Archive for August, 2013

August 31, 2013

my heart is in the East, tho’ in the West I live

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August 31, 2013

the Gnomes of Mirabell

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August 30, 2013

August is a wicked month

by ada

Meet Lizzie Borden, the lady who is featuring my one and only literary adventure in August. Even finishing this book was a challenge which I almost failed to complete, so I guess I just go now and find myself a lonely corner to hide in. There I will weep about my rapidly vanishing IQ.

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August 29, 2013

all that you can’t leave behind

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August 28, 2013

Rosenheim

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August 28, 2013

let thine own times as an old story be

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August 26, 2013

beautiful lofty things

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August 26, 2013

Salzburg – the flowers of St. Peter

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August 24, 2013

Steyr

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August 21, 2013

Linz

by ada

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August 17, 2013

I risk my neck to save the bacon

by ada

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August 17, 2013

I see the boys of summer (and a grumpy old cat lady)

by ada

Móricka with coconuts

Milo with sunglasses

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August 16, 2013

poetry in the making

by ada

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August 16, 2013

there is no greater love

by ada
August 15, 2013

M&M

by ada

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August 14, 2013

transit time in Vienna

by ada

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August 14, 2013

wandering lonely as a cloud

by ada

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August 9, 2013

music of the week – Passacaglia from Georg Muffats collection Apparatus Musico-Organisticus

by ada

Georg Muffat was a fellow musician of Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber at the Salzburg court of the Archbishops Max Gandolph Graf von Kuenburg and Johann Ernst Thun, between 1678-1690. He was lucky enough to study both the French and the Italian way of making music (oh those honest and uncomplicated times of the 17th century with only two main trends to compare and to believe in) and to meet the two leading and trend-creating personalities of the era: Jean-Baptiste Lully (yay to the French) and Arcangelo Corelli (hurrah for the Italian). In the preface of his collections Florilegium primum and Florilegium secundum, he gives very detailed instructions* on how to play “in the French manner”, like how to hold the bow, how to place the fingers, etc. He also claimed (himself) to be the very first musician to introduce the French style to the German-speaking part of Europe, which I’m not sure is a historically true statement, but he believed so. Whatever, he did a tremendous job in creating the very beginnings of the so-called “mixed style” which later evolved to the fully completed style of German Baroque.

* that’s what makes me so mad at all those ignorant musicians who claim that we can play Baroque music as we please, because we have no information about the performance practice of the pre-recording times. Because we do have. A lot. More than enough for a lifetime to study. Every time I hear modern pianists and symphonic orchestras play Baroque, I cringe from pain. It should not be that way. Musicians should be educated about music before letting them play that music. I’m a firm believer of thorough education.

August 5, 2013

walking in the sunshine, singing a little sunshine song

by ada

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August 4, 2013

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August 4, 2013

Großglockner Hochalpenstraße – part 3

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August 4, 2013

Großglockner Hochalpenstraße – part 2

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August 4, 2013

Großglockner Hochalpenstraße – part 1

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August 4, 2013

Heiligenblut am Großglockner

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August 3, 2013

a worm tells summer better than the clock

by ada

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August 3, 2013

Salzburg – Sebastiansfriedhof

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