Song and Vance Johnson


Charles Van Dell Johnson was born in Newport, Rhode Island, the only child of Loretta (née Snyder), a housewife, and Charles E. Johnson, a native Swede and came to the United States as a young child,  His mother was  Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry and an alcoholic who left the family when he was a child. His…

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Franz Joseph Haydn – composer


Joseph Haydn was a composer and teacher to Wolfgang Mozart.  He was born March 31, 1732 and died May 31, 1809.  He is considered the "Father of the String Quartet" and was instrumental to the piano trio, considered to be the genesis of the sonata form.  His brothers were Michael Haydn, also an accomplished composer…