To celebrate Beethoven's 250th jubileum the Berlin Philharmoniker has offered its Digital Concert Hall public a delightful voyage of discovery through the composer's chamber music works. In four parts, this extraordinary musical adventure takes us from early works for winds ensembles to the early, middle and late periods of Beethoven's string quartets. For many of … Continue reading Beethoven in close-up: art of the fugue
Until 28 August the Stadt Museum exhibition, "Stadt der Frauen", offers in sound and pictures twenty biographies of talented, heroic, sometimes outrageous, human beings, who lived in Berlin, all women. As is the case almost everywhere in the world, it is mostly men who have written Berlin’s history. In politics, culture and architecture, they have … Continue reading Berlin, Stadt der Frauen #stadtderfrauen
Altai, by Wu Ming, the story of A Venetian spy in Constantinople… Altai can also be read as another encounter with Gert from the Well…
#deconspiratie Voor wie het nog niet wist of zich herinneren kan. De Turken (Ottomanen ) werkten met Nederland samen tegen Spanje.
Maintaining contacts with William the Silent, Nasi encouraged the Netherlands to revolt against Spain, a major adversary of the Ottoman Empire (the rebellion was ultimately carried out by the Union of Utrecht, as the start of the Eighty Years’ War).
Meer over Nasi in Altja van Wu Ming
We look at the map: in front of us runs the long road, above the shore, bordered by legendary harbours, and wildlife reserves. Here Saint Laurent O'Toole came from green Ireland, and blessed the town where he now rests. Here William took his future young bride, fair Mathilde, to the altar, and then, with his … Continue reading #FiveSentenceFiction: Maps #Valleys #Normandy #Eu #1914
If you could split your time... Your past is both frightening and inspiring; along those avenues and in your museums lie some of the darkest secrets. We remember, yet, often, today's visitors are blissfully ignorant. Your beauty has survived the worse hours of Europe's long history. Those ghosts are our constant companions as we walk your streets, kiss in … Continue reading #DailyPrompt: A Tale of Two Cities ~ #Berlin and #Paris
It looked complicated, and all at once, those who should have known better started circulating the worst stories; it was a cacophony of contradictory statements, false witnesses, and as ever, the mainstream media contributed actively to the confusion. Yet the jigsaw was relatively simple: a young president had opposed the underworld’s evil lords, countered a … Continue reading #FiveSentenceFiction: Pieces
Anathem: (1) In Proto-Orth, a poetic or musical invocation of Our Mother Hylaea, which since the time of Adrakhones has been the climax of the daily liturgy (hence the Fluccish word Anthem meaning a song of great emotional resonance, esp. one that inspires listeners to sing along). Note: this sense is archaic, and used only in a … Continue reading An Aut to Fraa Stephenson, author of Anathem
Viviane, the Lady of the Lake, rules Avalon, the mysterious land of the Arthurian legend. She bewitches young Merlin, the magus, who has fallen in love with her, his teacher. Her gift to the young King Arthur is his sword, Excalibur. She will raise Lancelot, the perfect knight, seeker of the Holy Grail, and for … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: April 13, 2013 ~ The Lady of the Lake
The year is 1956. George Stevens directed the film. Edna Ferber wrote the book. Through the magic of technicolor the hues of the Texan skies reach us, as in a dream. There is evil, of course, but there is love and personal courage also, in abundance, and we know that evil will be overcome. This … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: April 8, 2013 ~ Giant
It may have been this article, or just the sharp frost, this morning, that reminded me of the frozen earth, of the siege of Orléans, of the peasant infantry calling your name in the icy air of the medieval winter, in the year of grace 1429… For us, in our personal Pantheon of Heroes, you … Continue reading #Pantheon~of~Heroes: Jeanne