Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!

Dearest Jane:
I just wanted to send my best wishes on your 236th birthday! Now, I know that after the first 200 years of life birthdays no longer seem so important, but as one of your best friends I wanted to send you a little token of my love and friendship. I first heard this played by Miss Mary Bennet at the Netherfield ball (I believe I told you about THAT fiasco!), but, in spite of Miss Bennet’s lack of talent, I thought the song itself had potential. I bought it for myself and so enjoyed it that I wanted to share the work with you. It is by Handel…I know, I know, a little old fashioned and stuffy, but you must admit that he CAN compose! And it was SO funny to see his face when he found out that his former patron, the Elector of Hanover, was to become the King of England when GF had been lurking about London for years and delaying his return to Hanover. What a hoot! Well, my dearest friend, I hope you enjoy the music…and keep Mary Bennet away from the pianoforte! ūüôā
Love,
C. Allyn Pierson


To find out what else Jane got for her birthday, just visit the surprise party put on by Maria Grazia at My Jane Austen Bookclub, and and Katherine Cox at November’s Autumn and maybe you will win a present too! I am giving away a copy of Mr. Darcy’s Little Sister and the giveaway is open worldwide!

Jane’s other friends who are at the party:

  1. Sharon Lathan  Blog: Sharon Lathan      Giveaway : Miss Darcy Falls in Love
  2. Emily Snyder    Blog: O! Beauty Unattempted     Giveaway: Letters of Love & Deception
  3. Laurel Ann Nattress     Blog:  Austenprose  Giveaway: signed copy of Jane Austen Made Me Do It
  4. Cindy Jones¬†¬†¬†¬† Blog: First Draft¬†¬†¬† Giveaway:¬† a signed copy of¬†‚ÄúMy Jane Austen Summer‚Ä̬†and a package of¬†Lily Berry’s Pink Rose Tea¬†by Bingley’s, Ltd.
  5. Farida Mestek     Blog:  Regency stories set against the backdrop of Regency England     Giveaway: I was Jane Austen Best Friend by Cora Harrison
  6. Marilyn Brant    Blog:    Brant Flakes     Giveaway : A canvas ACCORDING TO JANE tote bag and a pair of A SUMMER IN EUROPE luggage tags.
  7. Prue Batten¬†¬†¬† Blog: Mesmered‚Äôs Blog¬†¬†¬†¬† Giveaway : Anna Elliot‚Äôs¬† ‚ÄúGeorgiana Darcy‚ÄĚ (Kindle book)
  8. Erin Blakemore   Blog:   The Heroine’s Bookshelf       Giveaway :  a set of Potter-Style Pride and Prejudice notecards  
  9. ¬†Blog: vvb32 read¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Giveaway: Jane Austen’s Little Instruction Book¬†(Charming Petites) By Jane Austen,¬† Edited by Sophia Bedford-Pierce, Illustrated by Mullen & Katz,¬† Introduction by ¬†Barbara Paulding
  10. Karen Doornebos     Blog: The Fiction vs. Reality Smackdown    Giveaway: 2 Jane Austen Candles and 2 signed DNMD books plus drink coasters and tea!
  11. Regina Jeffers ¬†ReginaJeffers’s Blog¬†¬†¬† Giveaway:¬† An autographed copy of ‚ÄúChristmas at Pemberley¬†‚Äú
  12. Alyssa Goodnight    Blog: Alyssa Goodnight   Giveaway: Jane Austen Action figure
  13. Deb     Blog: Jane Austen in  Vermont     Giveaway:  JASNA 2012 calendars from the Wisconsin JASNA Region
  14. Laura Hile,  Susan Kaye, Pamela Aidan, and Barbara Cornthwaite
    Blog: Jane Started It!¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Giveaway: One copy of¬†Young Master Darcy: A Lesson in Honour¬†by Pamela Aidan, One set of¬†Frederick Wentworth, Captain¬†(Books 1 and 2) by Susan Kaye,¬†¬† Two copies of¬†Mercy’s Embrace: So Rough a Course¬†(Book 1) by Laura Hile,¬†¬† George Kinghtley, Gentleman¬†(Books 1 and 2) by Barbara Cornthwaite.
  15. Juliet Archer¬†¬†¬†¬† Blog: Choc Lit Authors‚Äô Corner¬†¬†¬†¬† Giveaway: ¬†a copy of ‚ÄúPersuade Me‚Ä̬† and one of ‚ÄúThe Importance of Being Emma‚ÄĚ
  16. 18. Jane Greensmith¬†¬†¬†¬† Blog: Reading, Writing, Working , Playing¬†¬†¬†¬† Giveaway: a copy of¬† ‚ÄúIntimations of Austen‚ÄĚ, and¬†Sense & Sensibility (Marvel Illustrated)
  17. Jenny Allworthy     Blog : The Jane Austen Film Club       Giveaway:  a copy of Northanger Abbey DVD starring Felicity Jones and JJ Feild (The winner will choose region 1 or 2 DVD)
  18. Sitio Jane Austen     Blog: El Salón de Té de Jane      Giveaway:  РSpanish edition of Sense and Sensibility for the 200th Anniversary + A DVD package with adaptations of Jane Austen
    (It’s only zone 2, but it’s in Spanish and English ) + ¬†blu-ray of the BBC’s Emma with Romola Garai
  19. Kaitlin Saunders¬†¬†¬†¬† Blog :¬†Kaitlin Saunders¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Giveaway: ‚ÄúA Modern Day Persuasion‚ÄĚ
  20. Becky Rhodehouse     Blog: One Literature Nut     Giveaway: selection of Austenesque Reads
  21. Patrice Sarath   Blog: Patrice Sarath      Giveaway: A copy of The Unexpected Miss Bennet
  22. Adriana Zardini     Site: Jane Austen Brasil     Giveaway: DVD РSense and Sensibility (1995) РEnglish / Portuguese subtitles
  23. Jane Odiwe¬†¬†¬†¬† Blog: Jane Austen Sequels¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Giveaway: ¬†a mug with one of ¬†Jane Odiwe‚Äôs illustrations and a copy of her ‚ÄúMr Darcy‚Äôs Secret‚ÄĚ
  24. Courtney Webb     Stiletto Storytime     Giveaway: Noble Satyr by Lucinda Brant (Regency Romance)
  25. Jennifer Becton¬†¬†¬†¬† Blog: Jennifer W. Becton¬†¬†¬†¬† Giveaway: An ebook of the Personages of Pride and Prejudice Collection, which contains all of my Austenesque works:¬†Charlotte Collins, “Maria Lucas,” and Caroline Bingley. The giveaway will be open internationally.
  26. Vera Nazarian     Blog: Urban Girl Takes Vermont      Giveaway: a copy of Vera Nazarian’s gift hardcover edition of her inspirational calendar and diary, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
  27. Abigail Reynolds¬†¬†¬†¬† Blog: Pemberley Variations¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Giveaway:¬†¬† a signed copy of ‚ÄúMr. Darcy’s Undoing‚ÄĚ
  28. Blog: AustenAuthors¬†¬†¬†¬† Giveaway:¬† Georgette Heyer’s Regency World by Jennifer Kloester
  29. Katherine Cox     November’s Autumn     Giveaway :$10 B&N Gift-card (US only)
  30. Maria Grazia     My Jane Austen Book Club     Giveaway : A selection of Austenesque reads
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GF Handel: a Georgian anecdote

George Friedrich Handel, 1749

George Friederich Handel (1685-1759) was a Baroque composer contemporary with Bach and Scarlatti.  He was of German extraction and in 1710 was named Kapellmeister (basically, court composer) to Prince George, the Elector of Hanover.  He worked for the Elector two years and then asked his sponsor if he would allow him to go to London.  The prince said yes, but that he must return after his visit.  Instead of returning, Handel stayed in England and became the court composer for Queen Anne.

Two years later, Prince George became King George I of England.  Handel was in a serious quandary.  Fortunately for his career, he wrote the beautiful Water Music and George forgave him.

King George I, 1706

George I ruled both England and the Electorate of Hanover until his death in 1727, spending about half of his time in each of his kingdoms.  He never learned to speak English, but began the Georgian Era which continued until 1811, when the Regency Era began with the Regency of Prince George, later George IV.  The descendants of the house of Hanover continue to rule England.

This tale is from an audio course on How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, taught by the lively and funny Robert Greenberg and sold by The Teaching Company, which I highly recommend for anyone with an interest in music.