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  • 2014 June 29: Costume Party

    June 29, 2014 10:30

    At the time of Handel's birth, what is now Germany was a loose confederation of feudal states known as the Holy Roman Empire. Handel was born in the state known as Saxony, and as he became famous his moniker became 'the Saxon'. (more )

  • 2014 June 15: Mozart's Father (Father's Day)

    June 15, 2014 10:30

    Leopold Mozart was a German composer, conductor, teacher, and — the father and teacher of his spectacularly famous son Wolfgang. Leopold and his wife had seven children, of whom only two survived: Maria Anna (1751–1829) — better known by her nickname ‘Nannerl’, and her younger brother Wolfgang (1756–1791). When Nannerl was seven years old Leopold began giving her music lessons. Little three-year-old Wolfgang was enchanted, and the toddler immediately began imitating his sister, at first picking out tunes on the keyboard and then making rapid progress under dad’s instruction (which included a set of beginner pieces dad wrote for his son — a few featured in today’s prelude). (more )

  • 2014 June 8: A Multitude of Languages

    June 08, 2014 10:30

    There are approximately 6000 to 7000 different human languages. The Guinness Book of World Records lists Ziad Fazah (b. 1954) as the world's greatest living polyglot, fluent in 59 languages. As extraordinary as that accomplishment is, that's still less than 1% of the extant human languages. (more )

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