The purpose of this Wiki page is to provide background information on the eruption of Vesuvius. On August 24 in the year 79 A.D., the Italian seacoast towns of Pompeii and Herculanum witnessed day turning into night as 4 billion tons of pumice, rock and ash burst forth from the neighboring volcano.
We'll be studying/performing the Frank Ticheli work entitled, "Vesuvius" this spring and I think a bit of the "reality" of this horrific event might enhance our studies.
This photo of Mt. Vesuvius was taken by Dee Fritz in June 2009 while she was on the Art Club trip with Mrs. Lorentzen.
Here's some interesting links about the history of Pompeii
as well as all of the archaeological digs
that have gone on since then. Here are some good resources for pictures of Pompeii
after the digs had cleared away the ash and lava. Here is a good link to facts about the Vesuvius Volcano
an aerial view of Vesuvius
This is an interesting timeline
of the actual eruption of Vesuvius on August 24th 79 AD. This is a gripping account
of the actual event by Pliny the Younger, a resident of Pompeii at the time of the eruption.
When will it erupt again?!? Will it be worse than 79 AD?!? Check out this article
Does Ticheli's music evoke any of the terror and tragedy of this event? I'd be interested in your thoughts on the music and the history of Vesuvius.