Classical

Classical Music mourns the loss of Einojuhani Rautavaara

 Einojuhani Rautavaara – Finnish Composer  (9 October 1928 – 27 July 2016)

This morning I was at Wikipedia reviewing the events that happened on this date in history. However, before I got a chance to due that, I spotted a name on the list of those who have recently passed away that was interesting. The name was Einojuhani Rautavaara. The name was interesting because a) I was unfamiliar with the name and b) I was intrigued by the foreign nature of the name. Since I am always interested in explorations of people and places beyond my country’s borders, I clicked on the name to find out more about Einojuhani Rautavaara.

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Today in Music – September 21, 1874 – Holst “The Bringer of The Planets” – was born!!

Gustav Holst, circa 1921 (photograph by Herbert Lambert)

On this date, way back in 1874, composer and educator, Gustav Holst was born. Holst’s The Planets is probably my

Gustav Holst, circa 1921 (photograph by Herbert Lambert)

Gustav Holst, circa 1921 (photograph by Herbert Lambert)

favorite classical composition, at the least, it is the one that I play the most!! Here is some background on both Holst and The Planets!

Gustav Theodore Holst (born Gustavus Theodore von Holst; 21 September 1874 – 25 May 1934) was an English composer, arranger and teacher. Best known for his large orchestral suite The Planets, he composed a large number of other works across a range of genres, although none achieved comparable success. His distinctive compositional style was the product of many influences, Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss being most crucial early in his development, the subsequent inspiration of the English folksong revival of the early 20th century, together with the example of such rising modern composers as Arnold Schoenberg and Maurice Ravel, leading Holst to develop and refine his own individual style

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