Mostly Music
segunda-feira, março 24


Went to the plex to see "About Schmidt". A perfect film. And one so amazingly on target about how kitsch America is, without ever veering into parody. The many ways in which Schmidt/Nicholson wakes up in the morning were simply fabulous...his daughter, her fiancé, the the fiancé's earth mother, the church....all simply right on the mark. Ironic and straightforward at the same time. Did you shed a tear at the end with Schmidt?
domingo, março 23

A Camerata Quantz vai tocar no IBAM no dia 1 de abril. Juro que é verdade!
Se você perdeu os outros recitais, aproveite: vai ser de graça e o programa está bem simpático. Vamos tocar obras de Telemann, Boismortier, Haydn, Scarlatti... e Quantz!
sábado, março 22

The Right Way

Scientific research shows that the great majority of humans turn their head to the right before they kiss. Read about it in Nature.

Today's human (From Rodrigo's Blog)

Tento mostrar para minha família, meus amigos e alunos que o homem de hoje pode desenvolver técnicas que lhe permitam a ilusão do domínio completo sobre o seu meio profissional, mas está longe de tornar-se um mestre de si mesmo: ser seu auto-educador, seu responsável, seu gênio, multiplicador. Até porque as escolas e o sistema educacional cuidam apenas do desenvolvimento da mente e do corpo e ignoram totalmente o Espírito, a Alma, o Interior.

I try to show my family, friends and students that today's human can develop techniques that allow him the illusion of complete dominion over his professional environment, but is far from mastering himself: from being his own teacher, responsible for himself, his own spirit, multiplying. And that is because the schools and educational system are only concerned with developing the mind and body, and completely ignore the Spirit, the Soul, the Inward.

Rodrigo Belchior


More than you can read

While doing research for the webpage on modern languages here at TCNJ, I happened on a very useful resource, a commercial site with links to magazines and newspapers from all over the world, and very sensibly organized. Check out allyoucanread.com.


Free Dutch Flute Music

Free Dutch flute music in PDF format that you can print out is available here.

On the town

Last night I drove down by myself to hear some jazz at Ortlieb's in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia. When I got there (9:30) the band was just about to start and I was pleased to see that guitarist Randy Johnston was leading (I had heard his Muse CD that I bought for the Princeton library when i used to work there). He is an excellent player with lots of chops and imagination - the best kind of straightahead jazz. I asked for a bossa when they took a break, and they began the second set with Amor em paz (known in English as "Once I loved").
Ortlieb's is a nice place, usually quiet, but last night it was simply packed with noisy twenty-somethings who talked throughout the music. Arrgh.

Randy Johnston
sexta-feira, março 21

PR in print

Paulo Rónai's Intimate Portrait of a Language will be published in English in the April issue of the American Translators Association Chronicle, pp. 32-34.

Shoe Guy

Picked up a nice pair of Clarks clog/sandals (very hippie/ONG, I'm afraid - Cora would like them) for a super deep discount. List: $110.

quinta-feira, março 20
RIO - Uma jibóia invadiu hoje o restaurante da UniRio, na Avenida Pasteur,
na Urca, assustando funcionários e alunos. O Corpo de Bombeiros foi acionado
e cercou o local. Quatro soldados usaram um enforcador para imobilizá-la. A
cobra, de três metros de comprimento, foi levada em uma gaiola para o
Quartel do Humaitá. Na tarde de terça-feira, outras duas jibóias também
foram capturadas, um delas com dois metros, no pátio do Centro de Educação
Integrada de Quintino, e uma de três metros, na Rua Capitão Menezes, em
Jacarepaguá. Esses dois animais foram soltos ontem no Parque Chico Mendes,
no Recreio dos Bandeirantes, futuro destino também da cobra capturada hoje.

Fernanda Godoy
Rede Telecine - Promoções



On Monday I drove 500km to Peterborough New Hampshire to go to a friend's wedding.

Peterborough in the fall.

Where Laurel got married (inside).

Where Laurel got married (outside).

Mt. Monadnock (a few miles away).

Nice, eh?

quarta-feira, março 19


Os suicidas se realizam porque, na hora do desespero, falta o vizinho que lhe deseje sinceramente uma boa-noite.

Suicides happen, because at the moment of despair, a neighbor who might wish you a sincere "good night" is not there.

Carlos Heitor Cony
sábado, março 15

Aerial Sheep Head Breaks Concertgoer's Skull
Associated Press Thursday, March 13, 2003


OSLO, Norway -- A flying sheep's head hit a concertgoer and fractured his skull at a concert of metal band Mayhem.

The band, part of Norway's death metal music scene, was carving up a dead sheep as part of its stage act when the animal's head flew off lead singer Maniac's knife and struck Per Kristian Hagen, 25.

The show was in Bergen, 487 kilometers (302 miles) west of the capital, Oslo.

"My relationship to sheep is a bit ambivalent now. I like them, but not when they come flying through the air," Hagen told The Associated Press from his hospital room. "I have a headache now." He is expected to recover.

Hagen, a Mayhem fan, filed involuntary assault and battery charges against the band. The charges carry a maximum sentence of six months in prison.

Mayhem member Rune Eriksen, whose stage name is Blasphemer, said the incident was unfortunate.

"The whole thing was an accident, but maybe it would be an idea for another show," he said.

Eriksen promised Hagen a free ticket to the group's next performance.

Police detective Carl-Petter Leganger told the AP an investigation has started, but "nothing suggests this was a conscious act."

quinta-feira, março 13


Sunday, March 16 2 - 6 pm Bach Marathon Concert with special guest ensemble Mélomanie at

First & Central Presbyterian Church

1101 N. Market Street

Wilmington, DE 19801-1223

Once again, spend an afternoon with some of the greatest music ever written, as the best of Delaware Valley musicians perform music of J. S. Bach.

2:00 pm Mélomanie
2:30 pm David Schelat, organ
3:00 pm Lee Dettra, organ
3:30 pm Mélomanie
4:00 pm Scott Myers, organ
4:30 pm Maggie Miller, harpischord, Donna Fournier, gamba
5:00 pm Neil Harmon, organ
5:30 pm Paul Fleckenstein, organ



Friday, March 14, 2003 - 7:30 p.m.
Music Masters
Baroque to Modern: Where the Future Meets the Past, Works by Telemann, Clerambault, Hagerty, Corigliano, and the World Premiere of Brazilian composer, Sergio Roberto de Oliveira's "Suite for Harpsichord". Tickets $10 ($5 students & age 60+).
Melomanie & friends: Sarah Adams Hoover, soprano, Douglas McNames, baroque cello, Tom Moore & Kimberly Reighley, transverse & modern flutes, Tracy Richardson, harpsichord. At the Wilmington Music School, 4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE 19802 (302-762-1132)

quarta-feira, março 12
É AMANHÃ!!!!!!!!!!



Alexandre Bittencourt, Claudio Frydman & Laura Rónai, flautas barrocas
Caio Benevolo, cello barroco
João Rival, cravo

Obras de Leclair, Haydn e Telemann

Quinta feira, 13 de março de 2003 às 17 hs
Sala Alberto Nepomuceno


blowing my own horn..

The review of our Saturday concert is in the newspaper this AM.

"Although the theater music was charming and historically interesting, the highlight of the evening was Handel's Sonata for Flute and Continuo, op. 1, no. 5 in G major, with Moore taking the lead. This delightful suite of contrasting movements showed off the meticulous playing of this ensemble, especially Moore and Fournier. In the second Adagio, Fournier leads with a descending figure, delicately echoed by the flute. This is Triomphe de l'Amour at its best."
Anita Donovan, Times of Trenton, March 12, 2003.
terça-feira, março 11
Love in the Guise of Friendship

by Robert Burns

Talk not of love, it gives me pain,
For love has been my foe;
He bound me in an iron chain,
And plung'd me deep in woe.

But friendship's pure and lasting joys,
My heart was form'd to prove;
There, welcome win and wear the prize,
But never talk of love.

Your friendship much can make me blest,
O why that bliss destroy?
Why urge the only, one request
You know I will deny?

Your thought, if Love must harbour there,
Conceal it in that thought;
Nor cause it in that thought;
Nor cause me from my bosom tear
The very friend I sought.

"There is love of course. And then there's life, its enemy."
-- Jean Anouilh

A Temple to Friendship

"A temple to Friendship," cried Laura, enchanted,
"I'll build in this garden; the thought is divine.:
So the temple was built, and she now only wanted
An image of Friendship, to place on the shrine.

So she flew to the sculptor, who sat down before her
An image, the fairest his art could invent;
But so cold, and so dull, that the youthful adorer
Saw plainly this was not the Friendship she meant.

"O, never," said she, "could I think of enshrining
An image whose looks are so joyless and dim;
But yon little god upon roses reclining,
We'll make, if you please, sir, a Friendship of him."

So the bargain was struck; with the little god laden,
She joyfully flew to her home in the grove.
"Farewell," said the sculptor, "you're not the first maiden
Who came but for Friendship, and took away Love!"

--Thomas Moore (1770-1852)

segunda-feira, março 10

Check it out. Here!

(Lupicínio Rodrigues)

Quantas noites não durmo,
A rolar-me na cama
A sentir tantas coisas
Que a gente não pode explicar quando ama
O calor das cobertas
Não me aquece direito
Não há nada no mundo
Que possa afastar esse frio do meu peito

Vem viver outra vez ao meu lado
Não consigo dormir sem teu braço
Pois meu corpo está acostumado
Vem viver outra vez ao meu lado
Não consigo dormir sem teu braço
Pois meu corpo está acostumado.


On marriage

A great Italian politician, who further was very learned in oriental languages, a very rare thing among our politicians, said to me in my youth : "Caro figlio, remember that the Jews have never had but one good institution, that of having a horror of virginity." If this little race of superstitious intermediaries had not considered marriage as the first law of man, if there had been among them convents of nuns, they were irreparably lost.

Un grand politique italien, qui d’ailleurs était fort savant dans les langues orientales, chose très rare chez nos
politiques, me disait dans ma jeunesse: « Caro figlio, souvenez-vous que les Juifs n’ont jamais eu qu’une bonne institution, celle d’avoir la virginité en horreur. Si ce petit peuple de courtiers superstitieux n’avait pas regardé le mariage comme la première loi de l’homme, s’il y avait eu chez lui des couvents de religieuses, il était perdu sans ressource.
domingo, março 9

Some FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q. Who is more evil, Saruman or Dick Cheney?

A. Dick Cheney: Saruman was a power for good corrupted by the will of Sauron, the Dark Lord.

Q. Who is more frightening, Sauron or Dick Cheney?

A. Dick Cheney: we know that to destroy the One Ring, we must cast it into the flames of Mt. Doom.

Q. Who is scarier-looking, Gollum or Dick Cheney?

A. Dick Cheney: it took thousands of year for Gollum to end up like that.

Q. Who is more evil, the Emperor (Star Wars) or Dick Cheney?

A. Dick Cheney: at least the emperor was elected.

more to come...(with help from Emma )


Minha vida americana

Oi, galera. Things have been busyish here recently. Triomphe de l'amour had a nice concert last night, featuring our soprano Laura Heimes who will be singing in São Paulo in August, we hope.
She sang a nice selection of vocal numbers from English musical plays of the eighteenth century, including some really virtuosic pieces in the classical style. She knocked em dead.
There was also a fiery violin sonata by Giardini, a trio sonata for violins by Handel, and I played suave Handel flute sonata. We had a nice turnout.
Today I taught bible study at the Quaker meeting (two students...) and then hightailed it down to Delaware to rehearse for next weeks concerts with Melomanie. Telemann, Clerambault, Hagerty, and Sergio's new suite for harpsichord. I am tired....
sexta-feira, março 7

Sergio in the news

My article on Sergio's flute music just came out in the Flutist Quarterly (from the National Flute Association, USA) and it looks fabulous. Way to go Sergio!!!


No escribas bajo el imperio de la emoción. Déjala morir y evócala luego. Si entonces eres capaz de revivirla tal cual fue, has llegado en arte a la mitad del camino.

Horacio Quiroga

My country...

Mall Wants to Drop Peace T-Shirt Charges
Mall Asks Police to Drop Trespassing Charges Against N.Y. Man Arrested Over Anti-War T-Shirt

The Associated Press

Officials at a mall where a man was arrested for refusing to remove an anti-war T-shirt asked Wednesday that trespassing charges against him be dropped.

Police said managers from Crossgates Mall called and asked that the complaint against Stephen Downs be withdrawn. Police Chief James Murley said he would support the mall's decision.

Earlier Wednesday, about 100 anti-war demonstrators marched through the mall to protest the arrest. They told a mall manager they would stop only when charges against the shopper were dropped and when the mall outlined its policy.

"We just want to know what the policy is and why it's being randomly enforced," said Erin O'Brien, an organizer of the noontime rally. "It's only the people in the recent months who have anti-war or peace T-shirts that are being asked to leave the mall."

A mall spokeswoman did not return repeated calls for comment.

Downs' son, Roger, said dropping the charge would not rectify the arrest. "My father feels there's more to this. Crossgates hasn't examined what was wrong here," he said. "I think he'd like an apology."

He said his father would wait to see how the mall handles the case before deciding whether to sue.

Stephen Downs, 61, and his son were stopped Monday by mall security guards and asked to remove their shirts that read "Peace on Earth" and "Give Peace a Chance," or leave. Roger Downs, 31, took off his shirt. But his father, a lawyer with the state Commission on Judicial Conduct and a former Peace Corps volunteer, refused.

The guards called police, and he was charged with trespassing and pleaded innocent.

Tim Kelley, director of Operations for Pyramid Mall management, the mall's owner, said in a statement that Downs' behavior and clothing was disruptive to other shoppers.

The men had had the T-shirts made at a mall store and wore them while they shopped.

Cuando yo muera quiero tus manos en mis ojos:
quiero la luz y el trigo de tus manos amadas
pasar una vez más sobre mí su frescura:
sentir la suavidad que cambió mi destino.

Quiero que vivas mientras yo, dormido, te espero,
quiero que tus oídos sigan oyendo el viento,
que huelas el aroma del mar que amamos juntos
y que sigas pisando la arena que pisamos.

Quiero que lo que amo siga vivo
y a ti te amé y canté sobre todas las cosas,
por eso sigue tú floreciendo, florida,
para que alcances todo lo que mi amor te ordena,
para que se pasee mi sombra por tu pelo,
para que así conozcan la razón de mi canto


segunda-feira, março 3

Global Women Writers

Today, at the reference desk, a student approached for help with a research project. He needed to find women writers of children's books from non-first world- countries (actually he said "non-western"....). So first I thought of Ruth Rocha...but the only book we have of hers is the childrens' version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But then a light went on..and I gave him my translations of Cora's and Nora's childrens' stories. He said "I want a Dib-Dab!!!"...and promised to send me a copy of his paper to read. Perhaps I can post it here....

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