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King of the Blues: Riley B. King (BB King)

“The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.” ― B.B. King Riley B. King was born on September 16, 1925, on a cotton plantation near the town of Itta Bena, Mississippi, the son of sharecroppers Albert and Nora Ella King.] He considered the nearby city of Indianola, Mississippi to be his … Continue reading

Les Mille et une Nuits – Kees Van Dongen / Nino Rota

L’origine des Mille et une Nuits reste mystérieuse. Mais ce mystère, et la richesse d’un texte sans cesse augmenté, ont inspiré artistes et créateurs. Ce recueil de contes de fées, d’origine indienne et persane, remonte au Xe siècle. À l’origine, il ne comptait pas exactement 1001 histoires, mais un très grand nombre d’histoires. En effet,  mille en Arabie … Continue reading

Brief Encounter (1946) Film

On a cafe at a railway station, housewife Laura Jesson meets Dr. Alec Harvey. Although they are already married, they gradually fall in love with each other. They continue to meet every Thursday on the small cafe, although they know that their love is impossible. Brief Encounter is a 1945 British film directed by David … Continue reading

Kerouac’s Last Dream: Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – Reinfried Marass

Kerouac’s Last Dream is an album by american folk musician Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, released in 1981. In his liner notes, Elliott writes “”I have been asked, sometimes, why I don’t learn new songs. These are old ones and I have sung them for a long time. They are good and I think they shall always … Continue reading

Shéhérazade – Maurice Ravel / René Magritte

Shéhérazade est le titre de trois poèmes pour voix et orchestre de Maurice Ravel sur des vers de Tristan Klingsor. Asie à Jeane Hatto « Asie, Asie, Asie, Vieux pays merveilleux des contes de nourrice, Où dort la fantaisie Comme une impératrice En sa forêt tout emplie de mystères, Asie, Je voudrais m’en aller avec ma goélette Qui … Continue reading

My Thoughts Fly To You – Love Poems: Carol Ann Duffy / Peter Seelig

Miles Away I want you and you are not here. I pause in this garden, breathing the colour thought is before language into still air. Even your name is a pale ghost and, though I exhale it again and again, it will not stay with me. Tonight I make you up, imagine you, your movements … Continue reading

L’écume des jours – Boris Vian

-Chloé, vos lèvres sont douces. Vous avez un teint de fruit. Vos yeux voient comme il faut voir et votre corps me fait chaud… Des billes de verre roulaient dans la rue et des enfants venaient derrière. -Il me faudra des mois, des mois, pour que je me rassasie des baisers à vous donner. Il faudra … Continue reading

Juan Gelman : a poet , a writer, a journalist

Juan Gelman (3 May 1930 – 14 January 2014) was an Argentine poet. He published more than twenty books of poetry between 1956 and his death in early 2014. Gelman received the Cervantes Prize in 2007, the most important in Spanish literature. His works celebrate life but are also tempered with social and political commentary and reflect his own … Continue reading

La Flûte enchantée – Die Zauberflöte / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Magic Flute (German: Die Zauberflöte, K. 620) is an opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. The work is in the form of a Singspiel, a popular form that included both singing and spoken dialogue. The work premiered in 1791 at Schikaneder’s theatre, theFreihaus-Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna. Act 1 Scene 1: A rough, rocky landscape Tamino, a handsome prince who … Continue reading

Venus in Furs – Leopold von Sacher Masoch / Lou Reed and more

“Beautiful, free, serene, and happy human beings, such as the Greeks were, are only possible when it is permitted to have slaves who will perform the prosaic tasks of every day for them and above all else labor for them.” “Of course,” she replied playfully, “an Olympian divinity, such as I am, requires a whole army of … Continue reading

Giuseppe Verdi: The Italian born a Frenchman

Addio, del passato bei sogni ridenti, Le rose del volto già son pallenti; L’amore d’Alfredo pur esso mi manca, Conforto, sostegno dell’anima stanca Ah, della traviata sorridi al desio; A lei, deh, perdona; tu accoglila, o Dio, Or tutto finì. Le gioie, i dolori tra poco avran fine, La tomba ai mortali di tutto è … Continue reading

El infierno tan temido – Juan Carlos Onetti / Piazzolla

El infierno tan temido es una película argentina de 1980, dirigida por Raúl de la Torre y protagonizada por Graciela Borges y Alberto de Mendoza. Se estrenó en Buenos Aires el 7 de agosto de 1980 y fue ganadora del Cóndor de Plata como mejor película de 1981. Musica Astor Piazzolla,  basada en un cuento magistral de Juan Carlos Onetti.   Una joven mujer envía a su ex esposo (Risso) y otras personas que éste … Continue reading

Jazz Baroness : Nica de Koenigswarter

The intriguing story of the eccentric Rothschild who turned her back on upper-class life to hang out in New York with the jazz stars of the day. On April 21, 1959, Baroness Pannonica de Koenigs-warter was sentenced to three years in an American prison and fined $3,000. The 46-year-old mother of five had been arrested … Continue reading

Life with Gustav Mahler

Life with Gustav Mahler (1901 – 1911) On 7 November 1901, at the house of her friend Berta Zuckerkandl, Alma met celebrated conductor Gustav Mahler who, as Director of the Vienna Court Opera, held one of the most powerful positions in the world of music. Alma Schindler, 1900 Gustav Mahler en route to the Vienna … Continue reading

Gustav Mahler and Natalie Bauer-Lechner

Though musicologists who specialize in Gustav Mahler have long taken the memoirs of his wife, Alma, with a grain of salt, most of them have accepted her portrait of him as a fairly chaste ascetic who had few romances before he met her. Now, two scholars say a recently discovered letter from a Mahler confidante — and … Continue reading

Suleiman the Magnificient and Roxelane (Hürrem)

Under his pen name, Muhibbi, Sultan Suleiman composed this poem for Hürrem Sultan: “Throne of my lonely niche, my wealth, my love, my moonlight. My most sincere friend, my confidant, my very existence, my Sultan, my one and only love. The most beautiful among the beautiful… My springtime, my merry faced love, my daytime, my … Continue reading

Bowery Blues – Jack Kerouac / Reinfried Marass

Bowery Blues The story of man Makes me sick Inside, outside, I don’t know why Something so conditional And all talk Should hurt me so. I am hurt I am scared I want to live I want to die I don’t know Where to turn In the Void And when To cut Out For no … Continue reading

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