Ludwig von Beethoven (17 Sep 1770- 26 Mar 1827) was a German composer and Pianist. He was born in Bonn and died in Vienna. He remains one of the most recognised and influential composers. His best-known compositions include 9 Symphonies,5 Piano Concertos, 1 Violin Concerto, 32 Piano Sonatas, 16 string quartets, a Mass the Missa Solemnis and an Opera Fidelio.
He worked with Neefe as assistant Court organist in Bonn between 1783 to 1785 In 1786 he moved to Vienna. In 2020 we are also celebrating his 200th Birth Anniversary
The Maldives issued a set of four stamps on 26 Mar 1977 to mark his 150th Death Anniversary.
1L-Beethoven as Court Organist in Bonn in 1785. 2L – Moonlight Sonata & Portrait.
3L- Goethe & Beethoven at Teplitz 4L – Beethoven 1815 & his string instruments
Abba Exhibition Opens in London -Abba on Stamps – Music in Sweden 1983
Abba won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest and became a huge commercial success and Popular after that with a string of Blockbusters like “Dancing Queen”, Mamma Mia” & “Thank You for the Music”.
A new exhibition in London at the O2 Venue until August displays personal items of ABBA such as Bjorn Ulvaeus’s school report, pictures, gold discs and clothing. The Exhibition is called ABBA Super Troupers. O2 arena recently hosted C2C: Country to Country – a Country Music Festival.
01 Oct 1983 was declared World Music Day by UNESCO International Music Council. Sweden issued a miniature sheet on the theme Music in Sweden on 01 Oct 1983. All stamps are engraved by Czeslaw Slania (1921-2005). The Musicians featured on stamps are
1.80 Kr – Pop – Famous Musicians from ABBA band. Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Anni- Frid Lyngstad & Benny Andersson. Picture of ABBA was taken by Anders Hansen
Stamps on Musical Instruments – Portugal – EUROPA 2014.
The theme for the year 2014 EUROPA issue was Musical Instruments. Azores, Portugal & Madeira issued stamps on Musical Instruments on EUROPA 2014 on 09 May 2014. A FDC with three stamps on Gaite de Fole Mirandesa, Viola da Terra & Brinquinho is listed.
The theme for the year 2014 EUROPA issue was Musical Instruments. The Azores issued a miniature sheet on 09 May 2014 containing two stamps on a prominent musical instrument of Azores – Viola da Terra. The stamps feature a musician playing a Viola da Terra and the Viola da Terra. The stamps are E 20g ( FV 0.70 euro).
Viola da Terra — It is a stringed musical instrument from the Islands of Azores. Its 12 or 15 strings are arranged in either five or six courses. It is constructed of wood in the hourglass shape. Strings are made of metal of very light gauge.
The theme for the year 2014 EUROPA issue was Musical Instruments. Madeira issued a miniature sheet containing two stamps on a prominent musical instrument of Madeira – Brinquinho. The stamps feature a musician playing a Brinquinho and the Brinquinho. The stamps are E 20 gr ( FV 0.70 euro).
Brinquinho – A Brinquinho ( meaning toy) is a very popular musical instrument of Madeira. It consists of dolls dressed in traditional dress. The figures carry a small castanet on their back. The Figurines or dolls are most often filled with sawdust. They are arranged in a circular fashion on two circular and superposed metal arcs. The castanets are mostly in wood. Furthermore, soda or beer bottle lids are fixed to the feet of the dolls.
These dolls are all attached to an articulated piston by an ingenious mechanism. The closest I can think of to describe it is that it has similarities with the apparatus used to open and close an umbrella. This mechanism if skillfully handled makes the dolls dance rhythmically. This frenetic dance activates the castanets. Hence it acts as an indirect percussion instrument.
The origin of this instrument could be North Portugal or Angola.