Four-Forty Feathers- Wisdom Shared by Ancient Cultures

 

Four-Forty Feathers. Feathers are an American Indian symbol of sacred ideas communicated  from one generation to the next. It expresses ascent to a higher plane and communication with the spirit power of air or wind. Here’s how my life tied into it. I tied into it by a dream in which a bird was flying past me. I voiced the 7th letter of the Hebrew alphabet, zayin; which   Zayin also is the symbol for number 7. Then I said it slowly as: z,z,z,-ayin.  On reciting this, the bird suddenly flew backwards-a seemingly impossible feat.  I later discovered that in the Torah, God has 7 primary names that in turn have 70 forms. Shortly afterward I received a call from the Scott family. They ask me to be their “house piano player”  for their season in the Catskill Mountains. The bird of my dream turned out to be a humming bird with its great maneuvering capability. It was there that I met the Oquaga Spirit- a female spiritual presence from the Lennie Lenape tribe. Her book of poetry will be posted as a product on DSOworks.com (The Oquaga Spirit Speaks).  She dictated every word. She also revealed secrets of a forgotten number code where 440 lies hidden. Why is this important?

Examples of  Four-Forty Feathers (symbolizing inspiration from above)

  • Each side of the ideal square base of the Great Pyramid measures 440 cubits of 1.718…feet.
  • The rectangular length of base of the Karnak Temple in Egypt measures 440 megalithic yards of 2.72 feet.
  • One length and one width of the rectangle of the temple of Akapana in Mexico is 440 megalithic yards.
  • At Cahokia in southern Illinois, one length and width of Monks Mound is also 440 megalithic yards
  • In Harappa, Pakistan, the length of one Harappan city block is 440 megalithic yards. This dates back to 2,500 B.C.
  • Troy in Turkey has a rectangular outline, the two lengths total 440 megalithic yards.
  • The Great Circle in Newark, Ohio, built by the Hopewell culture, has a perimeter of 440 megalithic yards.
  • The temple of 1,000 pillars called the Srirangam Temple in SE India, has a perimeter of 440 English yards
  • etc.

If you have been keeping up with the blogs on DSOworks,com, all this refers to a forgotten and lost code of numbers where 440 appears.  It is called the “3 x 3 number square” which is also known as the Lo Shu by the Chinese civilization.  The code dominated megalithic cultures from about 25,000 B.C. to 4500 B.C.  This was a time of the  goddess as stated by Riane Eisler in her book The Chalice and the Blade. Evidence points to it being relatively peaceful time. Many metal objects have been unearthed, but few weapons have been found. Considering the  hardships that so many are now facing, I feel it’s time to re-activate this lost and forgotten code which reveals the meaning of the Four-Forty Feathers, It represents lofty and spiritual knowledge. It is to that purpose that I dedicate these blogs. As the Oquaga Spirit said in her poem entitled “Aspirations”:- “So are aspirations affected by one’s goals. If you keep them high, you never hit the shoals. The mind stays fresh and clear as you rise above the clouds. Happiness is found in heights; while below are only shrouds.”

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Monks Mound in summer. The concrete staircase follows the approximate course of the ancient wooden stair demonstrates the American Indian use of  Four-Forty Feathers.

 

Psalms 5:8- Indiana Jones Style

Psalms 5:8- Indiana Jones Style. “Make thy way straight before my eyes.” This references the 3 x 3 number square that the Chinese refer to as the “lo shu.” I love the co-incidence between the placement of the scripture and the musical intervals that are visible by number.

  • As the first two musical overtones are the octave (8th) and fifth (5); we have chapter 5,verse 8 is an affirmation of intent.
  • As the psalms are sung, the 5th and 8th are the two basic “perfect”  musical intervals (the 4th is the final and third perfect interval, but it is an inversion, or turning upside down of the 5th).
  • The Oquaga spirit, of the matriarchal, Lennie Lenape tribe. instructed me on  Bluestone Mountain right by Oquaga Lake on the proper way to read the code as being through the lines. Looking at the code in this manner was also referenced by  Isaiah  40:3-5. Make straight in the desert a highway for our God……And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed.” In other words, look through the bars to find “the treasure of darkness and hidden riches of secret places.” (Isaiah 45:2-3). I have already blogged about the code on DSOworks.com.

PSALMS: HOW THE 3 X 3 NUMBER GRID HOUSES THE “GRAIL”

The 3 x 3 number grid houses the “Grail” at its core- being the number five. All even numbers are only surrounded by two lines. The odd numbers are surrounded by three. Only number five has a total square enclosure around it. It alone contains “the treasure of darkness.”  It is the core of the tic-tack-toe board. This seeming simple and tiny “grain of mustard seed” offers mankind  the direction to go in to “straighten” problems out.  The intent of associating number 5 and the grail is unmistakable. John Michell, in his work demonstrates how κρατήρ, a large wine-mixing vessel or the grail; when specified in Greek by the word “the”; has a gematria value of 540 (referring to the ancient equation of letters and numbers by the same symbol).  That is the number of degrees in any  a pentagon when its five angles are totaled. I believe we have “the Grail” in this simple number puzzle. It can do no less than offer a cure, or at least alleviate, our individual and collective problems. I hope you can see why I have called this blog: Psalms 5:8- Indiana Jones Style after the famous Grail scene at the end of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Also, keep watching my products page (DSOworks.com)  for my book of poetry called “The Oquaga Spirit Speaks”. I apologize for the slowness of its arrival. You will be entertained royally by the beautiful poetry given to me word for word while hiking around around Oquaga Lake by this wonderful Indian, female spirit.

How at the Castle of Corbin a Maiden Bare in the Sangreal and Foretold the Achievements of Galahad: illustration by Arthur Rackham, 1917

 

Tree of Life is Music: Here’s How

Tree of Life is Music. The Tree of Life is the central figure of the Cabala; which is the esoteric knowledge passed on to Moses by the Egyptian priests. Moses then presented it to the Hebrew nation. This was communicated to me by the Oquaga Spirit: A female American Indian spirit of the  matriarchal  Lennie Lenope tribe whose haunt is now around Oquaga Lake. My upcoming poetry book, The Oquaga Spirit Speaks, will be available on this website soon (DSOworks.com). Every word of the poetry was dictated to me by this spirit. As I wrote in the  Oquaga Spirit Speaks: “So much she needed an ear, she ignored my tranquility.”

Numerical codes are the key to finding hidden knowledge on the Tree of Life

  • The Tree of Life contains 10 circles in a pre-arranged vertical and horizontal pattern.
  • The pillar of 3 circles on the left is called the pillar of severity or harshness
  • The pillar of 3  on the right is the pillar of mercy or compassion
  • The pillar in the middle of 4 circles is an ideal blend of the two.  It heavily favors love and compassion which without we’d quickly destroy each other.
  • In Hebrew letters actually double as numbers. “Galgal” means circle in Hebrew and equals 66:   (gimel, (3) +  lamed (30) + gimel(3)+  lamed (30) =66.

Now here’s how the music enters the picture:

  • The central vertical pillar has 4 circles. 4 x 66 = 264. This specifies the number  vibrations per second of the ancient diatonic “C”.
  • The left and right pillars have a total  6 circles asw we combined them to balance their extremes. 6 X 66= 396. In terms of vibrations per second of the old diatonic scale, this is “G”
  • By division, of the larger by the smaller of the above tones we have  396/264 = 3/2. This is the ratio of the musical perfect fifth by which all other tones were derived.
  • Finally, the 10 circles together total 660 as 10 x 66 = 660. This is the diatonic “E” one octave higher than E-330 vibrations per second. .

Conclusion: Tree of Life is Music. That is why the Bible valued David first as a musician.  The music of the Tree of Life has the potential to bring harmony and peace into life.  Above is a view of Oquaga Lake on a cloudy day. As the spirit says:  “So what if it’s weary dreary on this dripping day. Make your own sunshine to chase the clouds away.” (from her poem “Weary Dreary”).

 

 

Tempus fugit so keep yourself young

Mozart – the “Graveyard Key” in his Opera Don Giovanni

HOW MOZART TREATS A GRAVE MATTER

Mozart- the “Graveyard Key” in his Opera Don Giovanni. Mozart’s graveyard key is the key of four sharps. Why? As per Alfred Einstein (not Albert) in his book, Mozart, His Character, His Work,, the key of 4 sharps surpasses the number of sharps or flats used in all the other major numbers in the opera. It is “beyond the pale” so to say.Einstein discusses how the of key signatures are pivoted by D major of 2 sharps; and D minor of one flat… with their related keys. A related key signature differs only by one sharp or flat from the primary key or keys.

Beethoven also uses the key of four sharps for a great contrast, though not of a graveyard import. In his Waldstein piano sonata No.21 opus Opus 53 in C major (key no sharps or flats),the opening theme has a vibrant and youthful rhythmic pulse which is contrasted by a second or “sub theme” that is beautiful in a lyrical way to the max.

THE GHOSTS ARE OUT OF THE GRAVEYARD ON OUR OPERA

The featured picture here is not the grave scene from Mozart’s Don Giovanni; rather it is the Ghost scene from our opera, The Cup of Cleopatra, posted as a product on this website.The two ghosts are played and sung by David Powers,on the left, as Julius Caesar’s ghost; and Joseph Fast as the Ghost of Marc Antony. They are singing about how to keep Cleopatra alive. You can view excerpts of the our performance at the Palladium Theater on our products page at the top of our website-DSOworks.com. Oh yes, all operas, including ours, need backing and financial assistance; otherwise, culture can come to a clashing stop, and then where are we?

MY UPCOMING BOOK, MUSIC UNDER THE STARS,  INCLUDES KEY SIGNATURES, WATCH FOR IT ON PRODUCTS PAGE

I’m will be blogging more about key signatures because of my upcoming original book to be posted as a product on this website (DSOworks.com) entitled Music Under the Zodiac. As a long time composer, who has encountered so much resistance and negativity to my writing of music, I welcome the age of websites and computers as a way of taking ones work directly to the public. -David

 

Planets and Hidden Number Codes

Planets and Hidden Number Codes: Here’s something new for the New Year. Happy New Year! I will try to keep it happy with all my blogging. When I worked in the worked mountains as the house piano player at Scotts Oquaga Lake House for some 20 summer seasons, I had the honor of working with a great entertainer: Steve de Passe, America’s singing poet. . He’d start every show with the same words: “Good news. I want good news only!” Then he would amaze his audience by making song and rhyme with a touch of comedy on the spot with every bit of good news that the audience gave him. This wonderful man would take our oldest son fishing, catch the fish, and then proceed to cook it for us for dinner with the skills of a master chef. How rare is that! My upcoming book of poetry called the Oquaga Spirit Speaks, will be available shortly as a product on this website (DSOworks.com).

THE CODE THAT TIMES OUR PLANETS

Now how are the planets set up by the smallest of number codes? By one of the hidden codes on the number square and their timing in completing cycles around the Sun. I’ve already blogged about some hidden codes. Any opposite numbers going in an opposite direction taken two at the time equal 110 (as 49 + 61; 94 + 16; 15 + 95; 59 + 51 etc). In such a manner, 110 can be found in 16 different ways. 16 x 110 = 1760. Each of the planets listed below complete a whole number of orbits using the code by double numbers in either close approximations of 11 years or 176 years:

(1) Mercury…….46 orbits in 11.079 years
(2) Venus…….. 18 orbits in 11.074 years
(3) Earth…….. 11 orbits in 11 years
(4) Moon……….137 orbits in 11.077 years
(5) Mars……….11 orbits in 11.286 years
(6) Jupiter…….15 orbits in 177.933 years
(7) Saturn………6 orbits in 176.746 years
(8) Uranus……….2 orbits in 177.4 years

Conclusion: The square of three, known in ancient China as the Lo shu, holds numerical structural codes of numbers that our Universe is both timed and built by. At one time this was known by civilizations around the globe in a harmonious former age of peace and plenty..This wisdom was spoken to me by a female spirit of the Lennie Lenape tribe who made her haunt around Oquaga Lake where we had been frequenting for many years. Her words with pictures will be featured in my upcoming book,The Oquaga Spirit Speaks, to be available shortly on this website as a product.

Pebbles tossed in a pond, Circles do they make. from The Oquaga Spirit Speaks
Pebbles tossed in a pond,
Circles do they make.
from The Oquaga Spirit Speaks

Prop Up the Periodic Chart

Prop Up the Periodic Chart:

“I saw in a dream a table where all elements fell into place as required. Awakening, I immediately wrote it down on a piece of paper, only in one place did a correction later seem necessary., as quoted by Inostrantzev[22][23] .    

The 9×9 number square which defines the “ash” of nuclear fission

Good Heavens! That was well over 100 years ago. Things change. New insights are added. Here’s one with reference to the magic number squares of 5 x 5 and 9 x 9. First, the 5 x 5:
  • The Sun fuses lighter elements to make heavier elements. Hydrogen is fused in the first wave to make Helium. Then comes Ccarbon. Elements are fused up to iron, atomic number 26; .  Iron is called the ash of nuclear fusion. That’s as far as the heat fusion goes on a star.  When enough iron accumulates, pressures that result become so greater that the star explodes which is able to fuse the heavier elements. Since the ash of nuclear fusion is iron-26, the 5 x 5 square is its representative. Any two opposite numbers on this square total 26 as 17 + 9; 5 + 21; 12 + 14 etc.
  • Lead is called the ash of nuclear fission. Elements heavier than lead (Pb) 82 emit particles until Pb82 is reached. If you look at the 9 x 9 number square any two opposite numbers total 82. Thus, by proton number the perimeter of fusion is defined by the 5 x 5 number square; while the perimeter of fission is defined by the 9 x 9 number square.
  • If 26 is taken as the diameter of a circle; 82 is a close approximately of its circumference as 82/26 =3.1538… Not bad for working with whole numbers.
  • Finally, thinking like the “primitive” ancients, in Hebrew gematria (equation of letters and numbers with no separate number system) Yahweh equals 26 with the Hebrew letters for yud, hei, vav, hei . Therefore, if God(26) is the span or diameter of the elements; the circle of stable elements is defined by the 82 circumference number derived from the number of non- radioactive lead.

HERE’S A CULTURAL BONUS OF ORIGINAL MUSICALS AND OPERAS WRITTEN BY SHARON AND  MYSELF-DAVID

Do you think the above number squares can prop up the periodic chart? If not, there will be more blogging on this subject. Oh yes. If you are into culture, I’ve been posting our musical shows on the products page with spectacular entertainment that include  Russian folk dancing by a major, world class  ballet company; and Rubinoff playing his  1731 Stradivarius violin in concert in New York with me, He was 86 years of age at the time and the full 41 minute concert is on a thumbnail. We are looking for sponsors,  agents and venues for our shows. Over decades of hard work, we have come up quite short on our resources.   Enjoy our thumbnails and product page on DSOworks.com, and our best for a happy New Year.

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Black Elk of the Sioux

Black Elk of the Sioux. Black Elk was a medicine man for the Oglala Sioux Indians. He verbally related his story to John Neihardt who published a book in 1932 with Black Elk’s words called :Black Elk Speaks. If you think that the Book of Revelations of John in the New Testament can be confusing, Black Elk Speaks  is definitely on a par. It definitely has many similarities. His vision has both the wisdom and analogies used by the Bible which further leads me to believe the possibility that the American Indians branched out from a lost tribe of Israel.

“Younger brother,” he said, “with the powers of the four quarters you shall walk”… (quote from an ancient grandfather speaking to Black Elk  in Chapter 3 of Black Elk Speaks) Of course, two intersecting rivers have always been the location of concepts of Paradise. What do the 4 quarters refer to? The answer: even numbered, number squares, in particular the 4 x 4 number square of which I have written numerous blogs. Please review these on DSOworks.com

The  “horses took their places in their quarters, looking inward, four by four” (also chapter 3 of Black Elk Speaks). These 4 central numbers of this first and therefore prime even-numbered number square are 10,11,6, and 7.  They represent the four corners of the Earth. Here is the key:

THE FORMULA OF BLACK ELK’S VISION

  • In the majority of middle eastern civilization and elsewhere, the 4 x 4 number square represented the symbolic potential of the planet Jupiter for success is action, business, and creating opportunities. Each of the 7 planets were  assigned its own number square.
  • All potential lies in the central four numbers of  even numbered squares for a totality of creation explained as follows:  Here is the formula: The upper left central number (10) I call UL. The upper right number I call UR. The lower left I call LL and the lower right I call LR. The sum of all the numbers in any even numbered number square can be represented by “S”. The formula becomes (UL  X  LR) + (LL + UR) = S. The prototype example above  becomes  (10  x 7) + (6 x 11) = 136 (sum of the numbers from 1 to 16)
  • This number square was called upon on by God in Genesis on each day of creation. I’ve already blogged about this; but to summarize – on each day God called his work, “Good,” In Hebrew “good” has a numerical equivalent of 17, On the above number square, any opposite numbers total 17 as-  16 + 1;  10 + 7; 4 + 13 etc.
  • Here is the clincher: As all life as we know it develops by  a mathematical ratio called “phi”, 1.618… to 1; this square holds are series of numbers called the Fibonacci that develops in that ratio. The first Fibonacci numbers are: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55…Now look at the above square: 16 + 5 = 21; 3 + 10 = 13; 2 + 11 + 13; 13 + 8 = 31 etc. Their totals are always the Fibonacci  numbers of life.

Conclusion: A find a strong parallel between the vision of Black Elk, medicine man for the Oglala Sioux, and Genesis of the Bible or Revelations of the New Testament. I can only conclude that if we but know it,  all mankind is one with our Creator and that we should all  reclaim our natural birthright in  this wonderful upcoming age to be filled with  peace and plenty. Finally, please keep watching for my book of poetry dictated to me by an old  Indian spirit, female of the matriarchal, Lennie Lenape tribe. It is called The Oquaga Spirit Speaks- 89 pages of poetry and pictures dictated to me by this spirit around Oquaga Lake. It will be listed for  on the products page of DSOworks,com very reasonably.

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An encampment of a Sioux Indian tribe

Why Number Five is the Key to Creation

Why Number Five is the Key to Creation. My primary source was (1) the Oquaga Spirit, that dwells on spring fed Oquaga Lake  in upstate New York on a mountain top. (2)  Rabbi Michael L. Munk’s book, The Wisdom of the Hebrew Alphabet. To the best of my knowledge. God’s name Yah, as spelled  in Hebrew with a yud and a hei: : יָהּ  – has a numerial equivalent of 15. Any straight row of three numbers on the 3 x 3 number square also equals 15. The parallel with the 3 x 3 number square goes further. The first Hebrew letter of Yah is a yud which is also the symbol for number 10. In many ancient languages letters actually doubled as numbers. There were no separate number systems from the  letters like we have in English. On the 3 x 3 number square any two opposite two numbers always total 10. The core number on the square is 5, which is the numerical equivalent of the second letter, hei. 

Rabbi Munk describe  how “according to the Sages” this world was created by the letter hei (5) and the world to come with the letter yud (10).  The Rabbi  directly quotes Isaiah 26:4 בְּיָהּ יְהֹוָה צוּר עוֹלָמִים:  which translates “In the name of “Yah” God formed the worlds”.  By interlocking the 5 (this world) with the world to come (10) we are shown how the spirit from the world to come is intertwined with  the physical world by the 3 x 3 square that the Chinese civilization refers to as “Lo shu.”. By tradition it is is connected to the planet, Saturn, the giver of law.

ISAIAH 26:4 POINTS TO A GRAND UNITY

So where is the grand unity? In my search, I was shown how the vibrations per second of the musical tones of antquity (whose vibrations per second are corroborated by Issac Asimov in his book, On Physics) built their holy sites on giving measure by the vibrations per second to these holy sites.Isaiah  knew this. By placing this key passage in 26:4; he aligned the Scripture with the diatonic tone “C” which vibrated 264 times per second. Other expresses of the use of the diatonic tone “C”

  • include Stonehenge: The distance from the center of its concentric circles to the heel stone is 264 feet
  • The Great Enclosure in Zimbabwe conceived as a circle with  circumference of 831 feet with a diameter of 264 feet.
  • The Hebrew word for the Passover prayer book is “seder”. It means “order”.  Without the letter “hei” which translates “the”, seder equals 264 by number equivalent. The order of Seder is a statement of the cosmic order found  not only in music, but in the measurement of holy sites around the world. To quote the theme of these blogs: Where there is unity and oneness, there is peace. As is said in Hebrew, and similarly in Arabic:
  • One length and one width of the Ka’aba (33 x 39 feet) translates to 26.4 megalithic yards of 2.72 feet (the fraction for converting is 30/11 = 2.727272…) The 3 letter root of both “Arab” and Hebrew in Hebrew letters equals 272. The both share the ayin (70) veis,(2)  and reisch(200)  letters; only re-arranged.
    Shalom aleichemשָׁלוֹם עֲלֵיכֶםPeace be upon you

     

    Ha-Seder Shel Pesach (The Pesach Seder, in Hebrew)
    “The order of Passover” spelled in Hebrew letters represents a grand cosmic order of measure, music and religion.

     

     

  • Related image
    Oquaga Lake is the sight of the matriarchal American Indian Lennie Lenape tribe. The “Lady of the Lake” most generously gave me the material that I am sharing with you in all of these blogs. A poetry book of 89 pages of her wisdom with pictures will be available soon on this website, very reasonably priced at $2.99.  I feel that this tribe has some connection with the lost tribe of Israel.

 

 

Our 4 Musicals: a 2 Year Pregnancy for Each

Our 4 Musicals: a 2 Year Pregnancy for Each. Quite frankly, if my wife and I were not together, we could not have written even one musical as well as we did. All 4 actually saw full production. The Princess and the Peasant and The Cup of Cleopatra have excerpts on our products page. For those who have not motivated enough to click on them; we offer the following:

  • Authentic Russian folk dancing done by the principle dancers, at the time, of the Sarasota Ballet. The packed house goes wild on this youtube version you can click on!
  • Rubinoff and His Violin (The violin belonged to Czar Nicolas of Russia before Rubinoff purchased it in 1929) playing his Dance of the Russian Peasant  as a picture book unfolds about his life and the association of Sharon and myself with Rubinoff.  The violin was appraised for 5 million; but he plays it so well, it sounds like 10 million!
  • If you go to the website’s opening page, we have a thumbnail of our(Rubinoff and myself)  concert in New York during a tremendous thunderstorm as Rubinoff is about to part the Red Sea with his virtuosity at age 86. He was virtually blind; and you feel like you are witnessing a miracle when you listen to him.
  • On the Elizabeth of Russian  products page (now the Princess and the Peasant) there is no shortage of concertmasters who would do anything who have played this violin after his passing away. His lovely now deceased wife, Darlene would fly it in from Houston out of the kindness of her heart any time we wanted it played by a willing concertmaster.

As I like to limit the words in a blog, I will have more shows up at a future date for your reading and listening pleasure. As is historically accurate (read Riane Eisler’s The Chalice and the Blade), there tends to be more harmony and peace when women run the show- I not saying that men can’t also do a great job. In the meanwhile, enjoy the music, pictures and story.


  We need angels for a venue and financial backing
. The show presents a beautiful vision of Russian culture; while stressing the importance of love and compassion in human relations.  The music is replete with arias that find expression through beautiful melodies. A number of directors have called “The Drinking Song” on you tube above, a hit song.

The Princess and the Peasant (New Operetta Version of Elizabeth of Russia)

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(a new version of Elizabeth of Russia)

Book and Lyrics by Sharon Lesley    Music by David Ohrenstein

Musical operetta in Two Acts

The content  is about one year in the life of party-girl Elizaveta Petrovna – daughter of Czar Peter I and Empress Catherine I.  When Elizabeth gets backed into a corner and faces the possibility of being arrested and possibly executed along with her friends and the man she loves for supposed treason – all because of the beautiful gown she wore to a party, Elizabeth has three choices.  She can go to a nunnery, marry a German Prince, or take the throne which is legally hers.   To protect her love Alexei, a peasant she has secretly married, she knows what she must do.  Yet, she pauses because she does not want to have to be like other royalty .  She asks, “Can a ruler rule without killing anyone?”  Alexei replies, “It must be possible.”  She vows to God that, if she is successful, she will abolish executions and avoid war.  She leads the Preobrazhensky Guards to the palace on the one condition that no one is to draw blood.  Her overthrow is bloodless and a new Empress is crowned.

St Petersburg Times with Amy Schwatz- Moretti playing the Stradivarius

St Petersburg Times with Amy Schwatz- Moretti,

In 2003, Elizabeth of Russia was performed as an official event for the centennial anniversaries of St. Petersburg, Russia and Florida. 

Link – Dance of the Cossacks with principle dancers from the Sarasota Ballet www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrnpBQEA9Fg 

Link – The Drinking Song  www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymHT-2qiPEc 

Link – Dance of the Russian Peasant – played by Rubinoff and his Violin.  HisStradivarius violin, previously owned by the Romanoffs with the imperial crest in rubies and diamonds on it –  was featured in the show playing that piece.   www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_wn9SfNdp4

 

Happy Birthday to the Musical Capricorn!

 

Capricorn2.jpgHappy Birthday to Musical Capricorns! (Dec 21-Jan 19). What you are about to read is an excerpt from my upcoming book entitled Music Under the Zodiac (with the 100 other projects I have on the drawing board). I have learned the virtue of patience and hard work (which is a trait of Capricorn) from the saying of the ancient Romans: :”Rome wasn’t built in a day.” That frame of mind allows me to continue the work.

In the book, I define the musical traits of each zodiac sign first as a listener and then as a performer. Enjoy!:

THE LISTENER TRAITS OF CAPRICORN

(1) As a listeners: Capricorns usually do not prefer overly fast and happy, bubbly music unless they have other influences in their charts.  They affirm slower music with meaningful content.When they listen to music, they both notice and enjoy the over all form that structures the content. When lyrics appeal to Capricorn it is  for its solid message; rather  that than for innovation. Novelty is not high on the list of preferences, Even when the style of composing and writing changes at the forefront, Capricorn will still prefer the establish, older style. For example, in the 1950’s Capricorn would listen to big band music and shun the new Rock and Roll.

THE PERFORMANCE TRAITS OF CAPRICORN

(2) As a performer: Instruments preferred include low sounding brass instruments such as the tuba, trombone or baritone. Percussion likes may include timpani and the deeper sounding drums. Musically, Capricorn strives for interpretation that follows  tradition and pursues accuracy in playing. Inventive and novelty are generally shunned. Playing with a group in a structured setting or being a conductor are both acceptable to the Capricorn. As a soloist, Capricorns would benefit by  cultivating more color and flare in performance; while lightening up on thoughtful restraint of emotion.

Conclusion: Although no sign is totally “one way”, so to say; the above just points to general tendencies. Keep checking for its publication on this website (dsoworks.com) of my book, Music Under the Zodiac. Realistically,  think it could still take another 3 or 4 months.