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  • 2016 May 29: Memorial Day

    May 27, 2018 10:30

    When I was five years old a piano showed up at our house, and I was hooked. Probably as much to preserve their sanity as anything else, mom started me on piano lessons with a lady up the street, who got me started on the rudiments of reading music. But my father was in the Navy, moving was relentless, and so I didn't have steady lessons until my father was stationed at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey for a three year stint and mom saw her opening. (more )

  • 2018 May 13: Hildegard of Bingen

    May 08, 2018 12:28

    Hildegard was of lower noble birth. Perhaps due to her visions from a young age, or due to political considerations, she was offered as an oblate to Benedictine monastery at the Disibodenberg perhaps as young as eight years old. She was assigned to a woman named Jutta who taught her the rudiments of reading and writing, and other useful skills. She also learned to play the 10-string psaltery.

  • 2018 April 29: Passacaglias

    April 29, 2018 10:30

    The idea of building a piece on a repeating pattern (eight bars long, say) has been around since time immemorial. Baroque era versions of that would be the "passacaglica" and the "chaconne". Two modern applications of that idea would be Taizé (a Christian meditative musical form) and Rap. (more )

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