The Life You Give: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe *VIII 28 1749

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, born August 28, 1749, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, is the poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theatre director, critic, and amateur artist, considered the greatest German literary figure of the modern era.Goethe is the only German literary figure whose range and international standing equal those of Germany’s supreme philosophers (who have… Continue reading The Life You Give: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe *VIII 28 1749

The Life You Give: Jorge Luis Borges *VII 24 1899

Jorge Luis Borges, born Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo, August 24, 1899, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is the poet, essayist, and short-story writer whose works became classics of 20th-century world literature.Borges was reared in the then-shabby Palermo district of Buenos Aires, the setting of some of his works. His family, which had been notable… Continue reading The Life You Give: Jorge Luis Borges *VII 24 1899

The Life You Give: Karlheinz Stockhausen *VIII 22 1928

Karlheinz Stockhausen, born Aug. 22, 1928, in Mödrath, near Cologne, Germany, is the composer, and important creator and theoretician of electronic and serial music who strongly influenced avant-garde composers from the 1950s through the ’80s.Stockhausen studied at the State Academy for Music in Cologne and the University of Cologne from 1947 to 1951. In 1952… Continue reading The Life You Give: Karlheinz Stockhausen *VIII 22 1928

The Life You Give: Antonio Salieri *VIII 18 1750

Antonio Salieri, born Aug. 18, 1750, in Legnago, Republic of Venice [Italy], is the composer whose operas were acclaimed throughout Europe in the late 18th century.At the age of 16, Salieri was taken to Vienna by F.L. Gassmann, the imperial court composer and music director (Hofkapellmeister), and was introduced to Emperor Joseph II. During the… Continue reading The Life You Give: Antonio Salieri *VIII 18 1750

The Life You Give: Bill Evans *VIII 16 1929

Bill Evans, born William John Evans, August 16, 1929, in Plainfield, New Jersey, U.S.A., is the jazz pianist known for lush harmonies and lyrical improvisation, one of the most influential pianists of his time.Evans’s first piano teacher was his mother; he also studied violin and flute. He graduated with a music teaching degree from Southeastern… Continue reading The Life You Give: Bill Evans *VIII 16 1929

The Life You Give: Alfred Hitchcock *VIII 13 1899

Alfred Hitchcock, born August 13, 1899, London, England, is the motion-picture director whose suspenseful films and television programs won immense popularity and critical acclaim over a long and tremendously productive career. His films are marked by a macabre sense of humour and a somewhat bleak view of the human condition.Hitchcock grew up in London’s East… Continue reading The Life You Give: Alfred Hitchcock *VIII 13 1899

The Life You Give: Ian Anderson *VIII 10 1947

Born Ian Scott Anderson, August 10 1947 in Dunfermline, Scotland, Anderson was interested in music from a young age, gaining influence from his father James' record collection of big band and jazz, as well as early rock & roll by Elvis Presley. The Anderson family later relocated to Blackpool where Ian finished his studies. In… Continue reading The Life You Give: Ian Anderson *VIII 10 1947

La Vida Que Das / The Life You Give: Manitas de Plata *VIII 7 1921

When the guitarist Manitas de Plata became an international star in the 1960s, his was the name most widely associated with flamenco. At the time, music was classified as either popular or classical: the term “world music” had not been coined and the wizardry of the Gypsy from the south of France was regarded as… Continue reading La Vida Que Das / The Life You Give: Manitas de Plata *VIII 7 1921

The Life You Give: James Baldwin *VIII 2 1924

James Baldwin, born James Arthur Baldwin on August 2 1924 in New York, New York, is the essayist, novelist, and playwright whose eloquence and passion on the subject of race in America made him an important voice, particularly in the late 1950s and early 1960s, in the United States and, later, through much of western… Continue reading The Life You Give: James Baldwin *VIII 2 1924

Das Leben, das Du Gibst / The Life You Give: Ernst Jandl *VIII 1 1932

A biography in English is at the bottom Der österreichische Schriftsteller zählt zu den renommiertesten Repräsentanten der experimentellen Lyrik. Er hat sich vor allen Dingen einen Namen durch seine witzigen Sprachexperimente gemacht. Diesbezüglich ist seine Lyrik zu nennen, die durch die ausgesuchte Klangqualität an die dadaistische Strömung erinnern. Kennzeichnend für sein Schaffen waren die Experimente… Continue reading Das Leben, das Du Gibst / The Life You Give: Ernst Jandl *VIII 1 1932

The Life You Give: Geddy Lee *VII 29 1953

Few hard rock bassists have been as influential as Rush's Geddy Lee. Born Gary Weinrib on July 29, 1953, in Toronto, his parents migrated from Europe to Canada and got his nickname "Geddy" from when his mother would try to pronounce "Gary" in her accent. Taking up bass as a teenager and influenced by the… Continue reading The Life You Give: Geddy Lee *VII 29 1953

The Life You Give: Enrique Granados *VII 27 1867

Enrique Granados, born July 27, 1867, in Lérida, Spain, is the pianist and composer who was a leader of the movement toward nationalism in late 19th-century Spanish music.Granados made his debut as a pianist at 16. He studied composition in Barcelona with Felipe Pedrell, the father of Spanish nationalism in music. He studied piano in… Continue reading The Life You Give: Enrique Granados *VII 27 1867

The Life You Give: Alexis Weissenberg *VII 26 1929

If one wanted to make a biographical feature film about a classical musician, the life of the Bulgarian-American-French pianist Alexis Weissenberg would furnish ideal subject material. Born in Sofia in 1929, Weissenberg was taught to play the piano by his mother. Several members of her family were Vienna Conservatory-trained musicians, and Weissenberg grew up in… Continue reading The Life You Give: Alexis Weissenberg *VII 26 1929

The Life You Give: Mick Jagger VII 26 1943

As the lead singer for the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger virtually invented the concept of the rock & roll frontman. Taking his cues from soul singers, bluesmen, and Elvis Presley, Jagger crafted a magnetic, carnal persona that retained its charisma even after it was mimicked and expanded by countless singers who followed in his footsteps.… Continue reading The Life You Give: Mick Jagger VII 26 1943

The Life You Give: Robin Williams *VII 21 1951

Robin Williams, born Robin McLaurin Williams, July 21, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., is the comedian and actor known for his manic stand-up routines and his diverse film performances. He won an Academy Award for his role in Good Will Hunting (1997).Williams’s father, Robert, was an executive for the Ford Motor Company, and his mother… Continue reading The Life You Give: Robin Williams *VII 21 1951

The Life You Give: Ernest Hemingway *VII 21 1899

Ernest Hemingway, born Ernest Miller Hemingway, July 21, 1899, in Cicero [now in Oak Park], Illinois, U.S.A., is the novelist and short-story writer, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He was noted both for the intense masculinity of his writing and for his adventurous and widely publicized life. His succinct and lucid prose… Continue reading The Life You Give: Ernest Hemingway *VII 21 1899

The Life You Give: Brian May *VII 19 1947

Few rock guitarists possess a playing style as instantly recognizable as Queen's Brian May. With his orchestrated guitar armies (multi-tracked guitar lines overdubbed on top of each other) and instantly memorable, well-constructed melodic leads, May is in a class all by himself. Born in Hampton, Middlesex, in July 1947, May showed an interest in music… Continue reading The Life You Give: Brian May *VII 19 1947

The Life You Give: Evelyn Glennie *VII 19 1965

Evelyn Glennie is the world's foremost, and first full-time, solo percussionist. She has been pivotal to the expansion of percussion as solo instruments, personally having commissioned over 200 new works. The recipient of enormous media attention due to her deafness, Glennie is likewise noteworthy for the variety of her repertoire and recording projects.Glennie was born… Continue reading The Life You Give: Evelyn Glennie *VII 19 1965

The Life You Give: Pinchas Zukerman *VII 16 1948

Pinchas Zukerman, born July 16, 1948, in Tel Aviv, Israel, is the violinist, violist, and conductor who earned widespread acclaim in a career that spanned more than five decades.Zukerman began playing at about the age of seven; when he was eight he entered the Tel Aviv Academy of Music. In 1962, sponsored by violinist Isaac… Continue reading The Life You Give: Pinchas Zukerman *VII 16 1948

The Life You Give: Nelson Mandela *VII 18 1918

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa on July 18, 1918. His father was Hendry Mphakanyiswa of the Tembu Tribe. Mandela himself was educated at University College of Fort Hare and the University of Witwatersrand where he studied law. He joined the African National Congress in 1944 and was engaged in resistance against… Continue reading The Life You Give: Nelson Mandela *VII 18 1918

The Life You Give: Walter Benjamin * VII 15 1892

Walter Benjamin, born July 15, 1892, in Berlin, Germany, is the man of letters and aesthetician, now considered to have been the most important German literary critic in the first half of the 20th century.Born into a prosperous Jewish family, Benjamin studied philosophy in Berlin, Freiburg im Breisgau, Munich, and Bern. He settled in Berlin… Continue reading The Life You Give: Walter Benjamin * VII 15 1892