Quotes that are NOT Shakespeare:

1. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. (Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

2. When I saw you I fell in love and you smiled because you knew (Arrigo Boito)

3. Expectation is the root of all heartache (unknown, but not Shakespeare)

Quotes that ARE Shakespeare:

1. Fie, foh, and fum / I smell the blood of a British man. (King Lear)

2. If you can mock a leek, you can eat a leek. (Henry V)

3. I’ll do it in my shirt (Love’s Labour’s Lost)

Conclusion: ????

Check your goddamn sources and revel in the fact that real Shakespeare is far more entertaining than faux Shakespeare.

Post-It Notes, ch12

on Ao3

ch1 | ch2 | ch3 | ch4 | ch5 | ch6 | ch7 | ch8 | ch9 | ch10 | ch11 | ch12

oops sorry about that long wait! hope this makes up for it!
huge thanks to @sunlitshowers and @megatraven for helping me work through this chapter. i owe you my life tbh
and shoutout to @reyxa and @agrestenoir for listening to me scream into the void and smash my head against the keyboard as i wrote this!!

i hope you guys like it!!!!

Adrien Agreste is horribly, visibly nervous. He stands in front of his locker, aggressively tapping his foot and refreshing his text messages with Nino again—

From: lover boi
To: alya’s bf
Hey i need u to come to my locker i’m freaking out

—and again—

From: lover boi
To: alya’s bf

It’s important i have done something horrifically stupid
Even by my standards

—and again.

From: lover boi
To: alya’s bf

Bro it has been fifteen minutes where in the fuc k

Adrien can’t stop thinking about it. About how he had asked Marinette out. About how her hand had felt in his, and how badly he wants to feel that again.

About how she didn’t look at the note before he’d left.

About how he might have ruined everything.

His post-it note game had turned into a gamble, and the universe’s slot machine is refusing to tell him if he’s won or lost the bet. Finally, his phone vibrates.

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You guys! I reached 666 followers and in honour of this special number let me introduce to you a bunch of my favourite devils, demons and wicked creatures from literature and movies:

✣ Mephistopheles [a main character in the ”Faust” legend, from which many writers and musicians as Goethe and Boito took inspiration]

✣ Asmodeus [from “The Devil on Two Sticks” by Alain R. Le Sage - 1841]

✣ Old Scratch or The Black Man [from “The Devil and Tom Walker”, a short story by Washington Irwing - 1824]

✣ Woland [from “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov - 1967]  

 Matilda or Rosario [from the 1796 gothic novel “The Monk” by Matthew Gregory Lewis]

 Black Phillip [from the movie “The Witch” written and directed by Robert Eggers - 2015]

 Zarenyia [my damn favourite one, from the novel “A Long Spoon” by Jonathan L. Howard - wearing her angora sweater, a gift from Johannes Cabal (a necromancer of some little infamy)]

 Declan Gunn or Lucifer [from “I, Lucifer” by Glen Duncan - 2003]

 Hastur [from “The King in Yellow” by Robert W. Chambers and appeared in other Cthulhu mythos by Ambrose Bierce and Lovecraft]

 John Melmoth or Melmoth the Wanderer [from the marvellous 1820 gothic novel “Memoth the Wanderer” by Charles Robert Maturin]

 The Devil [from “Peter Schlemihl’s Miraculous Story” by Adelbert von Chamisso - 1814]

 A. J. Crowley [an angel who did not so much fall as saunter vaguely downwards, from “Good Omens” an amazing book by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman]

 Lilith [a III century A.D. demoness from the Babylonian Talmud and some Jewish legends - she refused to become subservient to Adam so she left the Garden of Eden (you go girl!)]

Thank you so much, guys! 

Hello world!

I just survived my music analysis exam, since I’m now free I’m going to use this chance to stay active on the blog. So, as people suggested in the last post, I’m going to speak about the experience of studying in Italy.

So, I was born and raised in Italy and, despite all the flaws you can find in the Italian Education System, I’m quite sure it is still one of the best in the world.

First thing you need to know, if you are planning to come to study in Italy, is that italian universities only offer courses in the italian language (except faculties like medicine in big cities like Milan), so yes, if you want to attend an italian school you’ll need a language certification. The best thing about Italian Education System is that is FREE, and by free I mean that, until university, you don’t have to pay anything to study (except the price of books). Universities are public too, but you have to pay some taxes which can go from 900 euros (that’s the case of most conservatories) to 2000 euros per year, but that’s nothing in front of the costs of english or american universities, for example.

Italian school is known for its high standards, history (as you know, Bologna university was the very first one in the world), and for its theorical approach to subjects. Since middle school, students start studying really hard. Italian kids are used to study approximately 5/7 hours per day (especially in high school), that’s also why most of italian students don’t work, not even part-time. This system provides students an high level of education, but it can be stressfull and it lacks of a pratical approach. Very often, when italian students go (for example for a master) studying abroad, they find out that yes, they have a larger knowledge than the others, but even if they KNOW things, they don’t always know HOW TO DO things.

At italian conservatories it’s exactly the same thing: we study a lot of theory, history etc, but we have few classes of improvisation and performance, which must be replaced by masterclass and other kinds of experiences.

In italian conservatories you can find 3 different courses: baroque music, classical music, and jazz music, for each instrument.

Studying music in Italy can be fascinating, because you find yourself surrounded by the same places, traditions and cities that inspired the greates masters. We def have amazing teachers, but since conservatories are public and statal (not all of them, but that’s a different and complex story) schools, the best teachers usually prefer to work at Accademie (which are post-graduated perfecting schools), since they are private schools that can pay better. 

If you’re interested in studying at an Italian Conservatory, I would suggest you not to look only for “conservatories”, since not all of the Institutes have been transformed into “conservatories” yet. The “”“real”“” conservatories nowadays are the oldest ones, like the ones of Milan, Naples, Florence.. but the whole country is FULL of Institutes which work the same way, and that are proper conservatories (which will give you the same degree), but I don’t know way (I suppose because Italian Politics are strange and slow) they are not called the same way. For example I study at Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali P. Mascagni, located in Livorno, Tuscany. It is not called “conservatorio”, but it is one indeed. So my advice is to look for “Istituti Pareggiati” too, because some of them are really good, and can offer good teachers.

A brief list of the best conservatories in Italy (even if it depends on which department you’re interested in):

-Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi, Milan

-Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia, Rome

-Conservatorio Di Musica E.F. Dall'Abaco, Verona

-Fondazione Scuola Di Musica Di Fiesole, Fiesole (Florence)

-Istituto Musicale Boccherini, Lucca

-Conservatorio Arrigo Boito, Parma

-Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Tartini, Trieste

Hope you liked the post,

If you have doubts or if you’re just curious don’t esistate to ask! Use the ask section, and I’ll be happy to answer to every question. 

I’m sorry for any english mistakes, but as you know it isn’t my first language



Operas based on texts

In case anyone is interested, here are a number of books/plays/poems (excluding Shakespeare) that various operas are based on. A fair few of them are rather different to the opera but they’re nonetheless incredibly interesting to read:

Manon Lescaut - Prèvost (Manon Lescaut, Puccini, Manon, Massenet) 

Madame Chrysanthème - Loti (Madame Butterfly, Puccini

La Vie de Bohème - Murger (La Bohème, Puccini)

Thaïs - France (Thaïs, Massenet)

Carmen - Mérimée (Carmen, Bizet)

War and Peace - Tolstoy (War and Peace, Prokofiev) 

Le Mariage de Loti - Loti (Lakmé, Delibes)

The Sorrows of Young Werther - Goethe (Werther, Massenet)

Faust - Goethe (Faust, Gounod, La damnation de Faust, Berlioz, Mefistofele, Boito)

The Bride of Lammermoor - Scott (Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti)

Yevgeny Onegin - Pushkin (Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky)

Boris Godunov - Pushkin (Boris Godunov, Mussorgsky)

La dame aux camélias - Dumas (La Traviata, Verdi)

Happy reading!