Composer, music critic and professor Adolphe Adam is best known today for his ballets Giselle (1844) and Le corsaire (1856), his operas Le postillon de Lonjumeau (1836), Le toréador (1849) and Si j'étais roi (1852), and his 1847 Christmas carol “Cantique de Noël” (“O Holy Night”) to the poem “Minuit, chrétiens” (Midnight, Christians) by Placide Cappeau.
Composer Gregorio Allegri's a cappella religious music Miserere is one of the most often-recorded examples of late Renaissance music, however from the time of its composure the Vatican forbade copies of the Miserere in order to create an air of mystery around the music. Then, in 1770, a 14 year old Mozart was able to transcribed it faithfully from memory after hearing the music only twice (the first “bootleg” copy?).
Guido D'Arezzo, regarded as the inventor of modern musical staff notation, was a Benedictine monk. Guido was also developed a “do-re-mi” scale, based on the initial syllables of each of the first six musical phrases of the hymn Ut queant laxis.
If you can read musical notes, you can sing any song or play any piece. But musical notes have not always been here. Long ago, songs were memorized. If songs were forgotten, they were lost forever.
Thanks to one man, Guido d’Arezzo, music now can last forever. (book description)
He is regarded as the inventor of modern musical notation (staff notation) that replaced neumatic notation; his text, the Micrologus, was the second-most-widely distributed treatise on music in the Middle Ages .
Composer Thomas Augustine Arne was the leading theatrical composer for Drury Lane and Covent Garden during the eighteenth century. He is best remember for the patriotic song Rule, Britannia!, the song A-Hunting We Will Go, and a version of God Save the King which was to become the British national anthem.
Rule, Britannia!, patriotic song, originating from the poem “Rule, Britannia” by James Thomson and set to music by Thomas Arne in 1740.
FYI ~ Arne's sister was Susannah, a well-known and popular actress known professionally as Mrs. Cibber.
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