Glories of the West: Gene Kelly – Roller Skates

Holy smokes! I had not seen this one. A stellar performance! I can barely stay upright on roller skates, much less tap-dance in them. A tap dancer extraordinaire. One of the true greats!

I also like how nice everyone looks: my parents’ generation: people dressed better just to step out the door (and sometimes even at home) than a lot of folks do to go to church, nowadays. If they even go, that is…

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Glories of the West: Rondeau from Sinfonies de Fanfares – Suite de Symphonies – Jean-Joseph Mouret

Source: Jean-Joseph Mouret: Rondeau from Suite de Symphonies (Trumpet and Orchestra)

Best-known to those of us of a certain age as the opening theme of PBS’s wonderful “Masterpiece Theater,” this is a splendid piece of music, played in a manner well-suited to do it justice. As one commenter put it,

“I always thought of this beautiful tune as being archetypically English, but I guess I gotta give the French full credit on this one!”

 

Glories of the West: Richard Strauss – Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 – “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” or “Thus Spake Zarathustra” – is a tone poem (also known as a symphonic poem) by Richard Strauss, composed during 1896 and inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophical treatise of the same name.

Source: Richard Strauss – Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 | YouTube

The opening to this epic composition is perhaps best known by many as the score to the opening sequence of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” In a way, that’s kind of a shame, as it is more than worthy of appreciation on its own: indeed, the entire symphonic poem is. But that opening is truly epic!

N.B.: I hasten to add that I am not a Nietzschean (although honesty also compels me to admit that his assertion that “what does not kill us, makes us strong,” has helped inspire me to persevere through some very difficult times in life).

However, this is darned fine music.

Glories of the West: New research and artist’s impressions shed light on Windsor Castle’s 1,000-year history

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Reconstruction image of Windsor Castle in its earliest form, a motte and bailey castle, around 1086 ©

The story of Windsor Castle’s transformation from the wooden fortress built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century to the Palace that today serves as an official residence of Her Majesty The Queen.

Source: New research and artist’s impressions shed light on Windsor Castle’s 1,000-year history | Royal Collection Trust

This looks marvelous!!!

“The story of Windsor Castle’s transformation from the wooden fortress built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century to the Palace that today serves as an official residence of Her Majesty The Queen, has been brought to life in new artist’s impressions. Based on the evidence of new research, historic manuscripts, drawings and paintings, and recent GPS surveys, the illustrations were specially commissioned for Windsor Castle: A Thousand Years of a Royal Palace, published by Royal Collection Trust today. The most comprehensive study of the Castle in more than a century, this book sets the architectural and artistic history of Windsor against the backdrop of wider social, political and cultural events in the life of the Monarchy and the nation.”

 

 

Glories of the West: the Veiled Virgin of Giovanni Strazza

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“The Veiled Virgin is a Carrara marble statue carved in Rome by Italian sculptor Giovanni Strazza (1818–1875), depicting the bust of a veiled Virgin Mary. The exact date of the statue’s completion is unknown, but it was probably in the early 1850s. The veil gives the appearance of being translucent, but in fact is carved of marble.” (Wikipedia)

Giovanni Strazza had a true gift, and one which he used as such gifts ought to be used: to the glory of God!

Glories of the West: the sacred glory of Benedictine spirituality

The sacred and peaceful glory of Benedictine spirituality, as expressed at Vespers with the Benedictine nuns of Mary Queen of Apostles.

Glories of the West, and QOTD: Who said this?

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The adoption of Christianity was

“the starting point for the formation and development of [our] statehood, the true spiritual birth of our ancestors, the determination of their identity… the flowering of national culture and education.”

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