On This Day: April 23 | Los Angeles Public Library

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On This Day: April 23

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development,
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In the mood for a good movie? Some toe-tapping music? A thrilling book? ON THIS DAY will lead you to new possibilities every day, tied to interesting moments from history and popular culture. Whether it’s streamable and downloadable music and film, e-books and e-audio, or physical books and DVDs, we hope you’ll find something to enjoy as you pick up a few bits of history each day.

Prokofiev: Violin Concertos On this day in 1891, Sergei Prokofiev was born. Prokofiev was one of the finest composers of the 20th century, and wrote in most musical forms -- operas, ballets, symphonies, piano music, concertos. He was a prodigy, writing his first piano pieces at the age of five and attempting an opera at nine. Prokofiev had the misfortune to die on the same day as Joseph Stalin; the crowds gathered in Red Square to mourn Stalin made it impossible to remove Prokofiev's body from his nearby apartment for three days. Anne Akiko Meyers plays Prokofiev's two violin concertos in a recording available for streaming or download at Freegal.
Avram Davidson: The Investigations of Avram Davidson On this day in 1923, Avram Davidson was born. Davidson was a writer of science fiction, fantasy, and mystery stories, often with a historical (or alternate-historical) setting. His writing is marked by a light comic touch and a digressive style, in which details that seem to be irrelevant will later prove to be crucial. Davidson's mystery stories are collected in The Investigations of Avram Davidson, which is available as an e-book at OverDrive.
Narada Michael Walden: I Cry, I Smile And on this day in 1952, Narada Michael Walden was born. Walden is a drummer, singer/songwriter, and producer who has worked primarily in jazz and R&B. After two years as the drummer for the Mahavishnu Orchestra, he began recording solo albums, and had a few hit singles in the late 1970s ("I Shoulda Loved Ya," "I Don't Want Nobody Else to Dance With You"). As a producer, he has worked with artists including Ray Charles, Diana Ross, and Al Green. Several of Walden's albums are available for streaming at Hoopla.