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Lucia Popp – Ruhe Sanft, Mein Holdes Leben (Mozart, Zaide)


Lucia Popp – Ruhe Sanft, Mein Holdes Leben (Mozart, Zaide)

today’s birthday: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756)


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756)

Mozart is considered one of the greatest composers of European classical music, having written an astonishing number of works in almost every musical genre during his short life. A child prodigy, he began composing music by the age of five and was touring and performing before royalty within a year. He later settled in Vienna, where he reached the height of his success. At the age of 35, he succumbed to an unknown illness that remains a source of speculation. What are some of the theories? More… Discuss

more than an article: Handel – Water Music Check this YouTube documentary….You’ll love it!


Handel

Handel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Water Music

In 1712, George Frideric Handel took up permanent residence in England, leaving his employer—the elector of Hanover—behind in Germany. Two years later, the elector of Hanover became George I of England. When the king requested music for royal festivities, Handel wrote Water Music, allegedly to regain the king’s favor. Water Music debuted on a barge accompanying the king down the River Thames in 1717. What did George I think of Handel’s now-famous collection of songs? More… Discuss

Händel: Water music & Music for the royal fireworks | Hervé Niquet

 

today’s birthday: Norbert Wiener (1894)


Norbert Wiener (1894)

A child prodigy, Wiener graduated college at age 14 and earned his PhD at 18. Several years later, he joined the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he became a professor of mathematics. He made significant contributions to a number of areas in the field, but he is best known for his theory of cybernetics—the comparative study of control and communication in humans and machines. In an article titled “A Scientist Rebels,” Wiener urged his fellow scientists to do what? More… Discuss

Clara Schumann


Clara Schumann

Schumann, the wife of composer Robert Schumann, was a renowned pianist of her time. A child prodigy, she made her debut in 1830 and later performed with great success all over Europe. She was an outstanding interpreter of works by her husband and Johannes Brahms and was one of the first pianists to perform from memory. Her own compositions were mainly piano pieces and songs. Schumann supported her family financially and organized her own concert tours while also raising how many children? More… Discuss

Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Juan Crisostomo Arriaga – Symphony in D Major


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Juan Arriaga – Symphony in D Major
00:00 I. Adagio – Allegro vivace
09:00 II. Andante
18:23 III. Minuetto
23:02 IV. Allegro con moto

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Juan Crisóstomo Jacobo Antonio de Arriaga y Balzola
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Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga
Born January 27, 1806
Bilbao, Spain
Died January 17, 1826 (aged 19)
Paris, France
Occupation Composer
Parents Juan Simón de Arriaga

Juan Crisóstomo Jacobo Antonio de Arriaga y Balzola (January 27, 1806 – January 17, 1826) was a Spanish composer. He was nicknamed “the Spanish Mozart” after he died, because, like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, he was both a child prodigy and an accomplished composer who died young. They also shared the same first and second baptismal names; and they shared the same birthday, January 27 (fifty years apart).

 

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Ion Voicu – Balada de Ciprian Porumbescu



Ion Voicu (October 8, 1923–February 24, 1997) was a Romanian violinist and orchestral conductor. 

Hundreds of excellent concerts all over the world have brought out in bold relief Ion Voicu’s brilliancy as a Romanian violinist of international reputation, one of the greatest masters of our time. Continue reading

Natalie Portman – Leon; Audition (“Dogs, All my Life!”)


"Leon" building outside

“Leon” the movie  building outside