Friday, December 16, 2011


Born on this day:

Ludvig van Beethoven in 1770

Some Favorites:

Violin concerto in D
Five piano concertos
9 Symphonies

Jane Austen in 1775

Some Favorites

Mansfield Park
Sense and Sensibility
Pride and Prejudice
Northanger Abbey

Arthur C. Clarke in 1917

Some favorites:

Rendezvous with Rama
Tales from the White Hart
The City and the Stars
"The Sentinel" (basis for the film 2001: AD)


  1. Not to mention, my daughter. :)

    An auspicious day for sure.

    Beethoven's Violin Concerto is the sort of thing once heard, never forgotten. A gorgeous piece of music.

    I once heard my little daughter (who pretended she didn't pay attention to my love of the classics) walking around the house whistling part of the Violin Concerto.

    I thought: Well, my work here is done.


    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Fred.

  2. Yvette,

    Did you know that Beethoven had transcribed the Violin Concerto in D for the piano? It's sometimes called the Sixth Piano Concerto. If you love the Violin Concerto, you should listen to this version.

    And a very Merry Christmas to you and yours, also.