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Sergei Rachmaninoff lived from 1873 until 1943. He was born in Russia and was famous as a composer, conductor and pianist. He based the style of his symphonies and other works on the late romanticism of Wagner. Rachmaninoff left Russia in 1917 to live in Switzerland and the U.S.
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Jean-Philippe Rameau lived from 1683 until 1764 and was generally regarded as the greatest French musical dramatist. He is best remembered as a Baroque composer for harpsicord.
Jean-Pierre Rampal, a flutist born in 1922, in the southern port city of Marseille, the son of a flute teacher who did not encourage his son to become a professional musician. His early interest was medicine. He became serious about music during World War II, after Nazi occupying forces in France drafted him for labor in Germany. He left medical school and went underground in Paris, where he studied at the National Conservatory and attracted the attention of the Paris musical community.
anniveriversary of Rampal's death
Maurice Ravel lived between 1875 and 1937. He is considered to be an impressionistic composer, because he tried to capture the mood of the action instead of the action itself.
Anniversary of Ravel's death
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Max Reger (Johann Baptist Joseph Maximilian Reger) lived from 1873 until 1916. He was a composer who was born in Brand, Germany. He studied at Weiden, taught music at Wiesbaden and Munich, and became director of music at Leipzig University (1907), then professor (1908). He composed organ music, piano concertos, choral works, and songs.Reger's birthday
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Ottorino Respighi was a viola-player, pianist and composer. His most famous works are Fontane di Roma (Fountains of Rome), Pini di Roma (Pines of Rome), and Feste romane (Roman Festivals). His Pines of Rome is featured in Fantasia 2000.Respighi's birthday
anniversary of Respighi's death
Tim Rice (popular name of Sir Timothy Miles Bindon Rice) was born in 1944. He is a lyricist, writer, and broadcaster, born in Buckinghamshire, SC England, UK. He has co-written lyrics on many award winning records, has appeared on numerous radio and TV quiz shows, and written several books. He is best known for writing the lyrics to music by Andrew Lloyd Webber for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (1968), followed by Jesus Christ Superstar (1971) and Evita (1978). Later works include the lyrics for Chess (1984), Cricket (1986), Starmania (1991), and Beauty and the Beast (1997). He was knighted in 1994. Rice is currently working on Aida with pop star Elton John.Rice's birthday
Nominated for a Broadway Tony Award
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Sviatoslav Teofilovich Richter lived from 1915 until 1997. He was a pianist who was born in Zhitomir, Ukraine. He studied at the Moscow Conservatory (1937--42), and won the Stalin Prize in 1949. He has since made extensive concert tours, with a wide repertoire, and has been associated with the music festivals at Aldeburgh and Spoleto.Richter's birthday
anniversary of Richter's death
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimski-Korsakov lived from 1844 until 1908. He was a Russian composer, born in Tikhvin, Russia, known for his colorful and brilliant orchestration as in his symphonic suite Sheherazade, composed 1887 to 1888, based on the tales of the "Arabian Nights" Song of India and The Flight of the Bumblebee.Rimsky-Korsakov's birthday
anniversary of Rimsky-Korsakov's death
Bill "Bojangles" (Luther) Robinson, born in 1878 and died in 1949, was a vaudeville dancer, tap-dancing coach for Sammy Davis, Jr. and Shirley Temple. He began dancing professionally at age eight in Louisville, Ky., then moved to New York City in 1891 to dance in the popular musical, The South Before the War. He performed in vaudeville and later was one of the few black dancers to star on the Keith circuit. He first performed on Broadway in 1928, becoming the first African-American to star in a Ziegfield Follies. He danced in the first movie to have its own original musical score, Dixiana (1930), and during the 1930s and 1940s he danced in black revues and musicals. He appeared in four films with Shirley Temple, including The Little Colonel (1935); although extremely popular in their day, these films would later be criticized for forcing this superb dancer into the role of a shuffling servant. He starred in the movie Stormy Weather (1943). Known as "the King of Tapology," he was one of the first performers to tap dance on his toes (as opposed to flat-footed), he led in using tap dance to create rhythmic sound, and is credited with originating the routine of tapping up and down stairs.
Richard Rodgers was the Academy Award-winning composer of It Might as Well be Spring in 1945 and half of Rodgers and (Lorenz) Hart and Rodgers and (Oscar) Hammerstein. Together, they wrote The Sound of Music, Love Me Tonight, My Funny Valentine, The Lady is a Tramp, Oklahoma!, State Fair, The King and I, You’ll Never Walk Alone, Carousel, Getting to Know You and Some Enchanted Evening.Rodgers' birthday
anniversary of Rodgers' death
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Pulitzer Prize-winning musical "South Pacific"
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Antonio Rossini (1792 - 1868) was an Italian operatic composer whose style is famous for its frequent long crescendos. His best known opera is The Barber of Seville (based on a play by Pierre Beaumarchais).Rossini's birthday
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Mstislav (Leopold) Rostropovich, born in 1927 is a composer and cellist. Born into a distinguished musical family in Baku, USSR, he began piano lessons with his mother at the age of four, then switched to cello studies with his father at the age of eight. He made his cello debut in 1940. His conducting debut was in 1961 in the USSR. As pianist he accompanies his wife, the acclaimed soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, in recital. His extensive discography includes many performances in that role, and together they have toured the world. With the London Symphony Orchestra he has collaborated on a number of major festivals, among them his own sixtieth birthday series in 1987, Shostakovich: Music from the Flames (1988), a twelve-concert series celebrating the centenary of Sergei Prokofiev's birth in 1991, two more celebrating the music of Britten (1993) and Schnittke (1994), and his 70th birthday celebrations with the LSO in 1997. His latest recordings with the LSO have included the Shostakovich symphonies and works featuring young soloists just beginning their musical careers.
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Anniversary of Rubinstein's death
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In Praise of Pianos and the Artists Who Play Them
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