Today in Music History
A Daily Look at Music History For Violin Students
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Long, Long Ago . . . Or Maybe Just Last Year
November 7
Can You Guess?
We read about Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary fame below.  The trio sang a song now beloved by millions of children about a mythical creature who was honored by princes, feared by pirates and who lived in a cave. Can You Guess the name of the scaly beast?

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1786 - "The Old Stoughton Musical Society," the first musical society in America, was founded.

1852 - Fritz Scheel, German conductor, was born.  The first conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

1867 - Premiere of Franz Liszt's Dante Symphony, in Dresden.

1875 - Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 3, premiered in Moscow.

1934 - Premiere of Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody On A Theme of Paganini. Composer was soloist in Baltimore, MD.

1937 - Mary Travers, of Peter, Paul and Mary, was born.

1975 - Steve Anderson became the new World Guitar Champion with continuous string plucking for 114 hours 17 mins

Did You Guess?
Little Jackie Paper's friend was
Puff the Magic Dragon.

Did You See the Color Clues?
Igor Stravinsky's Symphony in C premiered November 7, 1940. Stravinsky conducted the Chicago Symphony.  It was commissioned by Mrs. R. Woods Bliss in honor of the orchestra's 50th anniversary.

Stravinsky was born in Russia June 17, 1882.  He grew up in a musical atmosphere and studied with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.  In 1909 Sergei Diaghilev heard some of Stravisnky's music, was impressed, and asked him to orchestrate some of Chopin's piano pieces.  He very much liked the results, and commissioned an original ballet.  The resulting ballet, The Firebird, premiered in 1910, and was immediately popular, as was the ballet Petrushka in 1911.
The Rite of Spring, Stravinsky's third ballet, premiered in Paris in 1913.  The resulting shock at the piece's dissonance, rhythms and percussiveness, caused outrage and confusion in the classical music community, but even then the piece was perceived as a masterpiece. 

In 1930, the prestigious German publishing house, Schott, approached Stravinsky with the idea of his composing a violin concerto.  The story of that composition can be read here.

Stravinsky found France's influence on his music was beginning to decline. He became a French citizen in June, 1934, and applied to the Académie des Beaux-Arts.  He was denied admission, and was deeply humiliated.  As a result, he decided to move to America, arriving in September, 1939.

In America Stravinsky began to feel appreciated once again.  He associated with celebrities and intellectuals.  Numerous compositions followed, including The Symphony in Three Movements, Ebony Concerto, The Rake's Progress and Mass.  He undertook conducting tours and befriended Robert Craft.  Craft became the conductor whom Stravinsky trusted to evaluate new ideas and compositions.  Craft also introduced Stravinsky to serial (twelve-tone) music, which had been pioneered by Arnold Schoenberg.

Stravinsky became interested in the music of Schoenberg's student Anton Webern. He began composing his own serial music, culminating in his final composition, the Requiem Canticles.

Stravinsky passed away April 6, 1971. His funeral was held on the fifteenth, and he was buried in Venice on the island of San Michele, near his friend Sergei Diaghilev.
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