So I thought I had posted January and February Saint, Composer, and Artist posts. But I didn’t and here they are sitting in drafts. I am combining these as well so you get only one post and not two
Starting strong in the New Year. Enjoy the following resources!
Saint: We do a study on the Magi or Wise men. So little is known about them but they are fascinating characters in history. I particularly like the description that Lew Wallace (author of Ben Hur) gives, fictional that it may be. We celebrate Epiphany which is 12 days after Christmas.
Composer: A well know composer George Frideric Handel is heard the world over every Christmas. Again, I went in search for a composition that I wasn’t as familiar with. Here is the music For the Royal Fireworks. What a great song for the New Year!
Artist: Keeping with the theme of the Magi here is Abraham Bloemaert (1566-1651), Adoration of the magi, 1624
Utrecht, Centraal Museum
Saint: Of course it is St. Valentine but he didn’t have a happy ending. Instead he was a martyr. His story, or what little we know of it, is fasincating.
Composer: Arcangelo Corelli, honestly I didn’t recognize the name but did recognize the following composition. The youtube.com links are in 2 parts.
Arcangelo Corelli, Concerto Grosso op. VI, n.4 (parte 1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVM9MpCu_Jc
Arcangelo Corelli, Concerto Grosso op. VI, n. 4 (parte 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWImWeehguA
Artist: Keeping with the winter theme here is a great site for the artist Joseph Farquharson. He was a also a Scottish laird.