Welcome to ON THIS DAY! Each day, we'll look at a few moments from history and popular culture. We'll show you where you can rediscover classic movies and music, or read more about great moments in history. We'll point you to e-books, downloadable and streamable music and film, and e-audio; and of course, we haven't forgotten about physical books or DVDs.
|On this day in 1930, Veljo Tormis was born. Tormis was an Estonian composer. Estonia has a long tradition of choral singing, and hosts one of the world's largest amateur choral festivals, so it isn't surprising that most of Tormis' work was choral music. He wrote more than 500 choral songs, most of them for unaccompanied chorus, and many of them based on Estonian folk songs. In the 1970s and 1980s, some of his more political pieces were censored by the Soviet government; after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Tormis' music became better known outside eastern Europe, and he was acknowledged as one of the world's finest choral composers. A selection of Tormis' music for male choir is available for streaming or download at Freegal.|
|On this day in 1942, Caetano Veloso was born. Veloso is a Brazilian singer-songwriter who rose to prominence in the late 1960s as part of the Tropicalismo movement, which merged traditional Brazilian music with foreign and avant-garde musical styles. He has been a prominent figure in Brazilian music ever since, and is considered among the finest pop songwriters. When his music began to be released internationally in the 1970s, he developed a large global audience. Several of Veloso's albums are available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|And on this day in 1953, Anne Fadiman was born. Fadiman is a journalist and essayist. Her best known work is the book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, which tells the story of a Hmong refugee family in Merced, California, and their interactions with local hospitals and doctors after their infant daughter develops a form of epilepsy. Fadiman explores the language and cultural barriers that came between the family and the doctors. The book is now often assigned to medical students to demonstrate the importance of understanding the cultural background of one's patients. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is available as an e-book at OverDrive, or in print.|