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As Heard On BACH Archives for 2014-01


January 31 is the birthdate (in 1797) of composer Franz Schubert.  It's probably wrong to simply place the "composer" label on him, though.  Among other things, he was a musician (primarily violin, viola and piano), a choirboy (well, until his voice cracked), and a teacher (at his father's school).  He even served as a torchbearer at Beethoven's funeral.  But he is best known for his compositions.....symphonies, string quartets, masses, and especially songs, more than 600 of them.  Schubert is another example of a composer who didn't live a very long life.  He passed away at age 32.  But he packed a lot of composing into those few years.  Here are some links to help you learn a bit more about Schubert:

The Wikipedia article about Schubert.

The Schubert Institute (UK), or SIUK, has lots of information about the composer, his life and his music.

Got some time?  This site has digital copies of more than 500 of Schubert's letters, musical scores and other documents.

Something for the children.

Some interesting quotations from the composer.




January 27 is the birthdate of the great Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  Though he did not live a long life(died about a month before his 36th birthday), the fact that Mozart started composing at a very young age (5) means he was able to leave behind a large number of works.  It seems as though there’s something in Mozart’s music that appeals to virtually any listener of classical music.  I once put a sign on the studio wall that simply said “TARFM.”   It was a reminder to the announcers that, should anything go wrong and another choice of music had to be made on-the-spot, There’s Always Room For Mozart.”  I hope that the links below will help you to learn more about this amazing composer.

Scott Hooper, January 2014


The Wikipedia entry about Mozart.

The Encyclopaedia Britannica has an extensive section about Mozart, including video and sound clips.

Here's the site for the Mozart Society of America.  It contains links to some of the many Mozart-related societies worldwide.

The Mozart Project has a good listing of his works and also contains an excellent chart/graph showing some of the events that were happening in the world during Mozart’s lifetime.

You’ve heard performances on WBACH by the Camerata Academica of something called the “Salzburg Mozarteum.”  Ever wonder what that is?  Here is the English version of the Mozarteum’s website.


And for the children....and those who are teaching them.....here’s the Mozart section of the Making Music Fun (MMF) website.


Conductor Claudio Abbado passes away

Longtime conductor Claudio Abbado passed away on Monday, January 20, at the age of 80.  As a young man, Abbado won the Serge Koussevitsky Competition (for conductors) at Tanglewood.   He went on to conduct some of the world's greatest orchestras and served for several years as the Music Director at La Scala in Milan.   He succeeded the legendary Herbert von Karajan as Music Director of the Berlin Philharmonic in the late 1980s.   Abbado was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2000, recovered, and went on to form a new ensemble:  the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.   For a time he stopped conducting, apparently on the advice of his doctors.  That only lasted a couple of months before he was back at the podium.  No specific cause of death has been given, a family spokesperson simply said that Abbado had passed away "after a long illness."  Here are a couple of good resources for you:


The New York Times OBITUARY for Abbado.


The WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE on Abbado's life. 




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