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27 October: Brigitte Engerer Was Born
Stanislav Neuhaus, son of the legendary pianist and pedagogue Heinrich Neuhaus, would likely have won the Chopin Prize in 1949. However, the Soviet regime did not allow him to make the trip to Warsaw, and thus he shared the pedagogical
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25 October: Johann Strauss Jr. Was Born
Johann Strauss Senior was a very wealthy man indeed. Operating under the assumption that “there is a sucker born every minute,” he filled the dance halls of Europe and performed in front of royalty, even playing for Queen Victoria’s coronation.
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23 October: Lucas Debargue Was Born
Born on 23 October 1990, Lucas Debargue has been described as “A performer of fierce integrity and dazzling communicative power, who draws inspiration for his playing from literature, painting, cinema, jazz, and develops very personal interpretations of a carefully selected
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20 October: Ivo Pogorelichh Was Born
For his admirers, Ivo Pogorelich “has broadened the horizons of piano literature with his evocative interpretations and refined musical taste.” Others suggest that he is capable of producing a vast tonal palette, although his interpretations can sometimes be marred by
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19 October: Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser Was Premiered
Prior to his transformation of operatic thought via the notion of the “Gesamtkunstwerk,” a concept that attempted to achieve a synthesis of poetic, visual, musical, and dramatic arts, Richard Wagner was predominantly known as an opera composer in the romantic
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18 October: Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 Was Premiered
In the afternoon of 24 February 1901, Gustav Mahler conducted the sixth Philharmonic concert in a performance of Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony. Mahler had been unhappy that Bruckner had left so many passages and themes “of a Beethovenian grandeur not carried
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Lucrezia Floriani
Romantic Relationship Between Frédéric Chopin and George Sand
The phrase “to kiss and tell” first appeared in print in 1695 in the comedy Love for Love by playwright William Congreve. In the play, the swain is worried about his love’s indiscretion as she is in the process of
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16 October: Marin Alsop Was Born
Much has been made of Marin Alsop’s appointment as Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2007. And rightfully so, as she was the first woman to hold this position with a major American orchestra. Her achievement forever raised
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