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  • February 16, 2014: A Friend in Need

    February 16, 2014 10:30

    Michael Haydn (1737–1806), younger brother of the more famous Joseph Haydn, had been ordered by the Archbishop to compose some duets for violin and tenor, perhaps for his special use. Haydn, however, was incapacitated by a serious illness for a lengthy period and was unable to finish them, so the Archbishop threatened to deprive him of his salary. When Mozart heard of this he at once undertook the work, and visiting Haydn daily Mozart composed by his bedside. He soon completed the duets and handed them over to the Archbishop in Haydn's name. (more )

  • February 9, 2014: Yes, Jesus Loves Me

    February 09, 2014 01:12

    The verses to ‘Jesus Loves Me’ were written by Anna Bartlett Warner (1827 –1915). Anna’s father was Henry Warner, a wealthy New York City lawyer. When he lost most of his fortune in the 1837 depression, the family was forced to move to their summer home (Good Craig) on Constitution Island in the Hudson River. It was then that Anna and her sister Susan Warner began writing to earn money. They also conducted Bible classes for cadets at the nearby fledgling Military Academy at West Point. (Perhaps you've heard of it.)(more )

  • February 2, 2014: Transparent Trio Sonatas

    February 02, 2014 10:30
    Trio Sonata No. 1, 1st movement (BWV 525) J.S.Bach (1685-1750)
    — organ

    As we have seen in previous Music Boxes, a 35-year-old Bach, away performing, came home to discover ...(more )

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