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Modern scientific explanation is fine and good, but if you prefer a mythological explanation, that also works for me! (Apollo turning his chariot around, or something like that?)

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At first, of course, we think of arts, like music and theatre and literature.

And, with Shakespeare, there's Mussorgsky, followedf by Mendelsson and Purcell (or vice versa)













About Summer Solstice:



In Christianity:



In Mythology:





Apogee, perigee and synonyms:

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/apogee - or - http://www.dictionary.com/browse/zenith

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/perigee - or - http://www.dictionary.com/browse/nadir


Surprisingly, the Urban Dictionary has quite decent definitions:



For Purcell, I am too late - already mentioned by T(h)ink (and she got probably the better video - lol)



TheOtherTink Marianne

@ Marianne,

Mussorgsky wrote: "So far as my memory doesn't deceive me, the witches used to gather on this mountain, ... gossip, play tricks and await their chief—Satan. On his arrival they, i.e. the witches, formed a circle round the throne on which he sat, in the form of a kid. and sang his praise. When Satan was worked up into a sufficient passion by the witches' praises, he gave the command for the sabbath, in which he chose for himself the witches who caught his fancy. So this is what I've done. At the head of my score I've put its content: 1. Assembly of the witches, their talk and gossip; 2. Satan's journey; 3. Obscene praises of Satan; and 4. Sabbath."

Oooh... sounds like a cool party... sorry I missed it.  :O :blush: :) :D

Marianne Marianne

Lol - excellent, T(h)ink, that reminds us too look more closely into our own fantasies and "weaknesses".


TheOtherTink Marianne

:O :blush: :angel: :) :D

Marianne Marianne

Lol - we are short of emos; I'll repeat myself: :D:D:D !!!

Virginia TheOtherTink

Very nice, O'Tink!

TheOtherTink TheOtherTink

Virginia, my favorite performance of Purcell's Fairy Queen is back on YouTube, after having been removed for a couple of yearsThis is what I think is the funniest scene:  :D

Virginia TheOtherTink

O'Tink, truthfully I had never even encountered Purcell before knowing you and Marianne...filling in some delightful gaps, here! 

Marianne TheOtherTink


You were faster with Purcell - lol - and you got a part with lyrics.

Virginia TheOtherTink


TheOtherTink TheOtherTink

Marianne, and in French, no less.  :)

TheOtherTink TheOtherTink


Yes Purcell was another marvelous composer who died much too young at age 36.  One story I read is that he was out carousing one winter night, much to the annoyance of his wife, who locked him out of the house. As a result, he supposedly caught pneumonia and died. :'(

Virginia TheOtherTink

Oh no...oh no oh no ohno...grieving the loss of Purcell...

O'Tink, I was so wrapped up in the few classical composers I totally loved that until I was in Iowa, I never even paid much attention to Schubert...then, there on the Iowa classical station learned of his tragically early death...

That he was so overflowing with music that he wrote day and night, aware his life was not for long...had no money, friends helped out just to keep him going, composing composing composing...well, now I listen to Schubert MORE!

Marianne TheOtherTink

Lol - yes, T(h)ink, and I can only say, how thoughtful of you. Thank you. <3:)