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Music and Musicians
Joseph Joachim was regarded by most people in Europe as the greatest
violinist ever, but in the home of Sterndale Bennett there was a dissenting voice.
by J. R. Sterndale Bennett 1907
for Music and Musicians
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Dancing in the Dock
The fandango is Spain’s most alluring national dance, and the story goes that even the most solemn clergyman could not resist it.
by Jean-François de Bourgoing 1748-1811
Lives of the Saints
St John Damascene
John’s enduring influence is evident today in the rich sights and sounds of Christian liturgy.
The Thrice-Holy Hymn
When the capital of the Roman Empire was in the grip of a violent
earthquake, it fell to one small child to save all the people.
by St John Damascene ?636-749
While on tour in Austria, Irish tenor Michael Kelly was introduced
to Mozart, and discovered a man of many talents and much kindness.
by Michael Kelly 1762-1826
The Third Hand
John Mansur, working in Islamic Syria, thought he could
safely criticise the Roman Emperor for meddling in Christian worship. But he was wrong.
by Joseph Hirst Lupton 1836-1905
An amateur composer once asked Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart how he thought of his
lovely music and — for one performance only — the maestro told him.
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791
Think and Speak