Melody's Musings

Stuff that catches my fancy and random, sorted thoughts from the inner scrambles of my mind.

What you may expect to find here are what I consider good taste and some of the best in photography, philosophy, humor, art, architecture, food, music, poetry, literature and dance. I hope you like some of the things I enjoy.

I like anything to do with good design such as interior design, architecture, photography, and art. I enjoy philosophy and psychology. I love to figure out what makes individuals tick. Music of most all types but particularly classical, world, pop, acoustic guitar is a big part of my life and add some dance to the music and my day is great! I like to write and occasionally I will write poetry and I really love to read it out loud and I even record it sometimes.

I'm a Myers-Briggs type ENFJ which means I love people and have a great interest in them.

I guess you could say I'm a humanities kind of person. :)







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    Mozart Sinfonia Concertante - Andante
    Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra

    Nina Heidenreich, violin
    Victor Soumenkov, viola
    Michalis Economou, music director

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    If you love cello music as much as I do, don’t dare miss this……be amazed!

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    Music Now Festival | Phillip Glass & Eighth Blackbird

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    Csokonai Theater in Debreczen, Debrecen, Hungary
The 140-year-old Csokonai Színház in Debrecen has had four departments – as prose, opera, dance and orchestra. As such, in its traditions and the ongoing theatrical work, it has been closely connected to the Hungarian peasant-civic mentality which is proud of its independent frame of thinking, thanks to its relative economic wealth. It marks also a certain conservatism in taste, but at the same time an ability of renewal by exploring the sources of its heritage.The first important playwright of the Modern Age, Csokonai Vitéz Mihály (1773–1805), after whom the theatre is named was not only born here, but he lived and wrote his works in this city. At the turn of the 18th–19th century he experienced in a highly dramatic way the social and stylistic changes; and for him, as well as for the artists of today, the future of theatre was not and is not just a mere aesthetic question. The most burning question in the uniting Europe is, whether the national being and taking responsibility for national culture can be harmonized with modernity. We are convinced that the ideals set forth in Hungary in the music of Bartók and Kodály are valid in theatre as well.
http://www.budapest.com/hungary/debrecen/culture/csokonai_theatre.en.html

 

    Csokonai Theater in Debreczen, Debrecen, Hungary


    The 140-year-old Csokonai Színház in Debrecen has had four departments – as prose, opera, dance and orchestra. As such, in its traditions and the ongoing theatrical work, it has been closely connected to the Hungarian peasant-civic mentality which is proud of its independent frame of thinking, thanks to its relative economic wealth. It marks also a certain conservatism in taste, but at the same time an ability of renewal by exploring the sources of its heritage.

    The first important playwright of the Modern Age, Csokonai Vitéz Mihály (1773–1805), after whom the theatre is named was not only born here, but he lived and wrote his works in this city. At the turn of the 18th–19th century he experienced in a highly dramatic way the social and stylistic changes; and for him, as well as for the artists of today, the future of theatre was not and is not just a mere aesthetic question. The most burning question in the uniting Europe is, whether the national being and taking responsibility for national culture can be harmonized with modernity. We are convinced that the ideals set forth in Hungary in the music of Bartók and Kodály are valid in theatre as well.

    http://www.budapest.com/hungary/debrecen/culture/csokonai_theatre.en.html

     

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    Beethoven’s 5th. Symphony with animation

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    Disney Fantasia - J.S.Bach - Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 
    Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra

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    Nat Shilkret & All Star Orchestra, Johnny Marvin - She Didn’t Say Yes, She Didn’t Say No (1928)



    Nathaniel Shilkret (Dec.25,1889 - Feb.18,1982) was born in New York, to an Austrian immigrant family. He was an American composer, conductor, clarinetist, pianist, business executive (A&R man), and music director (Victor, RKO and MGM).

    He was a child prodigy, touring the country with the New York Boys’ Orchestra from the ages of seven to thirteen as their clarinet soloist. From his late teens to mid-twenties he was a clarinetist in the best New York music organizations, including the New York Philharmonic Society (under Vassily Safanov and Gustav Mahler), the New York Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera House Orchestra, the Russian Symphony Orchestra, Victor Herbert’s Orchestra, Arnold Volpe’s Orchestra, Sousa’s Grand Concert Band, Arthur Pryor’s Band, and Edwin Franko Goldman’s Band. He was also a rehearsal pianist for Walter Damrosch, playing for stars that included dancer Isadora Duncan.

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