04/25/20 - NNHS Newsletter - César Franck's Symphony in D Minor
“There are so many wonders in this world. However, sometimes when we have
them constantly before our eyes,
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
My Daddy, the late Robert Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) (19 Oct 1907 - 25 Apr 1960) died 60 years ago today, four months before my thirteenth birthday. I miss him. He left me with many truths and fond memories. He had a deep love of classical music, especially the works of Tchaikovsky and Beethoven, which he always played at full volume. I enjoyed sitting at his feet and listening to it with him. Of all the music he shared with me, this was my very favorite. It seemed to me to be a metaphor of life and death and eternity, all the highs and lows and back again. I hope you enjoy it for a radical change of pace.
BONUS - César Franck's Symphony in D Minor
|The Symphony in
is the most famous
orchestral work and the only mature
symphony written by the 19th-century
Cesar Franck. After two years of work, the symphony was completed 22
August 1888. It was premiered at the
Paris Conservatory on 17 February 1889 under the direction of
Jules Garcin. Franck dedicated it to his pupil
César Franck's fame and reputation rest largely upon a small number of compositions, most of them composed toward the end of his life. Of these, the Symphony in D minor was one of his last works. It was first performed only a year before Franck died.
The fact that Franck finally chose to write a symphony is itself unusual, given the rarity of the form in 19th-century France, which considered the symphony a mainstay of German music. It is likely that the genesis of the Symphony in D minor followed upon the success of his influential Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra composed in 1885...
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Lolly Wynne Burke ('57) of Northern VA AND Bobbie Smith Horwitz ('65) of TX!
Birthday tomorrow to
Deanna Steele Capps ('57)
Linda Decell Sorrell ('63)
(d. 13 Aug 2014)
Leslie Decell ('63) of VA
Deanna Steele Capps ('57)
Vicki Bonday Goodhart ('63) of VA
Becky Braswell Branch ('65) of
Birthday this week to:
Happy Birthday this week to:
of VA AND Genis Bird Crowder Hornsby ('54) of VA AND
Barbara Jones ('54);
28 - Marvin Barnes ('65) of VA;
Jesse Miller ('63)
(d. 28 Jan 2016)
Brenda Davis English ('64) of KS
Mike Sagman ('66) of VA;
30 - The Head Cheerleader of 1963, Judy Horton Lindstrom of FL;
01 - The Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX;
02 - Billy Turner ('65) of TX AND My Granddaughter, Rachel Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '14) of UT!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
100 YEARS AGO TODAY:
|April 25, 1920 - World War I: At the San Remo conference, the principal Allied Powers of World War I adopted a resolution to determine the allocation of Class "A" League of Nations mandates for administration of the former Ottoman-ruled lands of the Middle East.|
THIS DAY IN WWII:
|April 25, 1943 - The
Demyansk Shield for
troops in commemoration of
Demyansk Pocket was instituted.
April 25, 1945 - Elbe Day: United States and Soviet troops met in Torgau along the River Elbe, cutting the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany in two, a milestone in the approaching end of World War II in Europe.
April 25, 1945 - Liberation Day (Italy): The Nazi occupation army surrendered and left Northern Italy after a general partisan insurrection by the Italian resistance movement; the puppet fascist regime dissolved and Benito Mussolini was captured after trying to escape. This day was set as a public holiday to celebrate the Liberation of Italy.
April 25, 1945 - The last German troops retreated from Finland's soil in Lapland, ending the Lapland War. Military acts of Second World War ended in Finland.
THIS DAY IN 1970:
April 25, 1970 - Skateboarder, actor, comedian and producer Jason Lee was born Jason Michael Lee in Santa Ana, California.
dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices
determine our actions. The desires we act on determine our changing, our
achieving, and our becoming.”
Dallin H. Oaks,
|Thank you, Joan!|
From Mayim Bialik (North Hollywood High School, CA - '93) of CA - 04/21/15 - "Mourning My Father’s Death":
I am so very sorry to hear this sad news, Mayim! I wish I could tell you that it becomes easier with the passage of time, but I can't. Not really. After (all these) years my heart still aches for my father, too. You and your family have my deepest condolences, and are in my thoughts and prayers.
From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 04/25/20, 6:45 AM:
Good morning on another "Lockdown"
Saturday morning. Saturday morning may, indeed, no longer be
confusing during the "Lockdown" but it doesn't mean we have to
be gloomy. No, walk outside, enjoy the fresh air and think about
what you can do. Maybe there are some outdoor chores that need
to be done. Perhaps the weather is nice and you can just quietly
and enjoy nature around you which always shows excitement if we
just watch it. Then there's a good book or even a good movie to
watch at home with some home popped popcorn. Or how about a
phone call to that old friend you haven't talked to in ages.
Life goes on and be a part of it and not the problem. It's all
about what we put in our minds. Keep that heart of yours open
and it will amaze you what it will give you to do. So, keep the
glass half full, not half empty and here's to a good day. Happy
Thank you, Jimmy!
can see none of you are smugglers; that's why it's so loud.”
(18 Nov 1899 - 12 Mar 1985)
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/14/20, 12:01 AM - "Aww, a miracle, a needlepoint hack & HOPE." (#10 in a Series of 15):
I heard something I found heartwarming and thought I would pass on. People keep stating this is the beginning of a new way of life.
I do not know who to credit it to, but a female voice replied "No, this is just a bad period of time. God will not leave us in a diseased, poor and frightened state." <3 That!
I am hoping this will be it for me for a week or so. The good things we are all seeing, increased humor, kindness, and sweet and encouraging thoughts, to uplift. Let's hope these aspects won't be forgotten, amidst this horrible pandemic.
AWW! Thank you, Shari!
BONUS CROCHET AFGHAN PATTERNS (Sorry; not theme-related):
Wheel Stitch Afghan
a Wheel Stitch Afghan for your next crochet project. This crocheted
pattern is fun and functional. Although it is worked in the round, this
free crochet afghan pattern is actually rectangular in shape. It is
recommended that you have some basic crochet knowledge before starting
this free pattern because you will need to know how to change colors in
crochet, as well as how to crochet the slip stitch, treble stitch, and
back post treble crochet. The finished size is up to you because you
will simply just keep crocheting until it's the right size."
Ridiculously Quick and Easy Crochet Afghan - "Looking for the ultimate lounge blanket? We've found it! Whip up the Ridiculously Quick and Easy Crochet Afghan and prepare to cozy up on the couch. As one of the cuddliest crochet afghan patterns around, the real difficulty with this throw won't be in creating it, but in resisting the urge to lounge around with it all day long. Crocheting four strands of yarn together as one, you'll be snuggling up on your couch in no time!"
BONUS SOUTHERN RECIPES (Sorry; not especially theme-related:
From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 04/24/15:
|An elderly couple was in bed one
night and the woman woke up from a bad dream. She was scared and
Her husband awoke and turned the light on to calm her. He asked what was wrong.
She said, "I had a dream that I died and you got remarried." She asked him, "If I died tomorrow, would you get remarried?"
He said, "Sure, I don’t want to spend the rest of my life lonely."
Then she asked, "Well, would you two live in this house?"
He replied, "Sure, we just got finished paying off our mortgage."
She asked again, angry now, "Well, would she sleep in this bed?"
He snickered and said, "Yes, of course, this bed is brand new and expensive, there's no reason to rid of it."
She asked irately, "Well, would she use my golf clubs?!"
He replied with a straight, serious face, "No. She's left handed."