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Josef Rheinberger and his Nine Advent Motets

Born in 1839 in the small city of Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, Josef Rheinberger was a poster-child for musical prodigies. His father, a financial agent for the tiny principality's monarch, was not himself musically gifted. But acknowledging his son's remarkable abilities, he arranged for Josef—then only five years old—to be taught by a music teacher in Schlanders, 170 kilometers away in northern Italy. There the boy was taught music theory, piano, and organ. A second pedal board was affixed to the instrument to accommodate his short legs.

The investment paid off, as young Josef's . . .

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Ken Myers is the host and producer of the Mars Hill Audio Journal. Formerly an arts editor with National Public Radio, he also served as editor of Eternity, the Evangelical monthly magazine, and This World, the quarterly predecessor to First Things. He also serves as music director at All Saints Anglican Church in Ivy, Virginia. He is a contributing editor for Touchstone.

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