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The Last Rose of Summer
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Today being the last official day of summer in Canada. I thought some may enjoy this old song.

https://youtu.be/OzYUvAytrgI

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It is also the last day of summer in the UK.
Mendelssohn probably presented his Fantasy to Queen Victoria for her to play on her golden Érard grand:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x27Y75OyGy4


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Lovely sung by the great Ms. Fleming. But YouTube announces the song as being from "Martha" by Frederik von Flotow. The original composer is the Irishman John Andrew Stevenson. Flotow just sto.....eh.....interpolated it in his opera "Martha".


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Actually the video in this one suites this song far better (I know I am sentimental ?)

https://youtu.be/mv9UdtFepdY

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Lady Bird:

Thank you for sharing that with us. It's a lovely poignant tune sung to perfection by the incomparable Fleming.

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That Mendelssohn Fantasy on this song is really lovely.I
Have copy of it somewhere? I wonder if one could learn
a section every last day of summer, how many last days
of summer would it take ?How many years would it add up to ?
It probably is not that tricky to learn. Memory? .,that would
be another story .

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Originally Posted by BruceD
Lady Bird:

Thank you for sharing that with us. It's a lovely poignant tune sung to perfection by the incomparable Fleming.

Regards,

You are welcome Bruce,regards LB

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Enjoyed the music and singing. Thanks to all for posting.



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Wasn't it the last day of summer in the whole northern hemisphere?


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Originally Posted by malkin
Wasn't it the last day of summer in the whole northern hemisphere?


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Nice! Thanks for sharing.

Apart from the official date, summer for me ends when school resumes.



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Well I have learned a reasonable section of the Mendelssohn Fantasy on the last day of Summer on 22/9/2019 (one day ,so more on the next last day of Summer)If I remember? One needs to measure one's life sometimes ?

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Originally Posted by malkin
Wasn't it the last day of summer in the whole northern hemisphere?


It depends on whom you ask and what conventions are followed. Where I live, the tradition is that August 1st is the first day of Autumn. "Officially" it's September 1st over here.

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I think the scientific wisdom on the change of seasons is the moment when the sun "crosses" the equator, giving us the Fall and Spring equinox. That has always been the "official" marking of the change of season. The other, of course, being the solstice, indicating the start of winter and the start of summer.

Locals may have their variants and customs, but that doesn't change the science of it.

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It's not as simple as that. There are meteorological, astronomical, and solar conventions of dividing the seasons. There isn't a single "official" way to do it.

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Originally Posted by johnstaf
It's not as simple as that. There are meteorological, astronomical, and solar conventions of dividing the seasons. There isn't a single "official" way to do it.


As is well illustrated by the way that "Midsummer's Day" in the UK is the 24th June, a couple of days after the official first day of summer on the summer solstice.

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That has always been the "official" marking of the change of season.

"Always" is a big claim Bruce wink

The Celtic tradition holds that 1 Feb is the first day of spring, 1 May the first day of summer, etc.
That is on the basis that the solstices and equinoxes fall in the middle of each season rather than marking the beginning/end (with a slight adjustment for the modern calendar).
When you live in northerly latitudes with long dark winter nights and long bright summer ones, this is a fairly sensible way of looking at it.

This doesn't line up that well with weather though, so we would generally say June, July and August are the summer months, September, October and November are Autumn, etc, as John said.


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Well perhaps we should care more about each other .The song (poem)is actually is about how short life is here on Earth and how fragile we are as humans.Well that is what I feel about it.

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Well perhaps we should care more about each other .The song (poem)is actually is about how short life is here on Earth and how fragile we are as humans.Well that is what I feel about it.



Yes, we should care more about others!



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Ladybird- Thank you for posting.
I’m drifting way OT here but I enjoy history.
Here we celebrate the first day of Spring and the first day of Fall when the length of the day is equal to the length of the night - the Equinox’s. The first day of Summer is the longest day and shortest night of the year, the Summer solstice. The first day of Winter is the shortest day and longest night of the year. Our ancestors mapped the stars and constellations using pretty primitive gear. Romans, Greeks, and other pagan cultures partied hearty shortly after the start of Winter because the days were again getting longer and the cold dark Winter would be slowly losing its death grip on the land. Early Christians decided to celebrate the birth of the Son of God to coincide with the pagan feast of Lights on December 25 because in the northern hemisphere the coming longer days meant that crops would again grow and the community wouldn’t starve. New converts to Christianity would be less tempted to backslide into drunken debauchery with their pagan friends and family. Roman parties were the equivalent literally of collegiate yoga parties and frequently included a blood sacrifice.
Fall is my favorite season and I always celebrate that day. If I’m wrong on my remembered history, I will be corrected instantly. grin


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Tis the last rose of summer left blooming alone !

A very beautiful song reminding how short the summer
of our lives are .

We tend to get large spiders In our garden over the summer.
Instead wiping out thier webs we protect them.(to the disturbance
of some of our visitors)
However towards this time of the year they tend to retreat into corners
or among flower pots.When winter arrives there are few left or none
left !
Thier webs are broken and the spiders seem to sleep most
of the time.
Sometimes I throw a few flakes (gold fish food) onto a broken web.
I have seen them eat a few flakes.
Finally you see they have died .But somehow I am glad they had
those days in the sun with thier large shining webs draped across
small trees and flowering shrubs.Nearby are the roses.
No doubt the last rose among them.This year I picked that last
rose.It is in my living room !
There are 3 spiders outside which I have started feeding.
My husband looks at me and shakes his head ,
"Let nature take its couse he says"



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