Who are we celebrating in 2021?

Josquin des Pres, 500 years since his death
Camille Saint-Saens, Engelbert Humperdinck: 100 years
Igor Stravinsky, 50 years
Alexander Zemlinsky, born 1871
Malcolm Arnold, born 1921
Likewise Aastor Piazolla


Mario Lanza, born 1921
Enrico Caruso, died 1921


Anna Netrebko, Evgeny Kissin, born 50 years ago

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  • Josquin, Saint-Saens, Humperdinck and Zemlinsky: arguably not overperformed.

    Stravinsky’s anniversary should hopefully provide opportunities to hear music other than the three famous ballets.

    Kissin’s career is solid enough to withstand the slump in media attention: too old to be the latest young hot talent (he was in the 80s and early 90s), too young to be a musical elder statesman (give him another 2-3 decades).

  • Malcolm Arnold (1921 – 2006) Let’s put away Beethoven, Brahms and Tchaikovsky for a year and play Arnold’s wonderful music.
    Aida was composed in 1871 – let’s have some 150th anniversary performances.

  • The 230th anniversary of Mozart’s death, the 40th anniversary of Samuel Barber’s death, and the 130th anniversary of Prokofiev’s birth.

    • You´re right. Admired by Chopin, Liszt, Clara and Robert Schumann, Brahms, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, George Sand, Anselm Feuerbach, Ivan Turguenev … Great singer, pianist, composer and vocal pedagogue!

  • It makes NO sense to commemorate years of death. Never did. Never will. Detracts from the important anniversaries, which is partly why Beethoven 250 got little notice.

  • Bruno Maderna (21 April 1920 – 13 November 1973) 

    Born 100 yrs ago:
    Hilde Rössel-Majdan
    Mario Lanza 
    Astor Piazzolla 
    Arthur Grumiaux 
    Franco Corelli 
    Sieglinde Wagner
    Marga Höffgen
    Dennis Brain 
    Walter Barylli
    Giuseppe di Stefano
    Lola Bobesco 
    Agnes Giebel
    Sena Jurinac 
    Georges Cziffra 
    Géza Anda

  • To mark 50 years since Stravinsky died, my vote is for “The ERake’s Progress”, “Oedipus Rex”, the Octet, and Four Norwegian Moods with a good horn section.

    We sometimes hear Humperdinck without realizing it: he wrote the concert ending for Siegfried’s Rhine Journey used in separate performances and recordings of it. I’d love to hear “Koenigskinder”. He helped recover and assemble the parts and score of Wagner’s early four-movement symphony and delivered them to him in Venice, where Wagner conducted for the last time rehearsing it.

  • A few additional anniversaries:

    25 years since the deaths of Toru Takemitsu, Mieczyslaw Weinberg and Vagn Holmboe

    50 years since the deaths of Marcel Dupre, Alan Rawsthorne and Carl Ruggles

    75 years since the births of Colin Matthews and Howard Shore, and the death of Manuel de Falla

    100 years since the birth of Malcolm Arnold

    125 years since the births of Howard Hanson, Virgil Thomson and Roger Sessions, and the deaths of Clara Schumann and Anton Bruckner

    200 years since the birth of Pauline Viardot

    400 years since the deaths of Michael Praetorius and Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

    500 years since the death of Robert Fayrfax

    • Thank you adding Dennis Brain. He was born on May 17th 1921. The greatest horn player who has ever lived and always will be.

  • Oh, to add to Dennis Brian 100:

    Malcolm Arnold 100
    Joonas Kokkonen 100
    Dimitri Mitropoulos 125
    Howard Hanson 125
    Virgil Thompson 125
    Wilfred Pelletier 125

    • Indeed. It is exactly a year since the music world tried to begin to commemorate his 150th birth year.

  • If you count 25, 75, 125 years etc there are more well known musicians to be added but can I also mention

    Louis Armstrong 50 (death)
    Carl Tausig 150 (death)
    Yves Montand 100 (born)
    Jan Sweelinck 400 (death)

  • 2021 is also the 300th birthday of the Lady Blunt Stradivarius violin. One of the best preserved of all Strads.

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