Daily Archives: February 1, 2019

Watch “Jascha Heifetz – Pablo de Sarasate, Zigeunerweisen Op.20” on YouTube


This article is about the composition. For the film, see Zigeunerweisen (film).

Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs), Op. 20, is a musical composition for violin and orchestra written in 1878 by the Spanish composer Pablo de Sarasate. It was premiered the same year in Leipzig, Germany. It is based on themes of the Roma people, and in the last section the rhythms of the csárdás; this section uses a theme previously used in Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13, composed in 1847.

As one of Sarasate’s most popular compositions and a favorite among violin virtuosos, the work has remained a staple on records at least since Sarasate himself recorded it in 1904, in collaboration with fellow composer Juan Manén as the accompanying pianist in the aforementioned recording, although the 3rd movement was omitted due to time constraints of records. Sarasate’s voice is briefly heard in the middle of the record. Before the thunderous 4th movement, the following sentence can be heard: “Abajo el pedal de la sordina”. It has been recorded by a large number of violinists.

It provided the title and much of the soundtrack for Seijun Suzuki’s 1980 film Zigeunerweisen. Double bassist Edgar Meyer recorded a version with Mike Marshall on the 1997 album Uncommon Ritual. Stephen Chow featured it in the cartoon-inspired chase scene in his 2004 film Kung Fu Hustle.


Zigeunerweisen is in one movement but can be divided into four sections, the first three in the key of C minor and the last in A minor, based on the tempi:

Moderato – An imposing, virtuosic introduction with slow majestic energy by the orchestra, then a little softer by the violin itself.
Lento – The violin plays in lugubrious lento 4/4. This section has an improvisational quality; the melody, which essentially consists of pairs of 4-bar phrases, is punctuated with difficult runs and other technically demanding figures, including flying spiccato and ricochet bowings.
Un poco più lento – The muted soloist plays a melancholic melody with the so-called reverse-applied dotted note (1/16 + dotted 1/8 rhythm: sixteenth noteeighth note.), akin to the “Mannheim sigh” of the classical era; in 2/4 time.
Allegro molto vivace – At this point, the piece becomes extremely rapid. The challenging solo part consists mainly of long spiccato runs, along with double stops, artificial harmonics and left-hand pizzicato; in 2/4 time.

Watch “Jascha Heifetz – Pablo de Sarasate, Zigeunerweisen Op.20” on YouTube

Horoscope ♉: 02/01/2019

Horoscope ♉:

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Today’s Holiday: Candelaria (Peru)

Today’s Holiday:
Candelaria (Peru)

A lively celebration of Candlemas is held in Puno, Peru, for about two weeks, including February 2. On that day priests and laypeople form a huge procession that carries the statue of the Virgin Mary through streets carpeted with yellow flowers. Preparations begin more than a week before, however, with church decorating, feasts, and fireworks. By the second week, hundreds of dancers and musicians have arrived to join the main procession, accompanying it with indigenous dances and colorful costumes. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: James Joyce (1882)

Today’s Birthday:
James Joyce (1882)

Joyce was an Irish novelist—perhaps the most influential and significant novelist of the 20th century. After publishing his story collection, The Dubliners, and the autobiographical novel Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, he spent seven years writing Ulysses, which is now widely regarded by many as the greatest English-language novel of the 20th century. It embodies a highly experimental use of language and exploration of new literary methods such as what? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Alexander Selkirk Rescued after Four Years Stranded on a Desert Island (1709)

This Day in History:
Alexander Selkirk Rescued after Four Years Stranded on a Desert Island (1709)

Selkirk was an unruly Scottish sailor who quarreled with his captain and asked to be put ashore on an island in the Pacific. Tired of Selkirk’s troublemaking, the captain granted him his wish. Selkirk promptly regretted his decision and chased after the boat, but to no avail. He survived on the desert island by eating shellfish and goats and domesticated feral cats to keep himself safe from rats. When he was rescued four years later, his story became the inspiration for what fictional character? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Mark Twain

Quote of the Day:
Mark Twain

Morals are an acquirement, like music, like a foreign language, like piety, poker, paralysis, no man is born with them. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: The Wild Hunt

Article of the Day:
The Wild Hunt

The Wild Hunt was a once prevalent folk myth across northern, western, and central Europe involving a phantasmal group of armed huntsmen, horses, and hounds in mad pursuit across the skies or along the ground. The hunters were variously believed to be spirits, deities, or historical or legendary figures. Seeing the Wild Hunt was thought to presage some catastrophe such as war or plague or the death of the one who witnessed it. The Wild Hunt was often used to explain what weather phenomenon? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: wear two hats

Idiom of the Day:
wear two hats

To hold or function in more than one position or role. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: backer

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) A person who gives financial or other support.

Synonyms: angel

Usage: After the backers withdrew their support, the director was forced to cancel the troupe’s upcoming Shakespeare production.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch