Photo of the Day

This was the kind of tea that was thrown into the Boston Harbor during the Boston Tea Party of 1773, not loose tea as one might imagine. This plank of highly compressed tea leaves would last someone roughly one year, and was prepared by shaving bits into a kettle.

This really helps put into perspective just how much tea was lost when 342 crates were dumped into the harbor that night.

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Stravinsky’s Harmonization of Star Spangled Banner

Legend has it that Stravinsky was arrested in 1943 for adding a seventh chord to the Star Spangled Banner. While not entirely true, Stravinsky did put his own harmonies under the national anthem for the Boston symphony concerts after becoming a US citizen in 1940. The audience was horrified by his harmonic liberties, and although Stravinsky only wanted to do his bit for his new nation, he reluctantly removed it from the program.

You can hear the 7th chord (shocking because it’s not the 7th of the dominant, but rather V7/IV which destabilizes what would otherwise be the tonic) at 1:30.

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