Few music compositions are better known than the legendary Ninth Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven, which premiered in Vienna on this day in 1824.
In times where there were no recordings, no video, it was all about enjoying music in the present moment. In marvellous concert halls and houses. ‘Wunderbar’ times in the wonderful days of good old Ludwig.
It’s a very musical day today, as we also celebrate the birthday of Johannes Brahms (*1833) and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (*1840). These two gentlemen certainly made their crowds reach ecstacy, as well as the musicians performing their symphonies.
Talking about highs, today marks the day Canada’s very own Patrick Morrow was crowned King of the Seven Summits, reaching all of the world’s highest mountains. Chapeau!
Even the strong, silent type must have given him kudos. Gary Cooper was born today in 1901. Exactly 45 years before the establishment of Sony in 1946. Such a shame he never made it to the release of the Playstation…
A question for the crowd: how do you think kings and queens spent their time in the Palace of Versailles, where constructions started on this day in 1664?
No Playstations, no Beethovens… how did they pass their days in there?
Reading poems and books, maybe. India’s fine author Rabindranath Tagore (*1861) certainly has something nice in store for a literary May evening.
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