Archive for February, 2010


February 27, 2010

We strolled through fields all wet with rain

And back along the lane again
  Dm                    Am
There in the sunshine, in the sweet summertime
    E                     Am
The way that young lovers do

I kissed you on the lips once more
And we said goodbye at your front door
In the nighttime, yeah that's the right time
To feel the way that young lovers do

 C                  G
Then we sat on our own star and dreamed
        C                         F                  E
Of the way that we were and the way that we wanted to be
 C                  G
Then we sat on our own star and dreamed
        C                   F                  E
Of the way that I was for you and you were for me

And then we danced the night away
And turn into each other and say
I love you, I love you
The way that young lovers do

Lovers do, lovers do, doot doot do-be-do

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Pini di Roma

February 13, 2010

Via Appia antica

After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the road fell out of use; Pope Pius VI ordered its restoration. A new Appian Way was built in parallel with the old one in 1784 as far as the Alban Hills region. The new road is the Via Appia Nuova (“New Appian Way”) as opposed to the old section, now known as Via Appia Antica.

Pini di Roma (English “Pines of Rome”) is a 1924 work by the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi, and is considered one of the masterpieces of the Roman Trilogy of symphonic poems along with Fontane di Roma and Feste Romane. Each section portrays the location of pine trees in the city during different parts of the day.

The first performance was given under conductor Bernardino Molinari in the Augusteo, Rome, on December 14, 1924.

1 “I pini di Villa Borghese” (Pines of the Villa Borghese)
2 “Pini presso una catacomba” (Pines near a catacomb)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajan.The Symphony Hall, Osaka,1984

3 “I pini del Gianicolo” (Pines of the Janiculum)

4 “I pini della Via Appia” (Pines of the Appian Way)

Far from triumphing court

February 9, 2010

    The Archangels triumphing over Lucifer by Marco D’Oggiono

    Far from triumphing Court and wonted glory
    He dwelt in shady unfrequented places,
    Time's prisoner now, he made his pastime story;
    Glady forgets Court's erst-afforded graces.
    That goddess whom he served to heaven is gone,
    And he on earth in darkness left to moan.
    But lo, a glorious light from his dark rest
    Shone from the place where erst this goddess dwelt;
    A light whose beams the world with fruit hath blest;
    Blest was the knight while he that light beheld.
    Since then a star fixed on his head hath shined,
    And a saint's image in his heart is shrined.
    Ravished with joy, so graced by such a saint,
    He quite forgat his cell and self denaid;
    He thought it shame in thankfulness to faint,
    Debts due to princes must be duly paid;
    Nothing so hateful to a noble mind
    As finding kindness for to prove unkind.
    But ah! poor knight, though thus in dream he ranged,
    Hoping to serve this saint in sort most meet,
    Time with his golden locks to silver changed
    Hath with age-fetters bound him hands and feet.
    Ay me! he cries, goddess, my limbs grow faint,
    Though I Time's prisoner be, be you my saint.


The Ecstasis of St. Cecilia is a painting by the Italian High Renaissance painter Raphael.

A Musicall Banquet (1610) – Furnished with a varietie of delicious Ayres, collected out of the best authors in English, French, Spanish and Italian
Nigel Rogers (tenor), Anthony Bailes (lute), Jordi Savall (viola da gamba) 

(09 Far from triumphing Court)

Jordi Savall suona al Premio nazionale “Classic Voice” per il disco classico musiche di Marais e di altri autori del barocco francese per viola da gamba