Happy Birthday, Dorothea Erxleben! 1715

The title of being “first” has always been a weird classification to me. I find noting intrinsically unique in being the first, except for the calling that prevails. Yet, something can be said about the doors that are opened for others, once one goes through. Born on November 13 of 1715, Dorothea Erxleben became the… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Dorothea Erxleben! 1715

Is it wise to “fall” asleep with a requiem on the ears?

Looked lightly at my small record collection, and picked a recording from 1954 — Bruno Walter conducting the New York Philharmonic playing the Requiem by Johannes Brahms. I did wonder, not intensively serious but with some depth, what is being conveyed to the sleeping living when the piece is for the non-living sleepers?