THE LIVING COMPOSERS PROJECT  

Fun Facts

EXTREMES

– The composer represented in the Living Composers Project ('LCP') who was born the earliest is Leo Ornstein, who was born in or near 1893. He is also the only composer in music history to have lived in three different centuries. The composer represented in the LCP with a confirmed birth date who was born the earliest is Jenő Takács, who was born in September 1902.

– The composer represented in the LCP who was born the latest is Jay Greenberg, who was born in December 1991.

– The composer represented in the LCP who lived the longest is Elliott Carter, though both H. Owen Reed and Jenő Takács also celebrated their 103rd birthday.

– The composer represented in the LCP who lived the shortest is Andrew Yin Svoboda.

– The composer represented in the LCP who is currently the oldest is James Niblock, who was born on 1 November 1917, ten days before Julien-François Zbinden.

– The composer who was first to be represented in the LCP was either Beth Anderson or Arnold Rosner. Each one 'joined' the database several months before the website existed.

– The country that has the most number of composers represented in the LCP is the USA, with the UK in second place and Germany in third place.

– The countries that have the least number of composers represented in the LCP are Algeria, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Congo (Kinshasa), Guatemala, Jamaica, Montenegro, Morocco, Nigeria, and the Sudan, all tied at one composer per country. Of course, several countries have no composer yet represented.

– The letter with the most number of composers represented in the LCP is S, with B in second place and M in third place.

– The letter with the least number of composers represented in the LCP is X.

– The surname with the most number of occurrences among composers represented in the LCP is Smith, with ten. Runner-up is García/Garcia, with nine. Following are Brown, Kim and Lee, each with eight; Baker, Chen, Hall, Wang, Williams, and Young, all of which have seven; and Chan, Harrison, López/Lopez, and Wilson, each of which has six.

– The year of birth among composers represented in the LCP that recurs most often is both 1953 and 1956, a tie, with 1960 in third place and 1954 and 1971 tied for fourth place.

– The year of birth of one composer, Steve Martland, has changed posthumously, from 1958 or sometimes 1959 in his lifetime to 1954 now.

FAMILIES

– Five sets of siblings are represented in the LCP: Marcin Łukaszewski and Paweł Łukaszewski; Daniel Luzko and Nancy Luzko; Colin Matthews and David Matthews; Hannes Pohlit and Stefan Pohlit; and Mohammed Uthman Sidiq and Zaid Uthman Sidiq.

– Thirteen pairs of parent and child are represented in the LCP: John Adams and Samuel Adams; Jacob Avshalomov and David Avshalomov; Vytautas Barkauskas and Vytautas V. Barkauskas; George Crumb and David Crumb; Norman Dello Joio and Justin Dello Joio; Jack Gallagher and Ryan Gallagher; Vytautas Jurgutis and Vytautas V. Jurgutis; György Ligeti and Lukas Ligeti; Gwyn Pritchard and Alwynne Pritchard; John Ritchie and Anthony Ritchie; Peter Wettstein and Martin Wettstein; Felix Yanov-Yanovsky and Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky; and Ramon Zupko and Mischa Zupko.

– Two composers have both parents represented in the LCP: Alissa Firsova (Dmitri N. Smirnov and Elena Firsova); and Roman Vlad (Ulpiu Vlad and Marina-Marta Vlad).

MISCELLANEOUS

– Two sets of composers represented in the LCP are known professionally by the same name, Emily Hall (b. 1976, Canada) and Emily Hall (b. 1978, UK) and John Hawkins (b. 1944 – d. 2007, Canada) and John Hawkins (b. 1949, UK).

More tidbits to follow!