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Handel finished working on his Messiah

14 September 1741

After no more than 23 days of non-stop work, George Frideric Handel finished composing his majestic oratorio, the Messiah. It was premiered the following spring in Dublin. Nowadays it is one of the most celebrated large-scale choral works in Western music.



    Recitative: Comfort ye my people (Tenor)


    Aria: Every valley shall be exalted (Tenor)




Stravinsky moved to New York

14 September 1969

Igor Stravinsky (by now aged 86) and his wife Vera moved to New York from Los Angeles. Stravinsky's health was in severe decline and in New York he would have had access to necessary medical care. His ill-health did not lessen his creativity though - he was working on transcriptions of works by J.S. Bach and Hugo Wolf during this period.

    Prologue: Spectateurs, vous allez entendre une version latine d'Oedipe-Roi … (Speaker, Chorus, Oedipus)


    Tableau I: Prologue: The Birth of Apollo


    Act I: Voici Creon, beau-frere d'Oedipe (Speaker, Creon, Oedipus, Chorus)




Death of Damaso Perez Prado

14 September 1989

Cuban composer and band-leader Damaso Perez Prado died in Mexico city, aged 72. He was known as King of the Mambo during his career. His music has been assimilated into the orchestral repertoire, particularly popular with wind ensembles.

    Sabre Dance (arr. W. Schirmer for wind ensemble)


    No. 8 in G Minor (arr. G. Baumann for wind ensemble)


    No. 2 in E Minor (arr. G. Schafer for wind quintet)




Death of Friedrich Kiel

14 September 1885

German 19th century composer Friedrich Kiel died in Berlin.

    I. Allegro non troppo


    II. Allegretto quasi menuetto


    III. Allegro