December 29th, 2007

The arrangement of Bach

Bach (pronunciation) wrote his Choral for organ BWV659, Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland. A rather nice interpretation is on youtube. Never mind the boring video, it is a audition for the Geneva conservatoire, so fiddling with a camera would probably NOT be a good idea.

Then, more than a century after Bach’s death Italian composer Busoni came along. He (oh blasphemy) arranged quite a few pieces of Bach for piano. Remember that in Bach’s time, the harpsicord and organ, both non-dynamic instruments, meaning, impossible to change the volume by the way of playing, were the prevalent keyboard instruments and only late in his life, the Silbermann piano, predecessor of the modern piano, gained ground. Here is late Vladimir Horowitz romantic interpretation, played in his own home. It’s a cut out from a 1.5 hours documentary.

But I prefer the straight audio, here played by the then only 17 year old Joseph Kingma. Here is the beautiful score from the same website.

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I love this, listen to it every day, a soul connection.

December 29th, 2007

The hole in the ground

There are a three earthly things I would like to do in this life, some more achievable than the other. One of them is visit Yellowstone. This morning, as I was flipping through some links and photo’s I knew again why.

Morning glory pool

December 29th, 2007

The dancing house

A nice international connection. In Praha (Prague), Dutch bank ING, always strong in building very strong architectural buildings (see here and here) had Canadian and a Croatian-Czech architect build “The dancing house”, depicting Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.

The dancing house

Image by wikipedia. More info here and here. Thanks Arrakeen.