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It’s in the stars…

Today is one of those days when we advise you to encourage a child born this day to take up music. Why? Well, if you look at the composers, singer-songwriters, and musicians with whom they share their birthday it’s easy to believe there’s something in the stars…

1812 – Friedrich von Flotow, German composer
1861 – William Arms Fisher, American composer and music historian
1880 – Mihkel Lüdig, Estonian organist, composer, and conductor
1891 – Sergei Prokofiev, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor
1894 – Nicolas Slonimsky, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor
1917 – Roman Matsov, Estonian violinist, pianist, and conductor
1931 – Igor Oistrakh, Ukrainian violinist and educator
1944 – Herb Pedersen, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1947 – Pete Ham, Welsh singer-songwriter and guitarist
1947 – Ann Peebles, American soul singer-songwriter
1948 – Kate Pierson, American singer-songwriter and bass player
1951 – Ace Frehley, American guitarist and songwriter
1956 – Bryan Harvey, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1959 – Sheena Easton, Scottish-American singer-songwriter, actress, and producer
1959 – Marco Pirroni, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1967 – Tommy Smith, Scottish saxophonist, composer, and educator
1973 – Sharlee D’Angelo, Swedish bass player and songwriter
1976 – Isobel Campbell, Scottish singer-songwriter and cellist
1984 – Patrick Stump, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

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As you’ve gathered by now (and if you haven’t, where have you been? ) we’ve been theming our #TuesdayTrivia and #ThrowbackThursday posts around our August offer.

With Friday’s post being a tribute to composers, it got us thinking about how they are almost always either organists or pianists. After all, how many of us envisage composers sat at a paper strewn piano with pen in hand?

However, there are a couple of rather famous exceptions to the norm who used – guess what? – guitars instead. The first was Franz Schubert who is reputed to have used a guitar that was strung over his bed as he couldn’t afford a piano. The other was Berlioz who used a guitar as it was his most proficient instrument.

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Birthday Tributes

September is obviously a good month if you have ambitions to be a composer or singer-songwriter as we have another long list of them, together with a few musicians who aren’t, who have birthdays today.

We don’t know what it is about September that leads to this inclination but we’d certainly suggest that if you have a child with a September birthday maybe you should nudge them in the direction of music composition….

• 1768 – Benjamin Carr, English-American singer-songwriter, educator, and publisher
• 1818 – Theodor Kullak, German pianist, composer, and educator
• 1856 – Johann Heinrich Beck (Бек И. Г.), American composer and conductor
• 1898 – Salvador Bacarisse, Spanish composer
• 1922 – Jackson Mac Low, American poet, playwright, and composer
• 1929 – Harvey Schmidt, American composer and illustrator
• 1930 – Larry Austin, American composer and educator
• 1931 – George Jones, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
• 1939 – Phillip Ramey, American pianist and composer
• 1942 – Tomás Marco, Spanish composer
• 1944 – Barry White, American singer-songwriter
• 1946 – Tony Bellamy, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
• 1951 – Ali Ollie Woodson, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player
• 1952 – Gerry Beckley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
• 1952 – Neil Peart, Canadian drummer, songwriter, and producer
• 1954 – Peeter Volkonski, Estonian singer-songwriter and actor
• 1956 – Barry Andrews, English singer and keyboard player
• 1956 – Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actor
• 1957 – Hans Zimmer, German composer and producer
• 1960 – Stefanos Korkolis, Greek pianist and composer
• 1961 – Mylène Farmer, Canadian-French singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
• 1966 – Ben Folds, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
• 1968 – Larry LaLonde, American guitarist and songwriter
• 1970 – Nathan Larson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
• 1974 – Jennifer Nettles, American singer-songwriter
• 1974 – Kenichi Suzumura, Japanese voice actor and singer-songwriter
• 1977 – Jeff Irwin, American singer-songwriter and producer
• 1977 – James McCartney, English singer-songwriter
• 1983 – Carly Smithson, Irish singer-songwriter
• 1988 – Amanda Jenssen, Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist
• 1992 – Kelsea Ballerini, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

And the musicians are:
1898 – Alma Moodie, Australian violinist and educator
1944 – Vladimir Spivakov, Russian violinist and conductor
1948 – Steve Turre, American trombonist and educator
1954 – Scott Hamilton, American saxophonist