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John Sarkis

Joined 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA. Last activity 2 days ago.

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I enjoy writing even if I am a latecomer to the field. I've written a few articles, short stories, and I'm currently working on my first novel.

Mr. Sarkis is of Cuban origin.

I'm also a pianist and composer. 

I'm a Christian and very proud of it; nevertheless, I'm respectful towards other people's religions.   

Hobbies: fishing; cars; Classical Music; Western Philosophy - mostly from 400 years ago to the present; European Literature; traveling; and cooking.

Profession: medical accounts receivables - health insurance billing and collections.

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I wrote most of my profile in the 'first person'; I cannot imagine anything more 'first person' than your own life. 

  

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  • 0

    The Life and Times of Robert Schumann

    3 weeks ago

    Biography of one of Europe's greatest composer - chronicles youth, adulthood, and illness and death

  • 4

    Latest though Far from Greatest in Classical Music

    3 weeks ago

    Great classical composers who've now mostly been forgotten - Baroque, Classical, Romantic era

  • 4

    Schumann as Symphonist

    2 months ago

    Robert Schumann's attempt at writing symphonies. Review of Schumann's four symphonies. Commentary about Schumann as an orchestral composer.

  • 12

    The Bible's influence on Western Literature

    2 months ago

    How Biblical texts, narratives, parables, and aphorisms have influenced Western literature from around 400 AD to the present

  • 4

    Famous Opera Arias

    3 months ago

    Famous songs aka 'arias' from operas

  • 0

    What is a Hamburger Essay

    3 months ago

    Essays are complex, yet intellectual and unique in style. 'Hamburger Essay' is simple and taught to young adults in American high schools

  • 13

    What is an Aphorism?

    3 months ago

    Aphorisms, maxims and quotes are what this article are about - the great thinkers and philosophers of the past and how they expressed themselves.

  • 6

    Famous Cello Concertos

    5 weeks ago

    Five lovely and famous work for Cello and Orchestra

  • 4

    The Piano Concertos of Rachmaninoff

    5 months ago

    Rachmaninoff holds a very special place amongst classical musicians, because he was more than just a great composer; Rachmaninoff was a very talented pianist and conductor. Great performers appeal to many musicians:...

  • 2

    Great Classical Pianists

    6 months ago

    Many assume, that if an individual wrote a great deal of piano music, he/she must have been a great pianist themselves, however, nothing could be further from the truth. For example, Schubert, Schumann and Tchaikovsky...

  • 0

    Machiavelli's creative side

    6 months ago

    Machiavelli’s La Mandragola AKA The Mandrake - in the tradition of articles I’ve written such as “The Great Pianists - Whom were They?”, comes this article about Machiavelli as a writer and...

  • 8

    Classical Music with Special Significance to me

    6 months ago

    Cassical Music Compositions with a special significance to me - Growing up in a household with no family members interested in so called classical music, was difficult for me, because I didn’t have anybody whom to...

  • 2

    Two great artists: Beethoven and Dostoevsky

    8 months ago

    An overview of two of the greatests artists that have ever lived: Beethoven and Dostoevsky - how they influenced music and literature

  • 6

    Philosophical concepts of Apollo and Dionysus

    8 months ago

    Nietzsche's personal and esoteric concept of philosophy, ethics, and religion are examined in this brief article.

  • 12

    Five most Famous Opera Composers

    9 days ago

    This article examines the five most famous opera composers of all times: Mozart, Rossini, Wagner, Verdi and Puccini. Included, youtube recordings of some of the most famoust opera music ever written

  • 8

    Ten great Symphonies

    7 weeks ago

    Some of the world's foremost symphonies from Haydn to Shostakovich. Along with breif overview of this, the most complicated of all musical forms. And youtube recordings.

  • 2

    Famous Piano Concertos

    8 months ago

    List of some of the most famous piano concertos every written. Commentaries about their perspective composers. Along with youtube recordings of these great musical compositions.

  • 6

    The Philosophy of Nihilism

    8 months ago

    Was Nietzsche a nihilist? Did he think Christians are the true nihilist? Or did he even know what nihilism was?

  • 14

    The Piano Music of Frederic Chopin

    7 weeks ago

    Discussion of Chopin's piano music and, youtube videos showing a piece in most of the genres he composed for, including: Ballades, Scherzos, Sonatas, etc.

  • 10

    Miniaturism in Music: Chopin, Schumann, and Grieg

    7 days ago

    What does it mean to be a miniaturist in music? A discussion of the short piano works of the three foremost miniaturists of the 19th century: Chopin, Schumann, and Edvard Grieg.

  • 20

    Famous 19th Century Ballets

    7 weeks ago

    Some of the world's most famous ballets: Giselle, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and other well known ballets are discussed.

  • 12

    Famous Horn Concertos

    2 years ago

    A review of horns in concertos. Horn tansposition is breifly discussed. Why horns are not as popular in concertos as violin and piano?

  • 12

    Famous Clarinet Concertos

    2 years ago

    Mozart, Weber, and Copland's clarinet concertos are discussed; the clarinet's versatility is also discussed. What is transposition in music?

  • 21

    God Save the Queen - My Country Tis of Thee - Heil Dir im Siegerkranz - in Classical Music

    16 months ago

    What does God Save the Queen, My Country Tis of Thee and Heil Dir im Siegerkranz have in common? They have all been used/quoted in compositions by great classical composers.

  • 28

    The Life and Times of Anton Rubinstein

    2 years ago

    A discussion of Anton Rubinstein's life and music. Rubinstein was a famous and respected composer of the 19th century whose music today has been forgotten.

  • 42

    60's and 70's Classic American Road Muscle

    2 years ago

    This article is a brief overview of Classic American Automobiles of the 60's and 70's

  • 74

    Homage to My Fellow Hubbers and Friends

    7 weeks ago

    Acknowledgement of fellow hubbers and friends at Hubpages.

  • 18

    History of the 'Road Trip Narrative' and Famous Road Trip Movies

    2 years ago

    A short history and review of the 'road trip' concept in narratives and films. A breif review of the 'road trip' stories as they were in Homer and Virgil's time, and as they are used in the films of our day.

  • 23

    Great Film Scores from Hollywood's Golden Age of Cinema

    2 years ago

    Review of the great film scores from Hollywood's Golden Age of Cinema. Film scores include: Gone with the Wind, Citizen Kane and Casablanca.

  • 20

    Basic Concepts of Astrology

    23 months ago

    Many individuals believe that your Sun Sign will reveal everything about you in astrology. Well, this may not always the case. Article discusses the six most important aspect in astrology: Sun sign, Moon sign,...

  • 19

    The Great Conductors - Whom were They?

    2 years ago

    History of Conducting. From Beethoven to Zubin Mehta. Article covers great conductors of the Romantic Period.

  • 44

    Famous Horror and Sci-Fi Cult Movies

    2 years ago

    What makes a film to be refer to as a "cult classic?" Well, this list of films certainly falls under that category. Review of famous cult horror classics from the 1950's up to the present.

  • 22

    Cuban Style Oxtail

    2 years ago

    Oxtail is a Caribbean delicacy. It's basically French and African cuisine fused together. Cuban oxtail is one of that island's most famous dishes

  • 2

    History of the Lexus ES Model

    2 years ago

    History and summary of one of the most popular vehicles ever made. Lexus' ES model is discussed in this article. History of the automobile is also given in this short hub.

  • 20

    Great Books of Modern Philosophy

    24 months ago

    This article discusses the most influential philosophers that modern Europe has known: Rene Descartes, John Locke, Adam Smith, David Hume, Emmanuel Kant, David Hume, Karl Marx and Freidrich Engels. A poignant point:...

  • 24

    Gorgeous Expensive Cars That Are Also Practical

    2 years ago

    What cars are practical? These vehicles are quite expensive, yet practical for every day use at the same time.

  • 16

    Famous Baroque Composers

    2 years ago

    Great masters of Baroque music. From Telemann to Charpentier are discussed in this article. Furthermore, explained why the Baroque Period in music has taken a backseat to the Romantic Period.

  • 36

    Whether to Drive or not to Drive in Bad Weather

    2 years ago

    Here is a list of vehicles that can handle very well in treacherous weather conditions. Whether its Rain, snow, or windy conditions, all these vehicles have exceptional handling capabilities.

  • 16

    Famous Harpsichord Music

    2 years ago

    Harpsichord music...piano has taken over the role this beautiful instrument once played. Just thought I bring this into light by creating an article about great harpsichord music....

  • 12

    Famous Chamber Music Compositions

    2 years ago

    I put together some of the most famous chamber ever composed. This is in the tradition of my "most famous" series articles which I''ve written for HP.

  • 10

    Famous Piano Solo Compositions

    2 years ago

    I put together some of the most famous piano solo music ever written... music which I feel most of us has heard at one point or another via commercials, television or films....

  • 10

    The Ballades of Chopin

    7 weeks ago

    Four of the most compositions ever written for the piano. Chopin's four Ballades are performed on a regular basis mostly by young artist who are starting to make their way into the world...

  • 12

    The Piano Concertos of Beethoven

    2 years ago

    Review of Beethoven's 5 Piano Concertos. The first three are somewhat generic, but the 4th and 5th are amongst the most innovative and beautiful ever written...

  • 0

    The Piano Concertos of Camille Saint Saens

    2 years ago

    A review of Saint Saens' piano concertos. Also review of Saint Saens' music as a whole. Child genius

  • 2

    Scales and Chord Progressions in Music

    3 years ago

    Music 101. Discussion of harmony. Not for everyone, but new comers to music might find this article helpful

  • 19

    Descartes' Concept of The Soul

    2 years ago

    A discussion of Descartes' concept of where it is our souls are located at. Discussion of Locke's study of the human mind. The pineal gland

  • 6

    Schumann's Carnaval

    23 months ago

    A review of one of the most important piano pieces ever written. What influenced Schumann to write this great piano composition

  • 10

    The Works of Franz Kafka

    2 years ago

    Discussion of one of Europe's greatest and most influential writer of all times.

  • 10

    Niccolo Paganini - The Legend

    2 years ago

    The most famous violin virtuoso of all times. His life and works are discussed in this article

  • 14

    Classical Music's Most Famous Child Prodigies

    3 years ago

    Famous classical music prodigies is the topic of this article

  • 0

    Second Year of Piano - The Clementi Sonatinas

    17 months ago

    What piano pieces you'll most likely learn during your first few of years of piano lessons

  • 41

    Most Unreliable Cars

    2 years ago

    Fatal attraction should be the real title of this article. Beautiful cars with really bad reputations

  • 10

    Famous Operas

    2 years ago

    A review of the most famous operas ever written. From Carmen to Faust.

  • 0

    Famous Opera Overtures

    2 years ago

    Since operas can last hours, their overtures are a short and simple introduction to them. Most overtures contain melodies which you'll hear later on in the opera. Here is a list of some of the most famous overtures...

  • 16

    The Ugliest Looking Cars in The World

    2 years ago

    Ugly ducklings, yet loved by their owners. Review of some of the most unattractive vehicles ever made.

  • 3

    History of The Toyota Camry

    2 years ago

    The history of one of the most well known and loved automobiles from Japan - the Toyota Camry

  • 22

    Aquarium for Beginners

    2 years ago

    Love aquariums but hate the work/hassle. Look no further than "White Cloud Mountain Minnow"

  • 2

    Different Schools of Music

    7 weeks ago

    Discussion of music. Not an article for beginners, but a must read for students of composition

  • 14

    Beautiful Aquarium Fish

    2 years ago

    Killifish are beautiful aquarium fishes, even if they do require a great deal of time and effort.

  • 16

    Socrates and Christ

    3 years ago

    Do you think you have to be educated to be a great writer? Well, think again, Socrates and Jesus never wrote down a single word and they're two of the most influential men in the history of the world

  • 12

    Is There Such a Thing as Cuban Food?

    3 years ago

    Exactly what is Cuban food? Cuba has been influenced by so many cultures and its food is very indicative of this.

  • 9

    Schopenhauer's Concept of The Will

    23 months ago

    Where does the concept of the conscious/subconscious come from? We tend to credit Freud, but Schopenhauer was the one who started it all with his concept of the "will"

  • 20

    Existentialism and Religion

    16 months ago

    What does religion and Existentialism have in common? What does it mean to be a religious existentialist? Kierkegaard and Dostoevsky

  • 12

    The Life and Times of Agustin Lara

    2 years ago

    Bio of Mexico's great composer and poet: Agustin Lara. His influence and legacy to Latin American Music

  • 10

    Freshwater Fish vs. Ocean Fish

    2 years ago

    What's your favorite fish to eat? Freshwater or from the ocean? This article is all about tastes

  • 12

    George Darwin and The Theory of Moon Formation

    3 years ago

    Most of us know who Charles Darwin was, but most people don't know about his son George. Bio of George Darwin and his theory of moon formation

  • 10

    Walt Disney Music Hall

    2 years ago

    Recently built, the Los Angeles Walt Disney Music Hall has become a must see world wide.

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