Birthdays

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
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Over the past few weeks I have been blissfully “nerding out” to The Beethoven Compendium, an in-depth, all-encompassing Beethoven biographyIt’s a deep dive into what we know about the man, his daily habits, his influences, and what made him tick. 

These two titans of the Romantic era share a birthday: May 7.

Celebrate J.S. Bach's 331st birthday with free concerts all day at Boston's First Lutheran Church and the St. Mark Passion at Emmanuel Church in the evening.

Today we celebrate Gioachino Rossini, born in Pesaro, Italy in 1792. By normal math, the famed opera composer and eccentric would be 224 years old today. But with Rossini it’s not so simple. Because he was born on February 29, i.e. leap day, we need to employ some special math to calculate his birthday. So today, instead of 224, we say that Rossini is 54.