Daily Archives: May 8, 2014

Noam Chomsky “Vietnam War Remembered” [FULL TALK + Q&A]


Noam ChomskyVietnam War Remembered” [FULL TALK + Q&A]

Published on May 2, 2014

MUST WATCH Talk by Prof. Noam Chomsky Remembering the Vietnam War.

Date – 2005

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Make Music Part of your Life Series: Bach Busoni Chaconne D Minor BWV 1004 Valentina Lisitsa


Bach Busoni Chaconne D Minor BWV 1004 Valentina Lisitsa

Published on May 7, 2014

Recorded during pre-concert rehearsal at Torroella de Montgri April 17 2014 .
Your next best chance to hear it live :
Paris, May 21, 2014 , Salle Gaveau

Special thanks to http://www.jorquerapianos.com/ for one of the best pianos I ever encountered

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Antonin Dvorak – Slavonic Dances: Op. 46 & Op. 72


Antonin DvorakSlavonic Dances: Op. 46 & Op. 72

Published on Aug 1, 2012

The Slavonic Dances are a series of 16 orchestral pieces composed by Antonín Dvořák in 1878 and 1886 and published in two sets as Opus 46 and Opus 72 respectively; they were inspired by Johannes Brahms‘s own Hungarian Dances.

The types of dances upon which Dvořák based his music include the furiant, the dumka, the polka, the sousedská, the skočná, the mazurka, the odzemek, the špacírka, the kolo and the polonaise.

Opus 46
0:00 No. 1 in C major: Presto (Furiant)
3:38 No. 2 in E minor: Allegretto scherzando (Dumka)
8:21 No. 3 in A-flat major: Poco allegro (Polka)
12:31 No. 4 in F major: Tempo di Minuetto (Sousedská)
20:19 No. 5 in A major: Allegro vivace (Skočná)
23:31 No. 6 in D major: Allegretto scherzando (Sousedská)
28:05 No. 7 in C minor: Allegro assai (Skočná)
31:19 No. 8 in G minor: Presto (Furiant)

Opus 72
34:58 No. 1 (9) in B major: Molto vivace (Odzemek)
38:33 No. 2 (10) in E minor: Allegretto grazioso (Starodávný)
43:42 No. 3 (11) in F major: Allegro (Skočná)
46:51 No. 4 (12) in D-flat major: Allegretto grazioso (Dumka)
51:48 No. 5 (13) in B-flat minor: Poco adagio (Špacírka)
54:08 No. 6 (14) in B-flat major: Moderato, quasi Minuetto (Starodávný -“Ancient”-)
57:43 No. 7 (15) in C major: Allegro vivace (Kolo)
1:00:51 No. 8 (16) in A-flat major: Grazioso e lento, ma non troppo, quasi tempo di Valse (Sousedská)

No copyright infringement intended. The rights of this song/composition go to their respective owners.
**I’m talking about the recordings**

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Ottorino Respighi – Three Botticelli Pictures


Ottorino Respighi – Three Botticelli Pictures

Published on Jul 5, 2012

Three Botticelli Pictures (Trittico Botticelliano)
0:01 = The Spring (La Primavera)
5:32 = The Adoration of the Magi (L’adorazione dei Magi)
14:09 = The Birth of Venus (La nascita di Venere)

In this 1990 studio recording, Tamás Vásáry conducts the Bournemouth Sinfonietta. This recording is owned by Chandos.
If you’re interested in buying the CD/MP3, it is available at ArkivMusic:

And at Amazon:

The CD/MP3 also includes Respighi’s The Birds and Adagio con variazioni.
I’ve already uploaded Respighi’s Adagio on my channel:
Here are the links to the images (which aren’t mine) featured in this video:
0:22 = http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/v…
3:01 = http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/v…
5:35 = http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/v…
9:08 = http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/v…
10:17 = http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/v…
11:24 = http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/v…
14:14 = http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/v…
16:55 = http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/v…

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Th. Morley – Dances for Broken Consort, from the First Booke of Consort Lesson (1599)


Th. Morley – Dances for Broken Consort, from the First Booke of Consort Lesson (1599)

From THE FIRST BOOKE OF CONSORT LESSONS, made by diuers exquisite Authors, for six Instruments to play together, the Treble Lute, the Bandora, the Cittern, the Base-Violl, the Flute & Treble-Violl
[published by William Barley in 1599]

William Byrd [1543-1623]
I. Mounsier’s Almaine – 0:05

John Dowland [1562-1626]
II. Lachrimae Pavan2:39

Anonymous composer [16th c.]
III. Michill’s Galliard – 7:15

John Dowland
IV. My Lord Chamberlain’s Galliard (lute duet) – 9:31

Richard Nicholson [c.1570 – Oxford, 1639]
V. The Jew’s Dance – 12:04

John Dowland
VI. Captaine Piper’s Pavan – 13:51
VII. Galliard – 18:07

William Byrd
VIII. My Lord of Oxenford’s Maske – 21:12

Thomas Morley [1557/8-1602]
IX. La Coranta- 24:05
X. Lavolto (La volta) – 26:32

Performed by The Early Music Consort of London
dir. David Munrow (recorder)
D. Nesbitt (triple viol), Jane Ryan (bass viol)
Desmond Dupre (Renaissance lute)
Ian Harwood (cittern)
Robert Spencer (pandora / lute)

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TODAY’S SAINT: St. Peter of Tarantaise May 8: Cistercian Archbishop

May 8 Saint of the DaySt. Peter of Tarantaise
May 8: Cistercian archbishop. Peter was born near Vienne, in Dauphine, … Read More

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Helston Flora Day

According to legend, there was a large stone that blocked off the entrance to hell. One night Satan tried to steal the stone; on his way through Cornwall, England, he was intercepted by the Archangel Michael, who forced him to drop the stone and flee. The town where he dropped it was called Helston (from Hellstone). The people of Helston continue to celebrate the Archangel’s victory with the Helston Flora Day. The day’s festivities include the “Furry dance,” which is performed in the streets by men in top hats and women in fancy dresses, and a trip to the woods in search of flowers and leaves. More… Discuss

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QUOTATION: Upton Sinclair “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.

Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) Discuss

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Miyoshi Umeki (1929)

Miyoshi Umeki (1929)

Umeki was an Academy Award-winning, Japanese-born actress best known for her roles as Katsumi in the 1957 film Sayonara and as Mrs. Livingston, the housekeeper, in the TV series The Courtship of Eddie’s Father. In 1958, she became the first Asian performer to win an Academy Award when she won an Oscar for her role in Sayonara. She also played the role of Mei Li in both the Broadway and film versions of Flower Drum Song. Where did Umeki begin her performing career? More… Discuss

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: Antoine Lavoisier Tried, Convicted, and Guillotined (1794)

Antoine Lavoisier Tried, Convicted, and Guillotined (1794)

Known today as the “father of modern chemistry,” Lavoisier was among the first to use quantitative methods in chemical investigations. He stated the first version of the Law of Conservation of Mass, named oxygen and discovered its role in combustion, and helped to construct the metric system. Lavoisier also worked to improve economic and social conditions in France. He was beheaded during the Reign of Terror because, as a member of the farmers general, one of his duties was to do what? More… Discuss

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NEWS: UNESCO Worries Great Barrier Reef “in Danger”

UNESCO Worries Great Barrier Reef “in Danger”

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and a dumping ground for dredged sediment if reef authorities have anything to say about it. A plan has been approved to dispose sediment there in January as part of a project to expand the Abbot Point port and make it one of the world’s biggest coal ports, and this has UNESCO worried. The reef is already facing decline as a result of climate change, pollution, and other human activities, and the dumping could do further damage. UNESCO is now considering listing the natural wonder as a World Heritage in Danger site. More… Discuss

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ARTICLE: Elasmotherium – Unicorns of Old

Elasmotherium: Unicorns of Old

The mythical unicorn may have been inspired in part by real-life creatures—members of the extinct genus Elasmotherium, comprising single-horned, giant rhinoceroses that roamed what is now Siberia and southern Russia during the Pleistocene ice age, which began 1.8 million years ago. Having some of the attributes of horses, they were herbivorous like most other rhinoceroses and had molar teeth that never stopped growing. How long were their supposedly enormous horns? More… Discuss

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Word: candor


Definition: (noun) The quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech.
Synonyms: forthrightness, frankness, directness
Usage: While I appreciate candor, sometimes a little white lie is necessary to protect a person’s feelings. Discuss.
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