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10/29/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Danse Macabre

ďIt doesn't seem to me strange that children should like
the macabre, the sensational, and the forbidden.Ē

- Anthony Hecht
(16 Jan 1923 - 20 Oct 2004)

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.  I can no longer hear midi files playing on my computer, but perhaps you still can.

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



From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danse_macabre_%28Saint-Sa%C3%ABns%29

Danse Macabre, Op. 40, is a tone poem for orchestra, written in 1874 by French composer Camille Saint-SaŽns. It started out in 1872 as an art song for voice and 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,[1] followed by the second theme, a descending scale on the solo violin which is accompanied by soft chords from the string section.[2] 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,[3] there is a direct quote[4] 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[5] and the coda represents the dawn breaking (a cockerel's crow, played by the oboe) and the skeletons returning to their graves.

The piece makes particular use of the xylophone to imitate the sounds of rattling bones. Saint-SaŽns uses a similar motif in the Fossils movement of The Carnival of the Animals.




THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

   Happy Birthday today to     Ray Barnes ('65) of VA AND   Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Virginia Gall (February '48) of VA!

   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 TX AND My Grandson,   Thomas Harty of UT!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html



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, 1944 - The Soviet Red Army entered Hungary.

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 1964:
Thursday, October 29, 1964 - The United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar was renamed the United Republic of Tanzania.

Thursday, October 29, 1964 - A collection of irreplaceable gems, including the 565 carat (113 g) Star of India, was stolen by a group of thieves (among them is "Murph the surf") from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Thursday, October 29, 1964 - Model Yasmin Le Bon was born Yasmin Parvaneh in Oxford, England.

Thursday, October 29, 1964 - Businessman and television host Eddie McGuire was born Edward Joseph McGuire in Broadmeadows, Victoria, Australia.



    From F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - 10/29/14 - "RE: Navy Day":

Here is a site you may want to share with the group as far as Navy Day is concerned.

http://www.nvr.navy.mil/

This site and office, which is where I am gainfully employed, is the official site that tracks all the ships of the U.S. Navy from the cradle to the grave (literally). We document all official dates and status of each vessel plus the battle force count. If you ever want to know anything about a ship or service craft that was a part of the navy fleet this is the place that has the information. If there is information needed that cannot be found on the site simply contact this office and they will do the search for you if it is information that they track.

F.A. Saunders HHS 64

   COOL BEANS! Thanks so much, F.A.!



          From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of LA - 10/29/14:
 

I knew if I didn't have someone take a pic of me     Laura (Adams Harty - Cardston HS, Alberta - '95) would make me take a selfie, so here is the pic... Take two, even. (We had to take a Brigade pic.)

   WOWZERS! Thank you so much, Brent!

   "... Is this the little boy at play? I don't remember growing older... When did he get to be so tall? Wasn't it yesterday when....."

   
   

 

 


From My Friend, Karie, of UT - 10/28/14 - "30 Actual Sentences Found in Patients' Hospital Charts":

http://www.tickld.com/x/30-actual-sentences-found-in-patients-hospital-charts - 30 Actual Sentences Found in Patients' Hospital Charts
 
     Thanks, Karie! I'm pretty sure I seriously injured myself laughing at these!



        
 From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 10/28/14:
 
  SAD, BUT TRUE! Thank you, Haul Party!
 
 



From My Friend, April, of NC - 10/28/14 - "Internet Scams":

  Thanks, April!
 
 



   
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 09/23/14 - "A little food for the soul (#28 in a series of 28)":
 

  INDEED! Thank you, Joan! These have been a delight!
 
 



 
From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 10/03/14 - "Have a nice day (#5 in a series of 18)":
 
    
Six Truths in Life
 
1. You cannot stick your tongue out and look up at the ceiling at the same time, a physical impossibility.
2. All idiots, after reading #1 will try it.
3. And discover #1 is a lie.
4. You are smiling now because you are an idiot.
5. You soon will forward this to another idiot.
6. There is still a stupid smile on your face.
 
I sincerely apologize about this but I'm an idiot and I needed company... Have a bright sunny day!

    GIGGLES! Thanks, Wayne!

 
 



      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/23/14 - "Great Ideas! (#5 in a series of 7)":

  Very nice! Thank you, Shari!
 
 



    From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of Northern VA - 10/27/14 - "They had only one simple job to do and still fouled it up" (#1 in a series of 19):
 
  They had one job to do...

   OH, NOOO! Thanks, Janice!

 
 



BONUS HALLOWEEN CROCHET PATTERNS:

http://diyods.blogspot.com/2008/10/sad-news-but-hey-you-get-free-pattern.html - 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."

http://www.sweaterbabe.com/65-fantastic-bat-free-pdf-crochet-pattern/ - 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/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."



FINALLY:

From www.ajokeaday.com - 10/28/14:

Three engineers and three accountants were traveling by train to a conference. At the station, the three accountants each bought tickets and watched as the three engineers bought only one ticket.

"How are three people going to travel on only one ticket?" asked an accountant.

"Watch and you'll see", answered an engineer.

They all boarded the train. The accountants took their respective seats, but the three engineers all crammed into a rest room and closed the door behind them. Shortly after the train departed, the conductor came around collecting tickets. He knocked on the restroom door and said, "Ticket, please".

The door opened just a crack and a single arm emerged with a ticket in hand.

The conductor took it and moved on.

The accountants saw this and agreed it was a quite clever idea. So, after the conference, the accountants decide to copy the engineers on the return trip and save some money (being clever with money, and all that). When they got to the station, they bought a single ticket for the return trip. To their astonishment, the engineers didn't buy a ticket at all.

"How are you going to ride without a ticket"? said one perplexed accountant.

"Watch and you'll see", answered an engineer.

When they boarded the train, the three accountants crammed into a restroom and the three engineers crammed into another one nearby. The train departed. Shortly afterward, one of the engineers left his restroom and walked over to the restroom where the accountants were hiding. He knocked on the door and said, "Ticket, please."



DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 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.



PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 10/17/14

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http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11




   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! 
We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol

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Danse Macabre

- Camille Saint-SaŽns
(09 Oct 1835 - 16 Dec 1921)

 Art song for voice and piano (first performed in 1872) with a French text by the poet Henri Cazalis (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.



"Danse Macabre" midi courtesy of http://www.hauntedillinois.com/midi.php - 10/24/08

"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

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06

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 missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of
http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of http://www.hillsboroschools.net/schools/hhs/activities/music2/Band/bio.html - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

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