Saturday, August 3, 2019

Today's Birthdays

Louis Gruenberg (1884-1964)
Antonio Lauro (1917-1986)
Tony Bennett (1926)
James Tyler (1940-2010)
Simon Keenlyside (1959)


Juliana Horatia Ewing (1841-1885)
Ernie Pyle (1900-1944)
P. D. James (1920-2014)
Hayden Carruth (1921-2008)
Diane Wakoski (1937)
Marvin Bell (1937)

and from the Composers Datebook:

On this date in 1668, German composer Dietrich Buxtehude marries the daughter of Franz Tunder, retiring organist at St. Mary's Church in Lübeck, as a condition to succeed Tunder in his position at St. Mary's. Years later, Buxtehude offered his position in Lübeck with a similar caveat that the new organist must marry his daughter. It is thought that both Handel and J.S. Bach were both interested in the position - but not in Buxtehude's daughter.


Reed Starnes said...

Not surprising, since Handel and Bach weren't born yet. It was Buxtehude's daughter who was offered to them when he retired (part of Buxtehude's original deal with Tunder).

James Bash said...

Hi Reed, you are correct. It looks like the Composers Datebook site still has this anecdote and is confusing it. Hmm... I'll attempt to correct it.

James Bash said...

Okay, I made the correction. Let me know what you think.