Daily Archives: February 17, 2020

Horoscope♉: 02/17/2020


Some rather unsettling communications could come your way today, perhaps from out of state. This isn’t likely to be anything serious, Taurus, but it could be enough to put your nose a little out of joint. Changes in your neighborhood might interfere with your daily routine. A neighbor or relative could be ill and you might feel obligated to help them out a little. This is fine as long as you don’t commit to too much.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Holiday: Al Bustan International Festival of Music and the Arts

Today’s Holiday:
Al Bustan International Festival of Music and the Arts

The Al Bustan International Festival of Beirut, Lebanon, annually presents a program of music dance, marionettes, and theater. While chamber music dominates the program, the festival also includes works of opera, orchestral music, and choral music. Each year, the festival offers more than 30 performances over the five-week festival period in February and March. During the festival, participating artists offer master classes and workshops at the National Conservatoire in Beirut and other institutions throughout Lebanon. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Yoko Ono (1933)

Today’s Birthday:
Yoko Ono (1933)

Ono is a Japanese artist, musician, author, and peace activist best known for her marriage to John Lennon of the Beatles. She was raised in Japan and the US, where she started exploring conceptual and performance art. A member of the Fluxus movement, Ono developed a reputation as an avant-garde filmmaker, conceptual artist, performance artist, and experimental musician. Her 1964 Cut Piece, a commentary on identity, gender issues, suffering, and loneliness, invited the audience to do what? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Race Car Driver Dale Earnhardt Dies in Daytona 500 Crash (2001)

This Day in History:
Race Car Driver Dale Earnhardt Dies in Daytona 500 Crash (2001)

Earnhardt was a seven-time champion and one of NASCAR’s most successful drivers when he was killed at the 2001 Daytona 500 race. In the final lap, his car veered abruptly down the track and made contact with two others before hitting a concrete retaining wall head-on at about 160 mph (258 km/h). He was killed instantly. In the wake of the tragedy, NASCAR launched an intensive safety campaign and the Florida Legislature passed the Earnhardt Family Protection Act changing what laws? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Miguel de Cervantes

Quote of the Day:
Miguel de Cervantes

The fortunes of war more than any other are liable to frequent fluctuations. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Ethelred the Unready

Article of the Day:
Ethelred the Unready

Ethelred was about 10 years old when his half-brother, the King of England, was murdered—possibly by Ethelred’s advisors. He took the throne in 978 CE and reigned for nearly 40 tumultuous years. Danes began attacking the coast of England while he was still a teen. He failed to mount an organized defense against them, and his later massacre of a Danish settlement provoked more attacks. Though often translated as “unready,” Ethelred’s epithet, “Unraed,” may have in fact been a pun meaning what? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: halfway decent

Idiom of the Day:
halfway decent

Somewhat good, useful, or enjoyable, but not very; passable. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: arcanum

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) Information known only to a special group.

Synonyms: secret

Usage: I would love to have Mrs. Anderson’s delicious muffin recipe, but that arcanum is shared only with her blood relatives.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Watch “Franz Schubert – Symphony No.2 in B-flat major, D.125 (1815)” on YouTube

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Symphony No. 2 (Schubert)

The Symphony No. 2 in B major, D125,[1] is a symphony by Franz Schubert composed between 1814 and 1815. It is scored for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani and strings.

There are four movements:

  1. Largo Allegro vivace
  2. Andante in E major
  3. Menuetto: Allegro vivace in C minor — Trio in E major
  4. Presto

The work runs about 31 minutes.

In the opening movement, the initial theme of the Allegro vivace is based on the corresponding first theme of Ludwig van Beethoven‘s overture to The Creatures of Prometheus.[2]

The second movement is a theme with five variations in E major, Schubert’s only set of symphonic variations. Although there is some variation in the melody, the primary focus of the variations is on instrumentation and tone color. The first variation features violins and winds. The second variation passes the theme between the low strings and the woodwinds. The third variation is again violins and winds. The fourth variation is in C minor and features some acceleration with the use of tripletsixteenth notes. The fifth variation maintains the triplet-sixteenths, but they move into the background with the melody returning close to its original form as a kind of recapitulation. A coda concludes the movement.[2]

The minuet is in C minor and mainly scored for the tutti and fortissimo. The contrasting Trio in E major is more thinly scored winds, violins and pizzicato bass. The melody of the trio is actually a variation of the theme used in the second movement, forming a melodic and harmonic (Emajor/C minor) link between the inner two movements.[2]

The finale is a galop[2] in fast 2



  1. ^ Newbould, Brian. Schubert: The Music and the Man. University of California Press, 1997, p. 424.
  2. ^ a b c d Brown, A. Peter. The Symphonic Repertoire (Volume 2). Indiana University Press (ISBN 025333487X), 2002, pp. 586–591.

Watch “Franz Schubert – Symphony No.2 in B-flat major, D.125 (1815)” on YouTube

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