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!"
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July 22, 2018 10:30
July 15, 2018 10:30
One morning, Schubert brought singer Michael Vogl several songs for his perusal. Busy at the moment, Vogl set them aside and examined them later when he had opportunity. He liked one especially, but it was too high for him, so he transposed it and had a (hand) copy made. A couple weeks later he, Schubert and some friends were enjoying a musical evening together. Something new was asked for, and without comment Vogl placed Schubert's song on the piano (in its new key, and someone else's handwriting). When Schubert heard the piece, he exclaimed "H'm! Pretty good song! Who wrote it?"
July 08, 2018 10:30
Frederick William Faber (1814-1863) was an English cleric, author and poet. Faber excelled in school, was awarded scholarships for his general scholarship as well as prizes for his poetry. Raised a Calvinist, as a young man he changed to the Anglican Church. Mind you, the Anglican Church included (and includes) strands that are essentially Catholic minus the Pope (the big sticking point for Henry VIII who founded the Anglican church) — and that was the strand which Faber joined. With time he ’finished the job’ and converted to Catholicism, and founded what amounted to a monastic order. He was a prolific author in spite of chronic ill health, writing hymns, epic poems and theological tomes (including an eight volume opus entitled "The Foot of the Cross").