Musical anniversaries in 2010

January 4, 2010

I’ve been poking around in my music collection to discover which composers have major anniversaries in 2010.  I have discovered the following:

Birthdays

100: Samuel Barber (1910-1981): March 9

150:

200:

250: Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842): September 8

300:

500 (approx.):

550 (approx.): Antoine Brumel (c.1460-1512)

600 (approx.):

850 (approx.): Gace Brulé (c.1160-after 1213)

Memorials

50: Hugo Alfvén (1872-1960): May 8

100: Mily Balakirev (1837-1910): May 29

450 (approx.): Nicholas Gombert (c.1495-c.1560)

550 (approx.): Gilles Binchois (c.1400-1460): September 20

**

The really major anniversaries this year are the birthdays of Ockeghem, Schumann, Chopin, and Mahler.  (This is actually the first of two consecutive anniversary years for Mahler, the centenary of whose death will be marked in 2011.)    I will do my best to remember them when the time comes.

It is also worth remembering that this year is the 400th anniversary for Monteverdi’s great Vespro della Beata Vergine, first published in Venice in 1610.

It’s going to be a great year!

5 Responses to “Musical anniversaries in 2010”

  1. KathyB Says:

    Happy Pergolesi’s Birthday to you!

  2. cburrell Says:

    And also to you! I was thinking of hunting around for a nice excerpt from his Stabat Mater, but I don’t think I’m going to have time.

    Actually, now that I think of it, Maclin (who comments here sometimes) posted just such an excerpt a few years ago on his blog. Ah yes, here it is!

  3. KathyB Says:

    I can do a pretty mean “Quae moerebat”, if I do say so myself.

  4. cburrell Says:

    Oh yeah? You should see my Quod erat demonstrandum.


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