Category Archives: About Brendan Ball

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The Hammer Blow Of Fate!

The final movement of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony is punctuated by three hammer blows. Alma Mahler quotes her husband as saying that these were three mighty blows of fate befallen by the hero, “the third of which fells him like a … Continue reading

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Musical Humour!

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Rare Footage Of Shostakovich As Soloist In His Concerto For Piano, Trumpet And Strings

  Posted on August 19, 2014 by brendanball Here is some extremely rare film footage of Dmitri Shostakovich as the piano soloist in his own Concerto Opus 35 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings. Can anyone name the trumpet soloist? Yes … Continue reading

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More Music, Less War!

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Electronic Music Humour…

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New Working Conditions…

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Shostakovich On Duty As A Fireman – Leningrad 1941…

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Urban Farm 2014 – Cucumbers, Chillies And Peppers…

As stated in earlier posts, cucumbers are a new experience. I haven’t grown them before but they seem to be thriving in my newly constructed greenhouse. The two varieties I am trying this season are Burpless Tasty Green and Tasty … Continue reading

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Solar Panels…

We have decided to add solar panels to our increasing attempts to rely on sustainable living whenever practicable. In the UK the government is being very encouraging for individuals to install  ways of making their own renewable energy sources into … Continue reading

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The Dmitri Shostakovich!

This big ship is named after Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich… …The Dmitriy Shostakovich class is a class of seven ro-pax ferries of project B-492/B-493 originally built by Stocznia Szczecinska im Adolfa Warskiego Warskiego in Szczecin, Poland and used by the Soviet shipping companies, Black Sea Shipping Company,[2] Estonian Shipping Company,[2] Baltic Shipping Company[2] and Far Eastern … Continue reading

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