Down and Out in First Century Palestine

Andante un poco Adagio (K309) W. Mozart (1756-1791) [PIANO] "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" Improvisation Although Jesus speaks for the ages, it never ceases to amaze me how much light understanding His cultural context sheds on what He had to say. What 'poor' meant in first century Palestine is yet another example. The economy of first…

Vaughan Williams

Rhosymedre R. Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) "Immortal Invisible God Only Wise" Improvisation Vaughan Williams was taught to read by his grandmother from the same book she had used to instruct her younger brother, Charles Darwin. There was a great tumult among the family — like everywhere else — when The Origin of Species was published, and…

Music Soothes the Manic King

Sonata in Gm   D. Scarlatti (1685-1757) When Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) arrived in Madrid at the end of 1733 (48 years old), he might have hoped for the sort of situation appropriate to a leading musician of his age back in Italy. But it didn’t work out that way. Everything was put awry by King…