12-18: Harmonia : Deluxe 1975 - Dvorak Cello Concerto : Tortelier / Horenstein 1971 - Gottschalk Piano Music Vol 1 & 2 / Martin 1991-94

Not shown: Brian Brockless

1737 – Antonio Stradivari (Italian luthier)
1839 – Charles-Henri Plantade (French pianist, harpist, cellist & composer)
1841 – Felice Blangini (Italian-born French singer, composer, organist & teacher)
1865 – Francisco Manuel da Silva (Brazilian composer, teacher, singer & cellist, Brazilian National Anthem)
1869 – Louis Moreau Gottschalk (American composer & pianist)
1911 – Alberto Randegger (Italian composer, conductor & singing teacher, active in England)
1918 – Henryk Jarecki (Polish composer & conductor)
1919 – Horatio Parker (American composer, organist & teacher whose pupils included Charles Ives)
1928 – Lucien Capet (French violinist, composer & teacher whose pupils included Jascha Brodsky & Ivan Galamian)
1963 – Winfried Zillig (German composer, music theorist & conductor, pupil of Schoenberg)
1982 – Tibor de Machula (Hungarian cellist, active in Germany & Holland)
1987 – Conny Plank (German Krautrock, electronic & experimental record producer & musician)
1990 – Paul Tortelier (French cellist, composer & conductor)
1995 – Brian Brockless (English organist, choirmaster, composer & conductor)
1996 – Irving Caesar (American lyricist & musical theater composer, "Tea for Two")
2000 – Kirsty MacColl (English singer & songwriter, spouse of producer Steve Lillywhite)
2001 – Gilbert Bécaud (French pop & jazz singer, composer & actor, "Monsieur 100,000 Volts")
2001 – Dimitris Dragatakis [Δημήτρης Δραγατάκης] (Greek composer & violist)
2007 – Alan Wagner (American television executive, radio personality, writer & opera historian & critic)

Woo hoo, 10,000 page views. Excitement city. And a few of those pages will even take you to some good links.

Let's see, we appropriately enough have some very notable string players pooping on the same day in history as the greatest violin maker in history. I had plans for an offering from Lucien Capet's Capet Quartet, but my go-to blog for that one had all their files at Megafuckup.

Still, you've got Paul Tortelier playing one of the great cello concertos... a spacey 70s Krautrock classic produced by Conny Plank... and a generous helping from New Orleans piano composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk, whose syncopated rhythms and exotic flavors greatly influenced the ragtime style that appeared two decades after his death, making him an important early figure in the history of jazz.

Of course, Gottschalk sounds only a little like Scott Joplin, not much at all like Jelly Roll Morton, and progressively less like Erroll Garner, Bud Powell, or McCoy Tyner. But in his music you can catch an enticing whiff every here and there of where its influence would lead. That's almost as exciting as getting 10,000 page views on your crappy blog.


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