Riverwood (Nashville, Tennessee)

Riverwood is a owned historic house located in Nashville, United States. At 9,200 square-feet it sits on 8 acres of its original 2,500 acres, it has been a wedding and event facility since 1997. The mansion is located at 1833 Welcome Lane in Tennessee; the rear wing was built in 1799 by Alexander Porter, an Irish immigrant who came to Nashville in the mid-1790s. He named it Tammany Woods after his family home in Ireland. By the 1820s, he built a two-story Federal-style home a few feet away from the rear wing. In 1850, a third story was added, alongside a Greek Revival portico supported by six Corinthian columns. Guests included President Andrew Jackson and his wife Rachel Jackson, an aunt to Alexander's son's wife. In 1859, Judge William Frierson Cooper, a member of the Tennessee Supreme Court, purchased the property, he renamed. His brothers and their wives lived in the house with him. In the 1880s and 1890s, plumbing and electricity were added; the dining room was extended, the two houses were united.

After his death in 1909, his brother Duncan Brown Cooper inherited the property. When Cooper died in 1922, his sister Sarah and her husband Dr. Lucius E. Burch, a Dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, inherited the house, they had a son, Lucius E. Burch, Jr.. Their annual Christmas Dinner was attended by the Nashville elite. Robert Penn Warren spent a summer in one of their cottages during his stay at Vanderbilt University. Presidents Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, Franklin Pierce, Andrew Johnson, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and Vice President Adlai Stevenson I visited the house; the Burches lived in it until 1975. The property was purchased by Joe and Jackie Glynn in 1994. Over the next three years, the Glynns restored the property and opened the property to facilitate weddings and small events in 1997. In June 2015, the Glynn's sold the property to investors Debbie Sutton, Steven R Shelton, Matt Wilson. Riverwood Mansion has been featured in multiple music videos, television shows, magazines, most on the October 2015 cover of Southern Living Magazine, featuring Reese Witherspoon.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 20, 1977

Pierre et Luce

Pierre et Luce is a 1920 novel by the Nobel Prize-winning French author Romain Rolland. It focuses on the impact of the First World War on two lovers and Luce; the older brother of Pierre is off fighting on the Western Front. The novel seems to depict the Paris Gun attack on the St-Gervais-et-St-Protais Church; the German punk band Die Skeptiker wrote a song "Pierre und Luce" based on the novel. Slovak progressive-rock musicians Dežo Ursiny and Jaro Filip recorded a demo in 1970s with a set of songs for poems, written by Ján Štrasser, based on the novel. Due to other duties, they could not transform the demo songs into an intended musical until their deaths in 1995 and 2000. Years Alta Vášová, author of the libretto for the musical found a group of musicians, Talent Transport, with a skilled composer and arranger, Vladislav "Slnko" Šarišský, who succeeded in transforming the demo recording into complete arrangements for the intended songs while nicely pertaining to the minimalist musical style of their original authors.

Accompanied by Jakub Ursiny, son of Dežo Ursiny, as Pierre, Dorota Nvotová, daughter of Jaro Filip, as Luce, on vocals, Talent Transport recorded a studio recording named P+L with the arranged songs. Pierre and Luce, Ellicott City, MD: Mondial, 2007, paperback, ISBN 1-59569-060-3 Pierre and Luce, London: Onesuch Press, 2011, paperback, ISBN 978-0987153258 John Singer Sargent Paris Gun St-Gervais-et-St-Protais Church Pierre and Luce at Internet Archive Pierre and Luce public domain audiobook at LibriVox