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An Appalachian Spring

An Appalachian Spring

Click the photo for the music.

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Under the Falls

Under the Falls

So going with the laziness on my part theme, here is another photo and song. For the song, go here.

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Do you think people who love heavy metal are mean and filled with conflict, or that those who listen to pop are nothing more than infantile pedestrians?   According to Professor Adrian North of Scotland’s Heriot-Watt University, who has been studying the links between people’s personalities and their choice of music, this may not be the case.

Does music define our personality or vice versa?

Does music define our personality or vice versa?

People often define their sense of identity through their musical taste, clothing, and slang.  Therefore, there is a close tie between personality and musical taste.

He performed the largest study ever conducted into individuals’ musical preference and character, where researchers asked 36,518 people from around the world to rate how much they liked 104 different musical styles before taking a personality test.

Here are some of their findings.

Jazz and classical music listeners are creative with good self-esteem, although the former are outgoing whereas the latter are introverted.

Country and western fans were found to be hardworking and shy.

Rap fans are extroverted and rebellious

Those who love listening to indie lack self-esteem and are not very gentle.

Meanwhile, heavy metal listeners are gentle and are at ease with themselves.

Those who like soul music are generally creative, outgoing, gentle, at ease with themselves and have a high self-esteem.

So perhaps we can all learn a little about ourselves from our music preferences.  I on the other hand, am a musical mutt and listen to just about anything.  Perhaps some more research is needed.

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Today, I will be attending the first concert of a 15 concert series of all of J.S. Bach’s Organ works.  The concerts will be spread over 3 years.  The series will be performed by Jonathan Biggers in the Binghamton First Presbyterian Church.  I expect it to be a fantastic event: the first sign of higher culture so far.  I will post more about what I thought at a later time.

A Portrait of the great Johann Sebastian Bach

A Portrait of the great Johann Sebastian Bach

What a great show.  I really enjoyed it.  Here are the two feature pieces:
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor:
and “The Wedge:”

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The Requiem by Verdi is a composition in the structure of a Catholic funeral Mass (the most famous Requiem is Mozart’s).  It was completed to mark the anniversary of the death of Alessandro Manzoni, An Italian poet.  It is known as the second best Requiem ever written (after Mozart’s) and is world famous for the double chorus needed to pull off the spectacular sound.  My good friend is one of those in the chorus.

An Orchestra and Double Chorus Performing Verdi’s Requiem

The terrifying “Dies Irae” introduces the traditional sequence of the Latin funeral feelings.  Trumpets surround the stage throughout the piece to produce the “inescapable call to Judgement of the Tuba mirum”   After this the famous tenor solo Ingemisco sends hope to the penitent dead.  The joyful “Sanctus”  starts with a “brass-filled fanfare to announce the coming of the Lord.”  Thus ends the Requiem.

Today, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing the piece along with the BPO chorus.  The BPO are adding a little twist to the story.  Instead of just performing the piece, they are including the story of the Defiant Requiem.  This was when a group of Nazi concentration camp prisoners performed the Requiem without expressed order to do so.  I cannot wait to see and hear this show.  I will rate it as a comment when I return.

Pete Seeger a Few Years Ago

Just recently, Pete Seeger, a true American hero and singer-songwriter, turned 89.  Mr. Seeger, happy birthday and many more.  Thanks for helping me become who I am.

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