Red Headed Stepchild
(The Barrett family memoir of Navy Life)
by Sophie Ruth Meranski with photos


Marion Nosser p 28-844
Born in Turkey Marion Nosser became an archaeologist. She wrote the l923 Mount Holyoke Class song "the Sphinx" "Wind hushed, the desert lies dreaming Under the far eastern sky Only the SPHINX keeps its Secret Waiting for daylight to die Now 'neath the warm blue of Heaven rousing itself with a sigh Softly it speaks, and its WHISPER Floats to the dome of the sky ---Hark don't you hear the far ECHO Borne on the night wind to us Now has the Sphinx told its SECRET --NON SIBI SED OMNIBUS. Faithful we 'll guard it forever Marching beneath it unflurled Untril the agelong secret Lies in the Heart of the Wrorld." Marion resided in Brooklyn. Ruth King Dunne composed the tune---. May 1, 2000 - today have solved a mystery about a song my mother sang to the melody of "Wein, Weis, und Gesang" of Johnan Strauss the younger - but her version is adapted for womens' chorus and temperance-Prohibition-supporting group, and praises only SONG - ommitting the"wine" and "women" of the original text. I suspected that the melody she sang on notes in whole steps - F-G-A-B came from Johann Strauss's Waltz of the late 1860s. Howeven, her Mount Holyoke friends did not recognize it. In a short biography of Frant Schubert, I read that in 1825 he scribbled on a napkin German words translated "Who Loves Not Wine, Women, and Song, -Remains a Fool his whole life long." Today on the Internet using search engine Google I found that Johann strauss's Waltz "Wein, Weis, und Gesang was indeed originally for Male chorus, and the words came from Martin Luther, as explained below. The words my mother sang were "Who loves not song, music- song Will live U-un-blessed his whole life long. O come O come and let us sing With hearts so bright a song of spring O Raise you voices high O raise your voices high. The birds that flit from tree to tree Are not so full of joy as we - Though we alone know why Thou we alone know why. E'en though a storm cloud may lower E'en though it follow a shower Sunshine belongs to the day. -Smiles we remember for aye. What a pity it is for a man who is born with a soul that is Deaf Who holds MUSIC in scorn - So unblessed by the Best What a life he must lead-Without song, life is long Is long Indeed! Let us sing Praise of spring Caloring with music blessed - Spring is here all the year if we sing O HAIL TO SPRING!! [following words may be connected, or parts of another song or medley perhaps second staanza:] 'Sang at their toil Songs of the soil - Singing they gathered so,- Singing in pain {paean?] A gentle refrain lullaby soft and low. O from their paradise echoes the loving song Taught in the time of their peace Singing that never shall cease Till there is CHAOS again. After Strauss's death in 1899 new German lyrics were written for an arrangement "Wiener Blut" [Vienna Blood]. some English words may date from Johann Strauss's visit to Boston, where he was enthusiastically received around 1870. I suspect a women's chorus or temperance-minded college glee club adapted the words for their own use. My mother sang it very nicely, but we never discussed its history. Mount Holyoke classes used to put together medleys for"Competitive Sing" in which classmates Mildred Holt, Ruth King Dunne, Ruth Douglass, Marion Nosser, and others were active. a mystery is SOLVED, though further details will be welcome. John Barrett 113 W. Third St. Port Angeles WA98362-2824 Wein, Weis und Gesang op 333 "Who loves not wine, woman and song Remains a fool his whole life long" These lines, written in the mediavel castle of Wartburg in Germany, and attributed to Martin Luther (1483-1546) during his residence there when he began his German translation of the New Testament, provided the title and part of the text for the truly magnificent choral waltz Johan Strauss wrote in 1869 for the Wiener Mannergesang Verein- Wein Weib und Gesang ! But whereas his first choral waltz, An der schonen Balue Donau of 1867 had been more or less constructed from previously existing sketches, the new work was conceived in its entirety for male chorus and orchestra and, as was noted by Strauss authority Professor Dr. Fritz Racek, the work "makes up for the absence of a recapitulating Coda by means of impressive (137 bars) introduction of almost symphonic proportions" As with the An der schonen Blaue Donau, the text for the waltx came from the pen of the Associations house poet, Joseph Weyl. The sung introduction includes the words " three heavenly gifts remained as comfort to us poor men " , and appropiately each of these "gifts" - wine, woman and song - in turn provides the subject matter for one of the verses (corresponding with each waltz section) which follow, the fourth and final verse referring to Luther and quoting his famous aphorism. Wein, Weis und Gesang! - a particular favourite with Richard Wagner - was given its first performance by the Wiener Mannergesang Verein at their carnival-time 'Narrabend' (fools evening) held in Dianabad-Saal, Vienna on 2 february 1869. The Strauss Orchestra provided the accompaniment, and while the composer did not conduct the premiere of his new waltz, he was present among the audience. Although dedicated "in friendship to Johan Ritter von Herbeck(1831-77) Imperial Royal Court Conductor", who had served the Assocoation as chorus-master from 1856 to 1866 and who had recently been decorated with the 'Knights Cross of the order of Emperor Franz Josef' , the waltz was conducted at its premiere by Herbecks successor as chorus-master, Rudolf Weinwurm. The composition featured as the third number in the programme, and we can still enjoy something of the atmpsphere of uninhibited carival gaiety wich abounded from the word-picture painted for us by the critic of the Fremdenblatt newspaper (4.02.1869): "The members of the Mannergesang Verein were dressed as negroes and termed themselves Club Slaves, President Dumba was dressed up as a plantation- and a slave-owner. The Strauss Orchestra was likewise attired in extremely silly caps, and in such a way it (the evening) could begin. Kapellmeister Weinwurm, like a negro from head to toe , instead of his baton a fool's sceptre in his hand, gave the signal and Konradin's 'Narren-Multiplikationsmarsch' blared through the hall. The pearl of the evening was, however, the new waltz by Johan Strauss: Wein Weib und Gesang'. The outstanding composition is an equal counterpart to the same composers famous waltz 'An der schonen blaue Donau' , indeed some parts of the new waltz are composed even more finely and with more dash. At once the artistically constructed introduction evoke a storm of applause. After the first waltz section, Strauss was called for with rejoicing. Dressed as a pilgrim, he mounted the rostrum and blessed the audience. The cheering grew even greater with the second waltz-section,after which the composer was called for again, a deserved honour, which was repeated by the two waltzes that followed.The excellent composition had to be repeated by popular demand. The fools were sufficiently sensible that they could not hear enough of the piquant melodies of the waltz -king. Also Weyl, the author of the humores text was called for several times ". Thirty years later, much of the melodic material in the Waltz Wein Weib und Gesang ! Was given fresh vocal treatment for the posthumous Johan Strauss operetta Wiener Blut( Vienna Blood, 1899) as may be heard in the Act 2 Finale (themes 2a, 2b, 3b, 3a and 4b). later in act 3 themes 1 a and 1 b appear in the sextet "Stoss' an! Stoss an! Du liebchen mein", and themes 4 a is sung in polka time to the words " Schlauu und fein! Schlau und fein!" by the Countess and Franzi in their Act 3 duet. 1991 Peter Kemp. The Johan Strauss Society of Great Britain The Honorary Secretary The Johan Strauss Society of Great Britain Flat 12 Bishams Court, Church Hill, Caterham Surrey CR3 6SE ENGLAND --- DIANA B. STEIN WHEREAS June 30, 2000, will mark the retirement of Diana B. Stein as professor of biological sciences; AND WHEREAS over her twenty years at Mount Holyoke, she has taught biology at all levels, and infused her teaching with a love of key experiments and a sense of wonder for the world of plants, enabling thousands of Mount Holyoke students to appreciate the grace with which fern sperms swim, and the determination with which pollen tubes grow; and inspired and instructed many students including twenty-nine undergraduate honors students (so far) in the art and craft of research; and authored or co-authored thirty-six papers, many with undergraduates, graduate students, post docs, or colleagues who came to her laboratory; AND WHEREAS she is an acknowledged authority of international standing on the molecular evolution of ferns and other plants, who has been invited to present her work at International Congresses on three continents; AND WHEREAS she has served on key college committees, most recently the Advisory Committee, and chaired the biology department; AND WHEREAS she received six major grants to fund her research from the National Science Foundation and served on many panels at the NSF that decided on grants for others; AND WHEREAS she applied her expertise in biology for the public good, ranging from service on the Amherst Board of Health, to checking the accuracy and appropriateness of the Educational Testing Services Graduate Record Examination in Biology, to the design of scientific education for Saudi Arabian women; AND WHEREAS she has lived as a paradigm for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty who might otherwise wonder if it is possible to be an accomplished scientist while simultaneously being a devoted materfamilias for an extraordinary family; AND WHEREAS the force that through the green fuse drives the flower, also drives Diana, who greens all our souls; NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that this board of trustees of Mount Holyoke College does hereby acknowledge its profound gratitude to Diana Stein for her many contributions to the College and conveys to her warm and cordial wishes for a happy and rewarding retirement. Photographs: Ellis, and Gass by Paul Schnaittacher, Stein by Nancy Palmieri
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Year: 1923