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OCTOBER 25 Today in classical music history

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  • 1564 Birth of German composer Hans Leo HASSLER in Nuremberg. d-Frankfurt, 8 JUN 1612. Search Amazon.com for Hans Leo HASSLER


  • 1576 Birth or baptismal of English composer Thomas WEELKES in Elstedt. d-London, 3 NOV 1623. Search Amazon.com for Thomas WEELKES


  • 1709 Birth of German composer and organist Georg GEBEL in Brieg, Silesia. d-Rudolstadt, 24 SEP 1753. Son of harpsichordist Johann George Gebel. Search Amazon.com for Georg GEBEL


  • 1716 Birth of Italian composer Petronio Maria Pio SGABAZZI.


  • 1734 FP of Pergolesi's opera Adriano in Siria at Teatro San Bartolomeo in Naples, with the intermezzo "La Contadina astuta" (subsequently staged under various titles). CD-Pergolesi: Adriano in Siria


  • 1772 Birth of Belgian composer Corneille Vander PLANKEN.


  • 1776 FP of BIANCHI's "La mort Marié" Fontainebleau.


  • 1795 Death of Swedish opera composer Francesco Uttini in Stockholm. Composed over 20 operas.


  • 1815 Birth of Italian violinist and composer Ernesto SIVORI in Genoa. d-Genoa, 18 FEB 1894. Paganini's only pupil. Search Amazon.com for Ernesto SIVORI


  • 1815 Birth of Italian composer Philipp FAHRBACHSearch Amazon.com for Philipp FAHRBACH


  • 1823 FP of Weber's opera Euryanthe, in Vienna. CD-Weber: Euryanthe


  • 1825 Birth of Austrian composer and conductor Johann STRAUSS II. (aka Jr. and 'The Younger') in Vienna. The 'Waltz King'. d-Vienna, 3 JUN 1899. Search Amazon.com for Johann STRAUSS II


  • 1834 Birth of American writer and Chicago music critic George P. UPTON. Search Amazon.com for George P. UPTON


  • 1838 Birth of French composer Georges Alexander Cesar Leopold BIZET in Paris. d-Bougival, 3 JUN 1875. (Baptized George, Mar. 16, 1840). SeaSearch Amazon.com for BIZET rch Amazon.com for BIZET


  • 1848 FP of G. Verdi's opera Il Corsaro 'The Corsair' at the Teatro Grande in Trieste. CD-Verdi: Il Corsaro


  • 1855 FP of BARBIERI's, w/ com. Gaztambide: "Los dos ciegos" Madrid.


  • 1862 FP of SUPPÉ's "Zehn Mädchen und kein Mann" Vienna.


  • 1864 Birth of Russian composer Alexander Tikhonovich GRECHANINOV in Moscow. d. New York, Jan 3, 1955.  Search Amazon.com for GRECHANINOV


  • 1866 Birth of German composer Georg Alfred SCHUMANN.


  • 1869 Birth of German composer August Otto HALM.


  • 1870 Birth of Belgian bass-baritone Hector Dufranne, in Mons. d. Paris, May 4, 1951: He studied at the Brussels Conservatory making his début at the Monnale, Brussels (1898), from a modest tannery worker, into the first rank of this century's performers. A native of Mons, until 1939, he made the round of the best known stages in the world. His singing belonged to the old school in which the language was not allowed to compromise vocal quality, two years later he arrived at the O-CO, where he remained for nearly forty years. He sang at Monte Carlo, CG, 1914, New York, Chicago where he was a regular member until 1922, missing only one season. His career continued until the outbreak of the Second World War, and his final performance was at Vichy in 1939.  Search Amazon.com for Hector Dufranne


  • 1872 Birth of Swedish baritone Carl Lejdstrom, in Stockholm. d. Apr. 13, 1922: Début (1894).


  • 1875 FP of Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto, in Boston. Played by Hans Von Bulow and conducted by Benjamin J. Lang. CD-Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1/Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 2


  • 1878 Death of German composer Ludwig Wilhelm Maurer, at 89. Search Amazon.com for Ludwig Wilhelm Maurer


  • 1879 Birth of Belgian composer Jean ROGISTERSearch Amazon.com for Jean ROGISTER


  • 1879 Birth of American clarinetist and composer Lester Mayhew LAKE. d-16 MAR 1955. Search Amazon.com for Lester Mayhew LAKE


  • 1882 Birth of German composer Heinrich Max LUDWIG.


  • 1882 Birth of English soprano Florence Gurtrude EASTON in South Bank, Yorkshire. d-NYC, 13 AUG 1955. MET: Début: Dec. 7, 1917 [Santuzza] Cavalleria Rusticana, 13 seasons (1917-29, 35-36) 354 perf., 39 works, 42 roles.


  • 1882 Birth of German tenor Heinrich Schorn, in Trier. d. Aug. 30, 1960


  • 1885 FP of Brahms's Fourth Symphony in E minor, in Meiningen. Brahms conducting. CD-Johannes Brahms: The Symphonies


  • 1887 Birth of Dutch composer and pianist Willem ANDRIESSEN in Haarlem. d-Amsterdam, 29 MAR 1964.


  • 1892 FP of GANNE's "Rabelais" Paris.


  • 1895 Death of British pianist and conductor Charles Halle in Manchester. Founded the Halle Orchestra in 1858. Founded the Royal Northern College of Music in 1893.


  • 1904 Death of Italian violinist and composer Teresa Milanollo, at 77, in Paris. b-Savigliano, nr Turin, 28 AUG 1827. Sister of violinist Maria Milanollo.


  • 1907 Death of English composer Edmund Hart Turpin, at 72. Search Amazon.com for Edmund Hart Turpin,


  • 1912 FP of Gretchaninov's opera-legend Sister Beatrice in Moscow. Withdrawn because of stage representation of the Virgin Mary.


  • 1912 FP of Richard Strauss' opera Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme including his incidental music to Ariadne auf Naxos in Stuttgart. w/Maria Jeritza (s) (1887-1982) Moravian/Am/cit [Ariadne], Margarethe Siems (s) (1879-1952) Ger. [Zerbinetta] composer conducting. [rev] (1916)  CD-Strauss: Oboe Concerto/Bourgeois Gentilhomme


  • 1913 Birth of American composer H. Grant FLETCHER. d-Tempe, AZ 4 MAY 2002.


  • 1923 Birth of Australian composer Don BANKS in Melbourne. d- Sydney, 5 SEP 1980. Search Amazon.com for Don BANKS


  • 1923 FP of D. Milhaud's one-act ballet La Creation du Monde by the Ballets Suedois at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris. CD-Milhaud: Création du monde Op81; Boeuf sur le toit Op58


  • 1925 Opening of New York's Steinway Hall.


  • 1926 Birth of Russian soprano Galina VISHNEVSKAYA in Leningrad. Debut in 1953 as Tatiana in Tchaikovsky's Eugen Onegin at Bolshoi Opera. m-Russian cellist and conductor M. Rostropovich in 1955. MET: Début: Nov. 6, 1961 [Aida] Aida, 2 seasons (1961-62, 74-75) 6 perf., 3 works. Search Amazon.com for Galina VISHNEVSKAYA


  • Galina: A Russian StoryGalina Vishnevskaya Sings Shostakovich & Mussorgsky

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  • 1926 Death of American composer Frederick Zech, in San Francisco, CA. b. Philadelphia, PA, 10 MAY 1850. Went to California in 1860.

  • 1927 Birth of American Tenor Claude Heater. WebSite: claudeheater.com. Wikipedia He began his career as a concert baritone in the United States in 1954. He then sang as a baritone with opera houses in Europe from 1956 to 1961. He retrained his voice as a tenor, and from 1964 on had great success in the dramatic tenor repertoire at major theatres internationally. After retiring from the stage in the 1970s, he devoted his time to the study of religion. He is also known for portraying the role of Jesus (uncredited in the titles) in the 1959 film classic Ben-Hur.

  • 1930 CBS Radio begins Saturday morning Children's Concerts with conductor Ernest Schelling.


  • 1932 Birth of Argentine soprano Nina Carini, in Buenos Aires.


  • 1934 FP of GILARDI's "La Leyenda de Urutaú" Buenos Aires.


  • 1935 Birth of Polish composer Zdenek POLOLANIK.  Search Amazon.com for Zdenek POLOLANIK


  • 1938 Birrh of American bass John West, in Cleveland, OH.


  • 1940 Birth of Czech soprano Hana Janku.  Search Amazon.com for Hana Janku


  • 1943 Birth of Italian baritone Giuliano Ciannella. MET Début: Sep. 24, 1979 [Cassio] Otello, 9 seasons (1978-86, 95-96) 111 perf. 12 roles. Search Amazon.com for Giuliano Ciannella


  • 1946 Birth of American composer Peter LIEBERSON in NYC. Search Amazon.com for Peter LIEBERSON


  • 1947 FP of BERG's N. "Genoveva" Stockholm.


  • 1948 Birth of American composer Diana BURRELLSearch Amazon.com for Diana BURRELL


  • 1949 FP of Frank Martin's (Frahnk Mar TAHn) Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments, in Bern.  CD-Frank Martin: Concerto for 7 Wind Instruments, Percussion & Strings / Studies for String Orchestra / Erasmi monumentum - Matthias Bamert


  • 1951 Birth of American flutist and conductor Ransom WILSON in Tuscaloosa, AL. Search Amazon.com for Ransom WILSON


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  • 1952 Death of Russian composer Sergei Bortkiewicz, at 75 in Vienna. b-Kharkov, Russia, 28 FEB 1877. Search Amazon.com for Sergei Bortkiewicz


  • 1953 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 10th Symphony. CD-Shostakovich: Symphonies (Box Set)


  • 1957 Birth of English cellist Colin CARRSearch Amazon.com for Colin CARR


  • 1958 FP of Leos Janácek's opera Fate (1904) at the National Theater staged in Brno. Brno radio premiere on 18 SEP 1934. "Osud" 1st stage perf. CD-Leos Janácek: Osud (Fate)


  • 1960 Death of Spanish composer Jose Padilla, at 71. b-Almeria, 1889. PhotoSearch Amazon.com for Jose Padilla,


  • 1961 Death of Peter Jensen, co-inventer of loud speaker, at 75.


  • 1963 Death of Egyptian composer Abu-Bakr Khairat, at 53. Founder of the Music Academy in Cairo and was its first dean.  


  •                 Abu-Bakr Khairat: Ägypten, Sinfonie, Ouvertüre, Klavierkonzert, Kammermusik, Kantate, Orchester, Solist (German Edition)


  • 1971 Birth of Japanese violinist MIDORI Goto in Osaka. Search Amazon.com for MIDORI Goto


  • 1973 FP of Bohuslav Martinu's (boh WHO slaf MAR tee new) Violin Concerto (1932). Josef Suk with Chicago Symphony, Sir Georg Solti conducting. CD-Bohuslav Martinu: Violin Concertos/Rhapsody-Concerto


  • 1974 FP of Dmitri Shostakovitch' 15th String Quartet, in Leningrad. CD-Shostakovitch: String Quartets 6,8-11,15 Shostakovitch Quartet


  • 1978 Birth of American composer David T. LITTLE in NJ.


  • 1979 FP of Earl Kim's Violin Concerto. Itzhak Perlman with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Zubin Mehta. CD-Earl Kim: Violin Concerto / Robert Starer: Concerto for Violin & Orchestra


  • 1983 Death of composer Hermann Ambrosius, at 86.


  • 1986 FP of Christopher Rouse's Phantasmata for orchestra in St. Louis. CD-Rouse:Symphony No.1/Phantasmata | Search Amazon.com for Rouse's Phantasmata


  • 2003 FP of Harbison's December 1 by Talahassee Symphony in FL.


  • 2003 FP of Schuller's Encounters. New England Concervatory of Music.
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