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(For politics, please scroll down)Some years ago, Mr. AOW and I went to a National Symphony Orchestra concert presenting the piece below. Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock) narrated the concert, which had accompanying photos taken by NASA projected…
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My music appreciation teacher in elementary school introduced us to Classical Period music by having us listen to Haydn’s Surprise Symphony; we also learned about the basics of symphonic form.
Haydn (1732-1809, contemporaneous with George Washington), was a prolific composer, in part because he held the position of Kapellmeister for the Esterházy Family, who, in Haydn’s words: “forced [him] to become original.” The Esterházy estate ([s]ometimes called the “Hungarian Versailles”) was distant from populated areas and isolated him from other composers and trends in music.
When I studied Music Appreciation in college, I discovered more of Haydn’s glorious music, including the piece below.
About the above piece, from Musical Musings:
I. Allegro – The concerto begins with the presentation of motives by the orchestra. Haydn doesn’t always have markedly different themes in his sonata movements, and this section is dominated by a martial theme that is punctuated by timpani and trumpets. When the solo trumpet enters it repeats the opening motive, and Haydn exploits the expanded compass of Weidinger’s keyed trumpet with notes that would not be possible on a natural trumpet. The soloist expands upon the opening motives and enters into a dialogue with the orchestra in the development section, but the soloist remains in the spotlight. The recapitulation repeats the opening motive by the soloist until Haydn gives a fermata rest for the orchestra while the soloist plays a cadenza. The orchestra returns and brings the movement to a close.
II. Andante – Again Haydn exploits the keyed trumpet by giving it a gentle melody to play with the orchestra in this short movement.
III. Allegro – Haydn writes an energetic rondo as the final movement. The soloist plays rapid repeated notes, trills, and other dazzling figurations throughout the rondo. The entire compass of the trumpet from the bottom to the top is used to good effect throughout.
Read about (Franz) Joseph Haydn’s life HERE.
For those interested in stories of the weird and gruesome, see Haydn’s Head.
Like many others, I’m frustrated that the border wall promised by Donald Trump is not under construction and still remains unfunded. The wall was the primary plank of Trump’s campaign platform and launched his first political campaign.
That said, if the following information is true, the Trump Administration needs to get the word out — before Donald Trump loses the support of a core group within the electorate that elected him to the Oval Office. WE THE PEOPLE are wary of our so-called elected public servants, because they have so often reneged on campaign promises made.
Related reading at RickWells.us: Trump And Americans Want The Wall – Vote In A New Congress If They Refuse Our Demands.
When in elementary school, our music teacher introduced us to the sections of the orchestra by having us listen to Peter and the Wolf. Later, when I was in college, our professor used the Peter and the Wolf as the beginning point of Music Appreciation …
More micro-aggressional madness, this time from the op-ed essay Why Is Asian Salad Still on the Menu? by Bonnie Tsui, the author of American Chinatown: A People’s History of Five Neighborhoods:
…So what’s my problem with Asian salad? It’s not the salad itself, though it’s not my favorite. It’s the words — which, I think, matter. In many ways, the broad, generic terminology used to refer to an entire continent is the heart of it. Applebee’s menu features an “Oriental chicken salad” with the following description: “fresh Asian greens tossed in a tasty Oriental vinaigrette.” The “Asian greens” and “Oriental vinaigrette” are so laughably vague as to have no meaning at all. When I asked Applebee’s for more specifics on what made its Asian greens Asian and its Oriental vinaigrette Oriental, a spokesman told me the company was unable to “provide a thorough response.” No kidding.
Am I taking this too seriously? The casual racism of the Asian salad stems from the idea of the exotic — who is and isn’t American is caught up wholesale in its creation. This use of “Oriental” and “Asian” is rooted in the wide-ranging, “all look same” stereotypes of Asian culture that most people don’t really perceive as being racist. It creates a kind of blind spot….
Read the entire article HERE.
One commenter to the article opined:
Really??? I recommend getting a humor salad with some lighten up dressing.
Sadly, America has become a land of whiners. If there is nothing substantial about which to whine, an offense is created out of whole cloth. It is fashionable to complain — particularly if the complaint issued is “Racism!”
Twenty-first Century mankind — yes, including those of us who blog and frequent blogs — would do well to remember these words:
Related reading: Complaining Is Terrible for You, According to Science: Steeping yourself in negativity has seriously terrible consequences for your mental and physical health. Venting is not of as much value as previously thought.
Recently, FreeThinke posted What Concerns You Most?, along with some choices of concerns. See FreeThinke’s post for the list.I weighed in under the category of Other. Here is my biggest concern, applicable not only to politics:What concerns me mo…
If the above is true, why do we try so hard to persuade or dissuade others for whom we have no respect in the first place?
2. My pain levels have soared. Out of control and debilitating! At any moment, I may end up in the hospital again.
So, my blogging takes a back seat right now and for the foreseeable future. My dear friend and blogging partner Warren will post as he is able to do so.
By WarrenA look at recent developments in the Middle East and elsewhere plus a more in-depth byplay we don’t often get. It looks to me like Russia has really stuck its foot in it. From StrategyPage: Russia: Embarrassing Cold War Remind…