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We read of Bryan Hilands song, Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny ...
The bikini was yellow, b
ut that wasn't the case with the young lady.   Can You Guess what color the girl was?
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1767 - Bernhard Romberg, German cellist, was born

1833 - Alexander Borodin, Russian composer, was born.

1940 - Disney releases Fantasia, a film of classical music favorites with Mickey Mouse and Leopold Stokowski conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra.

1943 - Debut of William Schuman's Symphony No. 5 Symphony for Strings.

1943 - Brian Hyland, who sang, She Wore an Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, was born.

1951 - Paint Your Wagon opened at Shubert Theater NYC for 289 performances

1966 - Quincy Porter,  American composer, died.

1972 - Rudolph Friml,  Czech-born American violinist/composer died.

1995 - Curley Fox, bluegrass fiddler, died.
November 12,1973,  Dmitry Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 14, by the Beethoven Quartet in Leningrad.

Shostakovich was born in St. Petersburg September 25, 1906.  His musical talent was recognized early.  When he was just 5 years old, he attended the performance of an opera with his parents. The next day they were shocked to find that Dmitry could sing several of the songs from the opera.
Dmitry Shostakovich
1906-1975
Shostakovich began piano lessons with his mother at age 9.  For a time after his father died, Dmitry supported himself and his mother playing piano in movie theaters (films were silent at that time and pianists in each theater would play music to accompany the films.).  The story goes that Dmitry loved the films so much that he got too involved and laughed so hard at the films that the theater owners would not let him stay on.

Shostakovich entered the Glassner School of Music.  In 1818 he entered the Petrograd conservatory.  There, with the help of Glazunov, he studied piano with Nikolayev and composition with Steinberg.
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Now she's afraid to come out of the water (da-da-da),
And I wonder what she's gonna do
(da-da-da);
Now she's afraid to come out of the water (da-da-da),
And the poor little girl's turning
blue.

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Did You See the Color Clues?
Shostakovich's career was integrally tied to the Soviet Union.  Although he often sought to write music combining elements he had heard in music outside the country, he was criticized by his country's leaders.  They believed that he should do a patriotic duty by writing music that would inspire the people. 

His symphonies finally brought him back into favor with his country's leadership.  He was very prolific in his symphony work, producing fifteen symphonies in all.  He wrote a great deal of music for the piano.  Shostakovich was also very interested in chamber music, writing fifteen string quartets. 

Dmitry Shostakovich died August 9, 1975.
He earned an "honorable mention" in the 1927 Chopin Competition, and his first symphony (which was his diploma work from the conservatory) won him worldwide fame when he was only 20.