1604 Birth of English violinist, clockmaker and composer Davis MELL in Wilton. d-London, 1662. Did an analysis of the clockmaking trade in seventeenth century London. Scored popular country dance for recorder and harpsichord.
1732 (GC, JC=4 NOV) FP of G. F. Handel's opera Catone in London.
1738 Birth of German astronomer, oboist and composer Sir William HERSCHEL in Hanover. In
England from 1755 where he was also an astronomer. Originally 'Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel', he discovered (1781) the planet Uranus, which led (1782) to his position as private astronomer to the king. Search Amazon.com for Sir William HERSCHEL
1746 Birth of composer Joseph QUESNE. d-3 JUL 1809.
1772 (Or 16th DEC 1770?), Birth
of German composer Ludwig Von BEETHOVEN. d- 26 MAR 1827. Baptised on Dec
17th 1772. He said 1770 was the year of birth of his older brother who died as
a young child. He said his own birth was in 1772. Family name is Dutch
meaning "beet garden".
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1886 Birth of Spanish composer Pedro SANJUAN, in San Sebastian.
1887 Birth of Italian Mezzo-soprano Elvira Casazza, in Ferrara, Nov. 15, 1887; d.
Milan, Jan. 24, 1965.
1888 Birth of American ragtime composer and pianist Dr. Artie MATTHEWS in Braidwood, IL. d-25 OCT 1958.
1891 Birth of American soprano Nina Morgana, in Buffalo, NY. d. Ithaca, NY., July 8, 1986: She was singing in Buffalo
churches at the age of four. In 1908, she auditioned for Enrico
Caruso, during one of his concert tours, in Buffalo, at the Iroquois
Hotel. Caruso wrote to Morgana, informing her that he would arrange
vocal lessons with Teresa Arkel, a legendary soprano and vocal
instructor. Morgana traveled to Italy and studied with Arkel
(1909-1915), making a successful La Scala début (1915). Morgana and
Caruso teamed for concert tours of the U.S. (1917-19). She married
Bruno Zirato, secretary to Caruso. MET: Début: Concert, Mar. 28,
1920, First Stage: Nov. 27, 1920 [Gilda] Rigoletto, 16 seasons
(1919-35) 126 perf., 13 roles, 12 works.
1974 FP of William Grant Still's opera Bayou Legend by Opera South in Jackson, MI.
1983 FP of John Harbison's Mirabai Songs based on poems of Mirabai and translated by Robert Bly. Soprano Susan Larson and pianist Craig Smith at Emmanuel Church in Boston. Chamber orchestra version FP in Cambridge, MA on 1 FEB 1984. Marabai Songs / Knoxville: Summer of 1915