By Julie Anne Sadie
Across Europe, greater than 300 homes and museums commemorate the composers who lived and labored in them. In Calling at the Composer, two exotic musicologists advisor the musically curious vacationer or reader to those websites and supply crucial info on their content material and significance.
Whether lakeside hut or moated citadel, clock tower or cave, village tuition or fantastic city condominium, the actual context for musical genius and the artefacts of daily lifestyles have a strong impression on how we understand the determine at the back of the tune we all know and love. Julie and Stanley Sadie have journeyed to thirty-one international locations to collect this particular commute significant other and reference resource. they provide functional info for the customer, pro insights, and energetic statement. Richly illustrated and supported by way of thorough maps, the entries on person composers hint their steps during the practicalities of existence and divulge to us the context of creativity.
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Besides the memorial rooms to Bruckner at St Florian, there are rooms dedicated to Michael Haydn at St Peter’s Abbey in Salzburg, for which he composed and where he is buried, and rooms for the Wranitzky brothers at the Premonstratensian monastery in Nová Rˇísˇe, South Moravia, where they had their schooling. Chopin’s chilly winter with George Sand at Valldemossa, in Majorca, is commemorated in the monastery where they stayed. There is a necessarily rather small memorial to Martinu˚ on the elevated site of his birth, up 200 stairs, at the top of the church tower in Policˇka, Eastern Bohemia.
Sousa in West Lafayette, Indiana, and two to Stephen Foster, a memorial one at the University of Pennsylvania and another at White Springs in Florida. C. Handy at his birthplace in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2003 a museum to Louis Armstrong was set up in his house at Corona, Queens, New York. There are museums to Liberace in Las Vegas, Nevada, and to Jimi Hendrix in Seattle, Washington. The only Australian museum is the fine one to Percy Grainger at Melbourne University, notable for its collection of his specially designed instruments and for his extensive correspondence.
Please refer to print publication Delius’s Solano Grove house in Florida (1939) 02 Chapter 1294 26/4/05 10:01 am Page 34 34 C A L L I N G O N T H E C O M P O S E R Rights were not granted to include these illustrations in electronic media. Please refer to print publication Ives’s birthplace at Danbury, Connecticut In Argentina, a museum was established in 1970 to Falla, in the house in which he died in Alta Gracia, near Cordóba. John Lennon is commemorated in a museum set up in Tokyo by his widow.
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