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Friday, November 25, 2011
Einstein and the violin
Albert Einstein once pronounced those wise words on happiness: "A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?"
Wouldn't it be nice if we indeed only needed about four things to be happy? But wait a minute... we do!
Yours might not be the same as Einstein's, but the right four things, if picked carefully, can do the job.
I would say computer (with Internet access), running shoes, chocolate ice cream, and a good bottle of wine.
(A comfy armchair and a fireplace could be nice too... oh, and my bathing suit. That's still only 7 items!)
What would you say? What are your happy objects?
To honor Einstein and his violin, I put together a list of pieces in which beautiful violin can be heard.
(Please bear in mind that this list is FAR from exhaustive - I might come back with more in another post - and that unfortunately, YouTube does not always offer the best acoustic quality... if you love a piece, go buy it!) (And sorry for the advertisements... nothing I can do I'm afraid.)
Listen to these and tell me why would anyone need drugs.
Verdi's La Traviata's (Overture) (I had the chance to listen to this in person at the Montreal's Place des Arts... and I shivered in delightment. In this link's case, the sight of the conductor itself is worth it!)