- 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 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!
|400 YEARS AGO TODAY:|
October 29, 1621 - The London Pageant of 1621 celebrated the inauguration of Edward Barkham (Lord Mayor).
October 29, 1921 -United States: The second trial of Sacco and Vanzetti in Boston, Massachusetts.
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 1971:
29, 1971 - Mathematician, cryptologist, and
Daniel J. Bernstein was born Daniel Julius Bernstein in
29, 1971 - Singer-songwriter and guitarist
Duane Allman (b. Howard Duane Allman on 20 Nov 1946 in
Nashville, Tennessee) killed in a rather gruesome motorcycle crash
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 Me ('65) of NC - 10/28/21:
Earlier this week I had an epiphany which I hope may change everything.
Ever since we moved my desk holding
my PC from my office across the hall to my bedroom in mid-January,
rather than simplifying my life, it made it nearly impossible, being
squeezed in as it was into an impossibly small corner, and the wonderful
office chair which my #2 son,
HS, IL - Boy with Best
Personality in the Class of 1990) of OK
had given me when he moved to OK in 2019, completely blocking my access
to my closet.
Of course, I had to engineer a comfy crocheted cover to match my room, right?
Right away, I gained access to my closet, which is fabulous. Also, it's extremely lightweight, which is also a plus, as I can barely lift my own head.
The big surprise came when I found that even though I had crocheted it using two strands of yarn held together, I still desperately need to add a 2" thick foam cushion. I thought surely I had sufficient self padding for any two people, but noooo.
So for a few more dollars plus a few more days of waiting, ever the optimist, I still think the day is soon coming when I'll be able to spend more than 30 to 45 minutes here at my desk before "running" back to my bed, writhing in pain - perhaps not the ten to twelve hours I used to spend working here, but ay little bit will be an improvement, right?
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.
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 06/16/21
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
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
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
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