Costume Party

Sonata in D (K419) D. Scarlatti (1685-1757) Allegro from Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 4 G. Handel (1685-1759) 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…

Mozart’s Father (Father’s Day)

Selections from “Notebook for Wolfgang” Leopold Mozart (1719-1787) 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…

A Multitude of Languages

Prelude in C J.S.Bach (1685-1750) Chorale Prelude on “Spirit of the Living God” Psalm 104 W. Zeitler 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…