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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?
Valentine's Day isn't a great day for Hector Berlioz in 1847, who heads off to St Petersburg without letting his lover know. Rewind 150 years to 1697, and there's surprisingly important news from Handel's family - his father, a man strongly opposed to classical music, died on this day, leaving the 11-year-old composer free to pursue his interests.
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