More than probably i'll be just a rebloger (since i lack talents XD); but since i have wide and varied tastes you will see a lot of variety aroud here.
So far you will find mostly BBC's "Sherlock". And of course some of my men ;)
Other things that may drop by: art, music, weirdness, geekness, fun, other TV shows....etc etc etc
What you won't find here at all: Irene Adler, Avengers, Hiddleston, Elementary. Specially the last two.
My Contributions: Made By me
My Recomendations: Give it a look
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It’s been a while since i posted a recommendation and all things considered (read Benedict’s Star Trek). I thought this one could be fitting and also a bit of a wink ;P
I want to dedicate this recommendation to my dear Deareje, you know why dear ^O^
(Beware! For those who have not seen the movie this can be called Spoilers XD)
Borodin. Prince Igor. Polovtsian Dances.
This composition is better know by many by its orchestral version (or better said suffered popularized in many instances…), where the chorus, is cut. In this case we won’t be cutting it since it is what gives us the wink of fun.
Borodin was fascinated with medieval historic Russia and specially those parts of the story with Asian influences and flavour. Yes, what this opera tells happened back then in the XII century, more or less. The topic was suggested to him and his answer was
“Your outline is so complete that everything seems clear to me and suits me perfectly. But will I manage to carry out my own task to the end? Bah! As they say here, ‘He who is afraid of the wolf doesn’t go into the woods!’ So I shall give it a try…”
(Plus fantastic advice right there for all)
He wrote it on and off for eighteen years(he died with it unfinished), because at some points, like this piece, he felt “there was not enough drama”. He had it written, but not orchestrated.
Finally Borodin’s friend Rimsky-Korsakov insisted in having this piece represented and
”’In despair I heaped reproaches on Borodin. He, too, was none too happy. At last, giving up all hope, I offered to help him with the orchestration. Thereupon he came to my house in the evening, bringing with him the hardly touched score of the Polovtsian Dances; and the three of us — he, Anatoly Lyadov, and I — took it apart and began to score it in hot haste. To gain time, we wrote in pencil and not in ink. Thus we sat at work until late at night. The finished sheets of the score Borodin covered with liquid gelatine, to keep our pencil marks intact; and in order to have the sheets dry the sooner, he hung them out like washing on lines in my study. Thus the number was ready and passed on to the copyist. The orchestration of the closing chorus I did almost single-handed…’
Just imagining this scene is hilarious! Who said classic music and opera were serious, measured, calculated and boring?!
What’s happening here?
Prince Igor and his son have been captured and his captor (yes i’m not mentioning the name yet on purpose) seeing him depressed and wanting to rise his spirits calls into his slaves to dance and sing to them, and what started as a sentimental moment ends up in an orgy of praises to their master, Khan Kontchak. (There, i said it!) And all in eleven minutes.
It is mainly a vibrant dance number with chorus and orchestration. Heavily driven my rhythm, the instrumentation is amazingly clear. Borodin was not really knowledgeable of the rhythms of the Polovtsy, also his movement was against representing explicit ethnicity, preferring representing general melodic influences to link people to the story. He used bright rhythms and tones making those watching really see it was a party and also feel it.
Borodin himself is quite a surprising and interesting figure.
One of “The Five” of the Russian Nationalist musical movement, he considered himself a “Sunday Composer”. Since his main activity was as that of a chemist and doctor (ex-army surgeon), investigating, teaching and giving lectures, he only composed in his free time.
He was also an active defender of women’s rights. He fought for educational equality and made it happen. Also created the School of medicine for Women in St Petersburg.
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Loved singing this opera.
Despite chorus being only in the second act, it’s a brilliant second act for a chorus; or choruses since the main one in our version was reduced and reduced through it, for the different parts of the developement, until in the end we were just 12 persons, 3 men for high and low voices and 3 of us women in the same positions :) Happy to say i made it to the very last 3! (
oh my pride i can’t control you sometimes XD)
I’m posting this version, one because it’s the whole opera, two because it shows what happens behind the curtain when the acts change and a bit of how the salutations at the end goes (there is much more going on behind the curtain but to see it all, and know how it really is you need to live it ;) ) and three because i loved singing it despite my four arses and extra bustle ^^
Specially check from 0:43:51 to 1:15:48 It’s the second act, the one with the chorus ^^
Had to change the video, this one is older and has worse quality but at least still has backstage and it’s the full opera. Second act in this one 1:06:43 to 1:40:30
X-Japan “Forever Love”
Oh i cried ;_________ ; So so much!
One of my fav songs, ever.
“I’ll never walk alone again, the winds of time are to strong.
Ah, it’s that what you hurts, which you’ll have to live with…
Ah, this tight embrace, and this burning, unchanged heart.
In this ever changing time, love will never change.
Will you hold my heart? Stop flowing tears.
Again, all of my heart is broken….
Forever love, forever dream
Only flowing emotions,bury this intense,
trying, meaningless times.
Oh tell me why … all I see is blue in my heart.
Will you stay with me? Wait until after the wind passes,
all my tears are still flowing…
Forever love, forever dream Stay with me like this.
Hold my trembling heart in the dawn.
Oh stay with me…
Ah, everything good seems to be ending,
in this unending night.
Ah, what else would you lose if nothing at all matters.
Forever love, forever dream, stay with me like this.
Hold my trembling heart in the dawn.
Oh will you stay with me… Until the wind passes,
stay with me again.
Forever love, forever dream, I’ll never walk this path.
Oh tell me why, tell me true, teach me how to live.
Forever love, forever dream, within flowing tears
Bright seasons will forever change again and again ….
forever love… “
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I just felt like i needed to watch this Japanese dorama (drama/tv series) again, and specially this part! It’s called “Nodame Cantabile”and it is wonderful and terribly funny!!!
The story is about overcoming our limitations, in this case in the environment of a conservatory. Also this dorama gave an enormous boost to Classic Music in Japan. And it’s no wonder, they make it close, alive and funny!!
All the people in that orchestra are the worse students in the conservatory, underachievers, and those the teachers had already discarded as useless…until someone gave them a motivation and bothered to pay them attention. The result of marathonian and hilarious rehearsals (that you must watch! XD) managed to bring the result in the video, even given them enough confidence to make the music their own and enjoy it!!!
What they are playing is Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92. Well, parts of it XD
(i can help with where to find it ;))
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And this time a very, very, very original one.
We always hear that Classic Music is something from the past, that in our world it doesn’t really have a place…lies, big fat lies!
And to prove it, here you have
Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra In E Flat minor Op. 1
Yes, you read right, “for Electric Guitar”.
Was composed by Yngwie Malmsteen, very well know guitarrist and bandleader in the world of Heavy Metal music.
He composed all of the music though his compositions were scored by his friend and fellow musician David Rosenthal (and compose means write every single note for every single instrument!). Yngwie wanted to show how modern instruments could fit in a classic orchestra and composition. He picked a Baroque Orchestra to work with since it’s very heavy in strings and therefore fits better with the strong sounds of an electric guitar
The Concerto had originally 12 parts, but when he performed it live with The New Japan Philharmonic, 5 more pieces were added.
The piece i have posted Icarus Dream Fanfare was the original opening of the Concerto but went to be the 4th piece in the live performance.
Here i link another of my favourite pieces Cavallino Rampante
The whole concert can be found in youtube, give it a chance and you will be surprised!
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My SECOND RECOMENDATION
If the first one was ethereal this one is MAGIC and happy ^^
Bedřich Smetana Vltava (The Moldau), is the most famous of the six symphonic poems that are normally recorded together under Má vlast (Homeland).
He was already deaf when he composed this piece, keep this in mind when you listen.
Smetana himself wrote a program to describe the piece:
“The composition describes the course of the Vltava, starting from the two small springs, the Cold and Warm Vltava, to the unification of both streams into a single current, the course of the Vltava through woods and meadows, through landscapes where a farmer’s wedding is celebrated, the round dance of the mermaids in the night’s moonshine: on the nearby rocks loom proud castles, palaces and ruins aloft. The Vltava swirls into the St. John’s Rapids; then it widens and flows toward Prague, past the Vyšehrad, and then majestically vanishes into the distance, ending at the Labe (or Elbe, in German).”
Smetana followed the structure of the river as musical structure, two flutes are the two small springs that flow towards the main river that is also the main string melody, hunting horns are heard in the forest when the river goes through it and a polka is heard when it goes through the wedding (Smetana was one of the first to include this more light/popular music into symphonic music); after this, in the night we will meet the Rusalkas (water nymphs) . Then the music is faster and harsher as the river goes over rapids to finally, after becoming calm again, meet with a majestatic movement the castle symbol of the nation already in the capital to finally leave it behind and keep flowing towards the Elbe.
This piece, more than a listening requires an exercise in imagination. Close your eyes and think you are the Moldau and that in your way towards the Elbe you can see all this, forests, fairies, day and night, you won’t have any problem knowing exactly when you are finally seeing the Vyšehrad castle, and you will understand the spirit of this piece, the magic it has. He was deaf but could still hear the sound of his land.
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