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  • 2016 July 29: Vivaldi and the Inquisition

    July 29, 2018 22:30

    Known by his vocation and the color of his hair as "The Red Priest", Vivaldi spent most of his career as music master at a girl's orphanage in Venice, writing for his pupils some five hundred concertos. He also wrote more than forty operas. In 1741 he moved to Vienna hoping to make it big, but ended up dying shortly thereafter in great poverty instead.(more )

  • 201 July 22: Beautiful Score

    July 22, 2018 10:30

    On one occasion Brahms, the composer Ignaz Brull, and other friends had dinner together and retired afterwards for a smoke. A few recently published compositions by Ignaz were lying on the piano. Brahms turned over the leaves and suddenly exclaimed, "How beautiful, how very beautiful!" Modest Ignaz was doubtless silently delighted. But Brahms continued, "It is the most beautiful title-page I have seen for a long time!"

  • 2018 July 8: A Wideness to God's Mercy

    July 08, 2018 10:30

    Frederick William Faber (1814-1863) was an English cleric, author and poet. Faber excelled in school, was awarded scholarships for his general scholarship as well as prizes for his poetry. Raised a Calvinist, as a young man he changed to the Anglican Church. Mind you, the Anglican Church included (and includes) strands that are essentially Catholic minus the Pope (the big sticking point for Henry VIII who founded the Anglican church) — and that was the strand which Faber joined. With time he ’finished the job’ and converted to Catholicism, and founded what amounted to a monastic order. He was a prolific author in spite of chronic ill health, writing hymns, epic poems and theological tomes (including an eight volume opus entitled "The Foot of the Cross").

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