Engelbert Humperdinck centenary

Engelbert Humperdinck (1 September 1854 – 27 September 1921) was a German composer, most widely known for his opera Hansel and Gretel. He produced his first composition aged 7, though his parents disapproved of his plans for a career in music and encouraged him to study architecture. Hänsel und Gretel, conducted by Richard Strauss, was produced at … Continue reading “Engelbert Humperdinck centenary”

27 September 2021 by

150th anniversary of the birth of Marcel Proust

Considered by critics to be one of the most influential authors of the 20th century, Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust (1871–1922), French novelist, critic, and essayist, wrote the monumental novel À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time, earlier rendered as Remembrance of Things Past). By the age of nine, Proust had had … Continue reading “150th anniversary of the birth of Marcel Proust”

10 July 2021 by

Bob Dylan @ 80

Radio 4 marks the 80th birthday of Bob Dylan with a series of essays, an original audio drama and a documentary, each celebrating the musician widely regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time. https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/2021/radio4-celebrates-bob-dylan Born Robert Allen Zimmerman on 24 May 1941, Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author and visual artist. … Continue reading “Bob Dylan @ 80”

24 May 2021 by

50th anniversary of the death of Igor Stravinsky

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (June 1882 – 6 April 1971) a Russian-born composer, pianist and conductor widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century, whose work had a revolutionary impact on musical thought and sensibility just before and after World War I. He was honoured with the Royal Philharmonic Society … Continue reading “50th anniversary of the death of Igor Stravinsky”

6 April 2021 by