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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?
The best American composers were clearly out celebrating Independence Day on this day in history. As it happens, the 4th of July is a big day for English composers: Byrd died on this day in 1623, Handel (an honorary Englishman, at least) finished work on his oratorio Semele in 1742, and Vaughan Williams' English Folksongs Suite was first performed at the Royal Military School of Music.
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