TWO noted composers were born on the same date, May 7, just a few years apart:
Johannes Brahms, 1833
Though we tend to think of him as "Brahms, the composer," he was also a virtuoso pianist. He also gets credit for being the first of the major composers to be recorded.....an experiment conducted by a representative of Thomas Edison. Click on the lines below for some interesting web links:
And why not? Here's the website for what was, in Brahm's day, the University of Breslau (the reason for his famous "Academic Festival Overture")
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, 1840
Brahms was celebrating his 7th birthday when Tchaikovsky was born. Criticized by some Russians as composing music that was too "Western," Tchaikovsky had a brilliant career that left us a wonderful assortment of music, including the great ballets that are so loved to this day. Tchaikovsky also has the distinction of having visited the United States and of having been on scene for the opening of Carnegie Hall in the 1890s.
All you need to know about entering the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition (in case you were thinking about it)
by Scott J. Hooper 5/7/2014