Daily Archives: August 25, 2014

The Blue Danube, Op 314 Johann Strauss II in HD – unofficial Austrian national anthem! : make music part of your life series


The Blue Danube, Op 314 Johann Strauss II in HD – unofficial Austrian national anthem!

The Blue Danube is the common English title of An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314 (German for By the Beautiful Blue Danube), a waltz by the Austrian composer Johann Strauss II, composed in 1866. Originally performed 15 February 1867 at a concert of the Wiener Männergesangsverein (Vienna Men’s Choral Association), it has been one of the most consistently popular pieces of music in the classical repertoire. Its initial performance was only a mild success however and Strauss is reputed to have said “The devil take the waltz, my only regret is for the coda—I wish that had been a success!”

After the original music was written, the words were added by the Choral Association’s poet, Joseph Weyl. Strauss later added more music, and Weyl needed to change some of the words. Strauss adapted it into a purely orchestral version for the World’s Fair in Paris that same year, and it became a great success in this form. The instrumental version is by far the most commonly performed today. An alternate text by Franz von Gernerth, Donau so blau (Danube so blue), is also used on occasion. The Blue Danube premiered in the United States in its instrumental version on 1 July 1867 in New York, and in Great Britain in its choral version on 21 September 1867 in London at the promenade concerts at Covent Garden.

The specifically Viennese sentiments associated with the waltz have made it an unofficial Austrian national anthem. The waltz is traditionally broadcast by all public-law television and radio stations exactly at midnight on New Year’s Eve, and on New Year’s Day it is a customary encore piece at the annual Vienna New Year’s Concert. The first few bars are the interval signal of Österreichischer Rundfunk‘s international programs.

When Strauss’s stepdaughter, Alice von Meyszner-Strauss, asked the composer Johannes Brahms to sign her autograph-fan, he wrote down the first bars of The Blue Danube, but adding “Leider nicht von Johannes Brahms” (Alas! not by Johannes Brahms).

A typical performance lasts around 10 minutes, with the seven-minute main piece, followed by a three-minute coda.
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Romeo and Juliet Overture – Prokofiev: make music part of your life series



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Romeo and Juliet Overture – Prokofiev

Performed by the KU Symphonic Orchestra

ANTONIN DVORAK.- Rhapsody en Re mayor Op. 45 Nº1: great compositions/performances



From Carlos Garcia Carlos Garcia

ANTONIN DVORAK.- Rhapsody en Re mayor Op. 45 Nº1

ANTONIN DVORAK.-
Rhapsody en Re mayor Op. 45 Nº1

1. Allegro con moto
2. Allegro ma non troppo-Moderato
3. Andante maestoso-Allegro assai

Orquesta Filarmónica Checa
Director: Václav Neuman
Fecha y año de composición 1878
Dedicatoria Baron Paul von Dervies
Estilo Romantic

Instrumentación: Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns, 2 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Timpani, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Triangle, Harp, Violins I, Violins II, Violas, Cellos, Double Basses.

1878 fue un año importante para Antonín Dvorák : Dvorák amigo de Johannes Brahms le ayudó a levantar desde el pozo de la oscuridad haciendo los arreglos para la publicación alemana de sus Duetos moravos; en consecuencia, recibió el encargo del primer volumen de sus Danzas eslavas que, hasta el día de hoy, siguen siendo, junto con el “Nuevo Mundo” Symphony, Dvorák música más conocidas. Estos eventos marcan el inicio de Dvorák llamado períodos eslavo “(finales de 1870 a principios de 1880), durante el cual él respondió directamente a la demanda del público y de los deseos de su editor por componer música explícitamente bohemio / Checo / Morava de tono, el estilo, y en cierta medida, de diseño. Las tres eslava rapsodias para orquesta, op. 45, de 1878, son las más grandes manifestaciones de esa financieramente rentable vena musical.

El primero de los tres eslava rapsodias en re mayor, op. 45/1, fue compuesto durante febrero y marzo de 1878 y por lo tanto en realidad es anterior a las Danzas eslavas; N º 2 en sol menor y n º 3 en La bemol mayor que siguió en el otoño y principios del invierno, respectivamente. La orquesta empleada es bastante grande; el contingente habitual de los vientos y las cuerdas se ve aumentada por el arpa y una brigada de percusión de tamaño considerable. Las tres piezas se unen para formar un ciclo de clases, aunque casi nunca se oye hablar de ellos interpretados juntos como un conjunto.
La característica más memorable del N º 1 es el episodio-march como central, mientras que el No. 2 se distingue por sus numerosos cambios entre 3/4 y 4/4. La tercera eslava Rhapsody se abre con un solo de arpa cuya sustancia es inmediatamente absorbido por los instrumentos de viento, y procede a explorar una serie de melodías de buen carácter; la gran culminación parece disolverse elusively sin una resolución final, pero al final dos acordes brillantes dibujar la pieza a la cadencia que anhelamos

1878 was an important year for Antonín Dvorák: Dvorák friend Johannes Brahms helped him lift from the pit of darkness making arrangements for the German publication of his Moravian Duets; consequently, he was commissioned the first volume of his Slavonic Dances that until today, remain, along with the “New World” Symphony, Dvorák‘s music known. These events mark the beginning of Dvorák Slavonic called periods (late 1870s to early 1880s), during which he answered directly to the public demand and the wishes of his editor to compose music specifically Bohemian / Czech / Moravian tone , style, and to some extent, design. Slavic Three rhapsodies for orchestra, op. 45, 1878, are the largest demonstrations that financially rewarding musical vein.

The first of the three Slavonic Rhapsodies in D major, op. 45/1, was composed during February and March 1878 and therefore actually predates the Slavonic Dances; No. 2 in G minor and No. 3 in sun-flat major followed in the fall and early winter, respectively. The orchestra employed is quite large; the usual contingent of winds and strings is augmented by harp and percussion brigade of considerable size. The three pieces come together to form a cycle of classes, but almost never hear of them performed together as a whole.
The most memorable feature of the No. 1-march is the central episode, while No. 2 was distinguished by its many changes between 3.4 and 4.4. The third Slavonic Rhapsody opens with a harp solo whose substance is immediately absorbed by the wind instruments, and proceeds to explore a number of tunes of good character; seems to dissolve the grand climax elusively without a final resolution, but in the end two bright chords drawing the piece to the cadence that yearn

Claude Debussy – Printemps (Suite symphonique): great compositions/performances


Claude Debussy – Printemps (Suite symphonique)

Orquestra Sinfônica de Minas Gerais – (OSMG)
Regência: Charles Roussin

Shostakovich: Ballet Suite No. 4: make music par of your life series


Shostakovich: Ballet Suite No. 4

The Queer Urban Orchestra, under the direction of Nolan Dresden, performs Dmitri Shostakovich’s Ballet Suite No. 4 at our Mysterium concert, March 20, 2011. The work is in three movements:
I – Introduction and Variations;
II – Waitz; and
III – Scherzo.

WEBER Clarinet Concerto No.2 – B.Goodman, J.Martinon, 1967 *vinyl remaster* [HD]: great compositions/performances



From:   Emilio Pessina

WEBER Clarinet Concerto No.2B.Goodman, J.Martinon, 1967 *vinyl remaster* [HD]

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Cropped screenshot of Benny Goodman from the film Stage Door Canteen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Carl Maria von WEBER: Clarinet Concerto No.2 in E flat major, J.118 / Op.74 (1811)
0:04 / I. Allegro [8’38”]
8:48 / II. Andante con moto [6’42”]
15:39 / III. Alla polacca [6’46”]
Benny Goodman, clarinet
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Jean Martinon, conductor
(rec: 1967 – RCA SAR22043 26.41149 (p)1968)
transfer / remaster: Emilio Pessina, 2013
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Alicia de Larrocha: Goyescas, Book I, H. 64 – El Fandango De Candil (Granados): make music part of your life series



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Alicia de Larrocha: Goyescas, Book I, H. 64 – El Fandango De Candil (Granados)

Alicia de Larrocha (1923 – 2009) performs El Fandango De Candil, from Goyescas, Book I, H. 64. De Larrocha recorded this work in 1963 for Hispavox; EMI remastered the performance and released it internationally in 2003.
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Alicia de Larrocha i de la Calle, (Barcelona, 23 de maio de 1923 – Barcelona, 25 de setembro de 2009) foi uma pianista espanhola, reconhecida como a de maior projecção internacional, e uma das melhores intérpretes de piano do século XX especialmente em obras de Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart e no repertório espanhol.
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Alicia de Larrocha y de la Calle (23. maj 1923 – 25. september 2009) var en spansk pianist, der blev regnet som en af de bedste i sin generation.
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Alicia de Larrocha y de la Calle (* 23. Mai 1923 in Barcelona; † 25. September 2009 ebenda) war eine spanische Pianistin.
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Alicia de Larrocha y de la Calle (23. toukokuuta 1923 25. syyskuuta 2009) oli espanjalainen pianisti.
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Alicia de Larrocha de la Calle est une pianiste espagnole, née le 23 mai 1923 à Barcelone où elle est morte le 25 septembre 2009 à l’âge de 86 ans.
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Алисия де Ларроча и де ла Калье (исп. Alicia de Larrocha y de la Calle; 23 мая 1923(19230523), Барселона — 25 сентября 2009, Барселона) — испанская пианистка.
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Alícia de Larrocha i de la Calle (hiszp. Alicia de Larrocha y de la Calle; ur. 23 maja 1923 w Barcelonie, zm. 25 września 2009 tamże) pianistka katalońska. Uczennica Franka Marshalla. Pierwszy raz wystąpiła publicznie w wieku 6 lat. Zadebiutowała w Wielkiej Brytanii w roku 1953, a w Stanach Zjednoczonych w 1955 (z Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra). Dokonała wielu nagrań, cenione są jej wykonania muzyki kompozytorów hiszpańskich (m.in. Granadosa i Albeniza).
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Enrique Costanzo Granados y Campiña (ur. 27 lipca 1867 w Leridzie, Katalonia, zm. 24 marca 1916) hiszpański pianista i kompozytor, współtwórca narodowego stylu w muzyce hiszpańskiej.
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Pantaleón Enrique Joaquín Granados y Campiña (Lleida, Catalonië, 27 juli 1867 – op zee (tussen Folkestone en Dieppe), 24 maart 1916) was een Spaans componist, muziekpedagoog en pianist.
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Enrique Granados y Campiña (Enric en catalan) (né le 27 juillet 1867, à Lérida décédé le 24 mars 1916, en mer) est un compositeur et pianiste espagnol.
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Enric Granados i Campiña (span. Enrique Granados y Campiña) (* 27. Juli 1867 in Lleida, Katalonien; † 24. März 1916 nach der Torpedierung der Kanalfähre Sussex im Ärmelkanal) war ein spanischer Komponist und Pianist.
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Enrique Granados y Campiña (Lérida, 27 de julio de 1867 – Canal de la Mancha, 24 de marzo de 1916), generalmente conocido como Enrique Granados fue un compositor y pianista español.
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Энри́ке Грана́дос (полное имя Панталеон Энрике Костанцо Гранадос-и-Кампинья — исп. Pantaléon Enrique Costanzo Granados y Campiña; 27 июля 1867, Лерида — 24 марта 1916, в проливе Ла-Манш) — испанский композитор и пианист, один из наиболее заметных деятелей испанской музыкальной культуры конца XIX — начала XX веков.
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אנריקה גרנדוס (בספרדית: Enrique Granados, ‏ 27 ביולי 1876 – 24 במרץ 1916), מלחין ופסנתרן ספרדי.
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Enrique Costanzo Granados y Campiña (Lleida, 27 luglio 1867 La Manica, 24 marzo 1916) è stato un compositore e pianista spagnolo.

China to launch new operating system for PCs after spying fears with Windows | News.com.au


http://mobile.news.com.au/technology/china-to-launch-new-operating-system-for-pcs-after-spying-fears-with-windows/story-e6frfrnr-1227036823839

Facebook clamps down on clickbait with news feed changes | www.krmg.com


http://m.krmg.com/news/news/facebook-clamps-down-clickbait-news-feed-changes/ng8qC/?icmp=cmgcontent_internallink_relatedcontent_2014_partners2

Sony: PlayStation network back online | ABS-CBN News


http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/tech-biz/08/26/14/sony-playstation-network-back-online-user-information-safe-after-attack

NSA built ‘Google-like’ search engine to share data


http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/25/nsa-google-search-engine/14594399/

‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Modern Family’ win big at Emmy Awards


http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2014/08/25/2014-emmy-awards-news-story/14587115/

Did a second ISIS militant kill James Foley?


http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/25/world/meast/james-foley-killer-five-clues/

US alarm at air strikes on Libya


US alarm at air strikes on Libya http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-28933070

Police stop-and-search code launched


Police stop-and-search code launched http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28923242

World’s rarest bird needs new home


World’s rarest bird needs new home http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/28897118

How Norway avoided the ‘curse of oil’


How Norway avoided the ‘curse of oil’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28882312

Colombian anti-groping squad goes to work


Colombian anti-groping squad goes to work http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-28925622

Sandhurst and the sheikhs


Sandhurst and the sheikhs http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28896860

The death list that names 5,000 victims


The death list that names 5,000 victims http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28645671

UK apologises for White House tweet


UK apologises for White House tweet http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28929626

French Cabinet Is Dissolved, A Victim of Austerity Battles – NYTimes.com


http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/08/26/world/europe/french-prime-minister-moves-to-dissolve-government.html?_r=0&referrer=

Judge Strikes Down Local Law Restricting Pesticides in Hawaii – NYTimes.com


http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/08/26/business/energy-environment/judge-strikes-down-local-law-restricting-pesticides-in-hawaii.html?_r=0&referrer=

Syrian gov’t demands US seek permission for airstrikes, as flare-ups rise across Mideast | Fox News


http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/25/syrian-govt-demands-us-seek-permission-for-airstrikes-as-flare-ups-rise-across/

Led Zeppelin wins ‘best guitar riff’


Led Zeppelin wins ‘best guitar riff’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28929167

Syria ‘will help US fight terrorism’


Syria ‘will help US fight terrorism’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28927246

Ukraine president calls snap vote


Ukraine president calls snap vote http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28931054

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IS THIS THE NEWEST PLANET THE SOLAR SYTEM?


Casa Jaya's photo.

All clear after gun alert at US base


All clear after gun alert at US base http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28927729

California begins quake clear-up


California begins quake clear-up http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28924146

Suicide blast hits Baghdad mosque


Suicide blast hits Baghdad mosque http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28924104

Ebola kills treated Liberia doctor


Ebola kills treated Liberia doctor http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-28925491

Ukraine ‘battles column from Russia’


Ukraine ‘battles column from Russia’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28924945

Boko Haram declares ‘Islamic state’


Boko Haram declares ‘Islamic state’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-28925484

today’s holiday: Uruguay Independence Day


Uruguay Independence Day

This national holiday commemorates the declaration of independence of Uruguay from Portuguese rule on this day in 1825. By 1828, Uruguay was officially autonomous. Patriotic ceremonies are held in the capital city of Montevideo, with speeches and the singing of the national anthem. More… Discuss

Democracy passes into despotism. Plato (427 BC-347 BC) Discuss


Democracy passes into despotism.
Plato (427 BC-347 BC) Discuss

today’s birthday: James Lick (1796)


James Lick (1796)

A piano maker by training, Lick spent many years in South America before returning to the US in 1848. He settled in San Francisco, where he soon abandoned the piano-making trade in favor of real estate. Shortly after his arrival, gold was discovered in the region, and Lick made a fortune in the housing boom that followed. The wealthiest man in California at the time of his death, he left most of his estate to social and scientific causes. Under what scientific instrument is he buried? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: 42nd Street Opens on Broadway (1980)


42nd Street Opens on Broadway (1980)

42nd Street tells the story of an up-and-coming chorus girl from Allentown, Pennsylvania, pursuing a Broadway career during the Great Depression. This hugely successful stage musical premiered on August 25, 1980, at New York City’s Winter Garden Theatre. Known for its elaborate tap dances and songs like “We’re in the Money,” it won Tony Awards for Best Choreography and Best Musical and saw a Broadway revival in 2001. What tragedy marred 42 Street’s opening night? More… Discuss

Seals, Not Europeans, Brought Tuberculosis to New World


Seals, Not Europeans, Brought Tuberculosis to New World

Genetic tests have cast doubt on the long-held belief that Europeans arriving in the Americas in the 15th century introduced tuberculosis to the New World. The new evidence, collected from ancient Peruvian skeletons that predate the Europeans’ arrival by about 500 years, suggests it was not humans at all but seals that first brought TB to the Americas. Researchers hypothesize that seals picked up the disease from infected humans in Africa, where TB originated, and then carried it across the ocean to the Americas, where they were hunted and eaten, thereby transmitting the disease to humans there. More… Discuss

Kabuki


Kabuki

Kabuki, a popular form of Japanese drama, is known for its spectacular staging, elaborate costumes, and striking makeup in place of masks. It originated in 1603, when a woman named Izumo no Okuni began performing a new style of dance that became instantly popular. Rival troupes quickly formed, and kabuki evolved into an ensemble dance performed by women—a form much different from its modern incarnation in which men play all the roles. Why were women banned from the kabuki stage in 1629? More… Discuss

word: languorous


languorous

Definition: (adjective) Lacking spirit or liveliness.
Synonyms: lackadaisical, languid, dreamy
Usage: The sun was low in the west, and the breeze soft and languorous that came up from the south, charged with the seductive odor of the sea. Discuss.