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DECEMBER 5 Today in classical music history

  • 1602 FP of Giulio Caccini's Euridice in Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy.
  • 1660 FP of Hidalgo's opera Celos Aun del Aire Matan with libretto by Pedro Calderon.
  • 1687(Birth on 4th?)Baptism of Italian composer Francesco GEMINIANI Lucca. d-Dublin, 17 SEP 1762. Search for Francesco GEMINIANI
  • 1704 Handel duels with Mattheson over harpsichord interpretation in opera Cleopatra. Coat button saves Handel's life.
  • 1749 FP of Rameau's opera Zoroastre in Paris. His last opera. CD-Rameau - Orchestral Suites ~ Naïs · Zoroastre / Orchestra of the 18th Century · Brüggen
  • 1758 Death of German composer Johann Friedrich Fasch in Zerbst. b-Buttelstädt, 15 April 1688.
  • 1788 FP of Luigi Cherubini's opera Demophon in Paris.
  • 1791 Death of W. A. Mozart in Vienna at age 35. Cause of death disputed. b-Salzburg, 27 January 1756. He was buried in a pauper's grave in a cemetery near the village of St. MarxSearch W. A. Mozart
  • 1822 Birth of Austrian singing teacher Ferdinand Sieber in Vienna.  Died 19 Feb 1895, Teachers:- J Mieksch, Giorgio Ronconi Pupils :- George Osgood, Hermine Spies
  • 1830 FP of Hector Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique in Paris. CD-Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique
  • 1836 Death of Italian tenor Giuseppe Ciccimarra. Born 22 May 1790 in Altamura. Pupils :- Sophie Loewe, Joseph Tichatschek Created Aaron in Mose in Egitto (Rossini) Iago in Otello (Rossini) Pylades in Ermione (Rossini) Goffredo & Carlo in Armida (Rossini) Condulmiero in Maometto II (Rossini) Ernesto in Ricciardo e Zoraide (Rossini) Togorma in Berenice in Siria (Carafa) Fausto in Last day of Pompei (Pacini)
  • 1837 FP of Berlioz' Requiem with Haberneck, cond. at the Church of Les Invalides in Paris. CD-Berlioz: Requiem / Edison, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Schade et al
  • 1844 Birth of English organist and conductor John Frederick BRIDGE in Oldbury, Worcestershire. d-London, 18 MAR 1924. Search John Frederick BRIDGE.
  • 1850 Birth of Italian baritone (tenor?) Alexander GIRARDI in Graz.   Died 20 APR 1918, Created Kalman Zsupan in Zigeunerbaron (Strauss J) Simon Rymonovicz in Bettelstudent (Millocker) Benozzo in Gasparone (Millocker) Don Sancho in Spitzentuch der Koenigen (Strauss J) Sebastini in Lustige Kreig (Strauss J) Kassim Pasha in Furstin Ninetta (Strauss J) Muller in Waldmeister (Strauss J) Andredl in Verwunsche Schloss (Millocker) Plinchard in Jungfrau von Belleville (Millocker) Piffkow in Feldprediger (Millocker) Adam in Vogelhandler (Zeller) Martin in Obersteiger (Zeller) Sang in premiere of Wiener Frauch (Lehar) Bruder Straubinger (Eysler) Mein Junger Herr (Straus O) Zigeunerprimas (Kalman) Nachtschnellzug (Fall)
  • 1865 FP of Johaness Brahms' Horn Trio in Eb, Op. 40, in Karlsruhe. CD-Brain
  • 1870 Birth of Czech composer Vitezslav NOVAK in Kamenice nad Lipou. d-Skutec, 18 JUL 1949. Search for Vitezslav NOVAK.
  • 1877 Birth of Italian soprano Maria Farneti in Forli. Died 17 Oct 1955, Debut as Mimi in Boheme (Puccini) 1899 Teacher :- Virginia Boccabadati Created Rosaura in Maschere (Mascagni) Isabeau in Isabeau (Mascagni).
  • 1880 Birth of Ukranian mezzo-soprano Elisabeth Petrenko in Akhtirka, Ukraine.  Died 28 Oct 1951, Debut as Delilah in Samson et Delilah (Saint-Saens) 1905 Teachers:- Mme Fermi-Giraldoni, Natalia Iretzkaya Created Death in Rossignol (Stravinsky).
  • 1895 Birth of Dutch composer Henriëtte BOSMANS in Amsterdam. d-Amsterdam, 2 JUL 1952. Search Henriëtte BOSMANS.
  • 1898 Birth of American soprano Grace MOORE in Nough, TN. d-Copenhagen, plane crash, 26 JAN 1947. Photo. Debut as Mimi in Boheme (Puccini) 7 Feb 1928 Teachers:- Richard Barthelmy, Mary Garden, Mario Marafioti, Ettore Verna Angelo Trabadello. Search Grace MOORE.
  • 1899 Birth of Polish pianist and teacher Boleslaw WOYTOWICZ in Dunajowce, Padolia. Taught at the Chopin Music School in Warsaw. d-Katowice, 11 JUL 1980. Search Boleslaw WOYTOWICZ
  • 1905 FP given by the Flonzaley Quartet in the USA at Carnegie Hall.
  • 1915 FP of Darius Milhaud's Poem for Piano and Orchestra in Paris. Search Milhaud's Poem for Piano and Orchestra.
  • 1916 Birth of Russian conductor Veronica DUDAROVA, in Baku. See State Symphony Orchestra of Russia. Search Veronica DUDAROVA.
  • 1921 Birth of French conductor Louis de FROMENT, in Paris. d-Cannes, 19 Aug 1994. Search Louis de FROMENT.
  • 1924 Birth of Canadian bass Jean-Pierre Hurteau in Montreal. Debut 1957, Teacher :- Martial Singher Search Jean-Pierre Hurteau.
  • 1927 FP of Leos Janácek's Slavonic Mass in Brno. CD-Janacek: Slavonic Mass; Kabelac: Mystery of Time Op31
  • 1930 FP of Darius Milhaud's Concerto for Percussion and Small Orchestra, in Paris.
  • 1930 FP of Roger Sessions's The Black Maskers Suite, in Cincinnati. CD-William Schuman: In Praise of Shahn / Aaron Copland: Connotations / Roger Sessions: Suite from "The Black Maskers" - The Juilliard Orchestra
  • 1936 Birth of American soprano Jeannette SCOVOTTI in NYC. Debut as Adele in Fledermaus (Strauss J) 1962 Created Sardakai in Kommt Davon (Krenek).
  • 1940 Death of Czech violinist and composer Jan Kubelik in Prague. b-Michle, 5 JUL 1880. Search Jan Kubelik
  • 1942 FP of Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of CarolsCD-Britten: A Ceremony of Carols
  • 1943 Death of Greek baritone Ghiannis Anghelopoulos. Born 21 Jan 1881 in Athens. Debut as Rigoletto in Rigoletto (Verdi) 1910 Teachers:- Borghi, Nina Phoka Sang in Premiere of Percuze (Sakellaridis) Master Builder (Kalomiris) Mother's Ring (Kalomiris).
  • 1944 Birth of tenor John Harris. Debut as Goro in Madama Butterfly (Puccini) 1973 Teachers:- Patrick McGuigan, John Mitchinson, Linda Vaughan Pupil :- James Benjamin Davis Created Lancelot in Lancelot (Hamilton) Billy & Molecatcher in Tomrak (Metcalf) Forecast in Camera (Moore).
  • 1944 Birth of American audio-artist Richard LERMANMusic of Richard Lerman 1964-1987
  • 1946 Birth of Spanish tenor Jose CARRERAS in Barcelona. Debut as Ismael in Nabucco (Verdi) 1970 Teachers:- Magda Prunera, Francisco Puig, Juan Ruax Created Cristobal Colon in Cristobal Colon (Balada). Search Jose CARRERAS.
  • 1947 FP of Samuel Barber's Medea Ballet Suite, Op. 23, by Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy conducting. CD-Music of Samuel Barber
  • 1949 Birth of Bulgarian composer Roussi TARMAKOV in Malko Tirnovo. Folk Music - for Seven Instruments [FULL SCORE].
  • 1952 FP of Gian Carlo Menotti's Violin Concerto. Efrem Zimbalist, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy conducting. CD-Menotti: Violin Concerto, The Death of Orpheus
  • 1956 Birth of Polish pianist Krystian ZIMERMAN. Warsaw International Chopin Competition winner in 1975. Search Krystian ZIMERMAN.
  • 1960 Birth of Argentinian composer Osvaldo GOLIJOV in La Plata. Search Osvaldo GOLIJOV.
  • 1962 Birth of Argentinian tenor Jose Cura in Rosario, Argentina. Debut as Father in Pollicino (Henze) Feb 1922 Teachers:- Horacio Amauri, Vittorio Terranova.
  • Anhelo: Argentinian Songs
  • 1963 Death of German composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann in Munich. b-Munich, 2 AUG 1905. Search Karl Amadeus Hartmann
  • 1969 Birth of American composer Stacy GARROP.
  • 1973 Death of Austrian baritone Walter Hofermayer. Born 7 Mar 1905 Vienna. Debut as Don Fernando in Fidelio (Beethoven) Teacher :- Josef von Manowarda Created Count in Capriccio (Strauss).
  • 1978 Birth of American composer Andrew ALTENBACH.
  • 1998 Death of Australian tenor Donald Smith. Born 1922 Bundaberg, Queensland.
  • 1998 FP of Libby Larsen's String Symphony. Minnesota Orchestra, Eiji Oue conducting in Minneapolis. CD-Larsen: Symphony No4; Songs from Letters No5
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