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The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn is Played at the Marriage of Queen Victoria’s Daughter and Friedrich of Prussia

English: Theme of the Wedding March, from Mend...

English: Theme of the Wedding March, from Mendelssohn’s incidental music Ein Sommernachtstraum, Op. 61. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On January 25, 1858, The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn is played at the marriage of Queen Victoria’s daughter, Victoria, and Friedrich of Prussia, and becomes a popular wedding recessional. This is the best known of all the of Mendelssohn’s pieces. Mendelssohn usually played for Queen Victoria and her family when he was visiting Britain.
The works of William Shakespeare was very popular. In 1826, Mendelssohn saw A Midsummer’s Night Dream and was so inspired he wrote an overture for his employer, King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia. He was later commissioned to write accompanying music for a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that was to be staged in 1843 in Potsdam for Marius Petipa for a ballet. The earlier music he had written was incorporated into concert music. Petipa had worked with Tchaikovsky on Swan Lake. This was the period of musical Romanticism which was between 1815 and 1910 and this particular piece of music is a monument to the period as well as the genre.
The creation of the recessional that is used today was done by both Franz Liszt and Vladimir Horowitz who both at one time both transcribed the “Wedding March and Dance of the Elves” to be played for piano in to what it is today. Shakespeare’s creativity inspired other artists, and helped bring out their out creativity that changed the world.

Here is the Wedding March by Mendelssohn from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.




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Rosa Ponselle was Born

Rosa Ponselle em foto de estúdio de 1918.

Rosa Ponselle em foto de estúdio de 1918. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The Queen of Queens in all of singing.”
Luciano Pavarotti, tenor.

Rosa Ponselle was born on January 22, 1897, in Meriden, Connecticut, to Italian immigrants from Caiazzo, near Caserta. She was the youngest of three children. They lived at the corner of Lewis Avenue and Bartlett Street, then on Foster Street, and when she was three they moved to Springdale Avenue. She had a naturally gifted mature voice, and took piano lesion with the local music teacher, Anna Ryan, who was also the organist of a nearby Catholic church. She decided very soon on she wanted to become a cabaret singer. She billed herself well and was soon performing ballads all around the area and performing as a silent-movie accompanist.

In 1912 she did vaudeville, performing in The Girl from Brighton, a 1912 Broadway musical. She became so well known she was soon performing a long-term engagement at the San Carlino theater in New Haven near Yale University. She and her sister Carmela also performed on the vaudeville circuit as the Ponselle Sisters until 1918 when the split the act and the great tenor Enrico Caruso persuaded Rosa to audition for the Metropolitan Opera.

On November 15, 1918, Rosa Ponselle debuted at the Met as Leonora in Verdi’s La forza del destino, opposite Caruso. She received rave reviews from New York Times critic James Huneker. She went on to perform numerous operas.
This was the part she was born to play; the voice of an opera singer. All she knew was that she wanted to sing on stage. All she needed to do was to find where she fit.
Here is Rosa Ponselle performing “Suicidio!” which shows her range, timbre, pianissimo




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It is Gypsy Rose Lee’s Birthday!

Gypsy Rose Lee, full-length portrait, seated a...

Gypsy Rose Lee, full-length portrait, seated at typewriter, facing slightly right / World Telegram & Sun photo by Fred Palumbo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have always loved the musical “Gypsy Rose Lee”, as this is the real life Gypsy Rose Lee’s Birthday. She was born Rose Louise Hovick on January 9, 1911 to Rose Hovick (née Rose Evangeline Thompson) and Norwegian-American John Olaf Hovick. She also had a younger sister, Ellen Evangeline, better known as June Havoc on the vaudeville circuit.

It was a hard life for Gypsy Rose Lee, or Louise as she was called, and she was always playing a secondary role to her sister June. It was their mother, and the girls, and the boys they hired as backup singers. The girls eventually outgrew the act but Rose insisted because it was such a hit, than June ran off with one of the backup singers. Then it was just Louise and her mother. They were always scrounging for money. Times were hard. Louise was able to sew so she created the costumes and mended them as needed. Then her mother got her a booking at Minsky’s Burlesque. Louise knew they needed the money, but this theater known for its strippers. Louise got into one of her fancy outfits and hopped on stage. She was very nervous, for one, because she had never stripped before, but she talked to the girls backstage and they told her all about their routines. The rest is history.

Gypsy Rose Lee worked as an actress, and was able to fulfill other passions in writing. She performed in movies. She wrote three books, The G-String Murders, (which was made into a film shortly thereafter titled Lady of Burlesque); Mother Finds a Body and Gypsy: A Memoir. She also wrote a play entitled The Naked Genius.

Lee married three times; she even had a son, Erik Lee Preminger, and son of film director Otto Preminger. She was a political activist. She loved art and received art as gifts from many of her admirers.

The road in which she traveled, it would have appeared as if stripping was what she was suppose to do. If she hadn’t tried, she would have never have gotten to try and succeed at all the other things she did. She only really did because her family needed the money to survive. Now I am not saying that you should go and start stripping because that is where Gypsy Rose ended up, because you still have to remember, then came there thinking that they were going to perform vaudeville.

Here is Gypsy Rose Lee performing one of her routines edited of course.





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Elvis Aaron Presley was Born

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Promotional photograph of Elvis Presley, taken in 1954. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Elvis Aaron Presley was born January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi to Vernon Elvis Presley and Gladys Love Presley (née Smith). In school, Presley was always strumming a guitar that was given to him for his birthday and although shy at first, with a little help he was soon singing. In November of 1948, they moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where Elvis was raised on the blues. He loved listening to the jukebox, which had a whole bunch of country songs, and he soon knew the songs by heart.

Everyone talks of the tale when he went to Sun Records to pay studio time to record a record for his mother for her birthday. He sang “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin“, some say he was hoping to be discovered. The songs may have sounded beautiful but maybe the sound just wasn’t his own. Presley was presenting the popular sound that everyone was use to hearing, and from him apparently it sounded like nothing particularly special. He auditioned for lots of acts and received many rejections. Elvis worked at his sound and his moves. He grew up listening to Southern Gospel, the Blues, Country, and spiritual music.

Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Records called him back, he thought he heard something, but when he and the backup band played the ballads, he wasn’t getting the sound he wanted. He wanted a southern black sound. They played, played, and still no sound. Phillips told Elvis and the boys to take a break. Elvis started relaxing and started playing “That’s All Right”, and there was the sound Phillips was looking for. Not long after that Elvis gave his first live performance at the Bon Air Club. He would be shaking his hips and the girls would be screaming. The crowd was wild.

The Elvis Presley sound became so big, well, you know, he became the King of Rock and Roll. He had many number one singles including “Jailhouse Rock” which I am sharing with you. Presley ran into a few problems with his moves, apparently they were found in some ways to be a little too sexual and needed to be censored. He didn’t only love to sing, he grew to love acting. I loved watching  all his movies including Viva Las Vegas with Ann-Margret and Blue Hawaii as crazy as they were.  But when you listen to him sing “Love Me Tender” you could just melt.




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Silent Night was First Performed on Christmas Eve in 1818

Silent Night was first performed on Christmas Eve in 1818 at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, a village on the Salzach river in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria. It was composed in by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr.

Mohr worked as a coadjutor in 1816, when he came up with the lyrics to Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht as it is said in German or Silent Night, while working for his father in Mariapfarr, in the Salzburg Lungau region. Franz Xaver Gruber, was the schoolmaster and organist in Arnsdorf, and Mohr asked in to write a melody for his lyrics. After the melody was written, they performed it together at St Nicholas parish church.

Silent Night as been translated and sung in over 140 languages.

This song touches our hearts, thinking of family and love. Religion is only part of the story of this song. It reminds me of times with my family, since the song is the story of a family. Whether or not you are religious, the song speaks of love, Christ is only part of this story. What you feel is the rest.

Below is Bing Crosby and the Bob Mitchell Boy’s Choir singing Silent Night.




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The Nutcracker Premiered December 18, 1892 in St. Petersburg

On Sunday, December 18, 1892 in St. Petersburg at the Mariinsky Theatre, The Nutcracker premiered on a double bill with Tchaikovsky’s opera, Iolanta. They performed the libretto which was choreographed by Marius Petipa.

Alexandre Dumas most notable for his works, The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers in 1844 made a revision of E.T.A. Hoffmann‘s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, which was adapted for ballet for Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Dumas wrote took many of the stories he wrote and adapted them into plays and opened the Théâtre Historique. Tchaikovsky was commission by Ivan Vsevolozhsky to compose the Nutcracker and he worked with Petipa in cooperation in creation of the ballet.

The players included the Sugar Plum Fairy, Prince Coqueluche, Nutcracker-Prince, Drosselmeyer and Clara. The children’s roles were performed by real children. Now the roles of often performed by adults.

Tchaikovsky’s music is wonderful in the telling of the story, and if you haven’t seen the performance of the Nutcracker on stage, you should try to make it a point, it is of sheer delight. The performance of ballet is elegant and beautiful. Ballerina’s can move across the stage as if they were butterflies.

Here is The Nutcracker at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, thankfully not in 1892. Enjoy the show!






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The Premier of Symphony No. 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven

On December 8, 1813, exactly two hundred years ago today, Ludwig van Beethoven premiered Symphony No. 7 in Vienna at a Charity concert for the wounded soldiers at the Battle of Hanau. He conducted on orchestra, which was said to have some of the finest of musicians in attendance. Beethoven’s friend, Ignaz Schuppanzigh led the orchestra. Schuppanzigh is a violist and teacher of Beethoven.

The instruments scored for Symphony No. 7 are two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, two horns, two trumpets, timpani, and strings. Beethoven dedicated the symphony he created to Count Moritz von Fries. This symphony is in four movements and was composed between 1811 and 1812.

This classical music composition which in its tells us a story in notes and chords, using musical instruments to let our mind wander, or just sit back and read a book. This music provides inspiration, thought and drive. We do not always need music to have words to have great expression. We needed classical music to bet to rock and roll. Without classical music, there would be no hard rock at all.

Now days it is so easy for us to listen to music whether we turn on YouTube or our mp3 player, or stereo, or even or television. It is there at a touch of a button. Beethoven worked with much less, to give us so much. The notes dance across time and space when the symphony is played. Every time his music is heard, it is as if he is still here. The music came from inside of him to us. An early holiday gift and definitely something to be cherished perhaps while doing chores, cooking dinner, or pondering the world (something we all do at one time or another).

Considering there was no electricity, and he was working with a harpsichord, or by piano and by candlelight to create the works of art he gave us. He slaved and slaved to pull the music out of his soul. The Symphony was taunted him because it wanted to be written and it would probably not let him sleep until he had it all down on paper. Beethoven was up night after night, things coming to him in his sleep. He probably dreamed about symphonies. The symphony is forty minutes long so I am sure it took him hours to get it on paper and then to edit it and get the perfect notes and melody. The endless hours of working on a masterpiece, making sure it is pure perfection.

Everything was practice, and testing, to make sure it sounded it, as it was suppose to. This work of art is a fine creation that should be remembered, and listened too. Today, you are a member of the audience listening to Beethoven’s premier of Symphony No. 7. Below you will find the complete symphony. Enjoy!




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Top 5 Videos of People Standing Up for Friends

1. Scene From The Breakfast Club


The group covers for Bender

2. Scene from Beverly Hills 90210

Donna Martin is not graduating with her class, and she is not allowed to take her finales, all because of a new rule.

3. Stand By Me

Gordie stands by Ace

4. Neil’s Puppet Dreams

Neil has fallen in love with a puppet but the other puppets won’t let him have her.

5.  Pippin

The finale of the musical.




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All You Need is One Person

I told my boyfriend my recent Post One Voice  and he said it reminded him very much of the The Muppet Jim Henson‘s funeral tribute. So that I wish to share with up.



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One Voice

Once voice can make a difference and I am not going to mention the unmentionables (which were later reported to be lies) for example: One vote gave Adolf Hitler leadership of the Nazi Party , which was later debuned in Snopes from Dear Abby.

Barry Manilow wrote the song, ‘One Voice‘ which gives a better description.  Here is the first stanza plus a little extra:

Just One Voice,
Singing in the darkness,
All it takes is One Voice,
Singing so they hear what’s on your mind,
And when you look around you’ll find
There’s more than
One Voice,

Singing in the darkness,
Joining with your One Voice,…

This passages can say many things, or can be used in many circumstances.

It’s about standing up for yourself, for others and for making a difference. It is also about believing.

When you lose because someone rigs the system in their favor illegally you have to get mad, and to do what Elle Woods said in Legally Blonde 2, Speak up. That one voice speaking up in the darkness, soon becomes many voices in the light. If that never happens how do you never whether or not you can win.  That person risked the law by breaking it, if you don’t take a risk by doing something but by following the law, you’ll never know if you can win. Sometimes it is done by voting, sometimes it done by speaking up. If you don’t do anything you will always lose.

Please enjoy Barry Manilow singing One Voice


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