This Month in Music: February

by Abby @ Quaver on February 7, 2012

in This Month in Music

Let’s make the most of 6 more weeks of winter
by celebrating music history milestones in the month of February!

Did you know February is Black History Month in the United States?

This is a nationally recognized annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The 2012 theme pays tribute to the ways in which black women have shaped the United States and its history – including their contributions to music and the arts! Browse the History Channel’s Gallery of Black Female Musicians here!

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1809 – Composer Jacob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn was born. We took a look at his famous “Wedding March” last month!

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1965 – The Supremes’ “Stop in the Name Of Love” was released, one of the trio’s most famous tunes! Click here to see an amazing live performance from a 1960s appearance on The Hollywood Palace. The Supremes’ repertoire included doo-wop, pop, soul, Broadway show tunes, psychedelic soul, and disco!

 

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1893 – The opera Falstaff premiered for the first time in Milan, Italy. The last opera by the Italian Romantic composer Giuseppe Verdi, was based on Shakespeare’s plays The Merry Wives of Windsor and scenes from Henry IV. It was considered an international success and one of Verdi’s supreme comic operas!

Verdi directing rehearsals of Falstaff

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1792 – Joseph Haydn’s 94th Symphony in G premiered. Known by its nickname – The Surprise Symphony –  it includes one of Haydn’s most famous jokes: a sudden fortissimo chord at the end of an otherwise piano opening theme in the variation-form second movement. Learn more about Haydn in Quaver’s episode on The Classical Period!

 

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