Eine Kleine Nichtmusik

Witty and pertinent observations on matters of great significance OR Incoherent jottings on total irrelevancies OR Something else altogether OR All of the above

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Ex Armenia semper aliquid novi

I'm playing a concert tonight which includes the Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto. I'd never heard of it before we programmed it, but it's rather fun. It isn't long (here are a couple of video clips which cover the whole of it: 1 2) and it's very tuneful. There's always something new waiting to be discovered.


At 25 November, 2007 03:01, Blogger Jocelyn Lavin said...

We played that when I was at school. Part of it always reminded me of the Coronation Street theme....

At 27 November, 2007 18:40, Blogger Chip said...

wow, something written in 1950, not in the US that sounds "tuneful" - lovely!!! Wish I had been here to hear it.

At 30 November, 2007 22:42, Blogger Sal said...

like it

hey, what's "aliquid" mean? i'm guessing the post title means something new always comes out of armenia, but i can't work out "aliquid" in context.

At 02 December, 2007 23:54, Blogger Rob said...


The original as I know it is from Pliny the Elder in his Natural History, "Ex africa semper aliquid novi" - "there's always something new out of Africa". (Isak Dinesen used it for the title of a book, later filmed with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.)

Checking on the web it would seem that the saying was around before Pliny: see here.

Anyway, that's what I had in mind.

If your query was purely grammatical, then (a) take it up with Mr Pliny - it's his language, not mine - and (b) read section (e) of this.

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