American Priests’ Rome Dance-Off

This made me smile a lot 🙂

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The Life of the Artist: Ralph Lauren

This is one of the best depictions of the life of the artist that I have ever witnessed. Ralph Lauren captures all the adventure, fears, and excitement one feels when he or she comes to create. He says something that has been communicated by Stravinsky, Michelangelo, Beethoven, all artists that have striven to work with integrity. If you seek to be creative yourself, in life as in art, I hope this video inspires you.

Ralph Lauren: In His Own Words

Debussy Collection

Turns out there was an entire collection of first editions of Debussy’s piano works. My sister is in a piano doctorate program, so I’m going to show them to her to see if she would like to use them for her research. It’s fun to have these all in one place at my house right now 🙂

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Children’s Corner

So today at one of the schools that I teach at I was looking through some music that was donated to us and came across some sheet music with a very interesting cover:

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It is a collection of pieces by Claude Debussy, one if my all time favorite composers. The pieces are very well known: “Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum”, “Golliwogg’s Cakewalk” among others. I was immediately intrigued because of the date of the publication, 1908, which was during the composer’s lifetime. Turns out that this is a first edition, published in Paris by A. Durand & Fils. I don’t know yet how many of these were published but I love primary sources so this is an exciting find and I’ll be sure to get it to someone who would like to use it for further research.

I love the inscription on the inside from the composer which reads, “To my dear little Chouchou, [the nickname of the composer’s daughter], with tender apologies from her father for what follows”. As if these pieces needed any excuse! But a loving inscription nonetheless.

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Bach and Extraterrestrials

I heard today on the radio that J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 was one of the pieces chosen to be taken into outer space by the Voyager spacecraft, in hopes that extraterrestrials would find it. Amongst other pieces from around the world, the Brandenburg was chosen to represent Earth because of it’s optimism. Really cool. You can go to this link for the list of all the pieces Voyager took outside our solar system: http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/spacecraft/music.html