Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No.14, “Moonlight Sonata” - a testament.
(Painting by Hermann Junker of Ludwig van Beethoven composing at a piano)
"We all fell victims of the clever marketing ploy by Beethoven’s publisher, didn’t we?
Ever since this Sonata was published with this title, we keep imagining something very romantic: a moonlit landscape, perhaps a lake with gentle waves reflecting the moon, a boat , lovers… If we stop and think for a moment - where is the melody here and what is it? The answer is simple enough. It is a funeral march; don’t let those lulling triplets dissuade you. It is a funeral march. Just a short time before Beethoven wrote a letter addressed to his brothers, friends. In that letter he admitted that he had lost his hearing and the prognosis was dismal. He called the letter a “testament”, it can also be called a suicide note. He never sent out the letter but he poured his feeling out in his music.”
- Valentina Lisitsa
Did you know?
Fritz Kreisler reportedly said after hearing a young Jascha Heifetz for the first time: "Well, I guess we might as well break our violins over our knees now"
Jascha Heifetz and Fritz Kreisler were both born on Feb. 2 - Kreisler in 1875 and Heifetz in 1901. They each set new standards for the art of playing the violin. Kreisler’s trademark was sweetness, warmth and humanity. Meanwhile, Heifetz, through his bowing technique and superhuman speed, achieved a level of virtuosity that is still unmatched.
'Lesbian Pulp Fiction was popular in the 1950′s – mid 60′s. At the time it was really the only information for, or about, lesbians and became quite popular, though still slightly underground. Small publishing houses like Brandon, Beacon and especially Midwood really hit the market. When you look at these covers, almost always, the dark haired woman in the illustration is the boss and the blond has been ’turned’ into a lesbian by her.'
"Lesbian Love - Can it ever be condoned?"
Did you know?
Franklin D. Roosevelt smoked cigarettes, John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton smoked cigars, Gerald R. Ford preferred a pipe.
Women of Protest: A Feminist History Refresher
It wasn’t until 1920 that women were granted suffrage, but it was 1917 when members of the National Women’s Party — Alice Paul, Lucy Burns and others — picketed outside the White House, burning copies of Woodrow Wilson’s speeches and demanding the right to vote. What resulted — mass arrests (most for “obstructing traffic”), unlawful imprisonment and bloody beatings — became known as the Night of Terror, though it’s fair to say most among my generation don’t know it.
The Night of Terror took place on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Workhouse Prison, in Occoquan, Virginia, ordered his guards to teach the suffragists a lesson. For weeks, the women’s only water had come from an open pail. Their food had been infested with worms. But on this night, some 40 prison guards wielding clubs beat the women senseless — grabbing, dragging, choking, kicking and pinching them, according to affidavits recounting the attacks.
“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”
- Coco Chanel
A Word From The Wise:
- “If you copy, it means you’re working without any real feeling. No two people on earth are alike, and it’s got to be that way in music, or it isn’t music.” - Billie Holiday
- “When I sing, trouble can sit right on my shoulders and I wouldn’t notice.” - Sarah Vaughan
- “The only time that I am really truly happy, when I feel my best, is when I’m on stage.” - Etta James
- “Everything that happened to me as a child involved music. It was apart of everyday life, as automatic as breathing.” - Nina Simone
- “Being a singer is a natural gift. It means I’m using to the highest degree possible, the gift God gave me to use. I’m happy with that.” - Aretha Franklin
- “I am always aware that there’s an audience out there, and as a performer, I have to make a warm connection. People want to see as song as well as hear it.” - Nancy Wilson
- “I’ve been happily married to my profession for years.” - Shirley Bassey
- “I do not have an act, I just do Eartha Kitt. I want to be whoever Eartha Kitt is until the gods take me wherever they take me.” - Eartha Kitt
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Blaxploitation or blacksploitation is a film genre which emerged in the United States in the 1970s. Those films were originally made specifically for an urban black audience, although the genre became also popular to a mainstream audience. Blaxploitation movies were the first to regularly feature soundtracks of funk and soul music as well as primarily black casts, one of the most famous ones was “Shaft” from 1971.
"Blind faith in your leaders, or in anything, will get you killed."
“Eye miniatures came into fashion at the end of the 18th century. In France, where eye miniature seems to have originated, the eye as symbol of watchfulness was adopted by the state police for buckles and belts. In Britain it had a role as a love token, with some eye miniatures glistening with a trompe-l’oeil tear, or a diamond set to imitate a tear. Most eye miniatures are unsigned, due to the minuteness of the background, and often the name of the person whose eye is depicted is unknown.”
- Victoria and Albert Museum
In 1921, Coco Chanel asked perfumer Ernest Beaux to create something that “smells like woman.” The resulting elixir would become the world’s most iconic fragrance. An instant sales success when it was born, Chanel No. 5 remains the grande dame of perfume sales to this day, with a bottle sold worldwide every 30 seconds.
Marilyn Monroe famously stated; “What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course.” She helped to make this fragrance famous.
Donyale Luna became famous in the 60s as the first African American International model on the covers of major fashion magazines like Vogue or Harpers Bazaar, and also was part of Andy Warhol’s factory.
Happy Birthday Michael Jackson (1958-2009)
"If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with."