Thursday, November 21, 2013

This is a new one on me

One of my daughters is a music major.  Today she tells me that one of her professors can trace himself back to Beethoven.  I was seriously impressed and said, “Really? Beethoven is his direct line ancestor?”  (I didn’t know Beethoven didn’t have any kids but that is beside the point).  She started laughing and she said that music professors do genealogy a bit differently than the rest of us. They trace their TEACHERS back in time all the way to the great composers which means her professor’s 5th great grand-teacher was Beethoven.  (I made up the number, I have no clue).  I just thought this was the funniest thing.  Apparently music professors take this very seriously.


Copyright © 2013 Michele Simmons Lewis

5 comments:

  1. Interesting. Something similar: Catholic and other bishops trace their "ancestry" through the bishop who consecrated them. They use the term apostolic succession.

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  2. How interesting! So there are more "genealogists" out there than I knew about :)

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  3. Economists and mathematicians also trace their academic advisors in this way.

    http://academictree.org/econ/index.php

    http://genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu/

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  4. I'm familiar with mathematics and economics family trees.

    http://genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu/

    http://academictree.org/econ/index.php

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  5. I guess I need to get out from underneath my rock more often. I had never heard of this :)

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