Music of the Gods—Of Genius and Genuflection: Freddy Kempf's Beethoven

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2015-03-03 21:49
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"I love sport, so continue to jog religiously and do strength work too. I've also more recently started to work on my swimming as it's something I was never very good at—and I'm still determined to be able to attack any kind of black (ski-)run one day. I think a secret ambition of mine is to do the Ironman one day."

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Ha, Nephew! — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2015-03-16 03:50
I'm fairly certain — by mvardoulis on Mon, 2015-03-16 03:30
Freddy's Phenomenal Finale — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-03-15 23:15

Music of the Gods: New Lanza CD

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-02-22 06:39

"Singers should sing words, not notes. The words tell the story of the music, and should be made clear to those who want to hear them. I will never sing an operatic aria if I do not know the words, because I do not believe that the melody is enough, no matter how beautiful it may be."

—Mario Lanza, August 1959.

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Got it! — by Tore on Tue, 2015-03-17 18:11
It's worth it! — by gregster on Fri, 2015-03-06 06:32

Music of the Gods: Beethoven's Emperor Concerto

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-02-22 00:50

Beethoven's 5th and final concerto is one of the crowning glories not just of Romanticism in music but of Western Civilisation itself. "Emperor" is a fitting sobriquet, though it is doubtful Beethoven approved (it was not his idea) because of the endorsement such a title would have implied of Napoleon, with whom Beethoven had become disillusioned when Bonaparte assumed the moniker of a monarch.

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Exquisite! — by Olivia on Tue, 2015-02-24 06:17

Beautifying the Universe

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2015-02-20 12:07

Human beings naturally, healthily, nobly, and heroically seek to live and thrive, with the maximum possible quantity and quality of life.

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AR — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2015-03-06 15:32

Of Islamberlains

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2015-02-18 05:33

When I last wrote about Islamatrocities, there had just been some in Sydney, Australia, and Paris, France. In the wake of these unspeakable doings by Islamofilth, there was a heartening, unprecedented outpouring of rational rage across the globe—some of it from the most unlikely quarters, such as French citizens.

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Lindsay... — by Olivia on Sat, 2015-02-21 03:16

Music of the Gods: Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-02-15 03:27

Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, to be played by Freddy Kempf at the final concert of his New Zealand Beetfest at Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre on March 14, was completed in 1806, six years after the Third. In the interim, the piano qua instrument had acquired new, higher notes, more volume (three strings per note) and more pedaling options (a mechanism enabling the hammers to hit one, two or all three strings). Beethoven took full advantage of the new options.


Music of the Gods: Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-02-08 06:35

Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto was composed three years after No 1 and thirteen years after No. 2 (explained in previous posts)! Here the transition from Classicism to what we now identify as Romanticism is pronounced: I have underlined the characteristics of Romanticism, as chronicled in my Music of the Gods article, that are especially conspicuous in this concerto:

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The Maori Wars

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Tue, 2015-02-03 22:53

New edition out of The New Zealand Wars and the Victorian Interpretation of Racial Conflict by James Belich

From the preface:


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Music of the Gods—Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-02-01 21:24

As mentioned in the discussion of PC No. 1, No. 2 was written ten years previously, between 1787 and 1789, when Beethoven was in his teens. He premiered the work himself in Vienna in 1795. While it had undergone many revisions, the version Beethoven played on that occasion is the version played today.

Freddy Kempf says:


Death of Colleen McCullough- January 29, 2015

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Sat, 2015-01-31 21:36

Interesting observations from


Robber's Salute for Eleanor Catton

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Sat, 2015-01-31 19:43

Over the last few days I've been interested to see the trial of Eleanor Catton who spoke out about New Zealand's Tall Poppy/Crab Bucket mentality.


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Music of the Gods: Happy Birthday, Mario!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2015-01-31 10:36

On his 94th birthday, the most beautiful tribute to Mario ever penned, by David C. Adams, included in The One Tenor:


25 Years Ago: Anniversary of John Taylor Gatto's NY speech

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Fri, 2015-01-30 19:42

My my count, it's 25 years since Gatto made his New York speech (31/1/1990) which led to the book 'Dumbing us Down'

Happily, and sadly, it's still a great book today. Some quotes,-


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Holocaust Remembrance Day, 2015

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Thu, 2015-01-29 19:02

Holocaust Remembrance Day, 2015
By Edward Hudgins

The anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp is now marked as Holocaust Remembrance Day.


Obama’s 2015 State of the Stupid

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Thu, 2015-01-29 18:58

Obama’s 2015 State of the Stupid
By Edward Hudgins

In his 2015 State of the Union speech, President Obama counted on the American people being too ignorant to see that he was offering the same old failed policies and sugar-coated demagoguery.

Just how stupid does Obama assume the American people are?


Music of the Gods: Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-01-25 23:09

"What is in my heart must come out and so I write it down."

—Ludwig van Beethoven


Music of the Gods: Lindsay Perigo/Freddy Kempf Interview

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-01-25 22:34

(Note from Linz—an edited version of this interview appears in the current issue of Capital Magazine. Here is the interview in full, with the magazine's introduction.)

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Well... — by Olivia on Mon, 2015-01-26 03:11

The Toxicity of Environmentalism

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Submitted by George Reisman on Fri, 2015-01-23 04:37

“The Toxicity of Environmentalism” is a major critique of environmentalism that was featured as the concluding, summary essay in Jay Lehr, ed., Rational Readings on Environmental Concerns. It is now available to the general public for 99¢ as a Kindle Book on Amazon.com.


Check Their Premises

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2015-01-23 02:17

However great a given thinker, intellectual, or philosopher is, his thought and person must always be subject to critical scrutiny by everybody.

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Hey buddy, Rick -- However — by Rick Giles on Sat, 2015-01-31 20:57

Yaron Brook Advocates Legalizing 11 Million Illegal Immigrants In The USA

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Submitted by Neil Parille on Wed, 2015-01-21 01:27

Hard to follow what the President of the ARI is saying, but that seems to be the message.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/y...

Around 1:24.45.

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The 'Charlie Hebdo' Massacre

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2015-01-14 21:02

The French are grossly philosophically incompetent. As evidenced by recent mass rallies and magazine covers, they simply don't understand what's going on inside their country.


Unity through Diversity Equals Cultural Death

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Submitted by Olivia on Mon, 2015-01-12 03:45

Unity through Diversity Equals Cultural Death
By Olivia Pierson

Cultural pluralism is as old as the hills – or at least as old as the Babylonian Empire on whose riverbank shores even the captive Jews were tolerated to sit and weep. Multiculturalism, on the other hand, is a 20th Century bastardization of tolerance, which the United Nations invented to socially engineer Western democracies to cope with overwhelming immigration, mostly from Third World slave-pens.

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Je Suis Charlie

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Submitted by Mitch on Sun, 2015-01-11 00:53

Disgraceful but entirely unsurprising efforts from the Islamofascists in Paris this week.

In large part it is heartening to see the reaction (candlelight vigils, republishing of cartoons, etc), but at the same time depressingly clear that very few people actually understand or are prepared to confront the problem.

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Hatred and Change — by Rick Giles on Sun, 2015-02-01 20:19

Global Jihad or Islamic Enlightenment?

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Sat, 2015-01-10 04:01

Global Jihad or Islamic Enlightenment?
By Edward Hudgins

January 9, 2015 -- The murders of French journalists by Islamist jihadists make clear even to the dogmatically self-blinded that the values of the modern world are in mortal danger. But an underreported ray of hope came recently from Egypt's president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who has called for a revolution to banish violent jihad from Islam.

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Publicly Hate the Muslims and Try to Kill Their Philosophy — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Mon, 2015-01-12 19:25
current context war — by VSD on Mon, 2015-01-12 11:12

Mohammed's Murderous Minions

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2015-01-08 03:26

Savage superstitionists have just slaughtered eight journalists in Paris for the crime of making fun of their paedophile prophet. Had these sub-excreta been around in Voltaire's day, Voltaire's day no doubt would have been brutally shortened. The free-thinking French philosopher wrote of the murderous Mohammed:

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No problem'o — by Rick Giles on Wed, 2015-02-11 23:23
I like where you're going there, Rick — by mvardoulis on Wed, 2015-02-11 19:39

Counter-Attack Islam

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2015-01-07 18:26

To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, Islam is the focus of evil in the modern world. No popular philosophy is more false and depraved. Murdering twelve innocents in Paris today is par for the course.

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Anonymous (an anti-Capitalist — by Richard Wiig on Mon, 2015-01-19 07:31

Martin Anderson Remembered

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Wed, 2015-01-07 02:58

Martin Anderson Remembered
By Edward Hudgins

Friends of freedom have lost a friend. Martin Anderson, 78, a Hoover Institution scholar and policy advisor to presidents, has passed away. Among his achievements were helping to eliminate the military draft and heading off a national ID card.


Music of the Gods: "The One Tenor" by Lindsay Perigo

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Submitted by mvardoulis on Fri, 2015-01-02 18:05

(I wrote this review under my Amazon name "Number Six" which is apparently drawing a Google alert, which I understand is a good thing)

An Opera Singer For All Ears

By Number Six
12-31-14

This review is from - The One Tenor (Kindle Edition)

I need to state from the beginning, my understanding, affinity for, and therefore genuine appreciation of opera is very limited. I am a part of the vast majority of music listeners who are best described as an admittedly unsophisticated follower of “popular” music.


Life Without God

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Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2014-12-31 19:12

Religiosos accuse reasonists of living in a universe which is cold, barren, limited, empty, insipid, sad, bleak, amoral, immoral, licentious, lawless, irrational, and absurd.


CIS Names and Shames PC Fascists

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From the Centre for Independent Studies, cis.org.au:

The Nannies: 2014 Nanny State Awards

The Centre for Independent Studies announces its inaugural nanny state awards, The Nannies. Highlighting the year's worst examples of imposing regulations or promoting campaigns designed to prevent people exercising the right to think for themselves.

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