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Pablo Casals, (1876 – 1973), Spanish-born cellist and conductor, known for his virtuosic technique, skilled interpretation, and consummate musicianship.

Casals made his debut in Barcelona in 1891 after early training in composition, cello, and piano. After further study in Madrid and Brussels he returned to Barcelona in 1896 as principal cellist at the Gran Teatro del Liceo.

By this time Casals had established his innovative technique; by making his left-hand positions more flexible and using a freer bowing technique, he created an individual style marked by seeming effortlessness and a singing tone.

Casals toured internationally between 1898 and 1917 and formed a celebrated trio with Alfred Cortot (piano) and Jacques Thibaud (violin). Having won an international reputation as a cellist, Casals helped found in 1919 the École Normale de Musique in Paris and also established and conducted the Orquestra Pau Casals in Barcelona.

An outspoken opponent of Fascism, he was forced to move in 1936 to Prades in Catalan France.

He refused to return to Spain after the Spanish Civil War (1936–39) and announced his retirement from public performance in 1946 to protest worldwide recognition of the Franco regime in Spain; in 1950, however, he returned to recording and conducting, choosing spoken over silent protest.

In 1956 he moved to Puerto Rico, from which place he continued his personal musical crusade for peace until his death.

Casals was a romantic who eschewed the drier, literal interpretations of modernism. His love for the works of J.S. Bach formed the core of his sensibilities. He revitalized appreciation of Bach’s cello music, especially with his masterful rendition of the six unaccompanied suites for cello.

Bio Reference Attribution https://www.britannica.com/biography/Pablo-Casals

Photo Attribution © Erich Auerbach—Hulton Archive/Getty Images, Pablo Casals, 1965

Source Attribution https://www.britannica.com/biography/Pablo-Casals

Music Attribution © Pablo Casals, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Song of the Birds

Video Attribution Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Source Attribution https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0uJoJh0gl8

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Patrick Rothfuss (1973 – ) an American writer of epic fantasy. He is best known for his projected trilogy The Kingkiller Chronicle, which has won him several awards, including the 2007 Quill Award for his debut novel, The Name of the Wind. Its sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, topped The New York Times Best Seller list.

In 2002, Rothfuss won the Writers of the Future 2002 Second Quarter competition with “The Road to Levenshir,” an excerpt from his then-unpublished novel The Wise Man’s Fear.

In 2006, Rothfuss sold his novel The Name of the Wind to DAW Books, which was released in 2007. It won a Quill Award (for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror) and was listed among Publishers Weekly’s Books of the Year. It also won an Alex Award in 2008. Its sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, was published in March 2011 and reached No. 1 on the New York Times Hardback Fiction Best Seller List.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things was published in October 2014 as a companion tale for The Kingkiller Chronicle, featuring the character Auri.

Rothfuss has also released two novella-length stories set in the same world as The Kingkiller Chronicle in anthologies. The first was “How Old Holly Came To Be”, published in Unfettered in June 2013.

The second was “The Lightning Tree”, released in Rogues in June 2014, featuring character Bast. The whole anthology was nominated for the 2015 World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology.

Bio Reference Attribution https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Rothfuss

Photo Attribution © Kyle Cassidy, Patrick Rothfuss, 2014

Source Attribution https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Rothfuss#/media/File:Patrick-rothfuss-2014-kyle-cassidy.jpg

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“Billy’s Death” is the penultimate number from Aaron Copland’s 1938 score depicting the life of the famous outlaw. It’s a tender moment of reflection amid all the shoot-outs, stabbings and hoe-downs.

Music Attribution © Aaron Copland, ‘Billy’s Death’ from Billy the Kid

Video Attribution Euchrid Eucrow

Source Attribution https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYH3ceMPafU

Reference Attribution https://www.cbc.ca/music/read/10-awesome-classical-pieces-under-2-minutes-long-1.5014248

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 -1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church.

Bonhoeffer’s writings on Christianity’s role in the secular world have become widely influential, and his book The Cost of Discipleship has been described as a modern classic.

Apart from his theological writings, Bonhoeffer was known for his staunch resistance to the Nazi dictatorship, including vocal opposition to Hitler’s euthanasia program and genocidal persecution of the Jews.

Bonhoeffer was arrested in April 1943 by the Gestapo and imprisoned at Tegel prison for one and a half years. Later, he was transferred to Flossenbürg concentration camp.

After being accused of being associated with the 20 July plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, he was quickly tried along with other accused plotters, including former members of the Abwehr (the German Military Intelligence Office), and then hanged on 9 April 1945 as the Nazi regime was collapsing.

Bonhoeffer’s life as a pastor and theologian of great intellect and spirituality who lived as he preached – and his being killed because of his opposition to National Socialism – exerted great influence and inspiration for Christians across broad denominations and ideologies, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, the anti-communist democratic movement in Eastern Europe during the Cold War, and the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa.

Overshadowed by the dramatic events of his life, Bonhoeffer’s theology has nevertheless been influential. His theology has a fragmentary, unsystematic nature, due at least in part to his untimely death, and is subject to diverse and contradictory interpretations, sometimes necessarily based on speculation and projection.

Bio Reference Attribution https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietrich_Bonhoeffer

Photo Attribution © (Photographer Unstated), Dietrich Bonhoeffer, (Date Unstated)

Source Attribution https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/dietrich-bonhoeffer

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Confucius (551–479 BCE) was a Chinese philosopher and politician of the Spring and Autumn period who was traditionally considered the paragon of Chinese sages.

The philosophy of Confucius—Confucianism—emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice, kindness, and sincerity.

Confucianism was part of the Chinese social fabric and way of life; to Confucians, everyday life was the arena of religion.

Confucius’ followers competed successfully with many other schools during the Hundred Schools of Thought era only to be suppressed in favour of the Legalists during the Qin dynasty.

Following the victory of Han over Chu after the collapse of Qin, Confucius’s thoughts received official sanction in the new government.

During the Tang and Song dynasties, Confucianism developed into a system known in the West as Neo-Confucianism, and later New Confucianism.

Confucius is traditionally credited with having authored or edited many of the Chinese classic texts including all of the Five Classics, but modern scholars are cautious of attributing specific assertions to Confucius himself.

Aphorisms concerning his teachings were compiled in the Analects, but only many years after his death.

Confucius’s principles have commonality with Chinese tradition and belief. With filial piety, he championed strong family loyalty, ancestor veneration, and respect of elders by their children and of husbands by their wives, recommending family as a basis for ideal government.

He espoused the well-known principle

“Do not do unto others what you do not want done to yourself”, the Golden Rule.

He is also a traditional deity in Daoism.

Confucius is widely considered as one of the most important and influential individuals in human history. His teaching and philosophy greatly affected people around the world and remain influential today.

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Image Attribution © Photographer / Artist Unstated), Confucius, (Date Unstated)

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Sarah Dessen (1970 -) is an American novelist.

Dessen waitressed at a restaurant while launching her writing career. She would write during the day and waitress at night.

Dessen later went on to quit her job as a waitress after the publication of her first book, That Summer, which was published in 1996.

Dessen’s Along for the Ride made the New York Times Best Sellers List in 2009. After its publication, Dessen was referred to as a “best-seller machine”

Dessen is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels for teens, including The Truth About Forever, Just Listen and This Lullaby. Her work has been published in over thirty countries and sold millions of copies worldwide.

Some of Dessen’s novels have been among the ALA’s “Best Fiction for Young Adults” selections: That Summer (1997), Someone Like You (1999), Keeping the Moon (2000), Dreamland (2001), This Lullaby (2003), Just Listen (2007), and Along for the Ride (2010).

Someone Like You was also one of the two winners of the 1999 “School Library Journal Best Book” award, and Keeping the Moon was the sole winner the following year.

Dessen was the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association for outstanding contribution to young adult literature.

Bio Reference Attribution https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Dessen & https://sarahdessen.com/bio/

Photo Attribution © Larry D. Moore, Sarah Dessen, 2017

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