Archive for February, 2011

MUSIC PICS from LEBRECHT – Images from Anna Nicole at the Royal Opera House, and its composer Mark-Anthony Turnage. Opening night: 17th February 2011.

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Music anniversaries 2011

February
5 February 1911 – 100th birth anniversary of Jussi Bjorling, Swedish tenor
10 February 1941 – 70th anniversary of the first gold record awarded to Glenn Miller for Chattanooga Choo-Choo
15 February 1981 – 30th death anniversary of Karl Richter, German conductor
20 February 1961 – 50th death anniversary of Percy Grainger, Australian-born American composer
23 February 1931 – 80th death anniversary of Dame Nellie Melba, Australian operatic soprano

March
3 March 1961 – 50th death anniversary of Paul Wittgenstein, Austrian one-armed pianist for whom Ravel composed.
3 March 1911 – 100th birth anniversary of Jean Harlow, American actress.
6 March 1951 – 60th death anniversary of Ivor Novello, Welsh composer and actor.
6 March 1961 – 50th death anniversary of George Formby, British entertainer.
8 March 1961 – 50th death anniversary of Sir Thomas Beecham, British conductor.
26 March 1961 – 50th birth anniversary of Leigh Bowery, Australian performance artist.
31 March 1911 – 100th birth anniversary of Elisabeth Grümmer, German soprano.
31 March 1911 – 100th birth anniversary of Freddie Green, Jazz guitarist.

April
26 April 1886 – 125th birth anniversary of Ma Rainey, American Blues singer.

May
18 May 1911 – 100th death anniversary of Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer.
24 May 1941 – 70th birth anniversary of Bob Dylan, American folk singer and poet.
29 May 1911 – 100th death anniversary of W.S.Gilbert, English librettist and dramatist.

June
29 June 1911 – 100th birth anniversary of Bernard Hermann, American composer.

July
6 July 1971 – 40th death anniversary of Louis Armstrong, American Jazz trumpeter.
7 July 1911 – 100th birth anniversary of Gian Carlo Menotti, Italian- American composer and librettist.
16 July 1911 – 100th birth anniversary of Ginger Rogers, American actress and dancer.

August
27 August 1886, 125th birth anniversary of Rebecca Helferich Clarke, English classical composer.
27 August 1886, 125th birth anniversary of Eric Coates, English composer.

September
11 September 1711 – 300th birth anniversary of William Boyce, English organist and composer.

October
18 October 1961 – 50th anniversary of opening of West Side Story as a film; music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
22 October 1811 – 200th birth anniversary of Franz Liszt, Hungarian composer.

December
3 December 1911 – 100th birth anniversary of Nino Rota, Italian composer, famous for score of Godfather trilogy.
5 December 1911 – 100th birth anniversary of Władysław Szpilman, Jewish-Polish pianist.
25 December 1886 – 125th birth anniversary of Kid Ory, Jazz trombonist and bandleader.

Authors, Artists and Actors anniversaries 2011

February
6 February 1811 – 200th birth anniversary of Henry Liddell, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, whose daughter Alice acted as inspiration for Alice in Wonderland, 1862.

12 February 1861 – 150th birth anniversary of Lou Andreas-Salome, Russian author
19 February 1911 – 100th birth anniversary of Merle Oberon, Indian-born British actress
27 February 1861 – 150th birth anniversary of Rudolf Steine, Austrian philosopher

March
1 March 1866 – 125th birth anniversary of Tennesee Williams, American playwright
28 March 1940 – 70th death anniversary of Virginia Woolf, English novelist
28 March 1921 – 90th birth anniversary of Dirk Bogarde, British actor

April
7 April 1961 – 50th death anniversary of Vanessa Bell, British painter, sister of Virginia Woolf, member of the Bloomsbury Group
14 April 1941 – 70th birth anniversary of Julie Christie, British actress
15 April 1861 – 150th birth anniversary of Bliss Carman, Canadian poet
16 April 1921 – 90th birth anniversary of Peter Ustinov, British actor

May
1 May 1941 – 70th anniversary of Citizen Kane, film directed and starring Orson Welles
7 May 1861 – 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, Bengali poet, novelist and playwright
11 May 1911 – 100th birth anniversary, Phil Silvers, American comedian, famous for role as Sergeant Bilko
13 May 1961 – 50th death anniversary of Gary Cooper, American actor
15 May 1886 – 125th death anniversary of Emily Dickinson, American poet
17 May 1911 – 100th birth anniversary of Maureen O’Sullivan, Irish actress, famous for her role as Jane in Tarzan films
26 May 1711 – 300th birth anniversary of David Hume, Scottish philosopher

June
6 June 1961 – 50th death anniversary of Carl Jung, Swiss psychiatrist
14 June 1811 – 200th birth anniversary of Harriet Beecher Stowe, American author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin
14 June 1936 – 75th death anniversary of G K Chesterton, English author
15 June 1911 – 100th birth anniversary of Reverend W. Awdry, English creator of Thomas the Tank Engine
26 June 1861 – 150th death anniversary of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, British poet
30 June 1911 – 100th birth anniversary of Czesław Miłosz, Polish poet and Nobel Prize winner

July
2 July 1961 – 50th death anniversary of Ernest Hemingway, American novelist
18 July 1811 – 200th birth anniversary of William Makepeace Thackeray, British author of Vanity Fair

August
6 August 1911 – 100th birth anniversary of Lucille Ball, American comedian and star of ‘ I Love Lucy ’
30 August 1811 – 200th birth anniversary of Theophile Gautier, French poet, novelist and dramatist

September
8 September 1886 – 125th birth anniversary of Siegfried Sassoon, English poet and author
15 September 1890 – 120th birth anniversary of Agatha Christie, British crime writer
19 September 1911 – 100th birth anniversary of William Golding, English writer and Nobel Prize winner

October
3 October 1886 – 125th birth anniversary of Alain-Fournier, French author of Le Grand Meaulnes
11 October 1961 – 50th death anniversary of Chico Marx, American comedian and one of the Marx Brothers
31 October 1961 – 50th death anniversary of Augustus John, British artist

November
2 November 1961 – 50th death anniversary of James Thurber, American writer and cartoonist
2 November 1911 – 100th birth anniversary of Odysseas Elytis, Greek poet and Nobel Prize winner
9 November 1911 – 100th death anniversary of Howard Pyle, American writer and illustrator
21 November 1811 – 200th death anniversary of Heinrich von Kleist, German poet and novelist
30 November 1986 – 25th death anniversary of Cary Grant, American-British actor

December
11 December 1911 – 100th birth anniversary of Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian writer and Nobel Prize winner
11 December 1911 – 100th anniversary of Marie Curie being awarded her second Nobel prize

Historical events anniversaries 2011

February
4 February 1861 – Abraham Lincoln, 150th anniversary of inauguration as US President
28 February 1921 – 90th anniversary of the Kronstadt Rebellion

March
1 March 1711 – 300th anniversary of the first issue of The Spectator, founded by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
4 March 1921 – 90th anniversary of inauguration of Warren Harding as US President
4 March 1936 – 75th anniversary of the first flight of the Hindenburg
7 March 1936 – 75th anniversary of Hitler ordering troops into the Rhineland
17 March 1861 – 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the unification of the Kingdom of Italy
30 March 1811 – 200th birth anniversary of Robert Bunsen, inventor of the Bunsen burner
30 March 1981 – 30th anniversary of assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan
29 March 1871 – 140th anniversary of the opening of the Royal Albert Hall in London

April
7 April 1891 -120th death anniversary of P.T (Phineas Taylor) Barnum, American showman
9 April 1511 – 500th anniversary of St. John’s College Cambridge, founded at bequest of Lady Margaret Beaufort by John Fisher
12 April 1861 – 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Sumter in the American Civil War
12 April1961 – 50th anniversary of Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin becoming the first man in space
23 April 1661 – 350th anniversary of the Coronation of Charles II of England

May
1 May 1931 – 80th anniversary of the opening of the Empire State building in New York which was the tallest building in the world
2 May 1611 – 400th anniversary of the King James’ Bible
8 May1886 – 125th anniversary of the invention of Coca-Cola by Dr John Pemberton
22 May 1611 – 400th anniversary of King James I creating baronets for the first time

July
31 July 1936 – 75th anniversary of the start of the Spanish Civil War

August
1 August 1936 – 75th anniversary of Berlin Olympic Games opening in Hitler ‘s Germany
22 August 1911 – 100th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting the Mona Lisa being stolen from the Louvre

October
18 October 1931 – 80th death anniversary of the American inventor, Thomas Edison
28 October 1886 – 125th anniversary of the unveiling of the Statue of Liberty in New York

November
21 November 1911 – 100th anniversary of Suffragettes storming Parliament in London

December
7 December 1941 – 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack in World War II
23 December 1911 – 100th anniversary of the opening of Stanislavski and Craig’s production of Hamlet in Moscow

Art Images at Lebrecht: The Renaissance – The Rebirth of Classical Thinking

Art Images at Lebrecht provides a wide-ranging resource for Renaissance art. In late 14th century Italy, the Renaissance saw the rebirth of Classical humanist thinking. Lasting until the 17th century, the Renaissance provided a bridge between the Medieval and the modern world. Alongside great leaps in scientific thinking, literature and music, came huge changes in art, with the development of perspective, the use of oil paints, and change in subject matter away from the principally religious. Patronage now not only came from the church but also from the noblemen of Italy.

Included in the collection are great works by Italian Masters: Giotto, da Vinci, Michelangelo, Bellini, and Titian, amongst others. Please click here to view a lightbox:

Art Images at Lebrecht: Cubism and the Avant-garde

Art Images at Lebrecht represents a broad selection of early 20th century European paintings. Cubism ushered in a new era in art and led the way for other avant-garde movements, such as Futurism and Constructivism. A new aesthetic of fractured forms became the perfect visual expression of the rapidly changing modern world.

Included in the collection are great works by Braque, Picasso, Leger, Metzinger, Balla, Boccioni, Malevich and Goncharova, amongst others.

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Art Images at Lebrecht: The Middle Ages – Religion and Austerity

One of the collection strengths of Art Images at Lebrecht is our vast array of Medieval imagery. Beautiful art and architecture from Medieval Europe, spanning the period between the 5th and 15th centuries, chart the rise of the Romanesque and Gothic styles. Our images include magnificent illuminated manuscripts from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries, scenes from the Bayeux Tapestry and stone carvings from Notre Dame Cathedral. Please click here to view a lightbox: