Saturday, November 28, 2009

Night on Bald Mountain

Or, er, possibly: 'Night on Drab Mountain'. Easel shavings and miscellaneous powders from the Save Jar on dark gray Pastelmat.

"The Sorcerer's Apprentice is the English name of a poem by Goethe (Goethe? who knew?), Der Zauberlehrling, written in 1797. The poem is a ballad in fourteen stanzas. The poem begins as an old sorcerer departs his workshop, leaving his apprentice with chores to perform."

Listen to The Sorcerer's Apprentice, the "symphonic poem" written by Paul Dukas in 1897. He had an excellent moustache, was a pal of Debussy's, and generally made his living as a music critic. He did little composing, with one immortal exception: listen to it here.

<------- Bonus Word of the Day: kthxbai Excellent! Make it your own. Useful in a plethora of situations and on a myriad of occasions. My guess is that this particular spelling variation is the southern-accented pronunciation.

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