Hurdy Gurdy Suddenly Came into Vogue. Why am I writing this blog? To prove that no how popular something is, changing style can make it obsolete. For example, once upon a time no one ever doubted the popularity and supremacy of the lute. The first lutes were brought to Spain by the Moors. Others may have been brought to Europe from Arabic lands. The lute is one of the ancestors of the classical guitar.During the Baroque music era, the lute was used as one of the instruments which played the basso continuoaccompaniment parts. It is also an accompanying instrument in vocal works. The lute player either improvises (“realizes”) a chordal accompaniment based on the figured bass part, or plays a written-out accompaniment (both music notation and tabulature(“tab”) are used for lute). As a small instrument, the lute produces a relatively quiet sound
How the Hurdy Gurdy Came to Replace the Lute
The book Le Parnasse Français is from 1736. Its author is Titon du Tillet. He writes that he had met a great lute amateur, M. Falco. The lute player assured Tion du Tillet that there are only 3 or 4 accomplished old time lute players left in Paris. Now I quote du Tillet: “M. Falco invited me to go up to his apartment. After having seated me in an antique armchair, he played 5 or 6 pieces on the lute. He looked at me all the while with tender expression. From time to time he shedding tears on his lute. I could not help mingling a few tears with his. And thus we parted.”
Wanda Landowska on Music writes: By the end of the 17th century, the best lutes were sought after. However, they were transformed into the theorboes. Somewhat later, the hurdy gurdy totally replaced the lute in popularity. Shockingly, at onetime the hurdy gurdy was mainly used by beggars and village peddlers. As it happens, Marchionesses from the court of Louis XV called the few remaining lutes “gothic and despicable instruments.” The hurdy gurdy became the aristocratic rage.
Conclusion: Don’t bank on anything being popular for too long. Check out my blogs. Musical style will soon change. By the way. Stay in style. Using this knowledge, I am having my busiest season ever. To this end I offer piano lessons in Sarasota.
Music Transforms Especially in Difficult Times. This blog is about a great man that I worked with: David Rubinoff. To the public he was known as Rubinoff and his Violin. Rubinoff had the Midas Touch on the violin. The most famous King Midas is popularly remembered in Greek mythology for his ability to turn everything he touched into gold. The Maestro made as much as $500,000.00 a year in the 1930’s. That is a lot of money, even now. He played concerts. Also he conducted the orchestra at the Paramount Theater in New York and for Paramount Pictures in Hollywood. David autographed his picture for my wife Sharon, and myself.
This letter, written during the height of the Vietnam war, is quoted here. The Dance of the Russian Peasant was written about him by his wife, Darlene. She interviewed and recorded Rubinoff’s words for this book. Darlene was a true friend. I think this letter amply illustrates the keywords: Music Transforms.
A Testimony to How Music Transforms
Dear Maestro Rubinoff: “Mother told me you were a Prophet of Music. You were blessed directly by God to carry out a special purpose. She said you were commissioned to bring down divine harmony to earth and give it to the common man…No more would music be for royalty and the very rich. Thus, the wonderful music you took into the battlefield after your allotted threescore and ten years. Knowing you has made me a better wife, a better mother and better citizen of the world. I cannot willingly drop below the height to which your heavenly music has taken me.”
Now you too can enjoy the Heavenly Music of Rubinoff. I, David Ohrenstein, am the pianist on this Oquaga Lake concert. Enjoy his stories. They date all the way back to the year 1911. Victor Herbert brought him to America. He lived with Herbert and met Caruso, John Phillip Sousa… At the time he was age 86.
Changing Music Indicates Changing Times. Welsh music, as recorded in the Welsh Triads, adjusted its music to changing times. Here’s how. In ancient England, changes were foreshadowed by “perpetual choirs.”
How did I discover this? My source is City of Revelaton by the Reverend John Michell. The Welsh Triads are verses of great antiquity. They were written by “prehistoric bardic historians.” Unique choirs are mentioned:
One at the now existing site of Glastonbury Abbey.
Another operated at the site at which Stonehenge now exists.
A third was at Llantwit Major at Glamzorgan.
2,400 saints worked each site. Each kept a perpetual chant going. Each of the 24 hours of the day, at each site, occupied 100 saints with singing.
As the Times Varied, Changing Music Marked Their Song
The character of time changes with the seasons. As light can change by the hour, so could their song. Another aspect of song was planetary. The school of Pythagoras believed that each planet had its own pitch. As their distances from each other changed, so did the music.
We are currently living through times of great change. Music that heralds beautiful melody will lead the way. In all aspects, people will buy what is beautiful. I was taught to play with beautiful tone. Play well-formed two-note phrases are key. Also, how to emphasize the note that is tied over the measure. My instructor was Mischa Kottler.
In looking to this beautiful past, I am helping to lead the way to the future. We all need beautiful things in our lives. When times are difficult, all need the beautiful in art, poetry and music. To this end, I am working full time this year. I will be playing piano from Christmas to Easter. This will be six days weekly. The location is at the Gasparilla Inn on Boca Grande.
Until Christmas, I am working to bring musical beauty back at the Crab and Fin Restaurant on Saint Armand’s Circle. I play three days weekly. Call for specifics. Wear something comfortable, but beautiful. Enjoy a tasty and well-presented meal while dining outdoors to my piano music.
Musical Orphanage Outlet in Venice for Vivaldi. Antonio Lucio Vivaldi ( 4 March 1678 – 28 July 1741) was an ItalianBaroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Four orphanages for girls existed in Venice, Italy. They taught females the art of music. Antonio Vivaldi worked at the Ospedale (orphanage) della Pieta. He was employed there for more than 30 years. He duties included composer, violin maestro, and orchestral conductor.
When musical styles later changed during his employment, he lost his job. He went to Vienna, impoverished. After he died, no one even knew where he was buried until 1938. My main source of reference is Landowska On Music. Wanda Landowska quotes Italian President, De Brosses. The points made come in part from his: Lettres familieres ecrites d’Italie (1739 – 1740). De Brosses lived during Vivaldi’s time. He gives a glimpse into the musical life of Italy.
Musical Orphanage Outlet Description
Why were there four female orphanages needed in Venice? Girls were left in orphanages for three reasons (1) They were illegitimate. (2) They were orphaned. (3) They were placed there by parents who could not afford to keep them. Poor families often orphaned their girls. Hence the key words of this blog:
How were they brought up? The State paid their expenses. They were trained exclusively to excel at music. De Brosses stated: “They sing like angels and play the violin, the cello. the bassoon; in short, there was no big instrument that could terrify them.” Hence the key words of this blog: Musical Orphanage Outlet.
De Brosses stated about Vivaldi: “I heard him claim that he could compose a concerto faster than a copyist could write them down.”
Alas, Vivaldi’s music went out of fashion. His death was not even noticed. In 1938 it was learned that he died in 1741 and was buried in Vienna. That’s some 200 years in passing. Vivaldi would be rich on royalties if he were alive today:
Walter Kolneder in Antonio Vivaldi: His Life and Work states: A unofficial survey of diners in Greenwich Ct. in the 1990’s claims: Today Vivaldi’s popularity has taken on such dimensions that it almost threatens that of other music.”
P.G. Goulding states in Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1000 Greatest Works: “The 4 violin concertos that make up the Four Seasons are most popular on many classical radio stations.”
Immediately below in Spring from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Solo violin is played and the orchestra conducted by Itzhak Perlman.
The Four Seasons: Winter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ve2rqERbeWo Itzhak Perlman plays and
What conclusions might we draw from this blog? To make a living, one must know what is on the horizon and be able to respond, appropriately. Genius does not guarantee a living. Also, everyone has their day in the Sun. That means it is necessary to put aside resources for a rainy day. As a musician, I greatly sympathize with the plight and challenges of all serious musicians- men and women. Even a genius like Vivaldi greatly suffered.
Will Rogers Plays Had a Place in My Life Through Rubinoff. For years I worked with “Rubinoff and His Violin.” He always would praise Will Rogers. Rubinoff stated in his autbiography: “Will used to give me advice. He was a happy fellow and a pleasure to be near. Will advised me on timing, how to time my gestures, how to get the audience to do my bidding, and how to talk to provoke the appropriate responses.” This quote is from Rubinoff’s book, Dance of the Russian Peasant. His wife, Dame Darlene Rubinoff, co-authored the book with her husband. Maestro Rubinoff always paid homage to Will Rogers at his concerts.
Will Rogers Plays:
William Penn Adair Rogers was born on November 4, 1879, in present-day Oologah, Oklahoma—then part of Indian territory. … Himself part Cherokee, Rogers socialized with both indigenous people. Interest in Will Rogers plays found its way into a hit Broadway show: The Will Rogers Follies is a musical with a book by Peter Stone, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and music by Cy Coleman.
It focuses on the life and career of famed humorist and performer Will Rogers, using as a backdrop the Ziegfeld Follies, which he often headlined, and describes every episode in his life in the form of a big production number.
He gave Rubinoff a gigantic pocket watch. Will had the poem below engraved on its back. Will also included his picture with Dave with the following inscription: “To the greatest fiddler in the world. Your Pal, Will Rogers 1932.” Rubinoff recited it at every single concert. Audiences loved it. Here are some paraphrases::
The clock of life is wound but once,
And no man has the power
To tell just when the hands will stop
At late or early hour.
Now is the only time we own,
So live, love, toil with a will,
Place no faith in “Tomorrow,”
For the Clock may then be still.
Conclusion: So many were jealous of Rubinoff. Musicians frequently were contemptuous about how he pandered to the public. However, they were really jealous of his income. In the 1930’s he made as much as $500,000/year. Now I offer a present to all my readers. Here is a free youtube link to Rubinoff and I, performing at our last concert in 1984. And yes, he’ll show off his Will Rogers pocket watch. You can hear the thunderstorm at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House during the concert. Oh yes, please share. This is happy and entertaining!
Travel Golden Roads With Our New Musical. The featured picture is a reference to Sharon and myself. We are called “The Ohs.” This is short for Ohrenstein. Famed artist, Harold Weiner, drew this for us as a thank you for a charity event that we did for the Sarasota Music Archives.
Meir’s GOLDEN ROADS: A One Woman Musical About Golda Meir. This original musical was written by the performers: Sharon Lesley Ohrenstein, singer, actor, librettist; and David Ohrenstein, pianist- composer. Broadway director, Carlo Thomas, gave the one woman show a wonderful, big time, New York, aura. From Golda’s dream to its realization, Sharon plays multiple characters. Her characters include:
Blume (Golda’s mother).
Morris (her husband)
Her sister, Sheyna
Zion (a spirit character)
Numerous other male and female characters
OUR MUSICAL OFFERS THE FOLLOWING
The musical will work in any sized theater.
It can also be booked for a limited run or as a special event. For example, for a fund raiser, luncheon or after dinner show.
The musical has several length options
The set is simple and basic. L & O have both portable Yamaha piano and sound.
For more information or price quote: email – firstname.lastname@example.org
We are all on a pilgramage as we travel the Golden Roads. We all seek the precious jewels of happiness, peace and plenty found on this road. Learn about this one woman born into poverty and persecution. Through her own will power and hard work she overcame these hardships.
Travel Golden Roads With Golda Meir
Our Golden Roads symbolizes the journey some must take to find a better future. Golda’s was quite dramatic:
As a child, Golda was nearly trampled to death by stampeding Cossacks riding horses. Her passion became having a safe home.
Be entertained by the beautiful voice of Sharon Lesley and piano artistry of David. Enjoy the beautiful melodies that punctuate the show. Be enthralled about with the story how one woman’s courage and determination helped to rebuild a nation for millions.
Our New York veteran director is Carlo Thomas. He has received positive reviews from Hal Prince, Irving Lowens of the Washington Star, and Werner Vollmann of the Associated Press in Vienna. As a bass, he has appeared in many operas, including Rigoletto, La Traviata, and The Queen of Spades. He has sung on opera stages in Italy. He personally worked with Broadway composers Timothy Gray and Hugh Martin. Carlo has helped to shape our show and provided exciting projections.
Travel Golden Roads and Make Money
This one woman show, featuring Sharon, is a money maker. Call or contact DSOworks@gmail.com today to arrange for your special afternoon or evening with Golden Roads. It was SRO as Golda opened the 2017 Sarasolo Festival held at Sarasota’s Crocker Memorial Church. Don’t be shy! Please share with friends.
Fourfold Orientation Comes from a Number Square. Even numbered squares of antiquity have 4 central numbers. The 4 x 4 number square is key. It is the first even numbered square. The compass also orients by fourfold. It is an instrument used for navigation and orientation that shows direction relative to the geographic cardinal directions (or points). Usually, a diagram called a compass rose shows the directions north, south, east, and west. On the compass it is as abbreviated initials N,S,E,W:
The number square balances and orients by numbers.
The compass balances and orients direct or geography.
Fourfold Orientation and How the Central Numbers Hold All Potential
The four numbers at the center of the 4 x 4 number square are are: 6, 11, 7 and 10. Do the following operations:
Draw a diagonal so that 6 and 11 are crossed by a diagonal line.
Then cross 7 and 10 by another. Multiply these two sets of central numbers. We get 66 and 70.
Then add both sets together. Thus, (6 x 11) + (7 x 10) = 136.
Next, add all the numbers from one to sixteen. Their total is also 136.
This means the center of the 4 x 4 number square computed in such a fashion, holds the entire sum of numbers of that square. This is also true for all even numbered squares. It is a mathematical law.
Creation in Genesis draws on the featured picture. Our Creator describes his work on each day as “good.” In Hebrew letters doubled as numbers. They shared the same symbol. “Good” in Hebrew is Tov (טוב). Viewed as numbers, these letters total 17. Hebrew words are read from right to left. The first letter is 9. The second is 6. The third symbol is for #2. Thus, 9 + 6 + 2 = 17. Next, look at the featured picture. Any two opposite numbers around the perimeter total 17. Examples: (1 + 16) or (12 + 5) or (8 + 9). This was God’s favored number square for Genesis. Thus, having a “good day” is having a productive day. Is that good for business or what?
Fourfold Orientation is also Basic to Mankind
A fourfold compass regarding the psyche is basic according to Carl G. Jung. It explains the means through which the conscious orients to experience. Below, the seasons, is another.
Sensation is sense perception. It tells you something exists.
Thinking tells you what it is.
Feeling determines whether or not it is agreeable.
Intuition tells you where it came from and where it’s going.
Many blogs will appear about the fourfold orientation.
Roses Contain Mysteries and are Favored by Mystics. First, consider the visible side of roses. Leaves on the bushes come in clusters. These clusters can be comprised of 3,5 or 7 leaves. It has been proven that:”If you want the rose bush to keep blooming, cut the branches between clusters of five and three leaves.” For the roses to continuously blossom, they must be cut between the Fibonacci numbers 3 and 5. Also significant for this blog: The rose has 5 strong petals and 13 weaker. Now the mysticism begins. The background for this blog is the preference that Neolithic cultures showed for number squares.
ROSES CONTAIN MYSTERIES THAT APPLY TO NUMBER SQUARES
Here are the two number squares that the rose draws on. Neolithic cultures knew that nature works on these squares. Today, many have yet to realize this. The 5 strong petals and 13 weaker draw on the key central numbers of 3 x 3 and 5 x 5. The core number of the 3 x 3 is #5. The core number of the 5 x 5 square is #13.
Fibonacci Series Shares the Key Numbers With Roses
Fibonacci numbers grow numbers grow by adding the two previous numbers to arrive at the next larger number. We thus find: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,34…….The series can continue infinitely.Life both favors and significantly uses the ratio of these consecutive numbers. Note: The Fibonacci numbers that form the petals of the rose: 5 and 13. As the series develops, the ratio of the by which the larger of the two is greater than the smaller gets closer and closer to the infinite number of phi: 1.618… That number is called by the Greek word, phi, or the Golden Section. The definitive phi number can never be reached. It is an irrational number that extends to infinity. Could that be why man will always fall short of immortality?
ANOTHER BIG ROSE CO-INCIDENCE
Consider the following about roses contain mysteries: I have already blogged extensively about these bullet points below . Both 5 and 13 define the strong petals on a rose. Both 5 and 13 define the core of the 1st two odd numbered squares as pictured above. The co-incidence extends to regular and semi-regular polyhedrons:
There can only be 5 regular polyhedrons.
There can only be 13 semi-regular polyhedrons.
The knowledge of many of prehistoric civilizations was also preserved by planting roses in Jerusalem. This knowledge today calls for a new vision of peace and co-operation. Let roses lead the way. Hooray for flower power!
Neolithic Magic Squares Shape Temple Foundation. First, what are Neolithic magic squares? They are just like any other magic square. Magic squares only require the sum of each row, column and diagonal be equal. 
Many of the blogs on DSOworks are about how Neolithic cultures used number squares. What started me on an unusual journey was a presence around Oquaga Lake. It told me, “If you wish to understand the source of ancient culture, look more closely at the 3 x 3 magic square.” Even better, it then revealed the hidden number codes that it contains. I sensed the presence was a spirit from the Lennie Lenape tribe of American Indians. Through the hidden codes it explained, I was able to duplicate the dimensions of the foundations of the Second Temple of Jerusalem.
Any two opposite numbers total ten. Here some pairs: 4 + 6 = 10. Or, 9 + 1 = 10. The central number is 5. I call it C-1. The perimeter totals 40 (4 x 10). I call it P-1.
By two numbers at the time: 49 + 61 = 110. Another, 29 + 81 = 110. If it crosses the center, it’s dual to itself: 59 + 51 = 110. Or, 15 + 95 = 110. This number, 110 can be pulled out of the square in 16 different ways. Then the central number is 55. I call it C-2. The perimeter’s 8 double numbers total 440 either way. As 27 + 76 + 61 + 18 + 83 + 34 + 49 + 92 = 440. I call 440 P-2.
It works three numbers at the time: 492 + 618 = 1110. Or, 951 + 159 = 1110. This number can be pulled out of here it 8 different ways. The perimeter totals 2220, It also works in either direction three numbers the time, corner to corner. 276 + 618 + 834 + 492 = 2220. I call this perimeter P-3.
Hidden Codes in Neolithic Magic Squares Measured a Key Foundation
For me, evidence of the use of the Neolithic Magic Squares was in a syndicated press release. The paper I will refer is the Beaver County Times. It is dated April 14, 1995. Yitzchak Magen, Israel’s chief archaeologist for the West bank of Israel, made a find. His discovery came from the writings of ancient Roman historian, Flavius Josephus. At the time of the 2nd temple, Menashe was a high priest in Jerusalem. He married a Samaritan, Nikosa. He was told to either leave his temple or leave his wife. He chose to leave the temple. However, he got another temple. The Samaritan leadership made him their priest. Then they built an exact replica of the Jerusalem Temple. Magen’s team uncovered the temple foundations on Mt Gerizim. It is in the Palestinian town of Nablus. The rectangular perimeter of the temple foundations measures 560 x 400 feet.
Here’s how the formula fits: (C-3) + (C1) = 560. In feet this numbers the length. The length is derived with the central number code of fives as 555 + 5 = 560.
For the width, two perimeter numbers from the same grid were used. ( P-2 of 440) – (P-1 of 40) = 400.
Conclusion: (1) We don’t need flying saucers to explain unusual co-incidences. (2) Oquaga Lake is sacred. (3) When we see the simple unity that everything shares, it’s an easy step to worldwide peace.
Sleep Therapy as per the Oquaga Spirit. I have been so fortunate. My family and I spent at least 15 beautiful summers on Oquaga Lake. The entire family got to go with me. I was employed as the house piano player at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. As a result I have added another profession: That of a working poet. Scott’s is located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains of New York state. There, I met the presence of a spirit. I call it the Oquaga Spirit. “In the mornings I’d stroll and the spirit would be afloat.” The spirit spoke in poetic verse. The verse was mostly in simple quatrains in triple meter. A square four or angular two has dominated business, music, dance and poetry. Get ready for a soothing new wave of triple meter. As the spirit states: Return ye to the waltzes of Vienna. Incidentally, I am currently playing the piano at the Sarasota Crab and Fin on St Armand’s Circle. See events on DSOworks.com. Come and listen to me outdoors and enjoy beautiful melodies of Strauss waltzes.
So What did the Oquaga Spirit Say About Sleep Therapy?
The spirit’s poem is from the “The Morning lake in July”. I sensed the spirit to be a female American Indian from the Lennie Lenope tribe. They, at one time. lived around the lake. Also, be sure to listen to the free youtube video above of me reciting some of this spirit’s wonderful poems.
The morning lake in July
Has no wrinkles or crinkles.
Its flat facade gently flows
Marked only by a few sprinkles.
Just like a youthful lad
Whose skin is smooth and healthy
Without a care and trouble free
As if he were quite wealthy.
But later in the day,
When the winds begin to blow,
And boats are out by the dozens,
It’s then that age will show.
The next morning with the rising Sun,
The lake is once more new.
Just like us, after a good night’s sleep
We dispel the feeling of blue.