So says Death in Matthias Claudius's poem "Der Tod und das Madchen," the poem that inspired Schubert's song of the same name, composed in 1817. Seven years later the composer would revisit the song, extending the theme and tenor into String Quartet No. 14, D 810. The seven years that passed were not happy ones. Schubert had lost what little of his health remained, and he was without money, thanks in part to Anton Diabelli, the music publisher whose name has been immortalized by Beethoven's Diabelli Variations.
Holst would be disappointed with us today as we play his best known work, The Planets. The composer was famously vexed that this work eclipsed all else that he did. Indeed, it set him in a rather curmudgeonly orbit; he would greet fans asking for an autograph with a typed out refusal. And when Pluto was discovered it was of no interest to Holst to revisit this set of pieces for large orchestra. Leonard Burnstein, however, was happy to write something up for the little fellow.
"The Civil Rights Act of 1964 didn't include people with disabilities, and people didn't realize that. So what [the Americans with Disabilities Act] did is put in place specific parameters for what you could and could not do for employment and accommodations, and what type of barriers are or are not acceptable," described Don Dew, executive director for Disabilities Resource Center of Siouxland.
One of the connections I like to make between books and summer vacations is to read a story set in the place that you'll be visiting. Today I'm recommending author C.J. Box and his mystery series featuring Wyoming fish and game warden, Joe Pickett. Reading any of the Joe Pickett series will transport you to the Wyoming and Montana mountains.
Beethoven's Sixth will forever be tied to his Fifth, like twins who seemingly come from different families. These two symphonies were not only written contemporaneously, but they were premiered on the same day in 1808. Where the Fifth stamps its foot down, scattering the birds and clearing the landscape, the Sixth steps lightly along a brook, and it is the environment that crashes, finally, in the form a thunderous fourth movement. We find the composer grateful for the rain in the final movement, however.
Hawkeye is a porgi... a corgoodle... a mix between a poodle and a corgi. Regardless of how you want to say it, it's a fine mix. Hawkeye is only one year old, and he has the energy to prove it. He is, though, good with families and other pets. You can find him at the Siouxland Humane Society.