Week of June 16
I know this has zero to do with classical music, but it is a significant piece of history related to a pretty classic book I love:
1904 – Irish author James Joyce begins a relationship with Nora Barnacle and subsequently uses the date to set the actions for his novel Ulysses; this date is now traditionally called “Bloomsday”
2013 – Richard Marlow, English organist and conductor (b. 1939)
1882 – Igor Stravinsky, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1971) Definitely need to get around to this guy soon. Love his works.
1757 – Ignaz Pleyel, Austrian-French composer and piano manufacturer (d. 1831) Pleyel was THE piano of the day. Connections to Chopin.
1904 – Manuel Rosenthal, French conductor and composer (d. 2003)
1905 – Eduard Tubin, Estonian composer and conductor (d. 1982) His symphony no. 1 is also a candidate for a revisit.
1925 – Robert Beadell, American composer (d. 1994)
1942 – Hans Vonk, Dutch conductor (d. 2004)
1819 – Jacques Offenbach, German-French cellist and composer (d. 1880) Almost like, any famous overture or very French fun music that people know… this guy. The can-can, for one.
1948 – Columbia Records introduces the long-playing record album in a public demonstration at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, New York.
1891 – Hermann Scherchen, German conductor (d. 1966)
1906 – Grete Sultan, German-American pianist (d. 2005) Friend of John Cage, premiered Etudes Australes
1932 – Lalo Schifrin, Argentinian pianist, composer, and conductor
1963 – Dario Marianelli, Italian composer
1621 – Kryštof Harant, Czech soldier and composer (b. 1564)
1908 – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer (b. 1844) We’ve done his Liszt-like piano concerto. Quite nice.
1974 – Darius Milhaud, French composer (b. 1892) We did his symphony number one, also probably up for a rewrite. This guy is super well connected.