Sunday, 15 May 2016

Whitsun Greetings






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Johann Sebastian Bach's Whitsun Cantatas



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Portrait of Bach, aged 61, by E. G. Haussmann, 1748

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Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March [O.S. 21 March] 1685 – 28 July 1750) was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and over three hundred cantatas of which around two hundred survive. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.
Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest in and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.

Friday, 25 March 2016

Reflection - Good Friday 2016 - Karfreitag





"I heard a thousand blended notes,
While in a grove I sate reclined,
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
Bring sad thoughts to the mind.

To her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think

What man has made of man.

Through primrose tufts, in that green bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And ’tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes. 



The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure:—
But the least motion which they made
It seemed a thrill of pleasure.
The budding twigs spread out their fan,


To catch the breezy air;
And I must think, do all I can,
That there was pleasure there. 



If this belief from heaven be sent,
If such be Nature’s holy plan,
Have I not reason to lament
What man has made of man?"

"Lines of Early Spring"
7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850

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Despite the present circumstances in Brussel, 
in Europe... Middle East... Far East....and...
in the whole world....


We wish this world a peaceful Easter,
as peaceful as it can be.

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Thursday, 7 January 2016

Welcome to 2016


For the upcoming year 
I wish all my readers only the very best.



 What does 2016 hold for us



 What will the upcoming year bring?


 "The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you,
whose presence calls forth your best."
Epictetus 
Greek sage and Stoic philosopher, AD c. 55-135


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No matter what surprises fate may have in store for us, 
we definitely have an influence upon our health and our behaviour,
having enough sleep - ha-ha.

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Even if already seven days of the new year are over, 
"we" wish a healthy and successful 2016 to all of you !

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