John Martin (1789–1854, England)

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John Martin was an English Romantic painter and one of the most popular artists of his day. He was celebrated for his typically vast and melodramatic paintings of religious subjects and fantastic compositions, populated with minute figures placed in imposing landscapes. His dramatic and subjective style of composition was in stark contrast to the emerging schools of naturalism and realism, which led his work to fall out of critical favour soon after his death, however a revival in interest has occured towards the end of the 20th century, and now his major works are popular pieces of many museum’s collections.

Belshazzar: Head Of Gold (FE) Opener
Scott Jones & Femi D. Daniel
Belshazzar: Head Of Gold (FE) Opener

The Opener to my diddle band show “Belshazzar: Head Of Gold”, drum book by @theotherscojo and horn book by your’s truly!

We’re both having a blast with this collaboration and were excited to continue the drum corps hype train till the 2017 season!

Reps are…

Belshazzar’s Feast by Sir William Walton



MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN — The Writing’s on the Wall,

 According to Biblical history in the Book of Daniel, the Babylonian King Belshazzar once hosted a large feast while the city of Babylon was under siege by the Medes and Persians in 539 BC. The Babylonian Empire had previously conquered the Kingdom of Judah and Israel, and the Hebrew people were in exile.  During the feast, King Belshazzar and his court were using treasures taken from the Hebrew Temple as decorations, drinking vessels, and dinnerware.  Suddenly, in the midst of the feasting, the hand God appeared from the sky, and wrote in large Hebrew letters upon the wall, “MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN”. Belshazzar has his diviners and magicians attempt to read and interpret the writing, but they cannot.  So Belshazzar sends for the Prophet Daniel.

Daniel interprets the writing, “Number, number, weighed, and divided”. While cryptic, the meaning of it is simple.  Belshazzar’s days are numbered, the Babylonian Empire has been weighed and found wanting, and the empire will be divided among the invaders.  The next day the Medes and Persians breeched the walls of Babylon, Belshazzar is killed, and the empire fell.  MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.

You might as well turn the current of the Niagara with a ladies’ fan as to prevent scheming and intrigue at Washington.

Martin Van Buren, on the constant political intrigues in the nation’s capital, in a letter to C.C. Camberling, December 17, 1828. 

It’s worth noting that Van Buren’s own tactics during his career in politics earned him nicknames such as “the Little Magician”, “the Red Fox of Kinderhook”, “the Wizard of Kinderhook”, “American Talleyrand”, “the Enchanter”, and “the Machiavellian Belshazzar” among others.


Sibelius - Belshazzar’s Feast, Op 51 - III Nocturne



Locality:  Belshazzar Mine, Quartzburg District, Boise Co., Idaho, USA

An important United States gold specimen: Gold from this small mine near Boise was found in this quality only once in a spectacular, small lucky find of around 2005 (with a metal detector on the old dumps). This specimen is one of the largest and finest known from the find

It masses 540 grams (17.36 troy ounces), putting it among the largest golds known from unusual USA locales, and among the top few specimens from this location.

Furore - your lover’s just deserted you.  Your rival is on the throne of the kingdom.  You’re about to go into battle.  What is there to do, but sing your heart out?

Alcina | Barbara, io ben lo so //Laura Cherici

Rodelinda | Tuo drudo è mio rivale // Steve Davislim

Rodelinda | Lo faro, dirò, spietato //Sonia Prina

Arianna in Creta | Qui ti sfido // Philippe Jaroussky

Semele | Iris, hence away // Marilyn Horne

Ottone, rè di Germania | Dell’onde ai fieri moti // Drew Minter

Orlando | Fammi combattere // Drew Minter

Giulio Cesare | Al lampo dell’armi // Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Arianna in Creta | Mirami altero in volto // Lorraine Hunt Lieberson

Farnace | Se mi dai morte // Philippe Jaroussky

Alcina | Vorrei vendicarmi // Sonia Prina

Ariodante | Tu preparati a morire // Janet Baker

Giulio Cesare | Empio, dirò, tu sei // Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Berenice | Si, tra i ceppi // Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Juditha Triumphans | Armate face et anguibus // Marina Comparato

Tamerlano | A dispetto // David Daniels

Semele | No, no, I’ll take no less // Kathleen Battle

Scipione | Scoglio d’immoto fronte // Sandrine Piau

Arianna in Creta | Qual leon // Max Emanuel Cencic

Ariodanto | Il tuo sangue // Stuart Burrowes

Alceste | Divinités du Styx // Janet Baker

Amadigi di Gaula | Desterò dall’empia dite // Magdalena Kožená

Antigona | Sarò qual è torrente // Magdalena Kožená

Ariodante | Dover, giustizia, amor // Xavier Sabata

Giulio Cesare | Domerò la tua fierezza  // Xavier Sabata

Partenope | Furibundo spira il vento // Nathalie Stutzmann

La Lucrezia | Il suol che preme // Véronique Gens

Belshazzar | Destructive War // James Bowman


Nabodinus: Last King of Babylon by Roger Payne.

Nabonidus (Akkadian Nabû-na?id, “Nabu is praised”) was the last king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire, reigning from 556-539BC when Babylon fell to Cyrus, king of Persia. After a popular rising led by the priests of Marduk, chief god of the city, Nabonidus, who favoured the moon god Sin, made his son Belshazzar co-regent and spent much of his reign in Arabia.

Returning to Babylon in 539 BC, he was captured by Cyrus’ general Gobryas and exiled. A wonderfully evocative and detailed depiction of ancient Babylon at the time of it’s last king.