Daily Archives: September 6, 2014

Weekendish: The best of the week’s reads

Weekendish: The best of the week’s reads http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-29077696

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this pressed: Flash – In Ukraine flashpoint cities, residents doubt lasting peace – France 24

Flash – In Ukraine flashpoint cities, residents doubt lasting peace – France 24.

Toronto festival in Bill Murray Day

Toronto festival in Bill Murray Day http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29096907

How to Relieve Your Joints



ProPublica: http://www.google.com/newsstand/s/CAowsbIB

More than 50 die in bombings of jihadist stronghold in Syria | Fox News Latino


Wearing a Bra Does Not Cause Breast Cancer: Study – NDTVCooks.com


VIDEO: Cute moment seven-week old baby hears for the first time | Latest News | Latest Breaking News | Daily Star


New Drug Could Fight Flu in One Dose – ABC News


Iran official says crew of plane carrying Americans gave false information


“Knee Defender” battle puts blame on passengers | Fox Business


Somalia’s Islamist rebels, al-Shabab, name new leader – The Washington Post


More than 50 die in bombings of jihadist stronghold in Syria | Fox News Latino


Lebanese soldier ‘beheaded by IS’

Lebanese soldier ‘beheaded by IS’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29096909

Kurds retake key Iraqi mountain

Kurds retake key Iraqi mountain http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29098099

Ukraine shelling rattles ceasefire

Ukraine shelling rattles ceasefire http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29097836

Alexander Porfir’yevich Borodin, In the Steppes of Central Asia, In the Steppes Of Central Asia: great compositions/performances

Modest Mussorgsky “Pictures at an Exhibition” Celibidache London Symphony Orchestra, conductor: Sergiu Celibidache: great compositions/performances

Modest Mussorgsky “Pictures at an Exhibition” Celibidache London Symphony Orchestra,  conductor: Sergiu Celibidache

Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture Op.21 by Masur, LGO (1997): great compositions/performances

Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture Op.21 by Masur, LGO (1997)

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture Op.21
(Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Kurt Masur, Conductor)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

At separate times, Felix Mendelssohn composed music for William Shakespeare‘s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 1826, near the start of his career, Mendelssohn wrote a concert overture (Op. 21). In 1842, only a few years before his death, he wrote incidental music (Op. 61) for a production of the play, into which he incorporated the existing Overture. The incidental music includes the world-famous Wedding March. The German title reads Ein Sommernachtstraum.


The Overture in E major, Op. 21, was written by Mendelssohn at 17 years and 6 months old (it was finished on 6 August 1826),[1] and George Grove called it “the greatest marvel of early maturity that the world has ever seen in music”.[2] It was written as a concert overture, not associated with any performance of the play. The Overture was written after Mendelssohn had read a German translation of the play in 1826. The translation was by August Wilhelm Schlegel, with help from Ludwig Tieck. There was a family connection as well: Schlegel’s brother Friedrich married Felix Mendelssohn’s aunt Dorothea.[3]

While a romantic piece in atmosphere, the Overture incorporates many classical elements, being cast in sonata form and shaped by regular phrasings and harmonic transitions. The piece is also noted for its striking instrumental effects, such as the emulation of scampering ‘fairy feet’ at the beginning and the braying of Bottom as an ass (effects which were influenced by the aesthetic ideas and suggestions of Mendelssohn’s friend at the time, Adolf Bernhard Marx). Heinrich Eduard Jacob, in his biography of the composer, said that Mendelssohn had scribbled the chords after hearing an evening breeze rustle the leaves in the garden of the family’s home.[3]

Following the first theme in the parallel relative minor (E minor) representing the dancing fairies, a transition (the royal music of the court of Athens) leads to a second theme, that of the lovers. A final group of themes, suggesting the craftsmen and hunting calls, closes the exposition. The fairies dominate most of the development section and ultimately have the final word in the coda, just as in Shakespeare’s play.

The Overture was premiered in Stettin (then in Prussia; now Szczecin, Poland) on 20 February 1827,[4] at a concert conducted by Carl Loewe. Mendelssohn had turned 18 just over two weeks earlier. He had to travel 80 miles through a raging snowstorm to get to the concert,[5] which was his first public appearance. Loewe and Mendelssohn also appeared as soloists in Mendelssohn’s Concerto in A-flat major for 2 pianos and orchestra, and Mendelssohn alone was the soloist for Carl Maria von Weber‘s Konzertstück in F minor. After the intermission, he joined the first violins for a performance of Beethoven‘s Ninth Symphony.

The first British performance of the Overture was conducted by Mendelssohn himself, on 24 June 1829, at the Argyll Rooms in London, at a concert in benefit of the victims of the floods in Silesia, and played by an orchestra that had been assembled by Mendelssohn’s friend Sir George Smart.[4]

Incidental music

Mendelssohn wrote the incidental music, Op. 61, for A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1842, 16 years after he wrote the Overture. It was written to a commission from King Frederick William IV of Prussia. Mendelssohn was by now the music director of the King’s Academy of the Arts and of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.[6] A successful presentation of SophoclesAntigone on 28 October 1841 at the New Palace in Potsdam, with music by Mendelssohn (Op. 55) led to the King asking him for more such music, to plays he especially enjoyed. A Midsummer Night’s Dream was produced on 14 October 1843, also at Potsdam. The producer was Ludwig Tieck. This was followed by incidental music for Sophocles’ Oedipus (Potsdam, 1 November 1845; published posthumously as Op. 93) and Jean Racine‘s Athalie (Berlin, 1 December 1845; Op. 74).[1]

The A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture, Op. 21, originally written as an independent piece 16 years earlier, was incorporated into the Op. 61 incidental music as its overture, and the first of its 14 numbers. There are also vocal sections and other purely instrumental movements, including the Scherzo, Nocturne and Wedding March. The vocal numbers include the song “Ye spotted snakes” and the melodramas “Over hill, over dale”, “The Spells”, “What hempen homespuns”, and “The Removal of the Spells”. The melodramas served to enhance Shakespeare’s text.

24,639,000: Record Number of Foreign-Born Hold Jobs in U.S. | CNS News


Somalia on Alert After Death of Militant Leader


Texas Candidate Says She Ended Pregnancies – NYTimes.com


In Iraq, fight against Islamic State has produced some unlikely facts on the ground – The Washington Post


How ISIS Is Recruiting Women to Join


Judge approves NY jogger case deal

Judge approves NY jogger case deal http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29089389

Syria strikes ‘hit IS-run bakery’

Syria strikes ‘hit IS-run bakery’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29095356

Ukraine ceasefire ‘largely holding’

Ukraine ceasefire ‘largely holding’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29095850

Mozart: “Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben” from Zaide K344: make music part of your life series

Mozart: “Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben” from Zaide K344

Jacqueline du Pre – Lalo cello concerto – part 1 (playlist of 4 videos): great compositions/performances

Jacqueline du Pre – Lalo cello concerto – part 1 (playlist of 4 videos)

Capella Savaria Joseph Haydn:Fortepiano Concerto No.11 in D major Hob XVIII:11 3. Rondo allUngarese: make music part of your life series

Capella Savaria Joseph Haydn:Fortepiano Concerto No.11 in D major Hob XVIII:11 3. Rondo allUngarese

Stravinsky: Petrushka / Rattle · Berliner Philharmoniker: great compositions/performances


today’s holiday: Århus Festival

Århus Festival

Since 1965, the Danish city of Århus has been the site of a nine-day festival whose cultural and sporting events run the gamut from opera to fishing competitions. Queen Margrethe II traditionally gives the opening speech, followed by a performance by the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. Festival events include jazz, classical, and rock concerts, a cross-country race, public debates, children’s programs, poetry readings, and theatrical productions. The program varies from year to year, but the events are always held in a variety of indoor and outdoor sites throughout the city. More… Discuss

quote: The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils. (William Shakespeare)

The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils. The motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Discuss

today’s birthday: Marquis de Lafayette (1757)

Marquis de Lafayette (1757)

Lafayette was a French aristocrat most famous for his participation in the American and French revolutions. He fought with distinction in the American Revolution, becoming a close friend of George Washington. Upon returning to France, “the Hero of Two Worlds” turned his attentions to his home country, helping draft the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen and pushing for a constitutional monarchy. Lafayette is one of only seven people to have been accorded what honor by the US? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: The Munich Massacre (1972)

The Munich Massacre (1972)

During the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, Palestinian terrorists from the group Black September infiltrated the Olympic Village and took a number of members of the Israeli Olympic team hostage. Two of the athletes were killed during the initial assault, and nine others lost their lives in the course of a failed rescue attempt, during which a German police officer and five of the eight kidnappers were killed as well. What went wrong during the rescue attempt at Fürstenfeldbruck airbase? More… Discuss

Global Audit of Violence against Children Paints Grim Picture

Global Audit of Violence against Children Paints Grim Picture

By the age of 20, one in 10 girls has been raped or sexually assaulted, according to new UN figures, while a third of the world’s 15- to 19-year-old girls who have been in cohabiting relationships have suffered emotional, physical, or sexual violence at the hands of their husbands or partners. Boys are also often the victims of sexual violence, though to a lesser extent than girls. For both genders, cyber-victimization is the most common form of sexual violence. Other forms of violence against children are also pervasive, regardless of age, region, religion, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. More… Discuss

Madame de Pompadour

Madame de Pompadour

Madame de Pompadour became King Louis XV‘s mistress in 1745 and remained his confidante until her death. Of middle-class origin, she owed her success mainly to her intelligence and capabilities. She was a devoted patron of the arts and was a tastemaker in matters of art and culture. However, she was less astute in the political arena, as exemplified by her encouragement of the French alliance with Austria that involved her country in the disastrous Seven Years’ War. How did she die? More… Discuss

word: roguery


Definition: (noun) Reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others.
Synonyms: mischief, devilment, rascality
Usage: Ms. Adams caught Tommy dipping Sally’s pigtail in his inkwell and gave him detention for his roguery. Discuss.

Children warned to visit hospital because of an Unidentified Virus | iStreet Research


More deadly pathogens, toxins found improperly stored in NIH and FDA labs – The Washington Post


FDA approves Keytruda, a new drug for melanoma treatment | Maine News Online


Potassium-Rich Foods Reduce Stroke and Death Risk in Post-Menopausal Women | Viral Global News


What We Can Really Learn From That Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb Diet Study


Morsi charged over Qatar files leak

Morsi charged over Qatar files leak http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29093877

France must control borders – Howard

France must control borders – Howard http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29093448

New Nato force to reassure east

New Nato force to reassure east http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29086180

10 things we didn’t know last week

10 things we didn’t know last week http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-29076903

Selfie science: taking perfect pics

Selfie science: taking perfect pics http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29013587

The tale of the parrot that started a fight

The tale of the parrot that started a fight http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-29079683