Last Sunday at Indian River we had the pleasure of hearing the Cheng² duo of Sylvie and Bryan Cheng in an all Russian programme for cello and piano. It was a glorious afternoon of Shostakovitch, Prokofiev, and Arensky – all well-known names. But there are so many Russian composers we don’t know and here’s Danny Kaye to give us a list of fifty of them:
There are several “trick” names in Ira Gershwin’s little list – Moniuszko, Maliszewski and Godowsky were Polish but were born in what was then part of the Russian Empire. And for one you’d have to have seen the composer’s birth certificate.
Gershwin wrote the lyric as a nonsense poem for his college newspaper under a pseudonym. According to Wikipedia he always wanted someone to accuse him of plagiarism so he could reveal the joke.
I was familiar with 19 of the 50 and two of those were Polish; and if he hadn’t played around with that one name it would have been 20!!! I bet my friend David will do much better than that! But I wonder if he’ll be fooled by that little trick?
On this day in 1927: Five Canadian women file a petition to the Supreme Court of Canada, asking, “Does the word ‘Persons’ in Section 24 of the British North America Act, 1867, include female persons?”