Archive for July, 2012

July 5, 2012

Holland snapshots – part 2

by ada

July 5, 2012

365/186

by ada

I’m trying really hard not to buy books because I know just too well how complicated moving becomes through having tons of them, and I’m moving quite frequently. I still have things stored in Graz and in Holland. Of course if you do have enough money it’s just fine (everything is fine if you do have enough money, haha) but if you don’t, it ends up being a serious issue. But not buying books is somewhat difficult for me, so I’m really proud of myself, because that’s all my library gained in two months. It could be much worse.

The mirror shows the delicate taste of my landlord. I hate it with my very heart.

July 5, 2012

365/185

by ada

This was the day I began working at 7 am and at 9 am I was already tired enough to take the elevator for going up one floor. This was the day my blood pressure needed four cups of coffee to climb up to the dangerous heights of 110/70. And this was the day I didn’t take any photos at all.

I successfully got over the first half of my Project 365 without missing a day. It is more than I trusted myself at the beginning of the year, so I’m just fine with skipping one.

July 5, 2012

365/184

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My new wallpaper.

July 1, 2012

music of the week (well, more of an undefined period of time) – Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer: Concerto Armonico No. 1 in G major

by ada

I’m enjoying the benefits of the free wi-fi the Dutch National Railway Company provides us with and using my last hours in The Netherlands to post some musical actuality. Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer was a Dutch diplomat and composer of the first half of the 18th century, who lived in The Hague. His family name originates from the city of Wassenaar, that is now part of The Hague (actually, that’s the district The Really Rich People live). Since in his society circles composing music was sort of uncool*, he didn’t want to publish his works under his own name but anonymously, so his main work, the Concerti Armonici was attributed first to Carlo Ricciotti, a violin player of the The Hague Court Orchestra and later to Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. Wassenaer remained “the mystery composer” until 1980 when a letter was found at his birthplace (well, actually birthcastle) that reveals his identity as the composer of named concerti.

* you would think that those times are already passed and being a composer is really cool nowadays, but I have to warn you that there still are society circles obeying the same rules. Just look at my father, for example. He, being a mathematician himself, holds the strong opinion that musicians are “no worthy people”. That’s why I studied nursing first before I went bohemian, haha.

July 1, 2012

365/183

by ada

I’m heading back to Salzburg today. While I didn’t manage to accomplish all the things that would be necessary for reducing the chaos in my life, I still enjoyed the past three days very much.

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