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Musical anniversaries in 2018

January 15, 2018

Every year I like to plan a few listening projects around composers who will be marking significant birthdays and memorials in the year ahead. From a very thorough list (Thanks, Osbert) I have culled the following set of those that pique my interest:

Memorials

50 years

  • Healey Willan

100 years

  • Hubert Parry
  • Claude Debussy
  • Lili Boulanger

150 years

  • Gioachino Rossini

450 years

  • Jacques Arcadelt
  • Robert Carver

500 years

  • Loyset Compère
  • Pierre de la Rue

600 years

  • Matteo da Perugia

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Birthdays

100 years

  • Leonard Bernstein
  • George Rochberg

350 years

  • François Couperin

Obviously the big ones in the wide world will be for Debussy and Rossini, and with good reason, but personally I’m most excited about taking some time with the music of three of the lesser-known names: Healey Willan, a composer who lived and worked for most of his life in the same city where I live and work, and whose music I much admire; Robert Carver, a Scottish composer whose few surviving works are good examples of the spectacular polyphony that was sung in those lands before the Reformation; and especially my beloved Matteo da Perugia, whose alluring music is one of life’s choicest pleasures. I’m also interested in getting to know the music of George Rochberg, an important figure in the gradual overthrow of serialism as the de rigueur style of twentieth century music.

For an envoi, let’s hear Healey Willan’s lovely motet “Rise up my love, my fair one”, sung by Flos Campi: