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October 17
Can You Guess? The Suzuki method is well known for its children playing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star an amazing number of times.  A noted classical composer wrote a series of Variariations on Twinkle for piano. Can You Guess who that composer was?

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1849 - Death of composer Frederic Chopin in Paris.

1905 - Premiere of Alexander Glazunov's Violin Concerto. Soloist was Mischa Elman. At Queen's Hall, London..

1856 - Death of Czech composer Johann Kaspar Mertz .

1883 - Premiere of Antonin Dvorák's Violin Concerto, Op. 53, in Prague.

1891 - Joseph E. Maddy, American music educator and conductor and cofounder of the National Music Camp at Interlochen was born.

1898 - Igor Stravinsky, 16, finishes his first composition a Tarantella for piano.

1904 - Debut in Berlin of 14 year old violinist Mischa Elman.

1924 - Premiere of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No.10. Vienna Philharmonic.

1924 - Premiere of Arnold Schoenberg's opera Die Glückliche Hand ('The Fateful Hand') at the Volksoper in Vienna.

1930 - Premiere of George Gershwin's musical Girl Crazy with songs Embraceable You and I Got Rhythm.
1943 - Anthony Iannacone, American composer, was born.

1957 - The Everly Brothers had their first No.1 on the US singles chart with Wake Up Little Susie.

1960 - Premiere of Walter Piston's Violin Concerto No. 2. Joseph Fuchs with Pittsburgh Symphony.

1970 - Premiere of Witold Lutoslawski's Cello Concerto. Mstislav Rostropovich with Bournemouth Symphony.

1995 - Premiere of George Tsontakis' The Dove Descending No. 3 of Four Symphonic Quartets based on poems of T.S. Eliot. Pasadena Symphony.
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Shinichi Suzuki
Shinichi Suzuki was born in Nagoya, Japan October 17, 1898.

His father, Masakichi Suzuki, ran a workshop that made traditional Japanese stringed instruments. He was fascinated with the violin, he made his first one in 1888, and by the early 1900's he owned the first violin factory in Japan.  It was also the largest in the world. He thought his son Shinichi would help run the family business. Instead, Shinichi Suzuki (inspired by a record of Mischa Elman playing Schubert's Ave Maria) taught himself to play the violin.
A wealthy patron invited Suzuki to Tokyo for lessons with Ko Ando, a former student of Johann Joachim. In 1921 Suzuki went to Berlin for further study. There Suzuki became a student of another student of Joachim, Karl Klingler. While in Berlin Suzuki met and became a friend of Albert Einstein, who also played the violin.

In 1929 Suzuki returned to Japan.  He and three of his brothers formed a string quartet.  They performed throughout Japan.  In 1930 Suzuki became president of the Teikoku Music School and was conductor of the Tokyo String Orchestra.tober 14, 1990.
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