This is a truly personal collection of composers; indeed it is a list just of C20 and C21 composers! However, it is also a kind of virtual signposting: this blog might also pay tribute to some of the men and women whom we could celebrate in 2012.
My selection is based on the 91 names listed at http://www.classical-composers.org/search/year0 (this compares to 1431 names resulting from searching Oxford Music Online for composers born in 1912 only!), and some further more specific searches on OMO. If you have never conducted an advanced search on OMO, the following screenshot above, shows you how to do it.Anyway, my top 5 composers for this year are:
1. John Cage: 5 September 1912 – 12 August 1992
2. Xenakis, Iannis: 29 May 1922 – 4 February 2001
3. Oliveros, Pauline: 30 May 1932 –
4. Monk, Meredith: 20 November 1942 –
5. Bingham, Judith: 21 June 1952 –
If this is too modern for you, how about: Claude Debussy (22 August 1862; 150 years) or indeed John Bull (1562; 450 years)? Whatever you do in 2012, and especially if you have already given up on New Year’s resolutions: make it a musical year, oh and, of course, use libraries. You don’t have to do this on National Libraries Day (4th February 2012), but it might be enjoyable to do so.