- NNHS Newsletter - Danse Macabre
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Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
I just love this delicious sound file I found a few years back. As it lasts about nine minutes, I did not loop it.
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyknBTm_YyM - Camille Saint-SaŽns - Danse Macabre
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LupmmElMoI - Camille Saint-SaŽns - Danse Macabre
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9rn-HQzGf8 - SAINT-SAňNS' Danse Macabre - The Florence Piano Duet - Sara Bartolucci & Rodolfo Alessandrini
Op. 40, is a
tone poem for orchestra, written in 1874 by
Camille Saint-SaŽns. It started out in 1872 as an
piano with a French text by the poet
Henri Cazalis, which is based in an old French
superstition. In 1874, the composer expanded and reworked the piece
into a tone poem, replacing the vocal line with a solo violin.
According to legend, "Death" appears at midnight every year on Halloween. Death calls forth the dead from their graves to dance their dance of death for him while he plays his fiddle (here represented by a solo violin). His skeletons dance for him until the rooster crows at dawn, when they must return to their graves until the next year. The piece opens with a harp playing a single note, D, twelve times (the twelve strokes of midnight) which is accompanied by soft chords from the string section. The solo violin enters playing the tritone (or "Devil's interval") consisting of an A and an E-flatóin an example of scordatura tuning, the violinist's E string has actually been tuned down to an E-flat to create the dissonant tritone. The first theme is heard on a solo flute, followed by the second theme, a descending scale on the solo violin which is accompanied by soft chords from the string section. The first and second themes, or fragments of them, are then heard throughout the various sections of the orchestra. The piece becomes more energetic and at its midpoint, right after a contrapuntal section based on the second theme, there is a direct quote played by the woodwinds of the Dies irae, a Gregorian chant from the Requiem Mass that is melodically related to the work's second theme. The Dies irae is presented in a major key, which is unusual. After this section the piece returns to the first and second themes and climaxes with the full orchestra playing very strong dynamics. Then there is an abrupt break in the texture and the coda represents the dawn breaking (a cockerel's crow, played by the oboe) and the skeletons returning to their graves.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Belated Birthday yesterday to Nancy Bigger Alligood ('56) of VA AND Mary Blandford McGehee ('62) of LA!
Happy Birthday today to Ray Barnes ('65) of VA AND Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
31 - Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA;
01 - Russ Stephenson ('57) of MD AND Colin Faison ('58) of VA;
02 - John Clark ('57) of VA;
04 - Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA;
05 - Patsy Blackard Hallett ('65) of VA AND My Son of Other Parents, Joe Mansfield (Stanton College Prep School, FL - 2002) of MD AND My Grandson, Tom Harty of TX!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
October 29, 1941 - Holocaust: In the Kaunas Ghetto over 10,000 Jews were shot by German occupiers at the Ninth Fort, a massacre known as the "Great Action".
October 29, 1942 - Holocaust: In the United Kingdom, leading clergymen and political figures held a public meeting to register outrage over Nazi Germany's persecution of Jews.
October 29, 1944 - The city of Breda in the Netherlands was liberated by 1st Polish Armoured Division.
October 29, 1948 - In Germany, a 30 day valid "Interzonepass" was
required to travel between the different sectors.
October 29, 1989 - A public mourning, involving over 20,000 East Berliners, was observed with a minute of silence for the people who had been killed while trying to flee over the Berlin Wall.
October 29, 1996 - An auction was held to sell the artwork that had been stolen by the Nazis during the German occupation of Austria during World War II.
THIS DAY IN 1962:
|Monday, October 29, 1962 - Musician Einar ÷rn Benediktsson (The Sugarcubes) was born in ReykjavŪk, Iceland.|
NEW ITEMS FOR THE SITE:
From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 10/28/12 - "Thank You":
|I can't use email,
just my phone. Want to thank those wonderful Typhoons that have come to
my aid. You can't even imagine how this has touched me and helped me.
You have BIG BIG hearts.
FABULOUS! Are they not the best?!? Thanks, Jamey, our prayers and best wishes continue for you!
"It isn't as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don't worry. I say that to myself every morning. It will all work out. If you do your best, it will all work out. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. He will not forsake us....If we will put our trust in Him, if we will pray to Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers."
Gordon B. Hinckley, 01 Mar 1997
From Terry Seay ('67) of TN - 10/28/12 - "NOVEMBER HOUSE CONCERTS - RSVP Now for All Events":
NOVEMBER HOUSE CONCERTS
Bring Covered Dish to Share Ė Your Own Drink - $15 Cover to Songwriters
RSVP Now for All Events to:
∑ November 3
Adam Gregory Ė Joe West Ė Bill Di Luigi
o Special Guest: Tiffany Johnson
∑ November 10
o Stephen Dale JonesĖMark D SandersĖJamie Floyd
o Special Guest: American Idol - Molly Hunt
∑ November 17
o The Cumberland Collective (Mike Willis & Friends)
o Special Guest: Buck Johnson and His Band
|SUPER-DE-DUPER! Thanks, Terry! Y'all have fun!|
From Me ('65) of NC - 10/28/12 - "Some Good in This World":
BONUS HALLOWEEN CROCHET PATTERNS:
Chase Clark's Skull Scarf - "This skull scarf
crochet pattern includes a grid chart to make the skull with black and
white yarn. You can crochet this scarf for a gift, especially for men."
http://www.crochetdynamite.com/2012/07/thrilling-conclusion.html - Jaime Maraia's Skull Soap Bottle Cover - "This Skull Soap Bottle Cover is the perfect home decor item to make for Halloween. Use any color worsted weight yarn to complete this easy crochet pattern. The skull appliquť is optional for those of you that are looking for a less spooky option."
Sweater Babe's Fantastic Bat - "Get batty
by crocheting these bat crochet patterns. Decorate your home with them
or make goody bags for your party guests."
BONUS PETRIFYING HALLOWEEN SNACK RECIPES:
http://www.mrfood.com/Appetizers/Spiderweb-Spread/ - Spiderweb Spread - "Need some eerie eats for your Halloween bash? Get tangled up in our creepy-crawly Spiderweb Spread by dipping and dunking your favorite chips into this zesty south-of-the-border party spread that guarantees a web of excitement in every bite."
http://www.mrfood.com/Chicken/Bloody-Witchs-Fingers/ - Bloody Witch's Fingers - "Treat your tricksters to some really good finger food! Our Bloody Witchís Fingers are the best darn party-pleasing chicken fingers ever. Dripping with a BBQ dip, every bite is bloody delicious!"
http://www.mrfood.com/Eggs/Devilishly-Good-Eggs/ - Devilishly Good Eggs - "Goblins and ghouls will surely be after our Devilishly Good Eggs! These festive deviled eggs will be the hit of any Halloween party."
Stokes ('65) of VA - 10/10/12, 11:05 AM - "Priceless Rare
Photos (#20 in a Series of 25)":
Some of these photos will blow you away.
Boomer's Time Machine
Some more memories.
Some of these photos will blow you away.
Boomer's Time Machine
From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA -
10/22/12, 10:36 AM - "Morning Awwwww (#3 in a Series of 22)":
From www.ajokeaday.com - 10/28/12:
A pilot landed a plane with a rather bumpy landing. As part of his job he was required to stand by the terminal door and say goodbye to the passengers as they exited the airplane. He was afraid that someone might say something about his rather less than perfect landing, but everyone left without saying a word except for one passenger, an elderly lady.
She slowly approached the pilot after most passengers had exited the plane and asked, "Did we land? Or were we shot down?"
|DATES TO REMEMBER:|
1. Thursday, November 1, 2012 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch
gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on
Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The
luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that
year, go visit with them.
2. Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.
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NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
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Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
2.Go to www.PayPal.com, log in, select "Send Money (Services) to firstname.lastname@example.org; or
3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!
for voice and piano (first performed in 1872) with a French text by the poet
(1840 - 1909)
which is based in an old French superstition.
An English translation of the poem follows:
Zig, zig, zig, Death in cadence,
Striking a tomb with his heel,
Death at midnight plays a dance-tune,
Zig, zig, zag, on his violin.
The winter wind blows, and the night is dark;
Moans are heard in the linden trees.
White skeletons pass through the gloom,
Running and leaping in their shrouds.
Zig, zig, zig, each one is frisking,
You can hear the cracking of the bones of the dancers.
A lustful couple sits on the moss
So as to taste long lost delights.
Zig zig, zig, Death contines
The unending scraping on his instrument.
A veil has fallen! The dancer is naked.
Her partner grasps her amorously.
The lady, it's said, is a marchioness or baroness
And her green gallant, a poor cartwright.
Horror! Look how she gives herself to him,
Like the rustic was a baron.
Zig, zig, zig. What a saraband!
They all hold hands and dance in circles.
Zig, zig, zag. You can see in the crowd
The king dancing among the peasants.
But hist! All of a sudden, they leave the dance,
They push forward, they fly; the cock has crowed.
Oh what a beautiful night for the poor world!
Long live death and equality!
The composer, two years later, expanded and reworked the piece for orchestra, replacing the vocal line with a solo violin.
midi courtesy of
"Danse Macabre" lyrics and history courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danse_Macabre_(Saint-Sa%C3%ABns) - 10/24/08
"Danse Macabre" Image courtesy of http://thelibrarianreads.com/2012/10/19/oh-for-the-love-of-words-a-dance-with-death/ - 10/29/12
Animated Skulls Divider Line clip art courtesy
of http://www.squidoo.com/halloweenideasandactivities?utm_source=google&utm_medium=imgres&utm_campaign=framebuster - 10/29/12
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Stanton College Prep School's logo courtesy of http://www.stantoncollegeprep.org/central/ - 08/01/10
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
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