Happy Birthday, Elliott Carter! *1908

Elliott Carter, born December 11, 1908, in New York, New York, was a composer, and musical innovator whose erudite style and novel principles of polyrhythm, called metric modulation, won worldwide attention. He was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music, in 1960 and 1973.Carter, who was born of a wealthy family, was educated at Harvard… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Elliott Carter! *1908

Happy Birthday, Willie Mae Thornton! *1926

Willie Mae (Big Mama) Thornton, born December 11, 1926, in Montgomery, Alabama, was an American blues musician.Her introduction to music, as with most fellow blues legends, started in the Baptist church. The daughter of a minister, she and her six siblings began to sing at a very early age. While still a child, Willie Mae… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Willie Mae Thornton! *1926

The Life You Give: Hector Berlioz *1803

Hector Berlioz, born December 11, 1803, in La Côte-Saint-André, France, was a composer, critic, and conductor of the Romantic period, known largely for his Symphonie fantastique (1830), the choral symphony Roméo et Juliette (1839), and the dramatic piece La Damnation de Faust (1846). His last years were marked by fame abroad and hostility at home.The… Continue reading The Life You Give: Hector Berlioz *1803