Posts tagged ‘Dutch’

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.

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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.

June 30, 2012

Scheveningen – SprookjesBeelden aan Zee

by ada

SprookjesBeelden aan Zee (fairytale images by the sea) is a free art project of the Museum Beelden aan Zee in Scheveningen, created by the American artist Tom Otterness. It contains 23 groups of bronze sculptures of (mainly ill-tempered or heavily troubled) figures, and it is pretty amazing.

June 30, 2012

…sweat, tears – or the sea

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June 30, 2012

the cure for anything is salt water…

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June 29, 2012

365/181

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Evening at the beach of Scheveningen.

June 28, 2012

Holland snapshots – part 1

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June 28, 2012

365/180

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That’s how Utrecht Main Station greets its passengers.

June 4, 2012

365/155

by ada

I took this photo from under a bridge while waiting for the storm to pass by. I experienced some pretty hard storms in Holland, from the kind when you are desperately fighting your way against the tornadolike wind, icecold rain pouring cruelly on your face and soaking your clothes through; the wheels of your bike sunk into wildly flowing yellow waters of questionable origin and every meter is a new challenge, because you have to keep your eyes shut (ever tried biking blind? If not, you haven’t lived yet). You get the picture. Just the average Dutch storm in a seaside city, 360 days per year.

Well, this storm of yesterday was comparable to any Dutch storms I ever had the pleasure of making through on the bike.

April 7, 2009

Utrecht

by ada

Utrecht (2)

Utrecht 1

Utrecht Domplein

Utrecht gracht

Utrecht 2

Utrecht café

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