Of course it is best for a child to be raised by both mother and father, but sadly it doesn’t always work out that way. Which was so for two particularly famous composers... (more ↠)
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June 17, 2018 10:30
June 10, 2018 10:30
Ludwig had a younger brother Nikolaus whom Ludwig had tried to shield from their abusive alcoholic father. As adults there was little affection between them. Ludwig, as we well know, went into music. His younger brother, however, was something of a ne'er do well until he found a way to profit handsomely from Napoleon's conquest of Vienna, which by general consensus amounted to Nikolaus "collaborating with the enemy". (more ↠)
June 03, 2018 22:30
Louis Vierne was born nearly blind due to congenital cataracts, but at an early age was discovered to have an unusual gift for music. At age two he heard the piano for the first time: the pianist played him a Schubert lullaby and he promptly began to pick out the notes on the piano. At age 22, Vierne served as an assistant to the organist Charles-Marie Widor at the church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris. Vierne subsequently became principal organist at the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, a post he held from age 30 until his death.