Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas is Fast Approaching

Even though the weather has not been very Christmas-like for the Northeast.  I am NOT complaining about the warmerthannormaltemperatures.  I'm sure we will pay for them come mid February or so...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!


Bernard said...

Thank you Deb, and the same wishes to you and your family from this side of the
'warmer than usual pond'. Our December has been the warmest on record I believe.
Warm and very wet about sums it up.
Have a good Christmas.
Cheers Bernard.

Bernard said...

Hi Deb,
I've just popped back for two reasons.
The first is to wish you and your family all the best for the New Year. I shall drink your health with a wee drop of whisky at midnight (a few hours before you).
The second is to mention this -
This video informs about the musical instrument celesta: its invention in 1886, its very specific sound generation or action mechanism, and particularly the making of the instrument in the Schiedmayer workshop. Schiedmayer started manufacturing the celesta in 1890 and is today the only celesta manufacturer in the world. The workshop tour shows the high level of craftsmanship and true artisan work that goes into each instrument. The best-known piece in which the celesta plays an important role is certainly The Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy from Tchaikovsky’s ballett The Nutcracker. But many classical and modern composers use the celesta for their orchestral works due to the unique, always intriguing and enchanting sound of the instrument. As for the celesta’s presence in other music genres, John Williams‘ soundtrack Hedwig’s Theme from the Harry Potter movie is a perfect example.
I found this very interesting and as it's a new(ish) video - it could be that you haven't seen it yet?
Cheers Bernard

deb said...

Hoping that you have a wonderful 2016, Bernard. I'll check out the video, thanks!