1943

Death of Sergei Rachmaninov

28 March 1943

Sergei Rachmaninov died in Beverly Hills, California. A Requiem Mass was celebrated that night at the Los Angeles Russian Orthodox Church. Rachmaninov was one of the most virtuosic pianists of his day and the last big name among the late Russian Romantics, feted for his rich with lyrical qualities, expression, structural ingenuity and diverse orchestral colours.

    I. Allegro moderato

    I. Sonata

    No. 3 in C Minor: Grave

    I. Adagio

    No. 5 in E-Flat Minor: Appassionato

    II. Rondò

 

1916

Premiere of Parry's Jerusalem

28 March 1916

Hubert Parry's Jerusalem was performed for the first time, at Queen's Hall in London. This was a setting of William Blake's short poem ‘And Did Those Feet in Ancient Times’, about the legend of Jesus in England, more specifically, in Glastonbury. Parry's wide renown is based mostly on this patriotic anthem, which prompted the beginning of the English musical renaissance.

    We praise thee, O God

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    Holy, Holy, Holy: Lord God of Sabaoth

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    The Glorious Company of the Apostles: Praise Thee

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1881

Death of Modest Mussorgsky

28 March 1881

Modest Mussorgsky died as a result of his escalating alcoholism. Despite Mussorgsky's descent into alcoholism which eventually killed him, as well as debilitation depression, his creativity never lost its drive. Night on Bald Mountain and Khovanschina were some of the last works he composed, as well as the Songs and Dances of Death. Mussorgsky was an extraordinarily individualistic Russian composer of the late 19th century, most noted for his piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition. The Russian realist painter Ilya Repin completed the famous red-nosed portrait in the last days of Mussorgsky’s life, which shows a dishevelled Mussorgsky, a man ruined by alcoholism in stark contrast to photographs of him during his privileged upbringing.

    Promenade

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    I. The Gnome

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    Promenade

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