Sunday Serendipity

Yuja Wang, the pianist for today’s selection also played the Brahms selection last Sunday. She was born and received early instruction in China and currently lives in New York City. If you have the time she has many videos on you tube browse through them and enjoy her talent.

Now for something peaceful and relaxing on a summer morning.

Enjoy, Jack

Waltz in C-sharp minor, Opus 64 No. 2, composer Frederic Chopin

This piece is a companion piece to the Minute Waltz


55 thoughts on “Sunday Serendipity”

  1. lovely, jack.  a little info from wiki on the lady he dedicated that beauty to:

    She was born in Paris, the daughter of Betty von Rothschild (1805–1886) and James Mayer de Rothschild (1792–1868). Charlotte de Rothschild was raised by very wealthy parents who were at the center of Parisian culture. They patronized a number of major figures in the arts community including Gioacchino RossiniFrédéric ChopinHonoré de BalzacEugène Delacroix, and Heinrich Heine. Chopin had become Charlotte’s piano teacher in 1841, and as a tacit acknowledgment of the many years of support extended by Baron James and his wife Betty, dedicated to her (almost certainly as an 1843 wedding present) his celebrated Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52, and four years later another work, his Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2.


    In 1842, Charlotte married her English-born cousin Nathaniel de Rothschild (1812–1870) and in 1850 they moved to Paris, where he went to work at her father’s bank, de Rothschild Frères.

    Like her father, Charlotte de Rothschild was a collector of art and grew up around his artistic friends….. However, Charlotte de Rothschild’s interest in art went beyond collecting. Talented in her own right, she studied with Nélie Jacquemart (1841–1912) and would earn respect for her landscape paintings, watercolors and engravings, enough so that she is recognized in the Benezit Dictionary of Artists. She exhibited in 1872 at the Paris Salon as well as at an 1879 exhibition in London, and from 1879 showed work at the annual salon of the Société des aquarellistes français. Although a minor artist, her work has been on display at the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris and other museums around France. Her illuminated Haggadah of Pesach is in the Braginsky Collection.

    Charlotte de Rothschild’s interest extended to music, entertaining musician friends such as Georges Bizet and Camille Saint-Saëns. Charlotte de Rothschild’s lifetime of involvement in art and music would greatly influence her offspring, producing writers, actors and playwrights.

  2. Thank Jack

    Chopin is a gift for Sunday morning or any other day of the week.  Ms Wang is both talented and lovely.

    Patd Thank you for the additional history lesson.  I would love to see that Haggadah

  3. jamie, about that painting from the braginsky collection:

    In his memoirs, the first modern Jewish painter, Moritz Daniel Oppenheim (1800–1882) wrote: “But the culmination of my instruction came when she illustrated the Haggadah for her uncle Amschel.

    I made the designs for the subjects, and she carried them out in the style of old missals. . . . For this she procured . . . from the Paris Library manuscripts with illuminated miniatures.” Oppenheim is referring to Charlotte von Rothschild (1807–1859), the niece of Amschel Mayer Rothschild (1773–1855), for whom she created the Haggadah on the occasion of his seventieth birthday. She included a German dedication and wrote her initials on the back of a chair in the scene of a contemporary seder. While some of Oppenheim’s preparatory sketches are discussed in art-historical literature, until the manuscript’s recent acquisition for the Braginsky Collection researchers were unaware the codex was extant.

    See the source image

  4. from gerth at courier-journal:

    Friday was a terrific day for Kentucky — particularly for its court system.
    First, the Kentucky Supreme Court stepped into the fray and blocked two lower courts rulings that struck down Beshear’s coronavirus orders meant to protect us all from the virus.
    This was important for numerous reasons, not the least of which is that people will die if Beshear’s orders are invalidated and businesses are allowed to go back like it was before the virus struck, with no rules or requirements regarding masks or social distancing.
    In its unanimous order, the court acknowledged the governor is given broad authority to deal with situations like the virus and that its order was necessary to ensure Kentucky has a “clear and consistent statewide public heath policy.”
    In doing so, the court took the cases from uber-conservative judges — handpicked by Cameron and Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles — who had filed a more limited suit against Beshear’s orders.
    The court will hear the cases and decide later whether Beshear acted within the law when he declared a state of emergency and issued a range of orders and regulations to deal with it. 
    If the court rules against Beshear, he may have to call the legislature back into a costly and time-consuming special session to ask for emergency legislation to fight the virus, including giving schools the ability to use nontraditional instruction methods — such as distance learning — to protect students, teachers and families.
    In its order, the Supreme Court told the circuit courts to go ahead and decide any cases they want on the issue, “but no order, however characterized, shall be effective.” By the end of Friday, Boone Circuit Judge Rick Brueggemann, hadn’t even bothered to file an order striking down Beshear’s mandates as he said he was going to do the night before.
    He must have figured it was like writing a term paper for which he knew he wouldn’t get a grade.
    Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell also gets credit for dropping the bogus felony charges the Louisville Metro Police filed against 87 protesters who sat in Cameron’s front yard and chanted slogans earlier in the week. They were urging Cameron to charge police officers involved in the March 13 shooting of Breonna Taylor in her apartment. 

  5. For those wanting to read rather than hear SFB the White House briefings and statements page has the transcripts of the rantings of a mad man.  You can see the degeneration happening over time, rather rapidly too.  You can see where someone fed him some information, most often what fits in his alternative universe, and how it was so simple.  Imagine talking to a three year old and using cartoons to show what you are talking about. Sad.  He is a mess.

  6. that story on GOPers fighting covid mandates ordered by dem governor in KY is just an echo of what they’re doing across the country – GA, FL, AZ et alia

  7. Like my last post yesterday suggested, the stupid is strong in Kentucky. You can’t swing a dead cat in that state and not hit an idiot. Good on the KYSC for showing that the governor is one person In the state other than them with a lick of sense. 

  8. the only reason i can think of why the GOP wants to lift covid regulations and cause/risk loss of tens of thousands lives, is because most of those lost lives will be persons of color, the poor, and the migrant.  in other words mainly democratic voters.  if they get the chance to vote that is.

    and let’s not forget the other major group affected, the elderly.  could be the GOPers way of solving the medicare deficit problem. 

  9. Pat
     You are making the assumption that there is logic behind Trump/Republican’s approach to covid-19.  Mostly they are hoping (as our governor is) tht they can ride out the storm until election day. Making bad bet imo that Covid-19 won’t ravage their rural base.  Kinda one of those rural prejudices that all bad things are isolated to the big city.  BTW our governor is Gomer Pyle. 

  10. Trump pushes back against critics on coronavirus, addresses whether he will accept election results in exclusive interview
    The whole interview. Wallace does it right. Fact checks in realtime. Most like the CBS reporter last week don’t. 

  11. That he didn’t have a clue about the difference between 1492 and 1619 is all you need to know about his command of historical information.

    When Wallace informs him that 1619 means slavery, his blank expression is nauseating.


  12. Jamie
    Oh, god that response was simply tragic. That this man is President will haunt this country for a long time.  

  13. When people say “everything trump touches, dies”, i think “uh, he’s already ‘touched’ the federal government”.

  14. a big swath of this area just had an electrical outage that lasted 2 hours.  bad timing when it’s 90+ sultry muggy degrees.   at least it may encourage outdoor-in-the-shade social distancing activities for the maskless church goers and barflies.

  15. what they said about their latest ad:

    July 18th, 2020 – The Lincoln Project today released a new ad, “Wall”, calling out the Trump administration’s inaction on the global COVID-19 pandemic by comparing the number of American lives lost, illustrated by a wall of coffins, to Trump’s infamous U.S.-Mexico border wall.
    “140,000 American lives have been lost because of Donald Trump. And millions of families will never be the same again. It’s imperative we vote him out this November.” said Lincoln Project co-founder John Weaver.
    With 140,000 lives lost and counting, Americans continue to witness the Trump administration’s ineptitude in overdrive. Our shared suffering must end on November 3rd.

  16. Jeremy Roenick Claims NBC Firing Was Anti-Straight Discrimination

    Roenick also alleges that the network retaliated against him because he was an outspoken supporter of President Trump in 2016.
    Roenick was let go after joking on the “Spittin’ Chiclets” podcast about having a threesome with his wife and Kathryn Tappen, a coworker, in a discussion about a vacation in Portugal.
    “I’m swimming with my wife and Kathryn, and they’ve got their bikinis on, and they look f—in’ smokin’,” he said on the podcast in December. “Ass and boobs everywhere. It’s great.”

    Roenick was quickly suspended. He issued an apology, and his supervisor, Sam Flood, subsequently informed him that he was fired.

    Ok, I thought I’d heard it all. “Anti-Straight discrimination” Ha ha. These Trumpers, oh fuck. 

  17. “Celebrities should keep their mouths shut about politics!”

    *gets political analyses from hockey players*

  18. Instead of (or in addition to) the national debt clock, the should start a national death clock.  Oh, wait.  We probably won’t have good numbers if they don’t report to the CDC.   
    Watching a local, political show.   They’ve gone after Dr. Fauci twice…for not having the answer to COVID.  They also went after all experts and said a technocracy was a bad thing; too narrowly focused and not simple enough.   Dude, sometimes you need to focus.  Not all things are simple.   He also said FDR was the dumbest president, and, lauded Ronald Regan.   What I wouldn’t give to trade Orange Julius for Ronny/Nancy, right now.   Remember the good, old days when W was the most inept POTUS?   

  19. Bid, there is a trump death clock on a billboard in times square and one on a truck that visited various places like tulsa rally .

  20. Maybe FDR wasn’t all that smart, but he picked a number of geniuses to advise him, and followed their advice. If he hadn’t, he would have been a one termer like that brilliant engineer, herbert hoover. 
    Yes by comparison to don john, the Antichrist, reagan and the bushes look terrific : bright, organized, responsible, ethical, educable and honest. Among republicans at least, Darwin was wrong.

  21. By getting the saudis to end their ‘oil war’ with russia, trump saved not only Texas, but (and more importantly for trump) also putin’s ass. The only flourishing non-extractive businesses in russia are weapons and war. The second is supported by oil sales.  No oil sales profits = no projection of russian power into the outer world. 

  22. I don’t get why Trump is scaring away his own turnout for mail-in voting. Instead depending on them to show up at polls in a growing pandemic seems dicey.

  23. huffpo:

    Nikki Haley attempted to scare voters away from Joe Biden, but her efforts made some people wonder if she was actually working for the Democrats.
    The former Republican governor of South Carolina tweeted a link to an Axios story about the influence that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will have on Biden’s campaign.
    The tweet was intended to sway potential undecided voters toward President Donald Trump, but it ignored the fact that many Democratic voters actually want Biden to embrace more progressive policies.
    As a result, many Twitter users thought Haley’s tweet actually made a good case for a Biden presidency.
    Some wondered if Haley was actually endorsing Biden.
    This is the third time in a week that a Republican has tweeted something intended to be anti-Democrat only to get the opposite reaction.
    On Thursday, Steve Guest, the Republican Party’s rapid response director, was brutally mocked on Twitter after he tried to link Warren to voter fraud for joking that her dog, Bailey, would be “voting Democrat” in November.
    On Monday, Guest attempted to tie Biden to Washington’s controversial NFL team by posting an old photo of him at a game.
    Problem was, Guest used an adorable photo of the former vice president with one of his sons and only ended up making Biden look like a doting dad.
    He ended up deleting the tweet.

  24. These crazed republican morons, child abusers, and shoplifters breed. They’re a great argument for abortion and euthanasia. 

  25. It’s a coup in progress right now real time.  That would mean, of course, that certain other parties might have some say-so in our military’s coming and going.  But our lovely little gop morons mean to take total control.

  26. I’d always been hoping Chris would find some Mike in him.  He ain’t outa the woods yet, but step by step, inch by inch…..

  27. Chris would be among the first to learn from some murdochs or other if the times they are a’changing.

    It’ll sneak up on the rest of those goobers.

  28. Nietzsche said the average “truth” lasts twenty years.  Man, I hope this is the twentieth year.

    PSA:  Everybody wear a damned, face mask for the next 12 weeks, please. Stop arguing about who said what, when.    If you do this one, tiny thing, we will all have something to be thankful for at Thanksgiving.  Transmission should be stopped.  Of course, the wee virus will still exist out there somewhere, waiting to reappear, but a lot fewer folks will have gotten sick and/or died…and it could be any one of us.  I can’t imagine not wearing a mask on an airplane, ever, but I would really like to go to shows, etc., again.  To sing along, dance, smile and applaud.   That won’t happen, the economy won’t rebound, until this is under control.   It’s such a little thing to do for yourselves, your families, and, your neighbors.   

  30. Tony and all, if you read Mary Trump’s book, you’ll see and understand all of the craziness the orange bucket of lard says in an interview and otherwise. 

  31. I just want him gone.  Why he’s a monster is of no consequence to me.  It certainly won’t reframe him as a character deserving of any sympathy.  It will only serve as a cautionary tale to watch out for lying, narcissists with a penchant for fascism.  

    Kudos to Mary, though, if it persuades anyone to vote against him in November.

  32. One thing for sure…..he really really hates Chris Wallace now.    lol
    He’s probably throwing furniture.

  33. My tallest sunflower of the season is topping-out at around 11’-12’, btw; pretty neat.  Must be the Covid🤷‍♂️

    (cannot figure out how to post a pic with this phone😭)

    [oh no, the Chinese government knows i have Vampire Weekend in my clipboard, noooooooooo…]

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