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In today's history we learn that Rossini's opera, William Tell, provided the theme for The Lone Ranger.  Can You Guess the name a 1995 movie (involving a pig, some dogs, some sheep and a duck) that repeatedly used a theme from Saint Saens Symphony No. 3?  Get it right and I guess I'll tell you, "That'll do!"
1829 - First performance of Rossini's opera William Tell, in Paris.  In the Twentieth Century the television show The Lone Ranger would use a melody from it as its theme song.

1886 - First performance of Liszt's Graner Mass, at the consecration of Gran Cathedral.

1918 - Alan Jay LernerAmerican musical lyricist who with Frederick Leowe composed My Fair Lady, Camelot and GiGi, was born.

1928 - Die Dreigoschenoper (Threepenny Opera) premiered in Berlin. The music was by Kurt Weill

1938 - Wieland Kuijken, Belgian violist, was born near Brussels.

1974 - Carole King's Jazzman was released

1995 - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened in Cleveland, OH. USA.
"If I had words to make a day for you,
I'd sing you a morning, golden and true.
I would make this day last for all time,
And fill your nights with moon shine."

Sung by Farmer Hoggett in the movie, Babe to a theme by Saint Saens.
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One of the truly great recordings for families with young violin students.  A master looks back and plays student concertos from his youth.
Itzhak Perlman was born August 31, 1945, in Israel. His father was a barber. Although Perlman had polio as a child, he continued his music studies, and excelled at the Shulamit Academy in Tel Aviv, where he was taught the violin by Rivka Goldgart. Soon he was performing with the Israel Broadcasting Orchestra.
Perlman emigrated to the United States in 1958.  In 1959 he appeared in Ed Sullivan's Caravan of Stars, a show featuring gifted young artists.  Perlman played "The Flight of the Bumble Bee" and the demanding final movement of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. He won a scholarship to the Juilliard School, where he studied under the legendary Dorothy Delay and Ivan Galamian. He made his professional debut came in 1963, at Carnegie Hall. In 1964, Perlman won the prestigious Leventritt Competition and his international career was launched.
Perlman has always encouraged talent and has held a variety of teaching posts, including master classes at London's South Bank Summer Music Series beginning in 1968, the Meadowbrooks Music Festival in 1970, and close involvement, alongside his wife Toby, in Perlman Music program for young people, beginning in 1998. On July 4, 1986, Perlman was one of twelve first-generation Americans to be honored with the Medal of Liberty in recognition and appreciation of his contributions to the United States. In December 2000, President Clinton awarded Perlman the National Medal of Arts.
While many virtuosos seem somewhat aloof, Perlman seems to express actual affection for his audience, in spite of a talent which could easily cause him to express a disdain for them.   Isaac Stern, one of the great violinists of our time once described the younger violinist's talent as "utterly limitless." One critic praised Perlman as being the very essence of the Russian-Israeli school of violin.  His tone is, "warm and rich . . . everything one wants a violin sound to be."

From the moment Perlman takes the stage for one of his concerts he commands the audience's attention and respect.  His profound musicianship fills the hall.  The power of his playing contrasts with his ability to express the most delicate nuance of a composition.  And the whole time Perlman projects his emotions directly at the audience.  And the audience inevitably responds.

Perlman is an inspiration to all . . . a role model to be examined and . . . while not necessarily copied . . . used as a standard to aim for.

Download Sheet Music For Flight of the Bumblebee HERE
Itzhak Perlman
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