Monday, April 04, 2005

Bottesini, Giovanni

Bottesini received basic training in music at an early age from his father, a composer and clarinetist. His choice of the double bass as his specialty came about

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Smith, David

Smith was never trained as a sculptor, but

Saturday, April 02, 2005


District, administrative and historic county of Essex, England. It occupies the northwestern corner of the county, where it borders Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. A low ridge of chalk hills runs from southwest to northeast through a rolling countryside. The district is largely rural. The main town is Saffron Walden; there are also many smaller old parishes, such


The coal seams stretch for a distance of about

Friday, April 01, 2005

Molinos, Miguel De

Ordained in 1652, Molinos in 1663 was sent to Rome. There, in 1675, he published his Spiritual Guide, a small handbook teaching that Christian perfection is achieved by a mixture of contemplation

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Tea Ceremony

The ceremony takes place in a tea house (cha-shitsu), which ideally is a small structure detached from the

Wednesday, March 30, 2005


Ruined ancient Mayan city of the southern lowlands, located in what is now north-central Guatemala, about 12 miles (20 km) north of the ancient Mayan city of Tikal. Uaxactún was a ceremonial centre of only modest size, compared with Tikal, but it has been important in Mayan archaeology because intensive excavations made there by archaeologists of the Carnegie Institution

Chastelard, Pierre De Bocosel De

Grandson of Pierre Terrail, chevalier de Bayard, Chastelard became page to the constable Montmorency and frequented the court of Francis II of France, where he fell in love with the queen consort, Mary, who is said to have encouraged his passion.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Smith, Bernard

Smith was an apprentice of the German organ builder Christian Förmer but adapted easily to the English style of building after his emigration there in 1660. Some years after building an instrument for the Chapel Royal at London, Smith was named king's organ maker (1681). Thereafter he built many important

Saronic Gulf

Modern Greek  Saronikós Kólpos,  also called  Gulf Of Aegina,   gulf of the Aegean Sea between Ákra (cape) Soúnion of the Attica peninsula and Ákra Skíllaion of the Argolis peninsula of the Greek Peloponnese. A maximum of 50 mi (80 km) long northwest–southeast and about 30 mi wide, it is linked on the west to the Gulf of Corinth by the Corinth Canal. At its widest point the gulf is divided by three of the Saronic islands: Salamís, Aíyina (Aegina), and