Another week of history lessons and lists of people who I do not know that I probably should.
Nothing happened. Births:
No events again. When did everything happen?! Births:
1844 – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer (this guy is important, and recently featured here)
1939 – Yannis Markopoulos, Greek composer
1948 – Peep Lassmann, Estonian pianist
1900 – Charles-Louis Hanon, French pianist and composer (I’m using this guy’s piano exercises)
Turning out to be a bit of a boring week so far. Let’s see what the latter half has in store for us.
1888 – The premiere of the very first Romani language operetta is staged in Moscow, Russia. (I find this randomly interesting, mostly from a linguistic standpoint)
1948 – With a Musicians Union ban lifted, the first telecasts of classical music in the United States, under Eugene Ormandy and Arturo Toscanini, are given on CBS and NBC. (This is pretty awesome, although I hear Toscanini was not a nice fellow.)
1915 – Sviatoslav Richter, Soviet pianist (This guy will probably make an appearance eventually, because I quite like a lot of the pieces in his repertoire)
1914 – Paul Tortelier, French cellist and composer (If I remember correctly without looking it up, this guy taught Jacqueline du Pre [at least briefly] and invented the bent cello pin, making it easier for cellists to…. do things …? It helps the instrument lay slightly more horizontally. I’ve watched some of this guy’s master classes. He’s a genius.)
1943 – Hartmut Haenchen, German conductor
Yet again… nothin’. Births:
2011 – Victor Bouchard, Canadian pianist and composer (studied under Alfred Cortot)
1944 – Michael Nyman, English pianist and composer (composed music for the film The Piano)
Well, I must say, that was a boring week. The only highlights I can say may have a big enough impact to show up this week are maybe Mussorgsky or Glazunov. But probably none of them. I’ve already got something else in the works that is kind of the beginning of another train of thought, hopefully of at least two or three pieces. We’ll see. I’m quite unfamiliar with Mussorgsky’s works, although I love some of the bits of Pictures at an Exhibition, and my favorite is probably The Old Castle. I find it magnificent and Gothic and regal and haunting. But that will have to be for another time.