July 2, birthday of Charles-Louis Hanon, The Virtuoso Pianist in 60 Exercises, Nos. 1 & 2

Charles-Louis Hanon (1819-1900) was a French music teacher who wrote a series of practice pieces called the “The Virtuoso Pianist in 60 Exercises.” His influence on music pedagogy was huge and Rachmaninoff said it was responsible for the explosion of virtuoso Russian pianist in the 19th century.



June 29, birthday of Giovanni Maria Sabino: Viri sancti

Giovanni Maria Sabino (30 June 1588 – April 1649) was a contemporary of Monteverdi who lived in Naples. He was the first composer to introduce violins to a Motet. Whether or not they hit it off, you decide.

Viri sancti

June 29, birthday of José Pablo Moncayo: Huapango (1941)

José Pablo Moncayo
was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, in 1912. He studied music at Conservatorio Nacional de Música under a teacher who studied in Paris under Nadia Boulanger and Paul Dukas. It was through his composition teacher, Carlos Chavez, that he met and became friends with Aaron Copland. You can hear the cross pollination of cultures in Moncayo’s works.


Cumbres (1940/1953)

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