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As Heard On BACH Archives for 2014-04

Prokofiev's Birthday


Late April marks the birthdate of composer Sergei Prokofiev.  We put it that way because in some biographies you'll see April 23rd listed as his birthday, while other sources say the 27th.   HE told people it was the 23rd......but a birth certificate that surfaced after he died listed the 27th.  Prokofiev is remembered for his work as a composer of diverse works from Symphonies and Piano Concertos to ballet ("Romeo and Juliet") and opera ("War and Peace").  And of course he also gave us the all-time family favorite "Peter and the Wolf" for narrator and orchestra.   Many forget, or don't realize, that Prokofiev was more than just a composer.  He was also an accomplished pianist and conductor.

 

Learn more about one of the greatest of the 20th Century composers by clicking on these links:

 

Wikipedia's Prokofiev article 

 

The Serge(i) Prokofiev Foundation, begun by Prokofiev's first wife, Lina 

 

The International Prokofiev Competition website, from Russia (English page)

 

AND FOR THE KIDS......of all ages..............

Here's a performance of "Peter and the Wolf" that should leave a smile.  It's the Boston Symphony Youth Orchestra, a very very unusual narrator and a hall filled with children and their parents.  Enjoy!

 

 

by Scott Hooper

Sir Neville Turns 90 Years Young


Violinist and conductor Sir Neville Marriner celebrated his 90th birthday on April 15th.  Though his career has included time with many performing ensembles, including two in the United States, it is with the group he founded--the Academy of Saint Martin In The Fields (ASMF) that he his most associated.  Sir Neville founded that group in the late 1950s and today holds the position of Life President.  

There is a MAINE connection to Sir Neville, too.  During his early years he spent time here studying with Pierre Monteux at the conductor's famous summer "school" for conductors and musicians in Hancock.

All of us at WBACH wish Sir Neville Marriner a very happy birthday and many more years of good health and good music.
 

Here are links to the WIKIPEDIA biography of Sir Neville, and another to the ASMF's website.

 

by Scott Hooper, 4/15/2014

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