Archive for September, 2014

September 30, 2014

hail, kind September

by ada

When if, around the end of October, I will drop a casual remark about having failed the state exams both in critical care nursing and anaesthesiology, you will all know why did it happen.

There is definitely such thing as too much Simenon.

September readings

September 29, 2014


by ada

Sutna Kamnik 9

old window Kamnik 4

Sutna Kamnik 5

flower window Kamnik

Kamnik 8

Kamnik 1

Dnevni Center Kamnik

cemetery mosaic Kamnik

Mali Grad Kamnik 4

view Kamnik 2

Kamnik 5

contemporary art Kamnik 1

Kamnik 9

Kamnik 22

Kamnik 21

Kamnik 20

old window Kamnik 2

map of Kamnik

September 28, 2014

Kranj – part 2

by ada

Kranj 18

Kranj 11

Kranj 55

Kranj 29

houses Kranj

old windows Kranj 2

Kranj 26

Kranj 48

bycicle post Kranj 1

boardel Kranj

Kranj 7

sheep graffiti Kranj 1

graffiti house Kranj 3

graffiti house Kranj 1

graffiti house Kranj 2

graffiti house Kranj 5

street art Kranj

street art Kranj 1

September 27, 2014

Kranj – part 1

by ada

Sava Kranj

Kranj 9

Kranj 2

old door Kranj 1

old windows Kranj 1

Kranj 22

Kranj 39

Kranj 44

Kranj 32

Theater Kranj

Kranj 20

Kranj sculpture

pavement poem Kranj

September 26, 2014

Ljubljana – day 7

by ada

mini Ljubljana

Ljubljana 4


Dragon Bridge 1

Butchers' Bridge Ljubljana

Ljubljana 12

Ljubljana 9

Ljubljana spider net 2

Ljubljana bird sculptures

Ljubljana Dragon Bridge

Ljubljana antiquarium

Ljubljana cute dog

Trubarjeva cesta

Ljubljana beach volleyball

Ljubljana 14

Ljubljana shoes

September 25, 2014

Ljubljana castle

by ada

Ljubljana castle 9

Ljubljana castle window

Ljubljana castle church 3

Ljubljana castle church 7

Ljubljana castle 10

Ljubljana castle 3

Ljubljana view from castle 3

Ljubljana castle exhibition 1

Ljubljana castle funicular 1

Ljubljana castle funicular 8

Ljubljana roofs 2

September 24, 2014

Ljubljana – day 6

by ada

trombone player 1

music 5

Ljubljana street musicians 3


Ljubljana 8

Ljubljana 4

Ljubljana 1

Ljubljana 2

September 23, 2014

Izola – part 2

by ada

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houses Izola 6

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Izola ground 3

Izola after rain 1

houses Izola 11

mirror Izola

Izola mirrored

houses Izola 10

harbour Izola 4

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Izola boats

harbour Izola 6

Izola promenade 1

Izola promenade

Izola palm tree

Izola 3

September 22, 2014

Izola – part 1

by ada

Izola after rain 12

Izola shop window 1

Izola shop sign 1

Izola leaves 3

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Izola 9

house and plants Izola 1

Izola after rain 14

Izola 8

Izola 5

Izola leaves 2

Izola 21

music shool Izola

music school windows Izola

clothes 2

Izola 20

house Izola 3

September 17, 2014

Piran – Sonata for flauto traverso and continuo in G major by Giuseppe Tartini

by ada

I was planning to do a Travel Series ever since I visited Burano island, the birthplace of Baldassare Galuppi, father of the musical genre opera buffa, uhm, well, one and a half years ago. My original plan was to complete my poor, abandoned Salzburg Series which, I’m afraid, will remain unfinished (just like some other great works of music history, like Schubert’s Unvollendete Symphonie, haha) and start other new, shiny series (I am bursting with ideas. Jewish Baroque liturgical music! Female Baroque composers! The Devil in music! La Folia! The seasons! Death! Love! Animals!). Oh well. I’m slowly losing all my illusions regarding My Own Self lately and it is time to acknowledge the – rather obvious – fact that I do not have that perseverative, ambitious personality that leads to quick (or rather, any) success. And that I need more time than other, healthy people to accomplish less than other, healthy people. But it’s the will that matters, isn’t it?

So let’s make at least one of my ideas happen and start the Travel Series with Giuseppe Tartini. He was born in 1692 in Piran as the son of the director of the still existing Piran salt mines. He, like most of the musicians of his time, was a man with a thorough education. Besides music he also studied humanities and law. Because he was quite the rebel, he defied the will of his parents who wanted him to become a priest and got married at the age of 18. After this he was forced to flee to Assisi without his wife for three years. That’s where he began to play the violin in an autodidact way and where that memorable encounter with the Devil happened, which resulted in his most famous work, the sonata Il trillo del diavolo (The Devil’s Trill). After years of travelling, he settled in Padua where he spent his life teaching the violin, composing and writing his main and heavily criticised theoretical work, Trattato di Musica, based on (mostly erroneous) mathematical calculations. One of his ideas (or rather observations) proved to be right though and so he discovered the existence of the “terzo suono”, the “third tone”. These are the additional tones that you can hear when an interval of two tones are played at the same time. They are also called combination tones (sum tones or difference tones, depending on if it’s the summation or the difference of the frequencies of the original two tones). This is the basic phenomenon behind the medical examination used to evaluate the hearing capacities of newborn babies and to diagnose tinnitus. So after 300 years, Tartini’s discovery has found a practical use other than tuning the violin. Oh well. A late recognition is better than no recognition at all.

The Piran people are rather proud of the “maestro della nazioni”, as Tartini was lovingly called by his contemporaries for his extraordinary teaching skills (you can read his educational letter to his pupil, Maddalena Lombardini, translated to English by one of my favourite people, the travelling music historian of the 18th century, Charles Burney, here), so they named Piran’s main square after him:

Piran Tartinijev trg

Here is he conducting the Piran roofs, tourists and pigeons in eternity:

Piran Tartini sculpture 1

There is a small exhibition in the house Tartini was born, but it is not allowed to take pictures, so here is the photo of my (rather worn) sandals on the stairs that lead to the exhibition room. Just to prove I was in fact there, haha. (Okay, so these could be any stairs anywhere but believe me. They are real Piranian Tartini stairs. Even if they are neither old nor historical enough to be original.)

Tartini house Piran 1

I was tempted to post a recording of the The Devil’s Trill, because it is a piece of music everybody has heard of, and also because although it is a piece of music everybody has heard of, it is also a melody nobody can actually recall; but mainly because I have a lot to say about the Devil and His deeds. Unfortunately I am a very picky audience and am also very hard to please. Of all the recordings YouTube has to offer I only found one that makes my standards and it abruptly ends a few tacts into the third movement. The other recordings are mostly that middle 20th century kind of crap with overused vibrato and symphonic settings I get nightmares from (while I am an honest admirer of both David Oistrakh and Itzakh Perlman when playing Romantic repertoire, I refuse to listen to them playing Baroque. It hurts so much). So I took comfort in being (or rather having been, once upon a time? Depression really sucks) a traverso player and picked the flute sonata performed by Jed Wentz whom I was Facebook friends with during my carefree, pre-depression times (okay, so during the times I was slowly, painfully slipping into depression over the period of long, long years). It is a nice sonata even if it’s nothing spectacular. Tartini was a great teacher but, obviously, not a very exciting composer.

September 16, 2014

Piran – day 3, part 2

by ada

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dog in window Piran 1

houses Piran

Piran market 1

Piran market 5

Piran fruits

houses Piran 2

Tartini Square Piran 5

boats Piran 3

September 15, 2014

Piran – day 3, part 1

by ada

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church Piran

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Piran plant 3

corner table Piran 1

September 8, 2014

Piran – view from the fortress

by ada

fortress Piran 6

view from fortress Piran 22

sea Piran

September 7, 2014

octopus love

by ada

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Aquarium Piran 5

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September 7, 2014

Aquarium Piran

by ada

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Piran Aquarium 10

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what to do when you encounter dolphins at sea

September 7, 2014

Piran – day 2, part 2

by ada

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Piran 12

Piran houses 9

Piran stairs

Piran windows

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Piran fig

Piran houses 20

Piran stairs 2

Piran Villa Ida

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Piran sea

September 7, 2014

Piran – day 2, part 1

by ada

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graffiti Piran 8

graffiti Piran 2

whale graffiti Piran 1

graffiti Piran 9

graffiti Piran 15

graffiti Piran 16

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Piran 3

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Piran Tartini Square 3

Piran houses 7

ground Piran

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September 4, 2014

evening walk from Portorož to Fornače

by ada

men fishing at Portoroz bay

Portoroz pavement

sunset Portoroz 6


sunset Portoroz 8

September 3, 2014

Piran – view from St George’s Church

by ada

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September 1, 2014

Piran – day 1

by ada

Piran Tartinijev trg 1

Piran Tartini sculpture 1

Piran Tartinijev trg 17

Piran Tartinijev trg 9

Piran Tartinijev trg 3

Piran houses

Piran bay

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Piran sea 6

Piran 6

Piran sea 1

Piran sea 4

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