Akira Kurosawa *III 23 1910 — The Life You Give

Kurosawa Akira, born March 23, 1910, in Tokyo, Japan, was the first Japanese film director to win international acclaim, with such films as Rashomon (1950), Ikiru (1952), Seven Samurai (1954), Throne of Blood (1957), Kagemusha (1980), and Ran (1985). Kurosawa’s father, who had once been an army officer, was a teacher who contributed to the… Continue reading Akira Kurosawa *III 23 1910 — The Life You Give

Agnes Martin *III 22 1912 — The Life You Give

Agnes Martin, born March 22 1912, in Macklin, Sask., Canada, was a painter. She moved to the U.S. in 1931 and became a U.S. citizen in 1950. She studied at Columbia University and taught at the University of New Mexico. In 1958 she had her first solo exhibition. Martin was a prominent exponent of geometric… Continue reading Agnes Martin *III 22 1912 — The Life You Give

Johann Sebastian Bach *III 21 1685 — The Life You Give

Johann Sebastian Bach, born March 21 [March 31, New Style], 1685, in Eisenach, Thuringia, Ernestine Saxon Duchies [Germany], was a composer of the Baroque era, the most celebrated member of a large family of north German musicians. Although he was admired by his contemporaries primarily as an outstanding harpsichordist, organist, and expert on organ building,… Continue reading Johann Sebastian Bach *III 21 1685 — The Life You Give

Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre *III 17 1665 — The Life You Give

Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre, also known as Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre or Elisabeth Jacquet, Elisabeth also spelled Élisabeth, (baptized March 17, 1665) in Paris, France, is the composer, harpsichordist, and organist, who was the first woman to compose an opera in France. Elisabeth Jacquet was born into a family of artisans that included… Continue reading Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre *III 17 1665 — The Life You Give

Christa Ludwig *III 16 1928 — The Life You Give

Christa Ludwig was one of the most admired mezzo-sopranos of her generation, with a wide repertoire of both lieder and opera. She brought a fine sense of musicianship as well as drama to her performances. Her roles ranged from Dorabella in Così fan Tutte to Brangane in Tristan und Isolde and Clytemnestra in Elektra, and… Continue reading Christa Ludwig *III 16 1928 — The Life You Give

Johann Strauss *III 14 1804 — The Life You Give

Johann Strauss I, born March 14, 1804, Vienna, is one of the principal composers of Viennese waltzes.Strauss became a viola player in the dance orchestra of Michael Pamer, a composer of light music. Later he conducted the orchestra of Josef Lanner and in 1826 performed at the gardens of the “Zwei Tauben” the Täuberl-walzer, the… Continue reading Johann Strauss *III 14 1804 — The Life You Give

James Taylor *III 12 1948 — The Life You Give

James Taylor, born March 12 1948, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., is the singer, songwriter, and guitarist who defined the singer-songwriter movement of the 1970s. Bob Dylan brought confessional poetry to folk rock, but Taylor became the epitome of the troubadour whose life was the subject of his songs.Among the experiences that shaped Taylor, who grew… Continue reading James Taylor *III 12 1948 — The Life You Give

Ornette Coleman *III 9 1930 — The Life You Give

Ornette Coleman, born Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman, on March 9, 1930, in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A., is the jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader who was the principal initiator and leading exponent of free jazz in the late 1950s. Coleman began playing alto, then tenor saxophone as a teenager and soon became a working musician in… Continue reading Ornette Coleman *III 9 1930 — The Life You Give

Samuel Barber *III 9 1910 — The Life You Give

Early years Barber was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, the son of Marguerite McLeod (née Beatty) and Samuel LeRoy Barber. At a very early age, Barber became profoundly interested in music, and it was apparent that he had great musical talent and ability. At the age of nine he wrote to his mother: Dear Mother:… Continue reading Samuel Barber *III 9 1910 — The Life You Give

Bedřich Smetana *III 2 1824 — The Life You Give

Bedřich Smetana, born March 2, 1824, in Leitomischl, Bohemia, Austrian Empire [now Litomyšl, Czech Republic], was composer of operas and symphonic poems, and founder of the Czech national school of music. He was the first truly important Bohemian nationalist composer.Smetana studied music under his father, an amateur violinist. He early took up piano under a… Continue reading Bedřich Smetana *III 2 1824 — The Life You Give

Frédéric Chopin *III 1 1810 — The Life You Give

Frédéric Chopin, Fryderyk Franciszek Szopen, on March 1, 1810, in Żelazowa Wola, near Warsaw, Duchy of Warsaw [now in Poland], was the composer and pianist of the Romantic period, best known for his solo pieces for piano and his piano concerti. Although he wrote little but piano works, many of them brief, Chopin ranks as… Continue reading Frédéric Chopin *III 1 1810 — The Life You Give

Gioachino Rossini *February 29 1792 — The Life You Give

Gioachino Rossini, born Gioachino Antonio Rossini, on February 29 1792, in Pesaro, Papal States [Italy], is the composer noted for his operas, particularly his comic operas, of which The Barber of Seville (1816), Cinderella (1817), and Semiramide (1823) are among the best known. Of his later, larger-scale dramatic operas, the most widely heard is William… Continue reading Gioachino Rossini *February 29 1792 — The Life You Give

Víctor Hugo *II 26 1802 — The Life You Give

Victor Hugo, born Victor-Marie Hugo, February 26, 1802, in Besançon, France, is the poet, novelist, and dramatist who was the most important of the French Romantic writers. Though regarded in France as one of that country’s greatest poets, he is better known abroad for such novels as Notre-Dame de Paris (1831) and Les Misérables (1862).Victor… Continue reading Víctor Hugo *II 26 1802 — The Life You Give

George Harrison *II 25 1943

George Harrison, born February 25, 1943, in Liverpool, England, is the musician, singer, and songwriter who gained fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles, one of the most important and influential bands in the history of rock music. Harrison was the youngest of the “Fab Four” and was known as “the quiet Beatle.” He… Continue reading George Harrison *II 25 1943

Luis Buñuel *II 22 1900 — La vida que das

Luis Buñuel, nacido en febrero 22, 1900, fue director de cine, y una de las grandes figuras de la historia del cine. Su padre, Leonardo Manuel Buñuel, fue un indiano fantasioso que regresó de Cuba enriquecido y se instaló en Calanda; solía relatar numerosas aventuras ilusorias a los lugareños y afirmaba con bravuconería que sería… Continue reading Luis Buñuel *II 22 1900 — La vida que das

The Life You Give: Andrés Segovia *1893

Andrés Segovia, born February 21 1893, in Linares, Spain, is the musician acclaimed as the foremost guitarist of his time. He was the most important force in reestablishing the guitar as a concert instrument in the 20th century, chiefly through demonstrating its expressive and technical potential. He continued giving concert performances past the age of… Continue reading The Life You Give: Andrés Segovia *1893

Toni Morrison *II 18 1931 — The Live You Give

Toni Morrison, born Chloe Anthony Wofford on February 18 1931, in Lorain, Ohio, U.S.A., was the writer noted for her examination of Black experience (particularly Black female experience) within the Black community. She received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993.Morrison grew up in the American Midwest in a family that possessed an intense love… Continue reading Toni Morrison *II 18 1931 — The Live You Give

Leopold Godowsky *II 13 1870 — The Life You Give

Portrait of the composer at the piano by Polish painter Jan Ciągliński (1911 Leopold Godowsky, born February 13, 1870, in Soshly, near Vilnius, Lithuania, Russian Empire, is the renowned Russian-born American virtuoso pianist and composer, known for his exceptional piano technique.Godowsky entered the Berlin High School for Music at age 14; soon thereafter he went… Continue reading Leopold Godowsky *II 13 1870 — The Life You Give

Peter Gabriel *II 13 1950 — The Life You Give

There is a complex, dotted, and cloudy line that divides or unites an individual in two. I am referring to what seems to be two sources and periods in the life of Peter Gabriel, as I see, hear, and think about his music. One Gabriel is the period during his work as front man to… Continue reading Peter Gabriel *II 13 1950 — The Life You Give

Leontyne Price *II 10 1927 — The Life You Give

Metropolitan Opera audiences began an extraordinary love affair with American soprano Leontyne Price immediately upon her debut on January 27, 1961. She was by then an internationally heralded singer and an experienced, refined musician and artist. But more than anything, it was the sheer beauty of her voice that excited her listeners. What they heard… Continue reading Leontyne Price *II 10 1927 — The Life You Give

Carole King *II 9 1942 — The Life You Give

Carole King, born Carol Joan Klein, on February 9 1942, in New York, New York, U.S.A., is the songwriter and singer (alto) who was one of the most prolific female musicians in the history of pop music. King’s mother was the source of her early music education. While still in high school, King began arranging… Continue reading Carole King *II 9 1942 — The Life You Give