Music appreciation courses give an overview of major composers and their works and familiarize students with the essentials. Music theory courses teach the elements of music, notation, key signatures, time signatures, chord progressions, and so forth. Music composition courses cover the major skills required to start composing, including melody, harmony, form, ornamentation, and accompaniment.
field & chopin
As a reader, writer, and practicing Catholic, I favor realism, and when it comes to music and art, I have a strong weakness for the romantic era, all the way, up, over, and out, and the very real sadness within, brought on by disappointments and losses.
ryota yamazaki 12
Well, I might as well reveal that boy wonder Alexander is Asian.
Not certain which one of us is tutor. We are more like collaborators now.
Already, Alexander is starting to concentrate on what he wants to do.
Geniuses have a sense of urgency. Chopin died from TB at 39. Born in 1810, he touched the piano for the first time at home. He tried playing under the guidance of Ludwika, his sister, and at six began regular lessons with a private teacher, Czech immigrant Wojciech Żywny (Cz. Vojtěch Živný).
In 1823, at 13, Chopin attended Warsaw Lyceum, where his father taught. In the autumn of 1826, Chopin began studying music theory at Warsaw Conservatory and later moved to Paris. There he taught piano. He preferred playing in private homes, not in public.
Here is a list of well-known Catholic composers:
Albéniz, Bach (Johann Christian), Beethoven, Berlioz, Brébeuf, Bruckner, Byrd, Charpentier, Chopin, des Prez, Donizetti, Dvořák, Elgar, Faber, Fauré, Franck, Gabrieli, Gounod, Haydn (brothers Johann and Joseph), Hildegard of Bingen, Liszt, Messiaen, Monteverdi, Mozart, Palestrina, Pergolesi, Poulenc, Rossini, Salieri, Scarlatti (Alessandro and Domenico), Schubert, Tallis, de Victoria, Vivaldi, von Weber
Brébeuf is more well-known as a saint.
Years ago I knew a Vietnamese boy who could play this well. He had escaped communism in South Vietnam and told me about his two years in reeducation camp and foraging for food.
Take a tour inside the monster’s belly and lungs. Rolls Royce paid for its first electric motor. Mr. Latry makes a good point. We don’t change the past; we build upon it. I tell Mrs. Roche, our piano teacher turned organist, to play loudly ... forte. Notre-Dame has a 6-8 sec reverberation. At 39 mins is the American sound. Olivier (Oliver) means “olive tree” and derives from the Latin oliva (olive).
fssp sspx icksp seminaries
Father McWhirter, FSSP, explained to me that only 20 men or so are accepted to the FSSP’s American seminary each year because there are not enough qualified instructors and because a certain percentage of instructors must be priests. Frannie has restricted the ordination of traditional parish priests.
There are 13 million Latin Mass goers in the world. So, all the supporters of the FSSP, SSPX, and ICKSP should join hands and fund the education of more traditional priests for advanced degrees who are then qualified to teach and then the seminaries could accept more men and defeat modernism. What say you?
Put aside trivial disagreements and fight the enemy. That is what Trump did and why he was so successful and so hated. If a man is loved, he has ipso facto lost.
Ne nothi tere te! Don’t let the bastards grind you down!
agatha christie indult
You need to know: Pope Paul VI granted an indult in 1971 for use of the Latin Mass in England and Wales. Indult is a term from Catholic canon law referring to a permission to do something that would otherwise be forbidden. Above are the signers of a letter asking that the Latin Mass be allowed. Lies need to be exposed. The Latin Mass was never forbidden, but we were led to believe so. Presumably, the signers did not know either. Ironically, it was Bugnini, the man who created the New Mass, who sent the letter to Cardinal Heenan communicating the indult. With two exceptions, Badano (b. 1971) and Acutis (b. 1991), every declared saint attended the Latin Mass.
The text of the appeal, dated July 6, 1971, follows:
One of the axioms of contemporary publicity, religious as well as secular, is that modern man in general, and intellectuals in particular, have become intolerant of all forms of tradition and are anxious to suppress them and put something else in their place.
But, like many other affirmations of our publicity machines, this axiom is false. Today, as in times gone by, educated people are in the vanguard where recognition of the value of tradition is concerned, and are the first to raise the alarm when it is threatened. [boldface added by me]
If some senseless decree were to order the total or partial destruction of basilicas or cathedrals, then obviously it would be the educated - whatever their personal beliefs - who would rise up in horror to oppose such a possibility.
Now the fact is that basilicas and cathedrals were built so as to celebrate a rite which, until a few months ago, constituted a living tradition. We are referring to the Roman Catholic Mass. Yet, according to the latest information in Rome, there is a plan to obliterate that Mass by the end of the current year.
We are not at this moment considering the religious or spiritual experience of millions of individuals. The rite in question, in its magnificent Latin text, has also inspired a host of priceless achievements in the arts - not only mystical works, but works by poets, philosophers, musicians, architects, painters and sculptors in all countries and epochs. Thus, it belongs to universal culture as well as to churchmen and formal Christians.
In the materialistic and technocratic civilisation that is increasingly threatening the life of mind and spirit in its original creative expression - the word - it seems particularly inhuman to deprive man of word-forms in one of their most grandiose manifestations.
The signatories of this appeal, which is entirely ecumenical and non-political, have been drawn from every branch of modern culture in Europe and elsewhere. They wish to call to the attention of the Holy See, the appalling responsibility it would incur in the history of the human spirit were it to refuse to allow the Traditional Mass to survive, even though this survival took place side by side with other liturgical forms.
Signed: Harold Acton, Vladimir Ashkenazy, John Bayler, Lennox Berkeley, Maurice Bowra, Agatha Christie, Kenneth Clark, Nevill Coghill, Cyril Connolly, Colin Davis, Hugh Delargy, +Robert Exeter, Miles Fitzalan-Howard, Constantine Fitzgibbon, William Glock, Magdalen Goffin, Robert Graves, Graham Greene, Ian Greenless, Joseph Grimond, Harman Grisewood, Colin Hardie, Rupert Hart-Davis, Barbara Hepworth, Auberon Herbert, John Jolliffe, David Jones, Osbert Lancaster, F.R. Leavis, Cecil Day Lewis, Compton Mackenzie, George Malcolm, Max Mallowan, Alfred Marnau, Yehudi Menuhin, Nancy Mitford, Raymond Mortimer, Malcolm Muggeridge, Iris Murdoch, John Murray, Sean O'Faolain, E.J. Oliver, Oxford and Asquith, William Plomer, Kathleen Raine, William Rees-Mogg, Ralph Richardson, +John Ripon, Charles Russell, Rivers Scott, Joan Sutherland, Philip Toynbee, Martin Turnell, Bernard Wall, Patrick Wall, E.I Watkin, R.C. Zaehner.
latin at the opera
Eight million listen to the rare countertenor.
Cityscape - St. Petersburg, Russia
Composer - Venetian Vivaldi
Cum dederit dilectis suis somnum
Ecce hereditas Domini filii mercis fructus ventris.
For he brings rest to those he has chosen
Behold, they are a legacy and a testament of the Son of God.
Here are some Latin roots right out of 1962 Missal, the best source for learning.
locum location; refrigeri refreshment; lucis* light
*Satan was Lucifer before he flunked.
Et dormiunt in somno pacis - and who sleep the sleep of peace
De multitudine miserationum tuarum sperantibus - who put our trust in the multitude of Thy mercies (tu is you and spe is hope)
Intra quorum nos consortium largitor admitte - into their company do Thou admit us
The language has a sound of finality to it. Perhaps, that is why Latin orations are so good. For example, nunc means now. The closest sound to nunc I could think of, is fulcrum. Whereas “now” is whiny, nunc sounds angry, demanding, or militaristic, thus more dramatic and convincing. Some of our politicians would have better luck giving speeches in Latin.
The first video comes from a tutor at Oxford.
In the midst of life we are in death
What helper do we seek except you, oh Lord
You who for our sins,
Holy God, holy and powerful
Oh holy compassionate savior,
Do not give us over to the harshness of death,
In you our fathers placed their hopes,
They placed their hopes and you freed them
In the midst of life we are in death.
The last line found its way into rock and roll in the 1986 single, “Sweet and Tender Hooligan” (The Smiths).
Ready to go, but not there. Able to sing, but not higher.
G2-A4, need practice, you?
It is hard to gain access to visuals of Fontgombault monks singing. They are the premier singers of Gregorian chant. Fontgombault is an abbey of the Congregation of Solesmes. Fons Amoris is a documentary I posted previously, but that’s it.
So, I elected to upload this video, which explains how Gregorian chant is constructed, and the beautiful thing is that creative writing mirrors the same rise and fall: introduction, climax, and conclusion (denouement).
Fontgombault interior, monk-priests with servers saying Mass at their individual altars, https://www.liturgicalartsjournal.com/2022/08/abbaye-de-notre-dame-de-fontgombault.html
Hawaiian cowboy. My sister lives in Paniolo Country. This is a high school competition honoring the paniolo. Both sexes hula. I told Kathy I liked it when girls did hula in heels. Here they are barefoot. The Hawaiian alphabet has 13 letters: a e i o u h k l m n p w. When they were very little, my brother could not pronounce her name. He called her, “Kaki”, short a. The Hawaiian word for child is keiki, long a. Participants Beth Maile Wong and her daughter were my sister’s students. Kathy taught combined kindergarten/first grade, and her husband is a Kamehameha alum.
Honolulu, March 10, 2023
Hawaii did not have the horse until certain “invaders” arrived. In 1803 Richard Cleveland, an American trader, brought the first horse to Hawai`i and presented the animal as a gift to King Kamehameha I. After seeing a riding demonstration, the king was so impressed that more horses were soon ordered.
In 1810 he unified the islands into one kingdom. There are a total of 137 islands, though the eight largest are the ones we think of: Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Ni’ihau, and Kaho’olawe. Seven of the eight are the only inhabited islands, so that excludes Kaho’olawe.
Rest your weary head on nineteen Nocturnes. Music plays a big part in my prayers. There are a few others who feel this way about music. The Field discovery occurred not long ago, and to my surprise, I liked him more than any other. Playing Field needs to be slow and deliberate, like No. 5.
Art - Irishman James Arthur O’Connor (1792 – 1841) Moonlight Scene, self-taught, penniless
Music - fellow countryman John Field (1782 – 1837) first teacher Muzio Clementi
Piano - Pietro Spada
president in disgrace
This appeared on many news agencies’ websites worldwide, so what happened in August 2021 cannot be hidden any longer. However, the testimony is twice as long. To see the full video, go here https://www.c-span.org/video/?c5060848/marine-sgt-tyler-vargas-andrews-recalls-kabul-airport-suicide-bombing My disgust with the federal government, including those two senators sitting there, is barely containable.
Latin for “Always Faithful,” Semper Fidelis—Semper Fi--is the motto of every Marine, an eternal and collective commitment to the success of our battles, the progress of our Nation, and the steadfast loyalty to the fellow Marines we fight alongside. “I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights, and its barrel. I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage as I will ever guard my legs, my arms, my eyes, and my heart against damage. I will keep my rifle clean and ready. We will become part of each other.”
Senatus PopulusQue Romanus—the Senate and the People of Rome
metallica lux Æterna
letter To Love Thief
Someone who steals love is the worst person of all.
Here is a short list of the differences between me and Pope Francis.
(1) I loved the original Mass; he hated it. (2) I loved everything about becoming a Catholic, which occurred at eight years of age; he hated everything about being a Catholic, which occurred at birth. (3) I am a lover; he is not a lover. (4) I am grateful for love; he is not.
“You are a jealous love thief, and you — and your kind — made me run away, but I’ve returned to the first infatuation, and she is older and finer than you.”
With muscle and blood, I will hold on to the first love. Grant unto us the Christian peoples, we beseech Thee, O Lord, both to acknowledge the things they profess and to love heavenly mysteries which they frequent. Through our Lord. 1962 Missal
I know a nine-year-old boy. His name is Gregory. He receives every day. He found his first love. This young priest’s Latin is flawless, as is that of the fathers at St. Stephen Sacramento.
rocks of bawn
High school classmate, Mickey, recommended the song. St. Patrick's Day is March 17.
singer Diarmuid O'Flynn
far west skiing
My student, age nine, participates in the Giant Slalom. The next event is scheduled for Palisades Tahoe, but because of a succession of snow storms, a cancellation is possible. I have seen video of Alexander skiing, and he is far better than I ever was. U10 is under 10. https://fwskiing.org/content/u10u12-schedule-results
I showed him my Yosemite painting by J.J. Englehart (d. Oakland, CA, 1915, age 47) and asked him to pick his favorite Dodge painting to upload and promote, difficult to paint if the scene were covered in snow, but one could do it from a photograph.
“Elyse Dodge has a trademark geometric style, combining traditional landscapes with a myriad of geometric forms. The contrasting forms play well off of one another, and her style appreciates the appeal of landscapes, while pushing them firmly into new and unique territory.”
double black diamond - very difficult
“… according to the Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, the root of this nursery rhyme could be more innocent. While it’s unclear whether this game predates the rhyme, Humpty Dumpty was a popular game in the 19th century where girls would tuck their legs into their skirts, fall back, and then try to regain balance without letting go of their skirts. ‘Eggs do not sit on walls,’ authors Peter and Iona Opie write. ‘But the verse becomes intelligible if it describes human beings who are impersonating eggs.’” interestingfacts.com
Ultra-fine Catholic messaging. All properly baptized Christians are Catholic: they just don’t know it. So, you might as well join the Church, especially during Lent when penances multiply, but that is a good thing because they will get your Humpty Dumpty into Heaven.
Attorneys general from 16 states called the ban on assault weapons unconstitutional: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
“‘According to estimates by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, there are at least 100 million semiautomatic handguns in the United States, the vast majority of which are lawfully possessed by law-abiding Americans exercising their God-given right of self-defense,’ the letter [from the attorneys general to Biden] explained. ‘A semi-automatic pistol is the self-defense weapon of choice for the overwhelming majority of law-abiding gun owners.’”
“‘Moreover, Americans possess an estimated 45 million lawfully owned semiautomatic rifles in the United States,’ the attorneys continued. ‘Thus, when Americans hear that you plan to come after our so-called ‘assault weapons’ we brace ourselves for an attack on ordinary, safe, and highly effective weapons commonly used for self and home defense by over 100 million Americans.’”
By my calculations, that would be close to 1/3.
Scene of the O.K. Corral gunfight and birthplace of my grandmother, Louise Perkins, 1890
Tombstone, Arizona in 1881 photographed by C. S. Fly. An ore wagon at the center of the image is pulled by 15 or 16 mules leaving town for one of the mines or on the way to a mill. The town had a population of about 4,000 that year with 600 dwellings and two church buildings. There were 650 men working in the nearby mines. The Tough Nut hoisting works are in the right foreground. The firehouse is behind the ore wagons, with the Russ House hotel just to the left of it. The dark, tall building above the Russ House is the Grand Hotel, and the top of Schieffelin Hall is visible to the right.
Composer William M. Backer, Singer Jimmy Blaine...What a coincidence that magnum means "great" in Latin, and the 357 and 44 are Magnums, powerful enough to take down a whitetail or black bear.
Sacramento has a very fine food waste recycling program and picks up every week. In California, food waste makes up 15-20% of all landfilled material. The food waste is organic matter, and Sacramento turns it into compost or mulch.
The etymology of the city name is Spanish, which derives from the Latin sacramentum. This in turn derives from the Greek New Testament word mysterion.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains the meaning of the word Sacrament: “The Greek word mysterion was translated into Latin by two terms: mysterium and sacramentum. In later usage the term sacramentum emphasized the visible sign of the hidden reality of salvation which was indicated by the term mysterium.”
Explanation of lyrics: Christ Himself is a Sacrament, the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
viscera – womb; meruerunt – merit; portare – carry
Adoration of the Mystic Lamb altarpiece (1432) by the brothers and Flemish artists Hubert van Eyck and Jan van Eyck at the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent (MSK). Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images
The Eucharist is both Sacrament and Sacrifice, which requires
organ sheet music
There are two clefs in music: treble and bass.
However, for the organ, because there are pedals, a clef must be added, the third row of five lines. I could read it after the third time through...eyeballs over the place.
born 1945 Hanoi
Vietnamese American singer
From Wikipedia –
1967-1974: Diva of Saigon
“During a trip to Saigon in 1967, she ran into composer Trịnh Công Sơn on the busy streets of Lê Thánh Tôn. After several serenades and coffee at a small shop called Quán Văn, the legacy of Khánh Ly and Trịnh Công Sơn had begun …
“Together, Khánh Ly and Trịnh Công Sơn took the Vietnamese music world by storm. Their phenomenal fame gave her the chance to be the first Vietnamese woman to headline her own show. During the late 1960s to early 1970s, she also collaborated with multiple production companies and played a large part on the recorded tracks from famous videos such as the Phạm Mạnh Cương Program, Trường Sơn Centre, Sơn Ca Productions, Hoạ Mi, Jo Marcel Productions, etc.
“Up until her emigration in 1975, Khánh Ly achieved unproportional fame around the world. She opened Club Khánh Ly on Tự Do Street in Saigon along with a small shop named Hội Quán Cây Tre, a gathering place for musicians and students alike.
“In addition, she was sponsored by the Vietnamese government to hold performances in Europe in order to promote the worldwide collaboration of the rising generation of Vietnamese students ("Nối Vòng Tay Lớn").
“She also performed in the United States, Canada, and Japan at Osaka Fair in response to the invitation from Nippon Columbia Label … songs [that] became top hits in Japan and remained so for several decades. Khánh Ly was the first Vietnamese singer to achieve international fame.”
She lives in Cerritos, CA, which is not far from Knott's Berry Farm and Disneyland, with her husband, a former journalist, and is a devout Catholic.
Robert Chastain and his family are fellow parishioners. He is a conductor and teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. This piece would be a great opener for an historical fantasy film.
louis vierne or jules verne
A church or an underwater sea temple? Go to full screen. Poseidon is big.