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  • 2015 May 24: Thy Lovingkindness in the Morning

    May 20, 2015 11:07

    In a former life I played at a church that had a really fine professional tenor available (as we do in Julio this morning), for whom I wrote a set of three sacred songs for Sunday worship: (more )

  • 2015 May 17: Isaac Watts & "Jesus Shall Reign"

    May 17, 2015 10:30

    Isaac Watts (1674–1748) was a prolific hymn writer, one of whose undertakings was to adapt the entire book of Psalms (or at least virtually all of it) into verse form while injecting a New Testament perspective. The result was The Psalms of David, Imitated in the Language of the New Testament and Applied to the Christian State and Worship, published in 1719. (more )

  • 2015 May 10: Scenes from Childhood

    May 10, 2015 10:30

    Robert Schumann left the study of law, intending to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist. He had been assured by his teacher, the emminent Friedrich Wieck, that he could become the finest pianist in Europe. Robert unfortunately suffered a crippling hand injury — possibly due to a mechanism with weights and pulleys attached by strings to his fingers he contrived to improve his technique. This put an end to any career as a concert pianist, so he focused his musical energies on composing. He also became editor of Die Neue Zeitschrift für Musik ("New Journal for Music"), in which he famously introduced Chopin's music: "Hat's off, gentlemen! A genius!" (more )

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