Tom Jobim: Meditaçao

Esteemed Readers, here is another lounge & rather festive musical composition by Tom Jobim called “Meditaçao” (1963). Enjoy its serene & positive spirit.

Maria KethuProfumo

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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Cadmus et Hermione

Esteemed Readers, to keep up the solemn New Year spirit I would like to share with you this charming chaconne from J.-B. Lully’s opera “Cadmus et Hermione”. This is the first opera composed & performed in France. Lully presented it in Paris in 1673.

The plot is based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses it tells a tragic love story of Cadmus, founder of Thebes, & Hermione, daughter of Venus & Mars.

Vive le Roy! :-)🎄

Maria KethuProfumo

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Mercure Galant: Louis XIV Travels to Luxembourg VIII

Esteemed Readers, mile by mile we are approaching Luxembourg. The weather is fine, it is summer & the borders are already at our sight:

“On the 19th (of the given month) we passed four lieues & have arrived to Estain to dinner & to spend a night as it is still a long way to Longvvy (the last stop before Luxembourg). Mr. Mathieu de Castelus who governs it has arrived to Estain to welcome the King & to recieve His Majesty’s orders. Estain is a huge walled town of the Diocese of Verdun. It is the last Jurisdiction near Luxembourg. Once this Diocese has been a little fortress & had a moat around however…it is not so obvious at present. Mr de Verdun followed the King to Estain. The Court had a wonderful time passing by villages, huge & fertile Plains. The majority found this place very uncomfortable, while the King, who was glad & enjoyed any thing around, was too content to be in need of something. His Majesty spent the afternoon hunting.

Estain is a Forest Region joined with beautiful Plains & well-cultivated Valleys. The Houses are big & cozy here. There are at least four Chambers to stay. The King, Monsieur & the Princesses arranged their Appartments in the biggest one, while each military unit of the Officers shared the other ones. The place itself seems to have been rather considerable; the Wars have destroyed it as it has not been fortified enough to protect the borders…” To be continued.

The previous parts if you have missed them:

The Voyage, Part I:

The Voyage, Part II:

The Voyage, Part III:

The Voyage, Part IV:

The Voyage, Part V:

The Voyage,Part VI:

The Voyage, Part VII:

PS. Painting by Claude Lorrain.

Vive le Roy!  Close to Luxembourg! 😊

Maria KethuProfumo

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La Gazette New Year: Historical New Today

Esteemed Readers, finally  it is the last day of 2020! 😁Tomorrow a new epoch is starting. Let’s hope so…And our historical news yet in the environment of the Thirty Years’ War might serve as a breath of so long-expected optimism & positive changes.

London, 20th December, 1632: “The King of Great Britain has been cured of smallpox. He desires to proceed with restitution of the Palatinat, once promised to his late father by the Emperor, for his nephew Charles Louis. At the same time differences of fishing between the Dutch & him continue…”

S.Germain en Laye, 1st January, 1633: “His Majesty (Louis XIII) who has begun (a new) year being completely healthy, has touched about one hundred sick persons on the Christmas Day after having fulfilled his great devotions that serve a good example of mercy for everybody. The Queen arrived here the next day. On the 27th of December His Majesty left for Versailles (yet a small haunting house) & returned back on the 30th. He is going to go to Dourdan next week. Meanwhile Cardinal de Richelieu being on his way back from his journey must welcome His Majesty, who is looking forward to see one of his most loyal servants…”

Ratisbonne, 9th December, 1632: “The Duke of Bavaria will continue to keep his Court at Bruna. a fortified town at the borders of the Diocese of Salsbourg, & he is intending to siege Ausbourg. They say it is well-guarded by six hundred soldiers, while the Clergy has no more liberty than other people”.

Good-bye a historical veil 1632! Welcome a vigorous historical veil 1633! Happy New Year!


Maria KethuProfumo

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Soviet Movie Café: Winter Evening in Gagry

“Winter Evening in Gagry” (1985) is a prophetic musical dramatic movie made by one of our best film-directors Karen Shakhnazarov. This profound & serious story has two plots: 1. entering of the digital & computer technologies into a concert life, therefore a question about substitution of a man with a machine is raised; 2. some episodes from an ordinary life of Aleksey Beglov, once the most brilliant Soviet step-dancer, are shown interlaced with an expansion of the computer age. A social drama & a personal one are united.

By means of electronic music & modern dancing the film director expresses his worries about the coming age of AI. While a personal drama of loneliness & oblivion of a great talented artist once popular & praised, the one who believed in the power of art until his last day, makes us ponder upon an urgent dilemma of our hi-tech time: if a union of a machine & art is possible for good? What does a Divine human talent mean in this aggressive AI epoch?

To my joy there is a Russian version with the subtitles in English, Italian & other languages…The movie contains plenty of dancing & musical episodes, so we will forgive the AI its unperfect machine translations. This movie is definitely worth watching!

Зимний Вечер в Гаграх (1985)

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Christmas Mood: Lord of the Dance

Esteemed Readers, Merry Christmas! Take the floor! It’s time for a pretty nice Irish jig named “Lord of the Dance” performed by an incredible band “The Dubliners”!

Buon Natale! Feliz Natal! Joyeux Noël! Nollaig Chridheil!🎄🎇

Maria KethuProfumo

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Louis XIV Asks a Christmas Riddle

Esteemed Readers, ho-ho-ho! It’s time for the roasted turkey, “Jingle bells”, some champagne, a panetone as well as for a good ancient riddle to make the environment so festive. The present one is connected with Christmas, with its classic way of celebrating, besides this object is an essential part of the feast. Good Christmas luck!

“I make listen to harmony by means of a versatile chorus equal to voices of nine sisters. All of them are connected in the only way. Being as divine as Uranus I please Gods with my bearers, while men with Saint manners often search to be in my company. A spirit revives my body by means of extraordinary efforts. It is supported with the power of language & lips. Alone I arrange a concert but only if Apollo touches me…Otherwise my Spirit vanishes”.

REPLY to the Riddle posted on November 26, 2020:WINE😋🍷

Dear Luisa & John, again & again you are the riddle champions! Hurrah!

 Vive le Roy!☺

Maria KethuProfumo

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Jean-Baptiste Lully: De Profundis Psalm CXXIX

Estemeed Readers, for the Christmas mood on behalf of our esteemed Jean-Baptiste Lully I have chosen this solemn composition named “De Profundis” based on the Psalm CXXIX. May your Christmas Eve time be as magnificent as this eternal piece of music.

Vive le Roy! 🙂

PS. Painting by Laurent de la Hyre

Maria KethuProfumo

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Tom Jobim: Se Todos Fossem Iguas a Você/If Everyone Were Like You


Esteemed Readers, Christmas is coming, therefore to make the environment more pleasant tonight I would like to offer you one of my favourite compositions by our genius duet Tom Jobim & Vinicius de Moraes named “Se Todos Fossem Iguas a Você”/”If Everyone Were Like You”. There are several marvellous performances of this immortal hymn of love. To my mind, Gal Costa’s version is one of the best.

“If everybody were like you, what a miracle the life would be! A song in the air, a woman to praise, to smile, to praise, to lose. The beauty of love alike the sun, alike the flower, alike the light. To love without deceiving & suffering. The truth would have existed. The truth as none has ever known it. If everybody were like you…”

 Maria KethuProfumo 

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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Plaude Laetare Gallia

Esteemed Readers, on the 14th Avent Day I would like to share with you a solemn composition by Jean-Baptiste Lully to create a special Christmas environment for you. This  motet, Plaude Laetare Gallia, was composed on the occasion of the Grand Dauphine’s baptism taken place on 24 March 1668. Its text is very powerful & mindful, so it deserves some studying:

“Rejoice & sing, France: the lily is bathed with heavenly dew.The Dauphine is bathed in the sacred font & the Christian is dedicated to Christ.§ Oh Jesu, life to those who pray. Oh Jesu, life to those who believe, hear the prayer of thou supplicants.§ Long may the loyal Prince live & reign, ever just, ever victorious, ever royal. May he triumph in heaven, & may his crown shine for ever”.

Vive le Roy! 😊😉

Maria KethuProfumo

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