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Mar 21, 2017

johann sebastian bach

you have birth day 21. March 1685 and this is by old style calendar. today we using new style so correct date is 31. March. Confusing for users using Julian

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Jan 02, 2017

Happy New Year!

Great Classical Composer

1/1/1782 J C Bach died
2/1/1837 Balakirev born
2/1/1905 M Tippett born
4/1/1710 Pergolesi born
6/1/1838 Max Bruch born
7/1/1899 Poulenc born
8/1/1713 Corelli died
8/1/1990 M Tippett died
11/1/1801 Cimarosa died
16/1/1886 Ponchielli died
16/1/1891 Delibes died
17/1/1751 Albinoni died
18/1/1835 Cesar Cui
23/1/1981 S.Barber died
27/1/1756 Mozart born
27/1/1813Verdi died
29/1/1862 Delius born
30/1/1963 Poulenc died
31/1/1797 Schubert born

Oct 12, 2016

Ralph Vaughan-Williams video

Today is the birthday of the English composer Ralph Vaughan-Williams (1872 - 1958)

Oct 01, 2016

October Composer Anniversaries

Great Classical Composer

1/10/1865 Paul Dukas born
2/10/1920 Max Bruch died
3/10/1931 Carl Nielsen died
5/10/1880 Offenbach died
9/10/1813 Verdi born
9/10/1835 Saint-Saëns born
11/10/1896 Bruckner died
12/10/1872 Vaughan Williams born
14/10/1990 Bernstein died
17/10/1849 Chopin died
18/10/1893 Gounod died
20/10/1874 Charles Ives born
22/10/1811 Liszt born
24/10/1725 A Scarlatti died
25/10/1825 J Strauss Jr born
25/10/1838 Bizet born
26/10/1685 D Scarlatti born
27/10/1782 Paganini born

May 31, 2016

How Joseph Haydn lost his head

One of the strangest stories in music history is the theft of Haydn's head by phrenologists shortly after he died,

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May 08, 2016

Dame Ethel Smyth belongs on the list of great women composers

This feisty lady was not only a talented composer but also a political activist. She played an important part in the suffragette movement and was jailed for smashing the windows of an important politician.

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May 01, 2016

Composer Anniversaries in May

Great Classical Composer

01/05/1904 Dvorak died
01/05/1978 Khachaturian died
07/05/1833 Brahms born
07/05/1840 Tchaikovsky born
08/05/1944 Ethel Smyth died 
12/05/1845 Faure born
12/05/1884 Smetana died
13/05/1842 Sullivan born
15/05/1567 Monteverdi born
17/05/1866 Satie born
18/05/1909 Albeniz died
18/05/1911 Mahler died
19/05/1954 Ives died
20/05/1896 Clara Schumann died
22/05/1813 Wagner born
25/05/1934 Holst died
27/05/1840 Paganini died
29/05/1860 Albeniz born
31/05/1809 Haydn died

Apr 20, 2016

Taurus composers

Mar 24, 2016

Enrique Granados and his wife drown in ferry.

100 years ago today Enrique Granados (1867–1916) died in on his way back from the United States following the performance of Goyescas at the Metropolitan Opera on 28 January 1916. The passenger ferry in which he was travelling to England, the Sussex, was torpedoed and damaged by a German U-boat. Granados and his wife were drowned.

Next year will be the 150th anniversary of his birth.

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Mar 22, 2016

Lully stabs his toe while conducting and dies

Before the use of batons conductors used long sticks and hit those to the floor in the rhythm of the music which was the practice of the time during the Baroque era. The French composer Jean Baptiste Lully, musical director of the court of Louis XIV, also used these. On the 8th of January in 1687 when he preformed his famous "Te deum". The stick he used struck his toe by accident, creating an abscess. The wound turned gangrenous, but Lully refused to have his toe amputated and the gangrene spread, resulting in his death on 22 March. This is a scene from the motion picture "Le roi danse" ("The king is dancing") which acts out this peculiar event.

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Mar 21, 2016

Aries composers


March 21 -April 19

Mar 16, 2016

Pergolesi - the Father of Comic Opera

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi died aged only 26 years old. Yet he left a considerable volume of work and was credited with being the 'Father of Comic Opera'.

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Feb 27, 2016

Borodin died happy.

Alexander Borodin died on 27 February 1887, age 53 while dancing at a party.

He was a truly amazing person: eminent Russian organic chemist, 'amateur' composer, poet, writer, fighter for women's rights, philanthropist.

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Feb 19, 2016

Pisces composers


Feb 20 -March 20

Feb 15, 2016

Glinka - the father of Russian Classical music

Mikhail Glinka died on 15 February 1857, age 52.

Mikhail Glinka was the founder of the nationalist school of Russian composers and is often regarded as the father of Russian classical music. Glinka's compositions were an important influence on future Russian composers, notably the members of the Mighty Five, who took Glinka's lead and produced a distinctive Russian style of music.

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Feb 14, 2016

The Greatest Classical Valentines

Great classical composers have almost always been great romantics - and passionate love affairs are often the inspiration for great music making. Here are some of the most enduring (click the link below).

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Jan 31, 2016

Franz Schubert - so much in so little time

Happy Birthday Franz Schubert born in 1797. He lived only 31 years but composed over 1000 works.
Here are a few facts about his short life.

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Jan 27, 2016

10 facts about Mozart you may not know

Mozart was born 260 years ago on 27 January 1756.

Click the link below for ten fun facts including what pets he had.

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Jan 27, 2016

Verdi founded a rest home for musicians

Giuseppe Verdi died on 27 January 1901.
The work of which he was most proud is Casa Verdi - the rest home for retired musicians which he founded and where he is buried with his wife.

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Jan 23, 2016

The Saddest Music Ever Written

Samuel Barber, the American composer, died on 23 January 1981. He is credited with composing "the saddest music ever written". See what I mean with the final scene from the film "The Elephant Man"

Jan 23, 2016

Aquarian Composers


Jan 20 -Feb 18

Jan 17, 2016

January Sale

I have a 30% discount at my Etsy shop until the end of January. Prints and calendars including the popular Composer Anniversaries calendar.
Use the discount code HAPPY2016 at checkout.

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Jan 17, 2016

Albinoni and Jim Morrison - The Doors

The Italian baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni died on 17 January 1751 in Venice.
His 'Adagio in G Minor' was a big favourite of Jim Morrison of rock band The Doors. Here is his version:

Jan 16, 2016

Leo Delibes' work used by British Airways

The French composer Leo Delibes died on 16 January 1891.
His 'Flower Duet' was used in a successful commercial for British Airways. Here is an amusing parody of it:

Jan 08, 2016

Corelli - Founder of modern violin technique

Arcangelo Corelli died 302 years ago. He is buried in the Pantheon in Rome.
He has been called:
- "The Father of the Concerto Grosso"
- "Founder of Modern Violin Technique"
- "The World's Greatest Violinist"

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Jan 02, 2016

Happy Birthday Mily Balakirev

He was a 19th century Russian conductor, composer, educator. He was the leader of the group known as the 'Mighty Five' made up of Borodin, Mussorgsky, Cui and Rimsky Korsakov.

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Jan 02, 2016

January Anniversaries

Happy New Year!
To start with here is a list of composer anniversaries for January.

Great Classical Composer

1/1/1782 J C Bach died
2/1/1837 Balakirev born
2/1/1905 M Tippett born
4/1/1710 Pergolesi born
6/1/1838 Max Bruch born
7/1/1899 Poulenc born
8/1/1713 Corelli died
8/1/1990 M Tippett died
11/1/1801 Cimarosa died
16/1/1886 Ponchielli died
16/1/1891 Delibes died
17/1/1751 Albinoni died
18/1/1835 Cesar Cui
23/1/1981 S.Barber died
27/1/1756 Mozart born
27/1/1813Verdi died
29/1/1862 Delius born
30/1/1963 Poulenc died
31/1/1797 Schubert born

Dec 08, 2015

150th Anniversary of Jean Sibelius

Happy 150th Birthday Jean!

More about the celebrations at the link below.

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Dec 05, 2015

An Interview with Stockhausen

Stockhausen is a difficult composer for many. Here is a rare interview which may help understand what he is about.

Dec 02, 2015

The Aaron Copland Collection at the Library of Congress

Aaron Copland died on 2 December 1990, age 90. There is an excellent resource at the Library of Congress - link below.

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Nov 24, 2015

Scott Joplin - King of Ragtime

Happy Birthday to the King of Ragtime.

The link below will take you to a good resource including a lot of downloadable sheet music of Joplin's works.

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Nov 23, 2015

Sagitarian Composers



Nov 22 - Dec 21

Nov 22, 2015


Happy Birthday Joaquin Rodrigo.

Best known for his 'Concierto de Aranjuez'.He was blind from the age of three.Although much of his work is for the guitar he never mastered the instrument himself.

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Nov 22, 2015

Benjamin Britten - an introduction

Happy Birthday Benjamin. Born 102 years ago.


Nov 21, 2015

15 facts about Henry Purcell

Henry Purcell died on 21 November 1695 at only 36 years old, possibly from chocolate poisoning!

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Nov 19, 2015

Schubert's final illness and death

Schubert died on 19 November 1828 at only 31 years old. Here is an account of his final illness and death.

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Nov 14, 2015

The Simple Gift of Aaron Copland

Copland would have been 115 today. Happy Birthday Aaron!
Considered by some to be America's greatest composer, Copland was also a writer, music critic and teacher, devoting much of his time to encouraging young musicians. He was also in demand as a conductor.

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Nov 14, 2015

Fanny Mendelssohn

Happy 210th Birthday Fanny!

Mendelssohn's sister Fanny was also a very talented musician but her career was damaged by the sexist attitudes of the time. Her father wrote her, “the only calling which befits a woman: that of a housewife. Music should be an accomplishment, an adornment, and never a career for women.”
In spite of this she did go on to produce an impressive body of work.

Nov 13, 2015

Tournedos Rossini

Rossini loved life to the full and food was an important part of it for him. Read about this passion of his and make his favourite dish.

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Nov 12, 2015

Was Borodin the first to link cholesterol to heart disease?

Borodin's day job was as an organic chemistry research scientist.
He was also a poet, a writer, a philanthropist and a fighter for women's rights. An amazing man.
Happy Birthday Alexander.

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Nov 06, 2015

Did Tchaikovsky commit suicide?

Did Tchaikovsky commit suicide on 6 November 1893?
The cause of his death has long been the subject of speculation. The link below describes four of the theories.

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Nov 06, 2015

Sousa - the March King

Happy Birthday to the March King!

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Nov 04, 2015

Felix Mendelssohn's last days

Another brilliant composer to die in his thirties. He died on 4 November 1847 aged only 38.
Here below is an interesting blog entry which describes his last days.

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Nov 03, 2015

Vincenzo Bellini

Vincenzo Bellini was born in Sicily on 3 November 1801 and died in Paris only 33 years later.
He was one of the proponents of 'bel canto' opera together with Rossini and Donizetti.

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Oct 27, 2015

The Devil's Violinist

Happy Birthday Nicolo Paganini!

Oct 25, 2015

Bizet - 10 facts about the great composer

It is also the birthday of Georges Bizet today. Happy Birthday Georges. What a pity you died so young at 36.Click the link for 10 facc ts about him.

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Oct 25, 2015

The Strauss Dynasty

Happy Birthday Johann Strauss ll
The composition of the Strauss family gives rise to some confusion as to who did what, not helped by there being three Johanns.

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Oct 23, 2015

Composers born under the sign of Scorpio


Oct 23 -Nov 21
J Strauss II

Oct 21, 2015

Liszt and the Romantics

Franz Liszt was born on 22 October 1811 in this house. Click on the link below for an interesting site about his relationship with other composers, friends and family.

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