La Scena Musicale

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: October 23 (Lortzing, Rorem)

1801 - Albert Lortzing, Berlin, Germany; composer, actor and singer

Albert Lortzing website

"Heil, sei dem Tag" from Zar und Zimmerman (with Hans Sotin; Hamburg State Opera production, conductor Charles Mackerras, 1969)

1923 - Ned Rorem, Richmond, Indiana, U.S.A.; composer

Official website

Rorem's Romeo and Juliet for flute and guitar, 8th mvt. (Ryu Cipris, flute, and Max Zuckerman, guitar, Baltimore, 2006)

Anne Hogan sings three songs by Ned Rorem (Dublin, 2008)

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Monday, September 1, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: September 1 (Ozawa, Humperdinck, Schikaneder)

1935 - Seiji Ozawa, Shenyang, China; conductor

Biography and pictures

Seiji Ozawa conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Dvořák's Carnival Overture

1854 - Engelbert Humperdinck, Siegburg, Germany; composer (Hänsel und Gretel)


Overture to Hänsel und Gretel (Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer conducting)

1751 - Emanuel Schikaneder, Straubing, Germany; impresario, actor, singer, librettist (Die Zauberflöte)


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