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Life begins at fifty

Born on this day in 1854 composer Leos Janacek. Read more »

“Even truth needs to be clad in new garments if it is to appeal to a new age”

Born on this day in 1714 composer Christoph Willibald von Gluck. Read more »


On this day in 1933 Richard Strauss’ Arabella premiered in Dresden. Read more »

“Conducting is intensely social”

Happy 60th birthday conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.

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Music “can invest a scene with terror, grandeur, gaiety or misery”

Born on this day in 1911 composer Bernard Hermann.

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“A song is a lot of things”

Born on this day in 1902 composer Richard Rodgers.

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“If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads”

Born on this day in 1932 soprano Anna Moffo.

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Garden variety

On this day in 1911, the fifth edition of the Ziegfeld Follies opened at the Jardin de Paris.

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