This engraving (1860) represents Mozart’s burial and it has a poem printed beneath (in German): As the storm roars about, on the snow-covered field, On the final path, brightened by no beam of light He heads on alone; no eye weeps for him, Only his loyal dog follows along, his only friend. (Mentre la tempesta… Read More 7 December: Mozart’s funeral
On 5 December 1791 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died at the age of 35. Apparently he was at the height of his powers: in September he had completed the score of “The Magic Flute,” conducted its premiere, then he had started writing the “Requiem”. He was evidently active and in good health, but suddenly, on 22… Read More 5 Dec. 1791: WHO (or WHAT) KILLED MOZART?
“Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.” “Alcuni scienziati affermano che l’idrogeno, poiché sembra così abbondante, è la sostanza basilare dell’universo. Io non… Read More Frank Zappa (1940 – December 4, 1993)
The Day John Kennedy Died I dreamed I was the president of these United States I dreamed I replaced ignorance, stupidity and hate I dreamed the perfect union and a perfect law, undenied And most of all I dreamed I forgot the day John Kennedy died I dreamed that I could do the job that… Read More The Day John Kennedy Died
On 7 November 1512—five hundred and five years ago— Niccolò Machiavelli was formally dismissed from his post in the chancery at the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, where he had been serving since 1498 administering the republic’s internal and external affairs. The restoration of the Medici and the resulting fall of the Republic put an end to… Read More A man of action becomes man of letters
William Byron, 5th Baron Byron, also known as “the Wicked Lord” and “the Devil Byron”, was born on bonfire night (5 November) in 1722. He was a British peer, nobleman, politician, Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, masonic Grand Master and the poet George Gordon Byron’s great uncle. William Byron took the title of… Read More William Byron – the “Wicked Lord”
On 4 November 1899, Sigmund Freud’s “Interpretation of dreams” was first published, and it took eight years to sell the 600 copies printed. The author stated that dreams are the means by which the unconscious can be explored. He propounded the theory that they represent the hidden fulfilment of our unconscious wishes, at… Read More The Interpretation of Dreams
All Souls’ Day, or the Day of the Dead. In Christianity, All Souls’ Day, or the Day of the Dead, is a day of prayer for the dead. It is celebrated on 2 November , in association with All Saints’ Day (1 November) and its vigil, Halloween, which has Celtic pagan origins: it… Read More All Souls’ Day, or the Day of the Dead.
Il 28 ottobre 1909 nasceva a Dublino Francis Bacon (1909 –1992), pittore noto per le sue immagini imprevedibili e grottesche, cariche di emozioni, che tentano di sondare l’essenza dell’uomo contemporaneo. Il suo caotico studio fu trasferito da Londra e ricostruito a Dublino attorno al 1998.