Vincent d'Indy (1851-1931)
Patty Smith Hill (1868-1946)
Ferde Grofé (1892-1972)
Anne Ziegler (1910-2003)
Sarah Vaughn (1924-1990)
Mstislav Rostropovich (1927-2007)
Paul Ruders (1949)
Maria Ewing (1950)
Bernard Labadie (1963)
Heinrich Mann (1871-1950)
Edward Steichen (1879-1973)
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969)
Budd Schulberg (1914-2009)
Louis Simpson (1923-2012)
Julia Alvarez (1950)
John O'Farrell (1962)
From the New Music Box:
March 27, 1914, 20 year-old Leo Ornstein shocked audiences and critics
at his Steinway Hall recital in London during which he performed his
revolutionary Three Moods for solo piano and Danse Sauvage. The critic
for the London Daily Mail described the event as a "wild outbreak,"
while another reviewer wrote, "We have never suffered from such
insufferable hideousness, expressed in terms of so-called music."
However, based on the attention that concert received, Schott published
some of Ornstein's music for the first time. Famous as a wunderkind,
Ornstein would compose into his 90s and live until 2002 to become the
oldest composer in American music history.
From The Writer's Almanac:
the birthday of the woman who wrote "Happy Birthday to You," Patty
Smith Hill, born in Anchorage, Kentucky (1868). Most of her life was
spent as a kindergarten teacher. She began teaching in Louisville,
Kentucky, and it was there, in 1893, that Hill first wrote the lyrics to
the song. But it was originally meant as a welcome to start the school
day and was first called "Good Morning to All." Hill's sister Mildred,
an accomplished musician, provided the melody. Hill was only 25 when she
wrote the lyrics to the famous song.
It became popularized with
the invention of radio and sound films. The song appeared in the
Broadway musical "The Band Wagon" (1931), and was used for Western
Union's first singing telegram in 1933. A third sister, Jessica Hill,
noticed the similarities between "Happy Birthday to You" and the song
her sisters wrote, and she was able to prove it in a court of law. The
song was copyrighted in 1935 and remains under copyright to this day.
According to Forbes magazine, the song produces about $2 million in
licensing revenue each year. "Happy Birthday to You" is still one of the
most popular songs in the English language, along with "Auld Lang Syne"
and "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow."