Daily Archives: November 29, 2019

Horoscope♉: 11/29/2019


Horoscope♉:
11/29/2019

It may be difficult to focus on household chores today. Your mind is on more exalted matters, such as spiritual and intellectual interests and you feel lazy. It’s OK to do nothing. You don’t have to knock yourself out every day! Relax at home, read, watch TV, and cook if you must do something. Your chores can wait until you feel more energetic.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Holiday: Barbados Independence Day


Today’s Holiday:
Barbados Independence Day

After having been a British colony since the 17th century, Barbados became independent on this day in 1966. A ceremony took place near the capital city of Bridgetown, during which the British flag was lowered and replaced by the Barbados flag, and the national anthem was sung. Today, festivities extend through the month of November with the National Independence Festival of the Creative Arts. On Independence Day, festivities culminate with a parade and the final appearance of performers, and exhibits of art work and photography are on display. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Shirley Chisholm (1924)


Today’s Birthday:
Shirley Chisholm (1924)

Chisholm was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1968, becoming the first African-American woman to serve in Congress. During her 15 years in the House, she was known for her strong, liberal views, including her opposition to US involvement in the Vietnam War and her advocacy of employment programs. As a candidate for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination, she won 152 delegates before withdrawing from the race. How many assassination attempts did she survive during her campaign? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Ken Jennings’s Winning Streak on Jeopardy! Ends (2004)


This Day in History:
Ken Jennings’s Winning Streak on Jeopardy! Ends (2004)

In 2004, Jennings won 74 consecutive games on the television game show Jeopardy!—the longest streak in the program’s history. His extensive knowledge of trivia earned him more than $2.5 million. Ratings for the show during his unprecedented streak increased by 22 percent. On his 75th appearance, the final answer was “Most of this firm’s 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only four months a year.” Jennings incorrectly responded with “What is FedEx?” What was the correct response? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Edwin Abbott


Quote of the Day:
Edwin Abbott

Mark his perfect self-contentment, and hence learn this lesson, that to be self-contented is to be vile and ignorant, and that to aspire is better than to be blindly and impotently happy. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: The Blue Angels


Article of the Day:
The Blue Angels

In 1946, the US Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, popularly known as the Blue Angels, performed for the first time. Intended to enhance Navy recruiting and to represent American armed forces as international ambassadors of good will, the Blue Angels perform aerial demonstrations involving highly precise maneuvers while flying in formation. During the stunts, the jets can sometimes come within 18 inches of each other. Why is it that pilots in the Blue Angels squadron do not wear G-suits? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: act of congress


Idiom of the Day:
act of congress

That which is extremely difficult to achieve or requires a large amount of effort or patience to enact. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: intermit


Word of the Day:
intermit

Definition: (verb) Cease an action temporarily.

Synonyms: pause, break

Usage: Pray to the gods to intermit the plague.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Watch “Broken Things – Ryan Adams (With Lyrics Below)” on YouTube



I’ve come to you from broken things
I’ve crawled to you on my hands and knees
Sailed to you across the seven seas
If only to hear you say my name

I’ve come to you from broken times
I’ve shown you my face with no disguise
My memories a mirror without eyes
If only to take away your pain
If only to hear you say my name
You’re the whispering in the rising wind
Empty and so cold too dark for the birds to fly in
And they’re lined up on the wall
And as I’m walking by, they scattered and take off
I watch them as they rise into the sun
If only you believed you were the one
When the day is new the light is warm
Upon the bed the curtain is drawn and torn
The shadows forming, falling just behind
If only you believed all of my lies
Hanging in my heart just like a flag
When I’m lazy the wind, the colors sag
As the clouds rolling off the hill
Can’t tell where the roofs begin and end
No more will I know my home again
Hear the whispering in the rising wind
Empty and so cold too dark for the birds to fly in
They’re lined up on the wall
As I’m walking by, they scattered and take off
I watch them as they rise into the sun
If only you believed you were the one
If only you believed you were the one
If only you believed you were the one
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Songwriters: Ryan Adams
Broken Things lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group

Watch “Jean Sibelius – Valse triste (Sad Waltz), Op. 44, No. 1 conducted by Maciej Tomasiewicz” on YouTube


Quote: Winston Churchill


Quote: Winston Churchill

Quote: Winston Churchill

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Quote: don’t let someone who has done nothing tell you how to do anything!


Quote: don't let someone who has done nothing tell you how to do anything!

Quote: don’t let someone who has done nothing tell you how to do anything!

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Quote: Whose life am I living?


Quote: Whose life am I living?

Quote: Whose life am I living?

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YOGA: HOW TO PLANK POSE


YOGA: HOW TO PLANK POSE

YOGA: HOW TO PLANK POSE

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Watch “Prokofiev-Romeo and Juliet ☆The World Orchestra ☆Josep Vicent” on YouTube


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Romeo and Juliet(Prokofiev)

Romeo and Juliet (Russian: Ромео и Джульетта), Op. 64, is a ballet by Sergei Prokofiev based on William Shakespeare‘s play Romeo and Juliet. Prokofiev reused music from the ballet in three suites for orchestra and a solo piano work.

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Commemorative coin depicting a scene from the ballet

Choreographer Ivo Váña-Psota
Music Sergei Prokofiev
Based on Romeo and Juliet
Premiere 1938
Mahen Theatre, Brno
Original ballet company Ballet of the National Theatre, Brno
Characters Ivo Váña-Psota as Romeo
Zora Šemberováas Juliet
Genre Drambalet

Background and premiereEdit

Based on a synopsis created by Adrian Piotrovsky (who first suggested the subject to Prokofiev)[1]and Sergey Radlov, the ballet was composed by Prokofiev in September 1935 to their scenario which followed the precepts of “drambalet” (dramatised ballet, officially promoted at the Kirov Ballet to replace works based primarily on choreographic display and innovation).[2] Following Radlov’s acrimonious resignation from the Kirov in June 1934, a new agreement was signed with the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on the understanding that Piotrovsky would remain involved.[3]

However, the ballet’s original happy ending (contrary to Shakespeare) provoked controversy among Soviet cultural officials.[4] The ballet’s production was then postponed indefinitely when the staff of the Bolshoi was overhauled at the behest of the chairman of the Committee on Arts Affairs, Platon Kerzhentsev.[5]The ballet’s failure to be produced within Soviet Russia until 1940 may also have been due to the increased fear and caution in the musical and theatrical community in the aftermath of the two notorious Pravda editorials criticising Shostakovich and other “degenerate modernists” including Piotrovsky.[6] The conductor Yuri Fayermet with Prokofiev frequently during the writing of the music, and he strongly urged the composer to revert to the traditional ending. Fayer went on to conduct the first performance of the ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre.

Suites of the ballet music were heard in Moscow and the United States, but the full ballet premiered in the Mahen Theatre, Brno (then in Czechoslovakia, now in the Czech Republic), on 30 December 1938.[7] This version was a single-act production with music mainly from the first two suites. Prokofiev was not able to attend the premiere due to his status of outbound restriction.

1940 Kirov productionEdit

Galina Ulanova and Yuri Zhdanov in the ballet

It is better known today from the significantly revised version that was first presented at the Kirov Theatre(now Mariinsky Theatre) in Leningradon 11 January 1940, with choreography by Leonid Lavrovskyand with Galina Ulanova and Konstantin Sergeyev in the leading roles. Despite the objections of Prokofiev, Lavrovsky significantly changed the score of the ballet. This production received international acclaim and was awarded the Stalin Prize.

In 1955, Mosfilm made the film version of this production with Galina Ulanova as Juliet and Yuri Zhdanov as Romeo. This film won the Best Lyrical Film and nominated as Palme d’Or in the 1955 Cannes Film Festival.

Original Cast

Revivals and other productionsEdit

In 1955, Frederick Ashtonchoreographed a production of Romeo and Juliet for the Royal Danish Ballet.

In 1962, John Cranko‘s choreography of Romeo and Juliet for the Stuttgart Ballet helped the company achieve a worldwide reputation. It had its American premiere in 1969.

In 1965, choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s version for the Royal Ballet premiered at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev danced the title roles. Fonteyn, considered to be near retirement, embarked upon a rejuvenated career with a partnership with Nureyev. Also in 1965, Oleg Vinogradov stages a version in Russia while serving as assistant ballet master to Pyotr Gusev.

In 1971, John Neumeier, partly inspired by John Cranko, created another version of the ballet in Frankfurt. In 1974, Neumeier’s Romeo and Juliet premiered in Hamburg as his first full-length ballet with the company.

In 1977, Rudolf Nureyev created a new version of Romeo and Juliet for the London Festival Ballet, today’s English National Ballet. He performed the lead role of Romeo with British ballerina Patricia Ruanne creating the role of Juliet. As a partnership, they toured the production internationally, and it continues to be a popular ballet in the ENB repertoire, with its most recent revival in 2010 staged by Patricia Ruanne and Frederic Jahn of the original 1977 cast. This production was also staged by La Scala Theater Ballet in 1980 and Paris Opera Balletin 1984 and has been a renowned performance in the POB repertoire.

In 1979, Yuri Grigorovich created a new version for the Bolshoi, “which did away with most of the stage properties and stylized the action into an all-danced text.” This was revived in 2010 and remains in the Bolshoi repertory.[8]

A 2010 production at the Royal Swedish Opera

In 1985, choreographer László Seregi‘s production premiered at the Hungarian National Ballet, Budapest.

A 2014 Krzysztof Pastor’s production at the Polish National Ballet, dancers: Vladimir Yaroshenko and Maria Żuk

In 1996, choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot premiered his version of Roméo et Juliette at Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. Taking formal inspiration from the episodic character of Sergei Prokofiev’s classic score, Maillot structured the action in a manner akin to cinematic narrative. Rather than focusing on themes of political-social opposition between the two feuding clans, this Romeo and Juliet highlights the dualities and ambiguities of adolescence.

In 2007, Peter Martins made Romeo + Juliet on New York City Ballet to the Prokofiev music.

In 2008, Krzysztof Pastor presented his version by the Scottish Ballet at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre. The Polish premiere of this version was by the Polish National Ballet in Warsaw, and the United States premiere was by the Joffrey Ballet in 2014.

On July 4, 2008, with the approval of the Prokofiev family and permission from the Russian State Archive, the original Prokofiev score was given its world premiere. Musicologist Simon Morrison, author of The People’s Artist: Prokofiev’s Soviet Years, unearthed the original materials in the Moscow archives, obtained permissions, and reconstructed the entire score. Mark Morris created the choreography for the production. The Mark Morris Dance Group premiered the work at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College in New York state. The production subsequently began a year-long tour to include Berkeley, Norfolk, London, New York, and Chicago.

In 2011, the National Ballet of Canadapremiered a new choreography of Romeo and Juliet by Alexei Ratmanskyin Toronto, with plans to take it on tour in Western Canada in early 2012.

ScoreEdit

InstrumentationEdit

In addition to a somewhat standard instrumentation, the ballet also requires the use of the tenor saxophone. This voice adds a unique sound to the orchestra as it is used both in solo and as part of the ensemble. Prokofiev also used the cornet, viola d’amore and mandolins in the ballet, adding an Italianate flavor to the music.

Full instrumentation is as follows: