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Elena Cernei
1 March 1924, Bairamcea, Basarabia, now Ukraine – November 27, 2000

Elena Cernei was a Romanian operatic mezzo-soprano, musicologist, and voice teacher. During her 25 year career as an opera singer, she sang in leading opera houses in both Europe and North America. In 1961 she was made Artistă Emerită (Honoured Artist) of the Republic of Romania and in 1999 received the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from the National University of Music Bucharest for her contributions to musicology.
Elena Cernei studied singing at the Ciprian Porumbescu Conservatory in Bucharest (1951-1955). During that period, she also sang as a soloist with the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Romanian National Opera (1952-1977), as well as touring Europe and North America starting in the mid-1960s. Outside of Romania she sang at La Scala in Milan, Metropolitan Opera in New York, Opéra Nationale de Paris, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Gran Teatre del Liceu_ in Barcelona, La Monnaie in Brussels, and the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.
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Bizet – Carmen Habanera

#todaysmemory +Today's Memory
#Romaniafrumoasa +România frumoasă

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Frédéric Chopin
March 1, 1810, Żelazowa Wola, Warsaw – October 17, 1849

Frédéric François Chopin was a Polish French composer and pianist of the Romantic period, best known for his solo pieces for piano and his piano concerti. Although he wrote little but piano works, many of them brief, Chopin ranks as one of music’s greatest tone poets by reason of his superfine imagination and fastidious craftsmanship.
All his family had artistic leanings, and even in infancy Chopin was always strangely moved when listening to his mother or eldest sister playing the piano. By age six he was already trying to reproduce what he heard or to make up new tunes. The following year he started piano lessons with the 61-year-old Wojciech Zywny, an all-around musician with an astute sense of values, but Zywny’s simple instruction in piano playing was soon left behind by his pupil, who discovered for himself an original approach to the piano and was allowed to develop unhindered by academic rules and formal discipline.
As a pianist, Chopin was unique in acquiring a reputation of the highest order on the basis of a minimum of public appearances—few more than 30 in the course of his lifetime. His original and sensitive approach to the keyboard allowed him to exploit all the resources of the piano of his day. He was inexhaustible in discovering colorful new passage work and technical figures; he understood as no one before him the true nature of the piano as an expressive instrument, and he was able to write music that is bound up with the instrument for which it was conceived and which cannot be imagined apart from it. His innovations in fingering, his use of the pedals, and his general treatment of the keyboard form a milestone in the history of the piano, and his works set a standard for the instrument that is recognized as unsurpassable.
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* Spring Waltz*

#todaysmemory +Today's Memory

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Mărţişor - one of the most representative of Romania's traditions
March 1st
The Mărţişor, a spring token, a tiny adornment tied with a red and white entwined cord presented on March 1, is one of the most representative Romanian traditions also adopted in towns and cities, roots back 8,000 years, when people use to presented each other red and white pebbles in a string.
Martisor , a genuine Romanian holiday, celebrates the arrival of spring. Young ladies and women dear to us are presented these spring tokens on March 1, the Martisor day. It is believed to bring joy and good luck. In Bukovina (north-eastern Romanian province) there are men who receive martisor.
It is a red and white entwined cord, the red one symbolises the winter and the white one the spring, which other symbols of good luck such as a three-leafed clove, chimney sweeper or a heart are tied by.
The spring token is worn for a week or two, on outer garments. Archaeological discoveries revealed that the first spring day was celebrated even 8,000 years ago. Roman time's Martisor were white and red pebbles in a string.
Likewise, in ancient times, they were coins tied by black and white wool threads. Gold, silver or bronze coins were chosen depending on the social status. They were worn round the neck or the wrist and were later named marts or martigus (diminutives for March).
The Dacians (Romanians' ancestors) believed these amulets brought fertility, beauty and prevented sunburns and they wore them when the trees started blooming and they were later hung on the tree twigs.
Folklore scientists found Martisor variants in the ancient civilization as well and they think they are directly related to God Mars' heralds, because it was on Mars ides when snow was not melted yet throughout the Roman Empire, when military campaigns could start. Therefore, red and white means exactly that day, as well as vitality and victory, on one hand and purification and inauguration on the other.
It was also said that white and red were strong amulets against evil eye and a token of purity and innocence.
The Romanian folkloric tradition also relates Martisor to the legend of Baba Dochia.
Martisor custom is part of the ritual scenario of the time's renewal, Dochia's symbolic death and birth. According to other traditions it was even Dochia who was spinning the threads while she was driving the sheep back up to the mountains. Thus, because Martisor is inseparable from Dochia tradition in the Carpathians we can certainly say it is a very old Romanian custom found in all the areas where Romanians and Aromanians live, later taken over by other south-eastern European peoples. 
Source: Romanian National News Agency AGERPRES 
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Mike Wofford
born February 28, 1938, San Antonio, Texas

Mike Wofford is an American jazz pianist, best known as an accompanist to and music director for singers Sarah Vaughan (in the 70s), Ella Fitzgerald (1989–1992) and others. That stated, he was known in the jazz community going back to the 1960s for the albums Strawberry Wine and Summer Night. He settled in Los Angeles and performed jazz with Shorty Rogers, Teddy Edwards, Bud Shank, Red Norvo, Chet Baker, Joe Pass, Quincy Jones, Oliver Nelson, Shelly Manne and Zoot Sims, among many others. In the 1970s he toured Europe, in the 1980s Japan and Brazil. Resettling in San Diego, he performed with Kenny Burrell, Benny Golson, Art Farmer, Charlie Haden, Slide Hampton, Clifford Jordan, Ray Brown, Charles McPherson and others.
He also took part in much non jazz session work, including John Lennon's 1975 release, Rock 'n' Roll, and in 1973, briefly toured with former Byrds frontman Roger McGuinn.
On August 13, 2012 Wofford was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 22nd Annual San Diego Music Awards.
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Green carpet in Bucharest
#grasstuesday +Grass Tuesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins  
#mytowntuesday #springfevertuesday

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Tuesday Smile
Bucharest in the spring light...
#tuesdaysmile #mytowntuesday #springfevertuesday

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Dexter Gordon
February 27, 1923, Los Angeles – April 25, 1990

Dexter Gordon was an American bop tenor saxophonist.
As a youth, Gordon played the clarinet and alto saxophone, but the improvising of Lester Young inspired him to play the tenor saxophone exclusively. He gained early experience in bands led by Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, Billy Eckstine, and alto saxophonist Charlie Parker, who also influenced Gordon’s music. While serving a prison term for narcotics-related charges he made his acting debut in the film Unchained (1955).
After his release he composed for and played and acted in a Los Angeles production of Jack Gelber’s play The Connection (1960) in the early 1960s and recorded albums such as Go! and A Swingin’ Affair that are usually considered his major works. He then lived in Europe (1962–76), recording and touring frequently, though rarely to America. His acting role as a self-destructive bebop saxophonist in the 1986 film Round Midnight won him an Academy Award nomination and a Grammy for Best Soundtrack; he also appeared in the film Awakenings (1990).
Dexter Gordon was named a member and Officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters in 1986 by the Ministry of Culture in France.
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Lady Bird 1964


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Monday Smile
An all green smile... long waited. Finally spring, isn't it?

A good new week, dear G++d friends!

#mondaysmile #mondaymotivation 

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Romania. The 27th day of fight

While the numbers of protesters has fallen sharply since early February, an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 people gathered outside government headquarters last night demanding the resignation of a government they say they cannot trust...
At 20:00 CET they raised pieces of blue and yellow paper above their heads and lit them with mobile phones to form a giant European Union flag.

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This morning I felt pity for Warren Beatty... This will be the last image of 2017 Oscars. So, not a smile at all!

Academy Awards: Best Picture Winners

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