October 10, birthday of Ellen Andrea Wang

Since July, I have featured only female composers.  Though one source lists over 6000 female composers, I can’t find the birthdays of even a fraction let alone their works.

Ellen Andrea Wang (b. 1986) is a Norwegian composer, singer and upright base player.

This is from Wikipedia:  “Raised in Søndre Land, Oppland, the vicar’s daughter is known for being front figure, vocalist and bass player in her own band Pixel, and for collaborations with pianist Dag Arnesen.

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June 15. Edvard Grieg’s Birthday: Holberg Suite

Today is the birthday of the Norwegian composer, Edvard Grieg (15 June 1843 – 4 September 1907). Most people know his Piano Concerto in A and Peer Gynt Suite. I had heard snippets of the Holberg from time to time on the local classical channel over the years, not knowing what it was. It wasn’t until about 20 years ago when my daughter was studying violin that at a concert of the National Symphony Orchestra that I heard it in its full for the first time. A late Romantic and contemporary of Dvorak and Tchaikowski, Grieg’s Holberg reminds me of their Serenades for Strings. It’s lush and warm at times it has a classical feel and at others reminds me of Britten’s Simple Symphony based on English folksongs.

Here’s his wikipedia entry.

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: B is for Øystein Baadsvik

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0 This is day 2 of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge in which I attempt to blog every day (excepting Sundays) throughout the month of April. For this challenge, I am curating a collection of “classical” music pieces, which are lesser known or by lesser known composers (to me at least).Today’s composer is Øystein Baadsvik (b. 1966).

Øystein Baadsvik is a Norwegian composer, born in 1966. He started playing tuba when he was 15.

The composer’s Wikipedia page Øystein_Baadsvik

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