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Today’s Birthday: Alexander Pope (1688)

Alexander Pope (1688)

Pope, recognized as the greatest English poet of the 18th century, was almost entirely self-taught. He established his poetic reputation with the Pastorals in 1709 and the Essay on Criticism in 1711. The Rape of the Lock, a mock-heroic epic ridiculing high society, is perhaps his most popular work. A number of passages from his works have taken on a somewhat proverbial quality, such as “To err is human, to forgive, divine.” From what health problems did Pope suffer? More… Discuss

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Schubert – Symphony No. 2 in B-flat

Orchestra of The 18th Century – Frans Brüggen conductor

I. Largo – Allegro vivace 0:11 
II. Andante 10:25 
III. Menuetto 19:06 
IV. Presto 21:48

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Defining the Meter

Adopted in France in the late 18th century, the meter is used today by much of the technologically developed world, making it an extremely successful example of both standardization and cooperation. However, the definition of the meter has changed several times. It was originally based, somewhat impractically, on a fraction of the Earth’s circumference and was later defined as the distance between two scratches on a bar of platinum-iridium alloy. What is the most recent definition of the meter? More… Discuss