Arthur Rubinstein: Born January 28, 1887

Arthur Rubinstein made his first United States tour in 1906 when he was only 19 years old. He became one of the world’s foremost concert artists.

Rubinstein was born in an Lodz, Poland, on January 28, 1887. He made his first public performance at the age of seven. Four years later, the child prodigy was sent to Berlin to be presented to the great violinist, Joseph Joachim. Impressed with the boy’s amazing talent, Joachim offered to assume responsibility for Rubinstein’s cultural and musical education. At the age of thirteen, Rubinstein debuted formally in Berlin with the Berlin Philharmonic at a concert featuring the Mozart A major and Saint-Saens G minor concertos. In 1906, he made his American debut, performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. His success here initiated a tour of the United States that included over 40 concerts.
http://www.kennedy-center.org/Artist/A3795

Obituary~ http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/bday/0128.html
Rubenstein Remembered~
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/arthur-rubinstein-about-arthur-rubinstein/693/

Erik Satie~ Born May 17, 1866

Erik Satie, original name in full Eric Alfred Leslie Satie (born May 17, 1866, Honfleur, Calvados, France—died July 1, 1925, Paris), French composer whose spare, unconventional, often witty style exerted a major influence on 20th-century music, particularly in France.

During his last 10 years Satie’s best friends were painters, many of whom he had met while a café pianist. Satie was nonetheless deeply admired by composers of the rank of Darius Milhaud, Maurice Ravel, and, in particular, Claude Debussy—of whom he was an intimate friend for close to 30 years.

His ballet Parade (1917; choreographed by Léonide Massine, scenario by Jean Cocteau, stage design and costumes by Pablo Picasso) was scored for typewriters, sirens, airplane propellers, ticker tape, and a lottery wheel and anticipated the use of jazz materials by Igor Stravinsky and others. The word Surrealism was used for the first time in Guillaume Apollinaire’s program notes for Parade.
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Erik-Satie

Erik Satie (1866-1925)          Suzanne Valadon          La Belle Époque
videos: https://youtu.be/aZmBiiYLMRE  https://youtu.be/GreaN1ljqGY
Happy Birthday To Erik Satie, Father Of Dada

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Van Cliburn: Born July 12, 1934

But if the Tchaikovsky competition represented Mr. Cliburn’s breakthrough, it also turned out to be his undoing. Relying inordinately on his keen musical instincts, he was not an especially probing artist, and his growth was stalled by his early success. Audiences everywhere wanted to hear him in his prizewinning pieces, the Tchaikovsky First Concerto and the Rachmaninoff Third. Every American town with a community concert series wanted him to come play a recital.
“When I won the Tchaikovsky I was only 23, and everyone talked about that,” Mr. Cliburn said in 2008. “But I felt like I had been at this thing for 20 years already. It was thrilling to be wanted. But it was pressure, too.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/28/arts/music/van-cliburn-pianist-dies-at-78.html

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March 22~

Théo Ysaÿe (1865-1918)
art:  Detail, caricature of Theo Ysaÿe and brother Eugène Ysaÿe
bio: https://musopen.org/composer/theo-ysaye/
video: https://youtu.be/7eHXRCuHtyQ

 

 

 

 


Hamish MacCunn (1868-1916)

art: Sketch of Hamish MacCunn by J.B.B., after John Pettie, National Portrait Gallery, London
bio: http://musicofyesterday.com/biographies/biographies-m/hamish-maccunn/
video: https://youtu.be/c4p7SLbWdGg