[1873, DECEMBER – S.PIETRO IN VINCOLI, XIX Sec.]

A Roma oggi è il 5 dicembre 1873. Il Re Vittorio Emanuele II è giunto ieri da Torino. Distrutto,  ha preso alloggio al Quirinale, solo, con la sua corte.
Oggi sale la scalinata della innauguranda nuova sede della Scuola di Ingegneria di Roma, negli edifici di proprietà del convento di san Lorenzo in Panisperna.
Il convento era situato presso la chiesa di San Pietro in Vincoli, che si vuole sia stata fatta costruire nel 439 da Eudossia, la moglie dell’imperatore Valentiniano III (425-455), per ospitarvi le due catene che avevano imprigionato san Pietro a Gerusalemme e a Roma e che, miracolosamente, si sarebbero fuse insieme.

Scavi recenti, della fine degli anni cinquanta del XX secolo, hanno rivelato che la chiesa fu edificata su una domus del terzo secolo, sostituita già nel quarto da una basilica dedicata agli apostoli. La casa dei religiosi, terminata nel 1503, si sviluppava attorno a un bel chiostro rinascimentale, fra i più belli del Rinascimento romano, attribuito a Giuliano da Sangallo; ha al piano terreno un portico rettangolare con i lati di sette od otto archi sostenuti da colonne dai bei capitelli ionici che recano gli stemmi Della Rovere Bella la soluzione d’angolo ottenuta con un pilastro quadrangolare cui sono addossate due semicolonne. Al piano superiore sono finestre dalla sobria cornice. L’ingresso al convento era per la piccola e spoglia porta ancora esistente alla destra della facciata della chiesa. Al centro del cortile è la bella vera di un pozzo, dall’elegante pianta ottagonale, scolpita da Simone Mosca, sormontata da un più semplice cavalletto formato da due coppie di colonne sostenenti un semplice architrave con cimasa, da alcuni attribuita addirittura a Michelangelo Buonarroti. Sotto al pavimento del cortile si conserva una bellissima cisterna medioevale che ha le dimensioni di un cubo di circa nove metri di lato, oggi indicate da una sottile linea di pietra affogata fra i sassi di fiume, di netta impronta lombarda. Dai quattro angoli del cortile, dove erano i discensori per l’acqua piovana, convergevano verso il centro quattro canalette, che giungevano ai quattro chiusini, i quattro dischi bianchi presso gli angoli del perimetro, per i quali si potrebbe scendere in altrettanti piccoli locali ricavati fra la volta della cisterna ed il pavimento del chiostro; qui erano strati di carbone e di ghiaia destinati a filtrare l’acqua piovana che poi veniva immessa nella cisterna per quattro doccioni di pietra. Il grande cubo della cisterna era in realtà diviso in due parti dall’inserimento al suo centro di un cilindro che è largo all’incirca quanto l’ottagono disegnato nel pavimento attorno alla vera del pozzo; la comunicazione fra i due ambienti era assicurato da due lastre di pietra in cui sono ricavati cinque fori disposti a quinconce per i quali l’acqua passava nella cisterna interna, ma lasciando in quella esterna gli ultimi, eventuali, sedimenti. Per i due tombini quadrati posti esternamente ai cavalletti della vera è possibile scendere nella cisterna esterna, mentre in quella interna si può accedere solo attraverso la vera del pozzo.
In questo più antico complesso trovarono la loro sede anche la Scuola di Matematica e quella di Disegno, ed in un primo tempo gli spazi, per l’esiguo numero degli studenti, si dimostrarono sufficienti; questa situazione durò poco. Il primo lavoro nel complesso fu la realizzazione di una biblioteca, dove vennero riutilizzate alcune delle scaffalature già nel convento del Canonici Regolari, in cui vi è ancora la vecchia iscrizione.

 

[1998, AUGUST 29.-XX,027.211]

LUCIO.

Roma – Risale al 1982 l’ultima apparizione ufficiale in pubblico di Lucio Battisti. Non avvenne in Italia bensì in Svizzera: il cantautore, che già dal 1978, dopo “Una donna per amico, aveva deciso di non rilasciare più interviste, venne convinto da amici londinesi ad esibirsi per una trasmissione ripresa dalla tv svizzera tedesca. Lucio, vestito con larghi pantaloni bianchi, camicione a righe e capelli lunghi, cantò “Amore mio di provincia e “Una giornata uggiosa. Da quel momento, più nulla o quasi. Perché Lucio, in qualche modo, si é fatto vedere e non solo con i suoi dischi.

In occasione dell’uscita di un album di Adriano Pappalardo, sempre nel 1982, Battisti, che aveva prodotto il disco, firmò un comunicato stampa in cui spiegava, prendendosi gioco dei giornalisti, le ragioni della collaborazione: “Ci siamo incontrati dopo tanti anni per caso al mercato rionale di Ponte Milvio. Lui aveva delle patate, io dei pomodori pugliesi – raccontava Battisti -. Ci siamo detti: perché non ci facciamo delle belle patate alla pizzaiola ?  E così e’ nato il long playing“.

Nel 1984, poi, ad incontrare Battisti fu Lucio Dalla: un incontro al ristorante, con tanto di proposta di Dalla di collaborare per un nuovo disco. “Lui ascoltava senza darmi importanza –raccontò Dalla– Poi finì di mangiare, si pulì la bocca e disse che non si poteva fare, che si sentiva molto cambiato e che si stava muovendo in tutt’ altra ricerca musicale“.

Qui l’altro Lucio, in puro stile “Battistiano”.

[2016,February 26.-XXI,027.001]

T’was a man of youthful feature

Shawn Phillips

The Ballad of Casey Deiss

T’was a man of youthful features
T’was a boy of sorrowful eyes
Watching out by looking inward
Tall and stately and full of life

In his life, he spoke but rarely
In his mind he cried for light
Painting perceptions trying to capture
That which he saw in his questioning strife

Once in Lisbon, twice in London
Travelling around for all of his time
Looking for and finding a goddess
He took Diana to be his wife

Of the children, they’d begotten
Two had died without knowing life
And the third I know not whereof
But if she lives, she will yet be kind

Casey had a mark of simple value
He had a star between his eyes
In his hands he held an axe blade
The Greek symbol of thunder and fire

On a night when the heavens were crying
He went out and took his blade
Chopping wood to warm his heartside
The lightning came and my brother died

Bring him no wine from faraway vineyards
Tell him no tales of the canyon’s might
But wish him peace and eternal wisdom
For he has died and he died by light

 

LIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA

[2016,02.24-XXI,025.000]

Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

Exodus, 17

1 The whole community of Israelites left the desert of Sin, travelling by stages as Yahweh ordered. They pitched camp at Rephidim where there was no water for the people to drink.

2 The people took issue with Moses for this and said, “Give us water to drink.”
Moses replied, “Why take issue with me? Why do you put Yahweh to the test?”

3 But tormented by thirst, the people complained to Moses. “Why did you bring us out of Egypt,” they said, “only to make us, our children and our livestock, die of thirst?”

4 Moses appealed to Yahweh for help. “How am I to deal with this people?” he said. “Any moment now they will stone me!”

5 Yahweh then said to Moses: “Go on ahead of the people, taking some of the elders of Israel with you; in your hand take the staff with which you struck the River, and go.

6 I shall be waiting for you there on the rock (at Horeb). Strike the rock, and water will come out for the people to drink.” This was what Moses did, with the elders of Israel looking on.

7 He gave the place the names Massah and Meribah because of the Israelites’ contentiousness and because they put Yahweh to the test by saying: “Is Yahweh with us, or not?”

8 The Amalekites then came and attacked Israel at Rephidim.

9 Moses said to Joshua: “Pick some men and tomorrow morning go out and engage Amalek. I, for my part, shall take my stand on the hilltop with the staff of God in my hand.”

10 Joshua did as Moses had told him and went out to engage Amalek, while Moses, Aaron and Hur went up to the top of the hill.

11 As long as Moses kept his arms raised, Israel had the advantage; when he let his arms fall, the advantage went to Amalek.

12 But Moses’ arms grew heavy, so they took a stone and put it under him and on this he sat, with Aaron and Hur supporting his arms on each side. Thus his arms remained unwavering till sunset,

13 and Joshua defeated Amalek, putting their people to the sword.

14 Yahweh then said to Moses: “Write this down in a book to commemorate it, and repeat it over to Joshua, for I shall blot out all memory of Amalek under heaven.”

15 Moses then built an altar and named it Yahweh-Nissi

16 meaning: “Lay hold of Yahweh’s banner! Yahweh will be at war with Amalek generation after generation.”

[2016,013,000] TAPS – 24 NOTES

1862, JULY 01.

IL SILENZIO

There are several legends concerning the origin of Taps. The most widely circulated one states that a Union Army infantry officer, whose name often is given as Captain Robert Ellicombe, first ordered Taps performed at the funeral of his son, a Confederate soldier killed during the Peninsula Campaign. This apocryphal story claims that Ellicombe found the tune in the pocket of his son’s clothing and performed it to honor his memory.

The Seven Days Battles were a series of six major battles over the seven days from June 25 to July 1, 1862, near Richmond, Virginia, during the American Civil War. Confederate General Robert E. Lee drove the invading Union Army of the Potomac, commanded by Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, away from Richmond and into a retreat down the Virginia Peninsula. The series of battles was the culmination of the Peninsula Campaign.

The Seven Days began on Wednesday, June 25, 1862, with a Union attack in the minor Battle of Oak Grove, but McClellan quickly lost the initiative as Lee began a series of attacks at Beaver Dam Creek (Mechanicsville) on June 26, Gaines’s Mill on June 27, the minor actions at Garnett’s and Golding’s Farm on June 27 and 28, and the attack on the Union rear guard at Savage’s Station on June 29. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac continued its retreat toward the safety of Harrison’s Landing on the James River. Lee’s final opportunity to intercept the Union Army was at the Battle of Glendale on June 30, but poorly executed orders allowed his enemy to escape to a strong defensive position on Malvern Hill. At the Battle of Malvern Hill on July 1, Lee launched futile frontal assaults and suffered heavy casualties in the face of strong infantry and artillery defenses.

The Seven Days ended with McClellan’s army in relative safety next to the James River, having suffered almost 16,000 casualties during the retreat. Lee’s army, which had been on the offensive during the Seven Days, lost over 20,000. As Lee became convinced that McClellan would not resume his threat against Richmond, he moved north for the Northern Virginia Campaign and the Maryland Campaign.

TAPS

Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.

Il giorno è terminato, il sole è calato
dai laghi, dalle colline e dal cielo
Tutto va bene, riposa in pace
Dio è vicino.

Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar, drawing near
Falls the night.

La tenue luce oscura la vista.
E una stella illumina il cielo, brillando chiara.
Da lontano, si avvicina
cala la notte.

Thanks and praise for our days
Neath the sun, ‘neath the stars’, ‘neath the sky’
As we go, this we know
God is nigh.

Grazie e lodi per i nostri giorni
Sotto il sole, sotto le stelle, sotto il cielo
come andiamo, questo lo sappiamo
Dio è vicino.

Taps
Taps in C [Il Silenzio in Do]
Taps_music_notation
Taps with alternate rhythm in C

 

 

[2015,012,000] STEPS

2015, FEBRUARY 11.

HERMANN HESSE

Gradini
Come ogni fior languisce e
giovinezza cede a vecchiaia,
anche la vita in tutti i gradi suoi fiorisce,
insieme ad ogni senno e virtù, né può durare eterna.

Quando la vita chiama, il cuore
sia pronto a partire ed a ricominciare,
per offrirsi sereno e valoroso ad altri, nuovi vincoli e legami.

Ogni inizio contiene una magia
che ci protegge e a vivere ci aiuta.
Dobbiamo attraversare spazi e spazi,
senza fermare in alcun d’essi il piede,
lo spirto universal non vuol legarci,
ma su di grado in grado sollevarci.

Appena ci avvezziamo ad una sede
rischiamo d’infiacchire nell’ignavia:
sol chi e’ disposto a muoversi e partire
vince la consuetudine inceppante.
Forse il momento stesso della morte
ci farà andare incontro a nuovi spazi:
della vita il richiamo non ha fine….
Su, cuore mio, congedati e guarisci…

Stufen
Wie jede Blüte welkt
und jede Jugend
Dem Alter weicht,
blüht jede Lebensstufe,
Blüht jede Weisheit auch und jede Tugend
Zu ihrer Zeit und darf nicht ewig dauern.

Es muß das Herz bei jedem Lebensrufe
Bereit zum Abschied sein und Neubeginne,
Um sich in Tapferkeit und ohne Trauern
In andere, neue Bindungen zu geben.

Und jedem Anfang wohnt ein Zauber inne,
Der uns beschützt und der uns hilft, zu leben.
Wir sollen heiter Raum um Raum durchschreiten,
An keinem wie an einer Heimat hängen,
Der Weltgeist will nicht fesseln uns und engen,
Er will uns Stuf’ um Stufe heben, weiten.

Kaum sind wir heimisch einem Lebenskreise
Und traulich eingewohnt,
so droht Erschlaffen,
Nur wer bereit zu Aufbruch ist und Reise,
Mag lähmender Gewöhnung sich entraffen.
Es wird vielleicht auch noch die Todesstunde
Uns neuen Räumen jung entgegen senden,
Des Lebens Ruf an uns wird niemals enden…
Wohlan denn, Herz, nimm Abschied und gesunde!

HERMANN-HESSE-2

[2016,359,000] HAUTEVILLE

2016, JANUARY 24.

VENOSA, ABBEY OF THE SANTISSIMA TRINITÀ

VENOSA-ABAZIA-SS-TRINITA'-Tomba_degli_Altavilla.jpg
HAUTEVILLE’s GRAVE

The Abbey of the Santissima Trinità or Abbey of the Most Holy Trinity is a Roman Catholic abbey complex at Venosa, in the Vulture area of the province of Potenza, in the southern Italian region of Basilicata. The architecture of the abbey shows Roman, Lombard, and Norman influences.

The complex lies within the Parco Archeologico (“archaeological park”) of Venosa, approximately 1.5 km north-east of the town; it falls under the Roman Catholic Diocese of Melfi-Rapolla-Venosa. It consists of the old church, of uncertain date; the monastery buildings; and the Incompiuta, the unfinished or new church, begun in the last quarter of the 11th century and never completed. The complex was declared a National Monument by Royal Decree on 20 November 1897.

The date of construction of the monastery is unknown; some elements may date from the 8th century. A foundation date of 954 AD is documented in the spurious Chronicon Cavense of the forger, scholar and priest Francesco Maria Pratilli (1689–1763).

Following the Council of Melfi in 1059, the church was transformed from a cathedral to an abbey by a bull of Pope Nicholas II, and the number of monks increased from 20 to 100.

In the same year he invested Robert Guiscard as Duke of Puglia and Calabria, and Guiscard made the abbey the religious centre of his domain.

It is no longer a monastery, but is used by the Trinitarian Order [Order of the Most Holy Trinity for the Redemption of the Captives (Ordo Sanctissimae Trinitatis redemptionis captivorum), often shortened to The Order of the Most Holy Trinity (Ordo Sanctissimae Trinitatis)], founded by St. John de Matha.

Most of the story of John of Matha’s life is based on legends that circulated after his death. It is reasonably certain that he was born to noble parents at Faucon-de-Barcelonnette, on the borders of Provence on 1169, June 23. He was baptized John, in honour of St. John the Baptist. His father Euphemius sent him to Aix, where he learned grammar, fencing, riding, and other exercises fit for a young nobleman. It is said that while there he gave the poor a considerable part of the money his parents sent him, and he visited the hospital every Friday, assisting the sick poor.

He studied theology at the University of Paris and was ordained a priest at the age of 32 in December 1192. According to Trintarian tradition, on 1193, January 28. , John celebrated his first Mass. During that Mass, he was struck with a vision of Christ holding by the hand two chained captives, one a Moor, the other a Christian (the Crusades were in full force at the time). The Christian captive carried a staff with a red and blue cross. After the Mass, John decided to devote himself to the task of ransoming Christian captives from the Moors. Before entering upon this work, he thought it needful to spend some time in retirement, prayer, and mortification; and having heard of a holy hermit, St. Felix of Valois, living in a great wood near Gandelu, in the diocese of Meux, he repaired to him and requested him to instruct him in the practice of perfection.

One day while walking with Felix, John had another vision – a white stag appeared at a stream with a red and blue cross between its antlers. John disclosed to Felix the design he had conceived on the day on which he said his first mass, to succour captive Christians under slavery, and Felix offered his help in carrying it out. They set out for Rome in the midst of a severe winter, towards the end of the year 1197, to obtain the pope’s benediction.

Emblem of thr Trinitarian Order

On 1198, December 17, he obtained the preliminary approval of Pope Innocent III for a new order dedicated in honour of the Blessed Trinity for the redemption of Christian captives.

St. John founded the Trinitarians to go to the slave markets, buy the Christian slaves and set them free. To carry out this plan, the Trinitarians needed large amounts of money. So, they placed their fund-raising efforts under the patronage of Mary. In gratitude for her assistance, St. John of Matha honored Mary with the title of Our Lady of Good Remedy. Devotion to Mary under this ancient title is widely known in Europe and Latin America, and the Church celebrates her feast day on October 8. Our Lady of Good Remedy is often depicted as the Virgin Mary handing a bag of money to St. John of Matha.

This order was fully approved in 1209. The Order of the Most Holy Trinity’s first monastery was established at Cerfroid (just north of Paris) and the second at Rome at the church of San Tommaso in Formis. Christian slaves were first rescued by the Order in 1201. In 1202 and 1210 John travelled to Tunisia himself and brought back countless Christian slaves.

Before his death, Trinitarian tradition says he met St. Francis of Assisi and introduced Francis to the Frangipani family, one of the benefactors of the Franciscan order. St. John of Matha died on 1213, December 17, in Rome in the house of St. Thomas In Formis on the Caelian Hill.

In 1655, his relics were transferred from Rome to Madrid. His cultus was approved in 1665 and his feast day is December 17.

 

[2015,322,000] THE 1. STEP

2015, DECEMBER 18.

VICVS

Pagine, fogli, parole. Vicinanza: il presepe di Baldassarre Rocca

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