Friday, December 16, 2011

Happy Birthday...

To two favorites of mine...

Ludwig van Beehtoven (1770 - 1827)
A German composer whose profound deafness during the last ten years of his life makes all the more remarkable his renowned musical achievements. These include nine symphonies, 32 piano sonatas, two Masses, a violin concerto, and five piano concertos.

One of his best known pieces:

along with The Fifth Symphony Moonlight Sonata, Ode to Joy , The 6th Symphony in F Major Opus 68 (one of my very favorites) and too many others to name.

Jane Austen (1775 - 1817)
A well known and much loved English author, her fans today number in the millions and her stories are regularly captured on film. Books such as Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, Emma and others.

From a piece she wrote called "Prayer":
"Give us a thankful sense of the Blessings in which we live, of the many Comforts of our lot, that we may not deserve to lose them by Discontent or Indifference."

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