Monday, May 1, 2017

O, Thank You, Canada

As the exciting 2017 NHL playoffs are going strong, I'd like to do this repeat "good feeling" post from November of 2014, when the great fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs performed a good will gesture to America during the singing of the National Anthems. 

Thank you, great fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs

From the Blaze we found out that on Tuesday night Nov. 18, 2014, before the National Hockey League game in Toronto, Canada between the visiting Nashville Predators and the home team Toronto Maple Leafs, something wonderful happened during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner.  In the last half of the U.S.A. National Anthem you could hear the mic of the singer going out.  When that occurred, the following happened that may give you goose bumps like it did me.  

Please watch the following video that shows the ending of the National Anthem at the NHL game in Toronto, Canada.

Wow, thank you awesome Maple Leaf fans for doing that.  The Blaze pointed out: "Last month, Pittsburgh fans chimed in on the Canadian national anthem after the fatal shooting near the country’s parliament."

I think these good will gestures [respect] shown by the people of both countries to their next door neighbor is fantastic and hope we can keep the love going!

For you great fans [and friends] of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and for all Canada, this is for you!

O, Thank You, Canada!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Puccini's "Chrysanthemums"

I was listening to Houston's Public Media classical music radio station and heard this very pleasant piece by Giacomo Puccini entitled Chrysanthemums.  It is an elegy for string quartet, that Puccini composed at hearing of the death of Amadeo di Savoia, Duke of Aosta, a member of the reigning royal family of Italy.  

Giacomo Puccini [1858 - 1924]
I was thinking to myself this soothing music is perfect for a Tales relaxing Sunday classical music piece. 

Please turn up the volume, sit back and enjoy this relaxing piece.

G. Puccini: Chrysanthemums, an elegy for String Quartet:

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Robert, Clara, and Johannes

I was listening to All Classical Portland the other day when they announced there would be a showing of the old time movie classic, "Song of Love", a film about three giants in classical music, Robert Schumann, Clara Wieck, and Johannes Brahms, and how their lives intertwined. 

This film from 1947, starring Katharine Hepburn, took place in Germany around the mid-19th century with the main theme revolving around the love and marriage of Robert Schumann to Clara Wieck, who would become Clara Schumann.  These were two virtuoso pianists and composers who would come in contact and develop a friendship and mentoring with a young and upcoming virtuoso pianist, Johannes Brahms.  Brahms would also become one of the great Romantic Era composers, along with Robert and Clara.  

Robert Schumann [1810-1856]
Clara Wieck Schumann [1819-1896]

Besides a great love affair between Robert and Clara, was a tragic occurrence when Robert Schumann, feeling much pressure and failure [in his own mind] had a mental breakdown. This led Clara to forgo, what could have been an even greater amount, of composing great music, so that she could take care of her beloved Robert. Brahms, who became great friends with Robert and Clara, and who developed a great fondness [and later love] for Clara, also stood by his friends' side in their time of tragedy.  Robert Schumann, sadly, could not overcome his mental problems and would go into an asylum, where he would be until his death. After Robert's death, Johannes Brahms would remain in great friendship and love with Clara. 
Johannes Brahms [1833-1897]
Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms are considered two of the greatest composers in the Romantic Era of classical music, and Clara Schumann with some great compositions, especially for the piano, is certainly recognized as one of the best, if not the best, female composers of that era.  

All three had in their compositions some beautiful melodic and many times romantic themes.  Listen to these piano concertos by each to hear the beautiful melodies and wonderful sound, and why they are so beloved by classical music fans.  Also, enjoy the ultra-emotional, Traumerei [from scenes from childhood], by Robert Schumann and Brahms beautiful Allegro non troppo movement 1 from his second symphony, and the first movement, Allegro Moderato, of Clara Schumann's Piano Trio in G minor. 

Please turn up the volume and enjoy some beautiful music from these giants from the Romantic Era, Robert, Clara and Johannes. 

Clara Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor:

Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor:

Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto #2 in B Flat Major:

Clara Schumann: Piano Trio in G minor, Movement 1, Allegro moderato:

Robert Schumann: Traumerei:

Johannes Brahms: Symphony #2 in D Major, Movement 1, Allegro non troppo:

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Now, For Something Completely Different

A best of the Tales....this one never gets old

If this isn't the greatest comedy routine ever devised, I don't know what tops it.  From Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, a routine I am sure most of you have heard before. "Who's on First?"  No matter how many times you hear it, it is always great to hear it again. If you are one of the few people who have never heard it, you are in for a treat.  Pure brilliance.

Abbott and Costello: "Who's on First?" :

Of course, you knew this had to happen some day.  There would be a baseball player with a short MLB career, from about 2007-2011, who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers named Chin-lung Hu.  So, as this picture from 2010 shows, when he got a hit, we would truly have Hu on first.
Hu's on first? - I don't know - Third Base