On This Day (January 9)…Penderecki’s Seventh Premieres

Krzysztof Penderecki's Seventh Symphony, subtitled "Seven Gates of Jerusalem", premiered in Jerusalem on this day in 1997. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaGqGEr2-dE This piece was commissioned for the celebrations of the third millennium of Jerusalem and is named for the city's seven gates (with an eighth gate reserved for the return of the Messiah according to Jewish tradition). Interestingly, … Continue reading On This Day (January 9)…Penderecki’s Seventh Premieres

On This Day (January 5)…Piano Concerto for the Left Hand Premieres

Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto For the Left Hand in D Major premiered on this day in 1932 in Vienna. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJTUUKAdZDU Ravel wrote this concerto on commission for Paul Wittgenstein, a noted Viennese concert pianist who debuted in 1913 on the eve of World War I. While fighting in the war in 1914, he lost his … Continue reading On This Day (January 5)…Piano Concerto for the Left Hand Premieres

On This Day (January 4)…Academic Festival Premiere

Johannes Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture premiered on this day in 1881. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1E6FBi-AJw&feature=youtu.be This overture was written as a response to the University of Breslau’s issuance of an honorary degree to Brahms, who had in fact never attended college himself. While the composer was originally just going to write a thank-you note and leave it at … Continue reading On This Day (January 4)…Academic Festival Premiere

On This Day (January 3)…Happy Birthday, Sir George Martin!

The English musician and producer Sir George Martin was born on this day in 1926. Retrieved from here. As a producer, Martin spent the 1950s working to produce comedy records and championing classical and baroque recordings with Parlophone records, a branch of EMI. While searching for a group which could deliver surefire hits in 1962, … Continue reading On This Day (January 3)…Happy Birthday, Sir George Martin!

On This Day (December 28)…Rest in Peace, Maurice Ravel

The composer Maurice Ravel died on this day in 1937 due to complications from a head injury he’d previously received. He was sixty-two years old. Maurice Ravel. Retrieved from here. As a composer, he is best remembered for the simple but catchy Bolero, intended as a ballet set in the industrial era. As an arranger, … Continue reading On This Day (December 28)…Rest in Peace, Maurice Ravel

On This Day (December 20)…Deep Purple go Symphonic

Deep Purple reportedly released Concerto for Group and Orchestra in the United States on this day in 1969. This post has a massive asterisk due to my only source of the exact date being Wikipedia at the moment; it may move. Album cover, designed by Chappell. Retrieved from here. The actual Concerto was recorded earlier, … Continue reading On This Day (December 20)…Deep Purple go Symphonic

On This Day (December 4)…Rest in Peace, Benjamin Britten

The composer Benjamin Britten passed away of heart failure on this day in 1976. He was sixty-three years old. Retrieved from here Along with Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams, Britten is one of the best-known and most well-regarded twentieth-century British composers. His work appears in other media to this day, with several pieces notably … Continue reading On This Day (December 4)…Rest in Peace, Benjamin Britten