Thursday, 30 January 2014

un peu de musique

On this eve of the Lunar New Year in Asia, a celebration in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Korea brings joy and fireworks for 7 days. I remember in Beijing every habitant of the city was allowed 20 lbs or 10 Kg of fireworks and all size were sold around the city. With a population of 15 million you do the math, that is a lot of fireworks, day and night to scare away the evil spirits, so the year be fruitful and joyous. I simply loved the madness of it all and the display all around the city.

This music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is a classic and I love it.

Dresden, Saxony, Royal Palace mosaic frieze showing procession of the Princes of the Wettin Family.


  1. Funnily enough, the Rimsky march isn't as well known as it should be. Do you know his 'Dubinushka' ('Little Cudgel') March, composed in sympathy with the students who sided with the victims of the 1905 massacre and anticipated the revolution? It's delightful.

    1. No I do not, will have to look it up.