Josquin des Prez : Passed away in the year 1521, the 27th of August

Josquin des Prez, also spelled Desprez, des Prés, or Després (born c. 1450, Condé-sur-l’Escaut?, Burgundian Hainaut [France]—died Aug 27, 1521, Condé-sur-l’Escaut), one of the greatest composers of Renaissance Europe. In an era when music was generally performed a few times before being replaced by something newer, Josquin des Prez was a rarity: a composer who […]

Ernst Krenek : August 23, 1900 – December 22, 1991

Ernst Krenek (August 23, 1900 – December 22, 1991) was an Austrian, later American, composer of Czech origin. He explored atonality and other modern styles and wrote a number of books, including Music Here and Now (1939), a study of Johannes Ockeghem (1953), and Horizons Circled: Reflections on my Music (1974). Krenek’s music encompassed a variety […]

pet sound : roomful of teeth

Roomful of Teeth is a GRAMMY-winning vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from singing traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an ongoing commissioning process, forges a new repertoire without borders. Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, the band gathers annually at […]

Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji : born 14 August

Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji (born Leon Dudley Sorabji; 14 August 1892 – 15 October 1988) was an English composer, music critic, pianist and writer. He was one of the 20th century’s most prolific piano composers. As a composer and pianist, Sorabji was largely self-taught, and he distanced himself from the main currents of contemporary musical life […]

Streaming electroacoustic music

One of the premier vendors for learning about and buying electroacoustic music has been the excellent Canadian site electrocd.com.  Recently they added a streaming offer at their sister site, electro:thèque, that is priced fairly reasonably at $79.00 CAD (which because of the favorable exchange rate against the US dollar, computes to a little over $60.00 USD for twelve months […]

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, baptized today in 1644

  Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (12 August 1644 (baptized) – 3 May 1704) was a Bohemian-Austrian composer and violinist. Born in the small Bohemian town of Wartenberg (Stráž pod Ralskem), Biber worked at Graz and Kroměříž before he illegally left his Kremsier (Kroměříž) employer (Prince-Bishop Carl Liechtenstein-Castelcorno) and settled in Salzburg. He remained there for the rest of his […]