George Frederick Pinto : potentially the English Mozart

George Frederick Pinto was born in Lambeth, England on 25 Sept 1785 and died Chelsea [now in London], 23 March 1806. English composer of mixed ancestry. His father’s name was Samuel Saunders or Sanders, but he took his surname from his mother Julia Pinto, daughter of THOMAS PINTO and herself the composer of a published … Continue reading George Frederick Pinto : potentially the English Mozart

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 … Continue reading Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji : born 14 August

Alexander Goehr : English composer, born 10 August 1932,

 Goehr was born in Berlin in 1932, the son of the conductor and Schoenberg pupil Walter Goehr. In his early twenties he emerged as a central figure in the Manchester School of post-war British composers. In 1955–56 he joined Olivier Messiaen's masterclass in Paris. Although in the early sixties Goehr was considered a leader of the … Continue reading Alexander Goehr : English composer, born 10 August 1932,

Born today : Charles Wilfred Orr

Charles Wilfred Leslie Orr, generally known as C. W. Orr (31 July 1893 – 24 February 1976), was an English composer.  His work as a composer was dominated by the composition of songs accompanied by piano; his life's study was the expressive setting of poetry to music. He wrote more settings of A.E. Housman's poetry than any … Continue reading Born today : Charles Wilfred Orr

Listening : Britten Song Cycles for Tenor

Because of Benjamin Britten's long personal and professional partnership with the great tenor Peter Pears, for whom he wrote all his vocal music, Britten wrote three song cycles for the tenor voice: Les Illuminations, op 18; Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, op. 31 (1943); and Nocturne, op. 60 (1958).  These works span much of … Continue reading Listening : Britten Song Cycles for Tenor