Today’s piece is the one that all kids seem to be able to teach each other without having any lessons at all.
“Chopsticks” (original name “The Celebrated Chop Waltz”) is a simple, widely known waltz for the piano. Written in 1877, it is the only published piece by the British composer Euphemia Allen (under the pseudonym Arthur de Lulli).
Allen, whose brother was a music publisher, was sixteen when she composed the piece, with arrangements for solo and duet.
• 1738 ~ Antonio Maria Pacchioni, Composer, died at the age of 84
• 1779 ~ Clement Moore, Lyricist, author of ’Twas the Night before Christmas (A Visit from St. Nicholas) born
• 1782 ~ Farinelli, Italian singer, died at the age of 77
• 1782 ~ Richard Wainwright, Composer, died at the age of 33
• 1789 ~ Jacques Duphly, Composer, died at the age of 74
• 1795 ~ Marseillaise became the French national anthem
• 1798 ~ Gaetano Pugnani, Composer, died at the age of 66
• 1810 ~ Jean-Baptiste Rey, Composer, died at the age of 75
• 1854 ~ Wincenty Studzinski, Composer, died at the age of 39
• 1857 ~ Carl Czerny, Austrian pianist and Composer, died at the age of 66
More information on Czerny
• 1905 ~ Dorothy Fields born, Composer, lyricist with Cy Coleman of Sweet Charity and Seesaw; with Jimmy McHugh – I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, I’m in the Mood for Love and On the Sunny Side of the Street. She was the daughter of comedian Lew Fields
• 1913 ~ Cowboy (Lloyd) Copas born. He was a country singer who was killed in a plane crash with singer, Patsy Cline
• 1915 ~ Ludwik Grossman, Composer, died at the age of 80
• 1929 ~ Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Austrian author and librettist, died. He was best known for his collaboration with composer Richard Strauss for whom he wrote the libretto to the opera “Der Rosenkavelier.”
• 1930 ~ Leopold von Auer, Hungarian-American violinist, died
• 1933 ~ Julian Bream, British guitarist and lutenist
• 1934 ~ Harrison Birtwistle, British composer
• 1940 ~ Tommy Dee (Thomas Donaldson) Singer and record company executive
• 1942 ~ Glenn Miller and his band recorded the classic Jukebox Saturday Night for Victor Records.
• 2000 ~ Canadian baritone Louis Quilico, who sang many of the most famous opera roles, died after complications from surgery. He was 75.
• 2000 ~ Singer Paul Young, who found fame with the band Mike and the Mechanics, died from what might have been a heart attack at the age of 53. The band just finished recording their fifth album and had planned to tour Europe this month.
• 2001 ~ Denes Koromzay, a violist who helped found the Hungarian String Quartet, died at the age of 88. Koromzay studied at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest when composer Béla Bartók was on the faculty. Though trained as a violinist, Koromzay was the violist in the group that founded the Hungarian String Quartet in 1935. He remained with the famed ensemble until it disbanded in 1972. For the next seven years, he performed with the New Hungarian Quartet, an ensemble at Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. Koromzay moved to Boulder in 1962, when the Hungarian String Quartet was named resident ensemble at the University of Colorado. He returned to the university to teach viola and coach chamber music in 1980. He retired from the school in 1996.