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make music part of your life series: Carl Nielsen – Aladdin Suite, FS. 89 (1919)


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Carl Nielsen – Aladdin Suite,
FS. 89 (1919)

Herbert Blomstedt, San Francisco Symphony
I. Oriental Festive March 02.57
II. Aladdin’s Dream and Dance of the Morning Mist 02.48, 02:58
III. Hindu Dance 02.21, 05:46
IV. Chinese Dance 03.27, 08:08
V. The Marketplace in Ispahan 04.22, 11:36
VI. Dance of the Prisoners 03.32, 16:14
VII. Negro Dance 04.33, 19:46

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make music part of your life series: Aram Khachaturian: Spartacus – Ballet Suite No. 2


The monument of the composer Aram Khachaturian...

The monument of the composer Aram Khachaturian (1903 – 1978). http://www.armeniapedia.org/index.php?title=Aram_Khachaturian (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Aram Khachaturian: Spartacus – Ballet Suite No. 2

1. Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
2. Entrance of Merchants, Dance of a Roman Courtesan, General Dance 8:52
3. Entrance of Spartacus, Quarrel, Harmodius’ Treachery 13:15
4. Dance of the Pirates 19:21

Scottish National Orchestra
Neeme Järvi – conductor

great composions/performances: SIR THOMAS BEECHAM & ‘FAUST’ Ballet Music by Charles Gounod


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SIR THOMAS BEECHAM & ‘FAUST’ Ballet Music by Charles Gounod

This wonderfully melodic ballet music is given a superb performance by Beecham & the Royal philharmonic, the orchestra he had founded during 1946. In their time, surely Sir Thomas & Pierre Monteux where inimitable here.

Irish Step Dance (IRISH DANCE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, BOSTON 2013)


Irish Step Dance

Irish step dance is a type of recreational and competitive folk dance whose tradition probably grew in tandem with Ireland’s rich tradition in music. It may be performed as a solo dance or in groups and is generally characterized by a stiff upper body and quick, precise footwork. Though it originated in Ireland, this style of dance has become popular around the globe, thanks in large part to the recent productions Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. Where did Riverdance debut? More… Discusst may be performed as a solo dance or in groups and is generally characterized by a stiff upper body and quick, precise footwork. Though it originated in Ireland, this style of dance has become popular around the globe, thanks in large part to the recent productions Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. Where did Riverdance debut? More… Discuss

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IRISH DANCE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, BOSTON 2013

 

Bone of Time, poetic thought by George-B (©Always)


Bone of Time, poetic thought by George-B (©Always)

I’m sitting in this old place
Sometimes,
Thinking about myself,
Imagining myself being
A few years younger,
Still in the safety of the 20th
Century, one hundred years, passed now,
The safety of the memories past …
The memorialistic past, pass double dance of the safe past,
When things turned out okay, and I survived that day and
That and this, days and nights and
sometimes mornings and afternoons,
boring times extraneously boring times of nothing but boredom,
and more boredom and
sometimes the “Hi How are you?”, “Great, thanks…’n how are you?”…

Yes I’m thinking sometimes of the safety of the memories past,
of the 20th century, with more substance on the bone of time,
and less of a hatchet to grind,
with less militantism, and more substance
on the bone of humanity,
on the bone of history,
on the etherical memories of the past.

make music part of your life series: Arvey-Francis Duo – “Oriental” Dance No.2 by Enrique Granados


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Arvey-Francis Duo – “Oriental” Dance No.2 by Enrique Granados

The Arvey-Francis Duo
Spanish Dance No. 2 “Oriental”
Music by Enrique Granados.
Performed by Evelyn Arvey and Mark Francis
Recorded November 10, 2010
Produced and Engineered by Kevin Callahan
Quaver Studios, Seattle WA
http://www.arveyfrancis.com

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make music part of your life series: Prokofiev – Dance of the Knights


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That music was in a french TV spot (directed by Jean-Paul Goude) for Chanel‘s perfume “Egoiste”… “Dance of the Knights“, by Sergueï Prokofiev….

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: SIR THOMAS BEECHAM & ‘FAUST’ Ballet Music by Charles Gounod



Make Music Part of Your Life Series: SIR THOMAS BEECHAM & ‘FAUST’ Ballet Music by Charles Gounod

This wonderfully melodic ballet music is given a superb performance by Beecham & the Royal philharmonic, the orchestra he had founded during 1946. In their time, surely Sir Thomas & Pierre Monteux where inimitable here.

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Shostakovich: Ballet Suite No. 4


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The Queer Urban Orchestra, under the direction of Nolan Dresden, performs Dmitri Shostakovich’s Ballet Suite No. 4 at our Mysterium concert, March 20, 2011. The work is in three movements: I – Introduction and Variations; II – Waitz; and III – Scherzo.

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WORD: SLEIGHT


sleight 

Definition: (noun) Adroitness in using the hands.
Synonyms: dexterity
Usage: Only through his unequaled sleight can the juggler manage to keep eight chainsaws safely aloft. Discuss.
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ARTICLE: GEISHA: “ART PERSON”


Geisha: “Art Person”

A geisha is a traditional Japanese artist-entertainer skilled at conversation, singing, and dancing. The geisha system likely originated in the 17th century to provide a class of well-trained entertainers separate from courtesans and prostitutes. Even though geisha are usually women, the first ones were actually men. The numbers of geisha have declined from some 80,000 in the 1920s to a few thousand today. Why did geisha often paint their teeth black as part of their formal make-up? More… Discuss

 

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ARTICLE: THE LITTLE THEATER MOVEMENT


The Little Theater Movement

Sensational melodramas had been en vogue at the theater since the 19th century, but as film became the medium for large-scale spectacle, the Little Theater Movement developed in the US. Beginning in Chicago around 1912, theater enthusiasts banded together to produce more intimate, noncommercial, and reform-minded plays. The success of their Little Theater Movement likely helped to launch community theater and Off-Broadway plays. It also kick-started the career of what famous playwright? More… Discuss

 

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Manuel de Falla – El Sombrero de Tres Picos – Complete Ballet



Manuel de Falla (1876 – 1946)

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Español: Estatua de Manuel de Falla en la Avenida de la Constitución de Granada (España). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

El Sombrero de Tres Picos – Complete Ballet
(The Three-Cornered Hat / Le tricorne / Der Dreispitz – 1919)

Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE
Carlos Kalmar – Conductor

Maria del Mar Campo – Mezzosoprano

Introducción y escena – Introduction and Scene
La tarde – Afternoon
Danza de la molinera (Fandango) – Dance of the Miller’s Wife
Las uvas – The Grapes
Danza de los vecinos (Seguidilla) – Dance of the Neighbors
Danza del molinero (Farruca) – Dance of the Miller
Danza del corregidor – Dance of the Magistrate
Danza final (Jota)

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ARTICLE: THE MAYPOLE


The Maypole

The maypole is the center of activity during the celebration of May Day. The tall wooden pole is often decorated with flowers, greenery, and streamers. Dancers hold the loose ends of the streamers and weave intricate patterns as they encircle the pole and pass each other in dance. May Day festivities also include a May king and queen and people carrying garlands. The maypole probably originated in ancient fertility rites, but its symbolism has long been debated. What are some interpretations? More…Discuss

 

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Great Composers/Compositions: Alexander Glazunov “Ruses d’Amour” Op.61, Yevgeny Svetlanov



Alexander Glazunov Ruses d’Amour Op.61

1. Introduction 
2. Scene 1 
3. Mimic Recitative
4. Gavotte
5. Sarabande 
6. Farandole
7. Scene 2 
8. Puppet Dance
9. Scene 3 
10. Scene 4 
11. Scene 5
12. Variation 
13. Scene 6. March
14. Scene 7. Grand waltz
15. Scene 8 
16. Scene 9
17. Scene 10
18. Scene 11
19. Short Peasant’s Dance
20. Dance of the Groom and the Bride
21. Variation
22. Fricassee

Yevgeny Svetlanov,  Conductor

For  a complete  list of Glasunov’s composition visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_compositions_by_Alexander_Glazunov

Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite – Russian Dance Trepak



The Russian Dance from Tchaikovsky’s famous Nutcracker Suite. This is probably not only my favourite of all the movements, and I hope you’ll enjoy it!

 

Vasily Kalinnikov : Symphony No. 1 in G minor


Vasily Kalinnikov : Symphony No. 1 in G minor
Nikolay Semyonovich Golovanov (Conductor)
Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra

(Rec.1945) Public Domain

 

Today’ Birthday: SARAH BERNHARDT (1844)


Sarah Bernhardt (1844)

The illegitimate child of a courtesan, Bernhardt was encouraged to pursue a theatrical career by one of her mother’s lovers. Her acting teachers did not consider her a particularly promising student, but they turned out to be sorely mistaken; Bernhardt went on to become the premier romantic and tragic actress of her day, touring all over the world during her six-decade career on stage and screen. What morbid possession may have helped “the Divine Sarah” reach her potential as a tragedienne?More… Discuss

 

Haiku – Cyan Flamenco (poetic thought by George-B)


Haiku – Cyan Flamenco (poetic thought by George-B)

Cyan flamenco
assumes the steel-toe rhythm
and castanets‘ tocks.

 

Magenta Flamenco oil Painting Digital (my Art Collection) 32X41- FotoSketch

Cyan Flamenco oil Painting Digital (my Art Collection) 32X41- FotoSketch

 

 

Emmanuel Chabrier: L’ Étoile – Overture



Emmanuel Chabrier: L’ Étoile – Overture
Joseph Peyron, Lina Dachary, René Lenoty, Claudine Collart, Jean Christophe Benoit
Emmanuel Chabrier : L’ Étoile (1957), Volume 1

1. Emmanuel Chabrier: L’ Étoile – Overture

 

Hotel California: The Astonishing Philosophical Poem from The Eagles


Hotel California
On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair

Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night
There she stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself,
’this could be heaven or this could be hell’
Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say…

Welcome to the hotel california
Such a lovely place
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the hotel california
Any time of year, you can find it here

Her mind is tiffany-twisted, she got the mercedes bends
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys, that she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat.
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget

So I called up the captain,
’please bring me my wine’
He said, ’we haven’t had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine’
And still those voices are calling from far away,
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say…

Welcome to the hotel california
Such a lovely place
Such a lovely face
They livin’ it up at the hotel california
What a nice surprise, bring your alibis

Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice
And she said ’we are all just prisoners here, of our own device’
And in the master’s chambers,
They gathered for the feast
The stab it with their steely knives,
But they just can’t kill the beast

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
’relax,’ said the night man,
We are programmed to receive.
You can checkout any time you like,
But you can never leave!

The lyrics describe the title establishment as a luxury resort where “you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.” On the surface, it tells the tale of a weary traveler who becomes trapped in a nightmarish luxury hotel that at first appears inviting and tempting. The song is an allegory about hedonism and self-destruction in the music industry of the late 1970s; Don Henley called it “our interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles[7] and later reiterated “it’s basically a song about the dark underbelly of the American dream and about excess in America, which is something we knew a lot about.”[8] In 2008, Don Felder described the origins of the lyrics:

“Don Henley and Glenn wrote most of the words. All of us kind of drove into L.A. at night. Nobody was from California, and if you drive into L.A. at night… you can just see this glow on the horizon of lights, and the images that start running through your head of Hollywood and all the dreams that you have, and so it was kind of about that… what we started writing the song about. Coming into L.A…. and from that ‘Life in the Fast Lane‘ came out of it, and ‘Wasted Time’ and a bunch of other songs.”[9]

The abstract nature of the lyrics has led listeners to their own interpretations over the years. In the 1980s, some Christian evangelists alleged that “Hotel California” referred to a San Francisco hotel purchased by Anton LaVey and converted into the Church of Satan.[10][11] Other rumors suggested that the Hotel California was the Camarillo State Mental Hospital.[12] These claims have been consistently denied by the band.[citation needed]

The term “colitas” in the first stanza of the song is a Spanish term for “little tails” and in Mexican slang it is a reference to the buds of the Cannabis plant.[13]

In a 2009 interview, Plain Dealer music critic John Soeder asked Don Henley this about the lyrics:

On “Hotel California,” you sing: “So I called up the captain / ‘Please bring me my wine’ / He said, ‘We haven’t had that spirit here since 1969.'” I realize I’m probably not the first to bring this to your attention, but wine isn’t a spirit. Wine is fermented; spirits are distilled. Do you regret that lyric?

Henley responded,

“Thanks for the tutorial and, no, you’re not the first to bring this to my attention—and you’re not the first to completely misinterpret the lyric and miss the metaphor. Believe me, I’ve consumed enough alcoholic beverages in my time to know how they are made and what the proper nomenclature is. But that line in the song has little or nothing to do with alcoholic beverages. It’s a sociopolitical statement. My only regret would be having to explain it in detail to you, which would defeat the purpose of using literary devices in songwriting and lower the discussion to some silly and irrelevant argument about chemical processes.”[14]

According to Glenn Frey‘s liner notes for The Very Best of Eagles, the use of the word “steely” in the lyric (referring to knives) was a playful nod to band Steely Dan, who had included the lyric “Turn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening” in their song “Everything You Did“. (Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotel_California_(song))

Today’s Birthday: Fres Astaire (MAy 10, 1899)


Fred Astaire (1899)

Born Frederick Austerlitz, Astaire was an American dancer, actor, and singer who began his career as a child on a successful Broadway vaudeville team with his sister Adele. After his sister retired, Astaire became a film actor and developed a reputation as a debonair song-and-dance man, particularly in the films he made with Ginger Rogers, which elevated tap dance to an elegant, disciplined art and revolutionized popular-dance performance. What were some of Astaire’s most popular films? More… Discuss