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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.
||CleanBeethoven and Kernis in a somber mood||On this date in 1813, Beethoven's Seventh Symphony was played for the first time in Vienna. The occasion was a benefit concert in honor of the Austrian and Bavarian soldiers who had died fighting N...||12/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Philharmonic does Beethoven||On today's date in 1842, an orchestra of 63 players performed Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 at the first concert of the Philharmonic Society of New York. This 1842 performance of Beethoven's Fifth occ...||12/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrubeck's Birthday||Today marks the anniversary of the birth of the American composer and pianist Dave Brubeck. Born in Concord, California on December 6th, 1920, Dave Brubeck would become one of the most famous jazz ...||12/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA wild night with Berlioz||The first performance of a landmark musical work of the Romantic period, the "Symphonie fantastique" of Berlioz, took place on today's date in 1830, at the Paris Conservatory. "Symphonie fantasti...||12/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTchaikovsky and North endure unkind cuts||Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto was first performed on today's date in 1881. The premiere took place in Vienna with Adolf Brodsky the violin soloist and the Vienna Philharmonic led by Hans Richter. I...||12/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJazz Age music||It was wet and cold in New York on today's date in 1925, but a curious crowd gathered at Carnegie Hall for a concert by the New York Symphony. Walter Damrosch was to conduct the world premiere of a...||12/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBartok in Minneapolis||On today's date in 1949, Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis was the venue for the world premiere performance of Béla Bartók's last orchestral piece: his Concerto for Viola and Orchestra. The solois...||12/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Four Weddings and a Funeral" by Clarke and Wagner?||Because it's often played at weddings, the "Trumpet Voluntary" is one piece of Baroque music that just about everyone has heard. Once attributed to the famous 17th century British composer Henry Pu...||11/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMassenet (and Laurie Anderson)||On today's date in 1885, the Paris Opera gave the first performance of "Le Cid," the 11th opera written by the French composer Jules Massenet. "Le Cid" is set in medieval Spain and tells the stor...||11/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew York City "firsts" of Rossini and Cole Porter||It was on this date in 1825 that the United States had its first date with authentic Italian opera. This was a performance of Gioacchino Rossini's "The Barber of Seville," staged at New York City's...||11/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRachmaninoff and Hanson get romantic||According to the historians, the 19th Century was the great age of Romanticism—but tell that to Sergei Rachmaninoff and Howard Hanson! On today's date, two of their quintessentially Romantic works ...||11/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpacey music by Strauss and Ligeti||"Also sprach Zarathustra," the tone poem by Richard Strauss, was first performed in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, on this day in 1896, with the composer conducting. For decades after Strauss wrote ...||11/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA pre-premiere premiere by John Corigliano||On today's date in 1997, violinist Joshua Bell and the San Francisco Symphony gave the premiere performance of an 18-minute "Chaconne for Violin and Orchestra" by the American composer John Corigli...||11/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTailor-made music by Walter Piston||On today's date in 1955, the Boston Symphony was celebrating its 75th anniversary season with the premiere performance of a brand new symphony—the sixth—by the American composer Walter Piston. At t...||11/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRags by two Scotts (Joplin and Kirby)||It's said that ragtime composer Scott Joplin was born on today's date in 1868 in Texarkana, Texas.* His family played the banjo, violin, and guitar, but little Scott was fascinated by the piano in ...||11/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanColorful music by Scriabin and Torke||Do you see colors when you hear music? No, we're not going psychedelic on you and absolutely no controlled substances are involved in preparing today's edition of COMPOSERS DATEBOOK. It's just tha...||11/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBenjamin Britten born||Today marks the anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten. The British composer was born in Suffolk in 1913, the son of a dentist. In the Anglican Church, November 22nd is celebrated as St. Ceci...||11/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRehearsing Monteverdi and Reich||Today we have a letter penned on this day in 1615 by the Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi to a friend at the court of the Duke of Mantua. The letter accompanied a vocal score that Monteverdi h...||11/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMahler's First in Budapest and New York||Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1 was first heard on this day in Budapest in 1889, with the 29-year-old composer conducting. Originally billed as a "symphonic poem," a newspaper in Budapest even pri...||11/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBuda and Pest feted in music by Bartok and Kodaly||The modern Hungarian city we know as Budapest is really three older settlements merged into one: Buda, on the right bank of the Danube, was the royal seat of the medieval Hungarian kings; Obuda, ju...||11/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'Toon-ful music by Carl Stalling||Today's date marks the official birthday of a quintessential American form of 20th century music—cartoons. It was on November 18, 1928, that the first-ever animated cartoon with its own synchroni...||11/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"To be Certain of the Dawn" by Stephen Paulus||On today's date in 2005, the chancel of the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis was transformed into a performance stage for vocal soloists, choirs, and the Minnesota Orchestra led by Osmo Vänksä. ...||11/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGluck sings the blues||On today's date in 1777, the German composer Christoph Willibald Gluck was "singing the blues" in Paris, when he wrote these lines to a friend: "I am so much disgusted with music that at present t...||11/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKern's "Showboat" is launched in D.C.||Today's date marks the anniversary of the first performance of Jerome Kern's "Show Boat," produced in 1927 at the National Theater in Washington, D.C. by Florenz Ziegfeld. Show Boat's book and ly...||11/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn important date for Copland and Bernstein||If ever there was a red-letter day in American music, November 14th must surely be it. For starters, it's the birthday of Aaron Copland, who was born in New York City on today's date in 1900—and th...||11/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCasals and Copland at the White House||On this day in 1961, the famous cellist Pablo Casals took part in a chamber concert at the White House, at the invitation of President John F. Kennedy. The concert was given in honor of Governor Lu...||11/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWilliam Schuman writes a "Symphony for Strings"||On today's date in 1943, the Boston Symphony and conductor Serge Koussevitzky gave the first performance of a "Symphony for Strings" by the American composer William Schuman. Schuman was just 33 ...||11/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStravinsky's "Ragtime"||At 11 a.m. on today's date in 1918, the Allied powers signed a ceasefire agreement with Germany in a railway carriage in the forest of Compiègne in France, bringing to an end the enormous physical ...||11/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA cold welcome for Verdi?||On today's date in 1862, Giuseppe Verdi's opera "La Forza del Destino" or "The Force of Destiny" had its premiere at the Imperial Theater in St. Petersburg Russia. Verdi and his wife, Giuseppina, w...||11/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSenor Rodrigo's popular Concierto||The world's most popular classical guitar concerto, the "Concierto de Aranjuez" by Joaquin Rodrigo, had its first performance on today's date in 1940, in Barcelona, Spain. The soloist was Regino Sa...||11/8/2016||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.