Posted by: Frederick Cornwell Sanders | 2013/12/18

“December 18, 1879” by Rick Sanders

Paul Klee, photographed in 1911 by Alexander E...

Paul Klee, photographed in 1911 by Alexander Eliasberg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1879, Paul Klee, the Swiss-German painter is born. He later dies in 1940. Wikipedia relates:

Paul Klee (German pronunciation: [ˈkleː]; 18 December 1879 – 29 June 1940) was a painter born in Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland, and is considered to be a German-Swiss. His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included expressionism, cubism, and surrealism. He was also a student of orientalism. Klee was a natural draftsman who experimented with and eventually got deep into color theory, writing about it extensively; his lectures Writings on Form and Design Theory (Schriften zur Form und Gestaltungslehre), published in English as the Paul Klee Notebooks, are held to be as important for modern art as Leonardo da Vinci‘s A Treatise on Painting for the Renaissance. He and his colleague, the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, both taught at the German Bauhaus school of art, design and architecture. His works reflect his dry humour and his sometimes childlike perspective, his personal moods and beliefs, and also his musicality.

Posted by: Frederick Cornwell Sanders | 2013/12/17

“Building a Fear of God” by Rick Sanders

Page 291: The Opening of the Seventh Seal and ...

Page 291: The Opening of the Seventh Seal and the First Four Sounding Trumpets, Revelation 8:1-13 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you do not think the fear of God cannot be established in one’s life, read Revelation. I am reading about the seven trumpets as part of the seven seals in Chapter Eight. The first four trumpets are enough to convince anyone they do not want to live through those holocausts. I can just imagine the turmoil when one-third of the earth is effected by so much destruction. These are universal disasters which everyone will be under, those that are still alive to see it occur.

If Revelation is too surreal for you, then try Nahum‘s description of Nineveh‘s demise. God has much to say about his anger and willingness to destroy the wicked. God also speaks to how the forces of His nature control the earth.

Apply the destruction to one’s own life and see the impact.

Posted by: Frederick Cornwell Sanders | 2013/12/17

“December 17, 1865” by Rick Sanders

English: Watercolour portrait of Franz Schubert

English: Watercolour portrait of Franz Schubert (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

it is 1865. The first performance of the Unfinished Symphony by Franz Schubert happens. Wikipedia has the following:

Franz Schubert‘s Symphony No. 8 in B minor (sometimes renumbered as Symphony No. 7,[1] in accordance with the Neue Schubert-Ausgabe[2]), commonly known as the “Unfinished Symphony” (German: Unvollendete), D.759, was started in 1822 but left with only two movements known to be complete, even though Schubert would live for another six years. A scherzo, nearly completed in piano score but with only two pages orchestrated, also survives. It has long been theorized that Schubert may have sketched a finale which instead became the big B minor entr’acte from his incidental music to Rosamunde, but all the evidence for this is circumstantial.[3] One possible reason for Schubert’s leaving the symphony incomplete is the predominance of the same meter (three-in-a-bar). The first movement is in 3/4, the second in 3/8 and the third (an incomplete scherzo) also in 3/4. Three consecutive movements in basically the same meter rarely occur in symphonies, sonatas or chamber works of the great Viennese composers. Haydn’s Farewell Symphony has been cited as a notable exception; but its finale, though ending with a 3/8 Andante in which all the instruments drop out one by one leaving two duetting solo violinists ending the work in F-sharp major, starts with an orthodox sonata-allegro in the tonic F-sharp minor in common (i.e., duple) time transitioning after the recapitulation to the unorthodox extended slow 3/8 “Farewell” coda in modified sonata form.

The Unfinished, third movement, Facsimile, 1885, In J. R. von Herbeck’s Biography

Schubert’s Eighth is sometimes called the first Romantic symphony due to its emphasis on expressive melody, vivid harmony and creative combinations of orchestral tone color despite the architecturally imposing Classical sonata-form structures of its two completed movements highlighted by the dramatically climactic development section of the first movement based solely on its quietly sinister opening theme.

To this day, musicologists still disagree as to why Schubert failed to complete the symphony; or even whether he did fail to complete it.[4] Some have speculated that he stopped working on it in the middle of the scherzo in the fall of 1822 because it was associated in his mind with the initial outbreak of syphilis, or simply that he was distracted by the inspiration for his Wanderer Fantasy for solo piano which occupied his time and energy immediately afterward; or perhaps a combination of both factors.

Posted by: Frederick Cornwell Sanders | 2013/12/16

“December 16, 1882” by Rick Sanders

Kodály Zoltán

Kodály Zoltán (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1882, Zoltán Kodály, the Hungarian composer is born. He dies in 1967. Wikipedia says:

Zoltán Kodály (Hungarian: Kodály Zoltán, [ˈkodaːj ˈzoltaːn]; 16 December 1882 – 6 March 1967) was a Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, pedagogue, linguist, and philosopher. He is best known internationally as the creator of the Kodály Method.

Throughout his adult life, Kodály was very interested in the problems many types of music education, and he wrote a large amount of material on teaching methods as well as composing plenty of music intended for children’s use. Beginning in 1935, along with his colleague Jenö Ádám (14 years his junior), he embarked on a long-term project to reform music teaching in Hungary’s lower and middle schools. His work resulted in the publication of several highly influential books.

The Hungarian music education program that developed in the 1940s became the basis for what is called the “Kodály Method“. While Kodály himself did not write a comprehensive method, he did establish a set of principles to follow in music education, and these principles were widely taken up by pedagogues (above all in Hungary, but also in many other countries) after World War II. See also: Kodály Hand Signs.

Posted by: Frederick Cornwell Sanders | 2013/12/15

Haiku: “Leaves” by Rick Sanders

In contrast, this Tilt-top table is veneered i...

In contrast, this Tilt-top table is veneered in a parquetry pattern by Isaac Leonard Wise, circa 1934. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

showers wet glossy

golden brown leaves – parquetry

listening for drops

Posted by: Frederick Cornwell Sanders | 2013/12/15

“December 15, 1832” by Rick Sanders

Gustave Eiffel Türkçe: Alexandre Gustave Eiffel

Gustave Eiffel Türkçe: Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is 1832. Gustave Eiffel, the French engineer and architect is born. He co-designs the Eiffel Tower. He dies in 1923. Wikipedia has:

Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (né Bönickhausen; /ˈfəl/; French pronunciation: ​[efɛl]; 15 December 1832 – 27 December 1923) was a French civil engineer, and architect. A graduate of the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, he made his name with various bridges for the French railway network, most famously the Garabit viaduct. He is best known for the world-famous Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 Universal Exposition in Paris, France. After his retirement from engineering, Eiffel concentrated his energies on research into meteorology and aerodynamics, making important contributions in both fields.

Posted by: Frederick Cornwell Sanders | 2013/12/12

“Avert Disaster” by Rick Sanders

P. Oxy. VI 846: Amos 2 (LXX)

P. Oxy. VI 846: Amos 2 (LXX) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Prayer can avert disaster.

Amos shows how he convinced the LORD to not go through with His intended punishment. In 7:2 locusts are called off from destroying all of Israel‘s crops. The LORD forgives the people by Amos’s simple request.

Amos makes the same request in Verse 5 to stop the coming fire to destroy Israel. Again, the LORD relents and forgives the people.

Amos’s faith is active and real here. The LORD’s love returned is also very real by the fact of the forgiveness given to the people of Israel.

Do we believe in our prayer to God? Do we believe in the forgiveness and love that the LORD provides when we ask in humility, “O Sovereign LORD, please forgive us or we will not survive, for Israel is so small.”

Posted by: Frederick Cornwell Sanders | 2013/12/12

“December 12, 1799” by Rick Sanders

The Last Day of Pompeii.

The Last Day of Pompeii. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Karl Bryullov The Roman Forum, 1836, watercolour.

Karl Bryullov The Roman Forum, 1836, watercolour. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Karl Bryullov (Bryullo) - Вирсавия - Google Ar...

Karl Bryullov (Bryullo) – Вирсавия – Google Art Project (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Self-portrait (1848)

Self-portrait (1848) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is 1799. Karl Briullov, the Russian painter is born on this date. He later dies in 1852. Here is the biography from Wikipedia:

Karl Bryullov was born on December, 12th (23), 1799 in St. Petersburg,[1] in a family of the academician, the wood-carver and engraver Pavel Ivanovich Briullo (Brulleau, 1760—1833). He felt drawn to Italy from his early years. Despite his education at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1809–1821), Bryullov never fully embraced the classical style taught by his mentors and promoted by his brother, Alexander Bryullov. After distinguishing himself as a promising and imaginative student and finishing his education, he left Russia for Rome where he worked until 1835 as a portraitist and genre painter, though his fame as an artist came when he began doing historical painting.

His best-known work, The Last Day of Pompeii (1830–1833), is a vast composition compared by Pushkin and Gogol to the best works of Rubens and Van Dyck. It created a sensation in Italy and established Briullov as one of the finest European painters of his day. After completing this work, he triumphantly returned to the Russian capital, where he made many friends among the aristocracy and intellectual elite and obtained a high post in the Imperial Academy of Arts.

Posted by: Frederick Cornwell Sanders | 2013/12/11

“Warnings From God” by Rick Sanders

The Destruction Of Sodom And Gomorrah, a paint...

The Destruction Of Sodom And Gomorrah, a painting by John Martin (painter), died 1854, thus 100 years. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Israel had ample warning from God to return to God. But, Israel would not listen. Amos Chapter 4, shows an excellent example of continually warning His people to repent.

  • Verse 6 – hunger and famine
  • Verses 7 and 8 – drought
  • Verse 9 – infestations
  • Verse 10 – plagues and war
  • Verse 11 – charred cities like Sodom and Gomorrah

In conclusion, God says disasters would definitely occur. “Prepare to meet your God in judgment, you people of Israel!” (Verse 12)

How often do we miss the signals of warning in our lives before we wake up and repent or change the direction of our lives?

Posted by: Frederick Cornwell Sanders | 2013/12/11

“December 11, 1882” By Rick Sanders

English: Bijou Theatre, Boston

English: Bijou Theatre, Boston (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1882, Boston’s Bijou Theater had its first performance.  It was the first American playhouse lit exclusively by electricity. Wikipedia says:

The Bijou Theatre (1882-1943) in Boston, Massachusetts, occupied the second floor of no.545 Washington Street near today’s Theatre District.[1][2] Architect George Wetherell designed the space, described by a contemporary reviewer as “dainty.”[3][4] Proprietors included Edward Hastings, George Tyler, and B.F. Keith.[5][6] Around the 1900s, it featured a “staircase of heavy glass under which flowed an illuminated waterfall.”[7] The Bijou “closed 31 December 1943 and was razed in 1951.”[8] The building’s façade still exists.[9]

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