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10/29/17 - 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 - - Camille Saint-SaŽns - Danse Macabre 

BONUS #2 - - Camille Saint-SaŽns - Danse Macabre 

BONUS #3 - - SAINT-SAňNS' Danse Macabre - The Florence Piano Duet - Sara Bartolucci & Rodolfo Alessandrini


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.


   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 -   Nuel Quisenberry ('58) of FL AND   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 (Maple Mountain High School, UT - '18) of UT!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

   Hit #165,000 was made by an unknown user sometime in late October 2017 when I was not paying attention.

October 29, 1467 - Battle of Brustem: Charles the Bold defeated Prince-Bishopric of LiŤge.


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.

Sunday, October 29, 1967 - Montreal's World Fair, Expo 67, closed with over 50 million visitors.

Sunday, October 29, 1967 - Actress and director Joely Fisher was born in Burbank, California, the elder daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Connie Stevens.

Sunday, October 29, 1967 - Actor Rufus Sewell was born Rufus Frederik Sewell in Twickenham in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in South West London, England.

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

   Thank you, Daniel!

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 10/29/17:

   Thank you, Joan!


From Diane Sandler Marks ('69) of MD - 10/28/17:

I have changed my email from _________@___.___ to:
Please update me so I can continue to receive your wonderful NNHS information.
Diane (Sandler) Marks
Class of '69

   Thank you for your nice words and for telling me, Diane! Congratulations on your switch! Let me know if you'd like your new addy published; otherwise, I'll keep it private.

From Margaret Elmore Tolly ('58) of VA - 10/23/16:

  Thank you, Margaret! Sobering thought!  

 From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 10/28/17:

     Thanks, Domi!



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

- Steven Wright
b. 06 Dec 1955)



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." - 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: - 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." - 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."


From - 10/28/17:

Definition of an adult: A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle.


1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 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.

3. Thursday, November 09, 2017, 6:30 PM - Joyce Bulifant's book signing (My Four Hollywood Husbands), Barnes and Noble, 12170 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, VA 23602, 757-249-2488.

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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 - 10/24/08

"Danse Macabre" lyrics and history courtesy of - 10/24/08

"Danse Macabre" Image courtesy of - 10/29/12

 Animated Skulls Divider Line clip art courtesy
of - 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 - 07/07/06

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

Stanton College Prep School's logo courtesy of - 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!

Maple Mountain High School (UT) logo courtesy of - 09/11/17

Page Hit Counter clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06  

Animated Laughing Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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