DECEMBER 10 Today in classical music history


  • 1618 Death of Italian singer and composer Giulio Caccini in Florence. b-Tivoli, 1545. Teacher :- Giovanni Animuccia, Scipione Delle Pane Pupils :- Giovanni Magli, Francesco Rasi, Settimia Caccini (daughter) Francesca Caccini (daughter). Search: Giulio Caccini

  • 1665 Death of Italian composer Tarquinio Merula. b-1594 or 1595. Search Tarquinio Merula

  • 1674 FP of Pallavicino's opera Diocletian at the Teatro Giovanni e Paolo in Venice.

  • 1694 Death of Italian castrato Domenico Dal Pane. Born ?1630, Rome. Died 10 Dec 1694, Teacher :- A M Abbatini.

  • 1717 J. S. Bach becomes Kapellmeister at Cothen.

  • 1764 Birth of French composer Louis-Sebastien LEBRUN in St. Marcellin. d-Paris, 27 JUN 1829.  Search Louis-Sebastien LEBRUN.

  • 1770 Death of German court organist and composer Theophil Gottlieb Muffat at age 80.

  • 1805 Death of German composer Friedrich Franz Hurka, at 43. b-19 FEB 1762.

  • 1813 Birth of Italian composer Errico PETRELLA in Palermo. d-Genoa, 7 APR 1877. Search  Errico PETRELLA.

  • 1822 Birth of Belgian composer Cesar Auguste Jean Guillaume Hubert FRANCK in Liège, Belgium. d-Paris, 8 NOV 1890. Search  Cesar FRANCK.

  • 1823 Birth of composer and pianist Wilhelm KUHESearch Wilhelm KUHE.

  • 1823 Birth of German composer Theodor KIRCHNER in Neukirchen. d-Hamburg, 18 SEP 1903.

  • 1825 FP of Boieldieu's opera La Dame Blanche, in Paris, at Opera-Comique. CD-Boieldieu - La Dame blanche / Blake, Massis, Delunsch, Fouchécourt, Naouri, Brunet, Minkowski

  • 1826 Death of tenor and composer Benedikt Emanuel Schack, at 68. Born 7 Feb 1758 Mirotice Died 10 Dec 1826 Debut in Frascatana (Paisiello) 1786 Teacher :- Carl Frieberth Created Tamino in Zauberflote (Mozart).

  • 1832 Birth of German composer Gustav PICK.

  • 1833 Death of French violinist and composer Dieudonne-Pascal Pieltain, at 79. b-4 MAR 1754. Search Dieudonne-Pascal Pieltain

  • 1854 FP of only oratorio by Hector Berlioz, L'Enfance du Christ in Paris. CD-Berlioz - Sacred Music (L'Enfance du Christ · Requiem) · Symphony Dramas (Roméo et Juliette · La damnation de Faust) · Orchestral Songs (Les nuits dété · Lélio · La mort de Cléopâtre) / Sir Colin Davis

  • 1868 Birth of composer Louis Victor SAAR. d-1937. Search Louis Victor SAAR.

  • 1872 Birth of composer Johann Baptist THALLER. d-1952.

  • 1873 Birth of Czech soprano Maria Koubatova in Prague. 4 Dec 1913, Debut 1893 Teachers:- Franz Pivoda, Maria Setova-Petzold.

  • 1877 Death of composer Federico Ricci, at 68. Search Federico Ricci

  • 1886 FP of Chadwick's Symphony No. 2. Boston Symphony, composer conducting in Boston, MA. CD-Chadwick: Symphonies 2&3

  • 1887 Birth of American composer Mildred Cooper COUPER.

  • 1888 Birth of Russian soprano Oda SLOBODSKAYA, in Vilnius. d-1970. Search Oda SLOBODSKAYA

  • 1888 Death of composer Mariano Obiols, at 79. d-26 NOV 1809.

  • 1885 Birth of Hungarian composer, organist and music historian, Janos HAMMERSCHLAG. Article, Hungarian harpsichord playing. Search Janos HAMMERSCHLAG.

  • 1885 Birth of composer Mario VARVOGLIS. d-31 JUL 1967.

  • 1893 Birth of composer Walter REINSearch Walter REIN.

  • 1894 Birth of German composer Paul DESSAU in Hamburg. d-East Berlin, 28 JUN 1979.

  • 1895 FP of Rimsky-Korsakov's opera Christmas Eve Napravnik conducting in St. Petersburg. CD-Rimsky-Korsakov: Golden Cockerel Suite; Tsar Saltan Suite; Chrismas Eve Suite

  • 1896 FP of Modeste Mussorgsky's opera Boris Godunov Orchestrated and completed by Rimsky-Korsakov version, at the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. CD-Modest Moussorgsky: Boris Godounov (1869 Version & 1872 Version) - Valery Gergiev / Kirov Opera & Orchestra

  • 1898 FP of Messager's opera comique Veronique, in Paris. CD-Messager - Véronique

  • 1899 Death of Austrian baritone Hans Feodor Von Milde. Born 13 April 1821 in Petronell. Debut 1845 Teachers:- Manuel Garcia Jnr, Franz Hauser Created Telramund in Lohengrin (Wagner).

  • 1901 Birth of Scottish soprano Noel Eadie in Paisley. d- 11 Apr 1950, Debut as Woglinde in Ring (Wagner) Teacher :- Esta D'Argo.

  • 1908 Birth of French composer and organist Olivier MESSIAEN in Avignon. d-Paris, 27 APR 1992. Search Olivier MESSIAEN.

  • 1908 FP of Alexander Scriabin's Symphony No. 4 Poem of Ecstacy. Also on program, with Russian Symphony Orchestra, violinist Mischa Elman making his debut playing Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, in NYC. CD-Scriabin: Symphonies 2, 3 and 4 (Poem of Ecstasy)

  • 1909 Birth of Czech baritone Otakar Kraus in Prague. Died 28 July 1980, Debut as Amonasro in Aida (Verdi) 1935 Teachers:- Fernando Carpi, Konrad Wallerstein Pupils :- Marco Bakker, Matthew Best, Roger Bryson, Ian Caddy Ian Comboy, Elisabeth Connell, Stafford Dean, Christian Du Plessis, Roderick Earle, Clifford Grant David Hillman, Gwynne Howell, Neil Howlett, Anthony James Roderick Kennedy, Malcolm King, John Kitchiner Michael Langdon, Robert Lloyd, Lois McDonall, Barry Mora Geoffrey Moses, Terence Sharpe, John Rawnsley Donald Stephenson, Jonathan Summers, John Tomlinson Norman Welsby, Peter Coleman Wright, Christopher Lackner Created Nick Shadow in Rake's Progress (Stravinsky) King Fisher in Midsummer Marriage (Tippett) Sheriff in Martin's Lie (Menotti) Tarquinius in Rape of Lucretia (Britten).

  • 1909 FP of Mussorgsky's Song of the Flea with Chaliapin and orchestral accompaniment, in St. Petersburg.

  • 1910 Death of composer Pablo Hernandez Salces, at 76. b-25 JAN 1834.

  • 1910 FP of Puccini's opera Girl of the Golden West, at the MET in NYC with Toscanini conducting and Caruso, Destinn and Amato. CD-Puccini: La fanciulla del West

  • 1913 Birth of American composer Morton GOULD in Richmond Hill, NY. Also a pianist, conductor and ASCAP president. d-Orlando, FL 21 FEB 1996. Search Morton GOULD

  • 1918 First appearance in America by S. Prokofiev. Played his Second Piano Concerto with Russian Symphony Orchestra, in NYC.

  • 1919 Birth of Italian baritone Sesto Bruscantini in Civitanova. Debut as Colline in La Boheme (Puccini) 8 Aug 1946 Teacher :- Luigi Ricci Pupils :- Alfonso Antoniozzi, Giampero Ruggeri.

  • 1919 Birth of composer Sven-Eric Emanuel JOHANSON.

  • 1921 Death of Hungarian composer Viktor Jacobi, at 38 in NYC, USAmerica. b-Budapest, Hungary, 1883.

  • 1922 Birth of Bulgarian tenor Dimiter Uzunov in Stara Zagori, Bulgaria. Died 11 Dec 1985, Debut as Werther in Werther (Massenet) 1947 Teachers:- L Prokopova, Christo Brambarov.

  • 1922 Birth of American composer and professor emeritus and former dean of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Allen Dwight SAPP. d-Kenwood, Cincinnati, OH 4 JAN 1999. Obit.

  • 1923 Birth of composer Abelardo QUINTEROS.

  • 1926 Birth of Norwegian composer and Grieg specialist, Dag SCHJELDERUP-EBBE.

  • 1928 Birth of Ameican mezzo-soprano Vera Little in Memphis. Debut as Preziosilla in Forza Del Destino (Verdi) 1950 Created Beroe in Bassarids (Henze) Begonia in Junge Lord (Henze).

  • 1930 Death of English bass-baritone Robert Watkin-Mills. Born 5 Mar 1856 in Gloucester. Debut 1885 Teacher :- Edwin Holland.

  • 1931 FP in USAmerica of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's overture to The Taming of the Shrew. Philharmonic Symphony, Toscanini conducting. La bisbetica domata (The Taming of the Shrew), Op. 61 Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Atto II); Shrew.

  • 1936 FP of Ernst Toch's Pinocchio overture. Otto Klemperer conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. CD-Toch: Piano Concerto No. 1, Peter Pan

  • 1936 FP of David Diamond's Psalm for orchestra, in Rochester, N.Y. CD-David Diamond: Symphony No. 3; Psalm, Kaddish.

  • 1937 FP of William Grant Still's Sympnony in g. Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski conducting. CD-Still/Dawson/Ellington: Symphony No. 2/Negro Folk Symphony/Harlem

  • 1938 Birth of English bass-baritone Michael Rippon in Coventry. Teacher :- Ralph Meanley Created Merlin in Lancelot (Hamilton) Blazes in Lighthouse (Maxwell Davies) Antipholus of Ephesus in Errors (Wilson-Dickson) Sang in premiere of Martyrdom of St Magnus (Maxwell Davies).

  • 1938 Birth of Russian conductor Yuri TEMIRKANOV in Nalchik. Search Yuri TEMIRKANOV.

  • 1938 Death of Italian composer Mario Pilati, at 35 in Naples. b-Naples, 1903. Search Mario Pilati.

  • 1939 Death of composer Wilhelm Grosz, at 45. Search Wilhelm Grosz.

  • 1950 FP of B.A. Zimmermann's Violin Concerto, in Baden-Baden, Germany.

  • 1952 Birth of American soprano Julianne BAIRD in Stateville NC Debut in Pastor Fido (Handel) 1980 Teachers:- Walter Berry, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Maksak Ono Toribara. Search  Julianne BAIRD.

  • 1952 Birth of French mezzo-soprano Martine Dupuy in Marseilles. Debut as Eurydice in Carneval de Venise (Campra).

  • 1954 Humanitarian, physician and Bach organist Dr. Albert Schweitzer receives Nobel Peace Prize. Search Albert Schweitzer.

  • 1956 Birth of American composer Clark SUPRYNOWICZ.

  • 1958 Birth of English pianist Kathryn STOTTSearch Kathryn STOTT.

  • 1959 Birth of Russian composer Zlata RAZDOLINA in St. Petersburg.

  • 1959 Death of Italian baritone Giovanni Inghilleri. Born 9 Mar 1894 in Porto Empedocle. Debut as Valentin in Faust (Gounod) 1919 Pupils :- John Dobson, Franco Ghitti, Victoria Godfrey Created Demogorgon in Donna Serpente (Casella) Giulio Cesare in Giulio Cesare (Malipiero).Lebendige Vergangenheit - Giovanni Inghilleri

  • 1959 Debut at MET Opera of Christa Ludwig in Marriage of Figaro.

  • 1963 FP of Bernstein's Symphony No. 3 Kaddish at Frederic Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv. Israel Philharmonic and choirs conducted by the composer, speaker Hannah Rovina and mezzo-soprano Jennie Tourel. CD-Bernstein: Chichester Psalms; Symphony No. 3 "Kaddish".

  • 1965 Death of American pianist and composer Henry Dixon Cowell, Aeolian Harp, at 68, in Shady, N.Y. Inventor of Rhythmicon. b-Menlo Park, NJ 11 MAR 1897. Search Henry Dixon Cowell.

  • 1966 Death of composer Boris Koutzen, at 65. Search Boris Koutzen.

  • 1967 Death of composer Brazilio da Cunha Luz Itibere, at 71. b-17 MAY 1896.

  • 1969 Death of Italian composer Franco Capuana, at 75. b-Fano, 29 SEP 1894.  Search Franco Capuana

  • 1969 Death of American film composer Leigh Harline, at 62. Search Leigh Harline.

  • 1980 Birth of American violinist Sarah CHANG in Philadelphia. Search Sarah CHANGBruch, Brahms: Violin Concertos

  • 1982 Death of composer Roy Webb, at 94.

  • 1987 Death of Russian-American violinist Jascha Heifetz, at age 86, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. b-Vilnius, Lithuania, part of Russia, 2 FEB 1901. Search Jascha Heifetz.

  • 1994 Death of Dutch pianist and music director George G. F. van Renesse, at 85. b-21 FEB 1909.

  • 2012 Death of Swiss soprano Lisa DELLA CASA Debut as Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly (Puccini) 1941 Teacher, Margarete Haeser Created Frauliein Burstner/ Leni/ Girl in Prozess (Von Einem) Sang in premiere of Die Schwarze Spinne (Burkhard W) Tic Tac (Burkhard P).  CD-Strauss: Four last Songs, Arabella / Della Casa.

  • d-10 Dec 2012. OBIT. b-Bern, Switzerland 2 Feb 1919.

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