May 12 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1754 - Franz Anton Hoffmeister, German and Composer
1765 - Lady Emma Hamilton, mistress of Lord Nelson
1820 - Florence Nightingale, Nurse
1828 - Gabriel Dante Rosetti, Poet and Painter
1842 - Jules Massenet, Composer, famous for "Thais Meditation," Manon and Le Cid.
1845 - Gabriel Faure, Composer, popular with his own Requiem.
1903 - Sir Lennox Berkeley, English Composer
1907 - Katharine Hepburn, Actress

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Composers Jules Masssenet and Gabriel Faure share the same birthday today.


1.  Opera Thais's 'Meditation'  by Jules Massenet. Classic FM M-Tel Radio Symphony Orchestra 13 March 2006. NDK Sofia. Maxim Vengerov, Violin. Conductor: Luciano Di Martino  (YouTube, uploaded by The Classicalmusicfan. Accessed 12 May 2018.) 

2.  Gabriel Rossetti's poem "Sudden Light" set to lovely music by Australian composer and pianist Sally Whitwell, performed by Nicole Thomson, soprano and Rachel Scott, cello.

Sudden Light
I have been here before,
But when or how I cannot tell:
I know the grass beyond the door,
The sweet keen smell,
The sighing sound, the lights around the shore.
You have been mine before,—
How long ago I may not know:
But just when at that swallow's soar
Your neck turned so,
Some veil did fall,—I knew it all of yore.
Has this been thus before?
And shall not thus time's eddying flight
Still with our lives our love restore
In death's despite,
And day and night yield one delight once more?
- Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) -

Suggested Reading:

A Short Analysis of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's "Sudden Light." 

Historical Events

1908 - Wireless Radio Broadcasting is patented by Nathan B. Stubblefield.

1926 - Dmitri Shostakovich's First Symphony premieres in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). The composer wrote the piece at the age of 19 as his conservatory graduation project.

1932 - The body of the kidnapped infant son of Charles Lindbergh and wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh is found less than 5 miles (8 km) from their home in New Jersey, U.S.

1938 - Arthur Honegger's cantata Jeanne d'Arc au Bucher is first performed, in Basel. 

1997 - Susie Maroney, Australian swimmer becomes the first person to swim from Florida to Cuba. She was 22 years old and did the feat in 24 1/2 hours.

 Poem Credit:

"Sudden Light" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. PotW.Org. Accessed OCtober 26, 2017.  

More recommended listening:

Itzhak Perlman - Jules Massenet "Thais."  Itzhak Perlman - Violin, Lawrence Foster - Conductor,
The Abbey Road Ensemble.

Gabriel Faure's Fequiem Op. 48. Gabriel Fauré (Composer), Robert Shaw (Conductor), Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus (Orchestra), Judith Blegen (Soprano), James Morris (Baritone)


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2. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 19th Ed. London: Chambers Harrap, 2011
3. Dateline. Sydney: Millennium House, (2006)
4. Grun, Bernard. The Timestables of History, New 3rd Revised Ed. Simon and Schuster/Touchstone (1991)

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