The Life You Give: Nikolai Medtner *1880

Russian composer Nikolai Karlovich Medtner (or Metner) was born January 4 1880 in Moscow, to parents of German descent who had lived in Russia for several generations. The family background was musical; his mother's brother was Fedor Gedike (Theodore Goedicke), a minor Romantic composer and professional pianist. He received early piano lessons from his mother… Continue reading The Life You Give: Nikolai Medtner *1880

The Life You Give: Louis Braille *1809

Louis Braille, born January 4, 1809, in Coupvray, near Paris, France, is the educator who developed a system of printing and writing, called Braille, that is extensively used by the blind.Braille was himself blinded at the age of three in an accident that occurred while he was playing with tools in his father’s harness shop.… Continue reading The Life You Give: Louis Braille *1809

The Life You Give: Grace Bumbry *1937

Grace Bumbry is a pioneering Mezzo & Soprano. Few mezzo-sopranos have successfully made the transition to becoming top sopranos. Grace Bumbry managed that. She was also a major figure in helping black singers find their rightful place on the opera stage in an era where segregation ran rampant.Born on Jan. 4, 1937, the mezzo was… Continue reading The Life You Give: Grace Bumbry *1937

The Life You Give: Isaac Newton *1642

Isaac Newton, born January 4, 1643, [New Style], in Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire, England, is the physicist and mathematician, who was the culminating figure of the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century. In optics, his discovery of the composition of white light integrated the phenomena of colours into the science of light and laid the foundation for… Continue reading The Life You Give: Isaac Newton *1642