Daily Archives: July 27, 2014

Polite elephant crosses multiple farms on her voyage without damaging a single fence…What does this tell you about some humans who aren’t so polite!


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Polite elephant crosses multiple farms on her voyage without damaging a single fence…What does this tell you about some humans who aren’t so polite!

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quotation: Maya Angelou (1928-2014)


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Security Council: The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question


Security Council: The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question

United Nations Webcast- webtv.un.org

United Nations Webcast- webtv.un.org (Click to access)

along the trail by George-B_FotoSketcher (Painting 8-excessive strokes-2-framed) my art collection_FotoSketcher


along the trail by George-B_FotoSketcher (Painting 8-excessive strokes-2) my art collection

along the trail by George-B_FotoSketcher (Painting 8-excessive strokes-2) my art collection

along the trail by George-B_FotoSketcher (Painting 8-excessive strokes-2-framed) my art collection_FotoSketcher

along the trail by George-B_FotoSketcher (Painting 8-excessive strokes-2-framed) my art collection_FotoSketcher

Parle moi d’amour Lucienne Boyer and sountrack of Henry and June: make musisc part of your life


Lucienne Boyer – Mon coeur est un violon, 1945: make music part of your life series


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Marlene Dietrich “Je m’ennuie” 1933


Marlene Dietrich “Je m’ennuie” 1933

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Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992) enregistrée le 15 juillet 1933 à Paris.

De ce que fut mon enfance,
Je n’ai plus de souvenirs.
C’est peut-être que la chance
Ne m’offrit pas de plaisirs.
Et chaque jour qui se lève
Ne m’apporte aucun espoir.
Je n’ai même pas de rêve
Quand luit l’etoile du soir.

Moi, je m’ennuie,
C’est dans ma vie
Une manie.
Je n’y peux rien..
Le plaisir passe,
Il me dépasse.
En moi sa trace
Ne laisse rien.
Partout je traîne,
Comme une chaîne,
Ma lourde peine,
Sans autre bien.
C’est dans ma vie
Une manie.
Moi, je m’ennuie…

Par de longs vagabondages,
J’ai voulu griser mon coeur,
Et souvent, sur mon passage,
J’ai vu naître des malheurs.
Sur chaque nouvelle route,
A l’amour j’ai dû mentir ;
Et le soir, lorsque j’écoute
La plainte du vent mourir…

Moi, je m’ennuie…
C’est dans ma vie
Une manie.
Je n’y peux rien..
Le plaisir passe,
Il me dépasse.
En moi sa trace
Ne laisse rien.
Partout je traîne,
Comme une chaîne,
Ma lourde peine,
Sans autre bien.
C’est dans ma vie
Une manie.
Moi, je m’ennuie…

Lightning strike injures 13 in Venice Beach


http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/27/us/lightning-strike-venice-beach/

Israel rejects Gaza UN shelter blame


Israel rejects Gaza UN shelter blame http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28515293

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu vows Israel will do ‘whatever is necessary’ in fight with Hamas | Fox News


http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/07/27/israel-resumes-gaza-offensive-after-rocket-attacks/

Mozart – Requiem By Herbert von Karajan (Full HD) (Full Concert): great compositions/performances


Mozart – Requiem By Herbert von Karajan (Full HD) (Full Concert)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Herbert von Karajan Full HD 1080p Full Concert Soundtrack Complete Requiem greatest concert memorable The Requiem Mass in D minor (K. 626) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was composed in Vienna in 1791 and left unfinished at the composer’s death on December 5. A completion by Franz Xaver Süssmayr was delivered to Count Franz von Walsegg, who had anonymously commissioned the piece for a requiem Mass to commemorate the February 14 anniversary of his wife’s death.
It is one of the most enigmatic pieces of music ever composed, mostly because of the myths and controversies surrounding it, especially around how much of the piece was completed by Mozart before his death. The autograph manuscript shows the finished and orchestrated introit in Mozart’s hand, as well as detailed drafts of the Kyrie and the sequence Dies Irae as far as the first nine bars of “Lacrimosa”, and the offertory. It cannot be shown to what extent Süssmayr may have depended on now lost “scraps of paper” for the remainder; he later claimed the Sanctus and Agnus Dei as his own. Walsegg probably intended to pass the Requiem off as his own composition, as he is known to have done with other works. This plan was frustrated by a public benefit performance for Mozart’s widow Constanze. A modern contribution to the mythology is Peter Shaffer‘s 1979 play Amadeus, in which the mysterious messenger with the commission is the masked Antonio Salieri who intends to claim authorship for himself.
The Requiem is scored for 2 basset horns in F, 2 bassoons, 2 trumpets in D, 3 trombones (alto, tenor & bass), timpani (2 drums), violins, viola and basso continuo (cello, double bass, and organ). The vocal forces include soprano, contralto, tenor, and bass soloists and a SATB mixed choir.

Gabriel Faure’s Requiem op. 48: make music part of your life series


From James Keige

Gabriel Faure’s Requiem op. 48 

Faure Requiem Op.48 / Durufle Requiem Op.9
Gabriel Fauré (Composer),
Robert Shaw (Conductor),
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus (Orchestra), Judith Blegen (Soprano),
James Morris (Baritone)

1. Introït et Kyrie (D minor) 0:00
2. Offertoire (B minor) 6:24
3. Sanctus (E-flat major) 14:36
4. Pie Jesu (B-flat major) 18:07
5. Agnus Dei et Lux Aeterna (F major) 21:48
6. Libera Me (D minor) 27:55
7. In Paradisum (D major) 32:16

(Format: Audio CD)

NYU Women’s Choir Spring 2010 – Nigra Sum: make music part of your life series


NYU Women’s Choir Spring 2010 – Nigra Sum

Morten Lauridsen – O Magnum Mysterium: make music part of your life series


Morten Lauridsen – O Magnum Mysterium

From python7275

Composer: Morten Lauridsen (b:1943)
Piece: O Magnum Mysterium (1994)

from Addiobelpassato: Carlo Maria Giulini “Quattro Pezzi sacri” Verdi: great compositions/performances


Vox Luminis, Thomas Weelkes, Death hath deprived me – LIVE090112: make music partofyour life series


Vox Luminis, Thomas Weelkes, Death hath deprived me – LIVE090112

Vox Luminis

Thomas Weelkes
1576 – 1623
“Death hath deprived me of my dearest friend”
Eulogy on the death of Thomas Morley in 1602

Zsuzsi Toth, Alice Foccroulle
Helen Cassano, Kerlijne van Nevel
Barnabas Hegyi, Tore Denys
Olivier Berten, Philippe Froeliger
Lionel Meunier, Robert Buckland
Bertrand Delvaux, Pieter Stas, Nemanja Milicevic

Lionel Meunier (artistic direction)

Live during a recording session in Beaufays/ Belgium

The CD will include the British Royal Funeral Music, the funeral sentences by Thomas Morley and Henry Purcell and funeral motets and will appear sometime in 2013 at the label Ricercar.

Giovanni Palestrina: Tu es Petrus: dedicated to Christians everywhere, free, persecuted and caught in the crossfire of wars they don’t have anything to do with!—My prayers go to you!


Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525 – 1594)
Missa Tu es Petrus

[00,01~]1. Palestrina, Motete Tu es Petrus
Palestrina, Missa Tu es Petrus
[03,55~] 2. Kyrie
[08,34~] 3. Gloria
[13,40~] 4. Credo
[22,17~] 5. Sanctus
[24,56~] 6. Benedictus
[28,06~] 7. Agnus Dei I
[30,44~] 8. Agnus Dei II

 

U.K. Embassy Convoy Attacked in Libya After U.S. Evacuation – Businessweek


http://mobile.businessweek.com/news/2014-07-27/u-dot-k-dot-embassy-convoy-attacked-in-libya-after-u-dot-s-dot-evacuation

Netanyahu says Israel’s assault on Gaza Strip will continue – LA Times


http://touch.latimes.com/#not-found

Legend’s first race car up for sale


Legend’s first race car up for sale http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-28487405

Peru to auction Montesinos jewels


Peru to auction Montesinos jewels http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-28496893

Nibali completes Tour de France win


Nibali completes Tour de France win http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/28515493

Mendelssohn – String Quartet No. 1, Op. 12: make music part of your life series


Mendelssohn – String Quartet No. 1, Op. 12

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartoldy

String Quartet No.1, Op.12 (1829)

1. Adagio non troppo – Allegro non tardante
2. Canzonetta – Allegretto (7:42)
3. Andante espressivo (11:48)
4. Molto allegro e vivace (15:23)

Melos Quartet

Editor:
Julius Rietz (1812–1877)

Publisher Info.:
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdys Werke, Serie 6.
Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1875. Plate M.B. 22.

Reprinted:
Mineola: Dover Publications

Antonín Dvořák – Sonatina in G major, Op. 100: make music part of your life series


Antonín Dvořák – Sonatina in G major, Op. 100

Bohuslav Matousek, violin. Petr Adamec, piano

Antonín Dvořák – Sonatina in G major, Op. 100
1. Allegro risoluto 5’52
2. Larghetto 4’02
3. Scherzo 2’56
4. Allegro 6’20

Johann Nepomuk Hummel – Piano Concerto in A-minor, Op.85 (1816): make music part of your life series


Johann Nepomuk Hummel – Piano Concerto in A-minor, Op.85 (1816)

Johann Nepomuk Hummel (14 November 1778 — 17 October 1837) was an Austrian composer and virtuoso pianist.

Work: Piano Concerto in A-minor, Op.85 (1816)

Mov.I: Allegro moderato 00:00
Mov.II: Larghetto 16:19
Mov.III: Rondo: Allegro moderato 20:47

Pianist: Alessandro Commellato
Orchestra: Solamente Naturali
Conductor: Didier Talpain

Gustav Mahler – Symphony Nº 5. IV Adagietto | Vienna Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein (4/5) (from Adagietto’s You Tube Channel): make music part of your life series


Gustav Mahler – Symphony Nº 5. IV Adagietto | Vienna Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein (4/5) (from Adagietto’s You Tube Channel)

Gustav Mahler – Symphony Nº 5 in C sharp minor, 1901-02.
Wiener Philharmoniker, Vienna Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein.
[HD] Adagietto http://youtu.be/15WQNKhaCHY

Movements:
I Trauermarsch. In gemessenem Schritt. Streng. Wie ein Kondukt. http://youtu.be/tPpm323M_Ik
II Stürmisch bewegt, mit größter Vehemenz http://youtu.be/JwxrTsSQf0Y
III Scherzo. Kräftig, nicht zu schnell http://youtu.be/SKPlH6L5zeE
IV Adagietto. Sehr langsam. http://youtu.be/yjz2TvC2TT4
V Rondo-Finale. Allegro – Allegro giocoso. Frisch http://youtu.be/U5573xP6JkU

Complete Playlist http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPpm32…

“In the Fourth movement, the famous Adagietto, harp and strings alone play. The opening melody recalls two of Mahler’s songs, “Nun seh’ ich wohl” (from Kindertotenlieder) and the separate Ruckert setting “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen”. The long upbeats and expressive appoggiaturas of the melodic lines give the music a yearning, almost heart-breaking quality. The intensity that builds up inthis movement finaly assuages the darkness and doubts of the earlier movements, making the lighter mood and extrovert energy of the Rondo-Finale acceptable. Together, these two movements form the third part of the symphony. The formal function of the Adagietto is ambiguous. It acts as an introduction to the last movement, which follows without a break, and is thematically bound to it, for twice in the Finale we hear the Adagietto’s main theme, now at a fast tempo. The Adagietto also functions as a slow interlude in F major, between two faster movements in D major; but is also has an expressive weight sufficient for it to stand on its own – indeed, it is often performed by itself.

Even without a text or programme, the music’s emotional and referential content implies an existential dimension. Without an explicit programme or titles, we have few clues to the “meaning” of the Fifth Symphony other than the music itself. Mahler offers some guidance by grouping the five movements, which share some thematic Material, as well as an obsession with death, from the first part; the central scherzo stands alone as the second part; and the lat two movements, which are also linked thematically, form the third.

An essential aspect of Mahler’s symphonies is the idea of emotional and spiritual progression, through various alternatives to a (provisional) conclusion. One important means he uses to articulate this spiritual journey is the technique of progressive tonality. In other symphonies he begins and ends movements in diferent keys, but in the Fifth each movement begins and ends in the same key; however as a whole, it moves from C sharp minor opening movement to the D major of the third and fifth movements.

One reason for Mahler’s significance and influence as a composer is that he viewed his music as a means of seeking and expressing solutions to the problems of his personal, spiritual life. The Depth and seriousness of these problems naturally drew him to the largescale form of the symphony, wich he expanded in length and number of movements to unprecedented proportions.

Mahler kept revising the orchestration of this work until his death. He conducted the first performance with the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne on October 18, 1904. He’d begun the Fifth Symphony at Maiernegg in 1901 – writing the third, first and second movements in that order, after a death-obsessed song, “Der Tamboursg’sell,” and the Kindertotenlieder cycle (“on the death of children”). After nearly bleeding to death the previous winter (from an intestinal hemorrhage), Mahler’s symphonic orientation underwent a profound change. Mahler cast his Fifth Symphony in five movements that fall naturally into three parts.

The First begins in C sharp minor with a Funeral March, of measured tread and austere (Movement I). A sonata-form movement follows, marked “Stormily, with greatest vehemence” (Movement II), which shares themes as well as mood with the opening.

The Second Part (which Mahler composed first) is a Scherzo: “Vigorously, not too fast” (Movement III) — the symphony’s shortest large section, but its longest single movement. This emphatically joyous, albeit manic movement puts forward D major as the work’s focal key. Although its form has remained a topic of debate since 1904, rondo and sonata-form elements are both present.

Part Three begins with a seraphic Adagietto: “Very slowly” (Movement IV). This is indubitably related to the Rückert song Mahler composed in August 1901, “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen” (I have become lost to the world…I live alone in my heaven, in my loving, in my song). A Rondo-Finale: “Allegro giocoso, lively” (Movement V) concludes the symphony, although Mahler devised a form far removed from classic models. While sectional, in truth episodic, this too has elements of sonata form.

quotation: A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud. Ralph Waldo Emerson


A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

today’s holiday: Reek Sunday


Reek Sunday

In County Mayo, Ireland, thousands of pilgrims climb Croagh Patrick on the last Sunday in July to pray on the spot where Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick, is believed to have started his ministry. Those wishing to maximize the arduousness of the journey ascend the 2,510-foot mountain, known locally as the Reek, in bare feet and at night. The traditional time to begin the ascent is midnight and the climb takes about three hours. There are stopping points along the way where pilgrims pray before continuing. Many visit the small chapel at the top where masses are celebrated. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Hilaire Belloc (1870)


Hilaire Belloc (1870)

Belloc was an important English author in the early 20th century. A highly versatile writer, he is best remembered for his light verse, particularly for children, and for his lucid and graceful essays. He wrote from the Roman Catholic viewpoint, and his views on Protestantism and Islam, which he called major heresies and threats to the “Church Universal,” made him a somewhat controversial figure. What was Belloc’s rather tongue-in-cheek response to the question of why he wrote so prolifically? More… Discuss


 

Korean War Veterans Memorial Dedicated (1995)

 

The Korean War Memorial is located on the US National Mall near the Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool in Washington, DC. Dedicated on the 42nd anniversary of the armistice ending the war, the memorial honors the American men and women who served in the conflict. The memorial is laid out in the form of a triangle intersecting a circle. Within the triangle are 19 statues of military personnel, representing a squad on patrol in the Korean landscape. A granite wall nearby bears what message? More… Discuss

 

Quite a Mouthful


Quite a Mouthful

Doctors in India removed a record 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy in a marathon seven-hour operation. The boy was suffering from a rare condition called complex composite odontoma, which a doctor familiar with the case likened to a benign tumor. Previous cases of this condition are believed to have yielded a maximum of 37 teeth, so this case is likely one for the record books. The boy now has 28 teeth, much closer to the 32 of a healthy smile. More… Discuss

another day, another word: indomitable


indomitable 

Definition: (adjective) Incapable of being overcome, subdued, or vanquished.
Synonyms: never-say-die, invincible, unconquerable
Usage: A man of indomitable courage, it was said that the only thing he shied at was the sight of his own blood, which was thick and of an unusual color. Discuss.

Veganism (not everyone can be one…which is okay)


Vegans at the Melbourne "Walk against War...

Vegans at the Melbourne “Walk against Warming,” December 12, 2009, during the Copenhagen Summit on climate change. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Veganism

Vegans abstain from the ingestion of animal products for political and religious reasons, to enjoy health benefits, or to support animal rights. Many vegans extend the vegan philosophy into other areas of their lives and avoid using all animal products, including leather, silk, honey, whey, and gelatin. Vegan diets tend to be high in dietary fiber and low in saturated fat and cholesterol but can sometimes lead to deficiencies in nutrients, such as vitamin B12. Who coined the term “vegan”? More… Discuss