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groucho-marxism:

Stravinsky’s rite of spring is about a girl who dances herself to death to appease the Russian god of spring.

When it premiered the crowd got so amped up they opened up a mosh pit in the theater and the night would be forever known as the “riot of spring”

There’s a piece in the bassoon repertoire called “Dead Elvis” and when you buy the music you have to contractually agree to only perform the piece in a full Elvis costume.

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OH! OH! OH! Come, my children, let me tell you about classical music shenanigans!

How about Daniel Auber’s La Muette de Portici, one of the earliest examples of French Grand Opera? During a performance in 1830 in Brussels, the audience was so whipped into a frenzied lather during the patriotic duet Amour sacré de la patrie, that they abandoned the opera house and took to the streets, singing and rioting, which sparked the beginning of the Belgian Revolution (eventually leading to Belgian independence). The opera went on to have something of an urban legend surrounding it that performances must be held with caution, in areas without political unrest, lest it begin a revolution (it was also revived immediately after the French Revolution as a sort of fight song for patriotism).

Then Beethoven made people faint at the premiere of his 5th Symphony, when he introduced new thematic material in the recapitulation and included trombones and piccolo, completely disregarding the strict compositional performances of the day. But the best part was that at the premiere, it was such an unmitigated disaster that the orchestra almost got up and walked out on him, most of them vowing never to play in an ensemble that included Beethoven again. The venue was bitterly cold, which not only made the audience pissy, but made all the instruments out of tune, so the (tragically under-rehearsed) orchestra sound like shit (seriously, they only got ONE REHEARSAL).

One of the piano players kept gesturing so wildly that he knocked over both his lamps, then when choir boys were sent to hold them, he slapped them in the face by accident. The principal clarinetist missed an eight-bar repeat, and Beethoven (who was mostly deaf by then, so you know it had to be bad) stood up and screamed at him, abusing the orchestra in front of the whole audience for 15 minutes, before demanding they start the piece over. Then, when he sat down to play a piano concerto later in the same concert, he was so angry that on the first forte chord, he slammed the keys so hard that he broke six strings.

What a time to be alive.

And speaking of fantastic bassoon pieces, we can’t forget about Stockhausen’s In Freundschaft, which is to be performed while in full teddy bear costume.

Gosh I love music.

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demiandespairs:

nice (adj.)

late 13c., “foolish, stupid, senseless,” from Old French nice (12c.) “careless, clumsy; weak; poor, needy; simple, stupid, silly, foolish,” from Latin nescius “ignorant, unaware,” literally “not-knowing,” from ne- “not” (see un-) + stem of scire “to know” (see science). “The sense development has been extraordinary, even for an adj.” [Weekley] — from “timid” (pre-1300); to “fussy, fastidious” (late 14c.); to “dainty, delicate” (c.1400); to “precise, careful” (1500s, preserved in such terms as a nice distinction and nice and early); to “agreeable, delightful” (1769); to “kind, thoughtful” (1830).

"In many examples from the 16th and 17th centuries it is difficult to say in what particular sense the writer intended it to be taken." [OED]

By 1926, it was pronounced “too great a favorite with the ladies, who have charmed out of it all its individuality and converted it into a mere diffuser of vague and mild agreeableness.” [Fowler]

"I am sure," cried Catherine, "I did not mean to say anything wrong; but it is a nice book, and why should I not call it so?”
"Very true," said Henry, "and this is a very nice day, and we are taking a very nice walk; and you are two very nice young ladies. Oh! It is a very nice word indeed! It does for everything." [Jane Austen, "Northanger Abbey," 1803]

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paxamericana:

MRI results showed a tiny little band playing the cantina theme from star wars where my brain should be 

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sockmonkeyrenegade:

groucho-marxism:

Stravinsky’s rite of spring is about a girl who dances herself to death to appease the Russian god of spring.

When it premiered the crowd got so amped up they opened up a mosh pit in the theater and the night would be forever known as the “riot of spring”

There’s a piece in the bassoon repertoire called “Dead Elvis” and when you buy the music you have to contractually agree to only perform the piece in a full Elvis costume.

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lendoro:

baddadsquad:

gentle-puffer-fish:

  • falling asleep on someone’s chest
  • wrapping your arms around each other
  • synching heartbeats and breathing slowly
  • falling asleep in big t-shirts and underwear
  • forehead kissies and murmured affections
  • naps
  • MONSTER TRUCKS

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door:

This is my new favourite made-up thing.  Be my friend, mountain whale.  Slide down your mountain and into my heart.

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birdsy-purplefishes:

"forget about all the sexual objectification and racism and whatnot"!
HELL IS REAL AND WE ARE THERE.

birdsy-purplefishes:

"forget about all the sexual objectification and racism and whatnot"!

HELL IS REAL AND WE ARE THERE.

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creamycornettos:

Tom Hiddleston wearing a box of Thor’s face made by a Korean fan

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creepris:

The highest court in Nebraska has decided that a 16-year-old in foster care must carry her unintended pregnancy to term because she hasn’t proven that she’s “sufficiently mature and well informed” enough to choose to have an abortion. 

im moving to canada bye

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