Louis XIV Asks Riddles IV

Esteemed Readers, it’s time for a new riddle. This one is dedicated to Nature & animals(birds & other creatures might be possible as well). May it be a good hint for you. Good luck!

“I’m the most gallant creature that has ever lived, except that my voice makes you fear. My beard is bright alike a flame & without concerning the laws I’m a husband of numerous wives”.

REPLY to the Riddle posted on March 28, 2020: MONEY

Dear Luisa, my congratulations! You have won again!

Vive le Roy! 🙂

Maria KethuProfumo

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Tom Jobim: Insensatez

‘Insensatez’/’How Insensitive’ is another masterpiece created by Tom Jobim & Vinicius de Moraes. They say that the music resembles Prelude Op. 28 in E Minor by Frédéric Chopin. The composition is very melancholic & seems to be very close the the spiritual music by Jean-Baptiste Lully.

The text also has some interconnection with the spiritual topic. It tells about hurt feelings, selfishness & confession. “The one who doesn’t beg for forgiveness, will never be forgiven” is the moral of this wonderful song. To my mind, Tom Jobim & Vinicius de Moraes managed to create a rare masterpiece where sadness is blended with hope, where repentance helps to fight with our own ego.

‘Insensatez’ has been performed by numerous singers & used as a sound track in various films: ‘Bossa Nova’ by Luiz Carlos Barreto, ‘Seven Pounds’ by Gabrielle Muccino, ‘Lost Highway’ by David Lynch. I hope that this timeless bossa nova hit will inspire modern young artists in future as well.

Maria KethuProfumo

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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Anima Christi

Esteemed Readers, here is another wonderful composition from “Les Petits Motets” by Jean-Baptiste Lully. It is based on a very popular Medieval prayer ‘Anima Christi’. The curious fact is that this prayer might have been made by the Pope John XXII somewhere in the 14th century. Lully managed to unite his particular baroque style & an incredible spiritual solemnity so pleasant to be listened.

I provide the original Latin text below:

Anima Christi, sanctifica me.Corpus Christi, salva me. Sanguis Christi, inebria me. Aqua lateris Christi, lava me. Passio Christi, conforta me. O bone Jesu, exaudi me. Intra tua vulnera absconde me. Ne permittas me separari a te. Ab hoste maligno defende me. In hora mortis meae voca me. Et jube me venire ad te,ut cum Sanctis tuis laudem te,In saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Enjoy listening! Happy Orthodox Easter! Vive le Roy! 🙂

Maria KethuProfumo

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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Te Deum Laudamus

Esteemed Readers, Happy Easter! May it be indeed the time of your personal resurrection, of raise to a new spiritual level so necessary to fight the Evil oppressing us & to return the Light back! May Jean-Baptiste’s Lully composition “Te Deum” add some solemnity to these festive days!

Happy Easter! Buona Pasqua! Joyeuses Pâques! Feliz Pàscoa! A’Chàisg sona!

Maria KethuProfumo

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Tom Jobim: Sabià, a Song of Exile

‘Sabià’is one of the most famous compositions by Tom Jobim, however its lyrics belong to another great Brazilian composer Chico Buarque. Made in a tradition of minstrels it tells a sad story of recollections, exile & hope to return back to its native land. Both composers experienced a real exile when the political situation in Brazil went ill, so ‘Sabià’ is a symbol of better times for those who are away from their lands.

As at the moment all of us are prisoners & emigrants exiled into the cyberspace and this very song will set numerous questions in front of us: Where is our real native land? What are our recollection we keep knowing that even if return back we will hardly find their  shadows? What is it to re-begin life tabula rasa realizing that there is no way back?

Enjoy listening!

Maria KethuProfumo

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Mercure Galant: Thesis on Aging & Natural Death

Esteemed Readers, if we believe that we have been advanced in medicine & moreover in comprehending natural processes of aging & death, we err. The science has aggressively developed after the Second War II has invented machines, but has lost much of the knowledge people has kept through centuries.

“Mercure Galant” published plenty of scientific theses on medicine & they contain more common sense than our modern medicine theories. I present your attention an abstract from a thesis dedicated to aging & causes of natural death written by a physician preferred to be left unknown. His theory is based on 4 simple principles: “A man must always guard his internal forces (the immune system), air, food & blood”. (1702!)

“Everybody knows that a human life, that is the union of Soul & Body, cannot suffer any alteration due to the first one, as it has no connection with other bodies of the universe except the one it is joined with. So I see no reason for anybody to search problems of aging in this…immortal sovereign  of the universe.

Therefore it is necessary to focus on the body we wear, on its various solide parts & liquids containing in vessels, as aging & the death come to us due to their (common) disfunction.

Mutual dependence of liquids & solide parts of our body to exercise its functions & mutual aid they cannot provide each other confuse where we must comprehend which of them belongs to destruction of this industrious machine (body). ” Then the author discusses importance of examining liquids as they have stronger impact on our organs. His thesis explain better why people of the past used bloodletting so often. And if we ponder over we will see the logic to purify blood after any illness.

Vive le Roy! 🙂

Maria KethuProfumo

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La Gazette in 2020: Historical News Today 1632

Esteemed Readers, the Thirty Years’ War continues. It is still 1632, February & here are some bright affairs happened at the background of shooting guns & canons:

Carignale, 1st February, 1632: ” The Duc of Savoye has ordered some machines, a ballet preparations & has sent his people to make stocks of food for a feast he is arranging for Marechal de Toiras & Sieur de Servient. The Governor of Milan has become terrified (with this news) prejudging that it should be a war enterprise where the Frenchmen & the Savoyards have augured who therefore will frighten with swords those who fear them so much at the table”.

Bruxelles, 13th February, 1632: “Here they continue violin concerts for Ladies. Last Sunday…the event took place at the shore of Hocstrate, today it has been for a young Princess de Chimay at the shore of Egmont. (At the event) the most beautiful Ladies of the Court have been gorgeously dressed not only because Monsieur should come to visit them”.

Metz (France), 15th February, 1632: “In the beginning of this month the King has paid attention to his health: purgation, bath & bloodletting made him a world of good. Then he returned back to work, which is his essential part: among other things there are numerous wonderful & ingenious inventions drawn from mechanics (he must study). Certainly, this is a great art made by great people & therefore they must give great results if they are used by good Masters…”

Vive le Roy! 🙂

Maria KethuProfumo

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