Monday, October 27, 2014

Franciscan University of Steubenville


[Photo By: KPA]

The road going uphill (behind the university sign) is Franciscan Way, and leads to the university.

Up front are probably the Utica Cliffs, with what looks like exposed shale.

(More on this, and more photos on the conference The Power of Beauty, soon.)
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Posted By: Kidist Paulos Asrat
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Friday, October 17, 2014

The Power of Beauty Conference: Reclaiming Beauty (Update)

NYRGeorgeWashingtonBridge.jpg
Hudson River with the George Washington Bridge: View from the Cloisters
[Photo by KPA]

An adviser said it wasn't a good idea to post the progress of my speech's development for The Power of Beauty conference in the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He said it would take away the element of surprise.

I agree!

I've removed the "transcript" and will post the conference proceedings, or any video that might be available, after the conference.

Here is the conference program.

I am presenting on Saturday, October 25, at 10:40 am, Session A. I have been asked to prepare a 25 minute talk, and will have about 15 minutes for questions. I present with Dr. Linus Meldrum who is assistant professor of Fine Arts at the university.
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Posted By: Kidist P. Asrat
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Dvorak: Symphony No.8 in G major, Op.88 I, Allegro con brio


Antonin Dvorak
Symphony No.8 in G major, Op.88
Movement I. Allegro con brio
Conducted By: Herbert von Karajan
August 15, 1974
Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg

The symphony is in four movements:
- Allegro con brio (G major) [which is posted here]
- Adagio (C minor)
- Allegretto grazioso – Molto vivace (G minor)
- Allegro ma non troppo (G major)
The work is scored for 2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo), 2 oboes (1st doubling English horn), 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, and strings.
The orchestration of piccolo and English Horn is unusual in this symphony. The piccolo only sustains a long note in unison with the flute at the exposition of the 1st movement and the English Horn only plays a short, but exposed phrase during the second recapitulation of the main "bird call" theme, also in the 1st movement. In some editions the 2nd oboe doubles on English horn rather than the 1st oboe as indicated in most scores.
A typical performance of the Eighth lasts about 36 minutes, making it one of Dvořák's shorter symphonies.
[Source: Wikipedia]

More detail on the composition here.
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Posted By: Kidist P. Asrat
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fall Red

[Photo Triptych By: Kidist P. Asrat]

I didn't get to post on Thanksgiving (Monday), so Happy Thanksgiving to all Canadians!

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Posted By: Kidist P. Asrat
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Flute Sonata


Jean Baptiste Loeillet
Sonata in A Minor Op.1 No.1, 1. Largo
Performed by: Ion Bogdan Stefanescu - Flute
With Costin Soare - Guitar
Little is known about Jean Baptiste Loeillet de Gant’s life, but his solo recorder sonatas have retained their popularity from their origins in the Baroque period to the present day. Strongly influenced by the violin sonatas of Corelli, these pieces combine Italian and French characteristics to create expressive and virtuoso chamber music of the greatest elegance and finesse. Daniel Rothert brings his “warm, refined tone” (American Record Guide) to a selection of the best sonatas from Opp. I–IV [Source: Naxos.com]
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Cathedral Forest

This is a post from October 2010, at Camera Lucida.



[Photos By: KPA]

Here are two almost identical shots of fall trees that I took in High Park, Toronto's largest park - which is more of a wood/forest - several years ago. I developed and printed them myself, and kept both as pieces with passing grades. It takes tens of trials to get the saturation and color level "just" right - often I have to come back another day in order to get a fresh perspective, and not continue printing without much of a difference.

I like the top photo because the "end" is clear - a burst of trees in focus with shimmering golden lights. The bottom one, in my view, shows a more elusive path. The trees in the back are slightly out of focus yet the glow of the light is more intense, which is what draws one further into the image.

In the top photograph, the path to the trees is less clear (not focused) while the bottom photograph has a clear path, also bathed with the light of the sun.

The photos were taken in late afternoon, when the light from the sun was muted.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

"Preserving this West"

Here is an email I sent to Larry Auster, while he was ill:
Larry,

As someone who grew up in the West, yet who comes from a non-Western background, you have helped me so much in remaining calm and confident when all those around me were ready and happy to knock down this wonderful and beautiful civilization.

I now continue in preserving this West from these alien, destructive forces.

Here is a Mozart piano sonata, which I hope you will enjoy listening to.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4RZiaBlkodE#at=375

(If this doesn't open, you can listen to it here.)

Kidist

[Note: the youtube page has been discontiued, but the Sonatas can be listened to here]
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