Monthly Archives: December 2013

1889 Ross Family Christmas in Rutland Vermont

Edith writes: “Dear Grace, – I will write you a few lines and tell you what I got Christmas. I got a lovely doll, a pair of kid gloves, a new dress, a paper knife, two St. Nicholas, a little … Continue reading

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Children of Vienna; Leontyne Price sings, 1961

Another Christmas Spirit offering – Painting by child artist Bretl Hanus, a student of Franz Cizek, the Viennese founder of modern Art Education for youth. Listen to Leontyne Price sing “O, Holy Night!” and “Ave Maria” in this 1961 recording with … Continue reading

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Violinist Daisy Kennedy in 1912 with Paul Eisler, Kapellmeister, Vienna

Sometimes the little tidbits from the past family life come falling into place like beautiful snowflakes on a Saturday morning.  One such dazzling snowflake has been Daisy Kennedy, an Australian violinist born in 1893. My first find was this performance announcement … Continue reading

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Caruso sings Cantique de Noël; A Gift from 1916

Need a three minute holiday gift for yourself? Indulge in a short listen to Enrico Caruso! This opera legend left a legacy of many early recordings that showcase his rich voice and the highlight of this blogpost – the French … Continue reading

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A Friend from 1935 singing “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht” [Silent Night/Holy Night]

Are you feeling the holiday spirit yet? Here is a small present – listen to one of Edith and Paul Eisler’s friends, Ernestine Schumann-Heink, sing “Silent Night” in this radio broadcast clip from 1935. From the youtube description: “The great … Continue reading

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