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Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

Giovanni Battista Draghi referred to as Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, was an Italian composer and organist. His best-known works include the opera La serva padrona, his compositions include sacred music. He died of tuberculosis at the age of 26. Born in Jesi in what is now the Province of Ancona, he was given the nickname "Pergolesi", a demonym indicating in Italian the residents of Pergola, the birthplace of his ancestors, he studied music in Jesi under a local musician, Francesco Santi, before going to Naples in 1725, where he studied under Gaetano Greco and Francesco Feo among others. On leaving the conservatory in 1731, he won some renown by performing the oratorio in two parts La fenice sul rogo, o vero La morte di San Giuseppe, the dramma sacro in three acts, Li prodigi della divina grazia nella conversione e morte di san Guglielmo duca d’Aquitania, he spent most of his brief life working for aristocratic patrons like Ferdinando Colonna, Prince of Stigliano, Domenico Marzio Carafa, Duke of Maddaloni.

Pergolesi was one of the most important early composers of opera buffa. His opera seria, Il prigionier superbo, contained the two-act buffa intermezzo, La serva padrona, which became a popular work in its own right; when it was performed in Paris in 1752, it prompted the so-called Querelle des Bouffons between supporters of serious French opera by the likes of Jean-Baptiste Lully and Jean-Philippe Rameau and supporters of new Italian comic opera. Pergolesi was held up as a model of the Italian style during this quarrel, which divided Paris's musical community for two years. Among Pergolesi's other operatic works are his first opera La Salustia, Lo frate'nnamorato, L'Olimpiade and Il Flaminio. All his operas were premiered in Naples, apart from L'Olimpiade, first given in Rome. Pergolesi wrote sacred music, including a Mass in F and three Salve Regina settings; the Lenten Hymn ‘God of Mercy and Compassion’ by Redemptorist priest Edmund Vaughan is most set to a tune adapted by Pergolesi. It is his Stabat Mater, for soprano, string orchestra and basso continuo, his best-known sacred work.

It was commissioned by the Confraternita dei Cavalieri di San Luigi di Palazzo, which presented an annual Good Friday meditation in honor of the Virgin Mary. Pergolesi's work replaced one composed by Alessandro Scarlatti only nine years before, but, perceived as "old-fashioned," so had public tastes changed. While classical in scope, the opening section of the setting demonstrates Pergolesi's mastery of the Italian baroque durezze e ligature style, characterized by numerous suspensions over a faster, conjunct bassline; the work remained popular, becoming the most printed musical work of the 18th century, being arranged by a number of other composers, including Johann Sebastian Bach, who reorchestrated and adapted it for a non-Marian text in his cantata Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, BWV 1083. Pergolesi wrote a number of secular instrumental works, including a violin sonata and a violin concerto. A considerable number of instrumental and sacred works once attributed to Pergolesi have since been shown to be misattributed.

Much of Igor Stravinsky's ballet Pulcinella, which ostensibly reworks pieces by Pergolesi, is based on works by other composers Domenico Gallo. The Concerti Armonici are now known to have been composed by Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer. Many colorful anecdotes related by Pergolesi's 19th-century biographer, Francesco Florimo, were revealed as hoaxes. Pergolesi died on 16 or 17 March 1736 at the age of 26 in Pozzuoli from tuberculosis and was buried at the Franciscan monastery one day later. Pergolesi was the subject of a 1932 Italian film biopic Pergolesi, it was directed by Guido Brignone with Elio Steiner playing the role of the composer. Pergolesi's Salve Regina is a highlighted performance in the movie Farinelli, in which Farinelli performs Stabat Mater Dolorosa in the only duet; the first and last parts of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater were used in the soundtrack of the movie Jesus of Montreal. The film Cactus by the Australian director Paul Cox features Pergolesi's Stabat Mater on the soundtrack.

Nothing Left Unsaid, a 2016 documentary on Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper, used the last movement of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. Antifona “In caelestibus regnis” Confitebor tibi Domine in C for Soprano, Choir and Continuo Dixit Dominus for Soprano, Bass, 2 Choirs and 2 Orchestras Laudate pueri Dominum in D for Soprano, Mezzo and Orchestra Mass in D Mass in F “San Emidio” for Soprano, Alto, 2 Choirs, 2 Orchestras and Continuo Oratorio La fenice sul rogo, o vero La morte di San Giuseppe Dramma sacro Li prodigi della divina grazia nella conversione e morte di san Guglielmo du

Betwa Express

18203/18204 Durg - Kanpur Betwa Express is a passenger service of the Indian Railways, which runs between Durg Junction railway station railway station of Durg, an important city in Central Indian state of Chhattisgarh and Kanpur Central railway station of Kanpur, the most populous city of Uttar Pradesh. The name "Betwa Express" has been given after Betwa River. Betwa Express runs twice a week in both directions and covers a distance of 883 km between these cities in 17 hours 40 minutes Betwa Express has 4 unreserved coaches, 12 sleeper coaches, 3 AC Tier III coaches and 1 AC Tier II coach attached; as the line between Durg and Katni has been electrified, Betwa Express is hauled by a WAM-4 locomotive from Bhilai shed between Durg and Katni while the rest of the journey is carried out using a WDM 3A diesel locomotive from Katni shed. Betwa Express links major cities in Chhattisgarh such as Durg and Bilaspur with northern India, it passes through the Bundelkhand region of Central India


Rhodometra is a genus of moths in the family Geometridae erected by Meyrick in 1892. These moths have bipectinated antennae for the males, they have narrow-elongated to broad forewings and a wingspan of 20-30 mm. The forewings are pale yellow, sometimes rosy and traversed by an oblique red stripe, the hindwings are plain. Species include: Rhodometra albidaria Erschoff, 1874 Rhodometra albipunctaria Dognin, 1917 Rhodometra angasmarcata Hübner, 1822 Rhodometra anthophilaria Hübner, 1809/13 Rhodometra aucta Krausse, 1913 Rhodometra audeoudi Prout, 1928 Rhodometra consecraria Rhodometra debiliaria Rothschild, 1914 Rhodometra desertorum Staudinger, 1914 Rhodometra elvira Thierry-Mieg, 1911 Rhodometra excaecaria Fuchs, 1903 Rhodometra fumosa Prout, 1937 Rhodometra gegenaria Alphéraky, 1883 Rhodometra incarnaria Thierry-Mieg, 1911 Rhodometra intermediaria Turati, 1930 Rhodometra intervenata Warren, 1902 Rhodometra kikiae Wiltshire, 1982 Rhodometra labdoides Herbulot, 1997 Rhodometra lucidaria Rhodometra paralellaria Krüger, 1934 Rhodometra participata Rhodometra plectaria Rhodometra rosearia Treitschke, 1828 Rhodometra roseata Dognin, 1917 Rhodometra roseofimbriata Thierry-Mieg, 1911 Rhodometra sacraria Linnaeus, 1767 Rhodometra satura Prout, 1916 Rhodometra sevastopuloi Carcasson, 1964 Rhodometra subrosearia Staudinger, 1871 Rhodometra subsacraria Staudinger, 1871 Rhodometra virgenpamba Dognin, 1892

House at 502 SE 4th St.

The House at 502 SE 4th St. is a historic house in Fairfield, Illinois. Built circa 1875, the house's design combines elements of the Folk Victorian styles; the house has a balloon frame with a two-story Italianate form. Its roof has both an Italianate hipped shape and tall gables typical of Folk Victorian designs, though the wide eaves and the band board running below them are Italianate; the house's porch and balcony reflect both styles, but its ornamental features are confined to the porch, a characteristic Folk Victorian feature. While wood frame Italianate homes were popular in the late 19th century, the house is among the last of its type remaining in Fairfield and is the only one without modern siding; the house was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 19, 2018

A. Fredric Leopold

A. Fredric Leopold was an entertainment lawyer and American politician who served as the Mayor of Beverly Hills, California. Leopold served during World War II as a lieutenant in the Navy, he was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dartmouth College and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar graduate of Columbia Law School. He founded the law firm of “Youngman, Hungate & Leopold” which became “Leopold, Petrich & Smith” where he earned the nickname "dean of the Hollywood script vetters" as he was one of a few lawyers who would review programming for legal liability that either involved ordinary people in risky situations or hidden cameras such as Survivor, Cops, or Big Brother, he received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Los Angeles Copyright Society where he served as president. Leopold served as mayor of Beverly Hills from 1967-1968 and 1971-1972, as a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1968, served as the Treasurer of the Democratic State Committee, as Vice Chairman of the Los Angeles County Council of Mayors.

He was married 3 times. His second wife was daughter of publisher Dorothy Schiff, his third wife was Joan Leopold. Funeral services were held at Hillside Memorial Park

A Room in Chelsea Square

A Room in Chelsea Square is a 1958 British gay novel by Michael Nelson published anonymously due to its homosexual content and "thinly veiled portrayals of prominent London literary figures." It is about a wealthy gentleman who lures an attractive younger man to London with the promise of an upper crust lifestyle. A "camp" novel about "bitchy queens in 1950s London", A Room in Chelsea Square is semi-autobiographical, it was published anonymously because of its explicit gay content at a time when homosexuality was still illegal, since its characters were thinly disguised portraits of prominent literary figures in London. The character'Patrick' is based on arts philanthropist Peter Watson; the cover of the 1959 US Anchor Books edition was illustrated by Edward Gorey, on staff at Doubleday. Sphere Books republished A Room in Chelsea Square in 1969, it was reprinted again in 1986 by the now-defunct Gay Men's Press in their Gay Modern Classics series; the 2013 Valancourt Books edition features a new introduction by Gregory Woods.

Wealthy middle-aged gentleman Patrick lures handsome provincial journalist Nicholas to London with the promise of a job, puts the younger man up at his hotel suite. Nicholas soon becomes accustomed to Patrick's gifts, luxurious lifestyle and interesting friends, but realizing that Patrick is interested in more than friendship, Nicholas finds that he will have to either give in, or give up everything Patrick can provide. A Room in Chelsea Square received several positive reviews at its initial publication. Malcolm Bradbury called the novel "sharp, malicious... wonderfully developed in the best Machiavellian tradition" in The New York Times Book Review. Julian MacLaren-Ross wrote in Punch that the author's style "is swift and straightforward, his narrative gift considerable... Diverting, this may be the novel about homosexuality to end all novels on the subject", adding that the novel would "make many a reader’s day". John Betjeman was complimentary in the Daily Telegraph, writing that "the story is told with sustained suspense: the various men in it are not types, but flesh and blood if one wishes that Patrick had never been born."

Books and Bookmen declared the novel "classic high camp", The Sunday Times called it "odiously funny and delightfully unwholesome... a distinct relief after the ponderous treatment homosexuality has tended to get in some recent novels."In his introduction for the 2013 edition, Woods notes that the novel gets opposing responses: to some, it is "a camp tour de force”, to others, “especially in the decade or so after its publication, it is a parade of negative representations of homosexual men." He argues that, though the novel's characters are not sympathetic and it makes no effort to promote tolerance or law reform: Its main virtue is that it takes homosexuality for granted. There is anguish aplenty, but not about being gay. Most is about being unmoneyed; that is the point: there are more important things to worry about—a poorly cooked meal, an ill-chosen tie—than the trivial matter of being queer. James Jenkins of Valancourt said in 2014 that the novel "elicits some strong reactions from today's readers—people either think the novel is hilarious fun, or else they view the main character, Patrick, as a reprehensible predator.

I think it's great that a gay novel from 1958 can still inspire such interest and passionate responses." O'Meara, James J.. "The Decline of Wit into Camp. Sour Cream: Michael Nelson's A Room in Chelsea Square". Counter-Currents Publishing. Retrieved 7 September 2014. Erastes. "A Room in Chelsea Square by Michael Nelson". Archived from the original on 7 September 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2014. "A Room in Chelsea Square by Anonymous". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 7 September 2014