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NOVEMBER 5 Today in classical music history

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  • 1494 Birth of German composer Hans SACHS, Mastersinger of Nuremberg. d-Nuremberg, 19 JAN 1576. Search Amazon.com for Hans SACHS

  • 1654 Birth of German composer Christian LIEBE.

  • 1666 Birth of Italian opera composer Attilio ARIOSTI in Bologna. Taught Handel. d-1740. Search Amazon.com for Attilio ARIOSTI

  • 1716 FP of BONONCINI's A. "Luio Vero" Modena.

  • 1724 FP of J. S. Bach's Sacred Cantata No. 115 Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit the 22nd Sunday following Trinity, from Bach's second annual Sacred Cantata cycle in Leipzig 1724-25. CD-Bach: Complete Cantatas, Vol. 13

  • 1743 Death of composer Andreas Benedikt Praelisauer, at 44.

  • 1772 Death of Johannes Schmidlin, at 50. b-1722. Search Amazon.com for Johannes Schmidlin

  • 1819 Birth of Bohemian horn player Josef ZAVERTAL. Music director for Emporer Maximilian of Mexico.

  • 1824 FP of MERCADANTE's "Le nozze di Telemaco ed Antiope" Vienna.

  • 1841 Birth of composer Alexander Sergeyevich FAMINTSIN. d-6 JUL 1896.

  • 1846 FP of Schumann's Second Symphony in C, conducted by Felix Mendelssohn at The Gewandhaus in Leipzig. CD-Schumann: The 4 Symphonies

  • 1860 Death of composer Carl Binder, at 43. b-1816.

  • 1866 Birth of composer Daniel PROTHEROE. d-1934. Search Amazon.com for Daniel PROTHEROE

  • 1869 FP of SUPPÉ's "Isabella" Vienna.

  • 1871 Birth of American baritone Clarence WHITEHILL in Marengo, IO- d-18 DEC 1932. Was discovered by Nellie Melba in 1896 who advised him to study in Paris. Whitehill made his début at the Monnaie in Brussels under the name M. Clarence in 1898. He was Wotan in Richter's English-language Covent Garden Ring of 1908-09. MET Opera career lasted until his retirement in 1932. Search Amazon.com for Clarence WHITEHILL

  • 1881 FP of LECOCQ's "Le jour et la nuit" Paris.

  • 1882 Birth of American violinist and composer Carl Ellis EPPERT in Carbon, Clay County, Indiana, and grew up in Terre Haute, Indiana, where in 1903 he founded a symphony orchestra. d-Milwaukee, WI 1 OCT 1961. Search Amazon.com for Carl Ellis EPPERT

  • 1885 Birth of American soprano Lucy Gates,  [Emma Lucy Gates Bowen] in St. George, UT, Nov. 5, 1885; d. Apr. 30, 1951.

  • 1887 Birth of Austrian pianist Paul WITTGENSTEIN in Vienna. Lost his right arm in WWI and became left-handed virtuoso. Ravel wrote concerto for him. d-1961. CD-The Complete Piano Music of Maurice Ravel

  • 1894 Birth of Hungarian composer Eugen ZADOR. Lived last years in NYC. d-4 APR 1977. Search Amazon.com for Eugen ZADOR

  • 1895 Birth of French-born German pianist Walter GIESEKING in Lyon. d-1956. Search Amazon.com for Walter GIESEKING

  • Icon: Walter Gieseking, Poet of the Keyboard [Box Set]
  • 1895 FP of R. Strauss' Till Eulenspiegels Merry Pranks. Conducted by Franz Wullner in Cologne. CD-Strauss: Til Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks/Don Juan/Death And Transfiguration

  • 1897 FP of PLANQUETTE's "Mam'zelle Quat'Sous" Paris.

  • 1900 FP of DE KOVAN's "Foxy Quiller" New York.

  • 1903 First concert by the permanent Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. Emil Oberhoffer, conductor. Search Amazon.com for Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra

  • 1911 Birth of Hungarian soprano Maria Stader, in Budapest. d. April 27, 1999. Search Amazon.com for Maria Stader

  • 1917 Birth of American cellist and composer Claus ADAM in Sumatra. Member Juilliard SQ, 1955 - 1974. d-NYC, 4 JUL 1983. Search Amazon.com for Claus ADAM

  • 1921 Birth of French soprano Jacqueline Brumaire. d. 2000. Search Amazon.com for Jacqueline Brumaire

  • 1921 Birth of Hungarian-French pianist Gyorgy CZIFFRA. d-17 JAN 1994. Photo. MemorialSearch Amazon.com for Gyorgy CZIFFRA

  • 1922 Birth of German soprano Ingeborg Exner, in Berlin. d. Cologne, July 29, 1979.

  • 1924 Birth of composer Ivan REZAK.

  • 1925 FP of MALIPIERO's "La morte della maschere, 7 canzoni, and Orfeo" Düsseldorf.

  • 1926 FP of Manuel de Falla's Concerto for harpsichord, strings and winds. Wanda Landowska at the harpsichord, Falla conducting, in Barcelona. CD-The Essential Falla

  • 1927 FP of Dimitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 2 To October. Leningrad Philharmonic and Academic Choir, Nikolai Malko conducting. CD-Shostakovich: Symphonies (Box Set)

  • 1929 American debut of cellist Gregor Piatigorsky at Oberlin College. Search Amazon.com for Gregor Piatigorsky

  • 1929 Birth of Dutch tenor Ottmar FRAAI.

  • 1933 FP of E. T. A. HOFFMANN's "Aurora" (1811) rev. version by L. Böttcher, Bamberg.

  • 1935 Birth of composer Jerry Amper DADAP.

  • 1935 Birth of English composer clarinetist, pianist and music professor John Nicholas MAW in Lincolnshire. He studied harmony, counterpoint and composition with Paul Steinitz and Lennox Berkeley at the Royal Academy of Music from 1955 to 1958. Search Amazon.com for John Nicholas MAW

  • 1936 First time John Barbirolli conducts the New York Philharmonic Society OrchestraSearch Amazon.com for John Barbirolli

  • 1938 FP of Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings and Essay for Orchestra No. 1. An NBC radio broadcast concert by the NBC Symphony, Arturo Toscanini conducting. CD-Barber: Adagio For Strings/Overture/First Essay/Music For A Scene From Shelley/Second Essay/Symphony No.1

  • 1939 Birth of American mezzo-soprano Marcia Baldwin, in Milford, NE. MET Début: Oct. 17, 1963 [Javotte] Manon, 14 seasons (1963-77) 464 perf., 38 roles, 34 works.

  • 1940 Birth of English tenor Anthony ROLFE-JOHNSON in Tackley. MET Début Sep. 28, 1991 [Rè di Creta] Idomeneo, 4 seasons (19 91-92, 93-95, 97-98) 20 perf., 4 roles. Search Amazon.com for Anthony ROLFE-JOHNSON

  • 1942 FP of Rota's "Ariodante" Parma.

  • 1943 FP of Bohuslav Martinu's Concerto for Two Pianos. Luboshutz and Nemenoff Duo with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy conducting. CD-Martinu & Schnittke: Concertos for Two Pianos

  • 1946 Death of composer Sigismond Stojowski at 77. b-1879. Search Amazon.com for Sigismond Stojowski

  • 1948 FP of FERRARI-TRECATE's "Buricchio" Bologna.

  • 1951 Death of composer Bedrich Antonin Wiedermann, at 67. Search Amazon.com for Bedrich Antonin Wiedermann

  • 1953 Birth of American composer and flutist Elizabeth BROWN.

  • 1953 Birth of American composer Franklin STOVER in Sacramento, CA.

  • 1955 Opening of the New Vienna Opera House. Original was damaged by Allied bombs on 12 MAR 1945. This concert celebrated the end of 17 years of foreign occupation. Karl Böhm conducted Beethoven's Fidelio at the gala re-opening.

  • 1964 Birth of American composer Brian SAGER in Madison, WI. Search Amazon.com for Brian SAGER

  • 1964 Death of composer Alexander Uriah Boskovich, at 57.

  • 1967 FP of Ernst Krenek's Five Pieces for Trombone and Piano in Buffalo, NY. Search Amazon.com for Krenek's Five Pieces for Trombone and Piano

  • 1976 Birth of American composer Eric J. SCHWARTZ.

  • 1985 FP of CHAILLY's "La Cantatrice calva" ,Vienna.

  • 1989 Death of pianist Vladimir Horowitz at age 85. His last public performance in the spring of 1987. b-Ukraine, 1 OCT 1903. Search Amazon.com for Vladimir Horowitz

  • Vladimir Horowitz at Carnegie Hall: Private Collection:Schumann,Chopin,Liszt & Balakirev
  • 1995 FP of ADAMS' "I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky", Berkley.

  • 2010 Death of American mezzo-soprano Shirley Verrett born May 31, 1931. She successfully transitioned into soprano roles in the 1960's and '70s.
  • 2012 Death of American composer Elliott Carter at the age of 103. OBIT. Birth: December 11, 1908.
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