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OCTOBER 27 Today in classical music history

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  • 1678 Death of English lutenist, lyra violist and composer of consort music John Jenkins. Composed over 800 instrumental compositions. b-Maidstone, 1592. Search Amazon.com for composer John Jenkins


  • 1739 Birth, baptismal, of composer Franz Ignaz KAA.


  • 1746 Birth of German composer Georg Anton KREUSSER. Search Amazon.com for Georg Anton KREUSSER


  • 1770 FP of GRÉTRY's "Les Deux Avares" Fontainebleau.


  • 1771 Death of German composer Johann Gottlieb Graun in Berlin. b-Dresdin, 1703. Search Amazon.com for Johann Gottlieb Graun


  • 1775 Birth of German violinist and composer Traugott Maximilian EBERWEIN in Weimar. d- Rudolstadt, 2 DEC 1831. Search Amazon.com for Traugott Maximilian EBERWEIN


  • 1781 Death of composer Herman-Francois Delange, at 66.


  • 1782 Birth of Italian composer and violinist Niccolo PAGANINI in Genoa. d-Nice, 27 MAY 1840. Search Amazon.com for Niccolo PAGANINI


  • 1787 Death of Italian composer Pasquale Cafaro in Naples. b-San Pietro, 1 FEB 1708. Search Amazon.com for Pasquale Cafaro


  • 1798 Death of Bohemian violinist, violist and composer Anton Thadaus Johann Nepomuk Stamitz, at 45 near Paris. bap:27 NOV 1750.


  • 1817 Birth of Polish pianist and composer Antoni KATSKI aka Antoine de Kontski. d-7 DEC 1889. Search Amazon.com for Antoine de Kontski


  • 1822 Death of German pianist and composer Christian Frederich Gottlieb Schwencke, at 55 in Hamburg. b-Harz, 30 AUG 1767. Search Amazon.com for Gottlieb Schwencke


  • 1827 FP V. Bellini's opera Il Pirata at La Scala in Milan. CD-Bellini: IL PIRATA [COMPLETE]


  • 1832 FP of MERCADANTE's "Ismalia, ossia Amore e morte" melodramma serio fantastico, La Scala.


  • 1833 Death of German violinist, conductor and composer Ferdinand Franzl, at 66 in Mannheim. b-Schwetzingen, 25 MAY 1767. Search Amazon.com for Ferdinand Franzl


  • 1848 Death of Russian composer of The Red Sarafan Alexander Varlamov, at 46. Search Amazon.com for Alexander Varlamov


  • 1864 Debut of Swedish soprano Christine Nilsson as Violetta in La Traviata in Paris. Search Amazon.com for Christine Nilsson


  • Portrait Christine Nilsson Bailie 1875 Glasgow


  • 1864 Death of Swedish composer Andreas Randel, at 58 in Stockholm. b-Blekinge, 1806. Known for his folk song Varmeland, du skonaSearch Amazon.com for Andreas Randel


  • 1867 Birth of American bass Robert Blass, in New York City. d. Dec. 3, 1930: MET Début: Nov. 13, 1900 [Hermann] Tannhäuser, 12 seasons (1900-10, 20-22) 479 perf. 29 roles, 26 works.


  • 1873 Birth of English composer Henry TATE.


  • 1886 FP of the re-orchestration by Rimsky-Korsakov of Mussorgsky's Night On Bald Mountain at St. Petersburg by Russian Symphony under Rimsky-Korsakov. CD-Moussorgky: Night on Bald Mountain/Pictures at an Exhibition


  • 1888 FP of SUPPÉ's "Die Jaga nach dem Glücke" Vienna.


  • 1894 Birth of violinist, cellist and conductor Antonius "Toon" VERHEY. d-19 AUG 1958.


  • 1894 Death of Hungarian composer and bandmaster Alphons Czibulka in Vienna. b-Szepes Várallya, 14 MAY 1842. Search Amazon.com for Alphons Czibulka


  • 1901 FP of complete movements of Debussy's Nocturnes at a Lamoureux Concert in Paris. CD-Debussy: Mer No1-3; Nocturnes No1-3


  • 1901 FP of Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto in Moscow. 28 year old Serge Rachmaninoff was soloist. CD-Serge Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4/Rhapsody On A Theme By Paganini


  • 1903 FP of Gretchaninov's opera Dobrinya Nikititch in Moscow.


  • 1906 FP of GRANADOS's "Gaziel" Zarzuela, Barcelona (1906).


  • 1907 Birth of blind German organist Helmut WALCHA in Leipzig. Search Amazon.com for Helmut WALCHA


  • 1907 Birth of American soprano Josephine Antoine,  in Denver. d. Oct. 12, 1971. MET Début: Jan. 4, 1936 [Philine] Mignon: 13 seasons (1935-48) 76 perf., 10-roles.


  • 1910 FP of BREIL's "Love Laughs at Locksmiths" Portland, Maine.


  • 1911 Violinist Efrem Zimbalist makes his American debut with the Boston Symphony. Giving the FP in America of Glazunov's Violin Concerto. CD-Glazunov, Khachaturian, Kabalevsky: Violin Concertos | Search Amazon.com for Violinist Efrem Zimbalist


  • 1912 Birth of American-Mexican naturalized (1956) composer Conlon NANCARROW in Texarkana, Arkansas. d-Mexico City, 10 AUG 1997 at age 84. Composed for player piano. Search Amazon.com for Conlon NANCARROW


  • 1916 FP of Stenhammar's incidental music for Strindberg's A Dream Play. Opening of the Lorensberg Theater in Gothenburg, Sweden.


  • 1917 Debut in America of violinist Jascha Heifetz at Carnegie Hall in NYC at the age of 16. Search Amazon.com for Jascha Heifetz


  • Jascha Heifetz: The Supreme


  • 1919 FP of Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto at Queen's Hall, with American cellist Felix Salmond, and the London Symphony Orchestra in London. Wikipedia.  CD-Great Cello Concertos


  • 1921 Birth of Bulgarian-Greek composer Anestis LOGOTHETIS in Burgas. Search Amazon.com for Anestis LOGOTHETIS


  • 1922 Death of American soprano Rita Fornia, in Paris. [Orig. Regina Newman] b. San Francisco, 1878. After studies she made her début at the Hamburg Opera as [Eudoxia] in La Juive (1901). She spent fifteen seasons (1907-22) at the Metropolitan Opera, where she sang both soprano and contralto roles. Fornia sang secondary roles in the world premiere of Madame Sans-Gêne (1915) and Suor Angelica (1918). She died in Paris while visiting her sister. MET Début: Dec. 6, 1907 [Geisha] Iris, 15 seasons (1907-22) 448 perf., 38 roles, 33 works. Search Amazon.com for Rita Fornia


  • 1923 FP of Emil Von Reznicek's opera Holofernes in Berlin.


  • 1924 Birth of Argentinian composer Pompeyo CAMPS in Paraná, Province of Entre Rios. d-Buenos Aires, 2 NOV 1997.


  • 1925 Death of Austrian conductor and composer Wilhelm Gericke, at 80 in Vienna. Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. b-Schwanberg, 18 APR 1845. Search Amazon.com for Wilhelm Gericke


  • 1926 Birth of British musicologist Dr A.W. TYSON.


  • 1927 Birth of American composer and teacher Dominik ARGENTO in York, PA. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975 for his song cycle From the Diary of Virginia Woolf.


  • Dominick Argento: From the Diary of Virginia Woolf


  • 1933 Death of German cellist and composer Julius Klengel, at 74 in Leipzig. b- Leipzig, 24 SEP 1859. Search Amazon.com for Julius Klengel


  • 1936 Birth of Italian baritone Gabriele Floresta, in Castiglione di Sicila. d. June 24, 1991


  • 1936 Birth of American tenor Robert WHITE in NYC. Son of Joseph White, early radio's 'Silver Masked Tenor'. Search Amazon.com for Robert WHITE


  • 1938 Birth of American composer Elliot Del BORGO in Port Chester, NY. Search Amazon.com for Elliot Del BORGO


  • 1938 Birth of German soprano Edda Moser, in Berlin. MET Début Nov. 22, 1968 [Wellgunde] Das Rheingold:, 9 seasons (1968-71, 72-75, 79-80, 81-82, 83-84) 110 perf., 8 roles. Search Amazon.com for Edda Moser


  • 1938 Death of Italian soprano Eva Tetrazzini in Salsomaggiore. b. März, 1862. Search Amazon.com for Eva Tetrazzini


  • 1940 Death of Dutch violinist, conductor and composer Fini Valdemar Henriques, at 72 in Copenhagen. b-Copenhagen 20 DEC 1867.


  • 1941 Birth of German soprano Edda MOSERSearch Amazon.com for Edda MOSER


  • 1943 Death of Hungarian composer Bela Reinitz, at 64. b- 2 DEC 1878. Search Amazon.com for Bela Reinitz


  • 1948 FP of Stravinsky's Mass. Ernest Ansermet conducting, at La Scalla in Milan. CD-Stravinsky: Les Noces; Mass; Cantata


  • 1950 FP of Paul Creston's 3rd Symphony Triumph of St JoanCD-Creston: Symphonies 1 - 3


  • 1953 Death of German composer Eduard Kunneke, at 68 in Berlin. b-Emmerich, 27 JAN 1885. Composed popular, Der vetter aus DingsdaSearch Amazon.com for Eduard Kunneke


  • 1953 Death of Polish musicologist and composer Zdzislaw Jachimecki, at 71 in Krakow. b- Lemberg, 7 JUL 1882.


  • 1954 Birth of American composer Mark VIGIL in Spokane, WA.


  • 1954 Death of Italian composer Franco Alfano, at 78 in San Remo. b-Suburban Naples, 8 MAR 1875. Search Amazon.com for Franco Alfano


  • 1955 Death of Russian composer Vladimir Mikhaylovich Deshevov, at 66 in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). b-St. Petersburg, 11 FEB 1889. Search Amazon.com for Deshevov


  • 1957 FP of Villa-Lobos' Harmonica Concerto in Jerusalem. CD-Tommy Reilly Plays Harmonica Concertos


  • 1958 FP of Henze's ballet Undine in London. CD-Hans Werner Henze: Undine - Ballet in Three Acts (Complete) - Oliver Knussen / London Sinfonietta


  • 1961 Birth of Swedish trumpeter and composer Hakan HARDENBERGERSearch Amazon.com for Hakan HARDENBERGERUlf Håkan Hardenberger (born 27 October 1961, Malmö) is a Swedish trumpeter. Taking up the trumpet at the age of eight under the guidance of hometown teacher Bo Nilsson, Hardenberger pursued further studies at the Paris Conservatoire, with Pierre Thibaud, and in Los Angeles with Thomas Stevens. He has quickly established a career as a virtuoso who possesses not only an impressive command of the classical repertoire, but has also commissioned many new works from contemporary composers, including Harrison Birtwistle, Toru Takemitsu, Hans Werner Henze, Rolf Martinsson, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Heinz Karl Gruber, Benjamin Staern, Tobias Broström and Arvo Pärt. Hardenberger has been called "the cleanest, subtlest trumpeter on earth" by The Times.


  • 1969 Death of Argentine-Catalan writer, teacher and composer Jaime Pahissa, at 89 in Buenos Aires. b-Barcelona, 7 OCT 1880. Search Amazon.com for Jaime Pahissa


  • 1971 Birth of Korean composer Soon jung Suh.


  • 1975 FP of Druckman's Lamia. New York Philharmonic in NYC. Search Amazon.com for Druckman's Lamia


  • 1978 Birth of Singaporean violinist VANESSA-MAE. aka Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn Nicholson. Half-Chinese, Vanessa-Mae moved to London at age four, adopting British nationality.  Search Amazon.com for VANESSA-MAE


  • 1988 FP of Steven Stucky's Concerto for Orchestra in Philadelphia, PA.


  • 1989 FP of TIPPETT's "New Year" Houston.


  • 1989 FP of Christopher Rouse's Iscariot for chamber orchestra. Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, John Adams conducting in Saint Paul, MN. CD-Christopher Rouse


  • 1991 Death of Polish conductor and composer Andrzej Panufnik in Twickenham. b-Warsaw, 24 SEP 1914. Son of Polish string instrument maker. Search Amazon.com for Andrzej Panufnik


  • 1993 FP of Daniel Asia's Symphony No. 4. Asia conducting the Phoenix Symphony. CD-At the Far Edge-Symphonic Works of Daniel Asia


  • 1994 FP of Steven Mackey's Eating Greens for orchestra. Dennis Russell Davies conducting Chicago Symphony. CD-Tuck and Roll: The Music of Steven Mackey


  • 1994 FP of Christopher Rouse's Flute Concerto. Detroit Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hans Vonk, Carol Wincenc, soloist. CD-Rouse: Symphony No. 2/Flute Concerto/Phaethon


  • 1995 FP of Michael Torke's Flint for chamber ensemble. The Brass Group in Palermo, Italy. CD-Torke: Overnight Mail


  • 2003 American composer Samuel Adler is in residence at UT-Austin through 29 OCT as part of a celebration of his 75th birthday, with performances of some of his orchestral and chamber music, including Symphony No. 1, performed by the UT Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kevin Noe; and Piano Quintet and Acrostics (28th) by UT New Music Ensemble, Dan Welcher (Presser composer), Director. Search Amazon.com for Samuel Adler


  • 2012 Death of German composer Hans Werner Henze b-1 July 1926.

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