Daily Archives: July 31, 2014

CIA director reverses himself on Senate spying


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Divertimento in F major KV 138: make music part of your life series

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Divertimento in F major KV 138

Number: KV 138 Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Date: March 1772 Place: Salzburg, Austria Extra: Also called as ‘The Salzburg Symphony No. 3’:
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto


Alfredo Catalani “Notturno in G sharp minor” for Rowna: mke music part of your life series

Alfredo Catalani “Notturno in G sharp minor” for Rowna

Notturno in G sharp minor for piano
by Alfredo Catalani
Riccardo Caramella, piano

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alfredo Catalani (19 June 1854 – 7 August 1893) was an Italian operatic composer. He is best remembered for his operas Loreley (1890) and La Wally (1892). La Wally was composed to a libretto by Luigi Illica, and features Catalani’s most famous aria “Ebben? Ne andrò lontana.” This aria, sung by American soprano Wilhelmenia Fernandez, was at the heart of Jean-Jacques Beineix’s 1981[1] cult[2] movie Diva.[3] Catalani’s other operas were less successful, partly hampered by inferior libretti.

Life and career

Catalani was born in Lucca and trained at the Conservatory of Milan under Antonio Bazzini.

Despite the growing influence of the verismo style of opera during the 1880s Catalani chose to compose in a more traditional manner. As a result his operas have largely lost their place in the modern repertoire, even compared to those of Massenet and Puccini, whose style his works most closely resemble.

The influence of Amilcare Ponchielli can also be recognized in Catalani’s work. Like Ponchielli, Catalani’s reputation now rests almost entirely on one work. However, while La Wally enjoys occasional revivals, Ponchielli’s La Gioconda has always been the more popular opera of the two (287 performances to date at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, as opposed to only four for La Wally).

In 1893, upon his premature death from tuberculosis in Milan, Catalani was interred in the Cimitero Monumentale, where Ponchielli and conductor Arturo Toscanini also lie. Toscanini was a strong advocate of Catalani’s music and named his daughter Wally in recognition of the composer’s most successful opera. Toscanini recorded the prelude to Act IV of La Wally and the “Dance of the Water Nymphs” from Loreley in Carnegie Hall in August 1952 with the NBC Symphony Orchestra for RCA Victor.


  • La falce (“The Sickle”), Milan, 19 July 1875
  • Elda, Turin, 31 January 1880 (radically revised as Loreley)
  • Dejanice, Milan, 17 March 1883
  • Edmea, Milan, 27 February 1886
  • Loreley, Turin, 16 February 1890
  • La Wally, Milan, 20 January 1892

Symphonic works

  • Sinfonia a piena orchestra (“Symphony for Full Orchestra”), 1872
  • Il Mattino, sinfonia romantica (“Morning”, Romantic symphony), 1874
  • Ero e Leandro, poema sinfonico (“Hero and Leander”, Symphonic tone poem), Milan, 9 May 1885

Beethoven Namensfeier Overture in C major, Op.115: make music part of your life series


Beethoven Namensfeier Overture in C major, Op.115

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 † 1827)

Work: Namensfeier ‘Name-Day Celebration‘ Overture in C major, Op.115

Movement: Maestoso – Allegro assai vivace

Herbert von Karajan
Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra

Tunnel (according to Farlex) not to be mistaken for other definitions)

Noun 1. tunnel - a passageway through or under something, usually underground (especially one for trains or cars)tunnel a passageway through or under something, usually underground (especially one for trains or cars); “the tunnel reduced congestion at that intersection”

auto, automobile, car, motorcar, machine a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; “he needs a car to get to work”
catacomb an underground tunnel with recesses where bodies were buried (as in ancient Rome)
passageway a passage between rooms or between buildings
railroad tunnel a tunnel through which the railroad track runs
shaft a long vertical passage sunk into the earth, as for a mine or tunnel
underpass, subway an underground tunnel or passage enabling pedestrians to cross a road or railway
  2. tunnel - a hole made by an animal, usually for sheltertunnel a hole made by an animal, usually for shelter

hollow, hole a depression hollowed out of solid matter
rabbit warren, warren a series of connected underground tunnels occupied by rabbits
Verb 1. tunnel - move through by or as by diggingtunnel move through by or as by digging; “burrow through the forest”

cut into, delve, dig, turn over turn up, loosen, or remove earth; “Dig we must”; “turn over the soil for aeration”
  2. tunnel - force a way throughtunnel force a way through                  

penetrate, perforate pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance; “The bullet penetrated her chest”
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

Sudanese Christian who faced death now in U.S.


Inquiry by C.I.A. Affirms Spying on Senate Panel – NYTimes.com


Tensions Escalate Between Israel and a Second Party in Gaza: The United Nations – NYTimes.com


House Republicans delay recess over border dispute


USDA Revamps 50-Year-Old Poultry Inspection Rules – NBC News.com


LA Times – L.A. Now


Every Armenian ‘to write a Wiki entry’

Every Armenian ‘to write a Wiki entry’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-28588188

Tablet screens to correct sight loss

Tablet screens to correct sight loss http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28562432

Dark net drugs ads have ‘doubled’

Dark net drugs ads have ‘doubled’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28242662

Israeli Iron Dome firms ‘hacked’

Israeli Iron Dome firms ‘hacked’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28583283

Memo reveals response to CIA ‘abuse’

Memo reveals response to CIA ‘abuse’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28589393

Israel and Hamas ‘agree new truce’

Israel and Hamas ‘agree new truce’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/28596609

Wooden ship found beneath World Trade Centre built in 18th-century Philadelphia – Telegraph


Twitter laments government roadblocks in fifth transparency report | ZDNet


CNNMoney | Business, financial and personal finance news.


U.S. initial jobless claims rise by 23,000 to 302,000 last week – NASDAQ.com


John Kerry’s passage to India. Why is he going now? – CSMonitor.com


‘We simply can’t cope’, says UN as Gaza refugee camps spill over | The Times


‘We simply can’t cope’, says UN as Gaza refugee camps spill over | The Times


Eastern Europe Punished in Markets After Opposing Putin – Bloomberg


Wisconsin Court Upholds Law Curbing Unions’ Collective-Bargaining Rights – WSJ


CIA Director John Brennan Apologizes For Hacking Of Senate Computers


House, Senate poised to vote on rival border security bills


House, Senate poised to vote on rival border security bills


Granados – Quejas, o la maja y el ruiseñor/The Maiden and the Nightingale: make music part of your life series

Johannes Brahms – Serenade No.1 in D-major, Op.11 (1857): make music part of your life series

Johannes Brahms – Serenade No.1 in D-major, Op.11 (1857)

Johannes Brahms

Mov.I: Allegro molto 00:00
Mov.II: Scherzo: Allegro non troppo 10:27
Mov.III: Adagio non troppo 17:55
Mov.IV: Menuetto I & II 33:35
Mov.V: Scherzo: Allegro 37:13
Mov.VI: Rondo: Allegro 39:47

Orchestra: Capella Agustina
Conductor: Andreas Spering

Mendelssohn Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Opus 27: make music part of your life series


FELIX MENDELSSOHN Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Opus 27

The Hanover Band
Conductor: Roy Goodman

today’s Saint, July 31: Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola

Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola

St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556) founded the Society of Jesus, the Roman Catholic religious order whose members are known as Jesuits. The Feast of St. Ignatius is celebrated by Jesuits everywhere, but particularly in the Basque region of Spain where he was born. The largest Basque community in North America, located in Boise, Idaho, holds its annual St. Ignatius Loyola Picnic on the last weekend in July—an event often referred to as the Basque Festival. More… Discuss

quotation : It is easier to get into the enemy’s toils than out again. Aesop

It is easier to get into the enemy’s toils than out again.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC) Discuss

today’s birthday: J.K. Rowling (1965)

J.K. Rowling (1965)

Joanne Kathleen Rowling is the author of the Harry Potter book series, which has been credited with sparking an interest in reading at a time when children were thought to be abandoning books. She parlayed the series into a global brand, including the popular movie adaptations, worth an estimated $15 billion. All seven volumes of the series have broken sales records, and the last four have been the fastest-selling books in history. Where was Rowling when she first conceived the story? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Daniel Defoe Placed in a Pillory (1703)

Daniel Defoe Placed in a Pillory (1703)

Although Defoe achieved literary immortality with the novel Robinson Crusoe and is called the father of modern journalism, he also produced eloquent, witty, often audacious tracts on public affairs during his prolific writing career. After Defoe’s publication of a pamphlet that ruthlessly satirized the High Church Tories, he was arrested and placed in a pillory. According to legend, what did Defoe’s pillory audience throw at him instead of the customary harmful and noxious objects? More… Discuss

More Mystery Holes Appear in Siberia

More Mystery Holes Appear in Siberia

Two more mysterious craters have cropped up—or, perhaps more accurately, down—in an isolated region of Siberia north of the Arctic Circle. Earlier this month, the first such crater, nicknamed the “Yamal black hole” for its location on the Yamal peninsula, was discovered in the region. The area is rich in natural gas, leading to speculation that the holes are the result of underground gas explosions. However, this is not the only theory. Meteorites, stray missiles, and even aliens have all been cited as potential causes for the mysterious craters. More… Discuss

Isadora Duncan

Isadora Duncan

Duncan was a pioneer of modern dance. Though born in the US, she was never very popular there. It was in Europe where she achieved great acclaim. An innovator and liberator of expressive movement, Duncan rejected the conventions of classical ballet and gave lecture-demonstrations of what she called “the dance of the future.” Inspired by the drama of ancient Greece, she danced barefoot while wearing revealing Greek tunics and flowing scarves. How did her fondness for scarves lead to her death? More… Discuss

word: picayune


Definition: (adjective) Of little value or importance; paltry.
Synonyms: fiddling, footling, niggling, piddling, piffling, trivial, petty, lilliputian, little
Usage: Giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction. Discuss.

AstraZeneca steps up push into cancer immunotherapy


Hackers can tap USB devices in new attacks, researcher warns – The Economic Times on Mobile


Israel and Hamas May Be Guilty of War Crimes


Guatemala buries massacre victims

Guatemala buries massacre victims http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-28578636

Turkey PM to return US Jewish award

Turkey PM to return US Jewish award http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28544391

‘Dozens of bodies’ at Libya base

‘Dozens of bodies’ at Libya base http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-28569698

Israeli show cancelled after protest

Israeli show cancelled after protest http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-28582929

Kenya warns: ‘No booze for baboons’

Kenya warns: ‘No booze for baboons’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-28566850

Donetsk artists poke fun at separatists

Donetsk artists poke fun at separatists http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-28583147

Euro prices deeper in ‘danger zone’

Euro prices deeper in ‘danger zone’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28583232

Can one bad blog blight a business?

Can one bad blog blight a business? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28448912