Saturday, May 16, 2015

A walk in the park; Ravel Bolero; KD, more pix

As it was sunny yesterday (5/13/15)
I took a stroll through the park
along the river
which is close to our Odd Fellows residence
 in downtown Waukesha.

This Redbud tree was in bloom.
The sometimes flooding Fox - not today - was at peace.
Shadows, glimmering wave-lets

A tamarack next to the Redbud
begins to open its tufts of needles
for the season.  It will shed them
come fall.  That's the kind of tree
it is.

We had a tamarack tree in our backyard.
  Here the young tree is going gold for the fall season.
It grew higher than our two story + atticed house.

Scroll down for section on the tree


On the subject of having to move:

The Helts this week sent us this picture taken in a cemetery in Iowa.

There was a knot above the hollow-branched raccoon nest 
that looked like an eye.
So we took the computer to draw in an eyebrow.

We like to think the trimmed tree 
 looks out for its resident raccoons,
-  with sorrows over the disturbance.

Elephants and trees and others (raccoons for sure) never forget!


Ravel: Bolero
The London Symphony Orchestra
Valery Gergiev

(conducting with what appears to be a hat-pin?)

Excerpted from Wiki:

BolĂ©ro is "Ravel's most straightforward composition in any medium".[4] The music is in C major3/4 time, beginningpianissimo and rising in a continuous crescendo to fortissimo possibile (as loud as possible). It is built over an unchanging ostinato rhythm played on one or more snare drums that remains constant throughout the piece:
Ravel bolero drum rhythtm2.png
On top of this rhythm two melodies are heard, each of 18 bars' duration, and each played twice alternately. The first melody is diatonic, the second melody introduces more jazz-influenced elements, with syncopation and flattened notes (technically it is in the Phrygian mode). The first melody descends through one octave, the second melody descends through two octaves. The bass line and accompaniment are initially played on pizzicato strings, mainly using rudimentary tonic and dominant notes. Tension is provided by the contrast between the steady percussive rhythm, and the "expressive vocal melody trying to break free".[11] Interest is maintained by constant reorchestrationof the theme, leading to a variety of timbres, and by a steady crescendo. Both themes are repeated a total of eight times. At the climax, the first theme is repeated a ninth time, then the second theme takes over and breaks briefly into a new tune in E major before finally returning to the tonic key of C major.
The melody is passed among different instruments: 1) flute 2) clarinet 3) bassoon 4) E-flat clarinet 5) oboe d'amore 6) trumpet (with flute not heard clearly and in higher octave than the first part) 7) tenor saxophone 8) soprano saxophone 9) horn, piccolos and celesta 10) oboe, English horn and clarinet 11) trombone 12) some of the wind instruments 13) first violins and some wind instruments 14) first and second violins together with some wind instruments 15) violins and some of the wind instruments 16) some instruments in the orchestra 17) and finally most but not all the instruments in the orchestra (with bass drum, cymbals and tam-tam). While the melody continues to be played in C throughout, from the middle onwards other instruments double it in different keys. The first such doubling involves a horn playing the melody in C, while a celeste doubles it 2 and 3 octaves above and two piccolos play the melody in the keys of G and E, respectively. This functions as a reinforcement of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th overtones of each note of the melody. The other significant "key doubling" involves sounding the melody a 5th above or a 4th below, in G major. Other than these "key doublings", Ravel simply harmonizes the melody using diatonic chords.


KD Cat, more pix

Black Panther ?

KD and leg bones ~
moose leg by her head
mine reflected in stove glass

KD Cat reposes on her favorite companion
the fleece duster - a gift from the Hekkers down the street ~
not to be forgotten by man nor beast.


Dee snoozes while KD lies on the raccoon blanket
(she made for me as a Xmas gift)
and a dove is at the sill feeder ouside behind them.

- Hard to get the light just right for this
on the digital camera. -

"Thanks for my snacks"

One at a time
taken by paw and slid to the rug
... from her treat bowl,
an enamel tart tin
my mother played with as a child ~
now an antique from the great-grandparents
the Wildgrubes (Germans) of the WI shoreside farm 
part of which later became Terry Andre state park...

All things are connected:  Chief Seattle



Robot lamp is Odd Fellows hit

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