Ten Minute Musical Bliss of Rubinoff and His Violin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUz-LOrzTQU. Like fine wine, musicians and artists improve with age. Dave Rubinoff is much too ignored today. That is due to the jealousy of the 100% pure classical musicians. Indeed, I even wonder how many pure symphonic musicians are left to be found today. It seems like so many are crossing the lines into the popular field.

Even as of recently, Dave Rubinoff refuses to give up the ghost. This is true even some 35 years after he passed away. Maestro, conductor, and curator Joseph Rubin (not related to Rubinoff except in spirit) gave a concert commemorating this great artist last summer. I was called to appear with violinist extraordinaire, Steven Greenman. It was held at the Circleville High School near Colombus, Ohio. Maestro Greenman had just returned from a tour of Poland. Among other places, he played the most haunting melodies in the synagogue in Cracow. Below was the itinerary Maestro Rubin sent me for the Circleville. Ohio concert.

Witness Another Ten Minute Musical Bliss with Steven Greenman and I playing the Rubinoff’s Fiddler

Friday, June 1 (2017)

Around 3 PM – Rehearse Fiddler Medley with Steven Greenman, location TBA

7-9:30 PM – Orchestra Rehearsal at Circleville High School

Saturday, June 2

11 am – Rehearse Fiddler Medley with Steven Greenman

2-4:30 pm- Orchestra Rehearsal at Circleville High School

6:30 PM – Pre-show lecture at High School

7-9 PM Concert at High School

9-10:30 PM Post show VIP reception at High School

Copy and paste the youtube link above to see what success is obtainable by playing incredibly well what the general public enjoys. I was thrilled to work so many years with this man.

Patra Workshop to debut in New York. Patra is the shorter name for Cleopatra. Queen of Egypt, she was one of the most famous women in history. Her full name was Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator (69 BC – 12 August 30 BC). She was the last of the Pharaohs set up in Egypt by Alexander the Great. By descent, she was a Macedonian Princess. It will appear off book in the workshop. Our singers will literally be top notch. My wife, Sharon is the librettist and a co-composer of Patra. . I, husband David, am also a composer. Before going to NY, it will have a staged concert presentation. This will be in Sarasota Fl at the newly built Sarasota Westcoast Black Theater. Our casts in both NY and Fla are busy rehearsing. Here’s the gist:

Cleopatra had stopped the onslaught of two invading Roman generals through love. She thus neutralized the worst effects of their invasions by marrying the generals. Patra had children with each. They were, first, Julius Caesar and later Marc Antony.

Patra Workshop

Enter Octavian, a third Roman invader. She almost stops his aggression through love. In order to save her children, she follows the way of the warrior: An honorable death. If she she married Octavian and moved to Rome, both her and her children would have been seen as a threat to the Roman triumvirate. Our opera features Patra and Octavian’s encounter. In the opera she convinces him to become Augustus Caesar- 1st emperor of Rome Later, as a result, he honors her by placing a statue of her in the Temple of Venus in Rome. The statue was displayed exemplifying her as the good mother.

Patra has memorable melodies, Latin rhythms and most important – a gripping story. Sample our music on Patraopera.com.

PATRA News!!!

See PATRA in Sarasota before it goes to New York !!
Presented in Sarasota for One Night Only

Before heading to New York in September, our new opera PATRA will be presented as a concert reading in Sarasota. The complete opera will be presented on Fri. July 19 at the new Westcoast Black Theatre at 6:30 pm.

The New York Workshop

PATRA has been selected for a fully-staged professional workshop in upstate New York at the Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake. The American Center for New Works Development at Seagle has work shopped pieces by many award-winning writers like Stephen Schwartz, Mark Adamo, Kevin Putts and more.

Patra Workshop – the Story

PATRA is loosely based on Cleopatra’s final days. When the villainous Octavian dangles a marriage proposal before Cleopatra, she hopes to secure a future for herself and her children. Yet, things do not go as he planned. Cleopatra’s love challenges Octavian and transforms him into a new man. PATRA has five singing roles. Our great Sarasota cast is listed below.

Writer, co-composer, librettist states: “When I began the eleven month rewrite of our more tragic Octavian & Cleopatra, I wanted to lighten the work and give it a popular bent. I cut two singing roles and added a dancer. Then, I infused comedy, lively dance rhythms, a small amount of spoken dialogue and a surprise at every turn. Most of all, I showcased the singer. I did something rather unusual in any musical or opera I created numerous dramatic moments where the instrumental accompaniment is silent. Only singing voices are heard.”

PATRA is an opera comique: It uses techniques from Bizet’s Carmen and Bernstein’s The West Side Story. .

Patra Concert Presentation

The WBTT concert has a $20 suggested donation ticket price to be paid at the door. For an advance reserved seat visit GoFundMe.com/PatraOpera, make a donation and in the notes write WBTT ticket. Westcoast Black Theatre is located at 1012 N Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236.

CONTACT: Sharon Ohrenstein at 941-724-1199 or slohrenstein@gmail.com. only about the above events. THANK YOU!

PATRA
Libretto by Sharon Ohrenstein
Music by David Ohrenstein and Sharon Ohrenstein

Our terrific Sarasota CAST

Kathryn Parks as Cleopatra, Joseph Ryan as Octavian, Carole Cornman as Iras, Robyn Rocklein as Charmian, and Baron Garriott as Marcellus. Pianist Teresa O’Connell will accompany the shows.

Dancer Vanessa Russo, currently based in Sarasota, has been hired for the New York Patra workshop workshop. Only singers will be performing in Sarasota.

Background for the Patra Workshop: About Ohrenstein and Ohrenstein

Musical theater writers and performers, Sharon and David Ohrenstein have performed internationally from Canada to Honduras. Their musicals, Octavian and Cleopatra, Our Golda, and Elizabeth of Russia have been produced in Florida and New York to remarkable reviews. Sharon was honored to be chosen an Amazing Woman of the Suncoast by ABC 7. David’s chamber compositions for wind ensembles and larger works for concert band have had world premieres in New York, Ontario, Ohio and Florida. David just finished his tenth season at the Gasparilla Inn where he plays for U.S. presidents and other dignitaries. For more information visit Patraopera.com. Here is an internal link to a ballet I, David, wrote: Zodiac Dance Demonstrates Extremes from Ballet to Modern

Singer Composer Was the Creator of Opera. Today, many do not think of singers as the creators of opera. In the early 1700’s they were. The taste in Naples, Italy at that time, dictated how opera was created. That taste was manifested in the love of vocal display. Popular idols were made of singers. Theodore M. Finney writes in a History of Music: The composers became “a kind of formality that had within it the seed of artistic sterility and death.”

What Happened to Opera as a Result of the Singer Composer Phenomenon?

Many composers at that time would write scores of historical interest. However, they had little if any musical interest. Opera composers turned from opera to writing for other mediums, such as instrumental. Society in Italy mainly fawned over virtuosity in musical drama. This gave rise to the Golden Age of Bel Canto. Francesco Bernardi, for example, loaded his adagios with countless ornaments. Opera singers became heroes. Hogarth immortalizes a singer in one of his arias in The Rakes Progress: He receives the adulation of a lady who says: “One God, one Farinelli.” The composer was reduced to the sideman.

As a matter of fact, the admiration of opera singers of the at time was so tremendous that most were totally unconcerned with the excellence of an opera itself. For that reason the music of many operas had nothing more than a figured bass and perhaps the outline of a melody. They singer flushed out the rest of the opera. The singer was also the primary composer. Figured bass, or thoroughbass, is a kind of musical notation in which numerals and symbols (often accidentals) are used. They indicate intervals, chords, and non-chord tones that a musician is to play. Historically this was most often applied to piano, harpsichord, organ, and lute.

Plus one factor shared by Geometry and Math. This post applies to all of the prominent ancient number squares. For various reasons, they are also called magic squares. What characterizes these squares of numbers? In recreational mathematics and combinatorial design, a magic square^{[1]} is a {\displaystyle n\times n} square grid (where n is the number of cells on each side) filled with distinct positive integers in the range {\displaystyle 1,2,…,n^{2}}.

Each cell contains a different integer.

The sum of the integers in each row, column and diagonal is equal.^{[2]}

So Where is the Plus One Factor?

The plus one in number squares is one thing above and beyond obvious definition on the number square. Let’s look at the application in geometry first. The 3 by 3 number square is the smallest that can be constructed. It has 2 parallel lines that intersect two more parallel lines. Thus, 3 x 3 columns of vertical and horizontal numbers, are set on a 2 x 2 set of horizontal and vertical lines. Note: By custom, these parallel lines are not encased by a square. Surrounding these nine numbers by a square would then create 4 x 4 parallel lines. In a way, this hides the true nature of the number square in consideration. Number square perimeters should be left open ended as in the featured picture. I must confess, some of my earlier number square pictures are encased.

Here is the mathematical plus one factor: This number square contains the numbers 1 to 9. Any straight row of three totals 15. Opposite numbers total ten. Hence, the following sets of numbers total 10: 4 + 6; 3 + 7; 8 + 2; and 9 + 1. The plus one factor becomes the total of the opposite numbers- 10. Ten is above and beyond the nine. It is not even notated on the prime number square; being invisible, like the Deity. So how does this apply in religious antiquity?

The 1st of the 10 Commandments is the Plus One Factor

The 10 Commandments are thus modeled on the 3 x 3 number square. The 1st commandment is actually not a commandment. It is a statement of the presence of the Deity who is above and beyond everything. He is invisible, like the number 10. Compare it to the “colel” in numbers. That’s why in the 10 Commandments it becomes a statement as opposed the apparent nature of the other nine numbers.

Graphic Polarity Activation on the 3 x 3 square. The prime number square of every higher number square is the 3 x 3. The complete, traditional, square is pictured at the bottom of the featured picture. There are a number of possible arrangements, possibly seven. However, the understanding of the distant past begins with this traditional. Many blogs on DSOworks are about this number square. Check them out by key word. They are free to view. I currently have some 570 posts about two primary subjects: (1) Music (2) Number squares. Most of the posts on number squares about the 3 x 3. It is the simplest, yet the most complex. Both of these subjects were the backbone of a former and lost Golden Age.

The full set of rings, imaged as Saturn eclipsed the Sun from the vantage of the Cassini orbiter. It was 1.2 million km distant, on 19 July 2013. The brightness is exaggerated. Earth appears as a dot at 4 o’clock. Our planet can be seen between the G and E rings. Most important for this blog: The rings of Saturn are the most extensive ring system of any planet in the Solar System. Why is the important? There are three obvious perimeters around this number square. However, the number of possible rings goes to infinity.

Graphic Polarity Activation Instructions

Reference the traditional arrangement at the bottom as I point our a few of the possibilities. Also a have a number of internal links on infinity and this number square. Also, “perfect numbers” favor this number square. Ancients knew this. Today, our civilization does not. Of course, there once was a Golden Age. Today peace and plenty seem be elusive. Here are a couple of such links on DSOworks.com:

Graphic Polarity Activation on Isaiah 45:2-3New International Version (NIV)

^{2 }I will go before you and will level the mountains^{[a]}; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. ^{3 }I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.

How does Isaiah allude to graphic polarity activation with the above? Look at the chapter number. It is 45. Total the numbers 1 to 9 in the grid. The order does not matter. Sum = 45.

Next, look at the two verse numbers of the Scripture. They they are verses 2 and 3. The sum of the verse numbers define the central number of the number square. 2 + 3 = 5. “Five” activates the entire system of all number squares. This is the smallest and prototype of all number squares.

Breaking the gates of brass and cutting through the bars of iron allude to reading the numbers without the grid. See the internal links above.

Specific applications will be covered in future blogs.

Please credit an Indian spirit from the Lennie Lenape tribe for my knowledge of this number square. Her haunt is Oquaga Lake at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. I was Scott’s piano player for some 15 summer seasons. There, I encountered the spirit on hikes in the Catskill Mountains.

Measurement Interchange on the Great Pyramid. The Great Pyramid uses different units of measure. British Antiquarian John Frederick Carden Michell (9 February 1933 – 24 April 2009) was an English author and esotericist who was a prominent figure in the development of the Earth mysteries movement. He discusses how the Great Pyramid was conceived by three primary measurement units: They were (1) the 12″ foot. (2) The 1.71818…foot long, shorter Egyptian cubit. (3) The 2.7272… foot long megalithic yard. In his View over Atlantis, he states that:

“The important discoveries about the past have been made not so much through the present refined techniques of treasure hunting and grave robbery, but through the intuition of those whose faith in poetry led them to scientific truth.”

This is the Measurement Interchange for the Great Pyramid- It Spearheaded a Former Golden Age

I credit the Lennie Lenape NE American Indians for my discovery for my discovery the hidden engineering capabilities of the 3 x 3 number square. An Indian spirit guide accompanied me on walks around Oquaga Lake. I was the house piano player at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House over some 15 summer seasons. She instructed me on the infinite codes hidden in this number square. Read the internal link if you wish to understand the math:

Go around the perimeter overlapping two number at the time: 49 + 92 + 27 + 76 + 61 + 18 + 83 + 34 = 440. The square base of the Great Pyramid measures 440 cubits on each side.

Go around the perimeter again by single numbers and add them: 4 + 9 + 2 + 7 + 6 + 1 + 8 + 3 = 40. Add the numbers of the two perimeters thus far” as 440 + 40 = 480. The height of the un untruncated Great Pyramid is 480 feet.

Add opposite numbers around the perimeter three at the time as 438 + 672 = 1110. This number-1,110- can be found in 7 more ways. The perimeter around the Great Pyramid is also 1,110 megalithic yards.

Thus, we have found the functioning of the three primary units of antiquity demonstrated at the Great Pyramid through this simple number square. Speaking of Michell’s mention of poetry, I have a book of poetry called The Oquaga Spirit Speaks. Here is a sample.

Mayan Egyptian Connection Spans Atlantic Ocean. Who were the Mayans? The Maya developed their first civilization in the Preclassic period.^{[9]} Scholars continue to discuss when this era of Maya civilization began. Discoveries of Maya occupation at Cuello, Belize have been carbon dated to around 2600 BC.^{[10]} The civilization still had great endurance. Look back some 3,000 years. Mayan Tikal was around from 250 to 700 AD. At its height during the Late Classic, the Tikal city polity had expanded to have a population of well over 100,000.^{[37]}

Egyptian Mayan Connection

We have no written evidence of connection between the two cultures and their countries. But, we do have similarity by measurement. Many are too fixated on proof by written record. They forget that numbers and letters once shared the same symbol. This practice of using the same symbol for both is called gematria- a Greek word. Only our modern languages (except Hebrew) have separate symbols for both. In effect, when you made a measurement, you also could imply a (1) A word. (2) A phrase. (3) An entire sentence. (4) Even a larger unit of writing translated into numbers.

Great Court at Tikal

A surviving Mayan great court is at Tikal. It outlines a rectangle. East to West is 400 feet in length. North to South is 250 feet in width. The courtyard is flanked by platforms, large temples and pyramids. The ratio of the length to the width of the Tikal courtyard is 8:5. Note 400/250 = 8/5 = 1.6. Compare this to the Great Pyramid of Egypt. One side of the square base is smaller Egyptian 440 cubits of 1.71818…feet. Its truncated height is 275 of the same sized cubits. 440÷275 = 8/5 = 1.6.

Comparing the Great Pyramid’s Dates to the Mayan first civilization in the Preclassic period.^{[9]}

Based on a mark in an interior chamber naming the work gang. and a reference to the fourth dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu, Egyptologists believe that the pyramid was built around 2560 BC. As stated above, Mayan carbon dating goes back to 2600 B.C. The dimensions of the Mayan courtyard and of the Great Pyramid had the same ratio of 8 to 5. These numbers are part of the Fibonacci series:

Leonardo Bonacci who was born 600 years before Beethoven. The Fibonacci series, named after him. is colored in red. Beethoven used the Fibonacci numbers in composing his fifth symphony. In the internal link underneath, I relate Fibonacci numbers to ancient number squares. I don’t know that Fibonacci ever made the connection?

BEETHOVEN’S DELIBERATE USE OF THE FIBONACCI NUMBERS

Behind Leonardo Bonacci’s back, the highest red number is 55. Each new number is the sum of the preceding two. Number 34 precedes 55. So, let’s continue the series: 34 + 55 = 89. Next, 55 + 89 = 144. Next 89 + 144 = 233 (the length of Beethoven’s opening section). Next 144 + 233 = 377 (which the length of Beethoven’s development section). Beethoven, being the brilliant genius that he was, knew exactly what he was doing. Note in red numbers. Number five is the 1st separated number. It is not consecutive. Almost every composer uses phrases in 4 bars. The genius of Beethoven made the opening phrase 5 bars long on purpose. He knew what he was doing!

The Best Architecture and Music are at Least Based on Tradition

The Egyptian Mayan connection of the 8 to five ratio is found with Beethoven. Of course, in this symphony Beethoven uses many phrases also use 8 bar phrases. When we listen to his 5th symphony it sounds natural. Can you imagine how he must have struggled to make the bar length come out right? Leonard Bernstein says of Beethoven and the 1st movement in The Joy of Music: “he will give away his life just to make sure that one note follows another inevitably.” In conclusion, I think that in addition to an even greater appreciation of Beethoven, we have graphic proof the relationship between music, numbers and architecture in this post: The Mayan Egyptian Connection and even more. This is why music lessons, theory and composition increase aptitude for mathematics.

Fibonacci Inversion is Like Musical Inversion of Intervals. . Inversion means to reverse the order, be it of numbers or the two tones of a musical interval. We also have melodic inversion. An example will be given by J.S. Bach. A unison inverts to an octave as 1 + 8 = 9. The second inverts to the seventh as 2 + 7 = 9. The third inverts to a sixth as 3 + 6 = 9. The fourth inverts to a fifth as 4 + 5 = 9. Inverting music is further discussed in my internal link.immediately below.

Also, inversion also means turning the melodic intervals up-side-down.

Fibonacci Inversion is Also Like Inverted Triads

What are the Fibonacci numbers?

In mathematics, the Fibonacci numbers are the numbers in the following integer sequence, called the Fibonacci sequence, and characterized by the fact that every number after the first two is the sum of the two preceding ones:^{[1]}^{[2]}

For the Fibonacci inversions, I take the 1st four numbers: 1,1,2, 3. Each of these Fibonacci numbers with its inversion totals four. In similar fashion each musical interval with its total equals the same number. The number is different but the principle is the same.

The Fibonacci inversion of “1′ becomes “3”. This happens for each “1”. The inversion of “2′ becomes 2. This number inverts to itself. The musical parallel is as an octave inverts to a unison. Next, the inversion of “3” becomes “1”.

In order, the inverted numbers of 1,1,2,3, are 3,3,2,1. Now we have to points to make (1) Ancient philosophers often either separated successive numbers and/or placed them together.(2) Ancient numbers squares give rise to the Fibonacci series. The internal link explains, in depth, how Fibonacci numbers dominate 4 x 4 number square.

I keep within the ancient tradition of number squares for this next explanation. Take the first four inverted Fibonacci numbers, 3,3,2,1 – as a straight read. You have 3321. The is the numerical total of the 9 x 9 number square of the Moon. This square (with other ancient squares) is pictured below. It houses all the numbers from 1 to 81. Any two opposite numbers total 82. My page was copied from an earlier blog about the “Neolithic Periodic Chart”. Note the obvious vertical sequence of numbers on the periodic chart. It is found on the diagonal on odd numbered squares. They are clearly reinforced in reinforced black ink. The numbers are 2,8,8,18,18,32,32, …

So what is my conclusion? Again, there once was a former advanced civilization. It was based on number squares. Times were then peaceful and harmonious. Somehow it was destroyed. Could it have been the continent of Atlantis that Plato mentions in his writings?

Poetry Foreshadows Romanticism in a Major Way. By encouraging poetic expression, you enable Romanticism. What qualities are then enhanced with Romanticism?:

Love.

Chivalry.

Courtesy.

Romanticism in the fine arts is feeling oriented: That is, feelings on a grand scale. German painter and author Caspar David Friedrich expresses it this way: The artist’s feeling is his law”.^{[10]} Our featured picture was painted by the same C.P. Friedrich.

Poetry Foreshadows Romanticism for Me

The featured painting parallels an inspiration I was given about fog. A spirit on Oquaga Lake dictated her poetry to me. I was the piano player for many years at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. This employment covered some 15 summer seasons. The poetry book is called The Oquaga Spirit Speaks. I have memorized every poem. At sometime in the future, I will do recitations. The Catskills Mountains in New York have inspired many writers. Among them we find Washington Irving. Below is an internal link.

Oquaga Lake was once inhabited by American Indians. The tribe was the Lennie Lenape. Women ran the tribe. I believe the spirit of the lake is an American Indian female. Fingers of Fog a sample of the poetry she related to me.

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Washington Irving was among them. He wrote The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 – November 28, 1859) was an American short …

Fingers of Fog

Fingers of fog moving quickly
Gliding across the lake.
Almost at jogging speed
Leaving no apparent wake.

Why are they scampering about
At this early morning time?
Thousand of fingers in motions
Moving gracefully with rhyme.

Perhaps each one is a spirit
Released from the depths of the spring:
Enjoying an hour of freedom
Almost ready to take wing.

This spring fed lake is enchanted,
As such water bodies are.
I actually saw its essence-
While viewing the Morning Star.