- NNHS Newsletter - Danse Macabre
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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
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 Birthday today to The late Ray Barnes ('65) (d. 04 July 2019) AND Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow toVirginia Gall (Feb. '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) (d. 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!
|THIS DAY IN WWII:|
|October 29, 1941 -
Holocaust: In the
Kaunas Ghetto over 10,000
were shot by
occupiers at the
a massacre known as the "Great Action".|
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.
THISDAY IN 1969:
29, 1969 - The first-ever
computer-to-computer link was established on
the precursor to the
October 29, 1969 - Photographer Chris Verene was born Christopher Phillip Verene in DeKalb, Illinois.
From My Friend, Daniel, of UT - 10/28/15:
|Thank you, Daniel!|
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 10/29/18:
|Thank you, Joan!|
From My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (James Blair HS / John Marshall HS - '64) of VA - 10/28/19, 12:38 PM:
From Me ('65) of NC - 10/27/19:
ďI couldnít repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.Ē
(b. 06 Dec 1955)
|Working at the
unemployment office has to be a tense job...
For if you get fired, you still have to come in the next day.
|DATES TO REMEMBER:
Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde
Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.
2. Wednesday, January 08, 2020 - 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.
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Love to all, Carol
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Carol Buckley Harty
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Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
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for voice and piano (first performed in 1872) with a French text by the poet
(1840 - 1909)
"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
Stanton College Prep School's logo courtesy of
http://www.stantoncollegeprep.org/central/ - 08/01/10
John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of
Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Laughing Frog courtesy of
('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of https://tearsfromalonelygod.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/a-drop-in-the-bucket/ - 05/23/16