Daily Archives: July 8, 2014

make music part of your life series: George Gershwin – Cuban Overture


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George GershwinCuban Overture

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Born the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants into the vibrant life of Manhattan, George Gershwin created much of the twentieth century’s musical highlights, with an endless stream of hit shows. His fascination with classical music, and his fusion of many varied musical forms like jazz, blues and ragtime, brought us the likes of Porgy and Bess and Rhapsody in Blue.

Cuban Overture (running time : 11:16)
Courtesy goes to Richard Hayman and his Symphony Orchestra.

Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, described aptly as a “Rhumba” , was written in 1932. It is a lively evocation of the spirit of Cuba, bringing together the two sides of composer’s abilities, a synthesis of art, jazz and Latin America.

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make music part of your life series: Promenade. (Walking the dog). George Gershwin.


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Promenade. (Walking the dog). George Gershwin.

 

great compositions/performances: Mussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition ( Full ) – BPO / Karajan*


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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition ( Full ) – BPO / Karajan*

Herbert Von Karajan for PIFAL

Herbert Von Karajan for PIFAL (Photo credit: Arturo Espinosa)

With the original survived pictures of Hartmann and others

make music part of your life series: Sergei Rachmaninoff – Études-Tableaux, Op. 39


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Sergei RachmaninoffÉtudes-Tableaux, Op. 39

N. Lugansky, piano

Rachmaninoff, in his later years, toured the U...

Rachmaninoff, in his later years, toured the United States extensively, and became an American citizen shortly before his death. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No. 1, in C minor
No. 2, in A minor
No. 3, in F sharp minor
No. 4, in B minor
No. 5, in E flat minor
No. 6, in A minor
No. 7, in C minor
No. 8, in D minor
No. 9, in D major

 

 

Hot hot hot – this pressed: Microsoft Fixes 24 Browser Flaws, Adobe Repairs Flash Player Bug – Page: 1 | CRN


Microsoft Fixes 24 Browser Flaws, Adobe Repairs Flash Player Bug – Page: 1 | CRN.

Logo of Adobe Systems Incorporated

Logo of Adobe Systems Incorporated (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Microsoft is taking over Yahoo!

Microsoft is taking over Yahoo! (Photo credit: Gnal)

Gustave Dore: Engraving of Don Quixote and several other works (19th Century)


Gustave Dore engraving of Don Quixote19th Century

Gustave Dore engraving of Don Quixote19th Century

Gustave dore crusades miracles

Gustave dore crusades miracles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gustave Dore Enigma

Gustave Dore Enigma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Français : Gustave Doré licence : source : htt...

Français : Gustave Doré licence : source : http://www.antiquemapsandprints.com/gustave-dore.htm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gustave Doré (French, 1832-1883), "Little...

Gustave Doré (French, 1832-1883), “Little Red Riding Hood” (Photo credit: sofi01)

Gustave Dore (1832-1883), "Les Fées (Scèn...

Gustave Dore (1832-1883), “Les Fées (Scène Tirée de Shakespeare)” (Photo credit: sofi01)

Gustave Dore Contes drolatiques cover

Gustave Dore Contes drolatiques cover (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first ascent of the Matterhorn by Gustave Doré

The first ascent of the Matterhorn by Gustave Doré (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gustave Dore Inferno23

Gustave Dore Inferno23 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Andromeda exposed to the sea-monster (1869) Gu...

Andromeda exposed to the sea-monster (1869) Gustave Doré. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jonah Cast Forth By The Whale, by Gustave Doré.

Jonah Cast Forth By The Whale, by Gustave Doré. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Over London–by Rail from London: A Pilgrimage ...

Over London–by Rail from London: A Pilgrimage (1872) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

quotation: Mark Twain (on friendship)


The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are in the wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are in the right.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss

today’s holiday: San Fermin Festival


San Fermin Festival

The festivities surrounding this well-known festival in Pamplona, Spain, honoring the city’s bishop, begin with a rocket fired from the balcony of the town hall. Bands of txistularis—with dancers, drummers, and txistu players (a musical instrument like a flute)—march through the town playing songs announcing the “running of the bulls,” an event that has taken place here for 400 years. Each morning, young men, dressed in typical Basque costumes, risk their lives running through the streets ahead of the bulls being run to the bullring where the bullfights will be held. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Ferdinand, Graf von Zeppelin (1838)


 

Italiano: Descrizione: Ferdinand Graf von Zepp...

Italiano: Descrizione: Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin Fonte: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/photodraw/portraits/zeppelin.jpg licenza: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Ferdinand, Graf von Zeppelin (1838)

 

Zeppelin began working with balloons for human transport as an observer during the American Civil War. In 1891, he retired from the Prussian army to devote himself to building motor-driven airships. Zeppelin invented the first rigid airship in 1900, but the experiment exhausted his funds. Luckily, public opinion was so strongly in favor of his airship project that donations largely financed his future work. Whom did his granddaughter later threaten to sue for sullying her family’s name? More… Discuss

 

this day in the yesteryear: Sweden Defeated at the Battle of Poltava (1709)


Sweden Defeated at the Battle of Poltava (1709)

During the Great Northern War, neighboring countries sought to break Swedish supremacy in the Baltic area. Its most famous battle is likely the Battle of Poltava, which occurred after Charles XII of Sweden invaded Ukraine and—lacking reinforcements and seeking a stronghold—laid siege to Poltava. When the battle began, 45,000 Russian troops faced just 14,000 Swedish soldiers. The Russian victory effectively ended Sweden’s role as a major power. What did the Russians do with the Swedish prisoners? More… Discuss

Gene from Extinct Humans Helps Tibetans Breathe Easy


Gene from Extinct Humans Helps Tibetans Breathe Easy

The genetic adaptation that allows Tibetans to survive and live comfortably at altitudes that would make most other humans on Earth terribly sick came from an extinct species of human. The variant of the EPAS-1 gene carried by nearly 90 percent of Tibetans closely matches that of the extinct Denisovan people. This gene is involved in regulating hemoglobin production and helps the body produce enough red blood cells to cope with low oxygen levels but not so many as to dangerously thicken the blood. The findings suggest that at some point in the history of the Tibetan people, their ancestors mated with Denisovans, thereby acquiring this adaptation. More… Discuss

The Kennedy Center


The Kennedy Center

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts opened in Washington, DC, in 1971 as a living memorial to its namesake. Designed by architect Edward Durell Stone, the center is surfaced in marble and makes use of the ornamental facade screens for which the architect was known. Its Grand Foyer faces the Potomac River. The cultural complex houses six stages, the largest of which—the Concert Hall—has been designated a national monument. Who ceremoniously broke ground on the Kennedy Center? More… Discuss

word: banality


banality 

Definition: (noun) The condition or quality of being banal; triviality.
Synonyms: unoriginality, predictability, dullness, ordinariness, staleness, vapidity, triteness
Usage: My friends pursued their course with uneventfulness; they had no longer any surprises for me; even their love-affairs had a tedious banality. Discuss.