Daily Archives: May 31, 2014

make music part of your life series: Nathan Milstein – Glazunov – Meditation in D major, Op 32


Nathan Milstein – Glazunov – Meditation in D major, Op 32

Alexander Glazunov
Meditation in D major, Op 32

Nathan Milstein, violin

Unknown Orchestra
Robert Irving, conductor

Recorded, March 1962

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make music part of your life series: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Magic Flute ~ Papageno’s Aria


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Magic Flute ~ Papageno’s Aria

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K. 620 – Act 2, Aria: “Ein Mädchen Oder Weibchen” ~ “A Maiden Or A Little Wife” Aria.

Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen
A girl or a little wife

Wünscht Papageno sich
Wishes Papageno

O so ein sanftes Täubchen
O, such a soft little dove

Wär Seligkeit für mich.
Would be bliss for me.

Dann schmeckte mir Trinken und Essen;
Then drink and food would taste good to me;
Dann könnte’ ich

Then I could
mit Fuersten mich messen,
Measure myself with princes,

Des Lebens als Weiser mich freun,
Enjoy life as a wiseman,

und wie im Elysium sein.
And feel like I’m in Elysium.

Ach, kann ich denn keiner von allen
Ah, can I not please any of all

den reizenden Mädchen gefallen?
Those charming girls?

Helf’ eine mir nur aus der Not,
If only someone would help me out in this need,

Sonst gräm¹ ich mich wahrlich zu Tod.
Otherwise I will worry myself to death.

Wird keiner mir Liebe gewähren,
If no one will grant me love,

So muss mich die Flamme verzehren;
Then the flame must consume me;

Doch küsst mich ein weiblicher Mund,
Still, if a feminine mouth kisses me,

so bin ich schon wieder gesund.
Then I will be immediately well again!

Performed by Michael Kraus, Georg Solti; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Chorus.

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great compositions/performances:Kempff plays Schubert Piano Sonata in B Major D575


Kempff plays Schubert Piano Sonata in B Major D575

Franz Schubert:
Piano Sonata in B Major D575:
Mvt.I: Allegro ma non troppo 00:00
Mvt.II: Andante 08:04
Mvt.III: Scherzo. Allegretto 13:49
Mvt.IV: Allegro giusto 19:25

Wilhelm Kempff: piano

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quotation: “You see, but you do not observe.” Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

You see, but you do not observe.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) Discuss

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today’s holiday: Royal Brunei Armed Forces Day

Royal Brunei Armed Forces Day

The formation of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces took place on May 31, 1961, and is commemorated each year. Brunei had been a British protectorate since 1888, dependent on the British armed forces for its defense. In 1961, Brunei recruits began training as part of a transition period toward independence for the country, which occurred in 1984. Around the country, there may be parades and military displays put on by various units of the armed forces. In the capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan, it is usually commemorated at the Taman Haji Sir Omar Ali Saifuddien in the city center. More… Discuss

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today’s birthday: Walt Whitman (1819) Leaves of Grass – Book 1 – Poems of Walt Whitman – FULL Audio Book (Poetry Librivox recording)

Walt Whitman (1819)

Whitman was an innovative American poet whose works dealt overtly with topics like sexuality while celebrating the collective experience of an idealized, democratic American life. In 1855, he published at his own expense Leaves of Grass, a volume of 12 poems. It was a commercial failure but became one of the most influential volumes of poetry in the history of American literature. Whitman’s much-recited poem “O Captain! My Captain!” was written as a tribute to what US president? More… Discuss


Leaves of Grass – Book 1 – Poems of Walt Whitman – FULL Audio Book – Poetry

Leaves of Grass – Book 1 – Poems of Walt Whitman – FULL Audio Book – Poetry

American poet Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass,” is a massive collection of poems comprised of a stunning 35 books and is notable for its praise of the senses, during a time when such candid displays were considered immoral. Prior to the writing of Leaves of Grass, most English language poetry relied on symbolism, allegory, and meditation on religious and spiritual topics. Leaves of Grass is a stark contrast, as it glorifies the body and material world above all else.

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Book 1 — 00:00:0000:29:58
Read by: Gord Mackenzie

— More about Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” —

Walt Whitman was inspired to begin work on Leaves of Grass after reading an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson in which he expressed a need for a uniquely American poet. When the book was first published, Whitman sent a copy to Emerson, whose complimentary letter of response aided in its success. President Abraham Lincoln, a personal hero of Whitman, is noted to have read and thoroughly enjoyed an early version of Leaves of Grass. Despite critical acclaim, Whitman faced charges of creating obscene, immoral work, but this inadvertently added to the popularity of his book.

Whitman continually revised and republished Leaves of Grass throughout his lifetime, most notably adding the “Drum-Taps” section after Lincoln’s assassination. The book grew from 12 poems in its first publication. to nearly 400 poems in its final version (the “Death Bed Edition”).

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news: Cancer in Refugee Camps

Cancer in Refugee Camps

Historically, combating infectious diseases and malnutrition have been the primary concerns of health workers in refugee camps. Unfortunately, this leaves those refugees with equally deadly but non-communicative and expensive-to-treat diseases, like cancer, with few treatment options. This is a growing problem, say researchers, as refugees today remain displaced for substantially longer periods than in the past and the numbers of those displaced have swelled considerably in recent years. Between 2010 and 2012, the UNHCR Exceptional Care Committee, which funds costly medical care for refugees, approved and funded just half of the applications from refugees in Jordan with cancer. More… Discuss

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this day in the yesteryear: The Ancash Earthquake (1970)

The Ancash Earthquake (1970)

The 1970 Ancash earthquake was a severe undersea earthquake that affected the Peruvian region of Ancash,

Yungay cemetery in Ancash, Peru.

Yungay cemetery in Ancash, Peru. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

killing at least 50,000 people. Combined with a subsequent landslide, it was the most catastrophic natural disaster ever recorded in the history of Peru. The quake destabilized part of Mount Huascarán, an extinct volcano and Peru’s highest mountain, triggering a rock and snow avalanche that buried the towns of Yungay and Ranrahirca. What was the magnitude of the earthquake? More… Discuss

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article: Totem Poles

Totem Poles

Totem poles are towering sculptures carved from trees by a number of Native American peoples along the Pacific Northwest coast of North America. They display mythological images, usually animal spirits. The poles

Totem poles in front of houses in Alert Bay, B...

Totem poles in front of houses in Alert Bay, British Columbia in the 1900s. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

are erected to identify the owner of a house or other property, welcome visitors, indicate a portal or passageway, mark a gravesite, and even to ridicule an important person who failed in some way. Why was this last type of pole—a “shame pole”—erected in Cordova, Alaska, in 2007? More… Discuss

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word: amalgamate


Definition: (verb) To combine into a unified or integrated whole; unite.
Synonyms: commix, mingle, unify, mix
Usage: The three zones mingle and amalgamate along the edges, like the colors in the solar spectrum. Discuss.
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