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The Big Book of Classical Music: 1000 years of music in 366 days
8. August 22nd
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.