The Great Composer Quiz – October 12, 2020
Time’s up, pencils down, the Great Composer, born October 12, during the early stages of the Great Epizootic (Horse Flu Epidemic), which made a great many North Americans sick during the final months of 1872. Thankfully, the baby boy was living in England, in Wotton, Surrey. Here’s a view of his home.
Our Great Composer never got to know his father, the Reverend Arthur, who died shockingly and shockingly young at forty-one, just three years after our Great Composer was born. The Reverend was son to a judge and brother to another. His wife Margaret was a niece of Charles Darwin. In their fancy digs at Leith Hill Place, our boy Great Composer was provided a nanny who taught him how to think and behave. He received his first piano lessons at age five, from a wealthy aunt. The answer is Ralph Vaughan Williams. Growing up, he gradually adopted a hardened atheism, but growing older it softened to “a cheerful agnosticism.”