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  • October 28, 2012: Reformation Sunday

    October 31, 2012 14:26

    Reflections on "Ein' Feste Burg" Zeitler

    (The remaining music supplied by bagpipes.)

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    The 'Reformation' was about reforming much more than theology: Martin Luther (1483–1546) introduced quite a number of non-theological reforms as well (e.g. priests could marry). Many of his reforms fall under the general category of reducing the gap between the "1%" (the nobility ...

  • October 21, 2012: Brahms & Children

    October 21, 2012 23:53
    Brahms knew and was well known to all the children of the neighborhood, and when starting on his long walks would fill his pockets with candies, and amuse himself with the eagerness of the children, who knew his ways and would run after him as he passed, on the look-out for booty. "Whoever can jump gets a gulden,’ he would say; and displaying beyond reach a handful of candies made in imitation of the Austrian coin, he would increase his walking speed, and raise his hand higher and higher, drawing after him the flock of running, leaping children, until he allowed them one by one to gain a prize.

  • October 7, 2012: Grieg, & Bach in the Slammer

    October 07, 2012 22:30

    “Morning Mood” (from Peer Gynt) Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)

    Our prelude was composed by Edvard Grieg, a Norwegian composer who whose youthful triumphs so boosted national morale that the Norwegian government awarded him a state pension in 1874—at age twenty-nine. (more )

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