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Brigits Sparkling Flame: CD: Medieval Office for St. Brigit: Plainsong Chant

2, 2008CD: Medieval Office for St. Brigit: Plainsong ChantFlame of Ireland: Medieval Irish Plainchant, An Office for St. Brigit, by Canty.Canty is the female half of Scotlands Capella Nova, a “professional vocal ensemble specialising in early medieval and renaissance and contemporary music”. Canty was founded in 1998 by Rebecca Tavener to celebrate the 900th anniversary of Hildegard of Bingen. from the Capella Nova website:Our programme mostly consists of material for the Office of Matins for the Feast of St Brigit. Matins was the longest and most entertaining of the Offices including a series of nine lections and responsories focussing on the life and attributes of the saint. The full Office would probably be more than two hours in length, so we present a formal, but truncated, version which includes the original lections, but cuts nine of the ten Psalms which would have been sung. The one remaining Psalm is the Venite which forms a delightful structure with its antiphon Invitatory, alternately whole or in part, appearing between each verse…The date of the manuscript might have tempted us to perform this material using late-Medieval techniques such as applied measures and improvised harmonies. We have steadfastly resisted doing this, wishing to present the Office in a much more archaic manner, befitting the great antiquity of the sources of the Brigit legends……Manuscript 80, from the library of Trinity College Dublin, is the main source relied upon for this recording. It is a fifteenth-century noted breviary, i.e., one which includes notation for the chant melodies. Although we do not know the details of its provenance, it was compiled probably in the fifteenth century and is believed to have been used in the parish of Kilmoone, Co- Meath, from at least 1470 until 1604…

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Tiny Dancer

It is like swimming in a lake made of candy  swans.

How precious she is…. How powerful is her pure goodness.

To be new again.

La Dame Aux Camelias POB 2008

Who needs words when you have ballet?  Alas, it is preaching to the converted when it comes to camellias.  Tea is the rose of the camellias of my heart. I love camellias and I came to the notion of La D. A. C. upon perusing over Shelby of a Tu Tu with tea?  There is a wonderful photo of Shelby looking quite sublime which got me on the trail of the Chanel CoCo Rosie strewn Verdi perfumed blvd. I have not watched all of this 2008 version yet, but it has already made me wonder a lot about love.

La Dame Aux Camelias POB 2008 – YouTube.

Royal Danish Ballet – ‘Ballet for Beginners’ Dans2Go bill – Copenhagen | DanceTabs

The incredible Shelby Elsbree of “A Tu Tu with Tea”   Does this ballerina live a charmed life or what!  I have the greatest admiration for ballerinas, as my dear Sister studied when I was a child.  Ballet is simply a sort of divinity of the arts for me. I ran across Shelby’s site in my love of tea, not realizing just how accomplished she truly is as a dancer and as she puts it a petite gourmand.  If ever there exists an enchanting world, it seems she lives there. Hard work and devotion to her craft as a ballerina is a passport to a sumptuous magical realm indeed!

Royal Danish Ballet – ‘Ballet for Beginners’ Dans2Go bill – Copenhagen | DanceTabs.

Goddess of reinvention, Ruth St. Denis

Ruth St. Denis (January 20, 1879 – July 21, 1968) was an early modern dance pioneer.

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Confetti of roses, The art of dance with Padmini

Somehow I stumbled upon Padmini the Dancing Queen blog here on wordpress.  It does not have a link to attach. Alas, I share with you their love of Padmini the Dancing Queen.  We felt exhilarated with the glimmers and shimmers of a much more innocent era. The rhythms of such an ancient Indo musical art form makes me realize we are in America quite indebted to India and Eastern realms of movement.  Enjoy! Special thanks to Padmini the Dancing Queen site.

Lydia Mendoza, More Miles Than Money, American Roots Music, San Antonio, Tex-Mex, « Garth Cartwright – Romany Gypsy, New Zealand and American Roots Music and Culture


If the Alamo is San Antonio’s most famous attraction then Lydia Mendoza is the city’s greatest star. Attending a film club screening of Les Blank’s Chulas Fronteras (Beautiful Borders) in the 1980s I was introduced to Tex-Mex music and Lydia. I then came across her music through Arhoolie Records’ reissues of Mendoza’s historic recordings (1930s-1950s) alongside two superb 80s albums La Gloria de Texas and In Concert.

Lydia’s bell-like voice, fluid 12-string acoustic guitar picking and pioneering conjunto style bowled me over and I’ve been a fan ever since. Yet as Lydia made her most famous recordings in the 1930s I felt she surely must have since left this world. Interviewing Mexican cabaret diva Astrid Hadad in 2004 I pestered her for tales of Mexico’s many musical legends. Astrid was generous but nothing surprised me more than when she mentioned Lydia was still alive. ‘She’s had a stroke and isn’t playing music any more but beyond that I hear she’s well,’ said Astrid. My heart skipped a beat.

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Why Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ Makes Everyone Cry –

Anatomy of a Tear-Jerker

Why does Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ make everyone cry? Science has found the formulasmaller

[ADELEgraphic]The Wall Street Journal (illustration) Associated Press (photo); Universal Music Publishing (score)

Adele slightly modulates her pitch at the end of some long notes, adding to the tension.

On Sunday night, the British singer-songwriter Adele is expected to sweep the Grammys. Three of her six nominations are for her rollicking hit “Rolling in the Deep.” But it’s her ballad “Someone Like You” that has risen to near-iconic status recently, due in large part to its uncanny power to elicit tears and chills from listeners. The song is so famously sob-inducing that “Saturday Night Live” recently ran a skit in which a group of co-workers play the tune so they can all have a good cry together.

Adele, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter performed “Someone Like You” from her latest album “21” at WSJ Cafe

What explains the magic of Adele’s song? Though personal experience and culture play into individual reactions, researchers have found that certain features of music are consistently associated with producing strong emotions in listeners. Combined with heartfelt lyrics and a powerhouse voice, these structures can send reward signals to our brains that rival any other pleasure.

Twenty years ago, the British psychologist John Sloboda conducted a simple experiment. He asked music lovers to identify passages of songs that reliably set off a physical reaction, such as tears or goose bumps. Participants identified 20 tear-triggering passages, and when Dr. Sloboda analyzed their properties, a trend emerged: 18 contained a musical device called an “appoggiatura.”

An appoggiatura is a type of ornamental note that clashes with the melody just enough to create a dissonant sound. “This generates tension in the listener,” said Martin Guhn, a psychologist at the University of British Columbia who co-wrote a 2007 study on the subject. “When the notes return to the anticipated melody, the tension resolves, and it feels good.”

Chills often descend on listeners at these moments of resolution. When several appoggiaturas occur next to each other in a melody, it generates a cycle of tension and release. This provokes an even stronger reaction, and that is when the tears start to flow.

“Someone Like You,” which Adele wrote with Dan Wilson, is sprinkled with ornamental notes similar to appoggiaturas. In addition, during the chorus, Adele slightly modulates her pitch at the end of long notes right before the accompaniment goes to a new harmony, creating mini-roller coasters of tension and resolution, said Dr. Guhn.

To learn more about the formula for a tear-jerker, a few years ago Dr. Guhn and his colleague Marcel Zentner found musical excerpts—from Mendelssohn’s “Trio for Piano” and Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” for example—that reliably produce the chills and then measured the physiological reactions (heart rate, sweating, goose bumps) of listeners.

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Hyperborean Vibrations: ‘Fifth Symphony’ by Beethoven destroys cancer cells

‘Fifth Symphony’ by Beethoven destroys cancer cells

From Study of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

A ‘Fifth Symphony’ by Beethoven is one of the most famous compositions of classical music and, according to a new Brazilian study, may help cure cancer.The survey, conducted by the Program Oncobiology Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, analyzed MCF-7 cells, which are linked to breast cancer. By exposing these cells to the famous theme, one in five eventually died, which enthusiastically involved.

The study, which began in May 2010, is to allow them to develop new prospects for cure of malignant tumors, using tones and frequencies, explains the newspaper ‘O Globo’.

Already on the official unit Oncobiology univesidade of that, the charge of the study, Marcia Capella, states that have already used other musical compositions, Masner always with the same results.

“We began our work using three compositions: Sonata for 2 Pianos in D Major” by Mozart [known to cause the ‘Mozart effect’, a temporary increase in spatial-temporal reasoning of an individual], the ‘Fifth Symphony’ Beethoven and ‘Atmosphères’ [the Hungarian György Ligeti], a contemporary composition, which is characterized mainly by the absence of a melodic line that reflects the theme, “he says.

According to expert, the composition of Mozart, caused no change in cells, but the Beethoven and Ligeti have killed an average of 20% of them, besides the “decrease in size and granularity.”

The fact that Mozart did not provoke any reaction is to scare those responsible, since his compositions are among the most widely used in music therapy.

“We still need better study the mechanisms of these effects, ie: because only some cell types are sensitive to these songs? And why only some specific types of music cause effects? We tested also with MDCK, a cell non-tumorigenic, and lymphocytes, and they never responded to these sound stimuli, “admits Marcia Capella.

The aim is to use sound frequencies as the healing process instead of other more violent as radiotherapy.

Beethoven’s 5th Symphony

The strategy, which seems strange at first, seeks to find ways more efficient and less toxic cancer-fighting: Instead of radiotherapy, one day you could imagine the use of frequencies. The study was innovative in using music therapy beyond the treatment of emotional disturbances.

– This therapy is usually adopted in diseases linked to psychological problems, situations involving an emotional component. We show that, in addition, the music produces a direct effect on the cells of our body – underscores Capella Márcia, Institute of Biophysics Carlos Chagas Filho, coordinator of the study.Because MCF-7 is doubling every 30 hours, Marcia waited two days between the music session and test their effects. In this period, 20% of the sample died. Among the surviving cells, many lost their size and granularity.

The search result is puzzling even to Marcia. The composition of “Atmospheres”, the Hungarian György Ligeti caused effects similar to those registered with Beethoven. But the “Sonata for two pianos in D Major” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most popular music therapy had no effect.

– It was strange, because this sonata causes something known as the “Mozart effect”, a temporary increase in spatial-temporal reasoning – considering the researcher. – But we were happy with the result. We believed that the symphony would cause metabolic changes only, not the death of cancer cells.

“Atmospheres”, unlike the “Fifth Symphony” is a contemporary composition, characterized by the absence of a melodic line. Why, then, two different tracks that have caused the same effect?

Coupled with a team that includes a professor at the School of Music Villa-Lobos, Marcia, now seeks to answer this by dividing the music into parts. It may be that the effect has not been the whole work, but specifically of a rhythm, a tone or intensity.

In April, exposure to samba and funk

When you can identify what killed the cells, the next step will be to build a particular sound sequence for the treatment of tumors. The path to this tune will go through other genres. Starting next month, researchers will test the effect of samba and funk on tumor cells.

– We do not know music composer and what we use. The amount of sound combinations that we can study is immense – the researcher says.

Another avenue of research is to investigate whether the symphonies caused another type of effect in the body. For now, only renal cell tumor were exposed to music. Only in the second group was registered a change.

The survey also provided a strange conclusion to cell cultures. As it was proved that the effect of music goes beyond the emotional component, there may be a difference between listening to it with surround sound or headphone.

– Partial results suggest that with the headset, we are benefiting from the emotional effects and neglecting the direct consequences, such as those observed with the experiment – Marcia reveals.

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