World Fair stimulated Claude Debussy to find his niche as a composer

World Fair Shaped the then Seven-year-old Claude Debussy

World Fair Shaped the then Seven-year-old Claude Debussy. Debussy was born on 22 August 1862 in Saint-Germain-en-LayeSeine-et-Oise, on the north-west fringes of Paris.[4 

In 1889 Paris celebrated the centennial of the French Revolution. They held a “universal exhibition” at the center of Paris. The Eiffel Tower was built for that purpose. The exhibition allowed those who came to sample cultures from Africa and the Far East. They included a Moroccan bazaar, a Chinese pavilion, a Buddhist temple, and even a Senegalese village. A street from Cairo was duplicated. Included was a Congolese settlement of ivory carvers. A Vietnamese theatrical troupe performed.  A Tonkinese village featured silk weavers. The 1889 World fair was the gateway to sounds that many composers had never heard before. Rimsky-Korsakov came from Russia. He was also totally taken by these new sounds.


World Fair in Paris in 1889 influenced Debussy as a composer.
Claude Debussy in 1908. He was 46 years of age.

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My own recording of Pagodas by Debussy is on the YouTube presentation immediately below.

Video for YouTube David Ohrenstein playing Pagodas by Debussy▶ 5:44
Feb 2, 2016 – Uploaded by Lesley & Ohrenstein

Concert Pianist David Ohrenstein plays Pagodas from Estampes by ClaudeDebussy. Filmed at the Glenridge …

 World Fair in Paris was a factor in Debussy’s later composition called Pagodas

 Little Debussy most likely decided then to one day include these sounds in his own compositions. Also, the Oriental music was not written down. It was played on the spot. He wanted his own music to sound spontaneous in a similar fashion- even if wrote it down.  Imitating the novel  sound of the gamelan, he later would compose his piano piece, Pagodas. He loved how the music did away with the melodic and  rhythmic clichés of Romanticism.  I would be happy to play some of Debussy’s exotic music  for you at the Crab and Fin Restaurant on St Armand’s Circle in Sarasota. The link below gives the specifics. Yes, I am available for piano lessons in Sarasota.
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Enjoy David playing the piano at the Crab and Fin Restaurant. Claire de Lune by Claude Debussy is still a favorite piano classic. So is Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer. David plays outdoors (weather permitting) on an authentic Yamaha console piano.  Have lunch, dinner, or simply a beverage.  “I’d say that overall, it’s a great place to have lunch or dinner if your around Saint Armands or Lido Beach.” in 35 reviews.  David is returning to the Crab and…

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Violin cases created a sensation

Violin Cases Create a Sensation for Rubinoff

Violin cases created a sensation for Rubinoff. I (blogger David) will be giving a lecture and concert about a composer/conductor/violinist and Hollywood Movie star I worked with. The date is June 2, 2018. It will be at the High School in Circleville ,Ohio. His stage name was Rubinoff and His Violin. He had a talent for being sensational. Even with violin cases.  He made a fortune conducting and playing violin: As much as $500,000.00 annually. Wealth came to him at the peak of the Great Depression. So what made him rich? Two internal links are below will explain his rise to fame. The 1st is about the upcoming Circleville, Ohio festivities that will honor him.  Click on the 2nd for a youtube sample of Rubinoff of how Rubinoff dazzled Hollywood.  His violin wizardry speaks for itself.

Image result for pictures of Rubinoff on DSOworks.comA poor Russian as a youth, he acquired riches and fame through mastery of the  violin.

Commemoration Concert for Rubinoff and His Violin – DSO Works

Rubinoff and His Violin Concert – June 2, 2018 – YouTube

(also click on Rubinoff and His Violin youtube, The Music Shop. You will see the official seal of the Russian empire in diamonds and rubies on the crest of the violin. Dave plays “Flight of the Bumblebee.”)

 violin cases can also hide things other than violins.
A street gang thought Rubinoff’s  older violin case was hiding a machine gun- not a Stradivarius! They carefully avoided us.

Story I –  How Violin Cases Saves Us From Harm

We’d go to a deli for lunch. It was a blustery wintry day. Dave was wearing a godfather coat and hat. He was so preoccupied humming a tune, he didn’t even bother buttoning the coat. This particular violin case was in sad shape. Yet, it held a 2 million dollar Stradivarius. I saw a gang of about 12 young men walking toward us. At that time they were about 1½ blocks away. As soon as they noticed the violin case, the entire gang jay walked across the street to avoid us. Most likely, they thought Rubinoff looked like an old hit man that never got hit.

Story II- The 2nd of the Violin Cases Was an Alligator Skin

Until his last year Dave and I played school assemblies for children in the public schools. One was a performance for a chamber orchestra in the Venice, Fl Public Schools. When we made our entrance, everyone was taken by the alligator violin case. Some children could have cared less about the priceless violin. For them, the case said it all. To relive those days in Circleville is priceless. Buy your tickets now!

Fission Fusion Link

Fission Fusion Link Between Iron and Lead is Strong

Fission Fusion Link with Iron and Lead is Strong. This is my 2nd blog about a mathematical and geometrical parallel between iron and lead. What’s so special about these two elements? The paragraph below is a copied paragraph  from the the 1st blog. Fission and fusion are tied to 2 ancient number squares. They are the 5 x 5 and the 9 x 9. If you care to see how, click on the internal link below. Ancient number squares are covered in the 1st blog.  Then, I will postulate another link between lead and iron in the present blog.

Neolithic Periodic Chart is Number Squares. Do number squares point to the existence of a super advanced civilization? Did Atlantis once exist? Was this knowledge destroyed when the library at Alexandria was burned down? Anyone with a mathematical frame of mind should say yes to all these questions. Study the two number squares of the internal link’s featured picture. Each of the number squares was connected to a metal and planet. Mars was iron. The Moon was lead. Of course, Earth’s Moon is now considered part of a dual planetary system with the Earth. Moon and Earth have a common center of gravity. Ancients thought the metal of the Moon was lead. The metal of Mars was thought to be iron.

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Neolithic Periodic Chart is Number Squares, Here’s How – DSO Works

Here’s Another Fission Fusion Link

We already know that iron is the ash of nuclear fusion. We also know that Lead is the ash of nuclear fission.  I believe no stone should be left unmoved. At one time the inhabitants of Earth harmonized with number squares. This knowledge maintained a Golden Age of Peace and Plenty. Please click on the next internal link for specifics.

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Today’s stone to turn over is this: Total the fundamental particles in iron. We have 30 neutrons, 26, protons and 26 electrons = 82 basic particles. Yes, I know there are many more smaller particles. These are the fundamental ones on the chart. The stability of the ash of fusion as iron(26) flanges out by totaling its basic particles to illuminate the ash of fission which is lead(82). Is this a hidden basic truth; or just playing with numbers?

345 Triangle Reading Pythagorean Style


345 Triangle Reading Pythagorean Style. The smallest consecutive integers that the Pythagorean triangle works with is 345. See picture below. Ancients “read” numbers. We, today, only see numbers as quantities, not qualities. Uniting numbers an words was termed “gematria.” The word first appeared in English in the 17th century. It was translated from of works by Giovanni Pico della Mirandola.  It is derived from Greek. However, it is also in Jewish mystical text of called the Kabbalah. The term does not appear in the Hebrew Bible.[1]

The Pythagorean theorem: a2 + b2 = c2

Animation demonstrating the simplest Pythagorean triple, 32 + 42 = 52.

Pythagorean triple consists of three positive integers ab, and c, such that a2 + b2 = c2

345 Numbers Also Applied to Key Words

The 345 triangle described above sets the formula for all other right triangles. It sets the pattern of its mathematical law.  The name of Moses also uses the same 345 sequence. Reference the chart below as I describe his letters.  His three letter name in Hebrew is mem (40), shin (300) and heh (5).   The letters total 345.

By rules of gematria, “one” could be added or taken away from a words without changing its fundamental meaning. On the Hebraic Tree of Life, Paradise, emanation “6”, totals 344. The letters (see chart) are Peh (80), reish (200), daleth (4) and Samech (60). The Pythagorean Theorem is an equation of balance and mathematical harmony. Here is what I believe is a hidden meaning of the theorem. Three is the number of the mind. Four represents the body.  Five represents the soul. Squaring a number intensifies it. Thus, if you elevate your mind and body by  keeping yourself physically fit, you will then elevate the status of your soul.  This elevation is presented by the formula:  3² + 4² = 5².

Writing operas has hassles

Writing Operas- Hassles Even for Mozart

Writing Operas- Hassles Even for Mozart. Writing an opera is difficult. Writing an outstanding opera is more difficult. Finding a good composer/ librettist combination is rare. Raising funds for the work is  is extremely difficult. Procuring a venue  for a production of a new opera is a a huge task. That is why perpetual old opera war horses will continue to be the mainstay of traditional, established opera houses. Aspiring composers of opera face at least one to all of these hurdles. That certainly was true for Mozart. Mozart had the contacts. He had the admiration of wealthy royalty. His problem, at least at first, was finding a good librettist with which he could collaborate.

Writing operas has hassles even for Mozart

I’m lucky enough. to own the book pictured on the right. It is autographed by Victor Borge. The inspiration for this blog came from his book. Royalty in Europe fostered opera. Mozart was quite a charmer in this regard.  As a young boy, he was fussed over by every emperor he met and kissed by their empress wives. He even proposed to Marie Antoinette. This was after she straightened him out from a skid on the palace floor.

So how does a child charm, royalty? Mozart used the technique of novelty. He would play the pianoforte using one finger on each hand. He would cover the piano keyboard with a napkin and perform. He would ask his royal backers to hum a tune. They he make an entire sonata on the “hum”. He would freely improvise variations on a theme. Yet even with the royal support of limitless funding, there were problems. You still needed a good libretto.

Here is an example of Mozart’s libretto problems: He wrote an opera for La Finta Semplice. It’s about a Hungarian captain whose sister makes love to his girlfriend’s brother. As a result, the girlfriend’s maid can marry the captain’s valet. This needs to happen without the captain’s girlfriend’s other brother finding out. As crazy as this is, it still made it to the stage. Today, I think that a rich person can buy their way to a full production. But, odds of overall success are even more remote.

Writing Operas – Mozart – the “Graveyard Key” in his Opera Don Giovanni – DSO Works

The feature picture of the ghosts of Caesar and Anthony in the above internal link is from our new opera. It is now called, Patra. It was called Octavian and Cleopatra. Another name it went by was The Cup of Cleopatra. Now, the opera is  undergoing a major rewrite. This is no small task.  However, I do have one great advantage: Everyday I have breakfast with my librettist. She is my wife, Sharon.  Everything is coming together for a workshop in upstate New York 2019. We are looking for backers.  Click on the picture below to sample some of the earlier productions. They might pique you interest.  Contact if you are interested in assisting.

Writing operas, My wife, Sharon Lesley, plays Cleopatra. Robbie May plays Octavian. Photo taken in the  Sarasota Player’s Theater presentation.
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This book is entertaining and informative.
Profound ancient measures and knowledge of Atlantis are found in the Egyptian remen

Profound Numerical Egyptian Knowledge in Remen

Profound Numerical Egyptian Knowledge in Remen. Yes, this blog also points to the advanced civilization known as Atlantis.  For more about the remen, read the internal  link below. The link  in turn contains two more relevant links.  The remen was the basis of ancient measure. Its imprint is still on the three foot English yard.

But here is what is surprising to most.  The 1.2165… foot long remen displays knowledge of the 92 regenerative elements of the periodic chart. The most common isotope of uranium has 92 protons and 146 neutrons. Its atomic mass is 238 (92 + 146). It is no co-incidence that a remen equals 14.6 inches. Likewise, the number of neutrons in uramium 238 is 146. If you scoff at this co-incidence, also consider this: A numerical pattern formulated by R. Buckminster Fuller for elements holds the numerical atomic particle pattern of Ur (238).

The remen uses pround numerical patterns postulated by Fuller
Fuller opened the way for  profound discoveries.


Profound Nature of the Remen is Everywhere in Nature

He discuss the tangent packing of spheres in successive layers. A central sphere can be surrounded by 12 equal sized spheres in the 1st layer. Next, 42 spheres can be packed in a tangent way around the original twelve spheres making the second layer.  For the 3rd layer, 92 spheres can be packed around the preceding 42. Fuller gives a formula for sphere packing: It is (n² x 10) + 2.  “N” becomes the number of the layer in consideration. So, the  4th layer would be 4 x 4 x 10 + 2 for 162. Uranium 238 has 92 protons. That number is defined by the 3rd layer. Next, add the numbers of the 1st 2nd and 3rd layers. We have 12+ 46 + 92 = 146. That becomes the number of protons in the most common isotope of Uranium.

Richard Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller (/ˈfʊlər/; July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983)[1] was an American architectsystems theorist, author, designer, and inventor. Fuller published more than 30 books, coining or popularizing terms such as “Spaceship Earth“, ephemeralization, and synergetic.

remen Archives – DSO Works

The remen of 14.6 inches is a universal measure. The Hebrew word for world (or universe) is Olam. Rules of gematria equate it with 146-  עוֹלָם is the spelling with Hebrew letters.  In ancient languages letters and numbers often shared the same symbol. Also, numbers were frequently multiplied by powers of ten. Please read the internal link below for an explanation. It explains mathematically how the largest is hidden in the smallest.

Gateway to antiquity.

Tenfold is on a Tiny Number Square That Grows to Infinity – DSO Works


Timely behavior has an ancient history of cyclic return

Timely Behavior Has a History of Cyclic Activity

Timely Behavior Has a History of Cyclic Activity. Henri-Charles Puech, (20 July 1902, Montpellier – 11 January 1986, aged 83) was a French historian. He held the chair of History of religions at the Collège de France.  The years were 1952 to 1972. “Gnosis and Time” was one of his expositions. He discusses how people need concepts which remain identical with themselves. For example, Greeks regarded movement and change as an inferior reality. At least with cycles, there is re-occurrence. It is a circular motion which assures survival of something by repeating it. The Divine, on the other hand, is permanent. It represents absolute immobility at the very top. Plato talks of how time is determined and measured by the revolution of celestial spheres. In our worldview, circles or cycles are either generated, grow or decay around a permanent center.

The Hindu tradition also adhers to cyclic philosophy. Gods represent each aspect of cycles. Brahma is the Creator. Vishnu is the preserver. Siva is the destroyer. The Atharva-Veda (x,8, 39-40) is the source of cyclic tradition. It also speaks of both  dawn and twilight for each major cycle. These shorter epochs only last 400 years. The complete cycle is called the Mahaijuga.

  1. Krta Yuga is the 1st. It is 4,000 years. 
  2. Tetra Yuga lasts 3,000 years.
  3. Dwapara Yuga lasts 2,000 years
  4. Finally is the Kali Yuga of 1,000 years.

Note, the exact same ratio of numbers (4,3,2, and 1)  in the Greek tetractys. This certainly confirms a unified world culture at one time

The tetractys (Greekτετρακτύς), or tetrad,[1] or the tetractys of the decad[2] is a triangular figure.  It has ten points arranged in four rows: one, two, three, and four points in each row. It is the geometrical representation of the fourth triangular number. As a mystical symbol, it was very important to the secret worship of Pythagoreanism. There were four seasons, and the number was also associated with planetary motions and music.[3]

Timely Behavior of the Octahedron

Pythagoreans, Stoics, and Platonists believed these cycles of time reoccur again and again. Therefore, nothing is unique. As is the Hermetic adage, “There is nothing new under the Sun.”

One more view of the timely behavior according to the ancients: Look at the Platonic solid, the octahedron. It forms a perfect model of our 24 hour day. Note:

  • Its 8 regular triangles each have 3 vertices at 60° each. That is a total of 24 vertices of 60° each. That numerically represents our 24 hour day of 60 minutes per hour.
  • 12 vertices on 4 triangles are above the square middle. Twelve are below the middle square. This divides daytime and nighttime hours equally of the 24 hour day.

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Number square standard set in ancient Greece

Number Square Standard Set by Sparta/Athens

Number Square Standard Set by Sparta/Athens. There are two types of number squares. First are the odd numbered. Sparta puts forth the odd ideals.  This is set in the 1st number square. It is the 3 x 3. The second type are the even. Athens was the prototype of the 4 x 4 number square. It is the 1st even number square. This blog will concern itself only with centers of these 1st two squares in this infinite series.  As described by Hesiod, peace and plenty once marked  a lost Golden Age. It was maintained by these number squares.  Below are couple of internal links. They can offer an idea of  how they were used.

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Ideals for Sparta were rigid and military

Genesis Archives – DSO Works

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Number Square Standard of Sparta/Athens Identified

Here is a quick review of some basic ideals of each of these two city-states and the number square standard.

Fourfold orientation comes from the magic square of Jupiter
Interconnection and love are demonstrated by the 4 numbers that interact at the center.
The smallest of the number squares was invoked on the 6th day of Creation when God said it was "very good."
Independence and strength come from the center of this prime example.

So What About the Number Square Centers for Sparta and Athens?

  • In Sparta, military used rank, order, rigidity in a caste system. Thus the center of the 3 x 3 number square seemingly stands alone. It is marked by number “5”. It does have interconnections. However, they are there but lie  hidden.They have been waiting for a Golden Age to be uncovered.
  • In Athens both culture and philosophy, as is true everywhere, are based on interconnection. Here’s how this parallels the 4 x 4 square. : Note the 4 numbers at the center of the 4 x 4 square. Set one consists of  6 + 11 = 17. Set two has  10 + 7 = 17. Here we have a central equality by addition. The equality exists in a second manner way by multiplication: Take the same two pairs of numbers. This time, multiply them as ( 6 x 11)  and  (10 x 7).  As 66 + 70, they total  136. Next,  total the square’s individual numbers from 1 thru 16. They total also 136. This means the full numerical potential of the square exists in this cross multiplication and then addition of the four central numbers in the manner described. This sets the pattern for all even number squares.

Conclusion: These two city states were conceived to represent the two aspects of a lost number square order. They graphically illustrate the basic concepts behind both types of centers. The 1st chapter of Genesis accomplishes exactly the same. It has also preserved this lost order for the future. The time is here to revive this happy and even joyful, lost epoch. My education and understanding of number squares came from a female spirit belonging to  the Lennie Lenape.  The Oquaga Spirit Speaks is such a product on Click on the link below.

Lennie Lenape Archives – DSO Works

Robotic repeats lack tempo rubato

Robotic Repeats Lacking in Tempo Rubato

Robotic Repeats Lacking in Tempo Rubato. First of all, what is tempo rubato? Tempo rubato ([ˈtɛmpo ruˈbaːto]; “free in the presentation”, Italian for “stolen time”). It is a musical term referring to expressive and rhythmic freedom. It is done by slightly speeding up and then slowing down of the tempo of the music. This is totally at the discretion of the soloist or the conductor.

In this context I’ve featured a picture from the movie, Pink Panther. A Princess “Dala” receives a gift from her father.  It is the largest the largest diamond in the world. This huge pink gem has  a tiny discolored inclusion. It resembles a leaping panther. She escaped from her country with the diamond after a hostile takeover. Her country is called Lugash. 

During a costume party at Dala’s villa in Rome, Sir Charles and his nephew separately attempt to steal the diamond. Shockingly, they find it already missing from the safe. In the true Italian sense of the word, we have a series of “rubatos.” Ironically, Henry Mancini’s four-note theme from the Pink Panther, is played in strict tempo. No rubato.


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Robotic Repeats Avoided in Tempo Rubato

Speed and power are the gods of today. This is mostly accomplished under steady tempos. These “gods” were shunned in the past. In defining “rubato”, within the context of the beat, there is much give and take. Mozart and Chopin’s use of rubato added to their fame. Nothing was ever repeated the same way twice in this technique. On a repeat, you were expected to played it differently. Rubato is quite effective in slow, emotional music. It was used in romances, adagios and nocturnes. However, even in the 1600’s Johann Froberger recommended that a lament be played “without a steady beat.” There are other types of music lacking steady beat. My free sample below  of my own Dervish Dance illustrates another genre. Is is excerpted from That is my website.

King David’s Dance is a Dervish Style Piano Composition


outstanding number ten has a place all its own

Outstanding Number Ten is in the Next Dimension

Outstanding Number Ten is in the Next Dimension. The Italian mathematician Fibonacci (c. 1170–1250) is credited with introducing the decimal system to Europe He used the term zephyrum. This became zefiro in Italian. It was then contracted to zero in Venetian. The Italian word zefiro was already in existence (meaning “west wind” from Latin and Greek zephyrus). It may have influenced the spelling when transcribing Arabic ṣifr.[9]

Why did it take zero so long to become independent? Because for 1000’s of years civilization was based on a prime 3 x 3 number square. Notice no zero exists in the square. It is simply the numbers one to nine. They are arranged so that any row of three totals 15. Also, any two opposite numbers total ten. Ten is a synthetic number on this square. Also, if you read my other blogs on, you can see other possibilities for this square of numbers.  The square given below was the preferred setting of antiquity.

Two ancient reads from one diagram.

Outstanding Number Ten on the Tree of Life

Outstanding number ten
Maximum separation between (1) yang and yin (10) on the Tree of Life.
 Here is a depiction of the Tree of Life. The 10 emanations are represented by circles. The 22 paths are the lines. Notice, emanations one and ten are separated by the maximum possible distance. They represent yin (10)  and yang (1) at odds with each other. Likewise, on the 3 x 3 square ten must be constructed by the effort of arithmetic. Ten represents a challenge to arrive at, either way. The best way to acquire at knowledge of 10 is through the wisdom  and rhyme of the Oquaga Spirit. I she is a female from the Lennie Lenape.
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                                                              But yet, two Heavenly orbs
Were in the morning sky:
For as the Sun was saying hello,
The Moon was saying good-bye.
In size they were like twins.
One orb could cover the other
But still these heavenly bodies
In daylight each other did not smother.
What to be made of this?
Its a sign of things to come:
When yin and yang stand equal
At peace and equilibrium.
Finally, to enjoy more of her poetry, here is a 14 minute sample from the products page on I have memorized the entire book and am available for poetic recitations.
Oquaga Spirit Speaks