The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 44 – The Emperor Waltz

Vienna Waltzing

Hello Everyone,

The Emperor Waltz by Johann Strauss Jr. also known as “The Waltz King”, from Vienna, Austria is a piece of classical music that epitomizes the light, joyful, pleasant and cheerful, ideal type state of emotions of a human being.  It also, in a way, epitomizes the word the associated Viennese had for that state of being, gemütlich, which meant a state of warmth, friendliness and good cheer; cozy, well-being and happiness, and benevolence.  That special feeling this music gives is delightful, specifically the major melody at 38 seconds in.  This is the same man who wrote the super famous waltz “The Blue Danube” and a list of other major pieces of classical music.  And it is this excellent set of things that we should imbue into the world today, with liberty, Reason, productiveness, self-esteem and kindness.  When I think of my ideal home, I imagine this music playing there.  Beautiful music of an ideal world.  Enjoy!

A recording can be bought here: 

https://goo.gl/THZOvD

Sincerely,

Paul Daniel

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The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 43 – The Frost Flower.

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The Frost Flower, the extraordinary phenomenon when water freezes within a plant, and extrudes from it, literally blossoming from it into a complex ice flower.  They can form into solid sculpture-like flowers like the top photo or form whimsical, cotton candy-like formations (bottom).  However, on open oceans in the Arctic and North Pole region, when the air is extremely cold and dry, but colder than the water, in a complex iteration, the water moves from the ocean, into the dry air, and then descends again as ice, gradually forming frost flower arrangements, and the ocean blossoms in fields of frost flowers.
 
Other names for the frost flower are frost facesice castlesice blossoms or crystallofolia.
 
Frost flowers are usually very delicate and will break when touched and will also melt, fairy tale-like, with contact with the sun and so are usually visible in the early morning or in shaded areas.  However, some frost flower extrusions, like ice that cracks rock, are so powerful that they will rip the bark off of trees as they blossom!  
 
Remarkable!
 
Examples of plants that often form frost flowers are white crownbeard, commonly called frostweed, and yellow ironweed.  They have also been observed growing from fallen branches of conifers.
The photo of the frosted rose is included merely because it is beautiful and shows another type of way frost can combine with flowers.
 
For vast, dazzling additional frost flower photos:
 
 
I was introduced to the existence of frost flowers by Mrs. Iris Bell, making this her third issue she was the source of the subject for (see Issues 6 and 7).  Thank you so much, Iris!
 
The Beautiful Project is 4 years old as of yesterday.  Many more beautiful issues to come!!!
 
Photo Credit for the above photos is, sequentially: the iconic first one, “The Frost Flower Of The Ozarks” (I call it), taken in the Ozark Mountains by: Marvin Smith, via Flickr; the following 2 of the Arctic and North Pole are by Matthias Wietz; The Ship In The Field Of Frost Flowers is by the SHEBA project of the University of Washington, the frosted rose is credited to the online business fwallpapers user ‘dan’ and the final gossamer-whimsical one is by Flickr user ‘markinspecx’.
 
Much research material for this issue came from or was paraphrased from the following articles: 
“Suddenly There’s A Meadow In The Ocean With ‘Flowers’ Everywhere” by Robert Krulwich – https://goo.gl/aPMWM2
 
Thank you to all.

Sincerely,

Paul Daniel

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The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 42 – The Lullaby ‘Suo Gân’.

Empire of the Sun

I was deeply moved when I was little when I heard the song Suo Gân. Then I became more familiar with it when I saw the movie ‘Empire of the Sun’ (1987) where it is sung, as linked below, by James Rainbird and chorus. I assumed it was in Latin, but it is in Welsh. It has a verbally explicit and sublime, exalted, reverential, beautiful quality that is very rare, even for classical music. Like some of Bach’s music, it is one of the best. The composer of it, and it’s probable pre-19th century exact time of composition, unfortunately, is unknown.

In ‘Empire of the Sun’, it is lip-synched by a 13-year-old Christian Bale, the star of the movie (later, Batman, The Dark Night, etc, wow!), in his 4th ever role.

James Rainbird, soloist, and the Ambrosian Junior Choir, Directed by John McCarthy:

https://goo.gl/SJ2Itd

Extraordinary live video of another sublime performance, in a cathedral, by the Choir of King’s College, soloist unnamed:

https://goo.gl/7WRuSx

The movie soundtrack or the single track can be purchased here:

http://goo.gl/36L3Xs

Let me know how you enjoy it, Hugs!,

Paul Daniel

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The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 41 – Manhattan Aurora Borealis.

Hi Everyone,

The video below is of the nighttime lights of the skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan on the clouds, producing a Manhattan aurora borealis.  I took this video on an iPhone 4 from just north of the Great Lawn in Central Park near the 85th Street Transverse, on April 21, 2012 at about 8:30 pm.  Men’s minds can make such beautiful things!

Let me know what you think!

Hugs!!!,

Paul Daniel
 
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The Beautiful Project – 3rd Anniversary Issue – Issue No. 40 – The Ballade pour Adeline.

Hello Everyone!,

Today is the 3 year anniversary of The Beautiful Project.  40 issues have been done to date!  There are now over 350 email recipients and WordPress followers and the list of subscribers continues to grow.  *<:-P party  Many, many more years to come!  Woo hoo!!! *:) happy*<:-P party

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Enjoy the piece of music below, I have been looking forward to doing an issue on it forever. –

The piece is ‘Ballade pour Adeline’ (French, “Ballade for Adeline”).  It is a very beautiful piece of music, and an important piece of classical music, in part, because unlike the music of Mozart etc it was composed more recently, in 1976; there have been fewer pieces of great classical music composed lately. It was composed by French composers Paul de Senneville (primary composer) and Olivier Toussaint (de Senneville’s composition partner).  Paul de Senneville composed the piece as a tribute to his newborn daughter, Adeline.  The first recording was by Richard Clayderman and it was a gargantuan hit, and made Richard Clayderman hugely famous.  According to Wikipedia world-wide sales of his recording of Ballade pour Adeline have now reached over 22 million copies in 38 countries.

Beautifully elegant video of the piece’s performance by Richard Clayderman:

This piece of music can be purchased here. –

Amazon: https://goo.gl/MtGzX7

iTunes: https://goo.gl/FBsjmg

Stay warm, and expect more beautiful things in the future,

Hugs!!!,

Paul Daniel

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The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 39 – The Music ‘Light & Day’.

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A bright, golden, warm thing on this October day. . . . ☀️

 
Track No. 4 on the soundtrack CD to Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (still one of my favorite movies – I have it on VHS, DVD and I own the soundtrack CD) is an extraordinary piece of music, titled Light & Day, by the group The Polyphonic Spree.  It does not appear in the movie itself anywhere, though; it is used for a special music video on the DVD.  It has one of the brightest, most effervescent, optimistic, joyous, exuberant sounds I have ever heard, and I wanted to do this issue of The Beautiful Project on it.  I wanted to do it on something upbeat, and I thought about doing it on many things, but this seemed best for today, because it is fresh, whereas we have all heard the Beethoven 9th Symphony-Ode To Joy melody line before.  That can be for another issue. : )
            The arrangement of the instruments in Light & Day is extraordinary.  It brings to mind the dizzying, ecstatic, whirlwind sound and orchestration in pieces of classical music like Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1.  That can be for another issue too!
            The linked track is the only one I could find that is what is on the Eternal Sunshine CD, although it references an unrelated TV show.  I would have linked to the official Eternal Sunshine music video, but it seems to distract from the music, which is what this issue focuses on.
            This sure is an original piece of music; it falls into the Pop category, but it is unlike any other song I have ever heard!
            I thought the above pics expressed the sense of this piece of music too. : )
            Enjoy! 🌅
 
 
You can purchase the soundtrack CD or the Light & Day track alone here:
 

http://goo.gl/YSSlkx 

Let me know what you think of it!  : )

Hugs!!!,

Paul Daniel
 
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The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 38 – The Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp.

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🔱🎶💐 To my knowledge, the most elegant piece of music ever composed: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major, K. 299: II. Andantino:


When Mozart composed this movement of this piece of music, he even outdid himself.  So exquisite.  So subtle.  So nuanced.  The sound of that flute playing that melody, with a harp accompanying it!  Two of the most beautiful instruments in existence.  So much beauty.  Like the sound of a rational, elegant, beautiful world; this world, when we will get it more right!
 
A recording can be purchased here, as track 3:
 
Hugs!!!,
 
Paul Daniel
 
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