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“…art must be propagated ceaselessly.” Beethoven

Hey there!

Hope you are well on this fine hot August evening.

In researching for writing my Premiere Series of books highlighting great composers from the past, and since Ludwig van Beethoven is a prominent character in all of them so far, I ran across an interesting account of a lock of his hair which now resides in the United States.

The book Beethoven’s Hair by Russell Martin, published by Broadway Books, New York, 2000, is a well researched and well told saga about a lock of hair cut from the great composer’s head the day after his agonizing death.

Weeks before, one of the great master’s good friends from earlier and healthier years came to visit. Johann Hummel brought his student as well, Ferdinand Hiller who was able to converse with the composer as he was feeling relatively well on that day, March 8, 1827, just sixteen days before his death. Beethoven was actually able to sit up and enjoy his visitors.

After reuniting with his friend Hummel for several minutes, Beethoven’s attention turned to young Hiller. He asked him about his studies and marveled about how wonderful it was to see his good friend bringing his student to visit him. It reminded Beethoven of when his teacher, Joseph Haydn did the same with him, taking him to visit the musical genius Mozart, after which the dying Beethoven made an astute observation. He said to Hiller, “…art must be propagated ceaselessly.”

It is good for us now to have that statement from one who had every reason to know what he was saying. It is fortunate for us that Herr Hiller wrote it in his journal as he recounted his visits with one of the greatest of all composers. It was also good that in the ensuing days, Ferdinand would return to visit the old dying master several more times, the last of which, the day after the master died, March 27, 1827, when he bravely cut a lock of the dead man’s hair.

So how did that lock of hair get from Beethoven’s 1827 apartment in Vienna, Austria to San Jose, California where it resides in 2019? Read the book. It is a great story!

By for now.

FD Sutherland

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This Is It!

Hey there!

Yes, this is it. This next week I will release my new book, A Door To Old Worlds.

My first book, A Door To New Worlds was released a little over two years ago. You can view and read it on Amazon Kindle. Just enter my name, F.D.Sutherland and it will come up. After this week, both books will come up. Here’s a preview of #2:

Ted, Terri and Diane are gifted students from Murray, a small college town in western Kentucky.  When the three are awarded a unique experience journey in a mid-19th century Austro-German world, their “best friends” relationships are strained since they at times struggle with each other and within themselves.  The world famous musicians they get to meet on their journey lead them through unknown worlds around them and within them, helping them secure an appropriate course for their gifted future lives.

Check both books out. I hope you will LIKE them in as many places as possible!

See you later.

FD Sutherland

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A Door To Old Worlds: F.D. Has Done It Again

Hi there.

Yes, F.D. Sutherland has a new book coming out in August 2019. However, you may not have read his first book A Door To New Worlds, published on Amazon Kindle in March 2017. Both books are historical fictions for middle age to adult readers about modern day school students meeting great musicians from the past.

Book 1, A Door To New Worlds is about students from 21st century Minnesota meeting the great Czech composer Antonin Dvorak at an 1893 setting of Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, and then traveling with him by train all the way to New York city, again based on the real facts, to experience one of the most important historical events in the world of music.

Book 2, A Door To Old Worlds, similarly explores mid-19th century Europe where modern day students from the United States meet one of the most significant composer of the Romantic Period of music history.

All the books in this series are and will be designed to teach real historical facts in a real life story with a bit of fantasy thrown in. F.D. Sutherland spends much time researching and getting his facts straight so that children and adults who read these books can know that they are reading real, historical musical life.

See below for a link to Book 1, and please don’t forget to let us know what you thought.

A Real Life Story with Real Historical Facts and a Bit of Fantasy Thrown In

Check back later.

Bye for now.

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Baseball? Strange Subject…

Hey there!

It’s a strange subject for an opera, don’t you think? Baseball? Really?

Well, it is and it isn’t. Operas are about every subject imaginable and some can be way out there.

I have always been a fan of baseball. I left a couple of shoe boxes full of baseball cards at home when I left for college like some of you did. For the life of me I could not find them anywhere when I remembered them after 25 years. That may have been a couple hundred thou down the drain but then who really knows.

Anyway, I remember the story of Shoeless Joe Jackson from growing up and being fascinated by the intrigue of it, intrigue renewed in 1989 by the movie Field of Dreams, and now again, 30 years later by The Minnesota Opera. This weekend we can go and have Shoeless Joe right on stage again, not in Chicago but in St Paul, just like in 1919 (the year my Mom was born and my Dad was 2-years-old).

If you take a look at our News Page you can get all the information you need about experiencing this newly commissioned opera on a unique subject for an opera to be about.

Hope to see you there.

Bye for now!

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Hey, We’re Back

Hey, there! Long time no see. That’s our fault not yours, but here we are again, just like we said we would.

What’s happened since the last blog? You first. …

OH, guess that’s putting you on the spot. We’ll go first.

The reason we’ve been gone so long is that we’ve been trying to get our second book out.

What? You didn’t know we had a first one? Well check it out on the link down below. It’s called A Door to New Worlds by our protege, F.D. Sutherland. He’s a bit weird, but he means well.

He wrote this book about some school kids–You did know he is a public school music teacher, right? Well, anyway, kids from Minnesota get to go on this fantastic journey to meet a great composer from the olden days

Which composer, you ask? He is one of the great European composers that also has a Midwest United States connection, Antonin Dvorak (pronounced Divor-zhahk). Dvorak spent the Summer of 1893 in Spillville, Iowa (read the book to find out why) and made a trip to Minnesota for one main reason–to visit Minnehaha Falls which he did on September 4, 1893. That’s where our Minnesota school children, Ellie and Chris Swensen, meet up with him. Again, read the book for the rest of the details. Just click the link below and it will come up.

What? You want to know about the second book? Stay tuned! It’s coming.

Anyway, welcome back and here’s looking to more and more good stuff to come!

Bye for now.

www.amazon.com/F.D.-Sutherland/e/B06XRS327N/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1497220859&sr=8-1