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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 31 (Schubert, Glass)

1797 - Franz Schubert, Vienna, Austria; composer


Schubert documentary, Part 1

Schubert documentary, Part 2

Piano Quintet in A ("The Trout"), 4th mvt.  (Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Itzhak Perlman, Jacqueline DuPré, Pinchas Zuckerman)

1937 - Philip Glass, Baltimore, MD, U.S.A.; composer


La Jolla Symphony and Chorus perform the North American premiere of Glass's Cello Concerto (Wendy Sutter, cello; Steven Schick, conductor)

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Today's Birthday in Music: January 29 (Delius)

1862 - Frederick Delius, Bradford, England; composer

Official website

"La Calinda" from Koanga

"Sunset" from Florida Suite (Welsh National Opera Orchestra, conducted by Charles Mackerras)

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 28 (Arthur Rubinstein, Tavener)

1887 - Arthur Rubinstein, Łódź, Poland; pianist

Arthur Rubinstein - The Artist

Arthur Rubinstein plays Chopin's Scherzo in B flat minor, Op. 31 (1973 recording)

1944 - John Tavener, Wembley, England; composer

John Tavener - Life

The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, sings "The Lamb" (1998)

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 27 (W.A. Mozart, Ehnes)

1756 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Vienna, Austria; composer


Symphony No. 41 in  C, K.551("Jupiter"), 3rd mvt. (Jeffrey Tate conducts the English Chamber Orchestra)

Clarinet concerto in A, K.622, 2nd mvt. (Eric Hoeprich, basset clarinet; orchestra of the Kölner Akademie, Michael Alexander Willens conducting.  Festival la Chaise-Dieu Abbatiale, 2005)

Leontyne Price sings "L'amerò, sarò costante" from Il Re Pastore with Izthak Perlman, violin; Zubin Mehta conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (1980).

1976 - James Ehnes, Brandon, Canada; violinist

Official website

James Ehnes plays the Largo from J.S. Bach's Sonata for violin solo #3 in C, BWV 1005

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 26 (Furtwängler, Dudamel)

1886 - Wilhelm Furtwängler, Berlin, Germany; conductor, composer

"Genius forged in the cauldron of war"

Wilhelm Furtwängler conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in the Overture to Wagner's Die Meistersinger (1942)

1981 - Gustavo Dudamel, Barquisimeto, Venezuela; conductor, violinist

Gustavo Dudamel website

Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Arturo Márquez's Danzón No. 2 (Promenade Concerts, London, 2007)

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Today's Birthday in Music: January 25 (Lutosławski)

1913 - Witold Lutosławski, Warsaw, Poland; composer


Witold Lutosławski conducts the London Sinfonietta in his Chain 1

Martha Argerich and Gabriela Montero play Lutosławski's Variations on a Theme of Paganini (Verbier Festival, 2007)

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 24 (Farinelli, Hoffmann)

1705 - Farinelli (Carlo Boschi), Andria, Italy; castrato soprano

1776 - E.T.A. Hoffmann, Königsberg, Germany; author, composer, music critic

Harp Quintet by E.T.A. Hoffmann (Floraleda Sacchi, harp, with the Arion String Quartet)

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 23 (Clementi, Żylis-Gara)

1752 - Muzio Clementi, Rome, Italy; composer

Muzio Clementi Society website

Angela Hewitt plays the Presto from Clementi's Piano Sonata No.. 25, Op. 5

1935 - Teresa Żylis-Gara, Wilno, Poland; opera and concert soprano

Biography and pictures

Teresa Żylis-Gara sings "Gdyby rannem slonkiem" from Stanislav Moniuszko's Halka

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 20 (Chausson, Loriod)

1855 - Ernest Chausson, Paris, France; composer


Elly Ameling sings Chausson's Le Colibri with Dalton Baldwin, piano (1980 recording)

1924 - Yvonne Loriod, Houilles, Seine-et-Oise, France; pianist


Yvonne Loriod plays "Le Moqueur Polyglotte" from Olivier Messiaen's Des Canyons aux étoiles

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 17 (G. Weir, Morawetz)

1941 - Gillian Weir, Martinsborough, New Zealand; organist

Gillian Weir's website

1917 - Oskar Morawetz, Světlà nad Sàzavou. Czechoslovakia; composer

Biography (Encyclopedia of Music in Canada)

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Today's Birthday in Music: January 12 (Wolf-Ferrari)

1876 - Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Venice, Italy; composer

Ermanno-Wolf Ferrari website

Renata Scotto sings "O gioia le nube leggera" from Il segreto di Susanna (1980 recording with the Philharmonia Orchestra under John Pritchard)

Tito Gobbi sings "Aprile o bella" from I gioielli della Madonna (1954 recording)

Concertino for bassoon, 2 horns and strings, 1st mvt. (Jim Morgan, bassoon, with the RI Community Orchestra, John Eells conducting; 2003)

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 11 (Glière, Duruflé)

1875 - Reinhold Glière, Kiev, Ukraine; composer

Life and Work

Emma Dogliani sings Glière's Concerto for Coloratura Soprano, 1st mvt.

Glière's Horn Concerto, 3rd mvt. (Ionut Podgoreanu, horn; Ploiesti Symphony Orchestra, Romania; Ilarion Ionescu-Galati, conducting)

1902 - Maurice Duruflé, Louviers, France; composer, organist; arranger

Biography and pictures

Introit and Kyrie from Duruflé's Requiem (University Singers, Laura Artisani, organ; Dennis Cox conducting; University of Maine, 2008)

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 7 (Poulenc, Rampal)

1899 - Francis Poulenc, Paris, France; composer


Final scene from Dialogue des Carmélites (Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Muti conducting)

Francis Poulenc and Jacques Février play Concerto for Two Pianos, 3rd mvt. (Orchestre national de la RTF, Georges Prêtre conducting)

1922 - Jean-Pierre Rampal, Marseilles, France; flautist

The Man with the Golden Flute

Jean-Pierre Rampal and Francis Poulenc play Poulenc's Flute Sonata, 2nd mvt.

"Véloce" from Claude Bolling's Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio, played by Jean-Pierre Rampal , Claude Bolling and Marcel Sabiani

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Today's Birthday in Music: January 6 (Bruch)

1838 - Max Bruch, Cologne, Germany; composer and conductor


Gil Shahan plays Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1, 1st mvt. (Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Dan Ettinger conducting; Tel Aviv 2002)

Jascha Heifetz plays and conducts Bruch's Scottish Fantasy, 2nd mvt.

"Nachtgesang" from Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano (Brise Soleil Trio, Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts, 2006)

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Friday, January 2, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 2 (Pentland, Tippett)

1905 - Barbara Pentland, Winnipeg, Canada; composer, pianist

Biography (Encyclopedia of Music in Canada)

1905 - Michael Tippett, London, England; composer

Michael Tippett conducts the first public performance of The Shires Suite, part 2, "Cantata" (Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra and Schola Cantorum of Oxford. Cheltenham, England, 1970)

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Today's Birthday in Music: December 29 (Casals)

1876 - Pablo Casals, El Vendrell, Spain; cellist, composer

In Search of Pablo Casals

Pablo Casals plays J.S. Bach's Suite No. 1 for Cello Solo (filmed at the Abbaye Saint-Michel-de Cuxa, France, August 1954)

Maynooth Chamber Choir sings "O vos omnes" composed by Pablo Casals

Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 1 played by Pablo Casals, cello, Jacques Thibaud, violin and Alfred Cortet, piano (HMV recording, 1927)

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: December 28 (Kennedy, Sessions)

1956 - Nigel Kennedy, Brighton, England; violinist and violist


Nigel Kennedy with Aisling Casey and the Irish Chamber Orchestra plays J.S. Bach's Concerto for Violin and Oboe, BWV 1060, 1st mvt.

1896 - Roger Sessions, Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A.; composer


Duo for Violin and Piano, 2nd mvt. (Carlos Bernales and Chris Christopher, Queen's College, 2008)

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Todays's Birthdays in Music: December 26 (Thea King, Earle Brown)

1925 - Thea King, Hitchin, England; clarinetist

Obituary (The Independent, UK, June 2007)

Thea King, with the Allegri String Quartet, plays Crusell's Clarinet Quartet in C minor

1926 - Earle Brown, Lunenburg, MA, U.S.A.; composer


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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: December 24 (Larsen, Stich-Randall)

1950 - Libby Larsen, Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.; composer

Official website

"Concert Piece for Tuba and Piano" (Beth McDonald, tuba; Tedrin Lindsay, piano.  Singletary Center for the Arts, 2008)

1927 - Teresa Stich-Randall, New Hertford, CT, U.S.A.; opera and concert soprano

Biography and pictures
Obituary (The Times, London, July 2007)

Teresa Stich-Randall sings "Non mi dir" from Mozart's Don Giovanni (1960)

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: December 23 (Gruberová, Boismortier)

1946 - Edita Gruberová, Bratislava, Slovakia; opera and concert soprano

Biography and pictures

Edita Gruberová sings "Ach ich liebt" from Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail (1989, Karl Böhm conducting)

1689 - Joseph Boismortier, Thionville, France; composer


"Air de dessus" from Motet à grand choeur (Véronique Gens, soprano, with Le Concert Spirituel, directed by Hervé Piquet)

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Today's Birthday in Music: December 22 (Puccini)

1858 - Giacomo Puccini, Lucca, Italy; composer


Tito Gobbi and Maria Callas in the finale of Act 2 of Tosca (Covent Garden, 1964)

Renata Scotto sings "Quando m'en vo'" (Musetta's Waltz Song) from La Bohème (1982 Franco Zeffirelli Metropolitan Opera production; conductor James Levine)

"Gloria" from Messa di Gloria (Coro Rossini, Sassano, Sardinia)

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: December 21 (Turp, Tilson Thomas)

1925 - André Turp, Montreal, Canada; opera tenor

Biography (Encyclopedia of Music in Canada)

1944 - Michael Tilson Thomas, Los Angeles, U.S.A.; conductor, pianist, composer

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, 1st mvt. (BBC Promenade Concert, London, 2007)

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Today's Birthday in Music: December 17 (Beethoven)

1770 - Ludwig van Beethoven, Bonn, Germany; composer and pianist (baptized December 17; date of birth probably December 15 or 16)

The Magnificent Master

Claudio Abbado conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, 1st mvt. (Rome, 2001)

Glenn Gould plays Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, final mvt. (Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Karel Ančerl)

String Quartet No. 16, Op. 135, 3rd mvt. (Amadeus Quartet, 1973)

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: December 16 (Kodály, Pinnock)

1882 - Zoltán Kodály, Kecskemét, Hungary; composer


Janos Starker plays Kodály's Sonata for Solo Cello, 1st mvt. (Tokyo, 1988)

Dances of Galánta (Philharmonia Hungarica, conducted by Ervin Acél at the Vatican)

1946 - Trevor Pinnock, Canterbury, England; conductor and harpsichordist


Trevor Pinnock and the English Concert play J.S. Bach's Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052, 1st mvt. (Allegro)

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: December 11 (Berlioz, E. Carter)

1803 - Hector Berlioz, La-Côte-Saint-André, France; composer

Hector Berlioz website

"Un bal" (2nd mvt.) from Symphonie Fantastique (Orchestre de Paris, conducted by Herbert von Karajan, 1970)

"Gloire à Didon" from Les Troyens (N.Y. Metropolitan Opera, 1983)

1908 - Elliott Carter, New York, U.S.A.; composer

Elliott Carter at 99 (Los Angeles Times, August 2008)

Interview with Elliott Carter (2008)

Quintet for Piano and Strings (Part 1) (Arditti Quartet with Ursula Oppens, piano; Amsterdam, 1999)

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: December 10 (Messiaen, Franck)

1908 - Olivier Messiaen, Avignon, France; composer, organist


Turangalîla Symphony, Final (10th) mvt. (Orchestre de l'Opéra Bastille, Paris, Myung-Whun Chung conducting, 1990)

Messiaen on Birds (Yvonne Loriod, piano)

1822 - César Franck, Liège, Belgium; composer, organist


Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra (Georges Cziffra, piano; György Cziffra Jr. conducting)

Renée Fleming sings "Panis Angelicus" (Mainz Cathedral, 2005)

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: December 8 (Sibelius, Martinů)

1865 - Jean Sibelius, Hämeenlinna, Finland; composer

Jean Sibelius website

Finlandia (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Paavo Berglund)

Violin Concerto in D minor, 1st mvt. (Christian Fatu, violin, with the Kansas City Philharmonia, conducted by Andres Franco)

1890 - Bohuslav Martinů, Polička, Bohemia; composer


Piano Quartet, 3rd mvt. (Carl Banner, piano, David Cho, cello, Judith Spokes, violin, Andrea Vercoe, viola; Washington Musica Viva concert, 2008)

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Today's Birthday in Music: December 7 (Mascagni)

1863 - Pietro Mascagni, Livorno, Italy; composer

Mascagni and Mussolini

Fiorenza Cossotto and chorus sing "Inneggiamo, Il Signor non è morto" ("Easter Hymn") from Cavalleria Rusticana (Herbert von Karajan conducting)

Meray Boustan and Adam Shelton sing "Suzel, buon di" ("Cherry Duet") from L'Amico Fritz (University of Arizona production)

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: December 6 (Górecki, Harnoncourt)

1933 - Henryk Górecki, Tschirne, Germany (now Czernica, Poland); composer


Symphony No. 3 ("Symphony of Sorrowful Songs") - Lento e Largo (Isabel Bayrakdaraian with the Sinfonietta Cracovia, conducted by John Axelrod; taken from "Holocaust - A Musical Memorial Film from Auschwitz")

Górecki Piano Sonata, 1st mvt. (Roger McVey, piano; Mercer University, Georgia)

1929 - Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Berlin, Germany; conductor, cellist, violist

Biography and Pictures
Interview (November 2000)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt leads the Concentus Musicus Vienna and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir in J.S. Bach's Cantata BWV 147 "Heart and mouth and deed and life" (Advent Concert, Benedictine Monastery of Melk)

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: December 4 (Harty, Minton)

1879 - Hamilton Harty, Hillsborough, Ireland; composer and conductor


Scherzo from An Irish Symphony.  The composer conducts the Hallé Orchestra (1929 recording)

1938 - Yvonne Minton, Sydney, Australia; opera and concert mezzo-soprano

Biography and pictures

Yvonne Minton performs "Der Abschied", the final movement of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti conducting)

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Today's Birthday in Music: December 3 (Webern)

1883 - Anton Webern, Vienna, Austria; composer and conductor


Five Orchestral Pieces, Op. 10 (Südwestfunk Baden-Baden, conducted by Jascha Horenstein; 1964 recording)

Piano Variations Op. 27 (Brenno Ambrosini, piano; 1908)

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Monday, December 1, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: December 1 (Grøndahl, Buchbinder)

1847 - Agathe Grøndahl, Holmestrand, Norway; pianist and composer

1946 - Rudolf Buchbinder, Leitmeritz, Czechoslovakia; pianist

Official website
Biography and pictures

Rudolf Buchbinder at the 12th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival (Warsaw, 2008)

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Today's Birthday in Music: November 29 (Donizetti)

1797 - Gaetano Donizetti, Bergamo, Italy; composer

Donizetti Foundation website

Sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor (Greg Turay, Ruth Ann Swenson, Beth Clayton, Valerian Ruminski, Kim Josephson, Eric Cutler; Julius Rudel conducting.  Richard Tucker Gala, Avery Fisher Hall, N.Y., 2001)

Duet from Don Pasquale Act 3 (Beverley Sills and Gabriel Bacquier, 1979)

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Today's Birthday in Music: November 28 (Anton Rubinstein, Lully)

1829 - Anton Rubinstein, Vykhvatinets, Ukraine; pianist, composer and conductor


String Quartet in F, op. 17, no. 3, 1st mvt. (Covington String Quartet, Washington, 2008)

1632 - Jean-Baptiste Lully, Florence, Italy; composer


Passacaille from Armide (danced by Philippa Waite)

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: November 27 (Cozzolani, H. Hahn)

1602 - Chiara Cozzolani, Milan, Italy; composer


Cappella Clausura performs "Laudate pueri" from Cozzolani's Vespro della Beata Vergine

1979 - Hilary Hahn, Lexington, VA, U.S.A.; violinist

Official website

Hilary Hahn plays Korngold's Violin Concerto, 3rd mvt. (Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, conducted by Kent Nagano)

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: November 25 (V. Thomson, Kempff)

1896 - Virgil Thomson, Kansas City, Mo., U.S.A.; composer

Virgil Thomson Foundation website

Thomson's The River accompanies display of photos of the Pacific Northwest by Darius Kinsey

1895 - Wilhelm Kempff, Jüterbog, Germany; pianist and composer

Majestic Poet

Wilhelm Kempff plays Beethoven's Sonata No. 27, Op. 90, 1st mvt. (filmed in 1970)

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: November 24 (Schnittke)

1934 - Alfred Schnittke, Engels, USSR; composer


Concerto for Piano and Strings (part 2) (Svetlana Ponomareva, piano; Omsk Chamber Orchestra conducted by Yuri Nikolaevsky; Omsk, Russia, 2003)

Suite in the Old Style: Menuett (R. Mints, viola d'amore, A. Karpenko, harpsichord, D. Vlasik, percussion; Homecoming Chamber Music Festival)

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: November 23 (Penderecki, Falla)

1933 - Krzysztof Penderecki, Dębica, Poland; composer and conductor


Excerpt from Polish Requiem, conducted by the composer

Concerto for Viola, Part 1 (Tabea Zimmerman, viola; conducted by the composer)

1876 - Manuel de Falla, Cádiz, Spain; composer


Nights in the Gardens of Spain (Céderic Tiberghien, piano; Orchestre National de Lille, conducted by Paul Polivnik)

"Ritual Fire Dance" from film of the ballet (El Amor Brujo

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: November 22 (Britten, Nagano)

1913 - Benjamin Britten, Lowestoft, England; composer, conductor, violist, pianist

Biography and more

"To hell with all your mercy": finale of Peter Grimes (Peter Pears as Peter Grimes, Heather Harper as Ellen Orford, London Symphony Orchestra and Ambrosian Chorus, conducted by Benjamin Britten.  1969 TV production)

"Playful Pizzicato" from Simple Symphony (Ensemble Instrumental de Corse)

1951 - Kent Nagano, Berkeley, CA, U.S.A.; conductor

Biography (Orchestre symphonique de Montréal)
The Nagano Mystique (La Scena Musicale, January 2007)

Kent Nagano conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in Mozart's Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter),1st mvt.

Kent Nagano, Robert Charlebois and l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: November 18 (Weber, Paderewski)

1786 - Carl Maria von Weber, Eutin, Germany; composer, conductor, pianist

Wikipedia (d.o.b. probably incorrect)
Biography (Grove Dictionary)

Overture to Abu Hassan (London Symphony Orchestra)

Clarinet Concerto No. 1, 3rd mvt. (Calogero Palermo, clarinet)

1860 - Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Kuryłówka, Ukraine; pianist, composer, statesman

Biography and pictures

Paderewski plays his Menuet in G (1937 recording)

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: November 16 (Hindemith, Tibbett)

1895 - Paul Hindemith, Hanau, Germany; composer, conductor

Hindemith Foundation website

Paul Hindemith conducts his Concerto for Orchestra

Glenn Gould plays the Fugue from Hindemith's Piano Sonata No. 3

1896 - Lawrence Tibbett, Bakersfield, CA, U.S.A.; opera baritone

Biography and photos

Lawrence Tibbett sings "Oh du mein holder Abenstern" from Wagner's Tannhäuser

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Todays's Birthdays in Music: November 14 (Copland, Mendelssohn-Hensel)

1900 - Aaron Copland, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S.A.; composer, pianist


"Hoedown" from the ballet Rodeo, arranged for piano by Copland (James Tocco, piano)

Andante from Copland's Clarinet Concerto (Richard Stolzman, clarinet; London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas)

1805 - Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Hamburg, Germany; composer, pianist

Life and Music

Klavierstücke for four hands (Duo Vela, Barcelona)

Diana Damrau sings Bergeslust

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: November 13 (Richards, Kokkonen)

1921 - Joonas Kokkonen, Iisalmi, Finland; composer

Wikipedia (birthdate incorrect)
Obituary (The Independent, London, Oct. 1996)

1817 - Brinley Richards, Camarthen, Wales; composer


Philip Sear plays "Evening" (Nocturne) by Brinley Richards

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: November 12 (Borodin, Papineau-Couture)

1833 - Alexander Borodin, St. Petersburg, Russia; composer


Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Seiji Ozawa)

1916 - Jean Papineau-Couture, Montreal, Canada; composer, educator, administrator

Biography (Encyclopedia of Music in Canada)

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: November 10 (Couperin, Scholl)

1688 - François Couperin, Paris, France; composer, organist, harpsichordist


Tierce en Taille from "Messe des Couvents" (Jean-Baptiste Robin, organ; Cathedral of Saint-Pierre, Poitiers, France)

1967 - Andreas Scholl, Eltville, Germany; opera and concert countertenor


Andreas Scholl sings "Sicut erat in principio" and "Amen" from Vivaldi's Nisi Dominus (Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, conducted by Paul Dyer)

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: November 8 (Bax, Hines)

1883 - Arnold Bax, Streatham, England; composer


Summer Music (1920), played by the Ulster Orchestra, Richard Howarth conducting

1921 - Jerome Hines, Hollywood, U.S.A.; opera bass and composer

Obituary (The Guardian, UK, February 2003)

Jerome Hines as the Grand Inquisitor, Paul Plishka as the King, in Verdi's Don Carlo (Metropolitan Opera, 1980)

Jerome Hines in The Last Supper Scene from his opera I Am The Way (Bolshoi, 1993)

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: November 6 (Sax, Sousa)

1814 - Adolphe Sax, Dinant, Belgium; musical-instrument designer (inventor of the saxophone)

Extensive biography
Pictures of Sax saxophones

The Aurelia Saxophone Quartet (Uden, Netherlands) plays Jean Baptiste Singelée's Premier Quatuor Op. 53 on original Adolphe Sax saxophones

1854 - John Philip Sousa, Washington, U.S.A.; composer and conductor

Library of Congress website

Tufts University's Saxophone Ensemble plays Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever

Theme song for the Monty Python's Flying Circus TV show (aka Sousa's Liberty Bell March) (played by the City of Prague Symphony Orchestra)

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Today's Birthday in Music: November 4 (A. Cooke)

1906 - Arnold Cooke, Gomersal, England; composer

Arnold Cooke website

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Today's Birthday in Music: November 3 (Bellini)

1801 - Vincenzo Bellini, Catania, Italy; composer


Maria Callas sings "Casta diva" from Norma

Juan Diego Florez, with Mariola Cantarero and chorus, sings "A te o cara" from I Puritani (Las Palmas, 2004)

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: November 2 (Dittersdorf, Sinopoli)

1739 - Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Vienna, Austria; composer and violinist

Biography and picture

Concerto for Double Bass in E major, 1st mvt. (Soloist Gábor Fánczi; Szent István Filharmonics Orchestra, conductor Kálmán Záborszky.  Budapest)

1946 Giuseppe Sinopoli, Venice, Italy; conductor and composer

Interview (1986)

Giuseppe Sinopoli conducts the Triumphal March scene from Verdi's Aida (Dresden, 2001)

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: October 30 (Warlock, Mintz)

1894 - Peter Warlock, London, England; composer and music critic

Peter Warlock Society website

Capriol Suite for String Orchestra, parts 1-3 (Chamber Ensemble Muenster, 1994)

1957 - Shlomo Mintz, Moscow, Russia; violinist and conductor

Shlomo Mintz webpage

Shlomo Mintz plays Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1, 1st mvt., on "Il Cannone", Paganini's own 1742 Guarneri violin (Limburg Symphony Orchestra, Yoel Levi conducting, Maastricht, Netherlands 1997)

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Today's Birthday: October 27 (Paganini)

1782 - Niccolò Paganini, Genoa, Italy; violinist, violist, guitarist, composer

Legendary violinists

Jascha Heifetz plays Caprice No. 24 (accompanist Emanuel Bay)

Leonid Kogan plays Paganini's variations on the theme "Di tanti palpiti" from Rossini's Tancredi

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Today's Birthday in Music: October 26 (D. Scarlatti)

1685 - Domenico Scarlatti, Naples, Italy; composer

Baroque composers

Luc Beauséjour plays Scarlatti's Sonata in d minor, K. 1

Sinfonia in C major: allegrissimo (Europa Galante, directed by Fabio Biondi)

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: October 25 (Bizet, J. Strauss II)

1838 - Georges Bizet, Paris, France; composer and pianist

Grove's Dictionary biography

Julia Migenes Johnson sings the Habanera from Carmen (1985 film)

Minuet from L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2 (Bulent Evcil, flute, with the Instanbul State Symphony Orchestra)

1825 - Johann Strauss II, Vienna, Austria; violinist, conductor, composer


Herbert von Karajan conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in "Unter Donner und Blitz" (New Year's Eve concert, Vienna 1987)

Kiri Te Kanawa sings "Klange der Heimat" (Czsárdás) from Die Fledermaus (Covent Garden 1984, Placido Domingo conducting)

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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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