Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Vivaldi and More

While I was doing research on the Net, I listened to
Best of Vivaldi
at YouTube.
2 hours long.

Blogged Previously

Here's a
1001 list for more classical music.
Vivaldi listed 5 times on the list:
Antonio Vivaldi - Gloria, RV 589 (Taverner Consort: Gloria, Magnificat)
Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto for Two Trumpets (Mark Bennett, Michael Harrison & Trevor Pinnock: Mad About Vivaldi)
Antonio Vivaldi - L'estro armonico (Federico Guglielmo & Christopher Hogwood)
Antonio Vivaldi - Stabat mater (The King's Consort: Vivaldi Sacred Music)
Antonio Vivaldi - Juditha triumphans (The King's Consort)

Supposedly based on the book of same name?

There are tons of these "1001" lists.

I also liked the 1001 list for paintings.
listology paintings part 1
listology paintings part 2

Abe at the LOC

I was digging in the Library of Congress website for images related to Abraham Lincoln.

I started with a google image search:
loc.gov Abe
Once at the LOC, I followed the additional links to related images.
Here's just some of the interesting images I found there. (Edits mine.)

Love the hair:

This was just before Senate nomination so about 1857, born 1809 so he was 48 years old.

Another cool hair image:

Campaign poster for Republican presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln.
Justice at the left.
Liberty at the right.
Eagle at the top.

Lincoln's House:

Abraham Lincoln's return home after his successful campaign for the Presidency of the United States, in October, 1860.
House still stands today.

Lincoln's Cabinet:

Group portrait of president Lincoln's cabinet, 1861.

The Mower

Artist, Dominique C. Fabronius, contrasts the blessings of Northern free labor with the inhumanity of the Southern plantation system.
In the center a bearded farmer, possibly intended to represent Lincoln.
The text:
We have battles to fight, we have foes to subdue
Time waits not for us, and we wait not for you!
The mower mows on, though the adder may writhe
And the copperhead coil round the blade of his scythe.

Pro-Democrat Cartoon:

Presidential aspirant George Brinton McClellan between Abraham Lincoln and Confederacy president Jefferson Davis.
Tug-of-war over map of the United States.
McClellan: "The Union must be preserved at all hazards!"
Lincoln: "No peace without abolition."
Davis: "No peace without Separation!"

Wiki Info:

Abraham Lincoln
b. 12 Feb 1809 – d. 15 Apr 1865
16th President of the United States March 1861 until his assassination.

American Civil War
12 Apr 1861 – 9 May 1865

After a series of debates in 1858 that gave national visibility to his opposition to the expansion of slavery, Lincoln lost a Senate race to his arch-rival, Stephen A. Douglas. [Relates to the 1st hair image above. Douglas courted Mary Todd.]

Married on 4 Nov 1842 to:
Mary Todd
b. 13 Dec 1818 – d. 16 Jul 1882

Mary was 9 years younger than Abe.
Lincoln (2012) movie currently showing at movie theatres stars
Daniel Day-Lewis b. 29 Apr 1957 as Lincoln
Sally Field b. 6 Nov 1946 as Mary.
Sally Field is 11 years older than Lewis.

Abe and Mary's Children:
Robert Todd Lincoln b. 1843 - d. ? (Robert was the only child to live to adulthood and have children.)
Edward (Eddie)Baker Lincoln b. 1846 - d. 1 Feb 1850 (tuberculosis).
Willie Lincoln b. 21 Dec 1850 - d. 20 Feb 1862.
Thomas (Tad) Lincoln b. 4 Apr 1853 - d. 16 Jul 1871 (heart failure, age 18).

Friday, November 09, 2012

Troubles Quote

It all started when I came across this quote:

Did Mark Twain really say that?
Can I find a reference?

The question was asked
A commenter came to the rescue

From the archives:
Andrew Carnegie,
“An American Four-in-Hand in Britain”,
1883, pp. 312-313

Edits mine.

Edits mine.

Amazon says:
American steel baron Andrew Carnegie and a party of friends took in the British countryside by horse coach-a "four-in-hand"-in the summer of 1881...
Written as a private extended postcard to friends who had not accompanied him on the trip, and as a souvenir for those who had, this 1883 book...

Carnegie and Twain lived same time period, so I'm thinking maybe it was a popular anecdote at the time.

Andrew Carnegie
(b. 25 Nov 1835 – d. 11 Aug 1919)

Mark Twain
(b. 30 Nov 1835 – d. 21 Apr 1910)

It was fun digging around in the archives again.
Love those old crusty dusty books.