Apr 22

What is the world’s first novel? Early contenders included The Satyricon, probably the world’s first dirty book, and The Golden Ass, about a man who turns himself into a donkey and has various adventures. But only Daphnis and Chloe can claim to be the first romance novel!

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Mar 25

Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany in 1770. A famous statue of him was unveiled in 1845, the 75th anniversary of his birth, and the first Beethovenfest was held, with three days of performances attended by King Friedrich Wilhelm and by Queen Victoria!

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Mar 18

You’ve probably heard of “Rodgers and Hammerstein” – but who were those guys and why do their names matter? It’s as simple as this: when composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II joined forces, they became the most consistently fruitful and successful partnership in the American musical theatre.

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