Song by Jacques Brel
If you’ve yearned to modify something in your daily life, do it now. The planetary energy is telling you that the hour has come to make concrete changes. Whether the change you seek is at home or at work, physical or emotional, don’t be afraid to seriously upset the status quo of your life.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Antigua and Barbuda Independence Day
Antigua and Barbuda became officially independent from England in 1981. Antigua had been settled by English people as early as 1632. It did not gain self-rule until 1967. This small state also observes the first Monday and Tuesday in August as a legal holiday known as Antigua Carnival, during which a festival celebrates the islanders’ cultural heritage. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887)
Lowry was an English painter noted for his bleak northern industrial scenes, often featuring primitive figures that he called “matchstick men.” He also appears to hold the record for the most honors declined. He twice declined appointment to the Order of the British Empire—as an officer in 1955 and as a commander in 1961—and turned down a knighthood in 1968 and appointments to the Order of the Companions of Honour in 1972 and 1976. Which of his controversial works were exhibited after his death? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
This Day in History:
The Malbone Street Wreck (1918)
One of the deadliest train crashes in US history took place during a strike of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, some of whose members operated elevated trains for the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company (BRT). To keep service running, the BRT brought in inexperienced motormen to replace the striking workers. That evening, a five-car train derailed in the Malbone Street tunnel after negotiating a curve too quickly, killing 93. How many hours of training had the train’s operator received? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Quote of the Day:
There are only two styles of portrait painting, the serious and the smirk. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Article of the Day:
The Third Servile War
The Servile Wars were three slave uprisings—the last of which was led by the gladiator Spartacus—that took place in the later years of the Roman Republic. With a force of 90,000 gladiators, slaves, and peasants, Spartacus overran most of southern Italy in 73 BCE. He led his army north, hoping to release them to find freedom, but they refused to abandon their campaign. After Spartacus was killed in battle, the revolt was cruelly put down by Crassus and Pompey. How were the survivors punished? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Idiom of the Day:
extra pair of hands
Additional help or assistance provided by another person. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Word of the Day:
Definition: (adjective) Poorly done.
Synonyms: botchy, butcherly
Usage: I am afraid that what was first done was unskillful, if not worse than useless.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
In the Steppes of Central Asia (Russian: В средней Азии, romanized: V srednyeĭ Azii, lit. ‘In Central Asia’) is a symphonic poem (or “musical tableau”) composed by Alexander Borodin in 1880. It is dedicated to Franz Liszt.
In the Steppes of Central Asia had been intended to be presented as one of several tableaux vivants to celebrate the silver anniversary of the reign of Emperor Alexander II of Russia, who had done much to expand the Russian Empire
eastward. The intended production never occurred, but the work has been
a concert favorite since its first performance, on 20 April 1880 (8
April Old style) in St. Petersburg by the orchestra of the Russian Opera under the conductorship of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
The work depicts an interaction between Russians and Asians in the steppe lands of the Caucasus.
A caravan of Central Asians is crossing the desert under the protection
of Russian troops. The opening theme, representing the Russians, is
heard first; after it, the strains of an ornamented eastern melody on English horn, representing the Asians. The melodies eventually combine contrapuntally. Amid these two ethnic melodies Borodin inserts a “traveling” theme in pizzicato that represents the plodding hoofs of the horses and camels. At the end, only the Russian theme is heard.
Somewhat unusually, the two scores available via the IMSLP show different tempo markings at the start. The Eulenberg score is marked Allegretto con moto, whereas the Russian Muzyka score shows Allegro con moto.
Borodin also transcribed the piece for piano four hands.
The composer provided the following description in a note to the score:
the silence of the monotonous steppes of Central Asia is heard the
unfamiliar sound of a peaceful Russian song. From the distance we hear
the approach of horses and camels and the bizarre and melancholy notes
of an oriental melody. A caravan approaches, escorted by Russian
soldiers, and continues safely on its way through the immense desert. It
disappears slowly. The notes of the Russian and Asiatic melodies join
in a common harmony, which dies away as the caravan disappears in the