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  • 2015 May 10: Scenes from Childhood

    May 10, 2015 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 )

  • 2015 May 3: For the Beauty of the Earth

    April 29, 2015 07:05

    Folliott Sandford Pierpoint (1835-1917) was born at Spa Villa, Bath, England, and educated at Cambridge, earning his degree in Classics with honors. He taught Classics at Somersetshire College, and eventually retired from academics to become a writer, spending most of his life in Bath and the south-west of England. Pierpoint died at the age of 82. (more )

  • 2015 April 26: Daquin

    April 26, 2015 10:30

    Louis-Claude Daquin was a French composer of Jewish ancestry, and a virtuoso organist and harpsichordist. He was born in Paris to a family originating from Italy, where his great-great-grandfather took the name D'Aquino after converting to Catholicism in the town of Aquino. Louis-Claude's parents were Claude Daquin, a painter, and Anne Tiersant, a grand-niece of Rabelais — the French Renaissance writer, doctor, Renaissance humanist, monk and Greek scholar. One of Louis-Claude's grand-uncles was a professor of Hebrew at the Collège de France, and another was the principal physician to King Louis XIV. (more )

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