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“Hola and welcome to FourFourTwo (or should that be FourThreeThree?!). My first interview with the magazine was in 2006, and since then I’ve been interviewed a few times. But this is the first time I’ve been guest editor, and what a privilege it is.

“As well as the main cover interview in which I discuss a selection of my career highlights, there’s a piece on the other members of the 500-goal club (which I had the great honour of joining during the week that I edited the magazine) and a look back at the La Masia team I played in, featuring Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique to name but two of a host of team-mates who were brilliant both on and off the field.

“We also went over to Milan to speak to my former Argentina captain Javier Zanetti, while Ronaldinho picks his Perfect XI – here’s hoping I’ve made the cut…” - Leo Messi

Team Trophy Husband Jack

I honestly now want the fic where Jack might be an extremely successful hockey player, etc, but for the rest of the world who don’t follow NHL and sport news, he’s Eric Bittle’s trophy husband.

Eric Bittle, who has his own Cooking Show, a Baking Contest Reality TV spin off, a chain of bakeries expanding all over the country, a series of books, and is a guest editor in some cooking magazines.

He’s Beyonce’s go to guy for Blue Ivy’s birthday cakes.

So yeah, his husband married him for the money. Never mind that they are college sweethearts and they married before Bitty had his big break.

And Bitty married him for his good looks. I mean Jack looks like a model, has that amazing bod and booty and is pretty much silent anytime they are in front of the cameras, it is clear he’s the classic dumb jock stereotype.

Bitty always gets extremely offended by that, Jack thinks it’s hilarious. He might play it up sometimes just to get out of interviews.

Jack always endlessly amused that the paparazzi that follow them are there for Bitty. They don’t particularly care about Jack. Their photos appear in the magazines as “Eric Bittle and husband.”

Jack has managed his life long dream of achieving invisibility in the media by marrying somebody who overshadows him. It is everything he ever wanted. He brags about it to anybody who will listen.

Bitty remains annoyed.

Once they are home, after going to a premiere of something/red carpet event.

“You have won 3 Stanley Cups! One two weeks ago! Why don’t they ask you about that? They only asked you what you were wearing!”

“Hugo Boss” Jack says without missing a bit.

“You could try not to make it so easy for them.”

“Fall Collection.”

“You are enjoying this too much.”

“Besides Bitty, you ordered a Pumpkin Spice drink today and went to do your own grocery shopping, how could I compare to that?”

“Jack this isn’t funny! I’m proud of you and I want them to know that.”

“I’m proud of you too, I mean, look at you walking down the street with sunglasses on.”

“I hate you.”

“Oh look, you are cheating on me with Shitty, Ransom, and Chowder… oh, also with Lardo? Bitty, I could forgive the first three, but not Lardo!”

“That’s it, you cannot buy anymore tabloids.”

“But Bitty! This magazine says we are getting a divorce! If I hadn’t bought the magazine, I wouldn’t have known to start packing my bags. Also, I apparently didn’t sign any prenup, so you owe me a lot of money.”

“I might leave you for Lardo after all.”

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It’s time to close our special Harp Music Week, here on Musica in Extenso! For the final post I choose a work from a famous and prodigious composer, Claude Debussy.

Today on Musica in Extenso:

Claude Debussy

Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp

One of the most unknown and underrated chamber works by Debussy. It has an unusual instrument combination, chosen by Debussy as a best for the mood of the piece. Changing between pleasant and dissonant, with unique chord progressions, it’s truly a gem of early 20th century chamber music. The link will take you to a split 3 part recording, I chose this one because it’s simply the best one.

Movements:

  1. Pastorale
  2. Interlude
  3. Finale

Thank you for your attention and special thanks to the Editorial Board! Have a beautiful weekend!

Lada, Guest-Editor

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We are approaching to the final of this special Harp Music Week, here on Musica in Extenso. I observed on this blog, that Melinda Beasi @cantationem, pays a special attention to Female Composers - a great series, that caught my eye and I decided to write today about a very interesting female composer, Sophia Dussek.

Today on Musica in Extenso:

Sophia Dussek

Sonata for harp in c-moll, op. 3, n.3 (1797)

Now let’s get into older music, there’s plenty for the harp, especially from the classical period, thanks to the Dussek family. As you may have noticed, this piece was composed by a woman, which was unusual for that time, and to this day it’s still sometimes falsely attributed to her husband (also a composer). Dussek, née Corri was half Italian, and her Italian ancestry is very audible in this composition. Especially in the first two movements, and in the minore of the third movement. It’s charming, mysterious, and at times it resembles the rococo period. The piece starts with a sober Allegro, its first few notes resembling a powerful church organ, and gets progressively more insane, ending with the Rondo Allegro, best described with a very non-academic term, “like an acid trip”. The Andantino makes a bridge between those two.

 Stay tuned! - Lada, Guest-Editor

Sword Art Online season 3 confirmed for production following -Ordinal Scale-

According to the source who confirmed the SAO movie’s worldwide release, season 3 was also a topic of discussion at SakuraCon. According to the guests (author Reki Kawahara, editor Kazuma Miki, and producer Shinichiro Kashiwada of Aniplex), season 3 of SAO will begin production once -Ordinal Scale- is finished.

This is direct confirmation from both Aniplex and Kawahara that season 3 will be happening. A release is likely (but still unconfirmed) for 2018.