Wednesday, June 28, 2006

"We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself." -Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan
The enclyclopaedia Galactica

i find this person really interesting. How he talks about the cosmos and the perspective of human kind through an different intelligent life. I really recomend to see his tv program. In the program he shows images of black holes and lots of more interesting things. i recomend to go to his webpage at CarlSagan.com. It is good to hear that this kind of person care about the share in knowledge.
few minutes ago i was looking around on the internet and sudendly i found this page were famous paintings were edited with adobe photoshop. I find this really cool it is amazing how the designers can use a computer progam and do such things. This is one of my favorite pics that i looked in this webpage i recomend to take a look to the webpage.

Worth1000 webpage

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Todayi talked with a friend who think he knows everything about music so we started talking about the different styles of music. It was funny because he actually didnt knew nothing, he started talkind about Beethoven and he said that the fourth Symphony was better than the 9 and he actually though that the fourth was the Fifth Symphony. It is very annoying to talk with a person who doenst really know about music. Aslo he started tallking about Dvorak saying that the only good thing that he made was his famous symphony of the new world (actually he didnt know what was the theme of the symphony) and so on. He also asked me if a have heard the adagio of Albeniz i said which adagio, he said, well, i dont know...eehh the song name is adagio...

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"Here music has buried a treasure -- but even fairer hopes".
This is perhaps best expressed in the epitaph on his tombstone
His music was regarded by the publishers as waste paper. It is hard to imagine what magnificent music might have come from Schubert had he lived a normal lifetime.
Revival of Bach's and Schubert's music

Mendelssohn was deeply influenced by the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. His great-aunt, Sarah Levy (née Itzig) was a pupil of Bach's son, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, and had supported the widow of another son Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach. She had collected a number of Bach manuscripts. J.S. Bach's music, which had fallen into relative obscurity by the turn of the 19th century, was also deeply respected by Felix's teacher Zelter. In 1829, with the backing of Zelter and the assistance of Felix's friend, the actor Eduard Devrient, Felix arranged and conducted a performance in Berlin of Bach's St. Matthew Passion.

Mendelssohn also revived interest in the work of Franz Schubert. He conducted the premiere of Schubert's Ninth Symphony at Leipzig on the 21st March 1839, more than a decade after the composer's death. Wikipedia

J.S.Bach wasnt recognize as a great composer til Mendelssohn played St. Matthew Passion. The success of St. Matthews passion awaked the interest in Bach´s music all over Europe and now he is considered one of the best composers of all time. Franz Shubert like Bach were not recognized in their times, even the famous german writer Goehte didnt accept little poems thats Shubert had put music on it.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Art can be called a way to communicate any kind of ideas, an attempt to create a sense of beauty, for pleasure, or to create emotions. The purpose can be seemingly nonexistent.
¨Music is an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner¨
This definition was taken from the glossary of the Princeton University. Music is not just sounds made by vocals or instruments. Music is an abstract attempt from the compositor to do creation. Modern music it can be considered the worst musical pieces created ever, especially commercial music. The modern music doesn’t have the principal requisites of art. It is a shame that most of the people are pretty ignorant about art. They don’t know how to appreciate art. How a master piece can be a master piece if the listener or the observer can’t appreciate it. In classical music a favorite critic is that is boring. The music has the ability that trough sounds it can awake sentimental feelings to the listener. Ludwig van Beethoven said once.
¨Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.
This quote shows that Beethoven’s perspective was that through music humans can be more in touch with the spiritual side. All the master pieces of art cannot be criticized due to the special essence that each piece has. Music and painting are very similar to appreciate. There are pieces that common listener or observer would say that it is very long or strong. According to Beethoven’s, this appreciation of the listener can be the mediator of how pure and human can be this person because to appreciate this music a person must fell and connect with the mental statement of artist.
Music is a hypnosis which brings the listener directly to the mental state of the compositor.
The key to the mystery of a great artist is that for reasons unknown, he will give away his energies and his life just to make sure that one note follows another... and leaves us whit the feeling that something is right in the world.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Did u Know?

  • There are lots of stories about Niccolo Paganini. He amazed audiences with techniques that included harmonics, double stops, pizzicato with the left as well as the right hand, and near impossible fingerings and bowings!!.
  • He also at the casino bet that he could read (backwards) a difficult piece(dont remember which one) at first sigh amd he did it!.
  • Paganinis wrist was so loose that he could move and twist it in all directions!!. As a result, he could double its reach and play in the first three positions without shifting.
  • In lots of performances Paganini played a piece on one string after breaking the other three!!. (how he got the ability to do that. i will write about that soon)

Listen to 18 seconds of Paganini´s Caprice No. 1 in E/E-dur/mi majeur played by Itzhak Perlman (1972)

Reference: Paganini´s Homepage.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006



Weird.

J.S. Bach had vision problems. The last years before he died he got blind. The weird thing is that 10 days before he died he recovered the vision. By that time he was working on a study to the Fugue which he called ¨The Art of Fugue¨.

When Felix Mendelssohn used to start a concert. He used to make a gesture moving the head. The last days of his life he was in comma. The weird thing is that just before he died, he made this gesture being on comma.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Lear more about Beethoven.

I recomend the movie ¨The immortal beloved¨. Talks about a letter that Beethoven wrote to his love. He called her his Immortal Beloved. This has been a mystery until our days. The biographers havent found this lady. There are many theories about it. In the movie they present an interesting story that explains who could be Beethoven´s immortal Beloved.

Read the ¨The Immortal Beloved Letters¨.
More Good Music.
I strongly recomend this musical pieces.
  • W.A Mozart: Concerto for Two Pianos, K. 365; Third Movement
  • Beethoven: 9th symphony with Leonard Bernstein as conductor(Delightfull interpretation)
  • Franz Liszt: Liebestraum (Dreams of love).
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano concerto No. 2
  • Piotr Chaikovsky: The Nutcracker.
  • Gustav Holzt: The Planets.
  • Maurice Ravel: Bolero.
  • Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Did you Know?
  • A. Vivaldi was a Priest!!
  • Did you know that J.S. Bach had 20 children and two wifes!!
  • Piotr Chaickovsky started studying at the conservatory when he was 22!!
  • Mozart made his first Piano concerto at the age of 4, his first symphony at 7 and a full opera at 12!!
  • the 9th symphony( Beethoven)- Many people gived negative criticism to the symphony because of its "dissonances" at the time. They thought that Beethoven was alredy crazy because of his deafness and that he was writing unplayable things , even, Richard Wagner said that it was imposible to play!!. By that time they made arrengemnts to the piece until Gustav Mahler proved that it was possible to play. As a result, the 9th symphony that we heard now is how Beethoven wrote it!