The Red Priest

Legend has it that composer Antonio Vivaldi was born during an earthquake. For an Italian, he was also remarkable in that he

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Our Bookshelf

‘Tuesdays With Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson’ Mitch Albom learns to transcend the greed and selfishness

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The Flower Duet

If there is a world’s second-most beautiful piece of music, then which is the first, and who said so? Of course, that

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Song of the Open Road

Allons! whoever you are come travel with me! Traveling with me you find what never tires. The earth never tires, The earth

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

  Thou still unravish’d bride of quietness, Thou foster-child of Silence and slow Time, Sylvan historian, who canst thus express A flowery

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Birds of Fortune

In traditional Chinese culture, the following idioms are often used to describe a perfect marriage: lute and zither playing in harmony, flowers

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Language of Flowers

Floriography, also called the language of flowers, has been a means of cryptological communication for centuries. Through arrangements of specific flowers, coded

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The Musical Trees

In every sound of the violin there is the breathing of its trees. —Antonio Stradivari, luthier The story of the world’s greatest

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Landscapes of the Sublime

Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher. —William Wordsworth In times when “progress” charts a potentially perilous

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Leonardo’s Saint Anne

The interview with Vincent Delieuvin below has been edited for brevity and clarity. This subject, this composition, is really very symbolic. Leonardo

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Brahms, the Humble

The three B’s of classical music, Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms, lived in the baroque, classical, and romantic eras of music, respectively. While

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