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A secular equivalent to the Catholic calendar of saints

(secular saints selected by piero scaruffi)

Sep 1
Johann Pachelbel: tribute

(Why? Best chamber music)
But also try this version for harp ensemble
Also:
Art Pepper
Sep 2
John Zorn: tribute
Also:

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music)
Joseph Roth: tribute

(Why? Best novels of the 20th century)
Also:
Horace Silver (Best jazz albums of the 1960s),
Andreas Embirikos (Best novels of the 20th century)
Sep 3:
Louis Sullivan: tribute

(Why? History of Architecture)
Also:
Ferdinand Porsche (History of cars)
Sep 4
Jan Svankmajer: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1990s)
Kenzo Tange: tribute

(Why? History of Architecture)
John McCarthy: tribute

(Why? Artificial Intelligence)
Also:
Meade Lux Lewis (History of Blues Music),
Sep 5
John Cage: tribute

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music)
Buster Keaton: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1920s)
Werner Herzog: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1970s)
Also:
Arthur Koestler (Best novels in English),
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (History of Knowledge),
Freddie Mercury (Best rock singers)
Sep 6
Julien Green: tribute

(Why? Best novels of the 20th century)
Also:
Roger Waters (Best rock composers)
Sep 7
Elia Kazan: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1950s)
Sonny Rollins: tribute

(Why? Best jazz albums of the 1950s)
Also:
Buddy Holly (Best rock singers),
Georges Buffon (History of Knowledge),
Gloria Gaynor (Best rock singers),
Francisco Varela (History of Knowledge)
Sep 8
Alfred Jarry: tribute

(Why? Best theater)
Antonin Dvorak: tribute

(Why? Best of Classical Music)
Ludovico Ariosto: tribute

(Why? The Best poetry of all times)
Also:
Peter Sellers (Best actors),
Marion Brown (Best Jazz of the 1970s)
Peter Maxwell Davies
(Best of Classical Music)
Sep 9
Lev Tolstoy: tribute

(Why? Best novels of all times)
Cesare Pavese: tribute

(Why? Best novels of all times)
Also:
Girolamo Frescobaldi (Best of Classical Music),
Otis Redding (History of Soul Music),
Elvin Jones (Best jazz drummers)
Sep 10
Charles-Sanders Peirce: tribute

(Why? History of Knowledge),
Also:
Raymond Scott (20th Century Classical Music),
Stephen Jay Gould (Biology),
Robert Wise (Best films of the 1950s),
Brandon Carter (Modern Science and Technology)
Sep 11
Arvo Part: tribute

(Why? 20th Century Classical Music)
Also:
Brian DePalma (Best films of the 1980s),
Jean-Claude Forest (History of comic art),
Theodor Adorno (History of Knowledge),
John Martyn (Best rock singers)
Sep 12
Stanislaw Lem: tribute

(Why? Best novels of all times)
Also:
Michael Ondaatje (Best novels in English),
Jesse Owens (Sport),
Jaegwon Kim (History of Knowledge)
Sep 13
Arnold Schoenberg: tribute

(Why? Best of Classical Music)
Sep 14
Humberto Maturana: tribute

(Why? History of Knowledge)
Sep 15
Murray Gell-Mann: tribute

(Why? Modern Science and Technology)
Also:
Milorad Pavic (Best novels of all times)
Jean Arp (Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
Sep 16
BB King: tribute

(Why? History of Blues Music)
Also:
Nadia Boulanger (Art and Culture in the 20th Century),
Hamiet Bluiett (Best Jazz of the 1970s)
Sep 17
Georg Riemann: tribute

(Why? Science and Technology of the 19th century)
Also:
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (Science and Technology of the 20th century)
Sep 18
Steven Pinker: tribute

(Why? Linguistics)
Also:
Jimmie Rodgers (History of Folk Music)
Sep 19
William Golding: tribute

(Why? Best novels in English)
Also:
Richard Abrams (Best Jazz of the 1970s),
Lol Coxhill (Best Jazz of the 1970s)
Sep 20
Victor Sjostrom: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1920s)
Also:
Jelly Roll Morton (History of Jazz)
Billy Bang (Best jazz violinists)
Sep 21
Leonard Cohen: tribute (mesmerizing to compare later versions: middle age and old age)

(Why? Best rock albums of the 1960s)
Herbert-George Wells: tribute

(Why? Best novels in English)
Also:
Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (Science and Technology of the 20th century),
Chico Hamilton (Best Jazz of the 1950s),
Sunny Murray (Best Jazz of the 1960s)
Sep 22
Erich von Stroheim: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1920s)
Nick Cave: tribute

(Why? Greatest rock albums)
Michael Faraday: tribute

(Why? Science and Technology of the 19th century)
Also:
Joan Jett (Best rock singers)
Sep 23
John Coltrane: tribute

(Why? Best jazz albums of all times)
Bruce Springsteen: tribute

(Why? Greatest rock albums)
Also:
Jaroslav Seifert
(Why? The Best poetry of all times)
Ray Charles (History of Soul Music),
Frantisek Kupka (Art and Culture in the 20th Century)
Sep 24
Francis-Scott Fitzgerald: tribute

(Why? Best novels in English)
Blind Lemon Jefferson: tribute

(Why? History of Blues Music)
Also:
Antonio Tabucchi (Best novels in Italian),
Fats Navarro (Greatest trumpet players of jazz),
John Carter (Best Jazz of the 1980s)
Sep 25
Dmitri Shostakovich: tribute

(Why? Best of Classical Music)
Pedro Almodovar: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1980s)
Sam Rivers: tribute

(Why? Best Jazz of the 1960s)
William Faulkner: tribute

(Why? Best novels of all times)
Also:
Glenn Gould (classical pianist),
Ole Roemer (first scientist to measure the speed of light in 1676),
Robert Bresson (Best films of the 1950s)
Sep 26
Thomas-Stearns Eliot: tribute

(Why? The Best poetry of all times)
Martin Heidegger: tribute

(Why? History of Knowledge)
Also:
George Gershwin (20th Century Classical Music),
Winsor McCay (History of comic art),
Ivan Pavlov (Science and Technology of the 20th century)
Note: Stanislav Petrov averted a worldwide nuclear war on September 26, 1983
Sep 27
Arthur Penn: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1960s)
Bud Powell: tribute

(Why? Greatest pianists of jazz)
Also:
Jim Thompson (Best novels in English)
Sep 28
Michelangelo Caravaggio: tribute

(Why? Greatest art of all times)
Al Capp: tribute

(Why? History of comic art)
Also:
Tuli Kupferberg of the Fugs (Best rock albums of the 1960s)
John Gilmore (Greatest tenor saxophonists of jazz)
Sep 29
Miguel Cervantes: tribute

(Why? Greatest writers of all times)
Michelangelo Antonioni: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1960s)
Enrico Fermi: tribute

(Why? Science and Technology of the 20th century)
Also:
Miguel Unamuno (Best novels in Spanish),
Jerry Lee Lewis (Best rock singers),
Jean-Luc Ponty
(Why? Greatest violinists of jazz)
Sep 30
Jalal al-Din Rumi: tribute

(Why? Greatest writers of all times)
Michael Powell: tribute

(Why? Best films of the 1960s)
Also:
William-Stanley Merwin (The Best poetry of all times),
Marc Bolan (Best rock singers) ,
Buddy Rich (Best jazz drummers)
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Selected by piero scaruffi