Daily Archives: November 6, 2015

The man behind ‘the world’s first home PC’

The man behind ‘the world’s first home PC’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34639183

Facebook launches music sharing app

Facebook launches music sharing app http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articles/34744791

The final Blackberry in the coffin?

The final Blackberry in the coffin? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-34741778

make music part of your life: Mozart / Divertimento in E-flat major, K. 113

Mozart / Divertimento in E-flat major, K. 113


historic musical bits: Rachmaninov / Artur Rubinstein, 1947: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 – RCA Vinyl

Rachmaninov / Artur Rubinstein, 1947: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 – RCA Vinyl

great compositions/performances: Beethoven String Quartet No 4 Op 18 in C minor Alban Berg Quartet

Beethoven String Quartet No 4 Op 18 in C minor Alban Berg Quartet

make music part of your life: TE DEUM – F. J. HAYDN (Gregorian Chant Lyrics Latin/English)



Fabulous Renditions: Beethoven “Für Elise” Valentina Lisitsa Seoul Philharmonic

Beethoven “Für Elise” Valentina Lisitsa Seoul Philharmonic

Fabulous renditions: Valentina Lisitsa – Paganini-Liszt La Campanella (two Separate musical events)

Paganini-Liszt La Campanella 

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La campanella

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Performed by Romuald Greiss on an 1850 Budynowicz piano

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“La campanella” (Italian for “The little bell”) is the nickname given to the third of Franz Liszt‘s six Grandes études de Paganini (“Grand Paganini Études”), S. 141 (1851). It is in the key of G-sharp minor. This piece is a revision of an earlier version from 1838, the Études d’exécution transcendente d’après Paganini, S. 140. Its melody comes from the final movement of Niccolò Paganini‘s Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor, where the tune was reinforced by a little handbell.[1][2][3]

The étude is played at a brisk allegretto tempo and studies right hand jumping between intervals larger than one octave, sometimes even stretching for two whole octaves within the time of a sixteenth note. As a whole, the étude can be practiced to increase dexterity and accuracy at large jumps on the piano, along with agility of the weaker fingers of the hand. The largest intervals reached by the right hand are fifteenths (two octaves) and sixteenths (two octaves and a second). Sixteenth notes are played between the two notes, and the same note is played two octaves or two octaves and a second higher with no rest. Little time is provided for the pianist to move the hand, thus forcing the pianist to avoid tension within the muscles. Fifteenth intervals are quite common in the beginning of the étude, while the sixteenth intervals appear twice, at the thirtieth and thirty-second measures.

The two red notes are 35 half-steps apart, which is about 46cm apart on a piano.

However, the left hand studies about four extremely large intervals, larger than those in the right hand. For example, in bar 101, the left hand makes a sixteenth-note jump of just a half-step below three octaves. The étude also involves other technical difficulties, e.g. trills with the fourth and fifth fingers.

The work has been arranged by other composers and pianists, most notably Ferruccio Busoni and Marc-André Hamelin.

Published on Jan 27, 2014

Valentina Lisitsa performed Liszt La Campanella from Paganini Etude No 3 at Concert hall, Seoul Art Center, 25th November, 2013 under Masters Series which Composer Jeajoon Ryu present.(Encore after 3 hours recital.)

Valentina Lisitsa – Liszt La Campanella – from Paganini Etude No. 3


fabulous Renditions: Valentina Lisitsa – Edvard Grieg – The Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16(two videos)

 Edvard Grieg – The Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16(two videos)- Valentina Lisitsa

make music part of your life: Marin Marais Alcyone Cinquieme Acte Chaconne

Marin Marais Alcyone Cinquieme Acte Chaconne

Saint of the Day for Friday, November 6th, 2015: St. Leonard

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St. Leonard

According to unreliable sources, he was a Frank courtier who was converted by St. Remigius, refused the offer of a See from his godfather, King Clovis I, and became a monk at Micy. He lived as a … continue reading

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today’s holiday: Gustavus Adolphus Day

Gustavus Adolphus Day

Gustavus Adolphus (1594-1632) was the king of Sweden (1611-32) who laid the foundations of the modern Swedish state and turned the country into a major European power. He was killed during the Thirty Years’ War while leading a cavalry charge at the Battle of Lützen on November 6, 1632. The anniversary of his death is observed throughout Sweden with patriotic demonstrations—particularly in Skansen, Stockholm’s outdoor museum. Enormous bonfires are built on Reindeer Mountain and processions of students carry lighted torches through the museum grounds. More… Discuss

quotation: John F. Kennedy

So, let us not be blind to our differences—but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Discuss

today’s birthday: John Philip Sousa (1854)

John Philip Sousa (1854)

Known as “The March King,” Sousa was an American bandmaster who composed more than 130 military marches, including “The Stars and Stripes Forever” and “Semper Fidelis”—the official march of the US Marines. In 1868, when Sousa was 13, his father enlisted him in the Marine Corps as an apprentice in the Marine Band, which he later led from 1880 until 1892, at which point he formed his own band and toured to great acclaim. In the 1890s, Sousa developed a type of bass tuba now known as what? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: First Flight of the Hawker Hurricane (1935)

First Flight of the Hawker Hurricane (1935)

First tested in 1935, the Hawker Hurricane was a British single-seat fighter aircraft powered by a newly designed Rolls-Royce engine. Together with the Spitfire, the Hurricane enabled the Royal Air Force (RAF) to win the Battle of Britain of 1940, accounting for the majority of the RAF’s air victories during this period. About 14,000 Hurricanes were built by the end of 1944, and the aircraft served in all the major theatres of World War II. What was the Hurricane’s maximum speed? More… Discuss

Isolation Tanks

Isolation Tanks

In 1954, John C. Lilly developed the isolation tank to test the effects of sensory deprivation. Such tanks are intended to completely deprive the brain of any external stimulation; they are lightless, soundproof, and filled with warm saltwater to promote flotation and reduce skin sensation. Isolation tanks are now used for meditation, relaxation, and in alternative medicine. A therapeutic session typically lasts an hour, and it is reportedly common to experience what during the first 40 minutes? More… Discuss

word: perfidious


Definition: (adjective) Of, relating to, or marked by perfidy; treacherous.
Synonyms: punic, treacherous
Usage: After Frank betrayed him, James swore he would never forgive his friend’s perfidious behavior. Discuss.

The very best of American photography

The very best of American photography


The very best of American photography

The very best of American photography


Supreme court may decide to hear most consequential abortion cases in decades

Supreme court may decide to hear most consequential abortion cases in decades


Snowden: Democratic debate showed major shift in how I am perceived

Snowden: Democratic debate showed major shift in how I am perceived


Malala: Her father’s daughter

Malala: Her father’s daughter http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-34637751

Anonymous posts Ku Klux Klan list

Anonymous posts Ku Klux Klan list http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-34736941

this pressed: Landlords Fail To List 50,000 N.Y.C. Apartments for Rent Limits – ProPublica

HPD analyst Stephen Werner spotted the problem of landlords not complying with rent stabilization laws 20 years ago, but his warnings were ignored. (Bryan Anselm for ProPublica)

Thousands of apartments like these in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood qualify for rent stabilization but do not show up on the state’s list of rent-stabilized buildings. (Bryan Anselm for ProPublica)

In late August, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other top New York officials announced an unusual crackdown on landlords. Nearly 200 building owners were collecting big tax breaks under a program to spur housing, officials said, but hadn’t registered their apartments for rent stabilization as the law requires.Are You Paying Too Much Rent? What You Need to Know About Rent LimitsTens of thousands of New Yorkers are moving into newer rent-stabilized apartments. Many are paying ‘preferential’ rents that tenant advocates say invite abuse by landlords. Read the F.A.Q.Help Us Investigate New York City RentsIs your rent legal? It might not be. Your landlord might be charging you too much, and we want your help figuring that out.Let’s Talk About NYC RentsHave a question about your NYC rent? Do you think it’s too high? Is it legal? It might not be. Send us a question using #NYCRentChat. Our reporters will answer your questions live on Twitter, Tuesday, November 10, at 1 p.m.“We will not tolerate landlords who break the law and deny their tenants rent-regulated leases, plain and simple,” Cuomo said in a statement at the time. With Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the governor announced a new enforcement effort to clean up such abuses.But an investigation by ProPublica found that in reality, state and New York City officials have tolerated the problem for years — and ignored pleas to investigate. Nor is it limited to the building owners Cuomo and Schneiderman found — landlords have failed to register thousands of buildings for rent regulation, casting doubt on the legality of leases for about 50,000 apartments across the city.That is the finding of an extensive analysis of government data covering nearly 15,000 rental buildings receiving the tax subsidies as of 2013. About 40 percent — or 5,500 buildings — weren’t listed as rent- stabilized, yet records show the owners are receiving more than $100 million in property tax reductions.

Source: Landlords Fail To List 50,000 N.Y.C. Apartments for Rent Limits – ProPublica

this pressed: Insult to Injury – ProPublica

States nationwide are dismantling workers’ compensation, slashing benefits to injured workers and making it more difficult for them to get care. Meanwhile employers are paying the lowest rates for workers’ comp insurance since the 1970s.

Source: Insult to Injury – ProPublica

Harry Nilsson – Everybody’s Talkin’ (1969) – YouTube

Anonymous posts Ku Klux Klan list

Anonymous posts Ku Klux Klan list http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-34736941