Daily Archives: June 9, 2019

Horoscope ♉: 06/09/2019

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If you have ties to any therapeutic profession, Taurus, you may make a strange discovery related to the health field today. You won’t find this discovery in any book or methodology that you normally follow. Emotions aren’t so blind as rational society would have us believe! Sometimes they lead us down the road toward knowledge. That’s the case today.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Holiday: Time Observance Day

Today’s Holiday:
Time Observance Day

Emperor Tenchi (or Tenji) of Japan (626-671) is credited with making the first water clock, a device that measured time by the amount of water leaking out of a vessel. The Japanese honor their 38th emperor on June 10, the day on which he first ordered the hour to be announced by sounding temple bells and drums. The Rokoku Festival, or Water Clock Festival, is held on this day at the Omi Jingu Shrine in the city of Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, where the emperor’s water clock is housed. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921)

Today’s Birthday:
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921)

Philip is the husband of Queen Elizabeth II. The son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice, who was a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, he was raised in Britain and served in combat with the Royal Navy in World War II. In 1947, he became a British subject and renounced his right to the Greek and Danish thrones. He married Princess Elizabeth in 1947 and continued on active service in the navy until her accession to the throne in 1952. Who is their son? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Alcoholics Anonymous Founded (1935)

This Day in History:
Alcoholics Anonymous Founded (1935)

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an international organization dedicated to helping alcoholics stop drinking and maintain their sobriety. It functions through local groups that meet regularly and emphasizes a 12-step recovery program that includes acknowledgment of the problem, faith in a “higher power,” and a desire to change for the better and to help others recover. Founded in 1935 by two alcoholics, today AA has more than ninety thousand local groups around the globe and how many members? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quote of the Day:
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Children’s Street Culture

Article of the Day:
Children’s Street Culture

Passed down from one generation to the next, children’s street culture usually develops among urban children who are allowed to play for long periods without supervision. It impacts their value systems, the sorts of games they play, and the way they perceive their environments. Imagination is an important part of children’s street culture, which research shows shares many commonalities across the globe. In what region of the US has a consistent mythology developed among homeless children? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: be home and hosed

Idiom of the Day:
be home and hosed

To have successfully completed something, as a project or activity. Primarily heard in Australia. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: groundbreaking

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) Being or producing something like nothing done or experienced or created before.

Synonyms: innovative

Usage: Groundbreaking innovations in technology have made electronic devices both smaller and more powerful.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Watch “Famous Waltz Blue Danube Strauss – Silvester 2008” on YouTube



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 on 15 February 1867[1][2] at a concert of the Wiener Männergesangsverein (Vienna Men’s Choral Association),[2] it has been one of the most consistently popular pieces of music in the classical repertoire. Its initial performance was considered only a mild success,[1]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!”[2]

The Blue Danube
Waltz by Johann Strauss II
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The Blue Danube, one of the oldest ed. by Carl Anton Spina

Year 1866
Date 15 February 1867
Location Diana Baths, Vienna [de]
Conductor Rudolf Weinwurm [de]

After the original music was written, the words were added by the Choral Association’s poet, Joseph Weyl.[1][3]Strauss later added more music, and Weyl needed to change some of the words.[4]Strauss adapted it into a purely orchestral version for the 1867 Paris World’s Fair, and it became a great success in this form.[1] The instrumental version is by far the most commonly performed today. An alternate text was written by Franz von Gernerth, “Donau so blau” (Danube so blue). “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.[citation needed]

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”).[2][5]

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Watch “♥ Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini”” on YouTube

Watch “Rachmaninov plays “Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini” op.43″ on YouTube



Variations on a Theme of Paganini

Paganini’s theme About this soundPlay

Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op.35, is a work for piano composed in 1863 by Johannes Brahms, based on the Caprice No. 24 in A minor by Niccolò Paganini.

Brahms intended the work to be more than simply a set of theme and variations; each variation also has the characteristic of a study. He published it as Studies for Pianoforte: Variations on a Theme of Paganini. It is uncharacteristically showy for Brahms, even Lisztian. Indeed, the work was composed for the piano virtuoso Carl Tausig.

It is well known for its emotional depth and technical challenges. David Dubaldescribes it as “a legend in the piano literature,” [1] and “fiendish,” “one of the most subtly difficult works in the literature.”[2] Clara Schumann called it Hexenvariationen (Witch’s Variations) because of its difficulty.[3] Dubal quotes critic James Huneker:

«Brahms and Paganini! Was ever so strange a couple in harness? Caliban and Ariel, Jove and Puck. The stolid German, the vibratile Italian! Yet fantasy wins, even if brewed in a homely Teutonic kettle … These diabolical variations, the last word in the technical literature of the piano, are also vast spiritual problems. To play them requires fingers of steel, a heart of burning lava and the courage of a lion.[1]»

The work consists of two books. Each book opens with the theme, Paganini’s Caprice No. 24 in A minor, followed by fourteen variations. The final variation in each section is virtuosic and climactic.


  1. ^ a b (Dubal 2004, p. 435)
  2. ^ (Dubal 2004, p. 49)
  3. ^ (Swafford 1999, p. 281)


  • Dubal, David (2004). The Art of the Piano: Its Performers, Literature, and Recordings (3rd ed.). Amadeus Press.
  • Swafford, Jan (1999). Johannes Brahms: A Biography. New York: Vintage Books, Random House. ISBN 978-0679745822.

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Watch “Jane Seymour Returns to Mackinac” on YouTube (Where the movie “Somewhere in time has been filmed)


In 1972, playwright Richard Collier (Christopher Reeve) becomes fascinated by a photo of Elise McKenna (Jane Seymour), a turn-of-the-century stage actress, while staying at the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Michigan. As Richard’s obsession grows, he learns from a friend that time travel may actually be possible through hypnosis. Richard travels in time to meet Elise, and the two appear destined to be together. However, Elise’s jealous manager (Christopher Plummer) attempts to keep them apart.

Release date: October 3, 1980 (USA)
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Music composed by: John Barry
Story by: Richard Matheson

Watch “Somewhere In Time” on YouTube

Watch “Somewhere In Time – Theme Song-” on YouTube

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