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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: October 4 (Daniélou, Ciurlionis)

1904 - Alain Daniélou, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, France; musicologist

Alain Daniélou website

1875 - Mikolajus Čiurlionis, Varéna, Lithuania; composer and painter (some sources give his birth date as Sept. 22)

Museums of Lithuania biography

Edvinas Minkstimas plays Čiurlionis's Prelude in B flat minor (Washington, 2007)

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: August 13 (Battle, Grove)

1948 - Kathleen Battle, Portsmouth, U.S.A.; opera and concert soprano

Short Biography & pictures

Kathleen Battle sings:

with Pavarotti, "Prendi, per me sei libero" from Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore (Metropolitan Opera, 1990)

"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" (National Centre of Performing Arts, Beijing, June 2008)

1820 - George Grove, London, England; musicologist (Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians)

Grove's Dictionary

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