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Nicola (Antonio) Porpora (or Niccolò Porpora) (17 August 1686 – 3 March 1768) was a #Neapolitan  #composer of #Baroque  #operas (see opera seria) and teacher of singing, whose most famous singing student was the castrato #Farinelli. Other students included composers Matteo #Capranica and Joseph #Haydn. #music #musicfacts #musicfact #classicalmusic #weloveclassicalmusic #nicolaporpora
#Onthisday in 1784 #Boccherini got a pay raise from his employer Luis of Spain, Count of #Chinchón. #music #musicfacts #musicfact #classicalmusic #composer #weloveclassicalmusic
Achille Edmond Audran (12 April 1840 – 17 August 1901) was a #French #composer best known for several internationally successful #operettas, including 'Les noces d'Olivette' (1879), 'La mascotte' (1880), 'Gillette de Narbonne' (1882), 'La cigale et la fourmi' (1886), 'Miss Helyett' (1890), and 'La poupée' (1896). After #Audran's initial success in Paris, his works also became a regular feature in the West End of London, in adaptations that Audran supervised. Most of his works are now neglected, but 'La mascotte' has been revived occasionally and has been recorded for the gramophone. #music #musicfact #musicfacts #classicalmusic #edmondaudran #weloveclassicalmusic
Jean-Henri-Alphonse Barraqué (January 17, 1928 – August 17, 1973) was a #French #composer and writer on music who developed an individual form of  #serialism which is displayed in a small output. #JeanBarraqué stated that he wrote about 30 works before those that he eventually acknowledged; as far as is known they were destroyed by him. They included a 'Nocturneand Mouvement lent' for piano, at least three piano sonatas, a sonata for unaccompanied violin, and a Symphony in C sharp minor. The presumably fourth, but un-numbered Piano Sonata, for which he gave the date 1952, was his earliest acknowledged work. #Barraqué then produced his only electronic piece, the  #musiqueconcrète 'Etude' (1954), made at #PierreSchaeffer's studio. Subsequently, he planned a large-scale cycle of pieces, 'La Mort de Virgile', based on #HermannBroch's novel 'The Death of Virgil'. This cycle, along with other pieces deriving from it or acting as commentaries upon it, he envisaged as his principal lifelong creative project. Following the scheme of the novel, it was to be divided into four sub-cycles: 'Water (The Arrival)', 'Fire (The Descent)', 'Earth (The Expectancy)' and 'Air (The Return)'. Most of Barraqué's creative efforts went into the works which were to take their place in 'Fire (The Descent)', which was to have consisted of thirteen works. Before his death he completed two of the projected parts: 'Chant aprés chant' (1966), and 'Le temps restitué' (1957/68). Fragments of some of the other parts exist. #music #musicfacts #musicfact #classicalmusic #weloveclassicalmusic
Peter Benoit (17 August 1834 – 8 March 1901), was a  #Flemish  #composer of #Belgian nationality. Benoit's most important compositions include the Flemish oratorios 'De Schelde' (The river Scheldt) and 'Lucifer' (which met complete failure when it was staged in London in 1888), the operas 'Het Dorp in 't Gebergte' (The village in the mountains) and 'Isa, and the Drama Christi', a huge body of songs, choruses, small cantatas and motets. Benoit also wrote a great number of essays on musical matters. #PeterBenoit also composed a Flute Concerto (Symphonic Tale), Op. 43a, and a Piano Concerto (Symphonic Tale), Op. 43b. #music #musicfacts #musicfact #classicalmusic #weloveclassicalmusic
Leopold Nowak (17 August 1904 – May 27, 1991) was a #musicologist chiefly known for editing the works by Anton #Bruckner for the International Bruckner Society. He reconstructed the original form of some of those works, most of which had been revised and edited many times. He succeeded  #RobertHaas as music director of the music collection of the  #Austrian National Library in 1946, and is credited with helping preserve documents about Bruckner. Nowak's approach to editing Bruckner's music was much more scientific than Haas's. #Nowak also wrote essays examining theoretical aspects of the music of Bruckner and others, such as an essay on the metrical and rhythmical aspects of the symphonies of Beethoven and Bruckner. Nowak worked on a new edition of Wolfgang Amadeus #Mozart's famously uncompleted Requiem and was able through detailed scrutiny to distinguish Mozart's own handwriting from that of Süßmayr and Eybler to an extent no one had been able to do before. In recognition, Nowak was awarded the Goldene Mozart Medaille in 1985. Nowak also studied the music of #HeinrichIsaac, Joseph #Haydn, Austrian church and folk music, and various Austrian composers from the Middle Ages (1480s onwards). #music #musicfact #musicfacts #classicalmusic #weloveclassicalmusic #leonowak #leopoldnowak
Johannes Maria Staud (17 August 1974) is an #Austrian #composer. Staud studied with, amongst others, #BrianFerneyhough and #MichaelJarrell. He gained a publishing contract with Universal Edition in 2000, and since then has won numerous prizes, including a special music prize of the Austrian Republic (2001), the composition award of the Salzburg Easter Festival (2002) and the Paul Hindemith prize of theSchleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (2009). His 'Apeiron. Music for Large Orchestra' was premiered by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir #SimonRattle in 2005, and his 'Segue. Music for Violoncello and Orchestra' was performed by  #HeinrichSchiff and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of #DanielBarenboim at the opening concert of the 2006 Salzburg Festival. #Onthisday is his 43th #birthday. #music #musicfact #musicfacts #classicalmusic #weloveclassicalmusic #johannesmariastaud
"Les Six" is a name given to a group of six French composers who worked in Montparnasse. The name, inspired by Mily Balakirev's  #TheFive, originates in critic Henri Collet's 1920 article "Les cinq Russes, les six Français et M. Satie" (Comœdia (fr), 16 January 1920). Their music is often seen as a reaction against the musical style of Richard #Wagner and the impressionist music of Claude #Debussy and Maurice #Ravel. The members were  #GeorgesAuric (1899–1983), #LouisDurey (1888–1979), #ArthurHonegger (1892–1955),  #DariusMilhaud (1892–1974), #FrancisPoulenc (1899–1963), and #GermaineTailleferre (1892–1983). #music #musicfact #musicfacts #classicalmusic #weloveclassicalmusic #lessix #milhaud #poulenc
Edward Cowie (born 17 August 1943) is an #English #composer, author, natural scientist and  #painter. Cowie has acknowledged the influence on his music of the works of J.S. #Bach, #Haydn, #Janáček, #Debussy, #Sibelius and #Messiaen. His mature style combines elements of #impressionism with intricate part-writing, intense lyrical expressiveness, tonal fluidity and rhythmic complexity. #EdwardCowie acknowledges these earlier influences whilst at the same time stressing a continued journey of exploration of new musical forms, especially those that can be discovered by a fusion of music with structural and behavioural materials derived from and inspired by both the natural sciences and physics. #music #musicfacts #musicfact #classicalmusic #weloveclassicalmusic
David Behrman (born August 16, 1937) is an #American #composer and a pioneer of #computermusic. In the early 1960s he was the producer of Columbia Records' "Music of Our Time" series, which included the first recording of  #TerryRiley's 'In C'. In 1966 Behrman co-founded Sonic Arts Union with fellow composers  #RobertAshley, #AlvinLucier and #GordonMumma. He wrote the music for Merce Cunningham's dances 'Walkaround Time' (1968), 'Rebus' (1975), 'Pictures' (1984) and 'Eyespace 40' (2007). #DavidBehrman is known as a #minimalist composer. His music has often involved interactions between live performers and computers, usually with the computer generating sounds triggered by some aspect of the live performance, usually certain pitches, but sometimes other aspects of the live sound, such as volume in QRSL (as recorded by #MaggiPayne on 'The Extended Flute' (CRI807). Many of his significant works, such as 'On the Other Ocean', 'Interspecies Small Talk' and others have been released on Lovely Music. #music #classicalmusic #weloveclassicalmusic #musicfacts #musicfact
Yevstigney Ipat'yevich Fomin (16 August 1761 – 27 April 1800) was a #Russian #opera #composer of the 18th century. #YevstigneyFomin composed about 30 operas including 'Yamshchiki na podstave' [The Coachmen at the Relay Station] (1787); 'Vecherinki' [Soirées] (1788); 'Orfey I Evridika' (1792), 'Amerikantsy' [The Americans] (a comic opera) (1800), and 'Zolotoye yabloko' [The Golden Apple] (performed after the composers death in 1803). The most successful for decades was his opera-melodrama 'Orfey I Evridika' to a text by Yakov #Knyazhnin. It was re-staged in Soviet times in 1947 in Moscow, and in 1953 and in 1961 in Leningrad. The famous one-act opera 'Anyuta' to a text by #MikhailPopov has been occasionally attributed to Fomin (which is not a certainty). In addition, Fomin has been credited with the music of another successful Russian opera Melnik – koldun, obmanshchik i svat (The miller who was a wizard, a cheat and a matchmaker, Moscow, 1779), on a subject resembling #Rousseau’s 'Le devin du village': it is possible that this was his revision of the music compiled by a theatre violin player, Mikhail #Sokolovsky. #music #musicfact #musicfacts #classicalmusic #weloveclassicalmusic
Roque Cordero (August 16, 1917 – December 27, 2008) was a #Panamanian #composer. #Cordero's works have been widely performed in Latin America, the United States and Europe, receiving international awards for his First Symphony (Honorable Mention, Detroit, 1947), Rapsodia Campesina (First Prize, Panama, 1953), Second Symphony (Caro de Boesi Award, Caracas, Venezuela, 1957), Violin Concerto (1974 Koussevitzky International Recording Award), and Third String Quartet (Chamber Music Award, San José, Costa Rica, 1977). Several of his compositions have been recorded by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, the Chicago Sinfonietta (Eight Miniatures for Small Orchestra, Paul Freeman, conductor, Cedille Records) and various chamber music groups and soloists. He has appeared as guest conductor in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, and in the United States. His "Sonata breve" for solo piano, composed in 1966, is published by C.F. Peters. His Second Symphony was performed by the Seattle Philharmonic in April 2008. #music #musicfact #musicfacts #classicalmusic #weloveclassicalmusic
The American Five is a collective name applied by some writers to the modernist #American #composers: #CharlesIves, #JohnJBecker, #WallingfordRiegger, #HenryCowell and #CarlRuggles. They were noted for their modernist and often #dissonant compositions which broke away from European compositional styles to create a distinctly American style. The name was coined in imitation of the group of #Russian composers called #TheFive. #music #musicfact #classicalmusic #musicfacts #weloveclassicalmusic #composer #AmericanFive
Loyset Compère (c. 1445 – 16 August 1518) was a #FrancoFlemish #composer of the Renaissance. Of the same generation as #Josquin des Prez, he was one of the most significant composers of motets and chansons of that era, and one of the first musicians to bring the light Italianate #Renaissance style to France. Unlike his contemporaries, #Compère seems to have written few masses (at least very few survive). By temperament he seems to have been a miniaturist, and his most popular and numerous works were in the shorter forms of the day — primarily chansons and motets. Compère wrote several works in a unique form, sometimes called a free motet, which combines some of the light elegance of the Italian popular song of the time with the contrapuntal technique of the Netherlanders. Compère also wrote several settings of the #Magnificat, as well as numerous short motets. #music #musicfact #musicfacts #classicalmusic #weloveclassicalmusic
The Turkish Five (Turkish: Türk Beşleri) is a name used by some authors to identify five pioneers of western classical music in Turkey. They were all born in the first decade of the 20th century and they composed their most outstanding music in the early years of the Republic of Turkey, especially during the presidencies of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and İsmet İnönü. They all shared contacts with the two presidents and were highly encouraged as such, both on a personal level and also through the general drive towards westernization in Turkey. These #composers ( #Saygun #Erkin #ReşitRey #FeritAlnar #KazımAkses) set out the direction of classic music in the newly established Turkish Republic. The use of #Turkish folk music and traditional/modal elements in an entirely western symphonic style characterised the music of these composers. #music #musicfact #musicfacts #classicalmusic #weloveclassicalmusic #composer
Marion Eugénie Bauer (15 August 1882 – 9 August 1955) was an #American composer, teacher, writer, and music critic. A contemporary of #AaronCopland, Bauer played an active role in shaping American musical identity in the early half of the twentieth century. As a #composer, Bauer wrote for piano, chamber ensembles, symphonic orchestra, solo voice, and vocal ensembles. #MarionBauer's music includes dissonance and extended tertian, quartal and quintal harmonies, though it rarely goes outside the bounds of extended tonality, save for her brief experimentation with #serialism in the 1940s. Bauer also wrote extensively about music: she was the editor for the Chicago-based Musical Leader and additionally authored and co-authored several books including her 1933 text Twentieth Century Music. Throughout her life, Bauer promoted not only her own work but new music in general. #music #musicfacts #musicfact #classicalmusic #weloveclassicalmusic
Altamiro Aquino Carrilho (December 21, 1924 – August 15, 2012) was a #Brazilian musician and #composer. He is widely regarded as a master #flutist and a major representative of the choro genre. #Carrilho died of lung cancer #onthisday, 2012, in Rio de Janeiro. #music #musicfacts #musicfact #classicalmusic #weloveclassicalmusic #classicalmusician