Daily Archives: December 13, 2019

Horoscope♉: 12/13/2019


The day ahead is promising! The aspects give a boost to your emotional life and should release you from the recent period of uncertainty that has plagued you. You were unable to trust your own judgment. Difficult as this was, the doubt must have served some purpose. Perhaps you should use your newfound clarity to sort out your experiences.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Holiday: Christmas Bird Count

Today’s Holiday:
Christmas Bird Count

The Christmas Bird Count is an international event sponsored annually by the National Audubon Society, from December 14–January 5. Each group of volunteers is assigned a specific geographic area and asked to record the number and species of birds they see. Counts take place in all 50 states, every Canadian province, parts of Central and South America, Bermuda, the West Indies, and Pacific Islands. The data gathered every year helps the Audubon Society and scientists worldwide to understand the status and distribution of bird populations in early winter. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Daniel De Leon (1852)

Today’s Birthday:
Daniel De Leon (1852)

A newspaper editor, De Leon joined the Socialist Labor Party in the US in 1890 and soon became one of its leaders. He led a radical faction that seceded from the Knights of Labor in 1895 and formed the Socialist Trade and Labor Alliance (STLA). The STLA was later absorbed by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), which he helped found in 1905. After being refused a seat at a 1908 IWW convention by extremists who favored violent tactics over political action, he founded what organization? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: The Dayton Agreement Is Signed in Paris, France (1995)

This Day in History:
The Dayton Agreement Is Signed in Paris, France (1995)

The Dayton Agreement was a peace agreement that put an end to the Bosnian War that began in 1992. The accord was the result of a meeting between Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian leaders under US auspices in Dayton, Ohio. It called for a Bosnian republic with a central government and two semiautonomous regions roughly equal in size—one dominated by Serbs and the other by Bosniaks and Croats in federation. Later signed in Paris, the accord also provided for the dispatch of what military force? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Oscar Wilde

Quote of the Day:
Oscar Wilde

I don’t like compliments, and I don’t see why a man should think he is pleasing a woman enormously when he says to her a whole heap of things that he doesn’t mean. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Russkaya Pravda

Article of the Day:
Russkaya Pravda

The Russkaya Pravda was the legal code that grew out of common law and the feudal regulations of the medieval state known as Kievean Rus, the earliest predecessor of modern Ukraine and Russia. Codified by Yaroslav the Wise in the 11th century, it bears a resemblance to contemporary German law but is unique in its omission of capital punishment. It originally allowed the avenging of a murder, but the penalty was later limited to a hefty fine. How was guilt established in the absence of witnesses? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: go out with a bang

Idiom of the Day:
go out with a bang

To finish or cease doing something in a spectacular, great, or exciting manner. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: superfluity

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) Extreme excess.

Synonyms: overplus, plethora, embarrassment

Usage: He will look at the city which is within him, and take heed that no disorder occur in it, such as might arise either from superfluity or from want.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Watch “Monty Python Communist Quiz sketch” on YouTube

Watch “The Old Man and the Sea – Short, Animation” on YouTube

Quote: In matter of style…Thomas Jefferson

Quote: In matter of style...Thomas Jefferson

Quote: In matter of style…Thomas Jefferson


Quote: one useless man is a shame…John Adams

Quote: one useless man is a shame...John Adams

Quote: one useless man is a shame…John Adams


Watch “Best Classical Music: Dvořák Symphony No 9 “New World” Celibidache, Münchner Philharmoniker, 1991″ on YouTube

Watch “Dvořák – Violin concerto – Oistrakh / Kondrashin” on YouTube

Violin Concerto (Dvořák)

Concerto composed by Antonín Dvořák

The Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53 (B.108), is a concerto for violin and orchestra composed by Antonín Dvořák in 1879. It was premiered in Prague in 1883 by František Ondříček, who also gave the Vienna and London premieres. Today it remains an important work in the violin repertoire.

Quick facts: Key, Catalogue

The concerto is scored for solo violin and an orchestra consisting of 2 flutes, 2 oboes 2 clarinets (in A), 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, and strings. Its structure is the classical three movements, fast–slow–fast.

  1. Allegro ma non troppo (A minor)
  2. Adagio ma non troppo (F major)
  3. Finale: Allegro giocoso ma non troppo (A major)

The first movement and the second movement are interconnected (attacca subito).

Dvořák was inspired to write the concerto after meeting Joseph Joachim in 1878, and composed the work with the intention of dedicating it to him. However, when he finished the concerto in 1879, Joachim became skeptical about it. Joachim was a strict classicist and objected, inter alia, to Dvořák’s abrupt truncation of the first movement’s orchestral tutti. Joachim also didn’t like the fact that the recapitulation was cut short and that it led directly to the slow second movement. It is also assumed that he was upset with the persistent repetition found in the third movement. However, Joachim never said anything outright and instead claimed to be editing the solo part. He never actually performed the piece in public.

The concerto was first performed in the United States on October 30, 1891, at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. Max Bendix was soloist with the Chicago Orchestra led by Theodore Thomas.


Notable recordings of the concerto include: