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Horrible Histories – great way for kids to learn


The Templar Knight

The BBC has been running a TV series based on the books of Terry Deary – the Horrible Histories. They’re a very irreverent look at different periods in the past. Take this one on the medieval era as a good example.

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Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven)


Grey Matter

The Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, is the final complete symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827). Completed in 1824, the symphony is one of the best-known works of the Western classical repertoire. Among critics, it is almost universally considered to be among Beethoven’s greatest works, and is considered by some to be the greatest piece of music ever written. It has been adapted for use as the European Anthem.

The symphony was the first example of a major composer using voices in a symphony (thus making it a choral symphony). The words are sung during the final movement by four vocal soloists and a chorus. They were taken from the “Ode to Joy”, a poem written by Friedrich Schiller in 1785 and revised in 1803, with additions made by the composer.

Composition

Beethoven was almost completely deaf when he composed his ninth symphony.
The Philharmonic Society of…

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The Value of Fairy Tales


Son of Hel

So, new movie coming out in November called Rise of the Guardians.

As R put it, finally, an original movie! I’m siding with those who basically call it “Avengers for Kids,” but I still think it looks pretty damn awesome. After all, it has a tattooed Russian Santa. Who dual wields sabers or something!

But it does raise some interesting stuff. We really don’t tell our fairy tales much anymore. I mean, I grew up with them, to a certain extent, but not the full set out there. Most kids have seen the Disney stuff, but beyond that they don’t really know the rest of them. And when it gets to the current crop of upcoming youngsters, well, who has need of fairy tales. Parents plop them down with TV and video games, and never pass on the tales of our ancestors. Which means they are shortly to be lost.

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Amber Asylum – Live In Wroclaw


Heathen Harvest

Amber Asylum has been active since the mid 1990s with the consistent member being the multi instrumentalist and vocalist Kris Force. Force has collaborated with a number of artists including Jarboe and Lung Leg over the years. There have been six previous Amber Asylum albums, an ep, two singles and this beautifully presented live album, recorded 11/11/11/ at the Wroclaw Industrial Festival. It features two new tracks; Perfect Calm and Your Executioner and a cover of the 1999 Candlemass track Tot. The line up for this recording was Kris Force, Leila Abdul- Rauf (Memento Mori, Bastard Noise) and Sarah Rosalena Brady.

Things open up with Perfect Calm, sounds work slowly with a slow guitar, viola and Ethereal Vocal style. There is an immediate air of Twin Peaks that surrounds the track which is at once fragile and powerful. Guitar and Viola are combined and to make a perfect combination; the vocal lines are woven into this combination perfectly. Things…

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Moon Far Away – Minnesang


Heathen Harvest

Considering the interest that seems to have been generated by my last article on Russia’s revered neofolk duo Ritual Front, it seemed like the ideal time to tackle one of dark folk’s other extremely talented East European artists in Moon Far Away. Though they exist in a completely different style of neofolk than Ritual Front and have much in common with the worlds of experimental, ambient, electronic and dark pop music, Moon Far Away has been largely celebrated amongst primarily neofolk and neoclassical audiences during their nearly two decade-long career.  Undoubtedly, they have come to be known as one of Russia’s most beloved folk projects within their own country in the past decade, and have become an exceptional aural diplomat to the Western World for East European neofolk in that time as well though it seems that they’ve let their music do most of the talking rather than speaking on…

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