La Gazette in 2020: Historical News Today

Esteemed Readers, the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) goes on as well as the bedlam 2020. The news I would like to share with you today seem to me a reflection of our epoch on the other side. Everything is in fire & nobody knows when this hell will be over.

Dresde en Saxe, 1st September, 1632: “Besides the villages (we have lost) the Imperial troops have made even more damage: they have burnt villages Kurbitz, Pestlits & Wilfdorp. Beholding the fire they also burnt other directions around where no sign of damage was noticed. Seynach’s Cavalry (that stayed just a lieue away), moved here with an army of eight hundred incendiaires. They imprisoned most people of this town. Another group of the Imperial troops in the charge of Colonel Holk followed through the Merssen region. Yet if Colonel Dubald arrived to Grosglogau to join troops of our Elector (Maximilian I), whose camp is well fortified, they would go into battle. Kalcksteyn, another Colonel of his, has just marched to Zwikaw, (accompanied) by six Cornettes. All the peasants have joined him as despair to be tortured by the Imperial troops made them become soldiers. It also demands force as the Imperial troops, who forage & burn lands of our Elector, are on their way to another twenty hundred people besieging towns Adorp, Hoff, Olfnits & Plaven. In these areas they spread the same cruelty around. (Its level) is so high that the Voitland area in Zwikaw has turned into a desert.”

Ausbourg, 4th September, 1632: “Our Swedish garrison plundered & burnt the Imperial troops in outskirts of Stazlinguen, Derelinguen & Wolfurtzhausen in Bavaria… there they slandered the bodyguard designated by the King of Sweden. We were reassured in Ratisbonne that peasants of Ems, who captured some Emperor’s Officers, made a life chain from them across the Danube (to allow) the last ones surrender to masters of ships sailing there.”

Rome, 4th September, 1632: “St. Peter’s fire sent its gloomy greeting to Spain: during a ceremony (on this occasion) the Ambassador & the Spanish army provided a huge crown supplied with firecrackers. His intention was only to make fireworks , to display the power & to make sparkle the light of this crown. It happened, – by chance or by an Engineer’s mistake, – that it was burnt up itself due to these fireworks. On this occasion Pasquin said the next day: “E’ rovinata la coronna d’Espagna. Poi s’abbrucia d’e sestessa./The Spanish Crown is destroyed. Then it has burnt itself.”

Epochs pass & so little changes in the human environment!

Vive le Roy! 🙂

Maria Kethuprofumo 

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Soviet Movie Café: The Man From Nowhere

“The Man From Nowhere” (1961) is another surrealistic Soviet movie that reveals weak points of the human society. This time it is not a robot but a savage from an unknown tribe Tapi learns Soviet people to be kind, sincere and don’t be carried away with objects, machines & the dry Soviet reality.

The story so far: “A geologist of an anthropological expedition, Vladimir Porazhaev, who searches for a mysterious tribe Tapi, has an accident. He find himself in a lair of the tribe, gets acquainted with one intelligent savage & brings him to Moscow to prove his colleagues that The Tapi exist. The movie is represented as a path of spiritual developement of a scientist & a savage who learns how to live in civilization keeping his true human moral aspect. On the way of his industrial evolution the Tapi teaches the Soviet people, especially the scientists, what it means to be a Man. At the end the scientist & the savage make a surrealist flight by a rocket. Somewhere in the space the Tapi makes a decision to return back to his Tribe to learn them to be men too. The dénouement of the story is very unpredictable…”

The film was made by our great film director Eldar Ryazanov, (The Irony of Fate & many other profound movies about deep human relationships), & even was banned in the Soviet Union until 1988. So, it is worth watching as it contains a very direct satire to the Soviet environment.

I have not discovered foreign versions, so I offer you, Esteemed Readers, the one with the youtube translation, though not so convenient: The Man From Nowhere (1961).

Enjoy the atmosphere!

Maria KethuProfumo

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Louis XIV Asks Riddles IX

Esteemed Readers, today I would like to present you a historical riddle out of time. The object hidden in it is one of the most essential things in our world, important almost for each of us even at present. I would say that it might serve an allegoric greeting from Louis XIV’s time. Good luck!

“Being a good help for human weakness as well as due to my unique talent I serve both for the poor & the rich & rarely I seize anger among them…Without having any affection for me, they carry me around the town & in the house.  My need was welcomed. After the World has received me, I have power almost everywhere to be useful in more than one deed. I please Craftsmen, I have Sages as Supporters…And people cannot help liking me. They pick me up alike their defensive body. And since the moment I have been used, only the Nose on the Face beholds me as my service is to raise it “.

REPLY to the Riddle posted on August 24, 2020: A TUBE😉

Vive le Roy! 😊

Maria KethuProfumo

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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Regina Coeli

Regina Coeli is another wonderful spiritual piece by Jean-Baptiste Lully included in “Les Petits Motets”(1687). It was composed for three voices. The motet is full of light & tenderness, it passes a sublime blissful spirit our music genius managed to express in its profound spiritual composition. It seems that Angels themselves passed the scores to the composer to give him a chance to glorify The Blessed Virgin.

I would like to notice again, Esteemed Readers, that to my mind, (though I’m not a music expert), spiritual works by Jean-Baptiste Lully is an amazing dimension full of treasures & discoveries. Lully is not a static composer. He is versatile, unpredictable & capable to catch the essence of hidden things…I suppose that Louis XIV, whose artistic taste was well-known, appreciated his art for similar reasons.

Vive le Roy! 🙂

Maria KethuProfumo

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Tom Jobim: Corcovado/Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars

“Corcovado/Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars” is a masterpiece out of time created by Tom Jobim in 1960. The song has had an enormous success & has become a jazz standard. Its English version, perhaps even more famous than the Brazilian original piece, was written by Gene Lees.

It is one of the most internationally performed compositions by Tom Jobim. It has been recorded by Gal Costa, Frank Sinatra, Astrud Gilberto, Doris Day, Henri Mancini, Andrea Boccelli & many others.

I present you, Esteemed Readers, a version performed by Tom Jobim himself with a special air of tenderness.

Maria KethuProfumo

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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Le Ballet du Temps (1654)

“Le Ballet du Temps” (1654) is the first official Court work of the kind composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully. It was performed for the first time on 3rd December 1654 in the Louvre. Besides His Majesty, it was mostly danced by professional dancers. Nevertheless a list of courtiers participated in it looks very curious: Monsieur (Philippe d’Orléans, Louis XIV’s brother), Victor de Rochechouart Duc de Vivonne (Madame de Montespan’s brother & a devoted friend of the king), Armand de Gramont, Comte de Guiche (an intrigant, but a great warrior in the future), Marquis de Villeroy (another great warrior & a great friend of the king).

The plot is rather simple dedicated to the Essence of Time, Seasons, Ages, Astrology, Past & Future. The structure was divided in accordance with ages of its participants. For example, little boys danced minutes, the youth hours & weeks, while older ones did years & century. The logical expection was made for Louis XIV. He performed the Golden Age.  It is a very curious philosophical vision of reality Jean-Baptiste Lully managed to express in dancing as well as an interesting interpretation of history which might not be only told by danced & sung.

Vive le Roy! 🙂

Maria KethuProfumo 

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Tom Jobim: Samba do Avião

 

Followed the previous post about Louis XIV’s journey, this charming ode to air travelling, Rio de Janeiro & airports will be a pleasant unusual compliment. “Samba do Avião”/”Airplane Samba” is one of the most famous pieces made by our genius. It expresses so much love to his beloved city Rio de Janeiro, praises its beauty & transmits its spirit by means of its positive melody.

It was composed in 1962. They say that the idea came to Tom Jobim during his numerous strolls from Ipanema to Santos Dumont Airport. Our composer was afraid of planes & flying, but he enjoyed beholding them.  “Samba do Avião” mentions the international airport in Rio de Janeiro “Galeão”, which has got Tom Jobim’s name since 1999.

I present you a wonderful version performed by the amazing Gal Costa. Indeed, the soul sings while listening to this ode to flight.

Maria KethuProfumo

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Mercure Galant: Louis XIV Travels to Luxembourg IV

Esteemed Readers, it is 5th September, Louis XIV’s birthday today. So His Majesty goes on his pleasant journey to Luxembourg surrounded with His Court, Ministers, Guards & us:

“I even don’t mention you all the places & time when the King held his Council. This Prince never wastes his time in anything concerning affaires of the State. For them he sacrifices his rest & leisure. He holds the Council in any place & at any hour when he considers it to be important for the best of his Kingdom. During his journey to Luxembourg he worked as much as he did in Versailles. That’s true that most of his Ministers are out. (For example), Mr. de Croissy was the only one who represented Paris at the Monarch. Moreover, as the King is the Prime Minister himself, we can say that he often works alone apart of the Council.

While working with his ordinary zeal, he desired that his Court entertained itself. For this purpose he arranged plenty of chambers of his temporary Appartements for various games (ex. billiard, cards, etc).

…After having heard the Mass, the King headed for Monceaux. The whole Court moved to Meaux to reach this Royal Residence. When His Majesty moved along this town (Meaux) under cheering applauses of his People, he paid a visit to the Regiment de Vivans, which had participated in battles with him. This is a highly praised Regiment of Cavalry both by quality of their Knights and by beauty of their horses. This Regiment was moving to thier Camp at the Saone & stayed at Meaux. That’s why it had an honour to be visited by the King. His Majesty was very pleased & found it splendid. He also accepted with joy a dog belonging to Mr. Ligrades, who is the captain…”To be continued.

The beginning for those who have missed it:

The Voyage, Part I:

The Voyage, Part II:

The Voyage, Part III:

Vive le Roy! 🙂

Maria KethuProfumo

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La Gazette in 2020: Historical News Today

Esteemed Readers, we proceed our chronicles of the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648). I have read an amusing report about a seige of Aix-la-Chapelle & would like to present you a small summer abstract of this war event lasted for a rather long period of time. f you are a fan of the Spanish army as I’m it will be a true pleasure for you to read about their great deeds. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Aix-La-Chapelle, 5th August,1632: “The Italians who wanted to pass the Meuse (river) at Stokein were thrown back 23rd of previous month & lost 300 persons. Prince of Orange became a master of two little towns (in the area) because the enemy had regrouped their forces. They secured themselves with a raveling & a demie-lune (a sort of a weapon looking like a half-moon) & exploded a cableway they had passed. Some men, including Colonel Proet, died. Both legs of Seigneur de Marquette were pierced with an arquebusade, Colonel Haerst got a shot in his foot as well.

22nd of previous month the besieged lost most of their people during a sortie, left 70 ones imprisoned. 26 of them were Officers, while the chief ones spent the whole day in the company of Prince d’Orange.

23rd of previous month in the morning the Spaniards made a new attempt to pass the Meuse at petit Meers near Ormond, but, from 400 people they left on the bank, 75 were captured & most of them were hurted; the rest were murdered or drown embracing their baskets or spears that were swimming away so the river was covered with them. Their six long boats sank, only two were managed to be saved by some Spanish soldiers encouraged with 50 richedalers (the local currency) they would be paid for that. The same day the besieged managed to explode a mine.

24th of previous month in the afternoon the Spaniards  tried to pass the Meuse again but they were thrown back with canon shots. Three of their Captains from the boats were imprisoned.

25th of previous month, the day of Saint Jacques, patron of the Spaniards, they rested. Nevertheless, Comte de Stirum’s cavalry had a battle the night before under a false pretext to make this day special.

27th of previous month, the besieged made an assault on the quartier Brendenrode, where they were thrown back with losses…”

Vive le Roy! 🙂

Maria KethuProfumo

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Soviet Movie Café: His Name Was Robert or We called Him Robert

“His Name Was Robert” (1967) is another wonderful Soviet sci-fi movie. It tells about a humanoid-robot created in a laboratory and raises important issues of AI’s place & role in the Soviet human society.

The story so far: “The Scientist Sergej Sergeevich creates a human robot designed as his twin as an experiment. He calls him Robert. The AI copy is successful, it possesses superior qualities & perfect intellect. To test it among people he sends his robot-twin to a date with his bride Tatiana. All of sudden Robert falls in love with her & is ready to fulfill any her caprice even a dangerous one, because, being a machine, he comprehends everything literally. His affection makes him out of control. It created confusion & shock among the scientists. Robert desires nothing but to stay near the object of his passion. His feelings are so true, pure & sincere. However, Tatiana is indifferent to AI’s love. To the middle of the story she reveals herself as a selfish, plain personality & the contrast between a sophisticated vision of love & her primitive materialistic one become obvious. The dramatic culmination is approaching. She begins giving Robert too many tasks he is unable to complete. They cause constant breaking in his mechanism. The story ends with Robert’s death caused by Tatiana’s caprice. Nobody regrets about him. The scientists make cold conclusions that the AI using means a lot of problems & unpredictable situations, so they begin prepare a human being for the first space flight”.

I’m fond of this movie because it is very human. It shows negative sides of our progressive human society & proves again how it is difficult for a pure soul (even made as a mechanism) to survive in this cruel environment. At present it raises important question:  if AI enter into our life, who will be more human: they or we?

I have not found the complete movie on Youtube, however it exists in some streaming channels. For boldest Readers who are not afraid of the Russian language, I leave the link to the original version. The movie is rather simple, so I think it is a pleasure to be watched even as it is: Его Звали Роберт (1967).

Maria KethuProfumo

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