There’s always good news…if one digs for it. It can be the look from a child’s eyes, the beauty of the landscape before one, the heartfelt hug from a loved one, the sway to and fro from the back-end of one’s favorite canine, or the comforting purr of the beloved cat.
Now, finding “good news” when it comes to politics, the doings of governments, or the undertakings of countries is rare. And so, when it comes, it is actually quite beautiful and should be celebrated:
In ‘Tremendous’ Steps Toward Peace, North and South Korea Vow to End War and Pursue a Nuclear-Free Peninsula – via commondreams.org
“Deeply touching to watch Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae shake hands, cross together on both sides of the DMZ, and make peace and history.”
In a historic meeting on Friday that sparked hope of lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula after decades of hostilities, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in embraced at the border village of Panmunjom and agreed to work toward bringing an official end to the Korean War and fully denuclearizing the peninsula. – commondreams.org
At least the possibility of peace is alive.
Perhaps Washington’s whisperer’s of death, with their scheme’s to continue down the path that has brought the death of hundreds of thousands of innocents and destruction of sovereign nations for the past 17 years, might want to take a few lessons from the Korean’s. If nothing else, maybe Washington can simply get out of the way of peace.
Not having written a symphony for 3 years, the 30 year old Mozart set upon composing a new symphony at the end of 1786. Many have thought that the new symphony (symphony #38) was composed for the city of Prague, but Mozart composed the piece before he received an invitation to the city. No matter what he may have had in mind when composing this grand work, it is simply stunning.
On May 1, 1786, Mozart‘s new opera Le nozze di Figaro received its first performance at the Burgtheater in Vienna. Enthusiastically received by connoisseurs, the long and complex opera puzzled many of the general public and it received only eight performances. Early in December, Figaro was staged at the National Theater (today known as the Tyl Theater) in Prague, where it became such a triumphant success that Mozart was induced to visit the Bohemian capital to see the production for himself. When he and his wife Constanze arrived on January 11, 1787, he had with him a new symphony which had been completed early in December (it was entered in Mozart‘s thematic catalog on December 6). The symphony was included in the concert Mozart gave eight days later, resulting in the first performance of a work which would subsequently become irrevocably associated with the city in which the composer witnessed his greatest triumph in later years.
The opening movement, a broad, imposing Adagio introduction followed by a hugely powerful Allegro, is one of the most impressive of all Classical symphonic movements, with dramatic qualities that foreshadow Don Giovanni and a mastery of counterpoint hitherto restricted to Mozart’s chamber works. The central Andante utterly transcends the easygoing implication of such a heading; it is a movement of profound, songful depth and contrapuntal skill. The final Presto also shares some of the demonic power of Don Giovanni, the opera Mozart would shortly compose for Prague, while at the same time inhabiting a world in which, for all the bright major-mode music, tragedy never seems too far away. – via allmusic.com
Mozart Symphony No.38 (Prague) K504 ~ Bernard Haitink (conductor) ~ Chamber Orchestra of Europe ~ BBC Proms 2017
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