Winterreise, D. 911: Der Lindenbaum
Jonas Kaufmann & Helmut Deutsch
At night I think of my piano in its ocean grave, and sometimes of myself floating above it. down there everything is so still and silent that it lulls me to sleep. it is a weird lullaby and so it is; it is mine.
history meme — italian version // one empire: the roman empire
The Roman Empire was the post-Republican period of the ancient Roman civilization, characterized by an autocratic form of government and large territorial holdings around the Mediterranean Sea in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
The first two centuries of the Empire were a period of unprecedented stability and prosperity known as the Pax Romana (“Roman Peace”). It reached its greatest expanse during the reign of Trajan (98–117 AD). In the 3rd century, the Empire underwent a crisis that threatened its existence, but was reunified and stabilized under the emperors Aurelian and Diocletian. Christians rose to power in the 4th century, during which time a system of dual rule was developed in the Latin West and Greek East. The Roman Empire began to disintegrate in the late 4th and early 5th century as invasions overwhelmed the capacity of the Empire to govern and mount a coordinated defence. Most chronologies place the end of the Western Roman empire in 476, when Romulus Augustulus was forced to abdicate to the Germanic warlord Odoacer.
Because of the Empire’s vast extent and long endurance, the institutions and culture of Rome had a profound and lasting influence on the development of language, religion, architecture, philosophy, law, and forms of government in the territory it governed, particularly Europe, and by means of European expansionism throughout the modern world. (x)
John William Waterhouse, Studies
Do you ever feel like a chess piece yourself?
In a game being played against your will.
This speech is the absolute death of spontaneity in the vast majority of actors. But we know better, here. There is no one in my experience who has a better grasp on the subtext of reacting to his own thoughts as he’s having them. Magical.
Also I kind of want to do an IPA transcription of this. Delicious vowels.
"Divine Inspiration of Music" (c. 1640) (detail) by Nicolas Regnier (1591-1667).
the hobbit + color porn
Der singende Traum: “Du bist die Welt für mich”, Richard Tauber; Jonas Kaufmann: Jochen Rieder, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin