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Posted on Jan 27, 2012 4:33:33 AM PST
bejart7092 says:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Born: 27 January 1756 - Salzburg - Austria

Juan Crisóstomo Jacobo Antonio de Arriaga y Balzola
Born: 27 January 1806 - Bilbao - Spain

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2012 9:35:23 AM PST
KenOC says:
Sharing the same birthday was only one reason Arriaga was called the "Spanish Mozart":

Both were child prodigies and an accomplished composers.
Both died young (Arriaga much younger).
They shared the same first and second baptismal names.

Also, let's remember Édouard Lalo, born this day in 1823.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2012 11:20:26 AM PST
Piso Mojado says:
They even nearly9 shared a name, Ken, Crisostomo.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 11:35:50 AM PST
John Spinks says:
Jerome Kern -- Jan. 27, 1885 - Nov. 11, 1945

Radames Gnattali -- Jan. 27, 1906 - Jan. 13, 1988

John Ogdon (pianist) -- Jan. 27, 1937 - Aug. 1, 1989

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 11:46:35 AM PST
Piso Mojado says:
John Spinks -- Let's hear it for Radames Gnattali, the Brazilian composer and pianist, and his sister Aida. This is no joke. What was going on in that family? His contemporary Francesco Mignone, also Brazilian, also writes good music for piano. Suggestions that Gnattali is just the Portuguese/Brazilian masculine form of Natalie are erroneous. They;re just homogenous homonyms.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 11:53:30 AM PST
bejart7092 says:
KenOC says:
"Sharing the same birthday was only one reason Arriaga was called the "Spanish Mozart"..."

They also wrote some mean string quartets ---

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2012 4:38:34 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 27, 2012 7:36:40 PM PST
KenOC says:
Arriaga wrote the best Beethoven Op. 18 quartets aside from Beethoven's...

Posted on Jan 29, 2012 5:39:44 AM PST
bejart7092 says:
Gregor Joseph Werner
Born: 29 January 1693 - Ybbs - Austria

Georg Christoph Wagenseil
Born: 29 January 1715 - Wien - Austria

Frederick Delius
Born: 29 January 1862 - Bradford - England

Posted on Jan 29, 2012 9:11:22 AM PST
KenOC says:
Also on this date:

Luigi Nono, born 1924
Daniel François Esprit Auber, born 1782
Milton Byron Babbitt, died 2011
Fritz Kreisler, died 1962

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 11:20:54 AM PST
KenOC says:
On this day:

Born, Johann Joachim Quantz, 1697
Died, Francis Poulenc, 1963

Also, two other notable musical birthdays today: Marty Balin, 71, and Phil Collins, 62.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 11:40:53 AM PST
Piso Mojado says:
It's forever engraved in memory as the birthday of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the man my parents called "the second Roosevelt", and the only president I ever knew growing up. In theory, we suspected there were other, earlier ones, but we didn't believe it.

I'm not certain that Roosevelt composed anything other than fireside chats, but we were endlessly told his favorite song was "Home on the Range", which was duly played for him everywhere he went. He hated it, and blamed Harry Hopkins for spreading the story, because Hopkins liked it. I always wondered, because it didn't sound like Roosevelt.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2012 12:18:03 PM PST
Eutychus says:
Perhaps one of FDR's favorites would be "The Dutchman"; not Der Fliegende one, but the song.

It's a favorite of many, popularized by Steve Goodman and done by others, including Jerry Jeff Walker. But most who've heard it performed by its composer, Michael Smith, prefer his simplicity. Haunting and thought-proboking, it's not CM technically, but its writing, esp. fueled lyrics and unbaroqued melodic and harmonic setting, give it a place near to the unadorned works of great composers,

Michael Smith's original version can be heard, with an appropriate slide presentation, at:

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 3:25:51 PM PST
John Spinks says:
Thomas Tallis, born Jan. 30, 1505 -- d. 1585

It's also Cellist Lynn Harrell's birthday today. Born Jan. 30, 1944 --

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 6:35:57 AM PST
bejart7092 says:
François Devienne
Born: 31 January 1759 - Joinville - France

Franz Schubert
Born: 31 January 1797 - Wien - Austria

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 6:44:29 AM PST
HB says:
Philip Glass, 75 years old today. Tonight there will be a concert in Carnegie Hall celebrating his birthday and the world premiere of his 9th symphony will take place.

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 7:58:56 AM PST
John Spinks says:
Benjamin Frankl -- b. Jan 31, 1906 -- d. Feb. 12, 1973

Mario Lanza (singer) -- b. Jan. 31, 1921 -- d. Oct. 7, 1959

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 9:23:56 AM PST
Piso Mojado says:
I started a new thread for Immortal Schubert. He deserves his own if anyone does.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 4:50:30 AM PST
bejart7092 says:
Francesco Maria Veracini.
Born: 1 February 1690 - Firenze - Italy .

Johan Joachim Agrell
Born: 1 February 1701 - Löth - Sweden

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2012 9:19:34 AM PST
KenOC says:
Passings today:

Gian Carlo Menotti, died 2007
William Sterndale Bennett, died 1875

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 10:16:35 AM PST
John Spinks says:
James (P) Price Johnson -- born 1894 -- d. Nov. 17, 1955.

Composer of the Carolina Shout and the Charleston. (Carolina Shout) (Charleston)

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 11:27:52 AM PST
KenOC says:
Also, the birthday of Lisa Marie Presley, 44.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 4:46:26 AM PST
bejart7092 says:
Fritz Kreisler
Born: 2 February 1875 - Wien - Austria

Posted on Feb 3, 2012 4:00:12 AM PST
bejart7092 says:
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Born: probably 3 February 1525 - Palestrina - Italy

Johann Georg Albrechtsberger
Born: 3 February 1736 - Klosterneuburg - Germany

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Born: 3 February 1809 - Hamburg - Germany

Posted on Feb 5, 2012 5:26:05 AM PST
bejart7092 says:
Christian Gottlob Neefe
Born: 5 February 1748 - Chemnitz - Germany

One of Beethoven's early teachers --

Posted on Feb 5, 2012 5:59:36 AM PST
John Spinks says:
Ole Bull -- born. 2/5/1810 -- died 8/17/1880.

Ivan Alexandrovich Tcherepnin -- born. 2/5/1943 -- still living (son of Alexander and brother of Serge of the same last name)
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