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Greetings fair readers.  A slightly different format for the DWR classical music interlude.  Its Haydn, and all four movements in the same post.  Commentary from wikipedia appears below.  Enjoy.


First movement

Haydn distinguishes each section of the sonata form in this movement by use of strong contrasts of stability and instability. Before revealing the first theme of the symphony, Haydn opens this movement with a slow introduction that begins in the tonic G major and modulates through to the parallel minor and then to the dominant. He begins the first theme in the tonic but on a dominant seventh chord. This is very unusual of symphonies of the time but it reflects an aspect of Haydn’s unique compositional characteristics. Because the rest of the Oxford will reflect many of the ideas presented in this first theme, this symphony has been termed monothematic.

Following the first theme is the transition, which allows Haydn to modulate to the dominant. The second theme begins with the opening idea of the movement, but in the dominant key. As this theme progresses it enters a section of minor-mode before entering into the closing theme. Haydn stays in the dominant key through the closing of the first movement. In the development section, Haydn borrows themes from the exposition, then “develops” and embellishes them. He adds sections of subject change and digression from the original theme as well as moments of rest or silence. These qualities of the development are all very characteristic of Haydn. Furthermore, he draws upon the older style of intricate counterpoint to enhance the galante style of the symphony.

Second movement

The second movement is in ternary form with a slow and song-like melody. Haydn, however, adds his own uniqueness to this movement by adding an intense middle section in minor. This minor interlude is based on a motive from the opening section. A shortened return of the major section precedes a section of the movement that features the winds.[3]

Third movement

Haydn composes the third movement in ABA form with a minuet and trio. Both the minuet and trio are in binary form with repeats. In order to create a more entertaining movement for the listener, Haydn composes the minuet with phrases of six measures as opposed to the normal four-measure phrase and adds syncopations and stops. All of these qualities were found to be humorous by the audiences of Haydn’s time because they were so unusual.

Fourth movement

Haydn’s final movement of the Oxford Symphony is centered on a feeling of tension and release. In order to convey this quality to the listener, Haydn writes this sonata form movement slightly faster and shorter than the first movement of the symphony to create a climactic ending.

Quick! Call the Mounties!

But we won’t.

Complicity in torture and violating international law is the business of other countries, certainly not the U.S.

“Human Rights Watch is urging the Canadian government to “be prepared” to bring criminal charges against former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney when he visits Vancouver on his book tour next week.

The New York-based rights group said Saturday that Canadian law provides for jurisdiction over an individual for torture and other crimes, even for offences committed outside of Canada.

Canada ratified the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention against Torture in 1987 and incorporated its provisions into the Canadian criminal code.”

We will of course selectively administer our justice and ethical considerations, because friends that torture are often just misunderstood.

“The right group says it has documented the role of senior officials in the administration of George W. Bush, including Cheney, in authorizing torture of detainees, including waterboarding — a form of simulated drowning involving water being poured into the mouth of a subdued person.

“The U.S. has utterly failed to meet its legal obligation to investigate torture by the Bush administration, but that shouldn’t let other countries off the hook,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, in the release.”

Could you imagine if we did actually arrest Cheney?

And then *poof* we’d all be dead since the US would nuke us.  :)






MP Brad Trost (tosh) brings home the fail.

In Utter Tosh’s own words:

“A part of their [planned parenthood]  mission statement is to support abortion, which I view as morally wrong,” he said.”

Hey Brad your “Moral decisions” should stay the frack out of a woman’s business when it comes to her body.

“Brad Trost, the MP for Saskatoon-Humboldt, says he will continue to oppose federal dollars being provided to the organization Planned Parenthood.”

Ah, the enlightened people elected this baron of misogyny and he continues to speak out against women.  Fantastic.

“But Trost says he needs more information before he comments on his government’s decision to renew funding for the International Planned Parenthood Federation.”

Since when do conservatives look at information about what they are legislating?  He’s going to require conservative reeducation.

“During the federal election campaign, the Conservative MP told the Saskatchewan ProLife Association that, thanks in part to petitions from the group, the federal government had stopped giving money to Planned Parenthood.”

Utter Tosh has a record of  doing and believing in stupid things.  Apparently if you’re a Canadian conservative, it is a good for your career.

I would vote for Elizabeth Warren if I could, but I cannot.  What I can do is help spread her rational message to the rest of my readership, a good percentage being American.  Consider this your partisan announcement from Canada for the day. :)


More people than just I hazard this very routine.

Distribute freely my pretties!  Spread the word. :)

Hard to find an image that has a postive portrayal of Socialism. Thanks to the sadly misinformed USA.

Having been pointed to a neat new site called Remapping Debate by Intransigentia, I’m please to share the treasure trove of fact laden articles with my fair readership here.  Denmark is a social-democratic state, it believes in protecting its people and prioritizing the needs of a healthy society ahead of the corporate greed and unsustainable money cycling that so is so typical of the US and sadly, Canada.

Remapping Debate – Sept. 7, 2011 —

“While liberal and conservative pundits alike in the United States have long been issuing fatalist warnings about the “unsustainability” of the European welfare state, business leaders and economists in Denmark — a country with one of the most generous welfare states in the world — insist that, in fact, it is the U.S. model that may prove to be a dead end.
“If you come back five years from now, I guarantee that the welfare state is going to be even larger,” Ove Kaj Pedersen, an economist at the Copenhagen Business School, said in an interview in Copenhagen last month. “Why? Because for Denmark, the welfare state is our main competitive advantage.”

“Business Interest Organizations” in Denmark — whose analogues in the United States have long pushed for deregulation, lower taxes, less government spending, and less generous social benefits — agree with Pedersen: “There is a general consensus about the welfare state in Denmark,” said Steen Muntzberg, director of the Confederation of Danish Employers, which advocates on behalf of over 28,000 businesses in Denmark. “We have come to see it as a crucial part of what makes us competitive in the global economy. There is some debate around the margins, but it would be hard to find companies who don’t support the bulk of government programs.”

Stine Bosse, who until recently served as the group chief executive officer of TrygVesta, Denmark’s largest insurance company, and now serves on the board of several Danish companies, described a “symbiotic relationship” between the private and public sector in Denmark: “It’s obvious that in Denmark, both the public and business leaders regard the state as a partner,” she said. “A strong state is not just something you have to live with…it’s something we reckon is pretty important, a positive thing for business.”

Denmark and its Nordic neighbors have developed a distinctive response to the pressures caused by globalization[aka profiteering by transnational corporations] by combining relative flexibility in the labor market with strong social security provided by the state into a system they call “flexicurity.”

According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Denmark has some of the loosest requirements in the world when it comes to an employer’s ability to hire and fire workers, (though on the OECD’s scale, it still provides eight times as much security as the U.S. does)…. “

You see, society can be structure to work for the benefits of all the people in a country.  It is not some vague theoretical concept but a successful, working venture.  The state, public and private industry working together to make a strong, healthy and competitive society.  It can be done, and is being done.  Is it perfect?  Of course not, but it is a viable alternative to the the rapine corporate oligarchic system in the US and the one we are lurching toward in Canada.

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