Daily Archives: August 13, 2014

Too much salt is linked to 1.65 million deaths per year


Internet outages expected to abate as routers are modified, rebooted


Virgin America attendants vote to go union


NSA planned automated cyberwarfare program – CSMonitor.com


Amid Protests in Missouri, Officer’s Name Is Still Withheld – NYTimes.com


Syrian sarin gas chemicals destroyed

Syrian sarin gas chemicals destroyed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28770793

More arms and aid planned for Iraq

More arms and aid planned for Iraq http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28770519

A looming crisis in space?

A looming crisis in space? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28573788

10 days in Iraq: Aid drops, air-strikes and 200,000 new refugees

10 days in Iraq: Aid drops, air-strikes and 200,000 new refugees http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28761383

Chopsticks: A Japanese access issue

Chopsticks: A Japanese access issue http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-ouch-28646082

The real teachers inspired by Dead Poets Society

The real teachers inspired by Dead Poets Society http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28756375

The real teachers inspired by Dead Poets Society

The real teachers inspired by Dead Poets Society http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28756375

Can you die from a broken heart?

Can you die from a broken heart? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28756374

Pope Francis begins first Asia trip

Pope Francis begins first Asia trip http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-28768880

I did not order killings – Mubarak

I did not order killings – Mubarak http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28770546

Oil prices dip to nine-month low

Oil prices dip to nine-month low http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28768624

Amazon launches credit-card reader

Amazon launches credit-card reader http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28773906

Robin Williams’ daughter quits Twitter

Robin Williams’ daughter quits Twitter http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/28773734

Russia aid convoy faces uncertainty

Russia aid convoy faces uncertainty http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28768746

Pakistan braces for day of protest

Pakistan braces for day of protest http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-28770311

US military fly to Iraq’s Mt Sinjar

US military fly to Iraq’s Mt Sinjar http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28783068

Fresh strikes follow Gaza truce deal

Fresh strikes follow Gaza truce deal http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28782224

This unfortunate tick bite will turn you off red meat : LIFE : Tech Times


Ebola Claims Another Sierra Leone Doctor – NYTimes.com


UPDATE 1-U.S. senator urges FCC net neutrality hearings outside Washington


Snowden explains decision to leak secrets | ZDNet


Anonymous releases audio from Michael Brown shooting by cop in St. Louis suburb as authorities seek witness – NY Daily News


Kurdish forces say they urgently need more weapons – Houston Chronicle


Études de concert (3), for piano, S. 144 – Claudio Arrau – HD: great compositions/performances


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Études de concert (3), for piano, S. 144 – Claudio Arrau – HD

Includes all 3 movements. Taken from “Liszt: The Piano Concertos; 3 Etudes de Concert (1976)”

1. Il lamento  0:00 to 10:40

2. La leggierezza  10:50 to 16:16

3. Un sospiro  16:24 to 22:28

**Quality – AAC, audio bitrate: 320kbps
Video MP4 – 348kbps

***Perhaps the most Beautiful piece of music is the 3rd movement. There is another version of it on YouTube, but it is in extremely low audio quality. With this recording, you can sometimes hear the performer’s clothes move, or his breathing, only slightly.

***If I enjoy the rest of the CD enough, I will upload the other 2 piano concertos.

Franz Liszt
Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Recorded in London England, November of 1976
Philips Classics

*Change to 720p Video to get the a 192 kbps Audio Stream (the highest you can get on YouTube)

Liszt: The Piano Concertos; 3 Etudes de Concert
Études de concert (3), for piano, S. 144 (LW A118)

F 2049358
C 11442

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Three Concert Études (Trois études de concert), S.144, are a set of three piano études by Franz Liszt, composed between 1845–49 and published in Paris as Trois caprices poétiques with the three individual titles as they are known today.[1] As the title indicates, they are intended not only for the acquisition of a better technique, but also for concert performance. The Italian subtitles now associated with the studies – Il lamento (“The Lament”), La leggierezza (“Lightness”), Un sospiro (“A sigh”) – were not in early editions.[2]

Étude No. 1, Il lamento

Il lamento is the first of Liszt’s Three Concert Études. Written in A-flat major, it is among the composer’s longest pieces in this genre. It starts with a four-note lyrical melody which folds itself through the work, followed by a Chopin-like chromatic pattern which reappears again in the coda section. Although this piece opens and ends in A-flat major, it shifts throughout its three parts to many other keys including A, G, B, D-sharp, F-sharp and B.[1]

Étude No. 2, La leggierezza

La leggierezza (meaning “lightness”) is the second of the Three Concert Études. It is a monothematic piece in F minor with a very simple melodic line in each hand under an unusual Quasi allegretto tempo marking, usually ignored in favour of something a bit more frenetic.[3] It starts with a fast, but delicate sixteen chromatic-note arpeggio divided in thirds and sixths under an irregular rhythmic subdivision and cadenza so as to underline the light atmosphere of its title.[3] The technical difficulties involved are fast passages of minor thirds in the right hand and light, but quick leggiero chromatic scales.

Étude No. 3, Un sospiro

The third of the Three Concert Études is in D-flat major, and is usually known as Un sospiro (Italian for “A sigh”). However, it is likely that the title did not originate with Liszt. Although there is no evidence that he actively attempted to remove the subtitle, none of the editions or subsequent printings of the Three Concert Études published by Kistner during Liszt’s lifetime used them; he simply ignored such subtitles in later years, always referring to the piece by key.

The étude is a study in crossing hands, playing a simple melody with alternating hands, and arpeggios. It is also a study in the way hands should affect the melody with its many accentuations, or phrasing with alternating hands. The melody is quite dramatic, almost Impressionistic, radically changing in dynamics at times, and has inspired many listeners.

Un sospiro consists of a flowing background superimposed by a simple melody written in the third staff. This third staff—an additional treble staff—is written with the direction to the performer that notes with the stem up are for the right hand and notes with the stem down are for the left hand. The background alternates between the left and right hands in such a way that for most of the piece, while the left hand is playing the harmony, the right hand is playing the melody, and vice versa, with the left hand crossing over the right as it continues the melody for a short while before regressing again. There are also small cadenza sections requiring delicate fingerwork throughout the middle section of the piece.

Towards the end, after the main climax of the piece, both hands are needed to cross in an even more complex pattern. Since there are so many notes to be played rapidly and they are too far away from other clusters of notes that must be played as well, the hands are required to cross multiple times to reach dramatic notes near the end of the piece on the last page.

This étude, along with the other Three concert études, was written in dedication to Liszt’s uncle, Eduard Liszt (1817–1879), the youngest son of Liszt’s grandfather and the stepbrother of his own father. Eduard handled Liszt’s business affairs for more than thirty years until his death in 1879.

In film

Brahms viola sonata op. 120 no. 2 in E flat major: great compositions/performances


Brahms viola sonata op. 120 no. 2 in E flat major

Piano: Daniel Barenboim
Viola: Pinchas Zukerman
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The viola sonata is a sonata for viola, sometimes with other instruments, usually piano. The earliest viola sonatas are difficult to date for a number of reasons:

  • in the Baroque era, there were many works written for the viola da gamba, including sonatas (the most famous being Johann Sebastian Bach‘s three, now most often played on the cello)
  • in the Classical era and early Romantic, there were few works written with viola specifically in mind as solo instrument, and many of these, like those of the Stamitz family, may have been written for the viola d’amore, like most of their viola works – though it is now customary to play them on the viola; it was more typical to publish a work or set, like George Onslow‘s opus 16 cello sonatas, or Johannes Brahms‘s opus 120 clarinet sonatas in the late 19th century, that specified the viola as an alternate. Two early exceptions were the viola sonatas of Felix Mendelssohn (1824, posthumously published around 1981) and the opus 1 sonata of the composer Ernst Naumann (1832-1910), published in 1854.

Ebola virus claims another victim in Nigeria – BBC News


Moto G Problems On Android 4.4 KitKat Update Including Battery Drain And Phone Overheating Solution Available Here : Trending News : KpopStarz


Wired’s Edward Snowden Cover Shows Him Holding The American Flag


Violence erupts again after killing of black Missouri teen


Russian aid convoy prompts suspicion and jokes – BBC News


Iraq: Islamic State leaves behind fear and humiliation in Kurdish settlement – Telegraph


Denmark opens ‘free’ supermarket

Denmark opens ‘free’ supermarket http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-28771913

Hemp fibres ‘better than graphene’

Hemp fibres ‘better than graphene’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28770876

Oil prices dip to nine-month low

Oil prices dip to nine-month low http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28768624

Gaza bomb disposal team hit by blast

Gaza bomb disposal team hit by blast http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28770544

Saint for Wednesday, August 13th, 2014: St. Hippolytus

St. Hippolytus

Image of St. Hippolytus

Martyr of Rome, with Concordia and other companions, he is a controversial figure who censured Pope St. Callistus I. Hippolytus was slain in Sardinia where he had been exiled for being elected as an antipope, the first in the history of the Church. He was reconciled to the Church before his martyrdom. His writings were important, including A Refutation of All Heresies, Song of Songs, and The Apostolic Tradition

More Saints of the Day

today’s holiday: Nemoralia


The Nemoralia was an ancient Roman festival in honor of the goddess Diana held at Nemi, in the territory of Aricia about 16 miles southeast of Rome. Diana was worshipped throughout Rome and Latium (now western Italy) on August 13, the day on which her temple on the Aventine Hill had been dedicated by Servius Tullius. But her most famous cult was in Aricia, where the Nemoralia was observed to protect the vines and the fruit trees. It is still common in some parts of the Orthodox Christian Church for worshippers to make offerings of new wheat and cakes to the Theotokos on that day. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Salvador Luria (1912)

Salvador Luria (1912)

Luria was an Italian biologist who began his career in Paris studying the effects of radiation on bacteriophages—viruses that infect bacteria. After immigrating to the US during World War II, he started using bacteriophages to study such fundamental life processes as self-replication and mutation, along with Alfred Hershey and Max Delbrück. For their efforts, the three biologists shared the 1969 Nobel Prize in physiology. What famous scientific breakthrough came from one of Luria’s students? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Cortés Conquers Tenochtitlán (1521)

Cortés Conquers Tenochtitlán (1521)

Tenochtitlán was the flourishing capital of the Aztec Empire with an estimated population of between 200,000 and 300,000, a unique system of lake agriculture known as chinampas, and a ceremonial precinct that contained a great pyramid sacred to the Aztec war god Huitzilopochtli. Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés was chased from the city in 1520, but returned a year later, took the city after a three-month siege, and razed it. What tragedy helped Cortés to defeat the Aztecs this time? More… Discuss

Ethicists Unanimously Approve Use of Experimental Ebola Drugs

A panel of ethicists called together by the World Health Organization has unanimously agreed that, given the scope of the current Ebola outbreak and its climbing death toll, it is ethical to offer experimental treatments to the afflicted so long as certain criteria are met. When providing these interventions, the panel insisted, healthcare providers must be transparent about all aspects of patient care. There must be informed consent, freedom of choice, confidentiality, respect for the person, preservation of dignity, and communal involvement. Moreover, health workers are morally obligated to collect and share all data generated from the use of these drugs. More… Discuss

The Animated Cartoon


The Animated Cartoon


English: Animated cartoon on a exercise bike, ...

English: Animated cartoon on a exercise bike, Svenska: Animerad streckgubbe på en motionscykel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


An animated cartoon is a moving picture generated by photographing a series of drawings, objects, or computer graphics frame by frame, and recording the very slight, continuous changes in the images that then simulate motion. Paleolithic cave paintings show early attempts to capture motion in drawings, as animals are depicted with superimposed sets of legs. In the 19th century, flip books created the illusion of motion in drawings, and the first animated projection appeared in 1892. What was it? More… Discuss


word: pedantic


Definition: (adjective) Characterized by a narrow, often ostentatious concern for book learning and formal rules.
Synonyms: donnish, academic
Usage: Pedantic and hypercritical, meddlesome and fault-finding, he was a terror to the clerks under him. Discuss.

Day in pictures: 13 August 2014

Day in pictures: 13 August 2014 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-28770073

The real teachers inspired by Dead Poets Society

The real teachers inspired by Dead Poets Society http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28756375