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Posted on May 10, 2014 2:50:09 PM PDT
Piso Mojado says:
Rasmus, ten points.

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2014 9:22:06 AM PDT
Edgar

Ah, so Clara Schumann and Arnold Schonberg slept in the same bed! - So that is how "Transfigured Night" was begotten -- Schonberg would never have come up with something Romantic like that without Clara's help...

Sad about Robert S.'s destiny though, but art requires sacrifice...

Posted on May 10, 2014 6:11:29 AM PDT
Piso Mojado says:
Not I, Ken, but you are doing a fine job, although I can understand your wish to turn the page, or stop turning it, whichever the case may be. Perhaps a new voting game on favourite birthdays? E\After all, everyone has to be born sometime, else astrologers will go broke.

From the Trib's review of CSO's unusual program fthis week: "Joseph Martin Kraus, called the Swedish Mozart, was born the same year as Mozart and died a year later." A short life, and even briefer career. Life is a puzzlement, like careless writers and inattentive editors, but not their laughing readers.

There was a three-movement symphony by Kraus, another by Henri-Joseph Rigel, and Marc-Andre Hamelin played Haydn's D-major keyboard concerto, which I had never heard in concert, although I have long cherished recordings by Veyron-Lacroix, Marta Arrrrrgerrreachhhh, sic, Edwin Fischer, Wanda Landowska, and operhaps Michelangeli. Bernard Labadie, like Hamelin a French-Canadien, conducted reduced CCSO forces. I rely on you to correct any remaining errors ere you depart.

Posted on May 9, 2014 10:48:08 PM PDT
KenOC says:
Starting to repeat, so I'm bowing out of this thread. Anybody want to take over?

Posted on May 9, 2014 5:11:33 AM PDT
Piso Mojado says:
Buxtehude's birth years reminded me of a well-advertised headstone: "Sam Goldfeder, Wholesaler. Died August 12, as of September 1."

Posted on May 8, 2014 10:14:17 PM PDT
KenOC says:
A passing today: Dieterich Buxtehude, Danish-German organist and composer . Born ca. 1637/39 and died 9 May 1707. Famous composers would traipse many miles to see him, only to traipse back when they found they were expected to marry his daughter.

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2014 3:38:37 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 8, 2014 3:44:36 AM PDT
Piso Mojado says:
Our Royal Danish Co-Respondent Rasmus Oerndrup wrote litle while ago ... how time flies, on 13 September 2011 to be precise; his dispatches have just reached these shores by express opacket-boat ... that Clara Josephine Schumann-Wieck and Arnold Schoenberg were born on the same day, He adds that because of this he wisely is ditching astrology.

Not only on the same day, dear Rasmus, but in the same bed~ This precipitated Schumann to precipitate himself into the River Rhein on a singular Journey. There are more things on earth and in heaven than are dreamt of in your, or Soren Kirkegaard's philosoophy. Let's see nor, Either/Clara ... Or/Schoenberg ... no, NO, it just can't be done. ... Guards, GUARDS! (Alarums and tumults)

Posted on May 7, 2014 10:54:41 PM PDT
KenOC says:
Happy birthday to Carl Philipp Stamitz (Czech: Karel Stamic), German composer of partial Czech ancestry. Baptized 8 May 1745 in Mannheim and died 9 November 1801 in Jena. He was the most prominent representative of the second generation of the Mannheim School.

And to Louis Moreau Gottschalk, American composer and pianist. Born May 8, 1829 in New Orleans and died December 18, 1869 in Rio de Janeiro.

And to Oscar Hammerstein I, businessman, theater impresario and composer. Born 8 May 1846 in Stettin (capital of the province of Pomerania), Kingdom of Prussia (now Szczecin, Poland) and died 1 August 1919 in Manhattan.

Passings today:

1828: Mauro Giuliani, Italian guitarist, cellist, and composer (b. 1781).
1990: Luigi Nono, Italian composer (b. 1924).

Posted on May 6, 2014 10:44:16 PM PDT
KenOC says:
Pretty big day today.

Happy birthday to Johannes Brahms, German composer and pianist. Born 7 May 1833 in Hamburg and died 3 April 1897 in Vienna.

And another to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer. Born 7 May 1840 in Votkinsk, a small town in Vyatka Governorate (present-day Udmurtia) in the Russian Empire and died 6 November 1893 in Saint Petersburg in controversial circumstances.

A passing today:

1825: Antonio Salieri, Italian composer and conductor (b. 1750).

Posted on May 3, 2014 10:39:30 PM PDT
KenOC says:
Happy birthday to Elmer Bernstein, American composer and conductor. Born April 4, 1922 in New York City and died August 18, 2004 in Ojai, California.

Posted on May 2, 2014 10:25:41 PM PDT
KenOC says:
Passings today:

1704: Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Czech-Austrian violinist and composer (b. 1644).
1856: Adolphe Adam, French composer and critic (b. 1803).

Posted on May 1, 2014 10:29:37 PM PDT
KenOC says:
Happy birthday to Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian composer and father of Domenico and Pietro Filippo Scarlatti. Born 2 May 1660 in Palermo and died 22 October 1725 in Naples.

A passing to note today: Giacomo Meyerbeer, born Jacob Liebmann Beer, German opera composer. Born 5 September 1791 in Tasdorf, near Berlin and died 2 May 1864 in Paris.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 11:02:17 PM PDT
KenOC says:
Passings today:

1731: Johann Ludwig Bach, German violinist and composer (b. 1677).
1904: Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer (b. 1841).
1978: Aram Khachaturian, Georgian-Armenian composer (b. 1903).

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 10:19:19 PM PDT
KenOC says:
Happy birthday to Franz Lehár, Austro-Hungarian composer. Born 30 April 1870 in the northern part of Komárom, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary and died 24 October 1948 in Bad Ischl, near Salzburg. He is mainly known for his operettas, of which the most successful and best known is The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe).

Posted on Apr 26, 2014 10:43:16 PM PDT
KenOC says:
Happy birthday to Friedrich Adolf Ferdinand, Freiherr von Flotow, German composer. Born 27 April 1812 in Teutendorf, in Mecklenburg and died 24 January 1883 in Darmstadt. He is chiefly remembered (if at all) for his opera Martha.

Passings today:

1915: Alexander Scriabin, Russian pianist and composer (b. 1872).
1992: Olivier Messiaen, French organist and composer (b. 1908).

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 10:24:37 PM PDT
KenOC says:
A passing today: John Knowles Paine, the first American-born composer to achieve fame for large-scale orchestral music. Born January 9, 1839 and died April 25, 1906.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 10:44:01 PM PDT
KenOC says:
Happy birthday to Ruggero Giacomo Maria Giuseppe Emmanuele Raffaele Domenico Vincenzo Francesco Donato Leoncavallo, Italian opera composer. Born 23 April 1857 in Naples and died 9 August 1919 in Montecatini Terme, Tuscany.

And to Dame Ethel Mary Smyth DBE, English composer and a member of the women's suffrage movement. Born 23 April 1858 in London and died 8 May 1944 in Woking.

And to Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, Russian composer, pianist and conductor. Born 23 April 1891 in Sontsovka (now Krasne, Krasnoarmiisk Raion, Donetsk Oblast, eastern Ukraine) and died on 5 March 1953 in Moscow, the same day as Joseph Stalin.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 10:22:07 PM PDT
KenOC says:
Happy birthday to Giuseppe Torelli, Italian violist, violinist, teacher, and composer. Born 22 April 1658 in Verona and died 8 February 1709 in Bologna.

A passing today:

Édouard-Victoire-Antoine Lalo, French composer. Born 27 January 1823 in Lille (Nord) in northernmost France and died 22 April 1892 in Paris.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 11:11:00 PM PDT
So Telemann died a very famous Hamburger.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 11:01:55 PM PDT
KenOC says:
Happy birthday to Georg Philipp Telemann, German composer and multi-instrumentalist. Born 14 March 1681 in Magdeburg and died 25 June 1767 in Hamburg. A very busy boy.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 10:59:48 PM PDT
KenOC says:
Happy birthdat to Jean-Féry Rebel, innovative (some would say avant-garde) French composer and violinist. Born 18 April 1666 and died 2 January 1747.

And to Franz von Suppé, born Francesco Ezechiele Ermenegildo Cavaliere di Suppé-Demelli, Austrian composer. Born 18 April 1819 in Spalato, now Split, Dalmatia, Austrian Empire and died 21 May 1895 in Vienna.]

And to Miklós Rózsa, Hungarian-born composer. Born 18 April 1907 in Budapest and died 27 July 1995 in Los Angeles.

A passing today:

1936: Ottorino Respighi, Italian composer and conductor (b. 1879).

Posted on Apr 13, 2014 10:29:25 PM PDT
KenOC says:
A passing of note today: George Frideric Handel, German-born composer. Born 23 February 1685 in Halle, Duchy of Magdeburg and died 14 April 1759 at his home on Brook Street in London.

Posted on Apr 12, 2014 10:16:13 PM PDT
KenOC says:
Passings today, 13 April:

1826: Franz Danzi, German cellist, composer, and conductor (b. 1763)
1944: Cécile Chaminade, French pianist and composer (b. 1857)

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 10:33:22 PM PDT
KenOC says:
A passing today, April 10:

1979: Nino Rota, Italian pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1911).

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 10:39:59 PM PDT
KenOC says:
A passing today:

1971: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky, Russian-American pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1882)
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