Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Religious Art: Interior of St. Peter's Church, Leiden

My Puritan 9-great-grandparents Francis and Hester Cooke worshiped here during the period when the English Puritans resided in Leiden. Francis sailed with the other Mayflower passengers, and Hester sailed to Plymouth Colony not long afterward. 











Ho Feng-Shan, Righteous Among the Nations

Here's a photo that I took in Vienna along Johannesgasse across from the Wiener Stadtpark and just west of the Intercontinental Hotel. Ho Feng-Shan was saved thousands of Jews during the 1930s by issuing them visas. His actions were honored by Yad Vashem:  https://www.yadvashem.org/righteous/stories/ho.html

The Old Water Tower

A while back, during a visit to my hometown (Vandalia, IL), I walked to the City Park and visited the concrete foundation pedestals for an Illinois Central Railroad water tower. At least, that's what I assume they are. 

When I was a kid, we lived very close to the park, with its swing set, slide, and creek. The middle pedestal has an opening, quite large enough to craw in and use for all kinds of childhood imaginary adventures. I've wonderful memories of meeting buddies in the park and sitting inside that opening. Any of the pedestals were useful for peeing on, in imitation of the cover of The Who's "Who's Next" album. 



Clothes Bin Bag

Aww. My mother had one of these for her clothes pins for the clothes line. I saw this at a local antique mall. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Narcissism, Exceptionalism, Ignorance


Folks either like the president or they find him horrible, and that's not likely to change. But I saw this on Twitter this morning and found it helpful. "...the coronavirus has essentially weaponized Trump's ignorance....Trump is pathologically predisposed to avoid ever learning anything from anyone….which means he is pathologically destined to forever be ignorant of just about every topic. Yet Trump will still project a public image that claims that he knows everything."  

Monday, July 6, 2020

Religious Art: Tree of Life

Pacino di Bonaguida, "Lignum Vitae" (c. 1305-1310).  From: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/2857/1/Pacino%20di%20Bonaguida%27s%20Tree%20of%20Life.pdf Copied under fair use principles. 



Beethoven 250: Chamber Works

From https://oae.co.uk/people/beethoven/
As I explained in the January 24, 2020 post, I purchased the Naxos collection of Beethoven's complete works, which I plan to listen to this year, leading up to Beethoven's 250th birthday on December 16.

I made a little more progress during the past few weeks, passing the halfway point of the 90 CDs. Here are the contents of discs 42-46. ("WoO" means "Werke ohne Opuszahl"---"Works without opus number"---and "Hess" refers to Willy Hess, a Swiss musicologist who compiled a catalogue of Beethoven's works in the 1950s.)
 
42 
Piano Trios in E flat major, Op. 38, WoO 37 and WoO 38, Hess 49  (1791?, 1803?)
Piano Trio in G major, WoO 37 (1786)
Piano trio in F minor (fragment) (1816)

43
Piano Quartets, WoO 36, Nos. 1-3 (1786)

44
Piano Quartet in C major, Op. 16 
Piano Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flaf major, Op. 16

45
String Trios, Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (1798-1798)
Trio Secondo, Hess 28 (1798-1800)

46
String Trio in E flat major Op. 3 (c. 1794)
Finale: Allegro, Hess 25 (early version of the finale of the Op. 3 string trio)
Serenade in D major, Op. 8  (1796-97)

I stopped here, because discs 47-53 contain Beethoven's string quartets, a famous "landscape" of the composer's oeuvre which I've only listed to once or twice, and not lately. 

As I wrote in the last post, Beethoven wrote a lot of chamber music, 31 discs' worth out of the 90 on this set. 

Here is an interesting article about Beethoven's own quartet of instruments: https://tarisio.com/cozio-archive/cozio-carteggio/beethovens-quartet/