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Kerpi Burgan4,490#awesome #awesomepeople #chadwick #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #community #followback #followers #gplus #influence #leadership #public #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #reshare #reshared #reshareday #resharetags #ripples #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #sharing #sharingcircle #socialmedia #theplus #tcs #team #круги   2014-08-28 10:12:52492223CC G+
Лилия Кулешова0Добавьте меня в круги. :)#CircleSharing#Circle#SharedCircles#CircleOfTheDay#GooglePlusTips#SharedPublicCircles#Google+#Google#EliteInnerCircle#PublicCircle#AddCircle#Marketing#teamelitecircle#SocialMedia#Engagers#Shared #Делюськругом #Круг #КругДня #Круги #Круглим #Кругляши #ОткрытыйКруг #Люди #ВзаимныеЛюди #ВзаимныйФолловинг #Группа #Группы #ГуглCircleOfTheDay#SocialMediaMarketing2014-08-13 11:03:27500004CC G+
Сергей Новиков1,050Расшариваем круги и добавляем новые подписки.#ГуглПлюс #Делюськругом #Круг #КругДня #Круги #Круглим #Круглы #Кругляши #ОткрытыйКруг #Люди #ВзаимныеЛюди #Взаимный #ВзаимныйФолловинг #Группа #Группы #Гугл #Добавить #Други #Друзья #Знакомства #Интересно #Интернет #КлубВзаимногоЧтения #КогоПочитать #Новости #Обмен #Общество #Объявления 2014-08-11 07:01:58501227CC G+
Joe Martinez61,582My Favorite People & Brand Pages on Google+ - June 2014All these people are amazing and fun (hence why I follow them)! :) If you are looking for people to follow then this is definitely the circle for you! There is a little bit of everything here! From people who love photography, tech, music, art... the list is endless! Enjoy!!  Some of the awesomesauce in this circle:  +Hanna Silver, +DJ Spin, +Tanya Muse Diaz, +Tiffany Henry, +Ant J, +anthony feliciano, +jessi roman, +Bronwyn McGuckin, +Renata Sherwin, +Cynthia K Seymour, +Natascha Otero, +Daria Musk, +Kamal Tailor, +Emily Jiménez, +Carms Perez, +Christopher Lira, +Eleanor Hoh, +Chris Pirillo, +2014-06-23 04:01:3650139641CC G+
Dina Tika0Here is a group of Active Engagers, Circle Sharers, Awesome Plus Oners, and Cool People on Google Plus!   Circle Sharing is an awesome way to increase your followers and active engagers on your profile. Some of my favorite people that I've met here on Google + through Circle Sharing.    Want to be in the next Circle of Awesomeness? Follow the Steps Below!  ☛ Add the circle ☛ Share in the Public ☛ Plus 1 the Post. ☛ Comment. 2014-06-10 05:53:52479001CC G+
Elijah Novikov0Sharing circles....Обмен кругами:#ГуглПлюс #Делюськругом #Круг #КругДня #Круги #Круглим #Круглы #Кругляши #ОткрытыйКруг #Люди #ВзаимныеЛюди #Взаимный #ВзаимныйФолловинг #Группа #Группы #Гугл #Добавить #Други #Друзья #Знакомства #Интересно #Интернет #КлубВзаимногоЧтения #КогоПочитать #Новости #Обмен #Общество #Объявления 2014-05-31 14:18:11500209CC G+
Chris Robinson40,732Musicians on G+ Community Circle 4/14Each month we are circling engaging musicians in the +Musicians on G+ community (http://goo.gl/4lRNe), and then sharing this circle on G+. Here are the engaging musicians for the month of April.2014-05-06 15:34:13130241948CC G+
Yoga Imawan947Get Bulk Follower from this CircleTips : Reshare this Circle if you want to get followers, and don't forget used Hashtag on following list, it's good Idea, cause I used Multi language.#add#addcircle#addmetoyourcircles#buy_GooglePlus_followers#cácmối#Çember#Cercle#Ciorcal#circle#CircleOfTheDay#circleoftheweek#circles#CircleShare#circlesharing#CircleSunday#circlethis#circleyoushare#Círculo#cirkel#Cylch#Draugų#Engagers#EngagersCircle#engagerspeople#engagersshowcase  #engagersshowcasecircle#Fèyontiwonn#FridayCircle#FridayCircles#gburugburu#Google#Google+#GooglePlusTips#justanaverageteenagerwhoexpresseshisopinionsovertheinternetcircle2014-04-26 21:02:16501000CC G+
Shinta putri anggun2291. Plus The Post2. Comment3. Add People To Circles4. Share The Circle! #circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circle #googleplustips #googleplus #indonesia #artists #artist #artistphotographeramateurorprofessional #artisticgoogle  2014-04-26 16:19:094049526CC G+
Blog Guns583#CircleSharing #SharedCircles #CircleOfTheDay #SharedPublicCircles #GooglePlusTips #buy_GooglePlus_followers#Google+ #Google #Engagers #SharedCircleOfTheDay #EngagersCircle #PublicSharedCircles #Share #SocialMedia #FriendsShareFriends #Marketing #Circles #PublicCircle #Magic2014-04-26 07:32:27501104CC G+
Blog Guns580#CircleSharing #SharedCircles #CircleOfTheDay #SharedPublicCircles #GooglePlusTips #buy_GooglePlus_followers#Google+ #Google #Engagers #SharedCircleOfTheDay #EngagersCircle #PublicSharedCircles #Share #SocialMedia #FriendsShareFriends #Marketing #Circles #PublicCircle #Magic2014-04-25 14:29:58501104CC G+
Yoga Imawan889Get Bulk Follower from this CircleTips : Reshare this Circle if you want to get followers, and don't forget used Hashtag on following list, it's good Idea, cause I used Multi language.#circles#add#addcircle#addmetoyourcircles#buy_GooglePlus_followers#cácmối#Çember#Cercle#Ciorcal#circle#CircleOfTheDay#circleoftheweek#circles#CircleShare#circlesharing#CircleSunday#circlethis#circleyoushare#Círculo#cirkel#Cylch#Draugų#Engagers#EngagersCircle#engagerspeople#engagersshowcase  #engagersshowcasecircle#Fèyontiwonn#gburugburu#Google#Google+#GooglePlusTips#justanaverageteenagerwhoexpresseshisopinionsovertheinternetcircle#Koło2014-04-20 21:54:435019922CC G+
Yoga Imawan889IMPORTANT CIRCLE#addcircle#buy_GooglePlus_followers#circle#CircleOfTheDay#circleoftheweek#circles#CircleShare#circlesharing#CircleSunday#circlethis#circleyoushare#Engagers#EngagersCircle#engagersshowcasecircle#Google#Google+#GooglePlusTips#Magic#Marketing#motivateme#publiccircle#PublicSharedCircles#sharedcircle#SharedCircleOfTheDay#SharedCircles#SharedPublicCircles#SocialMedia#SocialMediaMarketing#TopEngagers2014-04-20 18:05:56501547CC G+
Shinta putri anggun201please1.share2.click +13.comment thank you #artists   #indonesia #circlesharing   #circleshare #adult   #tourism #facebookmarketing   #facebook #googleplustips  2014-04-19 13:16:385010121CC G+
Svetlana Yegorova90Обмен кругами, #круги   #обмен   #кругляши #круглим   #круги#Google+  #SharedCircles   #circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle   #circlesharing   #followers   #social  2014-04-12 12:07:235008515CC G+
Jessica Anggoela0This is a group of individuals that has personally shared four of my best circle sharing circles in the last month (or so).  They also include a mix of new circle sharers and some that are just trying to learn it for the first time. :) :) :0)They are individuals, to a large degree, that are very interested in not just circle sharing (which is great), but also engaging with you in a meaningful way (which is awesome)!!!Guidelines for Core Multipliers- Share the circle to stay in the circle- Have some fun!- If you are new and want in the circle, share the circle.This is a great group.  Enjoy this circle and have an awesome Thursday!*if you were somehow missed/ not included in the circle, please let me know and it will be corrected on the next share. My apologies ahead of time! :)**For those coming from multiplying circle, we are not inviting new folks here, you can privately message them or ping them when you share the circle on your public feed. Thanks!#corecircle #multiplyingcircle #coremultipliers #sharedcircles #circleshare #bestsharedcircle   #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #CircleQueen   #CircleMaster   #GPlusList   #Circle   #Circleshare   #Circlesharing   #PublicSharedCircles2014-04-06 08:16:36501404CC G+
Chris Robinson40,244Musicians on G+ Community Circle 3/14Each month we are circling engaging musicians* in the +Musicians on G+ community (http://goo.gl/4lRNe), and then sharing this circle on G+. Feel free to add this circle if you want to add engaging musicians to your stream.Upcoming Events 4/6 +Song Show with musical guest +Tom Strasser (http://goo.gl/wEW3R2)*Engaging musicians take part in some (or all) of the following activities. They write up introductions when posting to the community (e.g., a few sentences introducing themselves or the music), they reply when people comment on their posts, they use hangouts or HOAs to engage the community, and/or they take the time to comment on other people's posts.2014-04-01 17:09:48117111123CC G+
Сергей Новиков472 Расшариваем круги и добавляем новые подписки :)#ГуглПлюс #Делюськругом #Круг #КругДня #Круги #Круглим #Круглы #Кругляши #ОткрытыйКруг #Люди #ВзаимныеЛюди #Взаимный #ВзаимныйФолловинг #Группа #Группы #Гугл #Добавить #Други #Друзья #Знакомства #Интересно #Интернет #КлубВзаимногоЧтения #КогоПочитать #Новости #Обмен #Общество #Объявления2014-03-12 11:55:44501338CC G+
Chris Robinson39,924Musicians on G+ Community Circle 2/14Each month we are circling engaging musicians* in the +Musicians on G+ community (http://goo.gl/4lRNe), and then sharing this circle on G+. There's a lot of interaction in this circle! Click Add people to check it out!Upcoming Events 3/2 +Song Show with +Jonathan Blackshire (http://goo.gl/jIF5e9)*Engaging musicians take part in some (or all) of the following activities. They write up introductions when posting to the community (e.g., a few sentences introducing themselves or the music), they reply when people comment on their posts, they use hangouts or HOAs to engage the community, and/or they take the time to comment on other people's posts.2014-02-28 19:04:351302937CC G+
Businessmens1,109Good morning / evening to all.This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это социальный круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-02-06 10:27:37501459CC G+
Businessmens959Циркуляция сообщества!1. Добавь себе этот круг.2. Добавь в него себя.3. Поделись кругом (запись должна быть видна всем) и скопируй в комментарий это сообщение.Каждый следующий человек будет добавлять тебя в круги, тем самым увеличивая кол-во твоих подписчиков! (плюс ответные добавления от ранее добавленных)ЗЫ: иллюстрированная инструкция тут - https://plus.google.com/photos/110423182607385092010/albums/5750111506919621249?authkey=CNLZ5N_77cOEjgE#ActiveUsers #Add #AddCircle #AddFriends #AddMeToYour #AddMeToYourCircles #AddPeople #Affiliate #afo #AllSortsOfPeople #Art #AstroPhotography #AuthorCircle #Authorshelpingauthors #AutoFollow #AutoFollowBack #Awesome #AwesomeArt #AwesomeCircle #awesomecircles #AwesomeDay #AwesomeFace #AwesomeIdeas #AwesomeIndividuals #AwesomeJuice #AwesomeNess #AwesomePeople #AwesomePublick #AwesomePublickCircle #AwesomeSauce #BeautifulPhotographs #BeautifulPictures 2014-02-01 17:23:355015410CC G+
Musicians on G+4,597Musicians on G+ Community Circle 1/14This is a new shared circle series coming out of the Musicians on G+ Community (link to community, http://goo.gl/4lRNe). Each month we will circle some of the engaging musicians in the community and share this circle with you. Click on Add people to check them out! Not a big fan of adding shared circles. No problem. You can search this circle for individual musicians sorted by genre (http://goo.gl/llxGEw) or check out the +Musicians on G+ database (http://goo.gl/CQA96V).Upcoming Events 2/2 +Song Show with +Jonathan Blackshire (http://goo.gl/i2RnPt)2/13 Hangin' with Musicians on G+ (http://goo.gl/MBDqQf)2014-01-31 15:10:426851626CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky63,015Good morning / evening to all.You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Это социальный круг / This social circleВам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-23 02:07:25499361558CC G+
Artur M.35,689A Very Social CircleКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+circle of people, with active life position in Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.2014-01-20 07:58:29390351165CC G+
Syra Khan3,329#circles   #sharedcircles  2014-01-17 10:19:275016322CC G+
Artur M.34,220A Very Social CircleКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+circle of people, with active life position in Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.#forfriends  2014-01-08 15:24:56421401863CC G+
Alexandra Bolzer1,453sharing with you my updated handselected p h o t o g r a p h e r circle A-LAmateurs and Professionals.. great unique works (04.01.2014)take them, add them, share them if you want #circleshare   #circlesharing   #photography   #photographer   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  2014-01-04 08:49:02435281725CC G+
Alexandra Bolzer1,004here you find my updated handselected PHOTOGRAPHER A-L #circle- they are the best of the best.. amateur and professionals  updated 26.12.2013you are welcome to share as much you like!enjoy! #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #photography   #fineartphotography  2013-12-26 21:37:31393211116CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky59,452This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2013-12-26 04:10:46500421768CC G+
Vladimir Samsonov23,777Good morning/evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг This is a Social Circle#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-12-08 11:43:39493524076CC G+
Andrey Mashnich102,869Good morning/evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг This is a Social Circle  #ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother 2013-11-23 15:58:42462452984CC G+
Refurio Anachro1,770engagers circle: logistic map frenzyThank you all who showed interest in the topic! I'll be preparing more about the logistic map for another #diagram  post or two, so stay tuned!This circle has (i hope) everyone who has reshared my post, directly liked the origin, or has commented intelligently. It was nice reading the thoughts some of you shared, thanks! As a special gift i added my current favorites who mostly post about math!Direct links to the reshares that had something to add:Special thanks to Richard Green, your share started it! This gives me the opportunity to experiment with your engagers-circle concept. Also thanks for the kind words!https://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/bCWCuCo1irbAndrew Reidhttps://plus.google.com/113591358584964808233/posts/FyRPg3d1n8fPiotr Parafiniukhttps://plus.google.com/107586274027142920972/posts/U3xGdXSft26philippe rouxhttps://plus.google.com/118331054304456615935/posts/FWPbueRRDnQFrank Nestelhttps://plus.google.com/105661541109472601976/posts/VHpqT1KMAgQW Adenhttps://plus.google.com/104501258233057661239/posts/DqpetshuPMHScienceSundayhttps://plus.google.com/109783903175191665261/posts/MHdX5mK98j8Chomvong Deanhttps://plus.google.com/109290454330797281871/posts/5VtiJFw3hNoAli Orhun Akkirmanhttps://plus.google.com/+AliOrhunAkkirman/posts/FjygxsfCJk8Carlos Castillo-Garsowhttps://plus.google.com/117081920039282965770/posts/7hEadyQEisKDax Solomon Umaminghttps://plus.google.com/102027494320630470417/posts/71Jy84b7cED #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #engagerscircle   #thankyoucircle   #sciencecircle   #logisticmap  2013-11-19 22:42:11138736CC G+
Silvio De Rossi4,316#happyhalloween Circle! Thanks +Andrey Mashnich! #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlesharing  2013-10-31 14:24:2740124928CC G+
Andrey Mashnich100,957Circle of people, with active life position in Google+ Круг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+ 2013-10-31 13:37:11396391765CC G+
Pradeep Sanyal120,484The 500 Best of the Best on Google+!Make sure to share and add this circle so others can know about it! This circle includes fun, interesting, and engaging people that you definitely want to follow! #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheday  2013-09-27 04:31:395009512CC G+
Jonathan Blackshire558I was just shared in a circle of very talented musicians that I'm proud to be included in.  I highly recommend you add and check out everyone in this circle!2013-07-23 05:16:49251115CC G+
Daniel Mihai Popescu4,968A circle based on +Richard Green's last creation! Add it to yours, share it! They all have some wonderful spark in them!If you're notified, you're in! Sorry to disturb you with the notification! If you want out, just say so :)2013-06-19 09:59:4539032733CC G+
Steven Krohn1,616The Popular Choice Circle________________________Richard Green originally shared:Here's version 2 of my Popular Choice circle. The members of this circle were nominated for inclusion here (http://goo.gl/vY07d). Anecdotal evidence suggests that this circle is a pretty good one to add: after the last share, somebody that I follow made the comment:I have to admit I have never had so many people add me back so shortly after adding a shared circle.As guest members of the circle this time, I'm including everyone who has created a circle with me in it in the last four weeks, including +Chris Cota, +Steven Krohn, +Marlo Angelo Tito, +Leo Walsh, +Cesare Riccardo, +Michael Bennett, +1212Scenery, +Daniel Mihai Popescu, +Gai Xinh, +Mithu Hassan, +Daniel Stock, +Marino Puletti, +Christy Sandhoff, +Johnathan Yesson, +Roleta Anedotas, +Linda Dee, +Mariusz Zapart, +César Bustíos Benites, +Andrea Orselli, +Katherine Vucicevic, +Networx, +Rome Heels, +Thumb up your Followers ►, +AyJay Schibig, +Zbynek Kysela, +Ewart Corrigan, +Hamilton Carter, +Don Dobbie, +Brian Buckley, +Wajahat Khan, +Crazy Circles, +Laurent Jean Philippe, +Maria Leoni and +Wolfgang Wodeck.  I'd especially like to thank +Scott Buehler, +Ludovic Moreeuw and +Science on Google+: A Public Database for including me in some particularly exciting circles: the Hyperball, the VIIP Circle and the Smokin' Science Circle, respectively.And now the surprise feature: I invite everyone to leave a comment on (the original post of) this circle share containing a link to one of your own posts. Ideally, this should be something that you posted recently and that you are particularly pleased with. (Don't post spam though; I will delete it.)2013-06-18 14:06:1838425937CC G+
Daniel Mihai Popescu4,802I have added version 2 of +Richard Green's  Popular Choice, re-freshed with my nucleus of Invincible circle and brushed of inactive accounts :)If you are notified, you're in, of course :)Thank you for sharing!2013-06-17 10:29:4338924937CC G+
Richard Green16,268Here's version 2 of my Popular Choice circle. The members of this circle were nominated for inclusion here (http://goo.gl/vY07d). Anecdotal evidence suggests that this circle is a pretty good one to add: after the last share, somebody that I follow made the comment:I have to admit I have never had so many people add me back so shortly after adding a shared circle.As guest members of the circle this time, I'm including everyone who has created a circle with me in it in the last four weeks, including +Chris Cota, +Steven Krohn, +Marlo Angelo Tito, +Leo Walsh, +Cesare Riccardo, +Michael Bennett, +1212Scenery, +Daniel Mihai Popescu, +Gai Xinh, +Mithu Hassan, +Daniel Stock, +Marino Puletti, +Christy Sandhoff, +Johnathan Yesson, +Roleta Anedotas, +Linda Dee, +Mariusz Zapart, +2013-06-17 04:33:32384693082CC G+
matthew rappaport165,364Fun, Funny, Techy and Random #awesomesauce  +Shared Circles on G+ In this circle, YOU+ will find Amazing Plussers to circle that will lead you to everyone that is Epic  and not in this #sharedcircle  through comments, +Reshare s and +mention s!Also, circle anyone that comments below that they weren't inthis circle and Add them to a circle named Oopsy Daisies FTW!+G+ Achievement Unlocked :P2013-06-04 08:41:55450512864CC G+
Christy Sandhoff10,119Richard Green originally shared:Remember the Much Better than the Average Circle circles I used to share?  Well, this circle is much better even than those.  The people in this circle were recommended for inclusion in response to my call for nominations, and there are some really interesting profiles in here.  If you've never added a circle before, this one would make a good Starter Circle.I'd especially like to thank +Dirk Talamasca, +Ed Ross, +Korinne M Jackman, +Nina MJ and +Tim Utzig, each of whom suggested a large number of profiles for the circle.  I think I added everyone who was tagged in the nomination post; sorry if I missed anyone.And here's the circle.2013-06-04 04:14:1033821830CC G+
Richard Green15,407Remember the Much Better than the Average Circle circles I used to share?  Well, this circle is much better even than those.  The people in this circle were recommended for inclusion in response to my call for nominations, and there are some really interesting profiles in here.  If you've never added a circle before, this one would make a good Starter Circle.I'd especially like to thank +Dirk Talamasca, +Ed Ross, +Korinne M Jackman, +Nina MJ and +Tim Utzig, each of whom suggested a large number of profiles for the circle.  I think I added everyone who was tagged in the nomination post; sorry if I missed anyone.And here's the circle.2013-06-02 14:20:43338532176CC G+
Joe Martinez49,987The 500 Best of the Best on Google+ - May/June 2013!I know it's been awhile since I've shared this circle but here we go again! Make sure to share and add this circle so others can know about it! This circle includes really fun, interesting, and engaging people that you definitely want to follow! Here is a sneak peek at some of the awesomesauce that's included in this circle share: +Muse TD, +Euro Maestro, +Tiffany Henry, +Renata Sherwin, +Amanda Blain, +Krystyn Chong, +Chris Pirillo, +Mike Elgan, +Daria Musk, +Hanna Silver, +Casey McKinnon, +Gisel Ocañas, +jessi roman, +Derek Ross, +Bronwyn McGuckin, +Chris Hadfield, +Mike Stenger, +Amanda Rosenberg, +2013-05-30 00:33:42500705466CC G+
Stephanie Calahan842FABULOUS WOMEN ON G+ Part 2 of 4My goal was to crowdsource a list of Fabulous Woman on G+ that are Actively posting and Engaging on Google+.  I had originally expected maybe 50 names.  Much to my surprise and #Gratitude, I received over 400+ comments filled with love and positive energy to help curate this list of well over 1311 beautiful people. I would say this was a success and now I'm sharing with everyone PUBLIC.  I hope you will share it far and wide too.  #Google+ will only allow me to share 500 at a time, so the list has been broken down in to 4 circles.  Groups 1-4 do not indicate any specific preference to any woman.  I would have shared one massive circle if I was allowed.Fabulous Women on G+ Part 1 Can be found here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/117590169633617507930/posts/Srvv4xzeuYmWhat You Can Do Now------------------------------------* Add these circles to your own circles by pressing the "View shared circle" button below. Then you can either add it to an existing circle of yours or add it as a new circle by giving it a new name. I've labeled mine "Fabulous Women on G+".  (You won't be able to see the circle on mobile or ipad -- you must be on a desktop or laptop.)  See other G+ quirks below.* Once you've added it, I recommend visiting the stream for this circle and browsing through it to see what you find interesting, encouraging, and enlightening. Then, share some love by commenting, +1ing or sharing the posts of your sisters!* Please note, this is a very diverse group of women.  You're likely to see some people in these circles who will see, understand, or experience things differently than you.  They may or may not share your similar interests.  With that in mind, a few suggestions:     -- If you disagree with someone's views, you can very easily remove them from your circle.     -- Please post public vs to these circles directly.  Each of us has separate preferences on notifications and we want to lift one another up, not bog down notifications.  I hope you all see some increased activity, make some new and inspired connections, and lift one another up as we share each other's brilliance.#fabwomenonG+ #womenongplus #womenonline #womenongoogleplus #women #activeusers #activedirectory #activeengagers #fabfems #googleplusengagers #femalesongoogleplus #female 2013-05-09 17:30:57362381135CC G+
Martijn van der Meulen5,976A few people have asked me about my Chrome OS circle, so here you go. The best Google+'ers you can find here that know about all things Chrome OS, Chromium OS, Chromebooks and Chromeboxes.Shout if you want to be included or if you recommend someone.2013-03-03 14:16:5024231224CC G+
Musicians on G+3,182Classical MusiciansView bands/musicians in this circle: http://goo.gl/i2RVwView underlying database: http://goo.gl/a30yTView most recent shared circles: http://goo.gl/EhCJaMusicians on G+ Community: http://goo.gl/4lRNeAdd a band/musician (any genre) to databaseFill out this form (http://goo.gl/aWK4w). Musicians who actively share their music on Google+ will be added to the database and to shared circles.#classical #classicalmusic #music #sharedcircles #publiccircles #musicmonday #musiceveryday #musicbomb #MBPDCircles2013-03-01 01:16:3760021CC G+
Joe Martinez44,982Best of the Best on Google+ - February 2013 Shared CircleI did some major cutting, trimming, and added some fresh new faces! This circle is perfect to add if you are new to Google+ and want to follow people with fresh ideas, amazing photography, music that will make your ears happy, and some of the most thought provoking & fun people on Google+! Feel free to share and add these amazing people! Some of the wonderful people you'll meet in the circle share are: +Tiffany Henry, +Chris Pirillo, +Krystyn Chong, +Euro Maestro, +Hanna Silver, +Amanda Blain, +Daria Musk, +Chris Hadfield, +Renata Sherwin, +Trev Warth, +Casey McKinnon, +Muse TD, +Michelle Marie, +Marques Brownlee, +Philip Plait, +Mohamed Mansour, +Emily SiXx, +Hanae Kimura, 2013-02-28 06:40:0650137941CC G+
Kelly Bergman2,120Here is a list of my top Google+ friends for engagement. #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  2013-02-25 15:30:5749026726CC G+
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2014-05-02 14:57:41 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)

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2014-06-06 15:58:44 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the Armenian composer Արամ Խաչատրյան  (Aram Ilyich Khachaturian) (6 June 1903–1 May 1978).

http://grooveshark.com/s/Khachaturian+Cello+Concerto+In+E+Minor+I+Allegro+Moderato/4FLOyC?src=5

Khachaturian's music often contains elements of Armenian folk music as well as Russian classical music; of course, he spent much of his life in an Armenia that was part of the Soviet Union. He was a member of the Communist Party, although in the late 1940s he fell out of favour. The work that led to his temporary "exile" was, ironically, written as a tribute to communism -- his Symphonic Poem, later called the Third Symphony.

He was in good company, however; the Zhdanov decree in 1948 named him as well as Shostakovich and Prokofiev, and the three of them had to apologise to the Soviet elite for their apparent formalismand anti-popula... more »

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2014-05-02 14:57:41 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)

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2014-09-01 15:19:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

My classical music post for today is Bohuslav Martinů's Poločas (Half-Time): Rondo for Orchestra.

Today is transfer deadline day in the UK's Premier League.

http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Half+Time+H+142+Rondo/483V2o?src=5

In honour of this, I would like to present Poločas (Half-Time): Rondo for Orchestra, H. 142, by the prolific 20th-century neoclassical Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů (1890–1959).

Half-Time was the first major work that Martinů wrote after moving to Paris in October 1923. The composer was inspired by a Czech-French match. The work received its premiere in Prague in December 1924. Martinů was a keen football follower, and this piece represents the enthusiasm of the crowd between the two halves of the match.

The musical style is reminiscent of Stravinsky's Russian ballets, and many critics felt that Martinů had plagiarised, in particular, parts of Petrushka. According to Michael Crump, in Martinů and the Symphony, brass and percussion are much more prominent in this piece than in any other work, and the rhythms are very athletic. He also says about the composer's technique of thematic variation that Martinů's "interpretation of rondo and episode is a source of considerable fascination while listening to Half-Time: a touch of genuine originality, and one of the chief strengths of the composition" (p. 54).

My classical music post for today is Bohuslav Martinů's Poločas (Half-Time): Rondo for Orchestra.___My classical music post for today is Bohuslav Martinů's Poločas (Half-Time): Rondo for Orchestra.

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2014-08-30 15:13:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

My classical music post for today is Wagner's “Entry of the Gods into Valhalla” from Das Rheingold.

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the German opera director Wolfgang Wagner (30 August 1919–21 March 2010).

http://grooveshark.com/s/Entrance+Of+The+Gods+Into+Valhalla/cOkKN?src=5

Wolfgang Wagner was the son of Siegfried Wagner, the grandson of Richard Wagner, and the great-grandson of Franz Liszt. He was director of the Bayreuth Festival from 1951 to 2008. Many of his decisions and productions were controversial, but there is no doubt that he made the Bayreuth Festival one of the top destinations for operagoers.

This gives me an excuse to share some Richard Wagner today: “Entry of the Gods into Valhalla” from Das Rheingold (1869). As Jessica Davis says, "At the end of Das Rheingold (“The Rhine Gold”), the ruler of the gods (Wotan in these operas, analogous to Odin in most translations of Norse mythology) has just sacrificed the ring, giving it to the giants in payment for the building of a new home, called Valhalla, for the gods. While Wagner’s cycle will end with Valhalla in flames, here Wotan and the other gods believe it is a new promise of their bright future. The god of thunder summons a storm to clear the air, the god of spring conjures a bridge of a rainbow, and Wotan leads them all to their new home, accompanied by all the grandeur and majesty Wagner could conjure in his music."

My classical music post for today is Wagner's “Entry of the Gods into Valhalla” from Das Rheingold.___My classical music post for today is Wagner's “Entry of the Gods into Valhalla” from Das Rheingold.

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2014-08-29 21:55:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

My classical music post for today is Leonardo De Lorenzo's I seguaci di Pan.

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the Italian virtuoso flutist and composer Leonardo De Lorenzo (29 August 1875–29 July 1962).

http://grooveshark.com/s/Pan/4NfScA?src=5

De Lorenzo's works are wonderful to listen to but incredibly difficult to play! The flute ensemble works (I tre virtuosi, for three flutes, op. 31; I seguaci di Pan, for four flutes, op. 32; Sinfonietta (Divertimento Flautistico), for five flutes, op. 75; and Capriccio, for four flutes, op. 82) are a lot of fun to perform; I played the Capriccio once and would love to again.

De Lorenzo played in the orchestras of Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and Rochester, and he also taught at Eastman. He wrote books about the flute, too.

My classical music post for today is De Lorenzo's I seguaci di Pan.___My classical music post for today is Leonardo De Lorenzo's I seguaci di Pan.

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2014-08-27 13:17:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

My classical music post for today is the first movement of Rebecca Clarke's Viola Sonata.

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the English composer and violist Rebecca Clarke (27 August 1886–13 October 1979).

http://grooveshark.com/s/Sonata+For+Viola+I/4MVV5U?src=5

Clarke was known primarily as a performer. Her output as a composer is, sadly, small; she once said, "I can't do it unless it's the first thing I think of every morning when I wake and the last thing I think of every night before I go to sleep."

According to the Rebecca Clarke Society (http://www.rebeccaclarke.org/), "Rebecca Clarke achieved what she called 'my one brief whiff of fame' in 1919 when her Viola Sonata tied for first place in a competition sponsored by Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge. Clarke lived much of her life in the US, although she was born and educated in Great Britain. Striking for its passion and power, her music spans a range of 20th-century styles including Impressionism, post-Romantic, and neo-Classical. Although she wrote nearly 100 works (including songs, choral works, chamber pieces and music for solo piano), only 20 pieces were published in her lifetime, and by the time of her death in 1979, at age 93, all of these were long out of print."

When the piece tied for first in the competition, it is said that many on the jury thought that "Rebecca Clarke" was a male composer's pseudonym, as it was hard for them to imagine that a woman could write something as beautiful as this.

My classical music post for today is the first movement of Clarke's Viola Sonata. You can definitely hear the influence of Debussy and Vaughan Williams, both of whom were very important to Clarke.___My classical music post for today is the first movement of Rebecca Clarke's Viola Sonata.

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2014-08-21 14:14:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

My classical music post for today is Constant Lambert's The Rio Grande.

Today is the anniversary of the death of the British composer Constant Lambert (23 August 1905–21 August 1951).

http://grooveshark.com/s/The+Rio+Grande/5eILqB?src=5

Lambert composed what many consider to be his greatest work, The Rio Grande, in 1927. This work, for alto, choir, piano, brass, strings, and a very large percussion section, is set to a poem by Sacheverell Sitwell. It includes elements of jazz, South American dances, and ragtime. What is truly fascinating about The Rio Grande is the way that Lambert mixes a very English choral sound with bits of Duke Ellington and George Gershwin.

Lambert was an immensely talented composer, but some people feel that The Rio Grande was his masterpiece and that his later works did not live up to the high expectations set by this intriguing work.

The poem is meant to refer to a river in Brazil, although there isn't a Rio Grande in Brazil. But no matter.

My classical music post for today is Constant Lambert's The Rio Grande.

By the Rio Grande
They dance no sarabande
On level banks like lawns above the glassy, lolling tide;
Nor sing they forlorn madrigals
Whose sad note stirs the sleeping gales
Till they wake among the trees and shake the boughs,
And fright the nightingales;
But they dance in the city, down the public squares,
On the marble pavers with each colour laid in shares,
At the open church doors loud with light within.
At the bell's huge tolling,
By the river music, gurgling, thin
Through the soft Brazilian air.
Tile Comendador and Alguacil are there
On horseback, hid with feathers, loud and shrill
Blowing orders on their trumpets like a bird's sharp bill
Through boughs, like a bitter wind, calling
They shine like steady starlight while those other sparks are failing
In burnished armour, with their plumes of fire,
Tireless while all others tire.
The noisy streets are empty and hushed is the town
To where, in the square, they dance and the band is playing ;
Such a space of silence through the town to the river
That the water murmurs loud -
Above the band and crowd together;
And the strains of the sarabande,
More lively than a madrigal,
Go hand in hand
Like the river and its waterfall
As the great Rio Grande rolls down to the sea.
Loud is the marimba's note
Above these half -salt waves,
And louder still the tympanum,
The plectrum, and the kettle-drum,
Sullen and menacing
Do these brazen voices ring.
They ride outside,
Above the salt-sea's tide.
Till the ships at anchor there
Hear this enchantment,
Of the soft Brazilian air,
By those Southern winds wafted,
Slow and gentle,
Their fierceness tempered
By the air that flows between.___My classical music post for today is Constant Lambert's The Rio Grande.

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2014-08-19 13:22:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

10,000+ have me in their circles!

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10,000+ have me in their circles!

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2014-08-07 13:48:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

My classical music post for today is the third movement of Aaron Jay Kernis's Double Concerto for Violin and Guitar.

Happy Birthday to the American classical guitarist Sharon Isbin (born 7 August 1956)!

http://grooveshark.com/s/The/3V3RO2?src=5

Isbin has been called “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time” and is also the winner of Guitar Player magazine’s “Best Classical Guitarist” award, First Prize winner of the Toronto Guitar ’75 competition, a winner of the Madrid Queen Sofia, and the first guitarist ever to win the Munich Competition.

My classical music post for today is Isbin playing the third movement of Aaron Jay Kernis's Double Concerto for Violin and Guitar. One reviewer of this work said: "Kernis leaps into a jazz-classical fusion unlike anything I've ever heard. There are flashes of jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli, as well as Leonard Bernstein in his symphonic jazz mode, and a uniquely Kernis synthesis that makes this one of the more exciting new pieces to come from an American composer in a few years."___My classical music post for today is the third movement of Aaron Jay Kernis's Double Concerto for Violin and Guitar.

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2014-08-05 12:50:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

My classical music post for today is Guillaume Dufay's Ave maris stella.

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the Franco-Flemish Renaissance composer Guillaume Dufay (5 August 1397[?]–27 November 1474).

http://grooveshark.com/s/Ave+Maris+Stella/3XWf7C?src=5

Dufay is considered to be one of the most influential composers of the 15th century. Most of his compositions are simple chant settings written for liturgical use. He was a master of the technique known as fauxbourdon, which consists of the cantus firmus and two other parts a sixth and a perfect fourth below. It is possible that Dufay actually invented this type of harmonization.

Dufay's use of fauxbourdon can be heard in my classical music post for today, a setting of the Marian antiphon Ave maris stella.___My classical music post for today is Guillaume Dufay's Ave maris stella.

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2014-08-02 12:11:10 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

My classical music post for today is the third movement of Laurie Johnson's Symphony (Synthesis): Adagio.

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the British journalist and broadcaster Alan Whicker (2 August 1925–12 July 2013).

http://grooveshark.com/s/Symphony+Synthesis+Adagio/4KL9iH?src=5

For those of you not in the UK, Whicker may not seem familiar, but to those of us who grew up on Whicker's World, he was a cultural icon. Whicker's World ran from 1959 to 1988 and was filmed all over the world, with Whicker reporting on stories of social interest from every continent.

The theme song to Whicker's World was written by the well-known film and television composer Laurie Johnson. Although Johnson is best known for his themes, he did study at the Royal College of Music and has written a few straightforward classical works. One of his more interesting works is Symphony (Synthesis) for jazz orchestra and symphony orchestra.

My classical music post for today is the third movement of Laurie Johnson's Symphony (Synthesis): Adagio.___My classical music post for today is the third movement of Laurie Johnson's Symphony (Synthesis): Adagio.

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2014-08-01 12:30:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

My classical music post for today is the first movement of Hans Rott's Symphony No. 1.

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the Austrian composer Hans Rott (1 August 1858–25 June 1884).

http://grooveshark.com/s/Ala+Breve/2BhARV?src=5

Although Rott was admired by both Mahler and Bruckner, he is hardly known at all today. Mahler had this to say about him:

"a musician of genius . . . who died unrecognized and in want on the very threshold of his career. . . . What music has lost in him cannot be estimated. Such is the height to which his genius soars in . . . [his] Symphony [in E major], which he wrote as 20-year-old youth and makes him . . . the Founder of the New Symphony as I see it. To be sure, what he wanted is not quite what he achieved. . . . But I know where he aims. Indeed, he is so near to my inmost self that he and I seem to me like two fruits from the same tree which the same soil has produced and the same air nourished. He could have meant infinitely much to me and perhaps the two of us would have well-nigh exhausted the content of new time which was breaking out for music."

Rott was always a bit unstable mentally, but what killed him at the age of 25 was TB. Who knows what he might have achieved had he lived?

Rott's Symphony No. 1 in E Major is amazing. You can hear foreshadowings of Mahler in this. And, as Peter Rabinowitz says, "Yes, the symphony looks back as well as forward: As we might expect of a young Bruckner pupil writing at the time, there are lots of reminiscences of Bruckner, Wagner, and the early German Romantics. . . . But in any case, the moments of late-Romantic lingua franca are overwhelmed by Rott’s willingness to go against the grain, to shift direction, to throw in the unexpected gesture, to engage extreme dynamic surprise — and his willingness to push his ideas to the limit. There are a few moments in the first movement that briefly look ahead to the Ives Second — leading us to wonder in what directions his talent might have led him. Not a symphony for those who like their music well mannered, perhaps: But for all its immaturity, it’s a heady work of real genius."

My classical music post for today is the first movement of Hans Rott's Symphony No. 1.___My classical music post for today is the first movement of Hans Rott's Symphony No. 1.

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2014-07-30 13:25:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

My classical music post for today is Scene 2: "Oh, somewhere" from William Schuman's The Mighty Casey.

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the baseball player and manager Casey Stengel (30 July 1890–29 September 1975).

http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/The+Mighty+Casey+Scene+2+Oh+Somewhere+Watchman/48fxyq?src=5

Charles Dillon Stengel acquired the nickname "K.C." because he came from Kansas City. This quickly became "Casey" as Ernest L. Thayer's 1888 poem Casey at the Bat was extremely popular. According to Stengel, fans called him "strikeout Casey" early in his career, as he seemed to find it difficult to hit the ball!

In 1953, the American composer William Schuman composed a one-act opera, The Mighty Casey, based on Thayer's poem. Schuman was president of Juilliard from 1945 to 1961 and the first president of Lincoln Center from 1962 to 1968. Somehow he also managed to devote at least six hundred hours per year to writing music! The result was two operas, ten symphonies, five string quartets, dozens of concertos and choral works, and over one hundred popular songs.

He was a fan of baseball all his life (the Mets, my childhood team), and he really wished that Major League Baseball had endorsed The Mighty Casey. Joseph W. Polisi wrote about the opera that "expectations, anger, love, and disappointment all live on this baseball diamond. Here, successes and failures take on larger-than-life proportions which speak to issues beyond the isolated incident of an inopportune strikeout. The touching image of Casey attempting to re-live his last at bat—this time with a homer as a result—reflects the hopes in all of us that the next time at bat might be the best of all."

As the original poem ends:

"Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
But there is no joy in Mudville—mighty Casey has struck out."

My classical music post for today is Scene 2: "Oh, somewhere" from William Schuman's The Mighty Casey.___My classical music post for today is Scene 2: "Oh, somewhere" from William Schuman's The Mighty Casey.

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2014-07-28 15:19:31 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)

My classical music post for today is Franco Alfano's opera Cyrano de Bergerac.

Today is the anniversary of the death of the French dramatist Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac (6 March 1619–28 July 1655).

http://classic-online.ru/uploads/86300/86230.mp3

Cyrano de Bergerac is more famous for the fictional works about his life, and perhaps for his large nose, which was probably not all that big really, than for his own work. His wooing of the lovely Roxanne has been the inspiration for many stories of unrequited love.

The Italian composer Franco Alfano (1875–1954) is best known for completing Puccini's Turandot (although his ending was completely destroyed by Toscanini). Most of Alfano's own operas have been ignored, lost, not performed, dismissed out of hand. Hardly anyone even knows Alfano's name.

But in 1936 Alfano wrote a four-act opera, Cyrano de Bergerac, to a libretto by Henri Cain that was based on Edmond Rostand's famous drama Cyrano de Bergerac. This opera, considered by many to be Alfano's best, was not performed in the United States until 2005, when the Metropolitan Opera presented it with Plácido Domingo in the title role.

And my classical music post for today is the entire opera. Even if you just listen to the beginning, you will enjoy it, I am sure!___My classical music post for today is Franco Alfano's opera Cyrano de Bergerac.

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2014-07-24 13:46:02 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

My classical music post for today is Ernest Bloch's America, an Epic Rhapsody.

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the Swiss-born American composer Ernest Bloch (24 July 1880–15 July 1959).

http://grooveshark.com/s/America+An+Epic+Rhaspsody/5eJhxG?src=5

Bloch was so happy to have emigrated to the United States that he decided to write an orchestral work as a tribute to his new country. He often said that the minute he saw the Statue of Liberty, the idea for this work began to formulate in his mind. The result, America, an Epic Rhapsody, won the top prize in a 1927 contest sponsored by Musical America.

America, an Epic Rhapsody, is in three movements. The first movement, titled "1620," begins with a musical depiction of a "primeval mist," and the musical quotations, including folksongs, Native American melodies, and hymn tunes, bring to mind the first settlers. The sections of this first movement are called The Soil; The Indians; England; The Mayflower; and The Landing of the Pilgrims. The second movement, "1851–1865," was inspired by Walt Whitman's "I hear American singing." It has two sections: Hours of Joy and Hours of Sorrow. Musical quotations include Virginia reels, old Southern ballads, and (my personal favourite) "Pop Goes the Weasel." The third movement, "1926," begins rather grimly but the mood brightens up as the sounds of the 20th century begin to appear, including jazzy rhythms. The two sections of this movement are The Present and The Future.

At the climax of this third movement, which is also the climax of the work, Bloch marked in the score "The Inevitable Collapse." There is a brief return to the opening "primeval mist" before the final, rousing, patriotic concluding anthem, "America." I have read that Bloch meant for the audience to sing along with the chorus.

My classical music post for today is Ernest Bloch's America, an Epic Rhapsody.___My classical music post for today is Ernest Bloch's America, an Epic Rhapsody.

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2014-07-19 18:30:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

My classical music post for today is Meyerbeer's Robert le diable. 

Today is the anniversary of the birth of Edgar Degas (19 July 1834–27 September 1917).

ROBERT LE DIABLE - GIACOMO MEYERBEER - 1985 ( PARIS )

Degas is best known for his paintings of dancers. He did produce a series of paintings at the Paris Opéra, including some of a performance of the "Ballet of the Nuns" from Giacomo Meyerbeer's grand opera Robert le diable.

Robert le diable is widely considered to be the first French grand opera, and it is also notable for the Romantic ballet at the end of the third act. The ballet was so famous that Hans Christian Andersen even wrote about it: "By the hundred they rise from the graveyard and drift into the cloister. They seem not to touch the earth. Like vaporous images, they glide past one another ... Suddenly their shrouds fall to the ground. They stand in all their voluptuous nakedness, and there begins a bacchanal." (As it happens, the dancers were not actually naked in the performance, but that's what literary license is all about!)

Chris Shipman said, "One of the most memorable scenes of Robert le diable (and a late addition in the creative process at the behest of managing director Henri Duponchel) proved especially memorable and quickly achieved notoriety. The scene, a ballet, features a group of dead nuns who come back to life in a graveyard and try to entice Robert to his ruin and damnation with a seductive dance. The scene proved hugely influential, regarded by some as the first of the ballet blancs; . . . And, over 150 years after the world premiere of Robert le diable, it is the notorious ballet of the nuns that has cemented itself in the popular perception of the work, assisted no end by its inclusion in a memorable painting (existing in two versions) by Edgar Degas depicting this very scene on stage at the Paris Opéra. In the late 1860s Degas turned his attention from historical paintings and portraits to scenes of contemporary life. One of his particular interests was ballet dancers, and until the end of his life he drew and painted many scenes of dancers in performance, rehearsal or resting. It is as a depicter of dancers that Degas is now best known. He also did a series of portraits of musicians and opera audience members. Degas focused chiefly on dancers rather than singers – his painting The Ballet Scene from Meyerbeer’s Opera Robert le diable is a relatively rare example among his paintings of a depiction of an opera on stage, and even then it is of a ballet within an opera."

My classical music post for today is Meyerbeer's Robert le diable. The Ballet of the Nuns can be seen some time after about 1 hour 40 minutes in the YouTube video.___My classical music post for today is Meyerbeer's Robert le diable. 

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2014-07-16 18:40:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

My classical music post for today is Alfred Deller singing Purcell's "Music for a While."

Today is the anniversary of the death of the English countertenor Alfred Deller (31 May 1912 – 16 July 1979).

http://grooveshark.com/s/Music+For+A+While+Music+For+A+While/30YW5A?src=5

Deller is one of the musicians credited with reintroducing the countertenor of Renaissance and Baroque music to 20th-century audiences. His voice sounded particularly high even for a countertenor; there is a story, perhaps apocryphal, about a performance that he gave early on in his career. A French woman said to him after he sang, "Monsieur, vous êtes eunuque, " to which Deller replied, "I think you mean 'unique,' madam."

In 1948, Deller formed the Deller Consort, and with this group he recorded dozens of works by 16th- and 17th-century English composers as well as Bach and Handel. He also recorded solo songs from the same period. Much of this music had not been heard for centuries, or it had been performed in what Deller considered to be an inauthentic way. Although much of what he did in terms of extemporisation was seen as controversial in his lifetime, many performers of this music today recognise the debt that is owed to him (and to other pioneers such as Bob Dart) in getting this wonderful music performed again.

My classical music post for today is Deller singing Purcell's "Music for a While."___My classical music post for today is Alfred Deller singing Purcell's "Music for a While."

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2014-07-15 12:26:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

My classical music post for today is "Song about Alexander Nevsky” from Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky.

On 15 July 1240, Prince Alexander Nevsky led the army of the Republic of Novgorod to victory over the Swedes in the Battle on the Neva.

http://grooveshark.com/s/Alexander+Nevsky+Op+78+II+Song+About+Alexander+Nevsky/531gLb?src=5

Prince Alexander Yaroslavich of Novgorod, who was just 19 years old in 1240, was canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1574 for his role in defending Russia against German and Swedish invaders. The prince received the name "Nevsky" (a form of Neva) as a tribute to his leadership in the Battle of the Neva.

In 1938, the great Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein released his film Alexander Nevsky, with a score by Sergei Prokofiev. Eisenstein very much enjoyed working with Prokofiev: "‘At noon you’ll have the music,’ Prokofiev says as we are coming out of a small projection room. And although it’s now midnight, I’m quite calm. At exactly 11:55 AM a small, dark blue car drives through the studio gates. Sergei Prokofiev will get out of that small, dark blue car. In his hands will be the next number for Alexander Nevsky. We look at a new piece of film at night. In the morning, a new piece of music will be ready for it . . ." 

Prokofiev turned the film score into a concert cantata, also called Alexander Nevsky. The concert cantata is in seven sections. The second section is titled "Song about Alexander Nevsky." Roger Dettmer said, "The 'Song about Alexander Nevsky' is an uncomplicated telling of Prince Alexander's defeat of invading Swedes 'on the wide waters of the River Neva' in 1240, abetted by local peasants armed with axes and improvised weapons. A quicker middle section (Più mosso) effectively recreates the sounds of battle."

My classical music post for today is "Song about Alexander Nevsky” from Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky.___My classical music post for today is "Song about Alexander Nevsky” from Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky.

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2014-07-14 19:05:24 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

My classical music post for today is Gerald Finzi's Lo, the full final sacrifice.

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the British composer Gerald Finzi (14 July 1901–27 September 1956).

http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Lo+The+Full+Final+Sacrifice+Op+26/4xj5fH?src=5

Finzi once said, ". . . as surely as birds must sing, so long as words exist and man is capable of feeling, there will be song." He certainly made sure of that in his part songs and other vocal and choral works.

According to Cameron Rose, "On June 6, [1946] Finzi was contacted by the Reverend Walter Hussey, vicar of St. Matthew’s in Northampton, for a commission to be performed on September 21 at the church’s annual founder’s celebration. Hussey had long supported the musical and visual arts feeling it was his personal mission 'to help re-forge the ancient link between the Church and the Arts'.”

The result was the extraordinary Lo, the full final sacrifice. Finzi based the text on two poems by the metaphysical poet Richard Crashaw’s versions of two St. Thomas Aquinas hymns, Adoro te, and Lauda Sion.

An early review of this work in The Musical Times said: "The repetition of Finzi's cantata 'The Full, Final Sacrifice', first heard at last year's Festival, was ample testimony of its worth. This composer's gentle and gracious lyricism must be as soothing to the singers as it is to the audience in our brusque and angular melodic age."

My classical music post for today is Gerald Finzi's Lo, the full final sacrifice.___My classical music post for today is Gerald Finzi's Lo, the full final sacrifice.

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2014-07-12 14:18:48 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

My classical music post for today is the great Wagnerian soprano Kirsten Flagstad singing Brunnhilde.

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the great Wagnerian soprano Kirsten Flagstad (12 July 1895–7 December 1962). Desmond Shawe-Taylor said: "No one within living memory surpassed her in sheer beauty and consistency of line and tone." And here she is singing the role of Brunnhilde.

There's something slightly surreal about an operatic performance being introduced by Bob Hope; however, once the music starts, and then you hear her extraordinary voice, that's all forgotten.___My classical music post for today is the great Wagnerian soprano Kirsten Flagstad singing Brunnhilde.

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2014-07-09 17:47:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

My classical music post for today is Respighi's The Birds.

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi (9 July 1879–18 April 1936).

http://grooveshark.com/s/The+Birds/3jHHag?src=5

Ottorino Respighi composed his Gli uccelli (The Birds) for small orchestra in 1927. He based the music on 18th-century melodies, meant to represent birdsong.

The five-movement suite begins with a Prelude based on an opera aria by Pasquini. The second movement, "The Dove," is based on music by de Gallot, and begins with a solo oboe followed by string trills representing wings. "The Hen," based on music by Rameau, begins with music that sounds like a hen clucking. "The Nightingale" is based on 18th-century English music. Finally, "The Cuckoo" is based on an 18th-century harpsichord work by Pasquini, and this ends with a repeat of the Prelude theme.

My classical music post for today is Respighi's The Birds.___My classical music post for today is Respighi's The Birds.

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2014-07-08 19:29:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

My classical music post for today is the wind band version of Percy Grainger's Shepherd's Hey.

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the Australian composer Percy Grainger (8 July 1882–20 February 1961).

http://grooveshark.com/s/Shepherd+s+Hey/2Pulss?src=5

Grainger is best known for collecting British folk tunes and incorporating them into his music. He loved to experiment in his compositions and his use of harmony is often quite inventive. His Shepard's Hey shows some of this and it is a lovely and lively little work. 

Many people have played and commented on this piece:

"Shepherd's Hey is generally heard in either the full orchestra or military band version. Grainger said he 'dished it up' in many different ways. The version for a 'room-music twelve'some' dates from 1908-1909 and is scored for flute, clarinet, horn (at will), baritone English (chromatic) concertina, 3 fiddles, 2 middle fiddles (viola), 2 bass-fiddles ('celli) and 1 double-bass (contrabass)."--John Hopkins (Orchestral 2).

"Shepherd's Hey in the military band setting is the direct result of the months he spent as an enlisted musician in the U.S. Army during WWI, where, like Vaughan Williams in England, he became aware of the need for a quality music for military band."--Frederick Fennell (Cleveland).

"Shepherd's Hey was scored for wind band in 1918 and has emerged as an exemplary model in the art of wind orchestration. This composition probably best represents the influence Karl Klimsch (the German composer) had on the Grainger st yle of writing. Grainger related Klimsch's theory of composition as follows: 'If you have no theme or melody in your head, don't compose at all. If you have a theme or melody, start off with it right away and the moment your melodic inspiration runs out s top your piece. No prelude, no interlude, no postlude; just the pith of the music all the time.'<|>"--James Westbrook.

My classical music post for today is the wind band version of Percy Grainger's Shepherd's Hey.___My classical music post for today is the wind band version of Percy Grainger's Shepherd's Hey.

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2014-07-05 18:17:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

My classical music post for today is the Fantasia from George Rochberg's Violin Concerto, written in 1970.

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the American composer George Rochberg (5 July 1918–29 May 2005).

http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Rochberg+Violin+Concerto+Fantasia/4HajXt?src=5

According to his publisher, "'All human gestures are available to all human beings at any time.' This became George Rochberg’s credo in the years following his famous change of compositional style. Rochberg’s music following this change was, as musicologist Richard Taruskin puts it, 'to challenge the whole idea of stylistic obsolescence. And to challenge that idea was to put in question the ‘necessity’ of the twentieth century’s stylistic revolutions—the most sacred of all modernist dogmas.' In Taruskin’s view, Rochberg’s later music does not depend on the 'sophisticated irony' that was becoming commonplace in the 1970s and 80s, but rather a 'disconcerting sincerity.' In this respect, the music was a parallel of the man who, in the words of Kyle Gann,' exhibited an honesty and courage that transcended all differences of ideology,” and who was seen by many as a highly progressive and revolutionary force who changed forever the face of American music."

Rochberg initially was a serial composer -- he is considered to be one of the finest American serialists -- but after his teenaged son died in 1964 he abandoned atonality for a more tonal structure.

My classical music post for today is the Fantasia from his Violin Concerto, written in 1970.___My classical music post for today is the Fantasia from George Rochberg's Violin Concerto, written in 1970.

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2014-07-04 12:54:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

My classical music post for today is the third movement of Ives's Holiday Symphony: The Fourth of July.

Happy Fourth of July!

http://grooveshark.com/s/New+England+Holidays+Holidays+Symphony+For+Orchestra+The+Fourth+Of+July/2onFWq?src=5

Charles Ives (1874–1954) was an American modernist composer, the first American composer of international renown. His music was ignored during his lifetime for the most part. Ives combined American popular and church music traditions of his youth with European art music. His compositions display a variety of musical techniques including polytonality, polyrhythm, tone clusters, aleatoric elements, and quarter tones; he used many of these techniques before they were widely adopted by composers in the 20th century. Music that can be heard in Ives' compositions include hymn tunes and traditional songs, the town band at a parade, the fiddlers at a Saturday night dance, patriotic songs, sentimental parlor ballads, and the melodies of Stephen Foster.

One of my favourite stories about Ives is from his childhood; his father was a bandmaster and challenged his son with unusual exercises such as alternative tunings and bitonal scales. One time, George Ives had two marching bands start at opposite ends of the town and march towards each other playing two different songs in two different keys. Ives incorporated all this, and more, into his innovative works.

Ives's The Holidays Symphony, composed from 1897 to 1913, has four movements:

i. Washington's Birthday (Winter)
ii. Decoration Day (Spring)
iii. The Fourth of July (Summer)
iv. Thanksgiving and Forefathers' Day (Autumn)

In his preface to the third movement, Ives wrote: "It's a boy's '4th-no historical orations-no patriotic grandiloquences by "grown-ups"--no program in this yard! But he knows what he is celebrating--better than most of the county politicians. And he goes at it in his own way, with a patriotism nearer kin to nature than jingoism. His festivities start in quiet of the midnight before, and grow raucous with the sun. Everybody knows what it's like-if everybody doesn't-cornets, strings around big toes, torpedoes, church bells, lost finger, fifes, clam chowder, a prize-fight, drum-corps, burnt shins, parades (in and out of step), saloons all closed (more drunks than usual), baseball game (Danbury All-Stars vs Beaver Brook Boys), the sky-rocket over the Church steeple, just after the annual explosion sets the Town Hall on fire. All this is not music,--not now."

Ives always felt that this movement was the best thing that he ever composed.

My classical music post for today is the third movement of Ives's Holiday Symphony: The Fourth of July.___My classical music post for today is the third movement of Ives's Holiday Symphony: The Fourth of July.

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2014-07-03 18:16:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

My classical music post for today is the Adagio from Janáček's Idyla.

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the Czech composer Leoš Janáček (3 July 1854–12 August 1928).

http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Idyll+For+Strings+Adagio/3dgA3i?src=5

Janáček is considered to be one of the three most important Czech composers, along with Dvořák and Smetana. He is best known for his operas, which incorporate Czech folk music and stories, but he also wrote some beautiful orchestral and chamber music that isn't performed as often. My classical music post for today is the Adagio from his Idyla (Idyll), written in 1888 for string orchestra. There are some extraordinary harmonies in this gentle work.___My classical music post for today is the Adagio from Janáček's Idyla.

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2014-07-01 11:40:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

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2014-06-08 16:01:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

My post for today is Renaissance's "At The Harbor," incorporating Debussy's La Cathédrale Engloutie.

Happy Birthday, Annie Haslam (born 8 June 1947)!

http://grooveshark.com/s/At+The+Harbour/4FW5NL?src=5

"Wait a minute," I can hear you say. "Isn't this meant to be a Daily Classical Music Post? Annie Haslam is a rock singer!!!"

Well, Annie Haslam was the lead singer of one of the best bands of all time, Renaissance. They were part of the progressive rock movement of the early 1970s. They incorporated classical music in their songs, and sometimes used an orchestra to accompany the band.

I remember when Ashes Are Burning was released. I listened to the record over and over again. There is not one bad song on the entire album, but the most extraordinary one in my opinion is "At The Harbor." It begins with John Tout playing Debussy's La Cathédrale Engloutie, then the song begins, then more Debussy with Annie's extraordinary voice floating over it all.

In the late 1970s, "At The Harbor" was re-released without the Debussy (something to do with copyright, I believe). But I still have the original and so I am going to share this with you today.

So it is not a strictly classical piece today, but it is just a reminder that classical music will never die!

My post for today is Renaissance's "At The Harbor," incorporating Debussy's La Cathédrale Engloutie.___My post for today is Renaissance's "At The Harbor," incorporating Debussy's La Cathédrale Engloutie.

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2014-06-06 15:58:44 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)

My classical music post for today is the first movement of Khachaturian's Cello Concerto in e minor.

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the Armenian composer Արամ Խաչատրյան  (Aram Ilyich Khachaturian) (6 June 1903–1 May 1978).

http://grooveshark.com/s/Khachaturian+Cello+Concerto+In+E+Minor+I+Allegro+Moderato/4FLOyC?src=5

Khachaturian's music often contains elements of Armenian folk music as well as Russian classical music; of course, he spent much of his life in an Armenia that was part of the Soviet Union. He was a member of the Communist Party, although in the late 1940s he fell out of favour. The work that led to his temporary "exile" was, ironically, written as a tribute to communism -- his Symphonic Poem, later called the Third Symphony.

He was in good company, however; the Zhdanov decree in 1948 named him as well as Shostakovich and Prokofiev, and the three of them had to apologise to the Soviet elite for their apparent formalism and anti-popular stance. Khachaturian later said, “Those were tragic days for me. . . . I was clouted on the head so unjustly. My repenting speech at the First Congress was insincere. I was crushed, destroyed. I seriously considered changing professions.”

By the 1950s, however, Khachaturian was back in favour, and he won many prizes throughout the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. He was a great influence on Armenian classical composers in the 20th century, and he encouraged many younger composers to experiment with new sounds.

Khachaturian's Cello Concerto was written in 1946, and it is meant to reflect his painful wartime memories. Armenian folk songs and dances are intermingled with the composer's own melodies. There is even a statement of the Dies Irae in the first movement, and many musicians feel that the brooding quality of this concerto, and particularly the first movement, is a reason why it has never achieved the popularity of his other concertos. This concerto was another one of the reasons why Khachaturian was denounced by the Soviet government in 1948.

My classical music post for today is the first movement of Khachaturian's Cello Concerto in e minor.___My classical music post for today is the first movement of Khachaturian's Cello Concerto in e minor.

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2014-06-05 15:46:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

My classical music post for today is Copland's Billy the Kid.

Today is the anniversary of the birth of Patrick Floyd "Pat" Garrett (5 June 1850–29 February 1908), the American Old West lawman who is most famous for killing Billy the Kid.

http://grooveshark.com/playlist/Billy+The+Kid/98492963

Aaron Copland already had a reputation for composing works the really captured the essence of the American West, so when the ballet impresario Lincoln Kirstein came up with the idea for a ballet based on the life of the American outlaw Billy the Kid, he immediately thought of Copland. As Rovi Staff says: "Copland, having already composed works evocative of the American west and Mexico like El Salon Mexico (1933-1936) and Saga of the Prairies (1937), was well prepared for this 'cowboy ballet.'"

The ballet, composed in 1938, is in seven movements: Introduction: The Open Prairie; Street in a Frontier Town; Mexican Dance and Finale; Prairie Night (Card Game at Night); Gun Battle; Celebration (After Billy's Capture); and Billy's Death — The Open Prairie Again.

Jim Smith has some interesting things to say about this ballet: "When Billy the Kid was shot dead by Pat Garrett in 1881 (over fifty years before Copland's ballet), he was portrayed by the media as a black-hearted villain and cold-hearted killer. As someone who represented anarchy and lawlessness, the Kid served throughout the late 1800s as a symbol for everything wrong with the American West — the 'devil’s meat,' as one newspaper reported. By the early 1900s, he was even beginning to disappear from American media and history books, having become a character from the past whose story should be ignored and forgotten. Then, in 1926, a Chicago journalist named Walter Noble Burns published a book titled The Saga of Billy the Kid. Burns had visited New Mexico on vacation, and while he was in the Land of Enchantment he heard stories about the Kid that changed his view of a character he had always thought was a villain. Burns interviewed people who had known the Kid and used those interviews to write the book that was eventually listed as a main selection of the Book of the Month Club. In short, Burns had written a bestseller that resurrected and redefined the Kid in popular culture. In The Saga of Billy the Kid, Burns portrayed the Kid as a young boy fighting against a powerful and corrupt political machine. According to Burns, the Kid was a noble and charming champion of the oppressed. The Kid may have been a violent young man, but his actions were justified, and he personified a type of individualism that was disappearing in America. All told, Burns created a hero for an America that felt betrayed by the financial corruption of the 1920s and the economic depression of the 1930s. During the 1930s, the Kid was at the height of his popularity as a hero in popular culture. In 1930, MGM made a movie titled Billy the Kid that showed the young outlaw sympathizing with the powerless and downtrodden, a heroic character fighting villainous bankers and big landowners. Preview audiences for the film reacted so negatively to the Kid’s death at the end of the film that MGM was forced to create a new ending, showing Pat Garrett shooting at the Kid and intentionally missing. The Kid then fled on horseback across the border into Mexico. As for Aaron Copland’s Billy the Kid, the music did nothing more than conform to the popular image of Billy the Kid that was widespread during the 1930s."

My classical music post for today is Copland's Billy the Kid.___My classical music post for today is Copland's Billy the Kid.

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2014-06-03 15:11:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

My classical music post is Stravinsky's Double Canon for String Quartet (Raoul Dufy in memoriam).

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the French Fauvist painter Raoul Dufy (3 June 1877–23 March 1953).

http://grooveshark.com/s/Double+Canon+for+String+Quartet/3ryRgU?src=5

I have always loved Dufy's colourful paintings, and I love the simplicity of his work. His French Riviera scenes of yachting and the sea are so gentle and calming. He also painted one of the largest paintings ever, a huge ode to electricity, the fresco La Fée Electricité, for the 1937 Exposition Internationale in Paris.

Many years ago, I also discovered his paintings of the orchestra and orchestral musicians. And I also discovered that Stravinsky wrote a work in memory of Dufy, the Double Canon for String Quartet (Raoul Dufy in memoriam) , although they never actually met.

Stravinsky expanded this quartet from a short work for flute and clarinet composed in Venice in 1959. This highly contrapuntal work was composed following Schoenberg's 12-tone method. However, the emotion of the work comes through even given the density of the writing, and it is a very moving work indeed.

My classical music post is Stravinsky's Double Canon for String Quartet (Raoul Dufy in memoriam).___My classical music post is Stravinsky's Double Canon for String Quartet (Raoul Dufy in memoriam).

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2014-06-02 14:07:58 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

My classical music post for today is Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius.

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the great English composer Sir Edward Elgar (2 June 1857–23 February 1934).

http://grooveshark.com/playlist/The+Dream+Of+Gerontius/98403328

Most Americans know Elgar without realising it; graduation ceremonies have been accompanied by his Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 for decades. And although he is considered to be one of the towering English composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, he is much less "English" than many of his contemporaries. Elgar was much more influenced by Continental musical styles than the other composers writing at the same time.

Elgar always wanted to compose an opera, but he claimed that he could not find a suitable subject or librettist. The most promising collaboration was with the celebrated English novelist Thomas Hardy; strangely enough, Hardy also was born on 2 June (in 1840)!. But they could not agree on a subject, and eventually they decided to abandon the idea. Perhaps it was because they shared a birthday, who knows?

Elgar did compose several large-scale choral works, including one of my favourites, The Dream of Gerontius. Based on the poem of the same name by the Anglican, later Roman Catholic, leader of the Oxford Movement, John Henry Newman, The Dream of Gerontius tells the story of a man's soul from his deathbed to his judgment before God. Although the first performance of the work in 1900 at Birmingham Town Hall did not go well, later performances confirmed that this was a great work, and many people consider it to be Elgar's masterpiece.

The Dream of Gerontius is scored for a typically large Romantic-era orchestra. Gerontius is a tenor, the Angel is a mezzo-soprano, the Priest is a baritone, and the Angel of the Agony is a bass (although sometimes the same soloist sings both of these latter parts). The choir plays the part of attendants and friends, demons, angels, and souls in Purgatory (where Gerontius ends up). The work is in two parts, and lasts about an hour and a half.

Although some people call The Dream of Gerontius an oratorio, Elgar was adamant that it was not and got quite upset when anyone referred to it as such.

My classical music post for today is Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius.

Part I:
Prelude
Jesu, Maria – I am near to death
Rouse thee, my fainting soul
Sanctus fortis, sanctus Deus
Proficiscere, anima Christiana

Part II:
I went to sleep
It is a member of that family
But hark! upon my sense comes a fierce hubbub
I see not those false spirits
But hark! a grand mysterious harmony
Thy judgment now is near
I go before my judge
Softly and gently, dearly-ransomed soul___My classical music post for today is Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius.

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2014-06-01 13:54:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Glinka's "Patriotic Song" is my classical music post for today.

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the Russian composer Михаи́л Ива́нович Гли́нка (Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka) (1 June 1804–15 February 1857).

http://grooveshark.com/s/The+Patriotic+Song/2u8llS?src=5

Glinka is considered to be the father of Russian classical music. He was able to incorporate the traditional dissonances of Russian folksong into Western classical forms, and this gives his music a special quality not heard in any other classical music of his time. He once said, "Music is my soul," a sentiment that many musicians will understand.

His operas A Life for the Tsar and Ruslan are among his most well-known works, particularly the overtures. I really love his "Патриотическая Песня" ("Patriotic Song"), which was written in 1833 for a national anthem contest. It was originally called "Motif de chant national" (educated Russians all spoke French in those days), and it was written for piano without lyrics. It was adopted as the national anthem of the Russian SFSR and the Russian Federation from 1990 to 2000.

Glinka's "Patriotic Song" is my classical music post for today.___Glinka's "Patriotic Song" is my classical music post for today.

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2014-05-17 15:07:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

My classical music post for today is Satie's Sonatine bureaucratique.

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the French composer Erik Satie (17 May 1866–1 July 1925).

http://grooveshark.com/s/Sonatine+Bureaucratique/2oMIoe?src=5

Satie was a true eccentric. He called himself as a "phonometrician" (meaning "someone who measures sounds") rather than a "musician" after he was described as "a clumsy but subtle technician" in a 1911 book on contemporary French composers.

Satie wrote his Sonatine bureaucratique in 1917 as a spoof of Muzio Clementi's Sontatina Op. 36 No. 1. This neoclassical piece is full of funny moments, and even the title of the third movement, Vivache, is a joke (Clementi's third movement was VIvace, and vache means cow in French). According to Michael Kennedy, the Sonatine bureaucratique can be seen as the composition with which Satie concluded his series of "funny" three-part solo piano compositions, although Satie himself would of course never say that neoclassicism was not a serious business.___My classical music post for today is Satie's Sonatine bureaucratique.

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2014-05-12 13:56:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

My classical music post for today is the Offertoire from Fauré's Requiem.

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the French composer Gabriel Fauré (12 May 1845–4 November 1924).

http://grooveshark.com/s/Offertoire/2MerQC?src=5

Fauré is one of my favourite composers of all time. His music really is the link between the end of Romanticism and the start of 20th-century modernism. Just think of this: When Fauré was born, Chopin was still composing, and by the time of his death it was the age of jazz and atonal music. And what Fauré produced in between is among the most beautiful music ever written.

The article on Fauré in Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians says: "Fauré's stature as a composer is undiminished by the passage of time. He developed a musical idiom all his own; by subtle application of old modes, he evoked the aura of eternally fresh art; by using unresolved mild discords and special coloristic effects, he anticipated procedures of Impressionism; in his piano works, he shunned virtuosity in favor of the Classical lucidity of the French masters of the clavecin; the precisely articulated melodic line of his songs is in the finest tradition of French vocal music."

One of my favourite works of his is the Requiem, and the movement that speaks to me the most is the Offertoire. And that is my classical music selection for today.___My classical music post for today is the Offertoire from Fauré's Requiem.

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2014-05-09 16:35:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

My classical music post for today is Brahms: Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91: Geistliches Wiegenlied.

Happy birthday to the Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter (born 9 May 1955)!

http://grooveshark.com/s/Brahms+2+Songs+Op+91+Geistliches+Wiegenlied/2TWYVG?src=5

Von Otter has sung at all the major opera houses around the world, and has been particularly successful in roles by Mozart, Handel, and Monteverdi. Her recitals of works by composers including Mahler, Brahms, Grieg, Wolf, and Sibelius have been acclaimed. She's also collaborated with Elvis Costello!

My classical music post for today is of von Otter singing Brahms: Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91: Geistliches Wiegenlied.___My classical music post for today is Brahms: Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91: Geistliches Wiegenlied.

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2014-05-07 15:04:59 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

My classical music post for today is the fourth movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Today is a bumper day in classical music: Carl Heinrich Graun (1704–1759), Carl Stamitz (1745–1801), Thomas Linley the Younger (1756–1778), Johannes Brahms (1833–1897), and Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893) were all born on this day!

http://grooveshark.com/s/Symphony+No+9+In+D+Minor+IV+Presto+Allegro+Assai/1BuYa?src=5

And it is also the anniversary of the world premiere of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, in 1824. This was the first time that a composer used voices in a symphony. The text, taken from "An die Freude" ("Ode to Joy," a poem written by Friedrich Schiller in 1785 and revised in 1803), was added to by Beethoven.

From Wikipedia: "Beethoven was eager to have his work played in Berlin as soon as possible after finishing it, since he thought that musical taste in Vienna was dominated by Italian composers such as Rossini. When his friends and financiers heard this, they urged him to premiere the symphony in Vienna.

"The Ninth Symphony was premiered on 7 May 1824 in the Kärntnertortheater in Vienna, along with the Consecration of the House Overtureand the first three parts of the Missa Solemnis. This was the composer's first on-stage appearance in 12 years; the hall was packed. The soprano and alto parts were interpreted by two famous young singers: Henriette Sontag and Caroline Unger.

"Although the performance was officially directed by Michael Umlauf, the theatre's Kapellmeister, Beethoven shared the stage with him. However, two years earlier, Umlauf had watched as the composer's attempt to conduct a dress rehearsal of his opera Fidelio ended in disaster. So this time, he instructed the singers and musicians to ignore the totally deaf Beethoven. At the beginning of every part, Beethoven, who sat by the stage, gave the tempos. He was turning the pages of his score and beating time for an orchestra he could not hear.

"There are a number of anecdotes about the premiere of the Ninth. Based on the testimony of the participants, there are suggestions that it was under-rehearsed (there were only two full rehearsals) and rather scrappy in execution. On the other hand, the premiere was a great success. In any case, Beethoven was not to blame, as violinist Josef Böhm recalled: 'Beethoven directed the piece himself; that is, he stood before the lectern and gesticulated furiously. At times he rose, at other times he shrank to the ground, he moved as if he wanted to play all the instruments himself and sing for the whole chorus. All the musicians minded his rhythm alone while playing.'

"When the audience applauded—testimonies differ over whether at the end of the scherzo or the whole symphony—Beethoven was several measures off and still conducting. Because of that, the contralto Caroline Unger walked over and turned Beethoven around to accept the audience's cheers and applause. According to one witness, 'the public received the musical hero with the utmost respect and sympathy, listened to his wonderful, gigantic creations with the most absorbed attention and broke out in jubilant applause, often during sections, and repeatedly at the end of them.' The whole audience acclaimed him through standing ovations five times; there were handkerchiefs in the air, hats, raised hands, so that Beethoven, who could not hear the applause, could at least see the ovation gestures."

My classical music post for today is the fourth movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.___My classical music post for today is the fourth movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

2014-05-06 15:46:13 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Musicians on G+ Community Circle 4.14
Each month we are circling engaging musicians in the +Musicians on G+ community (http://goo.gl/4lRNe), and then sharing this circle on G+. Here are the engaging musicians for the month of April.

Musicians on G+ Community Circle 4.14
Each month we are circling engaging musicians in the +Musicians on G+ community (http://goo.gl/4lRNe), and then sharing this circle on G+. Here are the engaging musicians for the month of April.___

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2014-05-06 14:29:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

My classical music post for today is Paganini's Rondo "La campanella."

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the English actor Stewart Granger (6 May 1913–16 August 1993).

http://grooveshark.com/s/Paganini+Rondo+and+quot+La+Campanella+and+quot/3mwSPN?src=5

Granger was a romantic leading man. He was born James Stewart, but when he became an actor he had to change his name because the American actor James Stewart already was using that name. Granger's closest friends called him Jimmy, however, for the rest of his life.

In 1946, Granger starred in The Magic Bow as the great Italian violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini. The violin parts were played by Yehudi Menuhin, which most critics believed was the only redeeming feature of this otherwise fairly ordinary film. At least most people agreed that as far as looks were concerned, Granger was a perfect choice to play the dashing Paganini.

I love the New York Times review of this movie:

"Purporting to be the life of the great violinist, Paganini, this British importation entangles the artist so hopelessly in the web of love that it's a wonder he ever was able to play. A duel, a love for a woman Napoleon had chosen for another man and such an absurd episode as fiddling to drown the noise of his future father-in-law's escape from jail are only some of his hardships. Paganini would seem to have had more of a genius for blighted love and dogged patience than for musical mastery. . . . This is not to say that the film is all bad. On the contrary, the behind-the-scenes playing of Yehudi Menuhin as the violinist, drawing his magic bow over the compositions of Paganini, Tartini and Beethoven, is in itself almost worth the price of admission. Stewart Granger, playing Paganini, offers creditable make-believe as a violinist and does his best to play the man in a forthright manner. Considering the script, that is something of an accomplishment."

So let's have a little Paganini for today's classical music post: this is Yehudi Menuhin playing Paganini's Rondo "La campanella."___My classical music post for today is Paganini's Rondo "La campanella."

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2014-05-04 15:43:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

May the Fourth be with you!

May the Fourth be with you!___May the Fourth be with you!

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2014-05-03 23:36:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

"When was the last time you let a stranger into your house while blindfolded?"

"When was the last time you let a stranger into your house while blindfolded?"___

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2014-05-02 14:57:41 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)

It's a "Private Way" . . .

It's a "Private Way" . . .___

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2014-05-02 14:53:08 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

My classical music post for today is Hans Christian Lumbye's Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop.

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the Danish composer Hans Christian Lumbye (2 May 1810–20 March 1874).

http://grooveshark.com/s/Copenhagen+Steam+Railway+Galop/4nZBv2?src=5

Lumbye was an extremely successful composer of waltzes, polkas, mazurkas, and other dances. His Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop recreates the sounds of a train chugging out of a station and grinding to a halt at the next stop. His Champagne Galop begins with the "pop" of a champagne cork. He was known early in his career as "the Strauss of the North" (after Johann Strauss I), but he became so popular in his lifetime that Danes called Johann Strauss II "the Lumbye of the South." Lumbye was the music director of the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, and in addition to his own works the orchestra performed pieces by "serious" composers.

My classical music post for today is Lumbye's Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop.___My classical music post for today is Hans Christian Lumbye's Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop.

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2014-05-01 16:54:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

My classical music post for today is Sullivan's Victoria and Merrie England, Scene III. May-pole dance.

May Day, traditionally celebrated on 1 May in the Northern Hemisphere, has been celebrated since ancient times.

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According to Wikipedia, "[t]raditional British May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing, crowning a May Queen and celebrations involving a Maypole. Much of this tradition derive from the pagan Anglo-Saxonand customs held during 'Þrimilci-mōnaþ' (the Old English name for the month of May meaning Month of Three Milkings) along with many Celtic traditions."

In 1987, the English composer Arthur Sullivan wrote Victoria and Merrie England, a ballet commemorating Queen Victoria's sixty years on the throne. It is in seven scenes, and two relate to May Day:

Scene II. May-day festivities in the Elizabethan period. Coming of age of the Duke's eldest son.
Scene III. May-day festivities continued. Procession of mummers and dancers of various sorts. Historical quadrille, Morris dancers, Jack in the Green, May-pole dance.

My classical music post for today is Sullivan's Victoria and Merrie England, Scene III. May-pole dance.___My classical music post for today is Sullivan's Victoria and Merrie England, Scene III. May-pole dance.

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2014-04-29 16:29:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

My classical music post today is the first movement of Harold Shapero's Symphony for Classical Orchestra.

Who knew that three of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, Sir Thomas Beecham (1879–1961), Sir Malcolm Sargent (1895–1967), and Zubin Mehta (born 1936) share the same birthday, 29 April? ? If you were born on 29 April, then perhaps you also are destined to be a great conductor!

http://grooveshark.com/s/Shapero+Classical+Sym+I+Adagio+Allegro/4Cahd7?src=5

But today I am going to introduce you to an American composer, Harold Shapero, born on this day in 1920 (he died in 2013). Shapero studied with Nicolas Slominsky, Ernst Krenek, Walter Piston, and Paul Hindemith. He also studied with Nadia Boulanger, and received some advice and instruction from Aaron Copland and Igor Stravinsky.

In 1947, Shapero showed Stravinsky the score of the Symphony for Classical Orchestra, which led to its first performance by the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Bernstein.

Copland thought highly of Shapero, but once noted in the New York Times that "[s]tylistically, Shapero seems to feel a compulsion to fashion his music after some great model. Thus, his . . . Serenade . . . is founded upon neoclassical Stravinskian principles, his three Amateur Piano Sonatas on Haydnesque principles, and his recent long Symphony [for Classical Orchestra] is modeled after Beethoven. . . . he seems to be suffering from a hero-worship complex—or perhaps it is a freakish attack of false modesty . . ."

Shapero wrote his Symphony for Classical Orchestra in 1947. Slominsky had this to say about this work: it is "premeditatedly cast in the proclamatory key of B-flat major, the natural tonality of the bugle, and ending in a display of tonic major triads." But he also recognized modern features in the piece, with "the work's orchestration, in general, . . . distinctively bright and brassy, and undoubtedly derived a fair amount from Piston and Copland, as well as from the composer's experience as a dance band arranger."

There have only been a couple of recordings made of this wonderful symphony, and as a result Shapero is not as well known as he should be. He has won several awards for his compositions, which include piano pieces, chamber ensemble works, and several pieces for trumpet.

My classical music post today is the first movement of Shapero's Symphony for Classical Orchestra: Adagio—Allegro.___My classical music post today is the first movement of Harold Shapero's Symphony for Classical Orchestra.

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2014-04-27 14:57:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

My classical music post for today is Nicolas Slonimsky's Suite for Cello and Piano.

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the Russian-born American musician and author Nicolas Slonimsky (27 April 1894–25 December 1995).

http://grooveshark.com/s/Suite+For+Cello+And+Piano/4BWWpp?src=5

Slonimsky is known particularly for his editorship of Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians and also for his Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns. He taught at Boston Conservatory and the Malkin Conservatory. He also formed the Boston Chamber Orchestra in 1927, which performed works by contemporary composers. He also was a good friend of Frank Zappa, and even performed with Zappa in 1981. Slonimsky's autobiography, Perfect Pitch, is filled with wonderful stories about many well-known musicians, including Serge Koussevitzky, Charles Ives, Henry Cowell, Igor Stravinsky, and Frank Zappa.

In 1938, Slonimsky invented the "Grandmother chord" (pictured below), which contains all twelve tones and all eleven intervals. The grandmother chord is spelled as follows: going up: c-b-d flat-b flat-d-a, going down: a flat-e flat-g--e-f sharp-f. He wrote piano pieces and lieder, and his Five Advertising Songs are particularly memorable. (Look for Slonimsky performing his "Children Cry for Castoria" on YouTube; it is priceless!)

My classical music post for today is a 1971 recording of Slonimsky (piano) and Jerome Kessler (cello) performing Slonimsky's Suite for Cello and Piano.___My classical music post for today is Nicolas Slonimsky's Suite for Cello and Piano.

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2014-04-26 14:51:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

My classical music post for today is Chopin's Polonaise No. 6 in A Flat Major, Op. 53, the "Heroic."

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the French Romantic artist Eugène Delacroix (26 April 1798–13 August 1863).

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Delacroix is best known for his Liberty Leading the People, painted in 1830. He also painted several portraits, including the self-portrait that accompanies this post. Baudelaire said: "Delacroix was passionately in love with passion, but coldly determined to express passion as clearly as possible." Delacroix's interest in the effect that he could achieve through brush strokes influenced many artists, including the Impressionists who followed him.

It is said that Delacroix loved the music of his great friend Frédéric Chopin, and even knew all of Chopin's music by heart. (Apparently Chopin was indifferent to Delacroix's paintings, however; basically, Chopin was confused by art.) Delacroix painted Chopin's portrait. In his journals, Delacroix described a conversation that he and Chopin had, near the end of Chopin's life:

"The science of a man like Chopin is art itself. Art is no longer what the masses believe it to be, that is to say a sort of inspiration which comes from no one quite knows where, which progresses by chance and only presents the external appearances of things. It is reason itself adorned by genius but following a necessary course and governed by superior laws. This brings me to the difference between Mozart and Beethoven. When Beethoven is obscure and seems to lack unity, he told me, it is not because of his much vaunted and rather untamed originality, it is because he turns his back on eternal principles. Mozart never does" (Delacroix, Journal, 7 April 1849).

I don't know which Chopin work was Delacroix's favourite; but he was involved to some extent in Chopin's creative process, as recounted by George Sand in the early 1840s:

"Chopin is at the piano, quite oblivious of the fact that anyone is listening. He embarks on a sort of casual improvisation, then stops. 'Go on, go on,' exclaims Delacroix, 'That's not the end!' 'It's not even a beginning. Nothing will come . . . nothing but reflections, shadows, shapes that won't stay fixed. I'm trying to find the right colour, but I can't even get the form . . . ' 'You won't find the one without the other,' says Delacroix, 'and both will come together.' 'What if I find nothing but moonlight?' 'Then you will have found the reflection of a reflection.' The idea seems to please the divine artist. He begins again, without seeming to, so uncertain is the shape. Gradually quiet colours begin to show, corresponding to the suave modulations sounding in our ears. Suddenly the note of blue sings out, and the night is all around us, azure and transparent. Light clouds take on fantastic shapes and fill the sky. They gather about the moon which casts upon them great opalescent discs, and wakes the sleeping colours. We dream of a summer night, and sit there waiting for the song of the nightingale . . . "

It was during this time that Chopin wrote his famous Polonaise No. 6 in A Flat Major, Op. 53, the "Heroic," and this is my classical music post for today.___My classical music post for today is Chopin's Polonaise No. 6 in A Flat Major, Op. 53, the "Heroic."

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2014-04-25 17:38:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

My classical music post for today is Part 1 of George Dyson's Children's Suite after Walter de la Mare.

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the English poet Walter de la Mare (25 April 1873–22 June 1956).

http://grooveshark.com/s/Children+s+Suite+After+Walter+De+La+Mare/4BG5p9?src=5

De la Mare is best known for his works for children and for his poem "The Listeners." He felt that there were two types of imagination -- the childlike and the boylike -- and that Shakespeare, Dante, and all of the other great poets lay on the border between these two. De la Mare published several short books of short stories for children in the 1920s and 1930s, and the best of his tales were brought together in his Collected Stories for Children.

The English composer George Dyson (1883–1964) was inspired by the works of de la Mare to write his Children's Suite after Walter de la Mare. The original title of this work, written in 1920, was Won't You Look Out Of Your Window. Dyson conducted a performance of this at the 1925 Proms.

My classical music post for today is Part 1 of this Suite: I - Leggiero and II - Pastoral: Tranquillo.

And here is the text of de la Mare's poem "Music":

When music sounds, gone is the earth I know, 
And all her lovely things even lovelier grow; 
Her flowers in vision flame, her forest trees 
Lift burdened branches, stilled with ecstasies. 

When music sounds, out of the water rise 
Naiads whose beauty dims my waking eyes, 
Rapt in strange dreams burns each enchanted face, 
With solemn echoing stirs their dwelling-place. 

When music sounds, all that I was I am 
Ere to this haunt of brooding dust I came; 
And from Time's woods break into distant song 
The swift-winged hours, as I hasten along.___My classical music post for today is Part 1 of George Dyson's Children's Suite after Walter de la Mare.

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2014-04-24 16:17:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

My classical music post for today is Thomas Weelkes’s “Alleluia, I heard a voice.”

Today, 24 April, is an odd day for me. I will not go into the reasons, but suffice to say that I have great memories of a particular 24 April years ago, although now those memories are overwhelmed with sad ones.

http://grooveshark.com/s/Alleluia+I+Heard+A+Voice/4zedbl?src=5

Still, when I think of this day every year, the piece of music that I think of immediately is "Alleluia, I heard a voice" by one of my favourite composers of all time, the English composer and organist Thomas Weelkes (1576–1623).

As Chris Whent says, “Thomas Weelkes, whose professional career spanned one of the most fertile periods in England's musical history, is without doubt one of her finest composers. Like Purcell, he had a vivid imagination and love of experiment, and died prematurely at the peak of his creative powers, but not before he had composed a very large amount of music. . . . [W]ell versed in the polyphonic techniques of William Byrd, he apparently devoted his creative energies to the production of a large quantity of church music, probably for use at Chichester Cathedral. Unfortunately, the composer's relationship with the ecclesiastical authorities was not a happy one and from 1609 onwards he was often in trouble. At first negligence and absenteeism were the main problem. But by 1616 he was 'noted and famed for a common drunkard and notorious swearer and blasphemer'; and in 1619 he had 'Very often come so disguised eyther from the Taverne or Ale house into the quire as is much to be lamented, for in these humoures he will bothe curse and sweare most dreadfully'. . . . Weelkes' enormous talent rose above his daily personal difficulties, however, and he managed to produce a stream of sacred compositions in a wide range of styles.”

“Alleluia, I heard a voice” begins with a wonderful “thundering” bass; many people consider it to be one of the most exciting Tudor anthems.

My classical music post for today is Thomas Weelkes’s “Alleluia, I heard a voice.”


Alleluia, I heard a voice as of strong thunderings,
saying: Alleluia. Salvation
and glory and honour and power
be unto the Lord our God
and to the Lamb for evermore. Alleluia.___My classical music post for today is Thomas Weelkes’s “Alleluia, I heard a voice.”

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2014-04-23 15:20:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

My classical music post for today is Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé suite.

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the Russian composer Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев (23 April 1891–5 March 1953).

http://grooveshark.com/playlist/Kije/95758095

Prokofiev has always been one of my favourite composers. In my view, his importance has unjustly been ignored by the musical establishment. For example, his Symphony No. 1, Op. 25, "Classical" was composed almost five years before Stravinsky wrote his neoclassical work, Pulcinella, yet Stravinsky is given credit for starting the neoclassical movement, not Prokofiev.

And I would even argue that Prokofiev's music has a richer, more interesting structure than many of his contemporaries, and is much more accessible to audiences than, say Schoenberg, but Schoenberg is considered to be more important in 20th-century music than Prokofiev.

Richard Taruskin, one of the great musicologists of the late 20th and early 21 st centuries, has said that Prokofiev has a "gift, virtually unparalleled among 20th-century composers, for writing distinctively original diatonic melodies." I really hope that as time goes on, the musical world will appreciate this wonderful composer more and more.

I really couldn't work out what to share with you today -- there is so much of Prokofiev's music that I adore -- but I decided to share his Lieutenant Kijé suite, composed in 1933. Prokofiev composed the music to a 1934 Soviet film based on the novel by Yury Tynyanov, and then later composed a suite, Op. 60, based on the film music. 

The suite is in five movements:

Kijé's Birth. A soldier, while writing out the morning orders for the Imperial majesty Tsar Paul, miscopies two words, creating a Lieutenant "Kijé." The Tsar learns of his "existence," and issues numerous orders concerning him. The palace administrators have no choice but to carry them out.
Romance. The fictional lieutenant falls in love.
Kijé's Wedding. Since the Tsar prefers his heroic soldiers to be married, the administrators concoct a fake wedding.
Troika. (This is perhaps the most well-known of all the movements; it has been used in lots of movies as well as in Greg Lake's song "I Believe in Father Christmas.")
Kijé's Burial. The administrators finally rid themselves of the non-existent lieutenant by saying he has died.

My classical music post for today is Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé suite.___My classical music post for today is Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé suite.

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2014-04-22 15:12:29 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

My classical music post for today is the final movement of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erdee.

There is one classical piece that comes to mind immediately for #EarthDay and that is:

http://grooveshark.com/s/Der+Abschied/4dAG2i?src=5

Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde !

Mahler wrote "The Song of the Earth" beginning in 1908. He said, "I think it is probably the most personal composition I have created thus far." Bruno Walter called it "the most personal utterance among Mahler's creations, and perhaps in all music."

The text of Das Lied von der Erde is taken from ancient Chinese poetry. The final movement, The text of the final movement, Der Abschied ("The Farewell") comes from two poems, and the final two lines were added by Mahler:


"The sun sinks beyond the hills, evening descends into the valleys with its cooling shade. See, like a silver boat the moon sails up into the lake of the sky. I sense a soft wind blowing beyond the dark fir-trees. The brook sings melodiously through the dark. The flowers grow pale in the twilight. The earth breathes a deep draught of rest and sleep. All longing now will dream: tired people go homewards, so that they can learn forgotten joy and youth again in sleep! Birds sit motionless on their branches. The world is slumbering! It grows cool in the shade of my fir-trees. I stand and await my friend, I wait for him for our last farewell. O friend, I long to share the beauty of this evening at your side. Where do you linger? Long you leave me alone! I wander here and there with my lyre on soft grassy paths. O Beauty! O endless love-life-drunken world!

He dismounted from the horse and handed to him the drink of farewell. He asked him where he was bound and why it must be so. He spoke, and his voice was muffled: 'You, my friend, Fortune was not kind to me in this world! Where do I go? I am departing, I wander in the mountains. I am seeking rest for my lonely heart. I am making my way to my home, my abode. I shall never stray far away. My heart is still and awaits its moment.'

The beloved Earth blooms forth everywhere in Spring, and becomes green anew! Everywhere and endlessly blue shines the horizon! Endless... endless..."

This is an extremely difficult piece to perform; Bruno Walter said that Mahler showed him the score of the final movement and asked, "Do you know how to conduct this? Because I certainly don't."

Although this is not Mahler's Ninth Symphony (he wanted to avoid the "curse of the Ninth"), on the original title page, it is called Eine Symphonie für eine Tenor- und eine Alt- (oder Bariton-) Stimme und Orchester (nach Hans Bethges "Die chinesische Flöte") -- "A Symphony for Tenor and Alto (or Baritone) Voice and Orchestra (after Hans Bethge's 'The Chinese Flute'").

My classical music post for today is the final movement of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde.___My classical music post for today is the final movement of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erdee.

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2014-04-21 20:58:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

My classical music post for today is the first movement of Michel Bosc's seventh symphony, Jane Eyre, "Les Moors de l'âme."

Today is the anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë (21 April 1816–31 March 1855), best known for her novel Jane Eyre.

http://soundcloud.com/canyonsfan/jane-eyre-symphonie-n-7-i-les

Jane Eyre is considered to be one of the earliest feminist novels. The story of a woman who is highly moral, thinking, and passionate about life has become a mainstay of English literature, and there have been many movies, TV mini-series, and other adaptations throughout the years.

The French composer Michel Bosc (born 1963) has written seven symphonies, and the seventh is called Jane Eyre, after the novel. My classical music post for today is the first movement, "Les Moors de l'âme."___My classical music post for today is the first movement of Michel Bosc's seventh symphony, Jane Eyre, "Les Moors de l'âme."

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2014-04-17 19:36:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

My classical music post today is from Johann Mattheson's Christmas oratorio Das größte Kind.

Today is the anniversary of the death of the German composer and music theorist Johann Mattheson (28 September 1681–17 April 1764).

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Mattheson was, apparently, a close friend of Handel. They were both choir boys in the company of the Hamburg Opera, and were rivals until the older Mattheson's voice broke. There is a story that when they were adults they had a big fight during a performance of Mattheson's opera Cleopatra, which led to a sword fight (I am trying to picture this!). I've also heard that the duel came about because the two fought over an appointment as tutor to the son of the English Resident in Hamburg. Luckily, no one was killed, and the friends later reconciled.

Mattheson was one of the most important music theorists of the German Baroque era. He wrote a number of books on performance practice, theatrical style, and harmony. He has been called "the first professional music critic" -- I'm not sure that's a great thing, but still. He compiled a massive lexicon of almost 150 musicians, and also published the first German music periodical, Critica musica.

Mattheson wrote mainly vocal music (operas, oratorios, and cantatas), although he did write some keyboard music, too. He was the music director of the Hamburg Cathedral for many years, although he had to resign in 1728 because he was beginning to go deaf.

My classical music post today is from Mattheson's Christmas oratorio Das größte Kind. It is an aria with chorus, "Israel! freue dich." This is one of Mattheson's most intricately scored works, as it has horns and trumpets as well as strings and, of course, a soloist and chorus.___My classical music post today is from Johann Mattheson's Christmas oratorio Das größte Kind.

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