Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Key Is The Key To The Mood

Repeat post from Oct of 2013 [with update of 2 new videos]:

I remember when my daughter Ebony had her classical piano music lessons, her teacher, when introducing a new piece, would first either play the piece herself or play a recording of the piece to my daughter.  The first thing she would ask Ebony was to give a description of the piece, or the mood of the piece.  She would ask my daughter to say if the piece was happy, playful, fun, exciting, sad, dramatic, scary, or some other descriptive word.  She wanted her to learn the mood of the piece in order to know how to play the piece.  What later became obvious was that pieces had a certain flavor according to the key of the piece.  Pieces that were in a major key, like C-Major, E-Major, etc. were almost always bright happy pieces.  Pieces that were in a minor key, like D-minor, E flat-minor, etc., were almost always more dramatic and sometimes they were darker pieces than those with a major key.

The great composers of classical music would put a piece in a certain key to portray the mood they wanted. So, for the most part, if they would want the piece to give a bright, happy feeling to it, they would use a Major key.   And for the most part if they wanted a piece to portray a darker and or dramatic mood, they would use a minor key. 

Note: while a classical music piece is scored in a certain key, sometimes one of the middle movements of a symphony or middle movement of a concerto will be in a different key.   But the piece will start in the key noted, and the final movement will end in the key noted.

I will give you examples from two of my favorite composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Felix Mendelssohn, to show how the key of the piece of music helps determine the mood of the piece. 

W.A. Mozart [1756-1791]
The quintessential classical composer W. A. Mozart, composed 27 piano concertos, most of then truly great piano concertos.  You will see [hear] how a Mozart piano concerto in the key of C-Major and one in the key of C-minor have two different moods.

Mozart's piano concerto #25 in C-Major displays a bright happy character.  In the third movement, Allegro, I have here, you will hear a playful, bright mood to it.

Then in the second video, in the opening movement of Mozart's piano concerto #24 in C-minor, you will get a completely different flavor.   Mozart uses the C-minor key to portray an undeniable dramatic, serious mood in contrast to the concerto you hear in C-Major.

Note:  Those familiar with Mozart's C-minor concerto will notice a different cadenza [that begins just before the 11 minute mark] used by the soloist than is usually played.  I believe Mozart did not actually write a cadenza for this C-minor concerto and the one usually played is the one that was written by his student, Johann Nepomuk Hummel.  I am not sure who wrote the cadenza played in this video. 

So, Mozart uses the keys of C-Major and C-minor in two different piano concertos to give two very different moods to the concertos.
Felix Mendelssohn [1809-1847]
From Felix Mendelssohn, I have two beautiful melodic movements from two of his symphonies, one in a major key and one in a minor key, to demonstrate how the key can help determine the mood of the piece:  Symphony #4 in A-Major, known as the "Italian" and his symphony #3 in A-minor, known as the "Scottish".

You can hear immediately the playful happy character in the first movement, Allegro vivace, of Mendelssohn's Symphony in A-Major.

Then from the first movement, Andante con moto - Allegro un poco agitato, of Mendelssohn's Symphony in A-minor you will notice a complete different mood, one of drama, thoughtfulness and seriousness.  

Both of these symphonies are representative of the beautiful melodic nature that all of Mendelssohn's works contain, but with a different mood that their keys help to develop. 
As I say always, please turn up the volume and enjoy this great music from Mozart and Mendelssohn with two of the pieces in major keys and two in minor keys and hear how the keys are the key to the mood.

W.A. Mozart:  Piano Concerto #25 in C-Major, Movement 3, Allegretto:

W.A. Mozart: Piano Concerto #24 in C-minor, Movement 1, Allegro:


Felix Mendelssohn:  Symphony #4 in A-Major-"Italian", Movement 1, Allegro Vivace:

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

Friday, August 28, 2015

Ambassador Michael Oren: "It's About The Future Survival Of The Jewish State"

Repeat post from June 29, 2015

On Sunday's [June 28, 2015] CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" show, Fareed had the great former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, as one of his guests.  

Former Israel Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren
Fareed Zakaria had Michael Oren on to talk about American Israel relations in light of Michael Oren's blockbuster new book, "Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide".   

Along with Michael Oren, Fareed Zakaria had on Martin Indyk, who was president Obama's special envoy of Israel-Palestinian negotiations.  Ambassador Indyk was very contentious to Ambassador Oren's views, and in my opinion, disrespectful to Ambassador Oren as you will see in this video Indyk arrogantly shaking his head no to Ambassador Oren's heartfelt concern that the Iran nuclear deal "threatens the future survival of the Jewish state".

Please turn up the volume and watch these important words by Michael Oren on this very bad Iran nuclear "deal". 

Ambassador Michael Oren's comments on the Iran nuke deal and what that means for the future security of Israel-on CNN's Fareed Zakaria, GPS, Sunday June 28, 2015:

God Bless you, Michael Oren and God Bless Israel!


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Senator Tim Scott Schools Obama What Is Really 'Crazy' About The Iran Deal

On "Your World With Neil Cavuto", substitute host Stuart Varney interviewed Senator Tim Scott, R-SC, asking him what he thought about president Obama referring to those opposing his Iran nuclear deal as "The crazies.".   

Senator Tim Scott,  R-SC
Senator Scott, without returning the name-calling back at Obama [which proved he is a greater man than me], responded by telling Stuart Varney what was really crazy about the Iran nuclear deal. 

This was pure brilliance by Senator Scott, a man I predict has an even bigger and better future ahead in Republican politics.

August 25, 2015: Excerpt of Stuart Varney's Interview with Sen Tim Scott regarding the Iran Nuclear Deal:  

Bravo, Senator Tim Scott!  


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Donald Trump Does Not Speak For Me

I am a conservative Republican who cares deeply that the Republicans take back control of the White House in 2016.  

Donald Trump is leading in many of the state polls and all of the national polls for the GOP nomination for president.  With that reality, Trump has been defining the debate of what issues [or better said one issue of illegal immigration] that the Republican Party should be running on in this election.  With the lack of sustained criticism from the other GOP candidates, he has become like the de facto spokesman for the Republican Party. 

Because of that sad reality, I want it to be known that Donald Trump does not speak for me.  I am specifically talking about Trump's demagoguery that he would round up and deport all of the millions of illegal immigrants here in this country.  

I want to stop the flow of illegal immigration into this country.  Yes, and that means building a fence.  I do not want to grant amnesty with a path to citizenship to any illegal immigrant in this country now.  No one who is not an American citizen [that means those who came here illegally] should ever be allowed to vote.

I, like Trump, do not like the idea of women entering this country illegally just before birth, so that their child is an American citizen and hope their is some law we can craft to stop that from happening.  But for Trump to imply that he can just snap his fingers and end the 14th Amendment is totally unrealistic, that is not going to happen. 

I also do not want to send "ICE" agents around this country searching for illegal immigrants, who have not broken the law while in this country, to send them back to the country of their origin.  That is not practical, that is not reality, that is not right.  

Trump says he does not know how many millions of immigrants are here illegally.  Then how the hell is he going to find them to send them back, and as he adds idiotically, but "the really good ones" he will let them right back in this country.  What does Trump propose, to go around to every family with an Hispanic name and make them prove that they are U.S. citizens?  Or go around to every business and check to see if any of the employees there who have Hispanic names to prove they are U.S. citizens?

Yeah, that's a way to bring Hispanics to consider voting for the Republican Party.  

Come on, don't you remember how mad we get with the demagoguery of Obama and the leftist Democrats who always say to Latino groups that when we [GOP] call for a fence and no amnesty, they will say that we really mean is that want to round up and deport all illegal immigrants.  We rightly get outraged when they say that and loudly say that is a lie.  No Republican is saying that [except maybe Laura Ingraham and Ann Coulter].  But now the GOP candidate who is leading for the nomination is saying that.  We can no longer say no Republican is saying that, but we certainly can speak out against that Republican who is saying that. 

Don't you remember [GOP] how outraged we were at Obama during the debate about the Arizona illegal immigration law, when he told Hispanics, "you will be walking with your son to get some ice cream, and they want to yank you out of line from you crying son to check your papers so they can deport you" [implying if you do not have papers].  That infuriated me how Obama was lying trying to scare Hispanics and divide this country by race for political gain.  It literally made me sick to my stomach.  Now we actually have Trump proposing to round up and deport all of the illegal immigrants. 

I guess Clinton and Trump were on the same page here
Don't you remember how we [Republicans] were outraged at the Bill Clinton administration for sending armed ICE agents into the family of the little boy Elian Gonzales to take him screaming away from his family, and to deport him back to Cuba.  I guess Donald Trump supported getting that illegal alien out of here.  Hmm, maybe that's why Trump has donated money to Clinton.  Oh, of course, if in his benevolence, if Trump deemed Elian to be "one of the good ones", he would quickly get him back in here.

I know this will get me calls of being a RINO, but I will say this.  I am going to support the GOP nominee for president whoever it is.  My last five choices who I really hope do not get the nomination [from the bottom up] are Trump, Paul, Graham, Christie and Jeb Bush.  But if it comes down to Trump vs. Jeb Bush, I will do everything in my power to help Jeb get the nomination.  I want to win in 2016 and Donald Trump [despite his protestations to the exact opposite], I believe, may be the only GOP candidate who can not beat Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden.  

Donald Trump, when you painted with a broad brush that Mexico is "sending" their murderers and rapists here [implying it was all of the illegal immigrants] you did not speak for me.   When you said John McCain was not a true hero of this country because he was captured [and tortured], you did not speak for me.  When you said that you admired those in the military that did not get captured much more than you admired those that did get captured [and were tortured] you did not speak for me.  

And when you, Donald Trump, say that you will round up and deport every single illegal immigrant, man, woman and child, you do not speak for me