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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?
It's the longest day of the year: plenty of time for the greatest classical musicians to get involved in live performance. There's certainly a lot to remember on this day: in 1868, Wagner's opera The Mastersingers of Nuremburg was premiered in 1868, Elgar's Land of Hope and Glory followed a few years later in 1902, and Peter Maxwell-Davies' Farewell to Stromness was heard for the first time in 1980.
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