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Violinist Arnold Black died June 25, 2000.

Black was born May 2, 1923 in Philadelphia, PA.  He suffered from cerebral palsy for his entire life.  The disease restricted the use of his right side.  In spite of this Mr. Black studied the violin, entered Juilliard School of Music and graduated with degrees in violin and composition.

A degree in violin would be enough for many people, but for Arnold Black it was just the beginning
1767 - Death of German composer George Philipp Telemann in Hamburg.

1840 - For the 400th anniversary of the printing press, Mendelssohn presented his Symphony No. 2, Lobegesang (Song of Praise) at Thomaskirche in Leipzig.

1771 - Premiere of Schumann's opera Genoveva at the Stadttheater in Leipzig.

1910 - Premiere of Stravinsky's Firebird. Performed by Diaghilev's Ballet Russe in Paris

1967 - The Beatles played "All You Need Is Love" live on the "Our World" program.  It was commissioned by the BBC and was performed as part of the UK contribution to "Our World," the first global television program, watched by 350 million

1969 - The Hollies recorded He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother, with Elton John playing piano.

1991 - Premiere of James MacMillan's Tuireadh a lament for clarinet and string quartet. James Campbell and the Allegri Quartet.

1992 - Billy Joel got his high school diploma 25 years after his class graduated. He had overslept and missed English and Gym finals 25 years before.
Arnold Black
In spite of his impediment Aronld Black played in many festivals and became Assistant Concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra.
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No question today, but we have some trivia.  The Beatles' song All You Need is Love contains snippets from other compositions by the Beatles and others, including the French national anthem "La Marseillaise", Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto", Bach's "2-part invention #8 in F major", "Greensleeves", "In The Mood", and Beatles songs "She Loves You" and "Yesterday".
Black was the founder of the Mohawk Trail Concerts in Shelburne Falls, MA in 1970, and directed them for more than 30 years.  They not only play the classics, but attempt to expose concert-goers to contemporary compositions.  The series is also credited with the introduction of upcoming artists and composers, notably William Bolcom and Joan Morris. 
He had composed a children's opera based on Norton Juster's novel The Phantom Tollbooth.  He also wrote the musical themes for commercials for several companies including IBM, Perrier and Estee Lauder.  Many of these pieces featured well-known musicians and won Clio awards. Other pieces included band and orchestral works, as well as string quartets.  Other innovative pieces were Three Poems by Richard Wilbur for cello, piano, and narrator; and a string quartet entitled My Country, 1998-1999 which was commissioned for and toured by the St. Petersburg String Quartet.

Black was  active in the theater community as well, composing for
The Circle in the Square Theater (where he was composer in residence during the 1950's) and the National Shakespeare Company.

Mr Black died June 25, 2000.
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