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Anthony Quinn (1915)

Quinn was a Mexican-American artist, writer, and Oscar-winning actor. He boxed in his youth and studied architecture under Frank Lloyd Wright before turning to acting. He achieved international stardom in the 1950s and 60s for his ability to portray ethnically diverse characters, most notably Zorba the Greek. He appeared in over 100 films and won Academy Awards for his supporting roles in two, Viva Zapata! and Lust for Life. His role in the latter film lasted just how many minutes? More… Discuss

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Form Follows Function

Form follows function” is a principle of 20th-century architecture. Coined by American architect Louis Sullivan, it asserts that the form of a building should be primarily based upon its intended function. He developed the idea while working on a new aesthetic for skyscrapers amid the late 19th-century revival of traditional classicism. Sullivan is widely misquoted—he actually said “form ever follows function”—but perhaps the greater error is that the saying is often wrongly attributed to whom?More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: SUZANNE VALADON (1865)

Suzanne Valadon (1865)

After a fall from the trapeze ended her career as a circus acrobat, Valadon modeled for many of the major impressionists. Encouraged by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and Edgar Degas, she began painting and became known for her intensely personal works, including landscapes, nudes, and portraits featuring vibrant colors with heavy black outlines. Valadon was the mother of painter Maurice Utrillo. Somewhat eccentric, she kept a goat at her studio, claiming that it served what practical purpose? More…



Downey Civic Center: Of concrete, flowers and trees (my photo Collection)

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Just a thought: Privatize Justice? (What a 5,000 years old concept, in the 21 Century!)

Just a thought: Privatize Justice? (What a 5,000 years old concept, in the 21 Century!)



The Grito de Dolores: Battle Cry of Mexican War of Independence (1810)

The revolutionary movements in the US and France did not go unnoticed in Mexico, which had been subjugated by Spain centuries earlier. When Napoleon invaded Spain in 1808, many Mexicans saw an opportunity to claim their own freedom. In 1810, revolutionary priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla launched the Mexican War of Independence with his Grito de Dolores—”Cry of Dolores”—a call to freedom that roused the peasants to action and became their battle cry. How is the event commemorated today? More… Discuss



A short history of Urban Art and other telling images from the trail (my photo collection)’

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The 1975 New Columbia Encyclopedia hails Lillian Virginia Mountweazel as a fountain designer and photographer renowned for her photos of rural mailboxes. Her entry notes that she was killed in an explosion while on assignment for Combustiblesmagazine. Alas, the amusing entry is fictitious. Incorrect articles purposely placed in reference works like dictionaries and encyclopedias have since become known as “Mountweazels.” What legitimate purpose do these entries serve? More… Discuss

BERLIOZ – Prière du matin (Alphonse de Lamartine) – duo lyrique Laplante-Duval

Enregistré en 1998 – Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur à Québec – France Duval, mezzo-soprano et Bruno Laplante, baryton – info@laplanteduval.comhttp://www.laplanteduval.com

L. Boccherini – Complete Guitar Quintets (great playlist here friends! Check it out, bookmark it, listen to it whenever you wish!)

Ensamble: La Magnifica Comunità
Guitar: Eros Roselli

Guitar Quintette Nr.1 d-moll G.445
Guitar Quintette Nr.3 B-dur G.447 22:41
Guitar Quintette Nr.5 D-dur G.449 44:45 
Guitar Quintette Nr.6 G-dur G.450 1:04:25
Guitar Quintette Nr.4 D-dur G.448 1:19:59
Guitar Quintette Nr.2 E-dur G.446 1:38:21
Guitar Quintette C-dur G.453 1:57:50
🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂


Antony And The Johnsons – “Here Comes The Sun” (Live Abbey Road 2009)

Just a thought:  Destiny…is a realized Abbey Road: With THE BEATLES everybody sees the Sun coming yet once more to warm our days and nights!



St. Isidore

In the 4th and 5th centuries, Gothic invaders terrorized the Roman Empire, sacking Rome and establishing a Gothic kingdom in Spain. St. Isidore, archbishop of Seville, set out to convert the various peoples of the Gothic Empire to Christianity, eventually eradicating the Visigoths‘ religion of Arianism. Later hailed by the Church as “the most learned man of the latter ages,” Isidore was the first Christian writer to compose a compendium of universal religious knowledge. What was it called? More… Discuss

Beethoven-Turkish March, Op. 113

Turkish March
Opus 113
from the Ruins of Athens
Orchestral version
Ludwig van Beethoven

Performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra

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Nicola Matteis Diverse bizzarie Sopra la Vecchia Sarabanda

Nicola Matteis (c. 1650 – 1700)

Nicola Matteis Diverse bizzarie Sopra la Vecchia Sarabanda o pur Ciaccona

Amandine Beyer, baroque violin
Gli Incogniti (on Period-Instruments)

Zig-Zag Territoires


Biography by Joseph Stevenson from : http://www.arkivmusic.com

Nicola Matteis was the leading violin virtuoso in the London scene in the last part of the seventeenth century and a minor composer of considerable popularity in his time. Practically nothing is known of his early life. He arrived in England in the early 1670s and he appears to have been too shy or reserved in his initial appearances, for the merchant who sponsored him had to get him “to be free, easy and familiar, and to let Gentlemen, not the best hands, to have his company in consorts.” In other words, to let amateurs with not too much ability sit in, provided they had useful amounts of clout.

He was credited with changing the English taste for violin playing from the French style to a newer Italian approach to the instrument. His reputation grew through the 1670s and 1680s and resulted in popularity of his growing list of published works. However, it is difficult to track his career as he was apparently not interested in applying for jobs in royal service. If he had applied or received such a position, the fact would have been recorded in Lord Chamberlain’s Office. His only mention there is as a potential founder of the proposed Royal Academy (with Draghi, Finger, Purcell, and others), a project that never came to be. His compositions are lively, well-crafted, and expressive and are all in the form of instrumental music and a few songs. Matteis tended to give precise instructions with his published music, knowing that many of his customers were amateurs. He provided bowing instructions, explanations of ornaments, tempos, and other directions in prefaces to his publications. These are valuable resources for scholars reconstructing performance practices of the time.

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Schumann : Symphony No. 3 “Rhenish” in E flat major, Op. 97

Schumann : Symphony No. 3 “Rhenish” in E flat major, Op. 97
Dimitris Mitropoulos (Conductor)
Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra

(Rec.1958) Public Domain


London’s Millennium Bridge Opens, Promptly Closes (2000)

When tens of thousands of pedestrians crossed the Thames River via London’s Millennium Bridge on its opening day in 2000, many felt the steel suspension bridge sway, and the vibrations worsened as people adjusted their gaits to the motion. Nicknamed the “wobbly bridge” by Londoners, it closed just two days later for modifications to eliminate the sway and did not reopen until 2002. What prompted the bridge to close again in 2007 over concerns that pedestrians were in danger of being blown off? More… Discuss

Daroca: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


—  Municipality  —


Coat of arms
Daroca is located in Spain

Coordinates41°6′55″N 1°24′50″W
Country Spain
Community Aragon
Province Zaragoza
Comarca Campo de Daroca
 • Mayor Álvaro Blasco Martín
 • Total 52.05 km2 (20.10 sq mi)
Elevation 797 m (2,615 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 2,331
 • Density 45/km2 (120/sq mi)
Demonym Darocenses
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 50360
Website Official website

Daroca_-_Perta_Baja (click to access article and images at Wikipedia)

File:Daroca - Iglesia de San Miguel.JPG

File:Daroca – Iglesia de San Miguel.JPG

Daroca is a city and municipality in the province of ZaragozaAragonSpain, situated to the south of the city of Zaragoza. It is the center of a judicial district.

It is located in the basin of Calatayud, in the valley of the rio JilocaN-234 highway passes through Daroca.

Torre mudéjar de la iglesia de Santo Domingo / Mudejar tower of the Santo Domingo church →

Torre mudéjar de la iglesia de Santo Domingo / Mudejar tower of the Santo Domingo church → (click to access a gallery of photos of old churches, walls, and building from Daroca)



First “Witch” Executed in the British American Colonies (1647) (OR the laws of the lawless!)

Nearly 50 years before the infamous trials that resulted in the execution of 20 people as witches in Salem, Massachusetts, Alse Young of Windsor, Connecticut, became the victim of the first recorded execution for witchcraft in the American colonies. Although she may have had a daughter who was also accused of witchcraft 30 years later, very little is known about Young’s life, except that she was hanged at Meeting House Square in Hartford. A mention of her execution is recorded in whose diary? More… Discuss
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“Spider Dan” Scales 110-Story Sears Tower (1981)

After witnessing a deadly high-rise hotel fire, Dan Goodwin resolved to call attention to the need for better skyscraper firefighting and rescue techniques. Six months after the blaze, he donned a homemade Spider-Man suit and, using suction cups and climbing gear, began an ascent of Chicago’s Sears Tower—then the world’s tallest building. He reached the top seven hours later and was promptly arrested. What structure—formerly the world’s tallest—did he climb with no equipment, twice in one day? More… Discuss

George Enescu – Piano Quintet (1940): Performed by The Solomon Ensemble

Performed by The Solomon Ensemble.

Panting Info – “Ancient Bridge” by Blinck on deviantart. 

I. Con Moto Molto Moderato – 00:00
II. Andante sostenuto E Cantabile – 9:39
III. Vivace Ma Non Troppo – 21:44

Lauded as a violinist during his lifetime, George Enescu was a true all-round musician, as his pupil and devotee Yehudi Menuhin attested on numerous occasions, whose strongest wish was to enjoy comparable recognition as a composer. Despite early success, notably the two Romanian Rhapsodies of 1901, his work found real appreciation only among a number of fellow musicians and admirers. Prolific in his youth, the demands of performance and administration, not to mention upheavals in his personal life and those in his beloved Romania, slowed his creativity so that he was able to complete little more than a dozen major compositions after World War One. Yet the intrinsic quality of these works, bringing together an innate understanding of the Classical masters with the achievements of the French and German Romanticists, and transcending notions of the radical and conservative in music, has led to a gradual resurgence of interest over the past two decades.

Enescu’s mature work is of a density of thought and subtlety of expression to demand repeated listening. His themes, while rarely drawing attention to themselves, are capable of far-reaching transformation both across and between movements. Tonally elusive, the music is rarely without a sense of key to ground and direct the underlying argument. A notable feature of his major works is the final-movement coda, an intense and often lengthy process, which combines the salient themes of a work and completes the tonal process in an often rhetorical, though never bombastic fashion. Such qualities are very much in evidence in the two works featured on the present disc.

In common with several of Enescu’s later works, the Piano Quintet, dedicated to the memory of Elena Bibescu, the Romanian princess and pianist who had given much support to the composer during his years in Paris at the turn of the century, had a protracted genesis. Numerous drafts anticipate its completion around September 1940, though only the first movement is dated and the work was not performed in the composer’s lifetime. In size and scope, it recalls the First String Quartet (1920) in its expansiveness and overall emotional sweep. The powerfully restrained Con moto molto moderato first movement sustains concentration over a lengthy time-span through an involved developing of its two main themes, replete with subtle contrasts in mood and pacing.

The succeeding Vivace ma non troppo is more animated in every respect, alternating a robust, dance-like main theme with episodes of a more inward nature. Reminiscences of the first movement gradually emerge, however: its passionate yearning finally combining with the second movement’s energy as a grand apotheosis is reached, the work then drawing to a decisive, even defiant conclusion. Exemplifying a potent expressive focus and textural finesse, the Piano Quintet had to wait until 1964 for its premiere, which took place in Bucharest.

Today’s Birthday: MARY CASSATT (1844) a figure painter and etcher

Mary Cassatt (1844)

Cassatt was an American figure painter and etcher. As a young art student, she moved to Paris, where she was inspired by the work of Edgar Degas, with whom she developed a friendship. She allied herself with the Impressionists early in her career, but, in the late 1880s, she began experimenting with other styles and techniques. Many of Cassatt’s best-known works are intimate depictions of mothers and children. What cause did she take up when cataracts put a stop to her painting career? More… Discuss

UN ADVOCATING BUGS AS FOOD (one way to avoid it is to get insects as pets….Jerry Lewis did!)

UN Advocating Bugs as Food

In many parts of the world, insects are an accepted part of the cuisine, and it would behoove Westerners to welcome bugs into their diets as well. A report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization concludes that insects are “underutilized” as food. They are good sources of protein and minerals, and their production produces fewer greenhouse gasses and is less land-dependent than the raising of livestock. Increasing our dependence on insects as a highly nutritious food source could help combat world hunger and, on the opposite end of the spectrum, even help reduce obesity. More… Discuss

“UN: Leave my crickett alone!”

Jacques Urlus, 1916 – Still wie die Nacht op 326 – Carl Bohm

Published on May 1, 2013

Carl Bohm 
(* 11. September 1844; † 4. April 1920; andere Namen: Charles Bohm, Henry Cooper [Pseudonym], Karl Bohm) war ein deutscher Komponist.

“Still wie die Nacht” 
(op. 326 Nr. 27)

Jacques Urlus 
(6. Januar 1867 in Hergenrath bei Aachen; † 6. Juni 1935 in Noordwijk, Niederlande)

Aufnahme 18. April 1916

Misty Lake – (Woodless Graphite Pencil Sketch My Art Collection)

Misty Lake Woodless Graphite Pencil Sketch My Art Collection

Misty Lake – (Woodless Graphite Pencil Sketch My Art Collection0

Jacques 2013 Pencil Sketch (my collection)

Jacques 2013 Pencil Sketch (my collection)

Jacques 2013 Pencil Sketch (my collection)

VII. Handel Jubilate Utrecht in D major The English Concert

Piazza San Pietro_ Rome February 1984 – Anno Santo della Redenzione 1983 (the postcard never sent) (my photo Collection)

Piazza San Pietro_ Rome February 1984 - Anno Sanco della Redenzione 1983 (the postcard never sent)

Piazza San Pietro_ Rome February 1984 – Anno Santo della Redenzione 1983 (the postcard never sent)

L’eglise Sacré-Cœur, Paris (From Wikipedia)

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica (FrenchBasilique du Sacré-Cœur, pronounced [sakʁe kœʁ]), is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in ParisFrance. A popular landmark, the basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city. Sacré-Cœur is a double monument, political and cultural, both a national penance for the supposed excesses of the Second Empire and socialist Paris Commune of 1871[1] crowning its most rebellious neighborhood, and an embodiment of conservative moral order, publicly dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was an increasingly popular vision of a loving and sympathetic Christ.[2]

The Sacré-Cœur Basilica was designed by Paul Abadie. Construction began in 1875 and was finished in 1914. It wasconsecrated after the end of World War I in 1919.

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Paris
Basilique du Sacré-Cœur (French)
The Basilica of Sacré-Cœur, as seen from the base of the butte Montmartre.
Basic information
Location ParisFrance
Geographic coordinates 48°53′12.1″N2°20′34.8″ECoordinates48°53′12.1″N 2°20′34.8″E
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Year consecrated 1919
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Minor basilica
Website Basilica of the Sacré Cœur
Architectural description
Architect(s) Paul Abadie
Architectural type Church
Architectural style Romano-Byzantine
Groundbreaking 1875
Completed 1914
Length 35 metres (115 ft)
Width 85 metres (279 ft)
Height (max) 83 metres (272 ft)
Materials Travertine stone

Piazza San Pietro_ Rome February 1984 (Per pedes apostolorum) (my Photo Colection)

Piazza San Pietro_ Rome February 1984202

Piazza San Pietro_ Rome February 1984 (Per pedes apostororum)

Piazza San Pietro_ Rome February 1984 – Via della Conciliazione (my photo Collection?Private Reserve?)

Piazza San Pietro_ Rome February 1984 - Via della Conciliazione

Piazza San Pietro_ Rome February 1984 – Via della Conciliazione

This Day in History: The Parthenon Is Partially Destroyed by an Explosion (1687)

The Parthenon Is Partially Destroyed by an Explosion (1687)

Built in the 5th century BCE on the Acropolis of Athens, the Parthenon was the chief temple of Athena in ancient Greece and the finest example of Doric architecture. In 1687, during the Venetian attack on Athens, the Turks used it for storing gunpowder. The stores were ignited during the bombardment, causing an explosion that partly destroyed the building. Still, its basic structure remains intact and reconstruction efforts are underway. Where is there a full-scale replica of the Parthenon? More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Louis Sullivan (1856)

Louis Sullivan (1856)

Sullivan is considered the father of modern American architecture. After working for several Chicago firms, he joined the office of Dankmar Adler in 1879, becoming Adler’s partner at age 24. Their 14-year association produced more than 100 buildings, many of them landmarks. During this period, Frank Lloyd Wright spent six years as an apprentice to Sullivan, who would be a major influence on the younger architect. What famous phrase did Sullivan coin to express his architectural philosophy? More… Discuss