Sandra Reemer, Dutch singer and television personality (1950–2017), pictured here in 1979, when she represented the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest for the third time, this time as frontwoman of the band Xandra | photo source: geheugenvannederland.nl
Norman Reedus is currently being interviewd with JDM and Gregg Nicotero on Dutch tv and the presenter asked him about his favorite setpiece he kept.
Norman said it was the turtle from his episode with Beth and that he wrote her a little lovenote and gave it to her.
“Santa Claus (Leading Aircraftman Fred Fazan from London) hands out presents to Dutch children at Volkel, 13 December 1944.
This is Hawker Tempest Mk.V W2-A (NV700) based at B.70 Volkel Air Base near Uden, Netherlands. (possibly flown by Wing Commander Evan Mackie (DSO, DFC)
Members of No 122 Wing had saved their sweet ration for weeks, and contributed enough money to give the children their first proper Christmas party. It was noted by the photographer that this year Santa was afraid of Messerschmitts, so he decided to come by RAF Tempest!”
Photo source - IWM CL 1729
Royal Air Force official photographer
Clark N S (P/O)
Colorised by Benoit Vienne from France.
via World War Colorisation on FB
“The tsar was consecrated last Sunday according to the manners and customs of this country. The people and the courtiers were all superbly turned out, dressed in cloth of gold and silver; a number of them had their coats and tall hats very richly embroidered, decked with a quantity of pearls. Prince Mikhail Dolgoruky threw liberal handfuls of gold and silver pieces to the people. There was present a teeming mass of people of all sorts, shouting at the tops of their voices, wishing the prince all kinds of prosperity. However certain of them, over eager to gather up the money, were trampled under foot.” - Van Zeller, a Dutch statesman present at the coronation of Feodor III
Catechismus der muzijk door J. Verschuere Reijnvaen … Amsterdam, J. de Jong en L.J. Burgvliet, 1787. 1 p. ℓ., xv (i), 232 p., 38 pl. (fold.) 22 cm. Engr. t.-p. First edition Amsterdam, 1787.
Rare books for music have an insane number of fold-out pages that are used to illustrate the musical concepts and structure discussed in the text. In honor of the first week of classes here at the University of Iowa, we present Dutch organist Joos[t] Reynvaan’s Catechismus der muzijk, a theory text with THIRTY-EIGHT fold-outs. This rather high number of fold-outs results from an endnote-style presentation of all the text’s musical examples. There’s a fold-out every few chapters that contains the numbered musical examples for the chapters preceding.
Today’s post examines plates 1 and 2.
Plate Number 1: Clefs
Reynvaan uses the first plate to illustrate his initial discussion of scales and clefs.
Figure 11 shows expanded scales on the three most common clefs; treble, bass, and alto.
Plate Number 2: Rhythm and Meter
Reynvaan explains divisions of time in music starting with an empty measure (figure 1) and then launching in the duple and triple meters. Then he gets down to individual note and rest values (figures 4, 8, 15, 17). The figures in between show how how note values align within measures. From what Dutch could be deciphered using the crudest of translation tools (aka, Google Translate), Reynvaan spends a good portion of the text explaining why duple meter isn’t used for everything, which is why I think there are so many example of triplet figured in duple time.
That’s all for today, but there 36 more plates to go!
And to new students of music theory, take a moment to realize that you are learning the same basic principles of notation that an organist taught to his students in 1787. How incredible is that?!?
*As a postscript, it’s possible too much fun was had attempting to translate Dutch in order to write this post.