Today is the birthday of composer Igor Stravinsky, born in 1882.
Among other things, he said:
As a musician who’s played this piece before, I cannot place enough emphasis on how brilliant The Rite of Spring is… astonishingly so!
With constantly changing tempos and long stretches where it is really rather easy to lose ones way, I had actually been dreading the first rehearsal.
By the time we got through the piece, I was in awe.
It was all there.
Right in the score.
Stravinsky, himself, was telling me when to enter – what to do when.
All I had to do was listen.
What a revelation.
Today is also the birthday of John Wesley, in 1703, who is considered the founder of Methodism.
Whatever your personal flavor, concerning things “spiritual” or “religious”, the fact that the Methodist denomination has founded more hospitals, child-care facilities, colleges and retirement homes than any other Christian denomination must count for something.
Along with those, Methodists also founded the Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries, two large organizations known for their work to benefit the poor and disabled.
Good on ya’, John.