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  • 2014 June 29: Costume Party

    June 29, 2014 10:30

    At the time of Handel's birth, what is now Germany was a loose confederation of feudal states known as the Holy Roman Empire. Handel was born in the state known as Saxony, and as he became famous his moniker became 'the Saxon'. (more )

  • 2014 June 22: Beautiful Score

    June 22, 2014 10:30

    On one occasion Brahms, the composer Ignaz Brull, and other friends had dinner together and retired afterwards for a smoke. A few recently published compositions by Ignaz were lying on the piano. Brahms turned over the leaves and suddenly exclaimed, "How beautiful, how very beautiful!" Modest Ignaz was doubtless silently delighted. But Brahms continued, "It is the most beautiful title-page I have seen for a long time!" (more )

  • 2014 June 15: Mozart's Father (Father's Day)

    June 15, 2014 10:30

    Leopold Mozart was a German composer, conductor, teacher, and — the father and teacher of his spectacularly famous son Wolfgang. Leopold and his wife had seven children, of whom only two survived: Maria Anna (1751–1829) — better known by her nickname ‘Nannerl’, and her younger brother Wolfgang (1756–1791). When Nannerl was seven years old Leopold began giving her music lessons. Little three-year-old Wolfgang was enchanted, and the toddler immediately began imitating his sister, at first picking out tunes on the keyboard and then making rapid progress under dad’s instruction (which included a set of beginner pieces dad wrote for his son — a few featured in today’s prelude). (more )

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