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  • 2015 August 2: William Williams

    July 29, 2015 15:23

    William Williams (1717-1791) is generally considered to be Wales' most famous hymn writer. As a writer of both poetry and prose, Williams is today considered one of Wale's greatest literary figures. He was equally distinguished as one of the key leaders of the 18th century Welsh Methodist revival. (more )

  • 2015 July 5: My Country Tis of Thee

    July 05, 2015 22:30

    In Beethoven's day a popular musical form was "Theme and Variations". The template was to take a popular tune of the day — the 'theme' — which the composer states rather simply, and follow it with 'variations' which displayed the composer's imaginative powers. Beethoven was regarded as the "Mike Tyson" of that form and wrote twenty-two sets. (more )

  • 2017 June 25: Gentleman's Magazine

    June 25, 2015 10:30

    The Gentleman's Magazine was founded in London, England, by Edward Cave in January 1731. It ran uninterrupted for almost 200 years, until 1922. It was the first to use the term 'magazine' (from the French 'magazine', meaning 'storehouse') for a periodical. Cave's innovation was to create a monthly digest of news and commentary on any topic the educated public might be interested in, from commodity prices to Latin poetry. It carried original content from a stable of regular contributors, as well as extensive quotations and extracts from other periodicals and books. (more )

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