The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s triennial international survey compared test scores from 65 countries. Happiness was ranked based on the percentage of students who agreed or disagreed with the statement “I feel happy at school.” Test scores were ranked based on the combined individual rankings of the students’ math, reading, and science scores.
Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] [Special Edition] Disc 2
Beyond the Forest| Howard Shore
Tauriel also yearns to understand more of the outside world, for there is also softness and kindness outside the seclusion of Mirkwood ̶ and its light can shine in the least-suspected places. Philippa Boyens’ text “The White Light of Forever” acknowledges this openness in Tauriel’s character by combining Khuzdul and Sindarin lyrics with probing harmonic progressions: “Hae ephadron / theri thaur / am na dhû / ias fir i ambar / A trehil i ‘alad 'lân uir tri 'wilith” (“I go walking / Beyond the Forest / Where the world falls away / and the white light / Of forever fills the air”).
-Doug Adams (Author, The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films)
now that halloween is nearly upon us, i wanted to put together a small list of some soundtracks/instrumentals i love listening to when i start to feel ~spooky~. i’ll probably add more as the days go on, but this is a start!
Legendary Dutch conductor William Mengelberg’s score of the Fourth Symphony by Gustav Mahler, with both his and the composer’s notes. One of the annotations – at the bottom of the page quoting Mahler’s comments from rehearsal – indicates that the introduction of the famous, lilting first theme should be played like a Viennese waltz. This and other tempo markings, corrections and musical indications have proven to be critical to our understanding of this piece [not to mention to the modern performing edition].
Mengelberg was one of Mahler’s foremost advocates and invited him to Amsterdam numerous times to present his work at Concertgebouw. One of those visits, in 1904, was the occasion for a special double performance of the Fourth from which this score dates. Here are Mahler and Mengelberg two years later, with conductor and composer Alphonse Diepenbrock on the right:
In 1939 Mengeberg recorded the Fourth Symphony with Concertgebouw, a performance which remains one of the most intriguing Mahler readings I’ve heard. Download it [zip, 105mb].
went to the fleamarket today, and there’s a fellow who sells a lot of animal parts, including a ton of bones, little taxidermied things, etc. at any rate, this is one of the greatest things I’ve ever gotten from him.
it’s a raccoon baculum. that’s a penis bone. and that strange formation in the middle suggests something:
this bone was broken, and then healed.
so, basically, a raccoon somewhere broke his bone and then lived to bone another day.
and with that, my first post into the vulture culture tag. hi.