Martha Argerich — Early Recordings

A prodigy, Argerich was performing professionally by age eight. In 1955 she went to Europe, where her teachers included Friedrich Gulda and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. She won two prestigious competitions in 1957 at age 16: the Geneva International Music Competition and the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition. In 1965 she won the Chopin Piano Competition… Continue reading Martha Argerich — Early Recordings

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: J.R.R. Tolkien *1892

J.R.R. Tolkien, born John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, January 3 1892, in Bloemfontein, South Africa, is the English writer and scholar who achieved fame with his children’s book The Hobbit (1937) and his richly inventive epic fantasy The Lord of the Rings (1954–55).At age four Tolkien, with his mother and younger brother, settled near Birmingham, England,… Continue reading The Life You Give: J.R.R. Tolkien *1892

Celebration Day I: January 1 2022 — Happy Birthday, Edmund Burke *1.1.1729

Edmund Burke, born January 1, [Old Style], 1729, in Dublin, Ireland, was statesman, parliamentary orator, and political thinker prominent in public life from 1765 to about 1795 and important in the history of political theory. He championed conservatism in opposition to Jacobinism in Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790).Early lifeBurke, the son of a… Continue reading Celebration Day I: January 1 2022 — Happy Birthday, Edmund Burke *1.1.1729

“The Idol of My Youth” (Zappa on Varèse)

Edgard Varèse: The Idol of My YouthBy Frank ZappaStereo Review, June, 1971I have been asked to write about Edgard Varèse. I am in no way qualified to. I can't even pronounce his name right. The only reason I have agreed to is because I love his music very much, and if by some chance this… Continue reading “The Idol of My Youth” (Zappa on Varèse)

The Life You Give: Steve Biko *1946

Steve Biko, born Bantu Stephen Biko on December 18, 1946, in King William’s Town, South Africa, was founder of the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa. His death from injuries suffered while in police custody made him an international martyr for South African Black nationalism.After being expelled from high school for political activism, Biko enrolled… Continue reading The Life You Give: Steve Biko *1946

The Life You Give: Nostradamus *1503

Nostradamus (Michel de Notredame, born December 14, 1503, Saint-Rémy, France, was an astrologer and physician, and the most widely read seer of the Renaissance.Nostradamus began his medical practice in Agen, sometime in the 1530s, despite not only never having taken a medical degree but also apparently having been expelled from medical school. In 1544 he… Continue reading The Life You Give: Nostradamus *1503

“Fidelio”, Ludwig van Beethoven’s only Opera, premiered on this day in 1805

Celebrate with us, listening to this masterpiece on November 20 at 11pm EST in the Opera, Blood, and Tears Club, on Clubhouse. Monument by Kaspar von Zumbusch, commemorating Beethoven’s Fidelio in Vienna, where it premiered. CHARACTERS FLORESTAN, a Spanish Nobleman……………………………TenorLEONORE, his wife, in male attire as FIDELIO…….………….SopranoDON FERNANDO, Prime Minister of Spain…………………….BassPIZARRO, Governor of the… Continue reading “Fidelio”, Ludwig van Beethoven’s only Opera, premiered on this day in 1805

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Compay Segundo! 1907

Come and listen to Compay Segundo — November 18 at 7pm EST, as we celebrate him and his music at The Aristipposian Poet, on Clubhouse. Compay Segundo was born as Máximo Francisco Repilado Muñoz Telles on November 18, 1907, in Siboney, Cuba. He was a reputed Trova guitarist, singer, and composer of Cuba. When the… Continue reading ¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Compay Segundo! 1907

“Oberon” by Carl Maria von Weber

Carl Maria von Weber was born on November 18 1786. In celebration of his life and contributions to music, we will be playing one of his operas on Clubhouse. Please, join us — November 18 at 1 pm EST, at the Opera, Blood, and Tears Club. “Weber’s final opera, and one of his most impressive… Continue reading “Oberon” by Carl Maria von Weber

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