September, A Busy Month For Composers!

September 4th, 2018

(Obviously, we couldn’t post 21 pictures so the staff drew four names from a hat–Amy Beach, Anton Dvorak, Clara Schumann and Dimitri Shostakovich. Pretty impressive!) And, after those four, we decided that Clara Schumann should be our featured composer–see our Composer of the Month on the front page of our website. But, there were so […]

Featured Composer August 2018: Claude Debussy

August 1st, 2018

Claude Debussy (August 22, 1862 – March 25, 1918) Born to a poor family in 1862 it was his talent at the piano that gained him entrance into the Paris Conservatory at the age of 11.  While the piano took him to Paris it was his interest in composition that made him one of the […]

Featured Composer July 2018: P.D.Q. Bach (Johann Peter Schickele)

July 2nd, 2018

In a month that Mozart’s son has a birthday, as does Mahler, Orff, Field, Gluck and a goodly bunch of others, it’s time, given the historic nature of Carolina Music Museum’s collection, that we recognize the birthday of Bach’s “youngest and oddest” 21st child, P.D.Q. Bach, better known to classical music lovers as Peter Schickele. […]

Featured Composer June, 2018:  Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach

May 31st, 2018

June is a month with so many composers deserving of our attention that the choice was driven by the instruments so prominently displayed in our Facing South Exhibit, so this month we feature one of four sons of Johann Sebastian Bach to attain renown in classical music, Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach. He had to “compete” […]

Featured Composers May 2018: How many candles on our composers’ cake?

April 30th, 2018

If you have been following us you now know that we devote a segment of our website each month to the recognition of the birthday of composers born in that particular month. May is month filled with birthdays of renowned composers beginning with Alessandro Scarlatti’s birthday on the 2nd and, while he composed primarily for […]

Featured Composer April 2018: Sergei Rachmaninoff

April 8th, 2018
Sergei Rachmaninoff

No fool, this titan of the piano, both as a performer and as a composer, was born near Novgorod, Russia on April 1,1873. Considered one of the great piano virtuosos of any time, his melodies and rich orchestrations identified him as a late romanitc composer. He began his piano studies at the age of four, […]

March is Early Music Month

March 13th, 2018
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We celebrate March as the Early Music Month primarily–perhaps even simply–because it is the month of Bach’s birthday. How do we define early music? Benjamin K. Roe, Executive Director of The Heiftetz International Music Institute, in a blog post on the Early Music America website, wrote, “… broadly defined, you could say Early Music encompasses everything from the Monks to Mozart”

March 31, 1675, Happy Birthday wishes to Johann Sebastian Bach

March 13th, 2018
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Some calendars list his birthday as March 21, not 31, but one must be careful to explain that one date (March 21) is O.S. (Old style, the Julian Calendar), the other (March 31) is N.S. (New Style, the Gregorian Calendar) and the adoption of the New Style varied across the continent depending on whether or […]