Saturday, July 23, 2016

Felix, The Melodic Cat

Repeat post from 2 years ago

Felix Mendelssohn [1809-1847]
Felix Mendelssohn is one of my favorite composers.   He was a German composer in the early Romantic era.  He is known for great music that flows perfectly with so many beautiful melodies.  Besides being a composer, he was also a pianist, organist and conductor.

Felix Mendelssohn was a true genius child prodigy in music.  He was not just a prodigy in his virtuosic piano playing, but in being a composer.  It is not just that he composed music in his early teens, it is that he composed so many great mature pieces as a teenager.

Mendelssohn's Octet For Strings in E-Flat Major is one of the greatest chamber music pieces ever composed.  Mendelssohn composed this great piece at the age of sixteen. As a teen he wrote many of his string symphonies [for only strings] and at the age of 15 Mendelssohn wrote his first full orchestral symphony in C minor [his symphony #1].

Mendelssohn composed twelve string symphonies and five great symphonies for full orchestra.  He also composed many great pieces for piano and organ and concertos and overtures and chamber music pieces. His well known violin concerto is one of the greatest of all the violin concerti.

If there is one word I had to use to describe Mendelssohn's compositions it would be melodious.  That is why modern day audiences love to hear any piece by Felix Mendelssohn. 

To demonstrate the luxurious melodic beauty of a Mendelssohn piece check out: the first movement of Mendelssohn's Symphony #3 in A-minor, known as the "Scottish"; the pensive, solemn Andante movement of his Symphony #5 in D-Major, known as the "Reformation"; his beautiful concert overture, "The Hebrides"; the romantic movement from his piano concerto in D-minor; and his exquisite Overture To a Midsummer Night's Dream.

After listening to this beautiful music, I think you will understand why I say Felix Mendelssohn composed some of the most melodic pieces ever. 

Note: in the Mendelssohn piano concerto, you will hear at first the bridge from the first to the second movement and the actual 2nd movement begins at the 19 second mark.

Please turn up the volume and enjoy Felix, the melodic cat!

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony #3 in A-minor, "Scottish", Movement 1 Andante con moto -Allegro un poco agitato:



Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony #5 in D-Major, "Reformation", Movement 3, Andante:



Felix Mendelssohn: The Hebrides Overture [Fingal's Cave]:



Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto #2 in D-minor, Movement 2, Adagio-Molto Sostenuto:



Felix Mendelssohn: Overture To A Midsummer Night's Dream:



Thursday, July 21, 2016

Don't Mess With Texas.....Senators

I just posted the following on Face Book following U.S. Senator Ted Cruz-TX, remarkable speech at the Republican National Convention in which he told Republicans to be sure and come out to vote up and down the ballot and "vote your conscience" for constitutional conservative principled candidates.  

Let's see Donald Trump got a lot of play about "lyin' Ted".  And Donald thought he was being very cute making fun of Ted Cruz wife's appearance.  And on the day he wrapped up the nomination in Indiana, Donald Trump accused Ted Cruz father of being involved in the JFK assassination.

Can we call tonight revenge of the Ted! 

Hey Donald, you don't mess with Texas or with Texas' Senators!

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-TX

Ted Cruz is once again [like he did in his filibuster during the Obamacare debate] taking a lot of heat from both Democrats and Republicans for his stance [as I am watching now on cable TV], but I have gained new respect for Ted Cruz for willing to speak to a hostile crowd and stand his grounds on his principles.

And for all the vitriol from the Trumpsters, I would ask:  I thought you admired someone not worried about political correctness and standing up strong for their beliefs.  Or does that only apply to Donald Trump?


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

'Of All Sad Words Of Tongue And Pen...'

Now that it is official and the Republican Party has made, in my opinion, a huge mistake in nominating one of the few people in the world who can possibly lose to Hillary Clinton, I repeat this post from 4 months ago with total depressed resignation.

"Of All Sad Words of Tongue and Pen..." [March 30,2016]

John Greenleaf Whittier, from "Maud Miller": "Of all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest of these, 'it might have been'."

The GOP has been trying for years to become more diverse, more inclusive, and broaden their appeal to all Americans, not just be the "old white people party" which, I think unjustly, the perception of the party had been.

The GOP has made great strides the last decade in doing so, culminating in a plethora of youthful minority and female candidates that were elected on the Republican side in the 2014 midterm elections.  The Tales pointed this out in the post, "The Party Of Diversity" , published just after the 2014 midterm elections.  

The GOP was evolving exponentially into becoming an inclusive party.  That point was even made more emphatically by the youthful and racially diverse candidates that were running for president in 2016 [that included an Indian-American, a woman, an African-American, and two young Hispanic-Americans running] as compared to the tired old white candidates running on the Democrat side. 

Then when Nikki Haley, standing along with Senator Tim Scott endorsed Marco Rubio for president when they were in South Carolina, you had an Indian-American female Governor endorsing an Hispanic-American Senator, standing on the stage with an African-American Senator in the deep South...and these great patriots were all Republicans.  

Oh, what might have been
It seemed like the corner had been turned for the Republican Party with this optimistic new dynamic, youthful, and diverse team that could very well become the new face of the Republican Party.  Forever more it looked like this new American generation of conservative leaders would lead the real party of diversity, the Republican Party. 

With the defeat of Senator Rubio in the Florida primary and his subsequent withdrawal from the race, that hoped for new face of the GOP seemed to be fading away.

And if the GOP electorate in the primaries actually gives Donald Trump the 1237 electorates to win the nomination, the hope for the new face of the Republican Party will have not just faded away, but shattered and will be taking a huge step backwards, as the face of the party will then be that of a non-inclusive, non-welcoming, vulgar insulting misogynist.

This would be a very bad face indeed for the Republican party that could take a decade or more to overcome, and that is so sad when one pines on "what might have been." 


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Most Troubling Numbers For Trump From The ABC/Washington Post Poll

Hat/Tip
Guy P Benson from Townhall.com

The latest batch of polls have just come out and they all show the same thing-a close but steady advantage of about 3-7 points for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.   

In the ABC News/Washington Post poll [taken between July 11-14] Clinton is up by 4 points over Trump. In most of the swing battleground states, as seen in the Real Clear Politics website, Clinton again has a small but steady lead. 

What is hard to believe is that Clinton maintains a small lead despite having maybe the two worst weeks a presidential presumptive nominee has ever had, basically [in Hugh Hewitt's words] "being convicted but not indicted" by FBI director James Comey. 

But I don't believe the fact that she has a small lead in the head to head match-up or in the battleground states with Trump is the most worrisome news for Trump, as these polls will surely go up and down.

To me the following chart from the ABC News/Washington Post poll is the most troubling:

Qualified:  Hillary Clinton is +20 and Donald Trump is -23

If those numbers continue, in even close to that range, we might as well sadly start practicing to say, Madame President, on January 20, 2017.