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  • 2018 November 11: Beethoven in Love

    November 06, 2018 21:19

    While a young man living in Vienna, Beethoven had given piano lessons to a young woman, Countess Anna Louise Barbara Keglevich. The Keglevich’s had been members of the nobility for two centuries, first in Dalmatia, then in Slovakia. Beethoven was invited to the Keglevich Palace in Bratislava in 1796, when the countess, who was also called Babette, was just 17 (Beethoven 26). It seems likely that Beethoven was in love with Anna. While there, he composed several works for her, which include the Sonata in E-flat major and the Piano Concerto (#1) in C Major.

  • 2018 October 21: Henry Francis Lyte

    October 21, 2018 22:30

    Henry Francis Lyte (1793–1847), vicar in the fishing village of Lower Brixham, Devonshire, England, ministered faithfully to his sea-faring people for twenty-three years. (more )

  • 2018 October 7: Temperament

    October 02, 2018 20:25

    This week is the last of my three selections from Bach’s Well-Tempered Keyboard (and for the next three weeks we’ll have ‘easy listening’ preludes to clear the palette!), exploring the theme that ‘less can be more than enough.’ After all, this landmark collection of pieces was composed for a four-octave student keyboard — about half the size of the piano keyboard. (Even cheapie keyboards from Walmart are larger.) (more )

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