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10/29/15 - 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,

   It's a real shame that few if any of us can still hear this delicious nine minute sound file I found a few years back. It was one of my faves. Sigh. Well, try the videos:

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 - The late John Clark ('57) (deceased 01/06/15);

04 -   Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA;

05 -   Patsy Blackard Hallett Parker ('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



350 YEARS AGO TODAY:
October 29, 1665 - The Battle of Ambuila, in which Portuguese forces defeated the forces of the Kingdom of Kongo and decapitated king Antůnio I of Kongo, also called Nvita a Nkanga.



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 1965:
Friday, October 29, 1965 - Singer-songwriter and actress Tyler Collins was born in Harlem, New York.

Friday, October 29, 1965 - Actor Masahiro Takashima (髙嶋 政宏) was born in Tokyo, Japan.

Friday, October 29, 1965 - Author, poet, screenwriter and film director William De Los Santos was born.



From My Friend, Daniel, of UT - 10/28/15:
 

   Thank you, Daniel!
 
 



     From My Daughter-in-Law, Laura Adams Harty (Cardston HS, Alberta - '95) of TX - 10/25/15 - "Famous Airman":

  This Airman enlisted in the Air Force when he was 18 years old. He was a medical technician and later served as the first sergeant of the U.S. Air Force Clinic at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. He served for 20 years before retiring as a Master Sergeant. After retiring he became famous for his television show "The Joy of Painting" in which he taught others to paint. The show ran on PBS from 1983 through 1994 and is still being rebroadcast all over the world so that people can learn to paint his "happy trees".

Who is this American Airman?

   WOWZERS! It's Bob Ross!! Thank you so much, Laura! I've added him to the Famous Airmen Page in our archive. Today would have been his 73rd birthday!  

 
 



  From Candy Hixson Whitley (Ferguson HS - '68) of VA - 10/28/15:

    Love this.

      So do I! Thank you, Candy!

 
 



ďI couldnít repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.Ē

- Steven Wright
(
b. 06 Dec 1955)



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 - 10/28/15:

A farmer picked up a Native American hitch hiking.

The Indian was a man of few words, but eventually looked at the brown paper bag in between them and asked, "Mmm, what in bag?"

The farmer said, "It's a bottle of wine that I got for my wife."

The Indian thought for a moment and said, "Mmm, good trade."



DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 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 09/22/15

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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!

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