Daily Archives: June 2, 2014

make music part of your life series: Celtic song – She moved through the fair – Caitlin



Celtic song_She moved through the fair – Caitlin





Caitlin sings the beautiful traditional Irish folk song ‘She moved through the fair’.
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great compositions/performances: Clara Haskil plays Schumann Waldszenen


Clara Haskil plays Schumann Waldszenen

Robert Schumann (1810-1856):
Waldszenen (Forest Scenes) opus 82 (1848/49)
1. Eintritt (Entrance) at 0:17
2. Jäger auf der Lauer (Hunter in Ambush) 01:59
3. Einsame Blumen (Lonely Flowers) 03:12
4. Verrufene Stelle (Haunted Spot) 05:16
5. Freundliche Landschaft (Pleasant Landscape) 07:42
6. Herberge (Wayside Inn) 08:40
7. Vogel als Prophet (Bird as Prophet) 10:24
8. Jagdlied (Hunting Song) 13:26
9. Abschied (Farewell) 15:43

Clara Haskil (1895-1960), piano
Recorded in 1947

Artwork: paintings of various German Romantic painters.

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great comopositions/performances: Johannes Brahms, How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place, Caspar David Friedrich


Johannes Brahms, How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place, Caspar David Friedrich

Johannes Brahms (1833- 1897), Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (How lovely is thy dwelling place), from Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45. Robert Shaw, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
With works by Caspar David Friedrich (1774- 1840).

Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen,
Herr Zebaoth!
Meine Seele verlanget und sehnet sich
nach den Vorhöfen des Herrn;
mein Leib und Seele freuen sich
in dem lebendigen Gott.
Wohl denen, die in deinem Hause wohnen,
die loben dich immerdar. Psalm 84:1,2,4

How lovely are thy tabernacles,
O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, yea, even faints
for the courts of the Lord:
my heart and my flesh cries out
for the living God.
Blessed are they that dwell in thy house:
they will always be praising thee. Psalm 84:1,2,4

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make music part of your life series: Franz Schubert: Rondo in A major D.438 for violin and strings


Franz Schubert: Rondo in A major D.438 for violin and strings

European Journey – The pulse of Europe: Austria
Slovenian Philharmonic String Quartet with guests
Oliver Dizdarević Škrabar – solo violin
Žiga Faganel – violin
Irina Kevorkova – violin
Maja Rome – viola
Gordana Keller Petrej – cello
Petar Brčarević – double bass

Slovenian Philharmonic – The Slavko Osterc Hall
September 23, 2012

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historic musical moments: Beethoven – String Quartet No.6 in B flat major, Op.18 – Végh Quartet – 1952


Beethoven – String Quartet No.6 in B flat major, Op.18 – Végh Quartet – 1952

Ludwig van Beethoven: The Early String Quartets, Opus 18
String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major, Op. 18, No. 6
(Streichquartett Nr. 6 in B-dur, Op. 18, Nr. 6)

I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Scherzo. Allegro
IV. La Malinconia. Adagio – Allegretto quasi Allegro

Végh Quartet
Sándor Végh, 1st violin
Sándor Zöldy, 2nd violin
Georges Janzer, viola
Paul Szabo, violoncello

The 1952 Haydn Society Recordings

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Virtual economy, poetic thought by George B

Virtual economy, poetic thought by George B

The paint not dry yet
The painting’s hanging on the wall
Still swaying, slightly,
On the wall that isn’t dry yet,
Between tenancies,
In a building that’s still under construction
That still needs permits,
corridors to be painted,
last coat,
and a roof, and doors…
Economic recovery…
Economic discovery…
Virtual economy…

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A Piece of The Pi: New York Artist Claims Trademark To Symbol π

too bad there weren’t trademarks in the time of Archimedes!


140px-pi-symbolsvgWe have long discussed the insane evolution of trademark and copyright laws. Now a New York artist Paul Ingrisano, aka “Pi Productions Corp” of New York is claiming that he holds the trademark to symbol π.—pi followed by a period—a design. It is the perfect irrational trademark claim for the ultimate irrational number.

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Monday Awareness



These things will destroy the human race:
politics without principle,
progress without compassion,
wealth without work,
learning without silence,
religion without fearlessness,
and worship without awareness.
~ Anthony DeMello

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great compositions/performances: F. Schubert – Symphony No. 4 “Tragic” in C minor, D. 417 (Harnoncourt)


F. SchubertSymphony No. 4 “Tragic” in C minor, D. 417 Conductor – Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Wiener Philharmoniker
Musikvereinssaal Wien

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The symphony has four movements (a performance lasts around 30 minutes.)
  1. Adagio molto – Allegro vivace
  2. Andante in A flat major
  3. Menuetto. Allegro vivace – Trio in E flat major
  4. Allegro

The Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D. 417, commonly called the Tragic (German: Tragische), was composed by Franz Schubert in April 1816.[1] It was completed one year after the Third Symphony, when Schubert was 19 years old. However, the work was premiered only on November 19, 1849, in Leipzig, more than two decades after Schubert’s death.[citation needed]

The title Tragic is Schubert’s own. It was added to the autograph manuscript some time after the work was completed.[1] It is not known exactly why he added the title, but the work is one of only two symphonies (the Unfinished Symphony is the other) which Schubert wrote in a minor key.

The symphony is scored for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B-flat, 2 bassoons, 4 horns in A-flat, C and E-flat, 2 trumpets in C and E-flat, timpani and strings.

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make music part of your life series: Boccherini / Octet (Notturno) in G major, Op. 38 No. 4 (G. 470)


Boccherini / Octet (Notturno) in G major, Op. 38 No. 4 (G. 470)

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

Octet (Notturno) in G major, Op. 38 No. 4 [G. 470] (1787)

00:00 – Andante amoroso
11:14 – Finale. Allegro vivo

Tafelmusik, dir. Jeanne Lamon (1992)

Violins – Jeanne Lamon & Ingrid Matthews
Viola – Stephen Marvin
Violoncellos – Anner Bylsma & Christina Mahler
Double bass – David Sinclair
Flute – Marten Root
Bassoon – Michael McCraw
Horn – Derek Conrod

“The Notturno [in G major] is really a chamber work for two violins, a viola, two cellos, oboe (or flute), bassoon, and horn — heard here in a nonet version with a double bass. It opens with a charming ‘Andantino amoroso ma non largo’ in an ABA form, marked with Boccherini’s pleas for grace — such as ‘con grazia’ and ‘dolcissimo e teneramente’. The work continues with a minuet with ‘reversed’ harmonies, beginning on an extended dominant seventh and resolving to the tonic. A trio and a ‘minore’ section are interspersed with the main body of the minuet in true 18th-century fashion. The finale is an ‘Allegro vivo’ in sonata form. It opens softly and then bursts out with a zest that carries through the movement. After a curious series of dotted chords that reach into the flat keys before a short pause, Boccherini leads the listener back into the merry chase in a manner worthy of Haydn at his best. The movement ends with no warning, in just the delightful spirit in which it began.” – David Montgomery

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quotation: Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian. Herman Melville

Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.

Herman Melville (1819-1891) Discuss

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today’s holiday: St. Elmo’s Day

St. Elmo’s Day

The day known as St. Elmo’s Day is actually St. Erasmus‘s Day, in honor of a third-century Italian bishop who is thought to have suffered martyrdom around the year 304. Erasmus was a patron saint of sailors and was especially popular in the 13th century. Sometimes at sea on stormy nights, sailors will see a pale, brushlike spray of electricity at the top of the mast. In the Middle Ages, they believed that these fires were the souls of the departed, rising to glory through the intercession of St. Elmo. Such an electrical display is still referred to as “St. Elmo’s Fire.” More… Discuss

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today’s birthday: Thomas Hardy (1840)

Thomas Hardy (1840)

A novelist and poet, Hardy was one of the 19th century’s great English writers. Though he started out writing poetry and regarded the novel as an inferior genre, his first published works were novels, and it was through them that he gained fame as a writer. Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891) and Jude the Obscure (1895) are considered his masterpieces. At the height of his success, Hardy gave up writing novels and began publishing poetry. What compelled him to finally make the change? More… Discuss
The Man He Killed by Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

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this day in the yesteryear: Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of England (1953)

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of England (1953)

Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom, is the elder daughter and successor of George VI. At age 18, she was made a state counsellor, a confidante of the King. During World War II, she trained as a second lieutenant in the women’s services. In 1947, she married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh. They were in Kenya when the King died and Elizabeth succeeded to the throne. Her coronation was the first to be televised. Elizabeth is Britain’s second-longest reigning monarch. Who is the first? More… Discuss

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news: Poison Toad Invades Madagascar

Poison Toad Invades Madagascar

The Asian common toad, a relative of the cane toad that has devastated wildlife in Australia, has been spotted in Madagascar, raising concerns of an impending ecological disaster similar to that seen in Australia. The cane toad was intentionally introduced to Australia in the 1930s in an effort to control the population of an agricultural pest, but it produces a toxin that is deadly to the birds, mammals, and reptiles that prey on it too. It is thought that the poisonous Asian common toad may have reached Madagascar by stowing away on a cargo ship, as the first sightings took place in Toamasina, the island nation‘s main port. More… Discuss

As a commemoration of The 60th. anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation of Tuesday 2nd. June 1953 at Westminster Abbey I thought it appropriate to post the full version in one video of the much celebrated colour film chronicle of this most sacred & ancient event. (I’d hoped to have had this uploaded pre 2nd. June. Technical issues needed to be overcome before it could be posted. Although The Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend In NSW is still a fitting day for this posting.) Continue reading

The Internal-Combustion Engine

The Internal-Combustion Engine

The world we live in would be nothing like it is today were it not for the internal-combustion engine. In 1885, Gottlieb Daimler built an internal-combustion engine that is widely viewed as the prototype of the modern gas engine, and Karl Benz built the first practical automobile powered by an internal-combustion engine, ushering in a new era in transportation. Today, internal-combustion engines are used to power everything from cars and trucks to locomotives, ships, and jets. How do they work? More… Discuss

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word: opprobrium


Definition: (noun) Disgrace arising from exceedingly shameful conduct; ignominy.
Synonyms: obloquy
Usage: The candidate’s racist comments attracted public opprobrium. Discuss.
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