Ottorino Respighi: Feste Romane

performed by the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal under Charles Dutoit Four years after yesterday’s Pines, and more than a decade after Fountains, we have Festivals. As Wikipedia says: Each of the four movements depict a scene of celebration from ancient or modern Rome. It is … Continue reading Ottorino Respighi: Feste Romane

On this day: Week of July 7, 2014

July 7 Births: 1860 – Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer (d. 1911)- Oh. Yeah. One of the greatest symphonists of all time. Ever. And a brilliant conductor, all around genius musician.  1911 – Gian Carlo Menotti, Italian-American composer (d. 2007) 1976 – Vasily Petrenko, Russian conductor Deaths: 1987 – Germaine Thyssens-Valentin, Dutch-French pianist (b. 1902) 2003 – Izhak Graziani, Bulgarian conductor (b. 1924) July 8  Births: 1604 – Heinrich Albert, German composer and poet (d. 1651) 1882 – Percy Grainger, Australian-American pianist and composer (d. 1961) As cooky (and apparently perverted) as this guy was, I absolutely love his works. We played quite a few in high school.  1900 – George Antheil, American pianist, composer, and author … Continue reading On this day: Week of July 7, 2014