Saturday, May 7, 2011
Jacob Obrecht(1457/1458-1505), Dutch composer of the Renaissance. He was the most famous composer of masses in Europe in the late 15th century. His compositions the masses are numerous(29 known) and the most distinguished. All are based on preexisting material, which ranges from Gregorian chant to popular tunes to melodies drawn from other composers' motets or chansons.
Nadezhda Obukhova(1886-1961), Russian mezzo-soprano. She was awarded the title People's Artist of the USSR in 1937. She studied at the Moscow Conservatory, made her debut in 1916 at Bolshoi Theater, quickly she became a popular singer. She was the performer in the first radio concert in the Soviet Union in 1922.
Jacques Offenbach(1819-1880), German/French composer, born in Germany but settled and famed in Paris, played cello with his brother and sister as a trio in local tervans, later played cello in Paris theaters, being called "The Paganini of Cello", taking composition lessons from Halevy and started compositing operettas, gaining popularity throughout central Europe. He composed mainly operettas(Orhee aux enfers, Les contes d'Hoffmann.. etc).
Michal Oginski(1765-1833), Polish statemen and composer, best known for his polonaise "Farewell to the Fatherland". Being a well-known composer, he was fond of Italian and French operas, in addition he played violin, chavichord and balalaika. He composed piano pieces - Polonaise, marzurkas, romances and waltzes.
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