| Today is
Adam de la Halle, also known as Adam le Bossu ("Adam the Hunchback') lived from around 1237 to around 1286. He was a poet and composer, born in Arras, France. He was court poet and musician to Robert II of Artois, and followed him to Naples in 1283. He was the originator of French comic opera, with Le Jeu de Robin et de Marion, and the partly autobiographical composition Jeu de la fuellée (Play of the Greensward). He also wrote poems in mediaeval verse forms.
Read more about Halle in the Music History section
Marvin Hamlisch, American pianist, composer and arranger of popular music. He helped revitalize Ragtime with his musical arrangements in the movie, The Sting
Anniversary of Hamlisch's death
1895 - Oscar (Greeley Clendenning) Hammerstein II lived from 1895 until 1960. He was a lyricist and songwriter with Richard Rodgers. Some of their best known musicals are Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, Flower Drum Song and Sound of Music.
anniversary of Hammerstein's death
Read about Rogers and Hammerstein's
Pulitzer Prize-winning musical "South Pacific"
Read Fun Facts About Hammerstein
George Frederick Handel lived between 1685 and 1759. He is considered to be an important baroque composer. Handel had a lot in common with Bach They were both born in Germany, the same year and both were organists and composers. Handel moved to England and spent 40 years there. While he was there he began writing music for the British royal family and he directed and composed operas as director of the Academy of Music.
Read more about Handel's life in the Baroque section
anniversary of Handel's death
Read quotes by and about Handel
Handel's works were played in an Grammy Winning performance, Forty-Second Annual Awards
News Item about Handel
Books and CD's by Handel
Handel for Children
Listen to Handel's music
W. C. Handy was known as the Father of the Blues. His compositions "Memphis Blues" (1912) and "St. Louis Blues" (1914) made the blues popular in the United States.
Howard Hanson lived from 1896 until 1981. He was a composer, conductor, educator; born in Wahoo, Nebrraska. He studied and taught in the U.S.A. before winning the Rome Prize in 1921. He returned from Italy in 1924 to become director of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., remaining there until retirement in 1964. His compositions, including seven symphonies and the opera Merry Mount (1934), typically reflect both his Swedish family background and a conservative, Romantic spirit. He was also an important conductor and promoter of American composers, both conservative and innovative.Hanson's birthday
Raymond Hanson lived from 1913 until 1976. He was a composer and teacher, born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He studied at the New South Wales Conservatory, to which he returned to lecture from 1948 until his death. His Trumpet Concerto is well known, and was one of the first Australian recordings to be released internationally. Other works include operas, a ballet, a symphony, four concertos, chamber music, and film scores.
Hanson-Dyer, Louise Berta Mosson
Louise Berta Mosson Hanson-Dyer lived from 1884 until 1962. She was a music publisher and patron, born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She studied in Edinburgh and at the Royal College of Music, London, and became the centre of Melbourne's musical life, helping establish the British Music Society there in 1921. She established Editions du Oiseau-Lyre, a music-publishing business in Paris in 1927, which set a new standard of music printing, and she became a leader in the revival of early music. Later resident in France, she maintained her links with Australia, and published the works of leading Australian composers. Her considerable Australian estate was left to Melbourne University for music research.
Lorenz Hart was born in New York City and lived from 1895 until 1943. He was a lyricist;. He studied journalism and wrote poetry at Columbia University and translated plays for the Shuberts before meeting composer Richard Rodgers in 1918. They collaborated on four songs for Poor Little Ritz Girl (1920) and did their first complete score for The Garrick Gaities (1925).
anniversary of Hart's death
Joseph Haydn lived between 1732 and 1809 and was born in Austria. He is considered to be a classical composer. Haydn was born in Rohrau, Austria and is often called the father of the modern symphony. Most of his career was spent conducting an orchestra and composing music for a rich Hungarian family, the Esterházys, who not only maintained a magnificent palace in Eisenstadt, but kept a string quartet and an entire opera company in residence.
Anniversary of Haydn's death
Read quotes by and about Haydn
First American performance of Haydn's "Surprise Symphony"
This was only one of Haydn's 125 symphonies, but perhaps his most famous. The Austrian prince, Haydn's boss, had a habit of falling asleep during performances, so Haydn had the orchestra play more and more quietly, then, suddenly, a very loud chord to awaken the prince. This has been an audience favorite ever since.
Haydn MIDI Section
Anniversary of Heifetz's death
Read quotes by and about Heifetz
Roy Henderson was a baritone famed for his performances of Frederick Delius' works and a teacher of Kathleen Ferrier. When he died Thursday March 11, 2000, he was 100.
Anniversary of Henderson's death
Hildegard of Bingen
CD's of Hildegard of Bingen's music
Hildegard of Bingen: Symphony of the Harmony of Heaven
Mildred Hill, born in 1859, American organist and pianist, composer of "Happy Birthday". When it was granted a copywrite in 1893, it's original title was "Goodmorning to All".
Paul Hindemith lived from 1895 until 1963. He was a German composer who used many techniques of composition from the 1700's therefore, bringing a neoclassical element to contemporary music.
Gustav Theodore Holst, English Composer, was born in Cheltenham, England in 1874 and died in London in 1934. He was of the same era as Elgar, but, like Pachelbel, is really only famous for one piece, his Planets' Suite. This is a series of seven "movements", one for each of the non~Earth planets known in Holst's day (i.e., all of the planets but Earth and Pluto). The music reflects the character of the Greco-Roman divinity associated with each planet, with the opening Mars, Bringer of War, being a ferocious, menacing portrait indeed.
anniversary of Holst's death
Read quotes by and about Holst
Destined to become one of the world’s greatest pianists, Vladimir Horowitz was born in 1903 in Kiev, Russia. While most young children were playing games, Vladimir was playing with the ivories. His time was well spent as he was fully capable of performing publicly by the time he was sixteen.
anniversary of Horowitz's death
History of the Piano
News Item including Horowitz
Read quotes by and about Honegger
Paul Horn was born in 1930. He is a composer, jazz musician, playing reeds. SOme of his most famous works are: Green Jelly Beans, Dancing Children, Inside [recorded in Taj Mahal]. His TV documentary was The Story of a Jazz Musician.
Alan Hovhaness, (1911 until 2000) was a a prolific composer who melded Western and Asian musical styles.
anniversary of Hovhaness' death
Julia Ward Howe was a U.S. author and lecturer best known for her "Battle Hymn of the Republic." In 1843 she married Samuel Gridley Howe of Boston, reformer and teacher of the blind. The "Battle Hymn", composed to the rhythm of the folksong "John Brown's Body", was first published in The Atlantic Monthly in February 1862.
Listen to Howe's music
Read about Julia Ward Howe
Read about the Battle Hymn of the Republic
Dr. Hao Huang was a Leonard Bernstein Music scholarship recipient at Harvard University (AB cum laude), a piano scholarship Master's student at the Juilliard School (MM in piano performance), and a Graduate Council Fellow at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (DMA). He has studied with Seymour Bernstein, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Beveridge Webster and Gilbert Kalish. He is currently a piano professor at Scripps College and the Claremont Graduate School, and has taught at the Hochschule fur Musik "Franz Liszt" in Weimar and the School of Music at Converse College.
Read an interview with Dr. Hao Huang
Listen to Humperdinck's music
Read quotes by and about Humperdinck
Many thanks to Dearest for everything!
O'Connor Music Studio
in Fairfax, Virginia
Now in our 35th year
|For more information:
Email Mary O'Connor
All rights reserved.
Site design and maintenance by
O'Connor O'Riginals Web Design