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Chapter : 1. “The Wondrous Transformation of Tought into Sound”: Some Preliminary Reflections on Musical Meaning in Brahms

Indiana University Press ePub

Heather Platt and Peter H. Smith

From where he sat, Clive tried to prevent his attention from being drawn into technical detail. For now, it was the music, the wondrous transformation of thought into sound. . . . Sometimes Clive worked so hard on a piece that he could lose sight of his ultimate purpose—to create this pleasure at once so sensual and abstract, to translate into vibrating air this nonlanguage whose meanings were forever just beyond reach, suspended tantalizingly at a point where emotion and intellect fused.

Ian McEwan, Amsterdam

Although the omniscient narrator of Ian McEwan’s novel Amsterdam attributes these thoughts to a fictional late twentieth-century British composer, Clive Linley, contemplating his own composition, Linley’s reflections capture something of the universal mystery of music. The dualities the narrator develops between technical detail and wondrous transformation, between thought and sound, between hard work and sensual pleasure also resonate strongly with the unique musical persona of Johannes Brahms, a composer whose works have long been admired for their highly wrought craftsmanship as well as for their expressive immediacy. So, too, do the narrator’s words capture something of the challenge faced by the music scholar dedicated to the close study of Brahms’s compositions. How does one remain attuned to Brahms’s abundant compositional craft—the fruits of the composer’s hard labor and a self-conscious emblem of his works’ individuality—without losing sight of the music’s sensual beauty? Moreover, how do we engage a musical language that, while not strictly referential, nevertheless possesses deep meaning?

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The First Horse

Ron Tatum University of North Texas Press ePub

The First Horse

I put a shoe on my first horse at horseshoeing school. We students were all excited to finally get out of the classroom and put our hands on a live horse. We were working in pairs, each person required to put on one front and one hind shoe. The horses came from local skinflints who were willing to sacrifice the feet of their horses to inexperienced horseshoeing students in order to save the cost of a shoeing. The school charged nothing for this service, and, as I recall, that was the right price for our work.

Nervous students were working on the horses who had arrived, but my partner and I still waited for ours. We wandered around criticizing everyone’s work, occasionally joined others in trying to make the first cut on the mid-summer, stone-hard feet of these first clients. It was hot and discouraging. I wondered what had possessed me to get involved in this ridiculous way of life, and I hadn’t even started yet. Heat, fear, frustration, and a sense of hopelessness all mixed together.

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Chapter 10 - Project Manager Professional Development: Building the Project Management Corps

Weinstein, Jonathan Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Successful advancement of project management requires the sponsorship and commitment of management. Specifically it is the duty of project managers to establish advancement processes and to manage the initiative. Accomplishing this objective requires the effective allocation of time for project owners, project managers, and project participants to acquire the required competencies.



The increased demand for project managers, particularly in light of the growing number of retirements from the federal government, presents a challenge for the next generation of project managers. Many are stepping into a void in organizations where the project management environment is immature and the discipline and practices are informal at best. As part of the maturation process, organizations need to design and implement programs to support the emergence of the project manager “class” and individuals need to develop the relevant skills through formal training, certification, and mentoring.

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Pineapple Crazy

Bonnie K. Hunter Kansas City Star Quilts ePub

Pineapple Crazy

QUILT SIZE: 80˝ x 90˝


You know you are scrap-crazy when you have to STOP the vacuum from sucking up a small 2˝ triangle because it just might be the perfect piece for “somewhere.”‘ If you have been saving every string, scrap and crumb, this quilt is the “somewhere” for you! At least once in our lifetime, every quilter desires to do one Extreme Quilt. This was definitely one that was on my bucket list – and I enjoyed every scrappy moment of it! Number of pieces in my quilt? 12,000!

Fabric Requirements

5 yards assorted colored scraps and strings – clean out the small saved bits, and let’s use them!

5 yards assorted neutral/light scraps and strings – I’ve got everything from old calicoes to novelties with baseballs and everything in between.

2 yards solid red – enough for block and border accents and binding.

All the blocks in this quilt – the pineapple blocks, border triangle blocks, and the corner blocks – use foundation paper piecing in construction. All of the blocks finish at 5˝ making the quilt very easy to assemble.

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4. Organized Protest Responses—From Militant to Revolutionary: The NAACP and the Communist Party

Christopher Robert Reed Indiana University Press ePub

We are going to steal all the thunder of the Communists without having the label of the Communists.

—A. C. MacNeal, Chicago NAACP president, 1933

Depression-decade circumstances dictated that the most radical and militant organizations purporting to meet the emergent needs of the economically distressed adopt a dual agenda embracing both economic relief and the protection of civil rights.1 Duality was a necessity, because in order to enlist the racially conscious black population of whatever class level to challenge the economic status quo, an appeal based on the pursuit of racial advancement had to be included. A. C. MacNeal led the Chicago NAACP into adopting a dual agenda to solve the Black Belt’s immediate needs—by trying to secure jobs—while continuing the Association’s primary mission of fighting violations to basic citizenship rights. Meanwhile, the Communist Party of the U.S.A. (CPUSA) embarked on its own dual agenda, but in its case it used an effort to fight for civil rights as a lure to entice black workers and the unemployed into a struggle that it considered of global importance—to understand, undermine, and destroy the capitalist system that brought on the worldwide depression in the first instance. The Communists were handicapped first by the orders emanating from Moscow, which embraced certain elements of nationalism that, in fact, dissuaded certain groups of African Americans from following their direction. Then, the Communists, being overwhelmingly white in their racial composition, suffered by having so few active, well-trained, and influential black party members within their ranks. In combining race and class, the Communists initiated a set of contradictions that invalidated the strength of the purity of their economic doctrine and pursuits.

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