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― C.S. Lewis
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Four Madrigals for oboe, clarinet, and bassoon, H. 266

III. Poco allegretto

Jana Brozková, oboe | Ludmilla Peterková, clarinet
Jaroslav Kubita, bassoon

Good morning, tumblr.

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String Quartet Nº 3, Op. 41 Nº 3
III. Adagio molto

Eroica Quartet

Listen: I am ideally happy. My happiness is a kind of challenge. As I wander along the streets and squares and the paths by the canal, absently sensing the lips of dampness through my worn soles, I carry proudly my ineffable happiness. The centuries will roll by, and schoolboys will yawn over the history of our upheavals: everything will pass, but my happiness, dear, my happiness will remain, in the moist reflection of a street lamp, in the cautious bend of stone steps that descend into the canal’s black waters, in the smiles of a dancing couple, in everything with which God so generously surrounds human loneliness.

- Nabokov

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Arthur Foote
Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 38
IV. Finale: Allegro giusto

James Barbagallo
Da Vinci String Quartet

The Bostonian composer and organist Arthur Foote (1853-1937), companion to fellow New England luminaries Amy Beach and Edward MacDowell, was well-known in the American musical life of his time but has been largely forgotten since. He is particularly admired for his chamber music, which has been compared favorably to that of Dvorak. Foote, Harvard-educated, was of that generation of 19th century American composers which nurtured continental idioms before the beginnings of an American school after the turn of the century. He contributed several texts on music theory and composition, and was on this side of the Atlantic an important advocate for both Brahms and Wagner.  

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Sonata for violin and piano in A minor, FWV 8
II. Allegro

Gil Shaham
Gerhard Oppitz

(Camille Pissarro - Point Boieldieu en Rouen)


Thomas Tallis
Salvator mundi


Last Sunday there were to be big fireworks, but it fell through on account of rain. It’s a strange thing—when there are to be fireworks, the weather almost always turns sour.

I can tell you a story about that: A certain fellow once had a fine tan coat, but every time he put it on, it rained. He…


Portrait of a Gardener and Horn Player in the Household of the Emperor Francis I, 1836

Albert Schindler, Austrian, 1805-1861
Oil on panel
39 x 31.7 cm (15 3/8 x 12 1/2 in.)

Henry Tiefenbronner Endowment, 2005.153
The Art Institute of Chicago, catalogue
First photo taken by me.

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Intermezzo in C: Grazioso e giocoso
Op. 119 Nº 3

Sviatoslav Richter (live)

Tempo, yeah. But check the manuscript (pictured above). 

Whereas Brahms’ bachelor yolo-mottos “Frei aber einsam” and  ”Frei aber froh” (F-A-E, F-A-F) descend from an apex to settle in discomfort and relative contentment, respectively, there is a more spiritually optimistic and emotionally ambiguous motive—a rising third plus a rising step—which one frequently finds lurking about. It dominates this Intermezzo from Op. 119, and has precedents in the motet Op. 74 Nº 1 as well as Ein deutsches Requiem. 


Happy Birthday, Leonard Bernstein

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