It so happens that the great uncle of the English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958) was none other than Charles Darwin (1809–1882). Ralph's grandmother taught Ralph to read using the same primer with which she had taught her younger brother Charles. Later there was a great kerfuffle among the family — like everywhere else — when the Origin of Species (1859) was published. Ralph, about thirteen at the time, asked his grandmother about it. She said, "The Bible tells us that God made the world in six days. Great-uncle Charles thinks it took rather longer. But we needn't worry — it is equally wonderful either way."
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June 18, 2017 10:30
June 11, 2017 10:30
Being Trinity Sunday I thought I’d feature a piece in which ‘Three’ figures prominently. And so we have a Beethoven TRIO sonata (THREE players), Opus 1 number THREE, in C minor (a key signature with THREE flats.) (more ↠)
May 31, 2017 22:49
“Eternally Starlit Sandstone” is a piece commissioned by Don Dudley as a present for his wife Earleen’s 60th birthday. The title refers to a particularly magical trip they took by train through the desert – a mood which the piece tries to reflect. (more ↠)