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Composers of 2017

January 1, 2017 by norman lebrecht

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Not a bumper year for composers, with two outstanding exceptions

500 – Heinrich Isaac (1450-1517?)

450 – Monteverdi, Thomas Campion (both born 1567)

350 – Froberger, Pepusch

300 – Matthias Georg Monn (1717–1750), Johann Stamitz (1717–1757)

250 – Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767), Bernhard Romberg (1767–1841)

 

200 – Niels Wilhelm Gade (1817–1890), Étienne-Nicolas Méhul (1763–1817)

150 – Amy Beach (1867–1944), Umberto Giordano (1867–1948), Enrique Granados (1867–1916), Charles Koechlin (1867–1950), Giovanni Pacini (1796–1867), Wilhelm Peterson-Berger (1867–1942), Simon Sechter (1788–1867)

100 – Scott Joplin (1868-1917), Richard Arnell (1917-2009), Teresa Carreño (1853–1917), Lou Harrison (1917–2003), Ulysses Kay (1917–1995), Rudolf Maros (1917–1982), Philipp Scharwenka (1847–1917), Robert Ward (1917–1994), Isang Yun (1917–1995)

50 – Zoltán Kodály (1882–1967), Marc Lavry (1903–1967), Matthijs Vermeulen (1888–1967), Franz Waxman (1906–1967), Jaromír Weinberger (1896–1967).

 


Comments (10)

  1. DrummerMan says:

    Care to tell us which two you consider to be “outstanding?”

    1. Carlos Solare says:

      Knowing him it’s got to be the two ladies… 🙂

    2. Nick says:

      I suspect they’re Monteverdi and Kodály. But Telemann must be somewhere close with Joplin not far behind.

      1. MWnyc says:

        Isaac, too.
        If Josquin was the revered Handel or Bach of his day, Isaac was the Telemann: highly esteemed if not quite revered, music less brainy painstakingly wrought but more accessible, much easier to work with, very prolific.

  2. Gustav says:

    In March, it will be the 120th anniversary that Mahler became director of the Vienna Opera.

    It’s also the 60th anniversary of the death of Korngold, and Nikon’s 100th anniversary!

  3. J says:

    There are a number of significant living composers celebrating ’round number’ birthdays this year, to name a few highlights:

    80 – Philip Glass, Edwin Roxburgh
    70 – John Adams, Salvatore Sciarrino, Nicola LeFanu, Jo Kondo, Tristan Murail, Howard Skempton
    60 – David Lang, Bernhard Lang, Tan Dun
    50 – Rebecca Saunders, Julian Anderson, Mark Applebaum
    40 – Mason Bates, Dai Fujikura

  4. Jean says:

    60 years from the death of Sibelius !!

  5. Pierre-André Kranz says:

    Dizzy Gillespie 100

  6. Wolfgang Amadeus Museart says:

    Please don’t suppress the jewish composer Alexandre Tansman (12.06.1897–15.11.1986)

  7. Chris Walsh says:

    Thelonious Monk, 100 years


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