Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Torelli, Lalo, Menuhin - April 22 Anniversaries

On April 22 the musical world commemorates anniversaries of several important figures in the history of Western music. All of them are indeed worth of mentioning. Encyclopedic entry on important events of this day informs us that exactly 356 year ago an Italian composer of late  Baroque Giuseppe Torelli was born in Verona. Torelli is known predominantly for his contributions to the development of concerto grosso and for  his pieces for string and brass instruments. Another composer who celebrates his anniversary today is Edouard Lalo. Edouard Lalo was an important French romantic composer. His most famous work is Symphonie espagnole for violin and orchestra. The third internationally known and recognized musician with connection to today's date is the US born violin virtuoso Yehudi Menuhin. He was born April 22 1916 in New York, two years before the end of the first world war. After the war Menuhin went to study in Europe and became one of the most important and praised violinists of the century. In 1983 he founded the renowned Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for young violinists. He was a highly regarded teacher as well.


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