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  • 2014 May 26: Gymnopedie

    May 26, 2019 10:30

    Erik Satie was a French pianist and composer during the Impressionist period (early 20th century). After his mother's death when Satie was 6, he and his younger brother were sent to live with his grandparents. There he received his first music lessons from a local organist. When he was 12 his grandmother died, and the two brothers were reunited in Paris with their father, who married a piano teacher shortly afterwards. From the early 1880s onwards, Satie started publishing salon compositions by his step-mother and himself, among others. (more )

  • 2017 April 16: The Holes

    May 19, 2019 10:30

    Amidst all the loud hallelujahs and trumpets that rightfully characterize Easter, there's a little detail of the story that recaptures my imagination again and again, namely: The Resurrected Christ still has the holes in His hands and feet. (more )

  • 2019 May 11: Maria von Paradis

    May 11, 2019 10:30

    Maria Theresia Paradis (1759-1824) was the daughter of Joseph Anton Paradis, Imperial Secretary of Commerce to the Empress Maria Theresa. Around three years old Maria awoke one morning completely blind. Dad was sufficiently affluent to afford the best medical care available at the time, which in 1762 was rather grim: they shaved her head and put plasters on it for two months; and then there were the leaches, purgatives, and electric shocks. Unsurprisingly her condition didn't improve.(more )