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  • 2012 September 23: Young Bach

    September 23, 2012 10:30

    Bach was born in 1685 into a very musical family, but found himself orphaned at 9 years old. He made his way to adulthood with a combination of relatives and music scholarships to boarding schools, getting musical instruction here and there as he could. In his early 20’s he was establishing himself as the leading organist of the German speaking world (basically the Holy Roman Empire — what is now Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, etc.), and was working his way up the corporate — I mean courtly ladder — working for increasingly illustrious and wealthy princes. But in 1820, at age 35, ‘life happened’ and all that changed. (To be continued...) (more )

  • 2012 September 16: A World With No Tears

    September 16, 2012 10:30

    The Bible begins in Genesis with the Garden of Eden containing the Tree of Life, and ends in Revelation with another Tree of Life in the New Jerusalem, where God will 'wipe away every tear'. In between is the cataclysmic drama of the Fall, and all that it takes to make everything whole again (culminating with Christ on the Cross). There is yet so much work to be done, looking forward to a day when there are no more tears. Isn't that our true task as the Body of Christ? (more )

  • 2012 September 9: Young Beethoven

    September 09, 2012 10:30

    In 1790 there were two 'musical capitals' in Europe — London and Vienna, and a young Beethoven had taken Vienna by storm as a concert pianist and composer. Concert bookings and commissions for new compositions were piling up, and life was very good for a 19-year-old Beethoven. In this morning’s prelude we hear this young Ludwig — like a young otter frolicking in his ocean of music — having entirely too much fun. (more )

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