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  • 2016 March 13: Mozart's Remains

    March 13, 2016 10:30

    At three o'clock in the afternoon of December 6, 1791, the body of Mozart received the final benediction in the transept chapel on the north side of St. Stephen's Church in Vienna. A violent storm of snow and rain was raging, and a half-dozen friends — including Salieri, and Mozart's student Sussmayer (who completed his teacher's unfinished Requiem for us) — stood under umbrellas around the bier, which was then carried to the churchyard of St. Mark's. The storm continued to rage so fiercely that the mourners decided to turn back before they reached their destination, and not a friend stood by when the body of Mozart was lowered into the grave. Due to poverty no grave had been bought, and his body was consigned to a common vault made to contain from fifteen to twenty coffins, which were dug up every ten years or so to make room for new. So no stone marks Mozart's final resting place — indeed his mortal remains are completely lost. 

  • 2016 February 28: "Moonlight Sonata"

    February 28, 2016 10:30

    The "Moonlight Sonata" has become standard fare for beginning piano students (including yours truly!) so we've all heard it played — um — less than skillfully. I thought you might enjoy hearing it played well. In this piece it never ceases to amaze me how Ludwig uses such simple musical materials to weave so enchanting a spell. (more )

  • 2016 February 21: Labyrinths

    February 21, 2016 10:30

    A new feature here at our church is our labyrinth: in a 'labyrinth' you don't have any choices — there's only one path, whereas in a 'maze' you have choices along the way. Mythology tells us that King Minos of Crete built the first labyrinth to keep the dreaded Minotaur trapped (so it would have had to be a maze), and by the fifth century BCE labyrinths were popular on coins and as tiled Roman floors.... (more )

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