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  • 2018 May13: Fanny Mendelssohn

    May 13, 2016 12:07

    Fanny Mendelssohn the oldest of four children, her younger brother being the famous Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847). Fanny received her first piano instruction from her mother, who had been a student of Johann Kirnberger, who was himself a student of J.S. Bach. As a thirteen year old, Fanny could already play all 24 Preludes and Fugues from Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier by heart (that's about 2 hours of very difficult and complex music), and she did so in honor of her father's birthday in 1818. Later she studied with Carl Friedrich Zelter, one of the top music instructors in Berlin. In a letter to Goethe about Fanny's father, Zelter wrote, "He has adorable children and his oldest daughter could give you something of Sebastian Bach. This child is really something special." (more )

  • 2016 May 1: Divine & Human

    May 01, 2016 10:30

    A couple Sundays ago Sandy discussed Jesus' divinity vs. humanity, how this conundrum was at the top of the agenda at the Council of Nicea in 325 CE, and how they resolved that Jesus was 'both fully human and fully divine.' (more )

  • 2016 April 24: Earth Day

    April 24, 2016 10:30

    It's a commonplace in Christian thinking that God reveals Herself in 'the Book of Scripture' (the Bible) and 'the Book of Nature'. Personally I think there are more than these two, but who's counting! Meanwhile, this week we celebrated 'Earth Day', so I thought we might focus some musical attention on the 'Book of Nature'. (more )

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