After their marriage, Charles Wesley (1707-1788) and his wife Sally set up housekeeping in Bristol, England, heading up the Methodist activities there. Later they moved to London so Charles could work more closely with his brother John. All the while he was writing hymns. There are few stories behind specific hymns because Charles was just always writing them, needing neither events to inspire him nor stretches of meditative time to develop his ideas. He was just always writing hymns. (more ↠)
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December 02, 2018 10:30
November 25, 2018 10:30
The original Latin words to “All Glory, Laud and Honor" were written by Theodulph of Orleans (760-821). Theodulph was born into the Italian nobility, but decided on a life of religious service. His first position was as abbot of a monastery in Firenze (Florence), Italy. In 781, Charlemagne appointed him Bishop of Orleans, France. However, his flourishing career came to an abrupt end with Charlemagne’s death. Louis the Pious suspected Theodulph of secret loyalty to political leaders in Italy, the country of his birth. These suspicions led to Theodulph’s imprisonment in Angiers in 818. It was there he wrote “All Glory, Laud and Honor”, and later died there. (more ↠)
November 06, 2018 21:19
While a young man living in Vienna, Beethoven had given piano lessons to a young woman, Countess Anna Louise Barbara Keglevich. The Keglevich’s had been members of the nobility for two centuries, first in Dalmatia, then in Slovakia. Beethoven was invited to the Keglevich Palace in Bratislava in 1796, when the countess, who was also called Babette, was just 17 (Beethoven 26). It seems likely that Beethoven was in love with Anna. While there, he composed several works for her, which include the Sonata in E-flat major and the Piano Concerto (#1) in C Major.