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  • 2017 July 23: Brahms & Children

    July 23, 2017 10:30

    Brahms knew and was well known to all the children of the neighborhood, and when starting on his long walks would fill his pockets with candies, and amuse himself with the eagerness of the children, who knew his ways and would run after him as he passed, on the look-out for booty. "Whoever can jump gets a gulden,’ he would say; and displaying beyond reach a handful of candies made in imitation of the Austrian coin, he would increase his walking speed, and raise his hand higher and higher, drawing after him the flock of running, leaping children, until he allowed them one by one to gain a prize.

  • 2017 July 16: A Friend in Need

    July 16, 2017 10:30

    Michael Haydn (1737–1806), younger brother of the more famous Joseph Haydn, had been ordered by the Archbishop to compose some duets for violin and tenor, perhaps for his special use. Haydn, however, was incapacitated by a serious illness for a lengthy period and was unable to finish them, so the Archbishop threatened to deprive him of his salary. When Mozart heard of this he at once undertook the work, and visiting Haydn daily Mozart composed by his bedside. He soon completed the duets and handed them over to the Archbishop in Haydn's name. (more )

  • 2017 July 9: Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

    July 09, 2017 10:30

    Robert Robinson (1735-1790) had a rough beginning. His father died when he was aged five, but his maternal grandfather, Robert Wilkin, a wealthy gentleman of Mildenhall, who had never reconciled himself to his daughter’s lowly marriage, disinherited his grandson with an inheritance amounting to couch money. His mother, unable to control him, sent him to London to learn barbering. What he learned instead was drinking and gang-life.

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