On ThisDay (May 23)…Happy Birthday, Robert Moog!

The inventor Robert Moog was born on this day in 1934. Retrieved from here. At fourteen, Moog built his first theremin. By the time he was thirty, his company released the first commercial synthesizer, which bears his name. Moog and his synthesizer gave a new tool to a whole generation of musical innovators across genres. … Continue reading On ThisDay (May 23)…Happy Birthday, Robert Moog!

On This Day (January 22)…Lady Macbeth comes to Russia

Dmitri Shostakovich's opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk premiered on this day in 1934 at the Leningrad Maly Operny (also known as the Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a1_6H9Y0CY The libretto of this piece was based on an 1865 tale by Nikolai Leskov about a provincial Russian woman, her misadventures into the world of violence and … Continue reading On This Day (January 22)…Lady Macbeth comes to Russia