Saturday, December 22, 2007

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. he not only completely mastered every style practiced in his own day, but he also looked toward the future. For this reason, the way in which he composed has inspired the musicians of today. Bach was more famous as an organist than a composer in his day. His major works were not often performed until many years after his death.



Bach Was born at Eisenach in central Germany on March 21, 1685. His family had been musicians for several generations, and his father's cousin, Johann Christoph Bach (1642-1703) was a prominent composer. Bach's parents died before he was 10 years old, and he went to live with his oldest brother. His brother taught him to play the harpsichord and the clavichord, instruments that preceded the piano. Bach began earning his living at the age of 15. He became a singer and then a violinist in St Michael's church at Luneburg. He went on to be organist at Arnstadt and then at Muhlhausen. His first important position came in 1708, when he became court organist and chamber musician to the Duke of Weimar. There, he wrote his finest music for organ. Bach left Weimar in 1717 to take position as Kapellmeister, or music director, to prince Leopold of Anhalt Kothen. from 1723 until his death, he served as cantor of the Thomasschule in Leipzig. He also directed music for the churches, the university, and for the civic functions in Leipzig. During this period, he wrote his finest Choral music. Bach was Married twice. His first wife, Maria Barbara, bore him seven children. She died in 1720, and he married Anna Magdalena Wilcken, She bore him 13 children. four of his sons won fame as composers. Bach's works sum up a whole period of music. He brought such musical devices as counterpoint and fugue to their greatest heights. He wrote three great religious works, nearly 300 church cantata, and many cantatas for such occasions as birthdays and weddings. Many of Bach's keyboard music is performed on the piano.


Did you know... Bach went to live with his elder brother, Johann Christoph Bach - also a musician who had been a student of Johann Pachelbel. J. Christoph was the organist at St. Michael's Church in Ohrdruffor, Germany and gave Bach keyboard lessons. Due to Bach’s obvious talent, however, his brother became jealous and locked up all of his music. This led Bach to sneak some of Pachelbel’s original manuscripts to copy and learn from. He secretly studied by moonlight for six months which led to problems with his eyesight throughout his life and eventual blindness. At the age of 15, his elder brother died, leaving Bach to continue his musical education on his own. During his lifetime, Bach would learn to play the keyboard, the organ and the violin.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Chopin, Frederic

Born in Zelazowa Wola, a small city near Warsaw, Poland on February 22, 1810. He first studied the piano at the Warsaw School of music. By his early teens, he was quite good. He played his first public convert at age 7. He toured Europe, giving concerts. He never wrote music for orchestra alone, but he composed more than 200 piano pieces that rank him among the worlds leading composers.
Chopin had a great appreciation of the effects that the piano could produce. His sonatas contain some beautiful music, but his finest works are in forms that he himself worked out or perfected. These include four ballades, four large-scale scherzos, about 40 mazurkas in a characteristic Polish 3/4 dance rhythm, more than 25 etudes, more than 20 nocturnes, about 15 polonaises in a stately Polish dance rhythm, some 18 waltzes, a barcarolle, a berceuse, a bolero, a fantaisie, a fantaisie-impromptu, three impromptus, a tarantelle, and rondos. Chopin was the only son of a French father and a Polish mother. In 1836, he proposed to a Polish girl, but her parents disapproved. Later he became friendly with the woman novelist George Sand. He traveled with her to the Mediterranean island of Majorca in the winter of 1838-1839 where his already weak health was undermined. He was gravely ill of tuberculosis by the time his relationship with her ended in a quarrel in 1847. A visit to Scotland during bad weather in 1848 further weakened him. Later that year, the Paris revolution, which overthrew King Louis Philippe, upset his way of life.
Chopin moved away from Poland permanently during the beginning of war between Russia and Poland. His friends gave him a silver goblet filled with Polish soil. He was never able to return again. He wrote many sad musical pieces expressing his grief for "his" Poland. He became very homesick. He found solace in summer visits to the country. Before he died, he requested the polish soil be poured over his grave. During his funeral, one of his own funeral marches was played.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Beethoven

Since Beethoven is my favorite, I will begin with him.

He was born in 1770, Dec. 15 or 16 in Bonn, Germany. He was one of the most famous and influential composers of the 1800's. He was generally regarded as the "emancipator of music", because he established the vocation of composer as a dignified profession. He brought new force and flexibility to music. His creative genius inspires much of todays music. Beethoven held the job of court organist at the age of 14. His father was a drunken singer, and scarcely took care of his family. Therefore, the money young Beethoven earned helped his family. He went to Vienna in 1787, where he met Wolfgang A. Mozart, who immediately recognized his genius. He returned to his hometown however, because of his mothers illness. She died shortly after he returned, and he had to support his brothers.

Beethoven gave music lessons (which he hated doing) for a time in Bonn and played the viola in the theater orchestra. He settled in Vienna in 1792, and studied with Joseph Haydn and other masters. There, in 1795, he appeared as a pianist, and won great success. But at 28, he realized he was loosing his hearing. He soon had to give up concert work and devote his entire time to composing, while he struggled against poverty, ill health, and growing deafness. By 1819, he could only communicate by writing. During this time, he produced some of his greatest works. When he died, he had won recognition from some of the greatest minds of his time. He is buried in the famed central cemetery of Vienna near the tombs of Haydn, Mozart, Brahms, Gluck, Schubert, and Hugo Wolf, all famous composers.

He wrote nine symphonies, and had started a tenth when he died. He also wrote 32 piano sonatas. These are just a few of his many works.

Much of the time, Beethoven had a hot tempered personality. He was also neglectful of himself. He spent so much time at the piano composing, he would often forget to eat. This is probably a big contribution to his illness, which caused an early death. He was against God most of his life, but it is reported he had a change of heart not long before his death. Doctors where unable to identify his illness, and even today, it is unsure what it was he suffered, since he burned most of his medical records.

Fun Story

A young composer went to Beethoven, looking for approval on a piece he had written. Beethoven flipped through the score, hardly seeming to glance at the pages. 'He is only being polite, and pretending to look at it', thought the young man. But then, Beethoven turned back to a page and pointed to a measure."That note doesn't go well there", he said.

So much for thinking I can sight read!

favorite pieces

Sonata no.8, Op.13 (Pathetique) all three movements.

Sonata no.17,Op.31, No.2 ("Tempest") 1rst movement.

Sonata no.14, Op.27, No.2 ("Moonlight")

Rondo a Capriccio, Op. 129 ("Rage over a lost penny")

Symphony No.5

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

First Post!

This is my first post ever on this blog! I hope to get this site going soon, so please be patient. Coming soon, I will have biographies of composers, classical and modern alike. Hopefully, I will have a few of my own compositions put here as well. Dolce Musica!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Repertoire

Beethoven, Pathetique
Beethoven, Fur Elise

Mozart, Sonata in C

Several Minuets by Bach

Calvin Jones, Whitewater Chopped Sticks

Koji Kondo, Castle Theme, Super Mario World
Koji Kondo, Air Platform Theme, Super Mario World

Klaus Dabelt, He's a Pirate, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Curse of the Black Pearl
Klaus Dabelt, The Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Curse of the Black Pearl
Klause Dabelt, Barbossa Is Hungry, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Curse of the Black Pearl

Hanz Zimmer, Davy Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Man's Chest
Hans Zimmer, Up Is Down, Pirates of the Caribbean, At Worlds End
Hans Zimmer, What Shall We Die For, Pirates of the Caribbean, At Worlds End

Harry Gregson Williams, Evacuating London, The Lion the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Harry Gregson Williams, From Western Woods to Beaversdam, The Lion the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Harry Gregson Willams, Metal Gear Solid, Main Theme

A number of Hymns.

Gluten Sensitivity Info

There are 3 kinds of sensitivities.

There is wheat allergy, which really isn't gluten related at all, and then there is celiac disease, and gluten intolerance.

I can't be sure that all of the info here is entirely correct, since so many different sources tell you a different thing, but here is my conclusion from all the research I've done.

Wheat allergy:

Basically you are allergic to wheat. Fortunately, it may not be permanent, and could go away after awhile. Children with wheat allergy have been known to outgrow the allergy.

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Celiac disease:

Celiac disease is kind of an allergy, but to gluten rather than the actual wheat. Unfortunately, it's permanent. Once you have it, you will always have it. The longer you let it go, the worse it gets.
When an allergen is present in the body, the immune system releases the IgE antibody.
The gluten damages the small intestine, creating holes in the lining and damaging the villi hairs, which are needed to soak up nutrients from your food.
The short story, you slowly starve.
The longer story:
Since so much damage is being done to your small intestine, and you are unable to get the vitamins and minerals you need into your body, you begin to starve. Symptoms include but are not limited to the following:

Hives
Eczema
anemia
Iron deficiency (also a type of anemia)
Joint and muscle problems
headaches and migraines
depression and anxiety
sleeping disorders
intestinal problems (use your imagination)
etc.



Some of the symptoms of anemia are:

Excessive sleepiness/ tiredness
shortness of breath
dizziness (such as after squatting down or bending over for a few seconds)
inability to concentrate or focus
coldness

Anemia is when you are deficient in nutrients, and your body is no longer producing the proper amount of red blood cells, which carry oxygen through your body. Less red blood cells equals less oxygen, and your brain is unable to function properly.

If you have celiac disease, and you are eating gluten, taking doses of iron and other vitamins are going to do you no good. Your body simply cannot absorb it. Actually, that's a good way to tell if you have celiac! If your body responds positively to increased amounts of supplements, than you can be pretty sure you don't have celiac. You just weren't eating enough good food.
But if the problems persist then you know something is keeping your body from absorbing the proper amount of nutrients, and that only leads to one thing!

Also keep in mind that if you have celiac disease, the symptoms vary from person to person. You may only have 1 or 2 symptoms, or you may have them all. They may be very severe forms of the symptoms for one person, or very mild for another.

In other words, just because you are not suffering too badly doesn't mean you don't have it. And if you do have it, it could become worse over time, even deadly.

Did you know that in order to be tested for celiac, you have to have gluten in your system? The test is performed by checking for the IgE antibodies. In order for the IgE antibodies to be present, gluten has to be present. If you have not been eating gluten, and you want to get tested, be prepared to eat a bunch of gluten for a couple of weeks before hand!

Either that, or get tested before you start your diet.

Celiac is inherited, passed down the line from person to person. Maybe you've discovered you have celiac, but don't know of anyone in your family who has ever had it. In that case, it's possible that someone in your family did have it, and didn't know it. Is someone in your family prone to migraines? It could be celiac! Maybe someone in your family tends to be rather tired, they could have celiac and not know it too. It doesn't have to be your immediate family, it could be a great grandparent or someone like that. Either way, it got to you from somewhere in your family!
Sometimes people can have the disease but not suffer the symptoms, until something happens, such as a very stressful time. Celiac has been known to kick in at very stressful times, which is often the case with adults.

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Gluten intolerance:

I can't tell you much about it, except that the symptoms are pretty much identical to celiac, but I am under the impression that your body does not treat it like an allergy, and so the immune system does not release the IgE antibody. As far as I know, doctors have been unable to determine why gluten attacks the small intestine of those who are not technically allergic.

You may test negative for celiac, but still be gluten intolerant, which is, by the way, impossible to get a proper test for, because there are no IgE antibodies to test for. The only way you can know if you are intolerant is to experiment until you know gluten is causing the problems.

Strange isn't it?

It is estimated that 1 in 133 people have some sort of gluten sensitivity, even if they don't know it. That's a lot! Might it have something to do with the way traditional wheat has been genetically altered? Not nearly as many people suffered from it in the old days! In fact, many who are gluten intolerant can handle small amounts of spelt, which is an old fashioned wheat!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Webstore

I love to crochet, and I have a shop setup on Etsy, where you can purchase my things.

If you need something special, you can request a custom item from me.
I love wholesale orders too, so feel free to contact me if you are needing larger quantities (such as appliques for your own projects).

I have maintained a 100% positive feedback at my store!

Things you can expect to see in my shop are:

•bookmarks designed after nature
•hair barrettes and hair pins
•doilies
•name doilies
•kitchen accessories
•appliques
•gift certificates

Some things that would make really great personalized gifts are:

•a name (or word) crocheted into a doily
•a name (or word) crocheted into a bookmark
•a bookmark designed after a favorite flower of the person receiving the gift

Thanks for checking it out!


Recipes

During my gluten free experiment, that could possibly be a permanent diet, I thought I'd start posting my recipes as I make them.

UPDATE: This appears to be a permanent diet. I seem to be quite allergic and can't get back on wheat. The results of attempting to get back on have been very unpleasant!



Enjoy!

The basics:

My Favorite All Purpose Gluten Free Flour Mix


Main Dishes:

Yeast Free Gluten Free Pizza Crust
My sister's amazing gluten free pizza crust (Frugal Farmwife)
Gluten Free Pizza Pockets
My sister's cauliflower pizza crust (Frugal Farmwife)
My sister's Gluten free egg noodles, yum! (Frugal Farmwife


Breads and Rolls:

Best ever cornmeal herb rolls (Frugal Farmwife)


Breakfast:

Gluten Free Pancakes


Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipe

REALLY Good Gluten Free Monkey Bread

Gluten Free Biscuits, the Best Ever!

Gluten Free Yeast Donuts That are Soft!

My sister's sausage grits casserole (Frugal Farmwife)


Deserts and Things:

Amazing Caramel Sauce

Gluten Free Oreo Cookie Recipe

Oreo Cheese Cake Ice Cream...Woa!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

About me

Oh...you want to know about me? Well there's so much to tell!

First of all, I am a bible believing christian daughter of a godly man. I have 7 brothers and sisters. My parents have 4 girls and 4 boys. I was born third. My oldest brother is married and has 3 adorable children (they are loads of fun!)
My older sister is also married and they have a little boy. He also happens to be loads of fun!

My creative abilities? When I was very young I learned to sew, and sewed cloths for myself and my family. At 14, an elder lady showed me a few stitches of crochet. After that I took off, and taught myself to read patterns. I am now an advanced crocheter and make the majority of my own patterns up.
I take inspiration from my grandmother and nature. I love flowers, but I am allergic to them, so crocheting them and making them into bookmarks and other accessories are a good way for me to be able to enjoy them.
My grandmother loved to crochet before going to be with the LORD, and she left a good many craft supplies with me. I have made jewelry with her beads, and it feels so special to wear her beads!

I have a few other crafts I enjoy doing now and then, such as jewelry making. In fact, I make the majority of my own jewelry. I also like to draw, make cards, and photography.

Photography and music are a great passion of mine. Although crochet is my main business, I do occasional photography work and am always happy when someone needs my skills for a photoshoot!

I play piano and guitar, though these days I stick mostly with the piano. I have a repertoire of Beethoven, Chopin, soundtracks, hymns, psalms, and more.

My taste in music is very broad. I enjoy classical as well as contemporary christian, country, and a few select pieces from the pop world. I also love to listen to soundtracks, mostly from sci-fi movies. My favorite modern composers are Hans Zimmer, Harry Gregson Williams, Henry Jackman, James Horner, and Howard Shore.
My favorite classical composers are Beethoven and Chopin. I enjoy interpretations of their music from Evgeny Kissin and Yundi Li.

My plans for the future? I plan to go wherever God leads me. I am content for the time being to be at home with my family, helping my mom with the housekeeping and selling my crochet online at Joyous Treasures Etsy Shop.
Perhaps in the future I will marry and keep a house of my own.

I hope you enjoyed reading about me. God bless, and enjoy reading my blog!