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Heine, a convert from Judaism to Christianity, was one of the most influential German poets of the 19th… [More] century. He was also a journalist, essayist, and literary critic. He is best known outside Germany for his early lyric poetry, which was set to music in the form of Lieder (art songs) by composers such as Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert. Heine’s later verse and prose is distinguished by its satirical wit and irony. His radical political views led to many of his works being banned by German authorities. Heine spent the last 25 years of his life as an expatriate in Paris. [Less]
1874: Josef Lhévinne
Lhévinne was a Russian pianist and piano teacher. Lhévinne wrote a short book in 1924 that is considered… [More] a classic: Basic Principles in Pianoforte Playing. In Berlin, he was one of the leading virtuosi and teachers of his day. [Less]
1953: Ben Bernanke
Bernanke is a Jewish-American economist and current chairman of the Federal Reserve, the central bank of… [More] the United States. During his tenure as chairman, Bernanke has overseen the Federal Reserve’s response to the late-2000s financial crisis. Before becoming Federal Reserve chairman, Bernanke was a tenured professor at Princeton University and chaired the department of economics there and was also a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Bernanke proposed the Bernanke Doctrine and first discussed “the Great Moderation,” the theory that traditional business cycles have declined in volatility in recent decades through structural changes that have occurred in the international economy, particularly increases in the economic stability of developing nations. [Less]