Rainer Maria Rilke *XII 4 1875 — Das Leben das Du Gibst

Rainer Maria Rilke, born René Maria Rilke, Dec. 4, 1875, in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary [now in Czech Republic], is the poet who became internationally famous with such works as Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus.Rilke was the only son of a not-too-happy marriage. His father, Josef, a civil servant, was a man frustrated in his… Continue reading Rainer Maria Rilke *XII 4 1875 — Das Leben das Du Gibst

Anton Webern *XII 3 1883 — The Life You Give

Anton Webern, born Anton Friedrich Wilhelm von Webern, December 3, 1883, Vienna, Austria, is the composer of the 12-tone Viennese school. He is known especially for his passacaglia for orchestra, his chamber music, and various songs (Lieder).Webern’s father, a mining engineer, rose to the highest rank of his profession, becoming chief of mining in the… Continue reading Anton Webern *XII 3 1883 — The Life You Give

Ozzy Osborne *XII 3 1948 — The Life You Give

Ozzy Osbourne, born John Michael Osbourne, December 3, 1948, in Birmingham, England, is the musician who gained a loyal following as the vocalist for the heavy metal group Black Sabbath before embarking on a successful solo career.Raised in a working-class family, Osbourne dropped out of school at age 15 and held several low-paying jobs. He… Continue reading Ozzy Osborne *XII 3 1948 — The Life You Give

María Callas *XII 2 1923 — The Life You Give

Maria Callas, born Maria Cecilia Sophia Anna Kalogeropoulos, December 2, 1923, in New York, New York, U.S.A., is the operatic soprano who revived classical coloratura roles in the mid-20th century with her lyrical and dramatic versatility.Callas was the daughter of Greek immigrants and early developed an interest in singing. Accompanied by her mother, she left… Continue reading María Callas *XII 2 1923 — The Life You Give

Interrupted/Innerupted: Symphony No. 8, Franz Schubert

Take a moment, hook in your best pair of headphones, maybe even close your eyes, and listen to the first haunting bars of Franz Schubert’s “Unfinished” Eighth Symphony. It begins with a single, hushed melodic line in the low strings which quickly gives way to shivering violins and darkly pulsating bass pizzicati. Then, a lamenting… Continue reading Interrupted/Innerupted: Symphony No. 8, Franz Schubert

Marina Abramović *XI 30 1946 — The Life You Give

Marina Abramović, born November 30, 1946, in Belgrade, Yugoslavia [now in Serbia]), is a performance artist known for works that dramatically tested the endurance and limitations of her own body and mind. Abramović was raised in Yugoslavia by parents who fought as Partisans in World War II and were later employed in the communist government… Continue reading Marina Abramović *XI 30 1946 — The Life You Give

The Life You Give: C. S. Lewis *1898

Clive Staples Lewis, born November 29, 1898, Belfast, Ireland [now in Northern Ireland] was scholar, novelist, and author of about 40 books, many of them on Christian apologetics, including The Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity. His works of greatest lasting fame may be The Chronicles of Narnia, a series of seven children’s books that have… Continue reading The Life You Give: C. S. Lewis *1898

Gaetano Donizetti *XI 29 1797 — The Life You Give

Gaetano Donizetti, born on Nov. 29, 1797, in Bergamo, Cisalpine Republic, was an Italian opera composer whose numerous operas in both Italian and French represent a transitional stage in operatic development between Rossini and Verdi. Among his major works are Lucia di Lammermoor (1835), La fille du régiment (1840), and La favorite (1840). In his… Continue reading Gaetano Donizetti *XI 29 1797 — The Life You Give

William Blake *XI 28 1757 — The Life You Give

William Blake, born Nov. 28, 1757, in London, England, is the engraver, artist, poet, and visionary, author of exquisite lyrics in Songs of Innocence (1789) and Songs of Experience (1794) and profound and difficult “prophecies,” such as Visions of the Daughters of Albion (1793), The First Book of Urizen (1794), Milton (1804[–?11]), and Jerusalem (1804[–?20]).… Continue reading William Blake *XI 28 1757 — The Life You Give

Stefan Zweig *XI 28 1881 — The Life You Give

Stefan Zweig, born November 28, 1881, Vienna, Austro-Hungarian Empire [now in Austria], is the writer who achieved distinction in several genres—poetry, essays, short stories, and dramas—most notably in his interpretations of imaginary and historical characters.Zweig was raised in Vienna. His first book, a volume of poetry, was published in 1901. He received a doctorate from… Continue reading Stefan Zweig *XI 28 1881 — The Life You Give