Category: Music

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Strange music facts

1. Rossini wrote the aria ‘Di tanti palpiti’ while waiting for some [xxxx] in a Venice restaurant.

2. The song [xxxx] was composed by Gregorio Allegri during the reign of Pope Urban VIII, probably during the 1630s for use in the Sistine Chapel. At some point, it became forbidden to transcribe the music and it was allowed to be performed only at some particular services, thus adding to the mystery surrounding it. Writing it down or performing it elsewhere was punishable by excommunication. The 14-year-old Mozart listened to the piece two times, transcribed it from memory, and produced the first unauthorized copy of the song.

3. Which conductor was born in a house adjoining a laxative factory founded by his grandfather?

4. [xxxx] won a sight reading piano competition by turning his sheet music upside down, playing it, then improvising on one of its themes for thirty minutes.

5. Actor Mel Brooks was a combat engineer during the Battle of the Bulge.… More here ...

You don’t have to like them personally

No, I don’t like her, I don’t like her Fenian politics, her association with and forgiving of mass murderers, I do not like how she then mutilated herself because of her mental illness. But in this song, she is superb and she still looks, at this point, like a girl with some hope. What a tragedy:

I don’t like this person either. … More here ...

Native Russians

In choosing which tracks to play below, I realized you wouldn’t be able to follow the words [probably better that way, there are ladies present], so it was necessary to find some clips which show a little of what the football crowds are finding over there.

Of course it’s contrived – it might happen like that over a day, plus it’s Moscow and they’re not as friendly in the capital – but it brings in enough of the elements to paint a picture. There are plenty of fairly rough men, many of the women are like you see in the clip, an instant party is always one cigarette away. And yes, there often is an accordion player around:

Leningrad are more like our Clash or Oasis – they got into trouble for this song, then gf banned me from listening to it:… More here ...