In Search Of Revolutionaries

Pity the fate of the prolific German composer Georg Philipp Telemann. Never heard of him? Here's why. During his heyday in the 1700s he was quite the pop star on the church-music scene, but according to the Columbia Encyclopedia, "his reputation later declined because he was not an innovator." He has fans today who think he got a bad rap, but it shows how history judges people. The reference work gives far more respect to anyone who really innovated, ranging from fashion guru Elsa Schiaparelli (for the use of shocking pink) to bridge engineer Robert Maillart (for the use of reinforced...

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