And I'm just imaging the clean up afterwards. Thanks to Marc-Aurele for sharing this.
March 2 -1791: Long-distance communication speeds up with the unveiling of a semaphore machine in Paris.
|Douglas Cardinal's design for the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization) was much criticized when it opened back in 1989, as were what was considered the|
Disneyfied exhibits. It has proven to be the most popular of the museums in the Capital region
with over 1 million visitors a year.
|The stunning sweep of the Grand Hall has been home to the largest collection of First Nations' totem poles in the world. And it also houses a plaster cast of one of my favourite pieces: Bill Reid's The Spirit of Haida Gwaii.|
|A left click on the catalogue cover|
will take you to the exhibit website.
|One of two Canadian Pacific steamships that plied the Atlantic the Empress of Ireland was launched |
on January 27, 1906 and arrived in Quebec City for the first time on July 7th of that year. Before
that foggy evening in 1914 the liner had made 95 eastbound crossings of the Atlantic.
|A piano - much like the one that graced the Grand Salon of the Empress - is all set appropriate music |
for the first evening out: The Empress of Ireland Waltz composed in 1906 by Myrtle Wallace.
|A page from the exhibition catalogue shows the impact the disaster had on the culture of the region.|
|Sailors taking the coffins of children - of the 138 children on board only 5 survived |
including Grace Hanagan - off the vessel Lady Gray at the pier in Quebec City.
Photograph: Library of Congress
|Passengers posing for a group photo on board The Empress of Ireland as it departs. |
The stories of many of them can be found on the commemoration website Empress 2014.
|"God Be With You Till We Meet Again" can be heard faintly in the background as visitors walk by a |
silhouette of the ill-fated Empress made up of the names of her passengers and crew. A moving
commemoration of the worst marine disaster in our history
|Nikita Balieff (seated centre-left) and his company "at home" in this undated picture.|
Les Houzards noir was an arrangement by Baliyev's musical director, Alexey Arkhangelsky, of an old Hussar ballad, sung by a basso profondo accompanied by male chorus. "Before leaving for battle," the program read, "the soldiers pierced with the consciousness that they are going to meet inevitable death, wallow a while in that voluptuous melancholy of Gypsy chanting (méloplés tziganes) which reawakens in them the old Slav fatalism," etc. etc.
Stravinksy and the Russian Traditions
A Biography of the Works through Marva
University of California Press, 1996
I find the combination of the Scots dialect words and the Slavic pronunciation particularly delightful and only wish I had been able to find a photo or design for this number.O sing to me the auld Scotch sangs
I' the braid Scottish tongue.
The sangs my father loved to hear,
The sangs my mither sung,
When she sat beside my cradle,
Or croon'd me on her knee.
And I wadna sleep, she sang sae sweet,
The auld Scotch sangs to me.
I'll bless the Scottish tongue that sings
The auld Scotch sangs to me.