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The World's Greatest Music
What happened on this day in music history? Which composers were born on this day, who died, what music was written, and what was performed? Introducing our brand new book The Big Book of Classical Music by Darren Henley, Sam Jackson and Tim Lihoreau, jam-packed with quotes, facts and juicy info about the world of classical music - for all 366 days of the year! We've picked a selection of important dates and facts to whet your appetite, so what are you waiting for?
As a date in the calendar, August 22nd is seemingly unremarkable. Perhaps we should instate a public holiday in celebration of the great French composer Debussy's birthday, born in 1862. Handel, too, deserves a mention: he began working on the score for Messiah on this day in 1741 - only to finish it 24 days later.
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