VITÓRIAS OU DERROTAS – André Sanches

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7 sinais que mostram se você está caminhando para uma vida de derrotas

Sinais são marcas, indícios, vestígios que nos indicam alguma coisa. Os sinais de trânsito, por exemplo, nos indicam coisas que devemos ou não devemos fazer. Sinal vermelho indica que devemos parar; sinal verde que devemos seguir. Da mesma forma que estes sinais, existem sinais muitos claros em nossa vida que indicam para nós como vai a nossa vida espiritual, que indicam a quantas anda nossa vida com Deus e, consequentemente, se estamos em um caminho de vida ou em um caminho de morte, que nos levará às derrotas.

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HDR – Some Thoughts & Experiences Regarding In-Field Technique

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This is the first installment of what may turn out to be an irregularly presented, informal series of posts dealing with high dynamic range (HDR) imaging.  I don’t really have a firm plan for the series, so it will probably present itself in fits and starts.  I have no intention of creating a comprehensive treatise on the subject but I have a series of thoughts that are generally related to HDR that I’d like to express.

I’m starting with the working assumption that everyone reading this has a decent grasp of a working HDR definition; (very) briefly, we’re talking about the assembly of multiple exposures of the same subject via some sort of “tonemapping” software, with the rough goal of obtaining a better, richer tonal frame than can be obtained from a single image that isn’t subjected to a tonemapping process.  Obviously, there’s subjectivity to the evaluation; what constitutes “better,”…

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Do Not Go My Love – Richard Hageman

Do Not Go My Love – Richard Hageman

Charlotte Hoather

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This beautiful and haunting song was composed by Richard Hageman who was born and raised in the Netherlands but who later took on American citizenship.  He was considered to be a child prodigy and was thought equal to a concert pianist at the age of 6.  In his early years whilst studying in Amsterdam he began to accompany many of the singers at the Amsterdam Royal Opera Company where he eventually was appointed to the position of conductor in 1899 at the age of 18.

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After moving to America he held positions at the Metropolitan Opera and Chicago Civic Opera and also became the conductor of the Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles symphony orchestras.

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Along with his many Art song compositions he wrote several film scores including the one for  “Stagecoach” directed by John Ford,  the 1939 movie which Hageman shared an Academy…

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Rusalka – Song to the Moon

Rusalka – Song to the Moon

Charlotte Hoather

I have previously written about one of my favourite songs: Rusalka’s “Mesicku na nebi hlubokem,” (Song to the Moon) from the Opera by Antonín Dvořák showing images of the stage sets and Renee Fleming’s beautiful version.  The song is sung by a plaintive girl longing for love calling on the moon to tell her Prince of her love.

Pascal Barnier sent me a lovely image below and I decided to do a little bit more research into the folklore behind the character.

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In the opera Rusalka’s father is a water goblin called Vodnik and there is a witch called Jezibaba who transforms Rusalka into a human at the cost of her voice.  Rusalka’s lover the Prince, betrays her, dooming them both.  I’d love to see an Opera about the younger Rusalka before she fell for the Prince with the last Act a contracted version of the original opera to show just…

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Old American Folk Songs – By Aaron Copland

Old American Folk Songs – By Aaron Copland

Charlotte Hoather

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This month we have been recording four short accompanied folk songs of our own choice for examination.  Folk music is generally music that has been passed down through generations.  When taking ABRSM exams (the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music) for singing they always test unaccompanied tradition songs (folk songs).  It is seen as an important part of each singing exam.  They may seem like an easy choice, however, they are one of the most difficult songs to perform to an optimum standard.  ABRSM themselves says the testing allows examiners to “assess the elements of unaccompanied singing through a more natural, musical and ‘singerly’ genre.  Singers have to pitch and produce the notes from within, and accommodate the extra elements of language and meaning with nowhere to hide”.

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The choice of folk song can be vital some of them can have a very wide range required.  I’ve always…

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