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  • 2014 July 27: The Perils of Art

    July 27, 2014 17:22

    The Spanish composer Granados was ever the prankster, and after he became established in Spain the 'brilliant' idea occurred to him that he and his colleagues should form an orchestra in which everyone played an instrument about which they knew nothing at all. So the opera singer scratched away on a fiddle, the composer Albeniz struggled with some dolorous wind instrument, and Granados played on a comb and paper. Rehearsals took place on an open patio, and though discretion was attempted, the fame (or infamy) of this strange orchestra spread quickly, even reaching the King's ear in his palace, so that Royal inquiry was made to their progress. (more )

  • 2014 July 20: Gymnopedie

    July 20, 2014 10:30

    Erik Satie was a French pianist and composer during the Impressionist period (early 20th century). After his mother's death when Satie was 6, he and his younger brother were sent to live with his grandparents. There he received his first music lessons from a local organist. When he was 12 his grandmother died, and the two brothers were reunited in Paris with their father, who married a piano teacher shortly afterwards. From the early 1880s onwards, Satie started publishing salon compositions by his step-mother and himself, among others. (more )

  • 2014 July 13: The Sower

    July 13, 2014 15:03

    The Gospel appointed for this Sunday is the Parable of the Sower (found in Matthew 13, Mark 4 and Luke 8): the sower casts his seeds on the field. Some lands on the path where the birds eat it. Some lands on rocky ground, it grows quickly but without root, is scorched by the sun and withers. Some lands among thorns and is choked. And some lands on good soil where it brings forth grain, "some a hundred-fold, some sixty, and some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!" (more )

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