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  • May 18, 2014: Chopin's Complete Works

    May 18, 2014 12:06

    In Chopin's day there was a gentleman of considerable musical abilities who played very well and was extremely fond of Chopin's music, playing many of his pieces including some of the very difficult ones. The English conductor Sir Charles Hallé brought him the sad tidings of Chopin's death. 'Capital!' the gentleman exclaimed, "Now I can have his complete works bound!" (more )

  • May 11, 2014: Scenes from Childhood

    May 11, 2014 10:30

    Robert Schumann left the study of law, intending to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist. He had been assured by his teacher, the emminent Friedrich Wieck, that he could become the finest pianist in Europe. Robert unfortunately suffered a crippling hand injury — possibly due to a mechanism with weights and pulleys attached by strings to his fingers he contrived to improve his technique. This put an end to any career as a concert pianist, so he focused his musical energies on composing. He also became editor of Die Neue Zeitschrift für Musik ("New Journal for Music"), in which he famously introduced Chopin's music: "Hat's off, gentlemen! A genius!" (more )

  • May 4, 2014: The Mysterious One

    May 04, 2014 10:30

    Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810–1876) was an English organist and composer who wrote the hymn tune 'Aurelia' (to which we sing "The Church's One Foundation"). (more )

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