Johann Sebastian Bach

Composer Study is simple. Pick a composer to listen to over a period of time. Every once in a while, play a composition by him. Listen to it. Think and talk about it. This month, we are listening to compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, who composed for choirs and orchestras across Europe. Biography:   Johann Sebastian … Continue reading Johann Sebastian Bach

Simple Beauty for February

In Simple Beauty for February, expect to learn something new about Michelangelo, meet Johann Sebastian Bach, learn about China, read more fables, learn the words and story of O God Our Help in Ages Past, and explore volcanos from your living room.

Of the Father’s Love Begotten

Hymn Story:   “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” is one of the oldest hymns sung in church today. Aurelius Prudentius Clemens wrote it close to 400 AD. Prudentius was a Spanish lawyer and judge who didn’t start writing poetry until he was fifty-seven years old, but he because known as the first great poet of … Continue reading Of the Father’s Love Begotten

Arcangelo Corelli

Biography:   Arcangelo Corelli was born in Fusignano, Italy in 1653. He was most well known as a violinist, and the royalty of his time loved him. At this time, the violin was a relatively new instrument, so Corelli had the opportunity to teach violin to many students, including Antonio Vivaldi. Corelli also made the … Continue reading Arcangelo Corelli

Simple Beauty for January

In Simple Beauty for January, expect to learn something new about Albrecht Dürer, meet Arcangelo Corelli, learn about India, read more fables, learn the words and story of Of The Father’s Love Begotten, and explore the different fibers available in your home.

Simple Beauty for December

Here are the links to our suggestions for beautiful things for December, with a focus on beautiful words, sounds, and places that are old and beautiful and focus on early art and music as well as Ancient Israel and the delights of Advent.

Handel’s Messiah

Biography George Frederick Handel was born in Halle, Germany on February 32, 1685 (which is the same year that Johann Sebastian Bach was born. His father was a barber and surgeon who planned for his son to be a lawyer. George practiced the harpsichord in the attic, hidden from his father, who believe that music … Continue reading Handel’s Messiah

O Come O Come Emmanuel

Hymn Story:  O Come O Come Emmanuel is the translation of a ninth-century Latin hymn, Veni Veni Immanuel. It recreates O Antiphons that are sung in many churches around the world during the last few days before Christmas. Each verse represents a different Antiphon with the refrain, “Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee, O … Continue reading O Come O Come Emmanuel

We Gather Together

Hymns are beautiful truths poetically told, hung on a rhythm, and held in a melody. This makes them memorable. Hymn study is extremely simple. Sing the hymn once a day. We’ve provided you links to different versions to “Be Thou My Vision” enjoy as well as a link to download the sheet music for the … Continue reading We Gather Together