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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Weekend Musical Interlude

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Enjoy String Quintet In C Major D.956, sometimes called the "Cello Quintet," by Franz Schubert (1797–1828):

Janine Jansen - violin, Boris Brovtsyn - violin, Amihai Grosz- viola, Torleif Thedéen - cello, Jens Peter Maintz - cello

Information about the above piece, Schubert's last chamber piece, composed during the last year of his life and not publicly performed until well after the composer's death.


  1. a little heavy for me today, but then again String Quartets are not my most acquired taste to date!

    1. One learns to appreciate the beauty and importance of these great works by subjecting himself to repeated contact with them. It helps a great deal if this process is begun in childhood by parents, teachers and older friends who take serious interest in a child's development.

      Reading ABOUT great music, or those who composed it, won't help much, but –– unless you are tone deaf and can't carry a tune in bucket ;-) –– the music, ITSELF, will eventually get through to you, I promise.

      There's nothing wrong with developing an acquired taste, as long as it's a GOOD one.

      It's hard, I know, because our popular culture either ignores or derides all forms of Higher Thought and Spiritual Significance in favor of vulgar, materialism and crude, sensationalistic garbage.

      Please for you own sake KEEP LISTENING.

      AOW provides a great service in periodically providing access to these sublime things that transcend politics and all earthly cares and thus transport us to realms far closer to Heaven than anything else i know on earth.

  2. AOW, I'm a big Schubert fan....thanks for posting this....
    have a great weekend.


    What is YOUR understanding of the phenomenon they're calling "SUPER DELEGATES?"

    Apparently, this fairly recent invention of the ever-scheming De-MOCK-rats (;-) is designed to THWART The Will of the People by cleverly undermining Majority Rule.

    I think the country ought to discuss, dissect, scrutinize, and hopefully DEFEAT this D'Rat machination by having it declared unconstitutional.

    What's "constitutional" these days, you ask? Apparently anything a sitting president and the Supreme Court want to SAY it is. The definition of constitutionality has become as fluid as the blood seeping from a fresh cutlass wound on the body politic.

    What do YOU think, –– and more important –– what do you KNOW ––, about the existence of SUPER DELEGATES and the effect they have on our electoral process?

    1. FT,
      The use of Super Delegates exists so that the Party elites and the big donors can manipulate the nomination process.

      In other words, circumventing the will of the people.

      For that reason, I rarely vote in Presidential primaries. I know that my vote does not really count!

    2. FT,
      I wish that you could access your blog so as to publish matters you find important front and center.

    3. FT,
      BTW, if you wish to discuss such matters, you can comment to related posts at Infidel Bloggers Alliance. Posts there will definitely interest you.

    4. The super delegate has been used for about 40 years and while I don't think it was the intent originally it can act as a buffer against grass roots activism.
      Would be interesting to see what would happen if Sanders happened to win the majority of the regular delegates.

      As for a Constitutional argument, why does the right trot that out every time they run into something they don't agree with?
      The Constitution doesn't even guarantee the right to vote. Why would it be a factor in how a political party constructs its rules?

  4. Bunker called it "heavy," but I find string quartets and chamber music just the opposite.

    It's the big symphonic works I find heavy, impenetrable and even oppressive. I have sat through some symphonies, and I liked them because I was able to read about them ahead of time or talk to someone knowledgeable who could explain to me what is going on and put the piece in historical context. Shostakovich #5 was one such symphony I sat through, and it was moving.'

    However, for just sitting around and having some pleasant music, its gotta be some light baroque or chamber music.

    1. I also prefer other forms to symphonic pieces. I do especially like quartets, just a matter of temperament, I guess.


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