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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 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 )

  • 2014 July 12: O Gott, du Frommer Gott

    July 12, 2014 10:30

    Certain hymns have caught the imaginations of composers down through the eons more than others, and "O Gott, du Frommer Gott" — better known to us as "O God, Our Faithful God" is one of them (277 in our hymnal). (more )

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