Daily Archives: June 6, 2014

just a thought: “There is no difference between people, not that we’re born with, not of any significance.” (©always)


just a thought:  “There is no difference between people. Not in our make at least. The differences are pondered upon us by the culture and tradition of the people we’re born to. Our natural senses about the world around us are shaped into the likeness of those around us from early age, before we can determine by ourselves the values that are imposed upon us.

There is no difference between people, not that we’re born with, not of any significance.” (©always)

George B.

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great compositions/performances: Horowitz: Scriabin Etude for piano in minor, Op. 2/1 & Etude for piano in D minor, Op. 8/12


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Horowitz: Horowitz in Moscow
7. Alexander Scriabin: Etude for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 2/1
8. Alexander Scriabin: Etude for piano in D sharp minor, Op. 8/12

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make music part of your life series: Antonín Dvořák – Waltzes, Op. 54


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Antonín Dvořák – Waltzes, Op. 54

Kai Adomeit, piano
Antonín Dvořák – Waltzes, Op. 54

1. No. 1, moderato in A major 3’35
2. No. 2, allegro con fuoco in A minor 3’20
3. No. 3, poco allegro in E major 2’43
4. No. 4, allegro vivace in D flat major 2’48
5. No. 5, allegro in B flat major 2’34
6. No. 6, allegro in F major 3’49
7. No. 7, allegro in D minor 2’20
8. No. 8, allegro vivace in E flat major 2’47

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make music part of life series: Edvard Grieg (1843-1907): “Bridal Procession” piano roll


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Edvard Grieg (1843-1907): “Bridal Procession” piano roll

 

Tomb of Edvard Grieg near Troldhaugen in Norway.

Tomb of Edvard Grieg near Troldhaugen in Norway. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Edvard Grieg was much in demand as a soloist in the latter part of his life. His many short works for piano solo, as well as his famous concerto, led to his music being well known and loved across Europe. He left a number of piano rolls, but more importantly in 1903 he recorded a few records for the G&T company in Paris. These show his spirited and fresh approach to performing his own works. His style is flexible, charming, by turns sometimes capricious, but always controlled within the bounds of impeccable taste and musical understanding.

Some stimulating comparisons and distinctions can be made between Grieg’s own performances and those of Arthur de Greef (whose playing Grieg very much liked), as well recordings by other pianists from the first few decades of the 20th century.

I rather feel that Grieg’s own way with is own works is generally a much better way than we hear them performed now, and which was already being eroded by other younger pianists even when these records were made.

This recording is of a Welte piano roll made by Grieg in 1906. It makes for good comparison with his acoustic recording of 1903.

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make music part of your life series: Horowitz plays Schumann Toccata in C Major, Op.7


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Horowitz plays Schumann Toccata in C Major, Op.7

 

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make music part of your life series: Arvey-Francis Duo – “Oriental” Dance No.2 by Enrique Granados


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Arvey-Francis Duo – “Oriental” Dance No.2 by Enrique Granados

The Arvey-Francis Duo
Spanish Dance No. 2 “Oriental”
Music by Enrique Granados.
Performed by Evelyn Arvey and Mark Francis
Recorded November 10, 2010
Produced and Engineered by Kevin Callahan
Quaver Studios, Seattle WA
http://www.arveyfrancis.com

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make music part of your life series: ROSSINI: William Tell Overture


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ROSSINI: William Tell Overture (1829)
London Philharmonic, Alfred Scholz

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make music part of your life series: Grieg Holberg Suite Op. 40 グリーグ ホルベルク組曲 (amateur string orchestra playing in Nagoya Japan.)


“I dedicate this music that fills my heart with  joy to all my friends with all my love, appreciation and hope for a better tomorrow!”

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Grieg Holberg Suite Op. 40 グリーグ ホルベルク組曲

The movements of the suite are:

  1. Praeludium (Allegro vivace) 00:00
  2. Sarabande (Andante) 03:01
  3. Gavotte (Allegretto) 08:27
  4. Air (Andante religioso) 12:31
  5. Rigaudon (Allegro con brio) 20:21

Nagoya Streichersolisten Summer Concert 2012 directed By Kato Akira
We are the amateur string orchestra playing in Nagoya Japan.
Summer concerts are held once a year.
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Statue of Holberg in Bergen, Norway

Statue of Holberg in Bergen, Norway (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Holberg Suite, Op. 40, more properly “From Holberg’s Time” (Norwegian: Fra Holbergs tid, German: Aus Holbergs Zeit), subtitled “Suite in olden style” (Norwegian: Suite i gammel stil, German: Suite im alten Stil), is a suite of five movements based on eighteenth century dance forms, written by Edvard Grieg in 1884 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Danish-Norwegian humanist playwright Ludvig Holberg.

It exemplifies

Edvard Grieg, who was a strong influence on De...

Edvard Grieg, who was a strong influence on Delius’s earlier music (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

nineteenth century music which makes use of musical styles and forms from the preceding century. It can be compared with Franz Liszt‘s À la Chapelle Sixtine, S.360 (1862) and contrasted with later neoclassical works.

The Holberg Suite was originally composed for the piano, but a year later was adapted for string orchestra. The suite consists of an introduction and a set of dances. It is a charming, early essay in neo-classicism, an attempt to echo as much as was known in Grieg’s time of the music of Holberg’s era.[1]

Although it is not as famous as Grieg’s incidental music from Peer Gynt, which is itself usually performed as arranged in a pair of suites, many critics regard the works as of equal merit.[2

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make music part of your life series: Antonín Dvořák – Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60, B. 112


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Antonín DvořákSymphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60, B. 112

Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Zdenek Kosler

Antonín Dvořák – Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60, B. 112
1. Allegro non tanto 12’52
2. Adagio 10’56
3. Scherzo, Furiant 6’55
4. Finale, allegro con spirito 10’34

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today’s holiday : National Agriculture Fair at Santarém


National Agriculture Fair at Santarém

The most important agricultural fair in Portugal is held for 10 days in June each year at Santarém, capital of the rich agricultural province of Ribatejo. Although the focus of the Ribatejo Fair is on farming and livestock breeding, there is also a colorful program of bullfighting, folk singing, and dancing, as well as a procession of campinos, or bull-herders. Many other European countries exhibit farm animals and machinery at the Feira Nacional de Agricultura. More… Discuss

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Quotation: Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage. Ambrose Bierce


Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) Discuss

today’s birthday: Sukarno (1901)


Sukarno (1901)

Sukarno helped Indonesia win independence from the Netherlands and served as the country’s first president. He attempted to consolidate his multi-island nation and establish a “guided democracy,” with a cabinet representing all political parties. Regional and factional problems, however, led him to dissolve the assembly and assume full dictatorial powers. He proclaimed himself president for life in 1963, but an attempted Communist coup late in 1965 triggered a military takeover by whom? More… Discuss

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this day in the yesteryear: D-Day: The Allies Land on Normandy Beaches (1944)


D-Day: The Allies Land on Normandy Beaches (1944)

The Battle of Normandy during World War II was fought between the German forces occupying Western Europe and the invading Allied armies. More than 156,000 troops crossed the English Channel during the initial invasion, which remains the largest amphibious landing in history. The campaign continued for more than two months and concluded with the liberation of Paris. Of the Allies’ five landing points, Omaha Beach proved to be the most deadly. How many troops were killed there that day? More… Discuss

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Big Ben history and chimes!


Big Ben

Big Ben is the nickname of the clock tower at the Palace of Westminster in London. Famous for its accuracy, the clock rings in the new year in England.
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Originally, only the Great Bell—the largest bell in the tower—was called “Big Ben,” but eventually, the moniker was applied to the clock itself and then to the entire tower. In 2012, the iconic British landmark was officially renamed Elizabeth Tower, in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. Who is generally accepted as the real-life “Ben”? More… Discuss

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word: admonitory


admonitory 

Definition: (adjective) Serving to warn.
Synonyms: cautionary, exemplary
Usage: Bella, entering with a raised admonitory finger, kissed Lizzie softly, but said not a word. Discuss.
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5 Things to Know About Vodafone’s Surveillance Report – WSJ


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5 Things to Know About Vodafone’s Surveillance Report – WSJ.