10-31: Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer / Chowdiah / UK Shivaraman / Vinayakraman : Parvathi Mysore 1965 + Beaucoup de Danses Macabres!

1634 – Erasmus Widmann (German composer, cantor & organist)
1654 – Francisco Correa de Arauxo (Spanish organist, composer & music theorist)
1744 – Leonardo Leo (Italian composer)
1768 – Francesco Maria Veracini (Italian composer & violinist)
1815 – Daniel Belknap (American farmer, mechanic, militia captain, poet, composer, singing teacher & tunebook publisher)
1870 – Mihály Mosonyi (Hungarian composer)
1887 – George Alexander Macfarren (English composer & pianist, blind from a young age)
1923 – Charles Jean Baptiste Collin-Mezin (French luthier & bowmaker)
1969 – Hugo Pfister (Swiss composer)
1975 – Sachin Dev Burman [শচীন দেব বর্মন
] (Indian composer, Bengali singer & Hindi film music director)
1989 – Conrad Beck (Swiss composer)
1995 – Alan Bush (English composer, pianist & teacher)
1995 – Lavada "Dr. Hepcat" Durst (American blues pianist & singer)
1995 – Lloyd Lambert (American R&B & rock bass guitarist)
2003 – Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer [செம்மங்குடி ஸ்ரீனிவாச ஐயர்
] (Indian Tamil singer of Carnatic music)

Not many familiars for this Samhain, but I was fortunate enough to locate a recording of the legendary Tamil singer Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer that is as historic as it is lo-fi. Other than that, nada. So I thought we'd have a little fun and belatedly celebrate the holiday right (hey, it's Hallowe'en everyday here at YiDM) with a little mix featuring a variety of recordings of the delightful Danse macabre, Op. 40 by Camille Saint-Saëns (1874). In it, you'll find not only complete orchestral versions (ranging in date from 1927 to 1959), but versions for violin & piano, violin with chamber ensemble, and organ. In addition, you'll hear the chanson of the same name Saint-Saëns wrote in 1872, the "Fossils" movement from his Carnival of the Animals, and a Horowitz transcription, which, if you know anything about those, takes some extreme liberties with the original material. Enjoy! And be safe, kiddies...


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