Month: November 2016


No birthdays today…

But we do remember the premier of two seminal musical works in the Romantic vein, even tough their respective premiers happened long after the Romantic era had been written off. First we have Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto, premiered on this date in 1909, with the composer himself as the soloist… What I wouldn’t give to have been there for that performance.


In memoriam…

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives. You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me. Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. Real joy seems to me almost as unlike security or prosperity as it is unlike agony. Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. C. S. Lewis –  who died on this date in 1963. His passing was little noticed around the world, because of a senseless tragedy that took place elsewhere… on that very same day we also lost President John F. Kennedy, to an assassin’s bullet.       Image found here.