higher rate than previously thought. While 117 were subsequently exonerated, the majority of those wrongfully sentenced to death were not. More… Discuss

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ARTICLE: Martin Guerre

Martin Guerre

In the 16th century, a French peasant named Martin Guerre abruptly disappeared after being accused of stealing grain from his father. He moved to Spain and joined the army. He was wounded during a military campaign, and his leg had to be amputated. After spending some time in a monastery, Guerre returned to France, only to discover that an imposter had been living with his family. When faced with the real Martin Guerre, his relatives realized they had been had. What happened to the imposter? More… Discuss

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WORD: Materfamilias


Definition: (noun) A female head of a family or tribe.
Synonyms: matriarch
Usage: As materfamilias, my grandmother calls the shots on holidays like Thanksgiving, and no one dares question her. Discuss.
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Historic Performances: Jacqueline du Pre plays Elgar Cello Concerto BBCSO Barbirolli (1967 Live Stereo)


Jacqueline du Pre plays Elgar Cello Concerto BBCSO Barbirolli (1967 Live Stereo)

Sir Edward Elgar
Cello Concerto in E minor Op 85

Jacqueline du Pre
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir John Barbirolli

00:00 Adagio – Moderato
07:48 Lento – Allegro molto
12:18 Adagio
17:40 Allegro – Moderato – Allegro, ma non troppo – Poco più lento – Adagio.

(Live Recording: 3 Jan 1967 in Prague)

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Great Compositions/Performances: Brahms: Symphony No.4 in E minor – Bernstein / Wiener Philharmoniker

This is what I would listen too, right now! A wonderful Music piece, in one of the best interpretations ever! It is why I reblog it, so, hopefully more bloggers will have an opportunity to lend a ear! 🙂


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Great Compositions/Performances: Rimsky Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol Op 34 Berliner Phil Dir Zubin Mehta


Rimsky Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol Op 34 Berliner Phil Dir Zubin Mehta


Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34, is the common Western title for an orchestral work based on Spanish folk melodies and written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in 1887. Rimsky-Korsakov originally intended to write the work for a solo violin with orchestra, but later decided that a purely orchestral work would do better justice to the lively melodies. The Russian title is Каприччио на испанские темы (literally, Capriccio on Spanish Themes). The Capriccio consists of five movements and is scored for 2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes (one doubling English horn), 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, harp and strings.[


The work has five movements, divided into two parts comprising the first three and the latter two movements respectively..

  1. The first movement, Alborada, is a festive and exciting dance, typically from traditional asturian music to celebrate the rising of the sun. It features the clarinet with two solos, and later features a solo violin with a solo similar to the clarinet’s.
  2. The second movement, Variazioni, begins with a melody in the horn section. Variations of this melody are then repeated by other instruments and sections of the orchestra.
  3. The third movement, Alborada, presents the same asturian dance as the first movement. The two movements are nearly identical, in fact, except that this movement has a different instrumentation and key.
  4. The fourth movement, Scena e canto gitano (“Scene and gypsy song”) opens with five cadenzas — first by the horns and trumpets, then solo violin, flute, clarinet, and harp — played over rolls on various percussion instruments. It is then followed by a dance in triple time leading attacca into the final movement.
  5. The fifth and final movement, Fandango asturiano, is also an energetic dance from the Asturias region of northern Spain. The piece ends with an even more rousing statement of the Alborada theme.

A complete performance of the Capriccio takes around 16 minutes

Use in film

  • Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34 is played during the opening credits and as the Spanish Carnaval background music during Josef von Sternberg‘s film The Devil Is a Woman (1935), credited on screen as ‘Music based on Rimsky-Korsakoff’s “Spanish Caprice” and Old Spanish Melodies’.
  • Excerpts were heard in the fictional 1947 biopic of Rimsky-Korsakov, Song of Scheherazade.
  • A recording by “Philharmonia Slavonica” featured in the film Brokeback Mountain (2006). The “Philharmonia Slavonica” is pseudonymous group that appears on a number of recordings of the bargain-record producer Alfred Scholz. The performances attributed to them are often by the Austrian Radio (ORF) Orchestra.
  • A recording by the Moscow Radio Symphony in the film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)


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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Sergei Rachmaninoff – Suite No. 2 for two pianos, Op. 17


Sergei RachmaninoffSuite No. 2 for two pianos, Op. 17

Pianos:  J. Thorson, J. Thurber

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Great Compositions/Performances: W. A. Mozart – Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter” in C major, K. 551 (1788)


W. A. MozartSymphony No. 41 “Jupiter” in C major, K. 551 (1788):
1. Allegro vivace, 4/4
2. Andante cantabile, 3/4 in F major
3. Menuetto: Allegretto – Trio, 3/4
4. Molto allegro, 2/2

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Conductor – Nicolaus Harnoncourt
Grosser Musikvereinsaal Wien

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Scientists narrow in on Sea Star Wasting Syndrome devastating Pacific coast | CTV News

Sea stars dying off in PacificScientists narrow in on Sea Star Wasting Syndrome devastating Pacific coast | CTV News.

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Stephen Hawking Warning About Artificial Intelligence


Stephen Hawking Warning About Artificial Intelligence.

Keeping up with the Passage of Time?!? Nerf Herder – “Mr. Spock” (HD) Honest Don’s Records


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Music in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel: Nerf Herder


The use of music was a key component in the fictional Buffyverse established by the TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.

Buffy theme

The “Buffy theme” is the music played alongside the opening credits of the show. The theme itself has no lyrics; it begins with several notes played by an organ, a signifier for horror in movie culture from the 1930s onwards. This is quickly replaced by upbeat rock music; an electric guitar riff signifies youth culture and a post-modern twist on the horror genre.

The theme was played by the punk pop band Nerf Herder. In an interview they explain how they came to produce the theme:

“They [the Buffy production staff] had hired some famous theme song composer to come up with a theme and they didn’t like the one he came up with so they were kind of on a low budget, and asked local bands to come up with theme song ideas.” [1]

In the DVD commentary for “Welcome to the Hellmouth,” Whedon explained that part of his decision to go with Nerf Herder’s theme was that Alyson Hannigan had made him listen to the band’s music.

Nerf Herder later recorded a second version of the theme which was used for the opening titles from season 3 on.

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: David Ohanesian – I Pagliacci – Prologo


De la Wikipedia, enciclopedia liberă

David Ohanesian (n. 6 ianuarie 1927, București – d. 30 septembrie 2007, București) a fost un bariton român care, alături de Octav Enigărescu și Nicolae Herlea, a făcut parte din triada de aur a celor mai mari baritoni ai României.

David Ohanesian, foto: Mihai Cosma

În decursul carierei sale artistice a jucat în peste 2.000 de spectacole de operă, interpretând peste 40 de roluri și primind numeroase premii și distincții. A cântat pe marile scene ale lumii, alături de alți mari interpreți ca Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballe, Placido Domingo, Leontyne Price sau Birgit Nilsson. A rămas memorabilă interpretarea sa în rolul Oedip, din opera cu același nume de George Enescu, care i-a adus renumele de cel mai apreciat Oedip al secolului al XX-lea.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

David Ohanesian (born January 6, 1927, Bucharest – died September 30, 2007, Bucharest) was a Romanian baritone who alongside Octav Enigărescu and Nicholas Herlea, was part of the golden triad of the greatest baritones of Romania.
David Ohanesian, Photo: Mihai Cosma

During his artistic career he played in more than 2,000 opera, playing over 40 roles and received numerous awards and accolades. He played on the great stages of the world, along with other great artists like Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballe, Placido Domingo, Leontyne Price and Birgit Nilsson. He remained in the role of Oedipus memorable interpretation of the work of the same name by George Enescu, who earned the reputation of Oedipus appreciated the twentieth century.


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from firefoxchannel: The Web We Want: An Open Letter

I think that this video addresses the truth about the nature and attributes of our virtual world…I think everyone should watch the YouTube video, and understand the statements made by our young: It does make an impact!



The Web We Want: An Open Letter

The Web is our largest shared resource. Let’s keep it free and open for us, and for the next generation.

What kind of Web do you want? Tell us: http://mzl.la/1hHyqBq.

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From Science 2.0: E-Cigarette Users Criticized In New Paper

E-Cigarette Users Criticized In New Paper

E-cigarettes are bad, marijuana is good, according to the latest culture war… Read >

“Black Snow II: A DREAM SHATTERED ” Stylized Effects-Emergence 2 (My art Collection)

Remember winter?


"Black Snow II: A SHATTERED DREAM" (My art Collection)“Black Snow II: A DREAM SHATTERED ” (My art Collection) (Click to enlarge for viewing…)

“Black Snow II: A SHATTERED DREAM” (My art Collection):

  • “Black Snow II: A SHATTERED DREAM” (My art Collection): Color Sketch – Emergence II: 
  • Level of abstraction-203;
  • Number of iterations-122;
  • level of contrast-10;
  • minimum radius-104;
  • maximum radius-180;
  • texture9-strong texture;

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Schubert Liszt Des Mädchens Klage “The Maiden’s Lament ” Valentina Lisitsa


One of the saddest Schubert’s songs ever. Download on iTunes here : http://smarturl.it/LisitsaLiszt_iTu

Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805)
Der Eichwald braust, die Wolken ziehn,
Das Mägdlein sitzt an Ufers Grün,
Es bricht sich die Welle mit Macht, mit Macht,
Und sie seufzt hinaus in die finstre Nacht,
Das Auge von Weinen getrübet.
“Das Herz ist gestorben, die Welt ist leer,
Und weiter gibt sie dem Wunsche nichts mehr,
Du Heilige, rufe dein Kind zurück,
Ich habe gelebt und geliebet!”
Es rinnet der Tränen vergeblicher Lauf,
Die Klage, sie wecket die Toten nicht auf;
Doch nenne, was tröstet und heilet die rust
Nach der süßen Liebe verschwund’ner Lust,
Ich, die Himmlische, will’s nicht versagen.
“Laß rinnen der Tränen vergeblichen Lauf,
Es wecke die Klage den Toten nicht auf!
Das süßeste Glück für die trauernde Brust,
Nach der schönen Liebe verschwund’ner Lust,
Sind der Liebe Schmerzen und Klagen.”

The Eichwald roars, the draw clouds,
The maiden sits on the shore green,
It breaks down the shaft with mighty power,
And she sighs out into the dark night,
The Eye of wines dimmed with.
My heart is dead, the world is empty,
And again, they are desiring nothing more,
Holy one, call back your child,
I have lived and loved!
It rinnet the tears vain course,
The lawsuit, they stir not on the dead;
But say, what comforts and heals the rust
After the sweet love verschwund’ner desire
I, the Celestial, do not deny it.
“Let my tears vain course,
It calls to mind the lament the dead not on!
The Sweetest luck for the grieving chest,
After the beautiful love verschwund’ner desire
Are love and pain complaints.
(translation by Google Translator)

Music score is here: http://imslp.org/wiki/Des_M%C3%A4dche…)

The Rise of Corporate Impunity – ProPublica


The Rise of Corporate Impunity – ProPublica.

Perla’s Upcoming Dates in New Mexico

Perla Batalla in Concert

Perla’s Upcoming Dates in New Mexico

Sunday, May 4th, 2014 – 2:00pm

Marshall Auditorium – Clovis Cultural Arts Series

With Karen Hammack and Gilgerto Gonzalez

417 Schepps Blvd. Clovis NM [map]


Monday, May 5th, 2014 – 730 pm

Lensic Performing Arts Center

Perla is excited to be performing with Grammy Award winning pianist, Jon Gilutin (James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin, Josh Grobin, etc.) Not to be missed!

211 West San Francisco Street Santa Fe NM 87501 [map]


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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Mozart: Overture – ‘Lucio Silla’


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (German: [ˈvɔlfɡaŋ amaˈdeus ˈmoːtsaʁt], English see fn.), name Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart (27 January 1756 — 5 December 1791), was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. At 17, he was engaged as a court musician in Salzburg, but grew restless and travelled in search of a better position, always composing abundantly. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his death. The circumstances of his early death have been much mythologized. He was survived by his wife Constanze and two sons. Mozart learned voraciously from others, and developed a brilliance and maturity of style that encompassed the light and graceful along with the dark and passionate. He composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence on subsequent Western art music is profound; Beethoven composed his own early works in the shadow of Mozart, and Joseph Haydn wrote that “posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfgang…

Lucio Silla (pronounced /ˈluːtʃoʊ ˈsɪlɒ/, Italian pronunciation: [ˈluːtʃo ˈsiːlla]), K. 135, is an Italian opera in three acts composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The libretto was written by Giovanni de Gamerra. It was first performed on 26 December 1772 at the Teatro Regio Ducal in Milan and was regarded as “a moderate success”. Handel’s opera Silla (1713) covered the same subject…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucio_Silla

A link to this wonderful artists Website:http://www.classicalarchives.com/moza…

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Great Compositions/Performances: Brahms: Symphony No.4 in E minor – Bernstein / Wiener Philharmoniker

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No.4 in E minor, Op.98

I. Allegro non troppo (00:00)
II. Andante moderato (13:33)
III. Allegro giocoso (27:19)
IV. Allegro energico e passionato (33:47)

Wiener Philharmoniker
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

September 8, 1988, Luzern

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The Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms is the last of his symphonies. Brahms began working on the piece in Mürzzuschlag. then in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in 1884, just a year after completing his Symphony No. 3, and completed it in 1885.


The symphony is scored for two flutes (one doubling on piccolo), two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones, timpani, triangle (third movement only), and strings


The work was given its premiere in Meiningen on October 25, 1885 with Brahms himself conducting. The piece had earlier been given to a small private audience in a version for two pianos, played by Brahms and Ignaz Brüll. Brahms’ friend and biographer Max Kalbeck, reported that the critic Eduard Hanslick, acting as one of the page-turners, exclaimed on hearing the first movement at this performance: “For this whole movement I had the feeling that I was being given a beating by two incredibly intelligent people.”[2] Hanslick later spoke more approvingly of it, however.[citation needed]

Progressive rock group Yes‘ keyboardist Rick Wakeman used part of the symphony on the instrumental “Cans and Brahms” from the 1971 album Fragile

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SAINT OF THE DAY: May 4 Saint of the Day ST. FLORIAN – May 4


May 4 Saint of the Day

May 4: The St. Florian commemorated in the Roman Martyrology on May …Read More

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Chongmyo Taeje

Chongmyo Taeje is a Confucian memorial ceremony held at Chongmyo (or Jongmyo) Shrine in Seoul, Korea, to honor the kings and queens of the Yi, or Joseon, Dynasty (1392-1910). The shrine houses the ancestral tablets of the monarchs; each year elaborate rites are performed to pay homage to them, and a number of royal descendants, robed in the traditional garments of their ancestors, take part. The rites are accompanied by court music and dance. The ceremony is a grand expression of the widespread Confucian practice of honoring ancestors, either at home or at their graves. More…Discuss

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QUOTATION: In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you. Leo Tolstoy

In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) Discuss


Happy Birthday Audrey

Audrey Hepburn’s 85th Birthday

Hosni Mubarak (1928)

After ascending the ranks of the Egyptian Air Force, Mubarak was appointed vice president of the Arab Republic of Egypt and became president after Anwar Sadat was assassinated in 1981. As president, Mubarak sought to combat economic problems, but his rule suppressed legitimate dissent, tolerated widespread corruption, and faced continued opposition from militant Muslim fundamentalists. Protests in early 2011 led the military to force him to resign. How many days had these protests lasted?More… Discuss

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Margaret Thatcher Becomes Prime Minister of the UK (1979)

Thatcher was Great Britain’s first female prime minister and served longer than any other British prime minister in the 20th century. While in office, she initiated what became known as the “Thatcher Revolution,” a series of social and economic changes that dismantled many aspects of Britain’s postwar welfare state, establishing free-market economic policies and deregulating industries. Before embarking on her political career, she was a research chemist working with what popular dessert food? More… Discuss

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Deaths Climb in Ukraine Unrest

Clashes between pro- and anti-Russian activists in Odessa in southwestern Ukraine claimed dozens of lives on Friday, while in the eastern, rebel-held city ofSlovianskseparatists shot down two Ukrainian army helicopters involved in operations to take back the city. Moscow condemned the “punitive” operations in Sloviansk, saying Ukraine had violated a peace deal by firing on civilians from the air, but Kiev countered saying that the use of missiles to bring down its helicopters proves that Russian forces had already infiltrated the area. More… Discuss

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Saint Paul’s Cathedral

London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral is one of the finest churches built in the English baroque style. The original church dates back to the 7th century, but a series of fires led to architect Sir Christopher Wren redesigning the building in the 17th century. More recently, the cathedral hosted the globally televised 1981 wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer. The cathedral’s prominent form on the skyline is also used frequently in films set in London. What are some examples? More… Discuss

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