1989

Birth of Nareh Arghamanyan

21 January 1989

Pianist Nareh Arghamanyan was born in Armenia where she began her piano studies at the age of five. In 2004 she began studying at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. She garnered attention on the international scene after winning the 2008 Montreal International Music Competition, aged 17. She has made many recordings, including two for Pentatone.

    Allegro maestoso

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    Andante con anima

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    Allegro brillante

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1575

William Byrd and Thomas Tallis were granted the right to print their music

21 January 1575

Queen Elizabeth I of England granted William Byrd and Thomas Tallis the right to print their music. This was one of the first ever arrangements of this sort in English history. The two composers were the only ones allowed to use music manuscript paper. The composers were not, however granted "the rights to music type fonts, printing patents were not under their command, and they didn't actually own a printing press," nor were they allowed to import any foreign music.

    Lachrymae (music by J. Dowland)

    Christus, der uns selig macht, BWV 620

    Lavalto (arr. C. van Kampen for chamber ensemble)

    Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund, BWV 621

    Springtanz (arr. C. van Kampen for chamber ensemble)

    O Mensch, bewein dein Sunde gross, BWV 622

 

1786

Boccherini was appointed the house composer to the Crown Prince Wilhelm of Prussia

21 January 1786

Luigi Boccherini was appointed the house composer to the Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia, although Boccherini's whereabouts during this period are disputed. Many sources claim that he continued to live in Spain, due to the fact that his compositions surviving from this time are written on paper only available in Spain, while others suggest he took up residence at the court in Prussia.

    I. Adagio

    Scene II-III - Zwischenspiel

    I. Allegro

    1st Act - Tagesgrauen

    I. Allegro

    3rd Act - Trauermusik beim Tode

 

1894

Death of Guillaume Lekeu

21 January 1894

    L'ombre plus dense

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    Les pavots

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    Quelque antique et lente danse

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