Today in Music History
A Daily Look at Music History For Violin Students
A Look at What Happened on Today's Date
Long, Long Ago . . . Or Maybe Just Last Year
September 7
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1741 - Death of French opera composer Henri Desmarets. Composer in the court of Louis XIV.

1819 - Death of French composer and cellist Jean-Louis Duport in Paris.

1862 - Birth of American composer and teacher Thomas Whitney Surette in Concord, MA.

1921 - Birth of American pianist Arthur Ferrante of duo: Ferrante and Teicher.

1923 - Birth of English composer, violinist, singer and pianist Madeleine Dring in Hornsey.

1924 - Hugh Aitken, US composer/teacher was born.

1924 - Leonard Rosenman, US TV/Film composer, was born.

1931 - Makanda Ken McIntyre, jazz composer, was born in Jamaica.

1936 - Rock & Roll legend Buddy Holly (real name Charles Hardin Holley) was born in Lubbock, TX.

1940 - First performance of David Diamond's Concerto for Orchestra in Yaddo, NY.

1954 - Birth of American composer Robert Livingston Aldridge in Richmond, VA.

1963 - The Beatles' She Loves You hit #1 in  England.

1968 - Iron Butterfly's In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida LP entered the charts.

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Jack Paar made fun of the Beatles' haircuts.
Sir Arthur Bliss's Colour Symphony premiered at the Three Choirs' Festival in Glouchester England, September 7, 1922.

Bliss was born August 2, 1891.  He studied music at Cambridge under Charles Wood and at the Royal College of Music. His studies there were interrupted by the outbreak of the First World War.  During the war he was wounded in the Battle of the Somme and gassed at Cambrai.
Sir Arthur Bliss
The other tragic event of the war was the death in battle of his brother,Kennard.  Combined, these experiences would have a profound effect on his life and music.

After the war Bliss moved to London, and quickly established himself as a composer there.  In the early 1920's Bliss moved briefly to the United States, where he met and married his wife, Gertrude.  The couple returned to London in 1925.

Bliss's career flourished.  In addition to his classical works, Bliss began to work on film scores.  Alexander Korda's film of the H.G. Wells story
Things to Come, from 1935, was the first step Bliss took into film.  He then wrote the score for 1940's Conquest of the Air.

In 1941 Bliss was appointed director of music at the British Broadcasting Corporation.  There he established programs such as
This Week's Composer.  The show is still enjoyed today under the name Composer of the Week.  In 1950 Queen Elizabeth knighted Bliss, and he was appointed Master of the Queen's Musick. As such he was charged with composing incidental music and fanfares for the Court.  This included the Investiture of the Prince of Wales in 1969.  composed numerous works and fanfares for royal occasions including the Investiture of the Prince of Wales (1969). He continued composing up until his death March 27, 1975, at the age of 83.

In all, Arthur Bliss wrote more than 140 works for every combination of voice and instrument, including large scale orchestral and choral works, music for brass bands, chamber instrumental music, songs, operas, and ballets.  He even wrote several more film scores. In addition, Bliss wrote many articles on musical subjects.   He even found time to indulge his passion for literature and wrote many articles on musical issues which are now collected together in
Bliss on Music.
Bliss Colour Symphony
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January 3, 1964 Jack Paar's show became the first major US show to play a clip of the Beatles performing.  At that point Paar made fun of something.  Can You Guess what it was that Jack Paar ridiculed?

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