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Re: Favorite Music Inspired by Nature

I think that the "tree cycle" of Sibelius is one of the finest examples of this Finnish composer's sensitive, pantheistic way of feeling: "the trees speak" to him. This recording is performed by the Japanese pianist Izumi Tateno.

The Trees, op. 75

No. 1. När rönnen blommar (When The Rowan Blossoms) (Allegretto, 1914). This piece brings to mind Tchaikovsky's piano songs. It is a "chanson triste" or a "chanson sans paroles".

No. 2. Den ensamma furan (Grave, 1914). "The Solitary Pine" givens an impression of utter steadfastness. At the time of its composition it was interpreted as a symbol of Finland standing firm against the icy winds from the east.

No. 3. Aspen (Andantino, 1914). "The Aspen" breathes enigmatic impressionism. The responses from the baritone register of the left hand and the bare accompanying chords on the right hand are Nordic in their taciturnity.

No. 4. Björken (The Birch) (Allegro, 1914). The birch, the favourite tree of the Finns, "stands so white". The first two strophes of the piece are in B flat Mixolydian mode. Their left-hand ostinato produces the effect of a field, by minimalist means. The Misterioso closing of the work, the third strophe, remains strangely open: the scale points in the direction of A flat Mixolydian, but it can also be interpreted as striving in the direction of a D flat centre. The riddle is not solved, since a low D flat note appears under the concluding open chord (A flat - E flat).

No. 5. Granen (The Spruce) (Stretto-Lento; 1919). This is one of Sibelius's indisputable hits, a slow waltz comparable to Valse triste. The fast arpeggios in the Risoluto section are truly stunning.
by michael gatonska
Sun Mar 16, 2014 3:04 pm
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Re: Favorite Music Inspired by Nature

by Steve Galehouse
Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:56 pm
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How many oaks are native to Georgia?

So we have an oak planting project at work and my boss keeps mentioning there are 31 oaks native to Georgia and also that this is more than any other state. While I don't doubt that this could be true, I thought I'd ask my fellow NTSers... so what say you? Also (out of curiosity) how many oaks are native to the US? I've seen listings from 55 to 60 online.

by eliahd24
Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:22 pm
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Re: How many oaks are native to Georgia?

Eli, Matt, Jess,

I just checked the International Oak Society website where you can check the number of oaks per state. They listed 33 species of oaks for Georgia which is basically the ones you guys listed except or Q. imbricaria . I guess that species was added to the state too recently for them to catch. They also had three name changes.
Q. montana for Q. prinus
Q. pumila for Q. elliottii
Q. sinuata for Q. durandii

So with 34 species Georgia is highest in the East but Texas has 47 species.

by DougBidlack
Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:58 pm
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Re: How many oaks are native to Georgia?


31 sounded about right to me. In addition to the ones Matt listed there are:

Q. austrina
Q. elliottii
Q. imbricaria
Q. hemispherica
Q. geminata
Q. laevis
Q. laurifolia
Q. margarettae
Q. minima
Q. pagoda
Q. prinoides
Q. similis

Several of these are recent taxonomic splits (e.g. Q. similis and Q. geminata), a few are shrubs (e.g. Q. elliottii), a couple are included by little (Q. laurifolia, Q. laevis), and one is a recent addition to the flora of Georgia (Q. imbricaria). That brings the total up to 34. I wouldn’t be surprised if that were the most for any eastern state. Some Mexican states would crush that total though; Mexico has the greatest oak diversity in the world.

by Jess Riddle
Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:07 pm
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