At diablog we like anniversaries or birthday or history in general. At least I do. Today, we have two big anniversaries, both American, on almost opposing ends of the spectrum.
First up: The US Dollar
220 years ago, on April 2, 1792, with the Coinage Act, the Silver Dollar became the official currency of the United States of America.
For most of its time it has done well. Looking at historic exchange rates, lately it didn't. But then, there is the famous line:
"Our currency, your problem"
So, happy birthday, US$!
The second anniversary is much less profane, artistic really. World class stuff.
170 years ago, on April 2, 1842, the American conductor Ureli Corelli Hill at a meeting founded The New York Philharmonic (officially the Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York).
It took a few more months until the first concert took place. And they opened it with Beethoven's 5th. Who wouldn't love them?
It is the oldest American philharmonic orchestra and in my humble and uneducated opinion the best. You Bostonian disagree? Sue me.
The New York Philharmonic has a great history, had brilliant conductors like Gustav Mahler, Arturo Toscanini and my favorite, Leonard Bernstein. Kurt Masur? Yes, he might be brilliant, but I don't like the guy.
A trip to NY isn't complete, without an evening at the Met with the philharmonic. And if you are here in time, see and hear them in the parks. You will never forget it, promised!
Now, what do I play, to honor the two completely different events?
Beethoven? No, we just had that and he wasn't good with money.
But there is an epic piece of music that fits.
Money, by Pink Floyd, from the legendary Dark side of the Moon album. It is one of the all time best selling albums, and if you have heard it, you will never forget it.
To lovers of music, may you always have a buck,