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Composers Datebook™ is a daily two-minute program designed to inform, engage, and entertain listeners with timely information about composers of the past and present. Each program notes significant or intriguing musical events involving composers of the past and present—with appropriate and accessible music related to each.
||CleanNight music by Delius and Danielpour||On today's date in 1913, composer Frederick Delius was in Leipzig for the first performances of two orchestral works destined to become among his most popular pieces. These were "On hearing the fir...||10/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMusical Carpentry?||On today's date in 1942, Bruno Walter conducted the New York Philharmonic in the first performance of the Second Symphony of the American composer John Alden Carpenter. Like Charles Ives before h...||10/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOffenbach puts a critic to work||In the year 1858, the Parisian composer Jacques Offenbach was, as usual, busy writing his next operetta and avoiding his creditors. He found it expedient to work in hotel rooms rather than at home,...||10/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe OTHER Dvorak String Quartets||If you say “Dvořák” and “string quartet” to most classical music lovers, they will immediately think of Dvořák’s “American” Quartet in F Major, composed during the summer of 1893 in Spillville, Iow...||10/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Mass for Double Choir" by Claussen||From the first millennium of the Common Era to the present day, the Mass have been chanted and sung to music both simple and complex. Most Mass settings are in the original Latin, since that liturg...||10/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSymphonic Mahler and Moross||On this day in 1904, in Cologne, Germany, Gustav Mahler conducted the first performance of his Fifth Symphony. It was not a success. Applause was light, with loud hissing from some in the audience....||10/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMendelssohn at Starbucks?||On this date in 1831, the 21-year old Felix Mendelssohn conducted a concert in Munich consisting entirely of his own works – a concert that included the premiere performance of his Piano Concerto i...||10/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Five for the Flowers near the River" by Paulus||On today's date in 1988, a new chamber work for viola and piano by Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus received its premiere performance in that state. Entitled "Five for the Flowers near the River,"...||10/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanClaude Debussy out to sea?||On today's date in 1905, Claude Debussy's orchestral suite "La Mer" or "The Sea" was performed for the first time in Paris. Today this music is regarded as an impressionistic masterpiece, but early...||10/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLully and Moliere send in the clowns||To most music lovers, the name Jean-Baptise Lully calls to mind pompous and courtly music for Louis XIV, the French "Sun King" who was his great patron. The Italian-born Lully is credited with "cre...||10/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Diamond premiere||Today we have a "Tale of THREE Cities" to tell: Boston, Minneapolis, and Seattle — and the coast-to-coast saga of a symphony by the American composer David Diamond. On today's date in 1944, Diamon...||10/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanColumbus Day music||Today's date marks the original Columbus Day, honoring the Spanish explorer who discovered the Western Hemisphere for Europeans over 500 years ago. For decades Christopher Columbus was unquestionin...||10/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConcertos by Nielsen and Adams||On today's date in 1928, the Danish composer Carl Nielsen conducted the first public performance of his new Clarinet Concerto in Copenhagen. "The clarinet," said Nielsen, "can, at one and the sam...||10/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVerdi at 200+||Today we celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the great 19th century Italian opera composer, Giuseppe Verdi. At least, October 10th is the date we choose to celebrate these days. Apparently,...||10/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA birthday Beatle||John Lennon was born on today's date in the year 1940, in Liverpool, England — during a German air raid on that city, as it happened. With three other young lads from Liverpool, Lennon would eventu...||10/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSharon Isbin and John Corigliano||1991 was a big year for American composer John Corigliano. The Metropolitan Opera premiered his opera "The Ghosts of Versailles" and the 53-year old composer won two Grammys and the Grawemeyer Awar...||10/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMusic and politics with Rimsky-Korsakov and John Adams||On today's date* in 1909, "The Golden Cockerel," the last opera of the Russian composer Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, had its premiere performance in Moscow. Rimsky-Korsakov had died the previous year, ...||10/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrahms and Rzewski for amateurs||The first performance of the "Liebeslieder — or the "Love Song" Waltzes for piano four-hands by Johannes Brahms took place on today's date in 1869. The performers were two distinguished soloists: C...||10/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTimely Argento and Takemitsu||It was on this day in 1972 that "A Ring of Time" by American composer Dominick Argento was premiered by the Minnesota Orchestra in Minneapolis. The work was commissioned to celebrate that orchestra...||10/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to win friends and influence Shostakovich||In 1939, Dale Carnegie published a classic self-help book entitled "How to Win Friends and Influence People," suggesting it was possible to change people's behavior by changing one's own behavior t...||10/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCeremonial Beethoven and Schuman||If you had arrived early for the gala reopening celebration of Vienna's Josephstadt Theater on today's date in 1822, you might have heard the theater orchestra frantically rehearing a new overture ...||10/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJr. takes over the Strauss Family Band||Vienna may be "The City of Dreams," but it is also the city of scandal, intrigue, and gossip — and the Viennese would be the first to admit it, especially when music is concerned. On today's date ...||10/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFlagg-waving in Colonial Boston?||On today's date in 1768, two regiments of British redcoats marched into colonial Boston with colors flying — and bayonets fixed — accompanied by martial music provided by their regimental wind band...||9/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Twlight Zone||"This highway leads to the shadowy tip of reality: you're on a through-route to the land of the different, the bizarre, the unexplainable... Go as far as you like on this road. Its limits are onl...||9/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHolst (and Colin Matthews) in outer space||One of the most popular works of 20th-century orchestral music, "The Planets" by Gustav Holst, had its first performance on this date in 1918. This was at a private concert at Queen's Hall, London...||9/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAndrea Teodoro Zani||We cover the range of composers from A to Z on COMPOSERS DATEBOOK, and so are delighted to introduce a name from the far end of that spectrum that is brand-new to us -- and perhaps to you, as well....||9/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIn Memoriam: Schubert and Oldham||On this date in 1828, Franz Schubert attended a party at the Vienna home of one of his admirers, and sat down and played from a new piano sonata in B-flat, which he had completed only the previous ...||9/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWeill's "September Song"||A haunting melody — Kurt Weill's "September Song" — was first heard by the public on today's date in the year 1938. It's the most famous tune from "Knickerbocker Holiday," a Broadway musical by Ku...||9/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShostakovich's 60th||On today's date in 1966, the 60th birthday of composer Dimitri Shostakovich was to be celebrated at the Moscow Conservatory with a gala orchestral concert of music. The great cellist Mstislav Rostr...||9/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBach and Hoover "double their pleasure, double their fun"||In the age of the Baroque, Double Concertos were quite common: there were concertos written for two flutes, two trumpets, or, like the famous concerto by J.S. Bach, for two violins. These Double Co...||9/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
As a music student in college and a young composer, I find this podcast to be very informative. If you enjoy this podcast, you should check out Naxos' Classical Music Spotlight Podcast as it goes more in depth (average length of 20 minutes).
At last, from my email to my iPod
I have enjoyed this as an email for a long time. It's good to see it as a podcast. As always, I wish the music portion would be longer.
This is a wonderful snippit. I always enjoy it. I also wish the music portion was longer. Maybe it's just long (short?) enough for many people. I have followed through on many of the works mentioned.