08-23: Skinny Puppy Bochum Germany 1986 - Verdi Requiem Giulini 1964 - Maynard Ferguson Birdland Dream Band 1956 - David Rose The Stripper

Ordered chronologically. Tagged image here.
1723 – Antoine Moucqué (Belgian composer & church musician)
1777 – Giuseppe Sellitto (Italian composer)
1802 – Corona Schröter (German singer, composer, actress, pianist, guitarist & artist)
1825 – Amos Bull (American church choirmaster & hymntune composer)
1839 – Charles Philippe Lafont (French violinist & composer)
1878 – Adolf Fredrik Lindblad (Swedish composer)
1898 – Joseph Robinson (Irish composer, conductor & singer)
1902 – Teresa Stolz (Bohemian dramatic soprano, active in Italy & possible mistress of Verdi)
1924 – Heinrich Berté (Austro-Hungarian operetta composer)
1937 – Albert Roussel (French composer)
1943 – Paul Zilcher (German composer)
1944 – Nikolai Roslavets (Russian composer)
1960 – Oscar Hammerstein II (American Broadway librettist)
1962 – Irving Fine (American composer, pianist & conductor)
1963 – Glen Gray (American jazz saxophonist & bandleader, Casa Loma Orchestra)
1971 – Gisela Hernández (Cuban composer & teacher)
1972 – Balys Dvarionas (Lithuanian composer, pianist, conductor & teacher)
1986 – Marcos Cubas (Cuban-born tenor, active in Argentina & the Canary Islands)
1987 – Siegfried Borris (German composer, musicologist & teacher)
1990 – David Rose (English-born American songwriter, composer, arranger, pianist & conductor, "The Stripper")
1994 – Fisher Tull (American composer, teacher & trumpeter)
1995 – Dwayne Goettel (Canadian industrial & electronic musician, keyboards & samplers for Skinny Puppy)
1996 – Jurriaan Andriessen (Dutch composer)
2006 – Maynard Ferguson (Canadian jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist & bandleader)

Still catching up, and still need to do write-ups for some previous posts, but I'll go ahead and finalize this one, just because... I dunno, I feel like I'm in the groove! I'll post links back to the unfinished posts as I finish them, m'kay?

Orthography. Don't really think about it much, do we? Well, unless you're a nut like me. See, we take how words are written and spelled for granted, but prior to the 18th century, when things like dictionaries started to be widely published, spellings for words weren't so standardized as they are now... there were just one or more common ways of spelling them. Shakespeare will spell the same word more than one way, even in the same play! And peoples' names are no exception. Take the first cat on our list, Antoine Moucqué. I had a hard time locating anything about the guy at first, because the name I was searching on was "Mouque." Turns out, there are at least four different ways of spelling that name. This is a problem I'm having all the time with early musicians, especially the lesser-known ones.

Now, take another guy who comes near the end of our list: Siegfried Borris. Siegfried Borris was a German composer and musicologist who died on August 23rd, 1987. But there was another German musician (a violinist, who was concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic in the 30s) named Siegfried Borries, who died on August 12th, 1980. So, there was a little confusion at first. But here's the problem: Siegfried Borries didn't make it onto my list for August 12th (the day I started this blog), because I didn't know about him! My... "sources"... didn't mention him. And on that same day, I got something else wrong: I should have had Les Paul a day later, on August 13th! So, you see, I'm getting things wrong around here now and again because of inaccuracies or discrepancies in my information, so I hope you can appreciate that, and , you know, cut me some slack...

Charles Philippe Lafont was apparently an amazing violinist. He received his first lessons from his mother, and later studied with both Rodolphe Kreutzer and Pierre Rode (who wrote all those Etudes every violinist has to play while training). Kreutzer and Rode taught him the classical French technique of the Viotti school, which he made even more brilliant. In 1816, he had a little cutting contest with Niccolò Paganini, by reputation the greatest violinist who ever lived. It's said that neither violinist really won, but since the contest was held at La Scala in Milan, the audience was naturally more sympathetic to Paganini.

Adolf Fredrik Lindblad was a Swedish composer of more than 200 songs, an opera, and some instrumental music. At one point Lindblad was mentoring soprano Jenny Lind, who would later become world-famous as the "Swedish Nightingale." His great affection for Lind was so obvious that his wife, Sophie, offered to divorce him so that he could marry the singer. He did not. I tell you, that Sophie Lindblad... helluva woman, there! You made a wise decision, Adolf Fredrik Lindblad.

Nikolai Roslavets. He was a committed Modernist in the Soviet Union, who was greatly influenced by the Russian Futurist artists and the late works of Alexander Scriabin, and developed a compositional technique similiar to Schoenberg's 12-tone system, which he called a "new system of sound organisation" that was based on "synthetic chords." Well naturally, Roslavets was officially censured by the Soviet government from the 1930s onward. Past a certain point, he could obtain no official job. Then he had a stroke and lived the last few years of his life in poverty as an invalid. But his forward-looking and original works have started to enjoy a revival of interest in recent years. See you on the other side of the Iron Curtain...

Czech soprano Teresa Stolz was reputed to have been Giuseppe Verdi's mistress. It's a complicated story, and we'll probably never know the truth. But anyway, Stolz created the role of Leonora in the revised version of La forza del destino in 1869, and the title role of Aïda in 1872. She was also the soprano soloist at the premiere of Verdi's Requiem in 1874, and at the British premiere of it under the composer the following year in London. So, she was definitely under Verdi at that point... (Read more below)

from Wikipedia:

"The Stripper" is an instrumental composed by David Rose and recorded in 1962. It evinces a jazz influence with especially prominent trombone lines, and evokes the feel of music used to accompany striptease artists. The song came to prominence by coincidence. David Rose had recorded "Ebb Tide" as an A-side of a record. His record company, MGM, wanted to get the record on the market quickly, but they discovered they had no B-side for it. Rose was away at the time the need for the B-side song surfaced. An MGM office boy was given the job of going through some of Rose's tapes of unreleased material to find something that would work; he liked the song and chose it as the flip side for the record. The song reached number one on Billboard magazine's Pop Singles and Adult Contemporary charts in 1962.
Now, ain't that somethin'? An office boy! Hope they gave that kid a promotion, or a raise at least. I mean, "The Stripper"! In 500 years, when people are looking back at the music of the 20th century, "The Stripper" will probably be chosen as the single most representative piece of the entire period. (Of course, "most representative" implies a certain mediocrity.) So, it's something that sort of belongs in every music collection. Could even come in handy at some point... (Read more below)

Dwayne Goettel was keyboardist and sampling artist for Skinny Puppy from 1986 until his death of a heroin overdose in 1995. He was at his parents' house at the time. He had moved back in with them while trying to kick the habit... (Read more below)

Scott Yanow from allmusic:

When he debuted with Stan Kenton's Orchestra in 1950, Maynard Ferguson could play higher than any other trumpeter up to that point in jazz history, and he was accurate. Somehow he kept most of that range through his career and since the 1970s has been one of the most famous musicians in jazz. Never known for his exquisite taste (some of his more commercial efforts are unlistenable), Ferguson nevertheless led some important bands and definitely made an impact with his trumpet playing.
Yeah, I think we've all heard our share of that "unlistenable" stuff. He did some fine work in the 50s, though... (Read more below)


1 comment:

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