On this day: March, 2015

Our first full-month post. Let’s go! March 1: Births: 1810 – Frédéric Chopin, Polish pianist and composer  (May have heard of this guy…?) 1896 – Dimitri Mitropoulos, Greek pianist, conductor, and composer. Early Mahler advocate 1939 – Leo Brouwer, Cuban guitarist and composer 1958 – Chosei Komatsu, Japanese conductor Deaths: 1620 – Thomas Campion, English poet and composer 1643 – Girolamo Frescobaldi, Italian pianist and composer  1777 – Georg Christoph Wagenseil, Austrian composer 1882 – Theodor Kullak, German pianist, composer, and educator 1976 – Jean Martinon, French conductor and composer   March 2:  Births: 1755 – Antoine-Frédéric Gresnick, Belgian composer 1824 – Bedřich Smetana, Czech composer 1900 – Kurt Weill, German-American composer 1905 – Marc Blitzstein, American composer 1912 – Henry Katzman, American pianist, composer, and … Continue reading On this day: March, 2015

On this day: Week of March 31, 2014

We’re coming back to another installment of history and dates. Last week was a good week of some new features on the site (see ‘Resources’) and I hope there is more of that to come. Also, I’m realizing that not ALL premieres and events that ever happened in the history of ever are actually included in these Wikipedia date entries, but a few google attempts do not show me any compendiums of premiere dates of symphonies or anything of the like. So some of that will be manual. Let’s see what we have for this week.  March 31 1913 – The … Continue reading On this day: Week of March 31, 2014

On this day: Week of March 24, 2014

History is interesting as long as it isn’t boring.  March 24 1721 – Johann Sebastian Bach dedicated six concertos to Christian Ludwig, margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt, now commonly called the Brandenburg concertos, BWV 1046-1051. (How’s that for a significant event?) Births: 1962 – Angèle Dubeau, Canadian violinist Seriously? That’s it? Granted, there were a few I decided not to include.Deaths: 1653 – Samuel Scheidt, German organist and composer 1916 – Enrique Granados, Spanish pianist and composer And that’s it for day one. Granados is a pretty important dude. Well, I’ve heard of him.  March 25 Nothing. Births: 1867 – Arturo Toscanini, Italian conductor  1881 – Béla Bartók, Hungarian pianist and composer 1930 – David Burge, American pianist, composer, and conductor Deaths:  1620 – Johannes Nucius, German … Continue reading On this day: Week of March 24, 2014

On this day: Week of March 17, 2014

Another week of history lessons and lists of people who I do not know that I probably should.  March 17 Nothing happened. Births: 1665 – Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, French harpsichordist and composer 1876 – Frederick Ayres, American composer 1936 – Ladislav Kupkovič, Slovakian composer and conductor Deaths: 1875 – Ferdinand Laub, Czech violinist and composer 1999 – Ernest Gold, Austrian composer  March 18 No events again. When did everything happen?! Births: 1657 – Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni, Italian organist and composer  1844 – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer (this guy is important, and recently featured here) 1882 – Gian Francesco Malipiero, Italian composer and educator 1939 – Yannis Markopoulos, Greek composer 1950 – James Conlon, American conductor Deaths: 1823 – Jean-Baptiste Bréval, … Continue reading On this day: Week of March 17, 2014

On this day: Week of March 10, 2014

Here we are once again for another week of facts, history, dates, and trivia.  March 10: No events of musical merit. Births: 1839 – Dudley Buck, American organist and composer 1844 – Pablo de Sarasate, Spanish violinist and composer  1875 – Alexander Goldenweiser, Russian pianist, composer, and educator (this guy has been in my rotation some recently) 1892 – Arthur Honegger, French-Swiss composer (listened through a few of this guy’s symphonies) 1915 – Charles Groves, English conductor  Deaths: 1832 – Muzio Clementi, Italian pianist, composer, and conductor  1910 – Carl Reinecke, German pianist, conductor, and composer Some familiar names to begin the week. No one I’m too familiar with, but if nothing … Continue reading On this day: Week of March 10, 2014

On this day: Week of March 3

And here we are once again for another week of historical events. I’m quite glad I decided to do this by the week, since it gives me the opportunity to prepare ahead of time to write something based on or associated with any momentous events or otherwise exciting types of things. I certainly won’t always be able to keep pace with what’s happened in history every week, but it could come in handy when I’m not quite sure how to proceed or what to post next. It could be good for some suggestions. Let’s see if there’s anything good this … Continue reading On this day: Week of March 3

On this day: Week of Feb 24, 2014

Ready for our next installment of “on this day”? I wanted to call it “this week in history” for a while, but am too lazy. It’s still divided by day, and you can still go right to the “on this day” link to view the week’s post if you’re dying to know what happened musically when you get up in the morning. Let’s get started. Also, I’ll be in Shanghai for most of this week, so we will see if I can get a post up here or not.  Feb 24: 1607 – L’Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi, one of the first works recognized as … Continue reading On this day: Week of Feb 24, 2014