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3959.  Wed Jan 07, 2004 9:26 pm Reply with quote

Berlioz, Bach, Beethoven, Bartok, Bruch, Brahms, Britten, Bliss, Boyce, Bernstein, Birtwistle, Bizet, Bliss, Borodin, Boccherini, Boulez, Bruckner, Byrd...there are an improbable number of them.

3960.  Wed Jan 07, 2004 9:29 pm Reply with quote

VG Backfart (1507-1576) was born in Transylvania.

Valentinus Graevius Bakfart was a Polish-Hungarian composer also variously spelt:

Balint, Valentin, Valentinus
Greff, Graew
Bakfark, Bakfare, Backfarckh, Bekwark.

He was born in Kronstadt (now Brasov, Romania) and died in Padua in 1576.


3962.  Wed Jan 07, 2004 9:33 pm Reply with quote

The Blessed St.Notker Babulus (“The Stammerer”) was a Swiss monk who was one of the pioneers of the Gregorian chant and a friend of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles the Fat.

He was born in about 840 AD and died on April 6th 912. He was beatified by Pope Julius in 1512.

Babulus means “stutterer”. He stuttered so much it became part of his name

s: SPU

3963.  Wed Jan 07, 2004 9:34 pm Reply with quote

Any connection with babble?

Frederick The Monk
3982.  Thu Jan 08, 2004 2:01 pm Reply with quote

Sir Arnold Bax spent the last years of his life living in the White Horse pub in Storrington, Sussex.


In 1705 Bach (JS) walked 250 miles from Arnstadt to attend the Abendmusiken - the annual concert series began the fifth Sunday before Christmas at Lübeck's Church of Mary - which had been instigated by Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707). It was obviously a good show as he overstayed his leave of absence by three months.


Frederick The Monk
3983.  Thu Jan 08, 2004 2:08 pm Reply with quote

Sir Thomas Beecham's father made his fortune selling 'Beecham's Pills" (the forerunner of Beecham's powders, but originally a laxative). At Christmas my father can still be heard singing

'Hark the Herald Angels sing,
Beecham's pills are just the thing!"

much to my mother's annoyance.


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Frederick The Monk
3984.  Thu Jan 08, 2004 2:10 pm Reply with quote

Q:Leonard Bernstein held the Charles Eliot Norton professorship at Harvard (1973) but in what subject?

A: Poetry


3991.  Thu Jan 08, 2004 4:30 pm Reply with quote

Any connection with babble?

That must be to do with the Tower of Babel, mustn't it?

3998.  Thu Jan 08, 2004 5:56 pm Reply with quote

One would think so, Flash, but Babulus and stuttering seems too good a connection to miss, so I wonder if there's a linguistic connection between the three. I don't have an OED so I can't look up the proper etymology of it. Bartleby gives ME babelen as the source, and Merriam Webster also gives that and suggests an 'imitative' origin, but I can't believe that it wasn't until people spoke Middle English that babies babbled, so that's why I wonder if there's an earlier link.

Frederick The Monk
4134.  Sun Jan 11, 2004 2:15 pm Reply with quote

Anton Bruckner liked collecting university degrees - or trying to at least. After he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Vienna in 1891 he was so delighted he actually solicited degrees for himself from other universities such as Cambridge, Philadelphia and Cincinnati.

All refused.


4136.  Sun Jan 11, 2004 2:36 pm Reply with quote


Pallas Athena
618595.  Sun Sep 27, 2009 1:37 pm Reply with quote

Franz Berwald (1796–1868), Swedish composer, born in Stockholm. His works include four symphonies, each with a quite interesting title of its own: Sinfonie sérieuse, Sinfonie capricieuse, Sinfonie singulière, Sinfonie naïve.

He also wrote a Septet in B Flat for clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello & double-bass. This is the cheeky finale:

985972.  Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:22 pm Reply with quote

Ferruccio Dante Michelangelo Benvenuto Busoni (1866–1924) was an Italian composer, pianist, editor, writer, piano and composition teacher, and conductor.

It’s his birthday today (April 1st).


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