Composers Datebook

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.

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Heggie's "Great Scott"


The American opera composer Jake Heggie and his librettist Terrence McNally decided to follow their “Dead Man Walking”–a successful but harrowing opera about capital punishment–with a lighter, more comic work, entitled “Great Scott...


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Handel advertises his wares


On today’s date in 1739, Mr. George Frideric Handel took out an advertisement, announcing that he was now accepting subscriptions for his new set of 12 Grand Concertos for strings. He had, in fact, finished the first concerto one month before, on September 29th, and spent the next five weeks polishing off the other 11 at the rate of one every two or three days. Handel’s publisher was John Walsh, Jr, who had a shop in London at the sign of the harp and oboe in Catherine Street on the Strand...


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A "pathetic" symphony by Tchaikovsky


In St. Petersburg on today’s date in 1893, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky conducted the first performance of his latest Symphony, his Sixth. From the beginning, this symphony has been commonly known by its French subtitle, the “Pathétique,” a designation suggested by the composer’s brother, Modest...


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"Eating Greens" with Mackey


On today’s date in 1994, Dennis Russell Davies conducted the Chicago Symphony in the premiere performance of a 23-minute orchestral work by the American composer Steven Mackey. The new piece was titled “Eating Greens,” after a painting of the same name that the composer purchased at an African art store in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Mackey’s “Eating Greens” is a colorful orchestral suite of seven movements...


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Robert Ward panned and prized


For composers of new operas, all too often, after the heady champagne of opening night comes the strong black coffee of “the morning after”—sipped anxiously while reading the first reviews. Imagine yourself the American composer Robert Ward, whose opera “The Crucible” was premiered by the New York City Opera on today’s date in 1961...


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Corigliano's "Poem in October"


On today’s date in 1970, a new chamber work by the American composer John Corigliano received its premiere performance at a concert given by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the group that had commissioned it. The new piece, titled “Poem in October,” was scored for tenor voice and eight instruments and was a setting of poetry by Dylan Thomas, the great Welsh poet who died in 1953. “The thing that most appeals to me is the sound of his words,” explained Corigliano...


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Cindy McTee's Symphony No. 1


On today’s date in 2002, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Leonard Slatkin conducted the National Symphony in the premiere of a new symphony by the American composer Cindy McTee. McTee subtitled her Symphony No...


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Schneider's "Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories"


On today’s date in 2008 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis soprano Dawn Upshaw and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra gave the first performance of a new song-cycle titled “Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories.” Its composer, Maria Schneider, conducted the premiere. Drummond was one of Brazil’s greatest poets, and Schneider came to know his work though English translations by Mark Strand...


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Adams at the opera


Royalty was often flattered by the composers of the Baroque age. Handel wrote glorious ceremonial music for British monarchs, and Bach was not above working up an obsequiously complimentary cantata or two for some German Prince. At the French Court of Versailles, King Louis XIV himself appeared on stage for cameo appearances during operas and ballets whose stories complemented Louis’ wisdom, talent, and impeccable good taste...


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Marga Richter's "Fragments"


The American composer Marga Richter was born on today’s date in 1926, in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. She began piano lessons by age 4, composing at age 12, and had her first work performed when she was in high school in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, where her family had moved so she could study at the MacPhail School of Music in Minneapolis. The family moved again in 1943, this time to New York, so Marga could attend the Juilliard School...


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