Last year at this time Osbert kindly pointed out a site that lists all the first-, second-, third-, fourth-, and fifth-tier composers who have significant birthdays or memorials in the current year. By all means, look there to see if your favourite composer is named. As for me and my house, we will be marking the following significant anniversaries, in one way or another.
John Ireland (death) – June 12
Giovanni Gabrieli (death) – August 12
Adrian Willaert (death) – December 7
Notker Balbulus (death) – April or May
The big one is obviously Debussy’s birthday, but even that, not being a true centenary, will be somewhat muted. It is interesting to see two major Venetian composers with anniversaries this year (Gabrieli and Willaert); it gives one an excuse to make a pilgrimage — if one needed another reason to go to Venice. (Not that I’ll be going.) And is anyone else surprised to learn that John Ireland died only in 1962? I had thought him at least a few decades earlier than that.