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  • 2015 October 25: Open My Eyes

    October 19, 2015 15:26

    In 1856 (age 15), Scott attended the first Music Institute held in Chicago by the then well-known C.M. Cady. By 1859 (age 18), she was teaching music at the Ladies' Seminary in Lyons, Iowa. She married Henry Clay Scott in 1861 (née Scott — her husband conveniently already had the same last name). In 1882 she published her Royal Anthem Book, the first volume of choir anthems published by a woman. Horatio R. Palmer, an influential church musician in Chicago and later New York City, was a source of encouragement for Scott, and helped her publish many of her songs. In 1895 "Open My Eyes" was published and became her best-known hymn. In 1896 she published a book called Truth in Song for Lovers of Truth. (more )

  • 2015 October 18: Vaughan Williams

    October 18, 2015 08:45

    Vaughan Williams was taught to read by his grandmother from the same book she had used to instruct her younger brother, Charles Darwin. There was a great tumult among the family — like everywhere else — when The Origin of Species was published, and Ralph, when he was about seven, asked his mother about it. His mother was extremely sensible. She said, "The Bible tells us that God made the world in six days. Great-uncle Charles thinks it took rather longer. But we needn't worry — it is equally wonderful either way." (more )

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