Oct. 26 – Today in Music History

1685

Domenico Scarlatti was born in Naples Italy. He is part of Baroque period. Hismostnotable works are Keyboard Sonattas. His earlier works are oratorios and operas. He taught music to a Portuguese young princess and he followed her to Spain where he remained.

1694

Johan Helmich Roman born in Stockolm, Sweden. He was Master of the Swedish royal chapel and a leading composer in Sweden in the first half of the 18th century, Johan Helmich Roman studied in England with Pepusch, compiler of the music of The Beggar’s Opera. His music shows distinct traces of his experience in England, where he also met composers such as Handel and Geminiani. He was a prolific composer in various genres.  Roman’s chamber music includes flute sonatas and trio sonatas, characteristic of the transitional style current in the middle of the 18th century.

1789 

Joseph Mayseder, Austrian violinist and composer, born in Vienna, Austria.

1795 

Nikolaos Mantzaros, Italian-Greek composer, born in Corfu Island, Greece.

1813 

Henry Smart, English organist and composer, born in Marylebone, London, UK.

Smart gave up a career in the legal profession for one in music. Although largely self taught, he became proficient in organ playing and composition, and he was a music teacher and critic. Organist in a number of London churches, including St. Luke’s, Old Street (1844-1864), and St. Pancras (1864-1869), Smart was famous for his extemporiza­tions and for his accompaniment of congregational singing.

He became completely blind at the age of fifty-two, but his remarkable memory enabled him to continue playing the organ. Fascinated by organs as a youth, Smart designed organs for impor­tant places such as St. Andrew Hall in Glasgow and the Town Hall in Leeds. He composed an opera, oratorios, part-songs, some instrumental music, and many hymn tunes, as well as a large number of works for organ and choir.

He edited the Choralebook (1858), the English Presbyterian Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship (1867), and the Scottish Presbyterian Hymnal (1875). Some of his hymn tunes were first published in Hymns Ancient and Modern (1861)

1818 

Stefano Golinelli, Italian pianist and composer, born in Bologna, Italy.

1830 

Polibo Fumagalli, Italian composer, born in Inzago, Italy.

1864

Joseph Moorat, British composer.

1886 

Gustav Hermann Unger, German composer, born in Kamenz, Germany.

1898 

Beryl Rubinstein, American pianist and composer, born in Athens, Georgia. He was director of Cleveland Institute of Music.

He subsequently went to Europe to study with Jose Vianna De Motta and Ferrucio Busoni, making his professional debut in New York in 1916 and appearing with New York Philharmonic, Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia, San Francisco Symphony, and London Symphony orchestras.

1907 

Giovanni Salviucci, Italian composer, born in Rome.

1911

Mahalia Jackson

Mahalia Jackson was an American gospel singer known as the “Queen of Gospel Music”. She is from New Orleans and her contra-alto soprano voice made her entitled to be called the Queen of Gospel Music. Her major success with “Move On Up a Little Higher” in 1947, sold millions of copies and became the highest selling gospel single in history.

1913
Bandleader/saxophonist Charlie Barnet born in New York, NY.

1916

C. Luckyeth “Luckey” Roberts records an unissued session for Columbia.

1936 

Al Casey

Al Casey (Alvin Wayne Casey) was an American guitaris. Mainly noted for his work as a session musician and as a member of the Wrecking Crew, Casey worked with different bands.

1940

Eddie Henderson Jis jzz trumpeter, born in New York. He served in US Armed Forces and is a Howard University Alumni with a Doctoral degree in Medicine. Louis Armstrong tutored him when he was nine years old.

Eddie Henderson

1942

Milton Nascimento was born in Rio de Janeiro. He has over 20 album releases and his international fame came with his appearance with jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter’s 1974 album Native Dancer.

Milton Nascimento

1942

Ranee Lee born in Brooklyn, NewYork. She is one of Canada’s most popular jazz vocalists. She is also an actress and she made Montreal her residence.

1950

Edward O. Mason, aka ED-O is a singer / songwriter; composer; producer; and sound engineer born and raised in Harlem, NY, USA.

1956

Mark Wagnon, was born in Switzerland, studying classical percussion at the Geneva Conservatory and later moved to the United States to study vibraphone and percussion at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Upon moving to New York City, where he currently resides. He founded the group Shadowlines.

1958

Bill Haley and his Comets played the first rock ‘n’ roll concert in Germany.

1962 

The Rolling Stones line-up in 1962 was Keith RichardsMick JaggerBrian Jones, pianist Ian Stewart and drummer Tony Chapman and recorded their first demo tape at Curly Clayton Studios in Highbury, London.

1965 

Queen Elizabeth II invested The Beatles with their MBE’s at Buckingham Palace, London.

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