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A Look at What Happened on Today's Date
Long, Long Ago . . . Or Maybe Just Last Year
TODAY IS
December 29
Did You Guess?
Sarah Chang's debut album contained those works.  And yes, her debut album was really named Debut!

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olor Clues?
Can You Guess?
Some children who are exceptionally talented can handle challenging pieces with ease even at a very young age. I'm thinking of a young lady who made her Debut album at age 9 playing works by Sarasate, Elgar, Khachaturian, Kreisler, Paganini, Chopin, Shostakovich, Gershwin Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Liszt. Can You Guess who this prodigy is?
What Else
Happened
Today?
William Crotch died suddenly on December 29, 1847.

William Crotch was born July 5, 1775 in England.  His father was a carpenter who had no knowledge of music.  Having an interest, though, he managed to build an organ in his own home. Soon Crotch would begin pressing the first note of tunes he wanted his father to pick out for him.  Then Crotch began to play the first several notes of the tune. He was about 18 months old at the time.
1882 - Premiere of Brahms's Piano Trio No. 2 in C, Op. 87, and String Quintet No. 1 in F, Op. 88, in Frankfurt.

1893 - Premiere of Claude Debussy's String Quartet. Ysaye Quartet in Paris.

1911 - First concert by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, under Henry Hadley.

1916 - Premiere of Max Bruch's Concerto for two pianos and orchestra. Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski conducting, with pianists Rose and Ottilie Sultro.

1965 - Zubin Mehta conducted the orchestra at the Metropolitan Opera In NYC for the first time.

1967 - Death of conductor and band leader, Paul Whiteman, at age 76.
William Crotch
1775-1847
About six months after this Crotch heard a lady actually play the organ and was enthralled.  The next day he convinced his 14-year old brother to pump the bellows while he pressed the keys.  At first he played only random notes, but soon had played enough of God Save the Queen that his father came in from the workshop to see who was playing.  The next day Crotch added a second note to the melody, which he also played with his right hand.  By the end of the third day Crotch was not only playing the two notes with his right hand, he was also performing the bass notes with his left hand . . . making only a single mistake when his little hands could not cover the required move of one octave.  Within a few months he was able to extemporize the bass line to any melody that he would pick out.

By age 4 Crotch was giving daily recitals in a milliner shop in London. 

At age 11 Crotch became assistant to the organist at Cambridge. His oratorio,
The Captivity of Judah was played at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, on. the June 4th, 1789. He was only fourteen years old at the time. Crotch was appointed organist of Christ Church at age 15.  By the time he was 22 Crotch had already earned his doctorate in organ, but had  became professor of organ at Oxford.

Crotch was appointed to the Royal Institution, and in 1822 he became principal of the London Royal Academy of Music.

In addition to his musical talent, he was also an accomplished artist, with some of his work viewable at the Tate Gallery in London.

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