Saturday, January 31, 2015

suite for the birthday

In honor of my nephew's birth on Thursday, here are samples of music by the composers I lined up as having been born on the same day of the year:

Georg Christoph Wagenseil (1715-1777) - a nice little Sturm und Drang symphony
Daniel Auber (1782-1871) - a once-popular overture by this master of light opera
Johannus Bernardus van Bree (1801-1857) - this delightful piece by a Dutch composer you've never heard of is for four string quartets, and the video is the score to prove it
Frederick Delius (1862-1934) - a lesser-known but typical piece by the best-known composer on this list
Havergal Brian (1876-1972) - the crusty Englishman in a cheerily rustic mood
Luigi Nono (1924-1990) - it was hard for me to find anything I liked by this avant-garde modernist, but this is fairly impressive
Leslie Bricusse (b. 1931) - I remember this song!

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