Music Day: Atlantic Arc Artists

Rennes 2013 by TGE

Rennes 2013 by TGE

A brief by Tamara Guirao upon a search on Wikipedia and other sources

Every 21st of June the world celebrates Music Day in several forms. Today CAAC would like to have a special mention to Atlantic Arc born musicians, like:

Cú Chuimne (died 747) : He was a monk of Iona. Cú Chuimne, along with Ruben of Dairinis, was responsible for the great compendium known as Collectio canonum Hibernensis (Irish collection of Canon law). Little is known of Cú Chuimne. He is credited with composing the hymn Cantemus in omni die.

Cristóbal de Morales (c. 1500 – between September 4 and October 7, 1553): Born in Sevilla, he was a composer of the Renaissance. He is generally considered to be the most influential Spanish composer before Victoria. Almost all of his music is sacred, and all of it is vocal, though instruments may have been used in an accompanying role in performance. He wrote many masses, some of spectacular difficulty, most likely written for the expert papal choir; he wrote over 100 motets; and he wrote 18 settings of the Magnificat, and at least five settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah (one of which survives from a single manuscript in Mexico). The Magnificats alone set him apart from other composers of the time, and they are the portion of his work most often performed today.

Diogo Dias Melgás (Cuba (Portugal), 1638 – Évora, 1700) : He was a Portuguese composer of polyphony. Starting as a  choirboy at the Colégio da Claustra in Évora in 1646, he took holy orders at the Cathedral of Évora, holding the position of mestre de capela for about 30 years. He was the last of the great Portuguese polyphonic masters, who began to flourish in Évora in the second half of the sixteenth century.

Catherine Hayes (1818-1861): Soprano, she was born in Limerick, Ireland in 1818. After five years of vocal study in Paris and Milan she made her debut at the Italian Opera in Marseilles, in Bellini’s I Puritani in May 1845, followed by performances of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Rossini’s Mosé. Being the first woman in such a place, Catherine made her debut at La Scala in Milan in 1845, quickly followed…with phenomenal success. During Ireland’s Great Famine in November 1849, her emotional return to her native country resulted in rave notices for her performance in Lucia di Lammermoor and other operas and concerts in Dublin, Limerick and Cork. gave concerts in New York, Boston, Toronto, Philadelphia, Washington DC, on down to Charleston, Savannah and New Orleans and forty-five other places including the river towns along the Mississippi.

The Beatles

The Beatles REUTERS

Guy Ropartz (1864-1955) : Ropartz was born in Guingamp, Côtes-d’Armor, Brittany. His musical style was influenced by Claude Debussy and César Franck. However he self-identified as a Celtic Breton, writing that he was the son of a country “where the goblins populate the moor and dance by the moony nights around the menhirs; where the fairies and the enchanters – Viviane and Merlin – have as a field the forest of Brocéliande; where the spirits of the unburied dead appear all white above the waters of the Bay of the Departed.” Among other pieces, he wrote Five symphonies between 1894 and 1945, including the Third, a choral symphony with soloists.

The Beatles (1960-?): The Beatles were a rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. Their best-known lineup, consisting of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, became the greatest and most influential act of the rock era, introducing more innovations into popular music than any other rock band of the 20th century. Rooted in skiffle and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later utilized several genres, ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first emerged as “Beatlemania”, but as their songwriting grew in sophistication, they came to be perceived by many fans and cultural observers as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the era’s sociocultural revolutions.

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