Any ideas for why this time of the year is one for so many creatives? Chopin was born yesterday, and February 23 seems to be a day of composer birthdays from across many centuries. Let me know if you have any theories!
Here is a list of a few of the composers who were born today.
1648 - Composer John Blow was born.
1685 - Composer George Frideric Handel was born.
1730 - Composer Christian Joseph Lidarti was born.
1811 - Composer George Washington Hewitt was born.
1848 - Composer Thomas Paine Westendorf was born.
1873 - Composer Dmitri Arakishvili was born.
1876 - Composer Wadi' Sabra was born.
1876 - Composer Edgar Istel was born.
1886 - Composer Albert Edward Sammons was born.
1887 - Composer Oskar Frederik Lindberg was born.
1924 - Composer Lejaren Hiller was born.
1927 - Composer Ivan Hrusovsky was born.
One particular composer that has really caught my attention is the composer Oskar Lindberg. I will admit that I was not familar with his work before today but I've been absolutely blown away by what I have heard. Please get in touch if you have any more suggestions for listening material but for the moment I will suggest you take a listen at what has inspired me.
Oskar Lindberg (23 February 1887 - 10 April 1955) was a nationalist/ romantic composer. He wrote in a romantic idiom which blended features of composers such as Rachmaninoff and Sibelius with folk music and impressionistic elements. There are two pieces in particular that I have to wax lyrical about, both recorded on Naxos. Hear Gammal fabodpsalm fran Dalarna (Old Pastoral Hymn from Dalecarlia) with its haunting saxophone solo, (track 6 on Nordic Favourites) and the ethereal Stjarntandningen (The Stars Appearing) on Swedish Choral Favourites, Vol.1 (track 22)