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Stephen M. Klugewicz

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"They say you won't succeed because 'making a man President cannot change him.' But making a man President can change him! Great emergencies awaken generous traits which have lain dormant half a life. If there is a spark of true nobility in you, now is the occasion...
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"April is the cruellest month," T.S. Eliot wrote in the first lines of The Waste Land, but for baseball fans it is the month of September that marks the time of bitterest disappointment. Whereas April, the opening month...
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"I don't believe we can have an army without music." —Robert E. Lee “If we’d had your music, sir, we’d have whipped you out of your boots.” — A Confederate officer at Appomattox to his Union counterpart It...

"Seldom, if ever indeed, has a more interesting personality come to these shores from Europe." —Joseph Russo, biographer of Lorenzo Da Ponte Opera aficionados will know Lorenzo Da Ponte's name because of his...

On April 25, 1976, the year of the American Bicentennial celebrations, Chicago Cubs outfielder Rick Monday saved an American flag from being burned by two protestors who had trespassed onto the field during a game at Dodger Stadium....
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The assassination of Abraham Lincoln on Good Friday, April 14, 1865 at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C., is one of the most dramatic and famous events of American history. Yet beyond the familiar, basic facts of...

9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America: And Four Who Tried to Save Her, by Brion McClanahan (Regnery Books, 2016) This book is a refreshing attempt to "turn upside down" the traditional rankings...

"In my opinion, each number in Figaro is a miracle," composer Johannes Brahms said of Mozart's great opera a century after its creation. "It is totally beyond me how anyone could create anything...

Forrest McDonald did not set out to be a historian. Had he been able to hit a curveball, he would likely have been a professional baseball player. “I believed, and believe to this day,” McDonald...
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The Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead—the Requiem, sometimes called Missa pro Defunctis (or Defuncto) or Messe des Morts—is surely the most dramatic of liturgical forms and has inspired countless composers, from medieval times to the present....

Here are ten pieces of classical music that were written about, or for, France. 1. De Lisle/Berlioz: La Marseillaise  Its origin was as the anthem of the French Revolution, and La Marseillaise is today...

Across the centuries, composers have been inspired by the twin dramas of human conflict and the subsequent making of peace. Here are ten great pieces of classical music that dramatize war, celebrate its resolution, and recall its sacrifices.
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A statue of Titivillus, patron demon of printers, editors, and scribes, watches over an English print house Mankind has long believed in the existence of evil spirits that haunt and torment the living. Tales of demons...
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Jean-Féry Rebel The Ancient Greeks held three notions about the nature of the universe that held sway for centuries over Western scientific and religious thought. The first was that the world was...