Monteverdi, 2024

Monteverdi, 2024

This Week in Classical Music: Might 13, 2023.  Monteverdi and extra.  We’ll be transient this week, not that we’ve been too loquacious currently.  Of the composers, the nice Claudio Monteverdi, Claudio Monteverdiextensively thought-about crucial composer of the tip of the 16th – early 17th century, was born this week in 1567.  He was baptized on Might 15th in a church in Cremona, so more than likely he was born a day earlier, on Might 14th.  In 2017, on Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary, we posted an entry about him.  You may learn it right here.

Maria Theresia Paradis, born Might 15th of 1759 in Vienna, was a blind piano virtuoso.  As a composer, she is remembered for one piece solely, her Sicilienne, though she authored a number of operas and cantatas.  It was carried out on the violin and cello, and served as the favourite encore piece to many, from Nathan Milstein to Jacqueline du Pré (right here).  The drawback is that more than likely, the Sicilienne wasn’t written by Paradis in any respect however is a hoax perpetrated by Samuel Dushkin, a Polish-American violinist.  Dushkin claimed that he discovered it amongst Paradis’ piano items and organized it for the violin, however such a manuscript was by no means discovered. Sill, Paradis helped to determine the primary college for the blind (in 1785, in Paris) and must be remembered if not as a composer, then as a pioneering blind musician.

Additionally, Otto Klemperer, one of the crucial essential German conductors, was born on Might 24th of 1885 in Breslau, then the capital of German Silesia, now Wrocław, Poland.  He was one among many Jewish musicians who escaped Germany after the Nazis took energy in 1933.  He left for Switzerland however ended up in the US the place he led a number of main orchestras, together with the LA Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony.  After WWII, Klemperer reestablished his profession in Europe, particularly in London.  He died in Zurich in 1973.

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