10 Facts about J.S. Bach 0

(in honor of his birthday March 21, 1685)

1. Johann Sebastian Bach was born 326 years ago in Eisenach (Thuringia), Germany.

2. He was a composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist.

3. He came from a family of accomplished musicians, beginning with his great-grandfather who was a professional violinist.

4. Though best known for his virtuosity and compositions on the organ, his first music lessons were on the violin. continue reading »

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10 Facts about Albert Einstein

(In honor of his birthday, March 14, 1879)

1. Albert Einstein was born 132 years ago in Ulm, Germany.

2. As a result of his speech problems as a child, his mother believed he was mentally challenged.

3. Sick in bed at five years old, his father gave him a compass. Einstein was fascinated that the arrow always faced north, and decided there must be a mysterious force behind things. continue reading »

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