Archive for November, 2014

November 30, 2014

music for the 1. Sunday of Advent – Heinrich Schütz: Rorate coeli desuper from Kleine Geistliche Konzerte II, SWV 322

by ada

Advent arrived unexpectedly quickly this year and it makes me feel somewhat betrayed. I was so busy with seriously time-consuming life events like taking – and passing – exams, changing jobs and moving between countries, that I had no time for autumn-related delights. I’m also in denial about it being winter already, so I have yet to find my usual enthusiasm for Christmas music.

Considering that I’m no fan of the music of Heinrich Schütz, his motet Rorate coeli desuper from the second book of his collection Kleine geistliche Concerte may not be the best place to start, but we all have to start somewhere. And there is nothing wrong with Schütz. He, besides being one of the most important composers in the history of Early German Baroque music and an important milestone on its – in no way linear – development, was also the composer of the first German opera, Dafne. He was excellent in so many ways I can’t count but all his merits and praiseworthy compositional accomplishments are not enough to make me not hear the modal tunes of Renaissance polyphony in his music. And I just don’t like Renaissance polyphony. I really dislike it. All those madrigals based on modal counterpoint, and such. Definitely not my thing.

And while Schütz certainly did his best to get away from prima prattica and earned his fame as parens nostrae musicae modernae totally justly exactly for doing that, he is not quite there yet. But it’s no long journey to go; only a few decades to wait until Dietrich Buxtehude nails it completely and musica poetica becomes a tool for channelling human emotions instead of being an intellectual dictionary for the practitioners of musical rhetorics.

And now, after my exhaustive attempts to make it really clear why I don’t like this piece, let’s finally listen to it. It is quite sweet, actually.

November 29, 2014

November comes and November goes

by ada

Ape month.

November readings

November 28, 2014


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November 27, 2014

I grow old, I grow old, the garden says

by ada

white flower

daisies 1

dandelions 1

blue flower

November 27, 2014

Esztergom – the pre-exam visit

by ada

Esztergom basilica view 4

Esztergom graffiti

Esztergom graffiti 4

Esztergom 11

Esztergom park 1

Esztergom basilica 2


Esztergom bicycles 1

daisies 3

Esztergom yellow house 1

Esztergom 6

Esztergom blue house 1

Esztergom Molnar sor 2

Danube at Esztergom 1

Esztergom 15

blue houses

Little Danube 4

Esztergom bridge 3

flower 2

Széchenyi tér Esztergom 4

Széchenyi tér Esztergom 13

Esztergom 16

November 26, 2014

Budapest – Kozma utcai izraelita temető (Jewish cemetery at Kozma street), the succulents

by ada

succulent 21

Menczelesz Lajosné 1

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succulent 13

succulent 1

November 26, 2014

Budapest – Kozma utcai izraelita temető (Jewish cemetery at Kozma street), part 2

by ada

chestnut 5

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Izraelita temető 68

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Izraelita temető 70

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Izraelita temető 65

Izraelita temető

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Balas Ferenc

flowers on graves 27

November 25, 2014

Budapest – Kozma utcai izraelita temető (Jewish cemetery at Kozma street), the mosaics

by ada

mogen 1

Izraelita temető 112

lion mosaic 3

sun mosaic 1

November 25, 2014

Budapest – Kozma utcai izraelita temető (Jewish cemetery at Kozma street), part 1

by ada

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Izraelita temető 87

Gries family 1

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Izraelita temető 63

Adler family tree

Izraelita temető 47

Izraelita temető 18

David Eliezer 5

Izraelita temető 50

Izraelita temető 83

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Izraelita temető 96


lovebirds 2

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November 23, 2014

rage, rage against the dying of the light

by ada

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Heroes' Square

November 23, 2014

things that make me happy

by ada

This mini snail I met on my way to work one morning.


This plaque, which I, after having passed it five times a week for the last six months, have finally noticed. It marks the house the Hungarian poet József Attila had once lived in.

József Attila 3

The rainbow I saw from our balcony the other day.

rainbow 4

These pressed flowers I found in a book. They must have been there for the past twenty years.

pressed flowers

These fox earrings (I am slowly but irreversibly turning into a Crazy Cat Lady; a spinster of a certain age, with wild hair, weird clothes and age-inappropriate jewellery).

fox earrings

Autumn. It’s almost gone now so let these pictures stand for All Things Awesome That I Missed Out On This Year.

Liget 2

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November 19, 2014


by ada

Wien 2

Wien 1

Stephansplatz 1

Stephansdom 1

Stephansdom 2

horses at Stephansplatz

Pizza Bizi

Roterturm 1

me in wien

November 18, 2014

Budapest – Budai Arborétum, the upper garden

by ada

Budai Arborétum 71

Budai Arborétum 77

Budai Arborétum 120

Budai Arborétum 32

Budai Arborétum 100

Budai Arborétum 19

Budai Arborétum 50

Budai Arborétum 16

Budai Arborétum 15

Budai Arborétum 14

Budai Arborétum 39

Ormos Imre

Budai Arborétum 79

November 17, 2014

Budapest – Budai Arborétum, the lower garden

by ada

Budai Arborétum 80

Budai Arborétum 68

Budai Arborétum 132

Budai Arborétum 124

Budai Arborétum 41

Budai Arborétum 114

Budai Arborétum 9

Budai Arborétum 90

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Budai Arborétum 101

Budai Arborétum 145

Budai Arborétum 143

Budai Arborétum 43

water lily 4

Budai Arborétum 57

Budai Arborétum 29

Budai Arborétum 31

November 16, 2014

Budapest – Iparművészeti Múzeum (Museum of Applied Arts) – the exhibitions

by ada

wall carpet 3

wall carpet 6

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secession exhibition 3

tiffany lamp 1

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chinese sculpture

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tea warmer doll

dining 1

dishes 1



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sculpture 1

old plate 1

Ipar 2

November 15, 2014

Budapest – Iparművészeti Múzeum (Museum of Applied Arts) – the architecture

by ada

floor 5

ceiling 7

wall 2

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November 10, 2014

Budapest – craft fair at Deák tér

by ada

Hungarian handmade jewellery, drawings and textile work made by various artists and sold by my sister at the craft fair at Deák tér, Budapest. It is open till January 2015.

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November 10, 2014


by ada

Bábszínház 1

November 9, 2014

M&M&The Cat

by ada

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November 8, 2014

October’s bright blue weather

by ada

October was beautiful indeed – too bad I did not have the time to enjoy it. How did I get to read 10 books though,  is a mystery.

The greatest accomplishment of the month? I’ve finally finished reading Lonesome Traveler. It took me exactly the same amount of time as did processing my holiday photos: three and a half months.

I don’t even try to explain myself.

 october readings 1

November 7, 2014

Slovenia – holiday selfies

by ada

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me in Piran 6 (2)

me in Koper 3 (2)

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me in Kranj 3

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me in Izola

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me in Ljubljana 2

November 2, 2014

the cats of Ljubljana

by ada

cat graffii Ljubljana 1

Ljubljana graffiti 27

Ljubljana graffiti 51

panther graffiti

Ljubljana graffiti 1

November 2, 2014

the cats (and dogs) of Piran

by ada

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Ljubljana cat 2

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Slovenian cat

Piran cat 2

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