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.

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

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

Giotto di Bondone

Biography:  Giotto was only nine years old when the painter Cimabue found him drawing pictures of sheep on the rock wall of a pasture.  After some discussion with Giotto’s father, Cimabue took Giotto home with him as an apprentice. Giotto bloomed as an artist in his own right in Cimabue’s studios, and then he left … Continue reading Giotto di Bondone

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

George Frideric Handel

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 George Frideric Handel

Fra Angelico 1385-1455

Biography Fra Angelico was born just a hundred years after Giotto in a nearby village. His parents called him Guido, and that was his name until he joined the Order of Dominican monks at a nearby convent. From that time until his death, he was known as Frate Giovanni (Brother John). Today, he is known … Continue reading Fra Angelico 1385-1455

Be Thou My Vision

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 enjoy as well as a link to download the sheet music for the hymn. Some of this … Continue reading Be Thou My Vision