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DECEMBER 19 Today in classical music history

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  • 1676 Birth of French composer, organist and harpsichordist Louis Nicholas CLERAMBAULT in Paris. d-Paris, 26 OCT 1749.



  • 1733 FP of Thomas Arne's masque Dido and Aeneas, in London, at the Haymarket.



  • 1739 Death of German bass Gottfried Grunewald. Born 1675. Sang in premiere of Germinicus (Grunwald G) Costanza Vince L'Inganno (Graupner).



  • 1745 Birth of Italian composer Giuseppe GIORDANI in Napoli. d-Fermo, 4 JAN 1798.



  • 1746 Birth of Italian castrato Venanzio Rauzzini in Camerino. Died 8 Apr 1810, Debut in Finto Astrologo (Piccini) World premiere 7 Feb 1765 Teacher :- Nicolo Porpora Pupils :- Elizabeth Billington, John Braham, Mrs Dickons, MichaelKelly Charles Incledon, John Lacy, Nancy Storace, Elizabeth Clending Charles Edward Horn, Gertrud Mara, Rosemond Mountain Created Alceste & Demetrius in Demetrio (Bernasconi) Cecilio in Lucio Silla (Mozart) Sang in premiere of Finto Astrologo (Piccinni) Sesostri (Guglielmi) Siroe (Traetta) Partenope (Hasse) Siamano nel Mogo (Paisiello) Armida (Rauzzini) Montezuma (Sacchini).



  • 1749 Death of Italian composer Francesco Antonio Bonporti in Padua. b-Trento, 11 JUN 1672. Search Francesco Antonio Bonporti.



  • 1781 In USA, first printing of an American opera. Francis Hopkinson's The Temple of Minerva.


  • 1802 Birth of English composer John Ella in Leicester. d-London, 1888.
  • 1817 Birth of French violinist Charles DANCLA in Bagneres-Bigorre. d-Tunis, 9 NOV 1907. Search Charles DANCLA.



  • 1825 Birth of American composer George Frederick BRISTOW, in Brooklyn, N.Y. d-1898.



  • 1847 Birth of German baritone Paul Bulss in Priegnitz.  Died 19 Mar 1902, Debut as Zarin in Zar und Zimmermann (Lortzing) Teacher :- Giovanni Lamperti, Eduard Mantius, Gustave Engel, Emile Gotze Pupil :- Werner Engel Sang in the premiere of Evangeliman (Kienzl) Don Quixote (Kienzl).



  • 1863 Birth of soprano Milka Ternina. Died 18 May 1941, Debut as Amina in Sonnambula (Bellini) 1882 Teachers:- Joseph Gansbacher, Ida Winterberg Pupil :- Zinka Milanov.  Milka TERNINA born in Doljnji Sip, Vezisce, Moslavina; east of Zagreb. Photo.



  • 1865 FP of Rimsky-Korsakov's First Symphony, first major symphonic work by a Russian composer, in St. Petersburg.



  • 1873 FP of P. I. Tchaikovsky's symphonic fantasia The Tempest based on Shakespeare, in Moscow. CD-Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony / The Tempest.



  • 1879 Birth of French music critic and composer Louis VUILLEMIN in Nantes. d-1929.



  • 1879 Birth of Swedish composer Otto OLSSON in Stockholm. d-Stockholm, 1 SEP 1964. Search Otto OLSSON.



  • 1881 FP of Massenet's opera Herodiade in Brussells. CD-Massenet: Herodiade



  • 1882 Birth of Polish violinist and conductor Bronislaw HUBERMAN near Warsaw. Search Bronislaw HUBERMAN.



  • 1884 Birth of Hungarian tenor Sigismund Pilinsky in Budapest. Died 9 Dec 1957, Debut 1912 Teachers:- Frau Bohme-Kohler, Konrad von Zawilowski.



  • 1888 Birth of Hungarian-born American conductor Fritz REINER, in Budapest. In USA from 1922. Chicago Sym 1953-62, naturalized American 1928. d-NYC, 15 NOV 1963. Search Fritz REINER | BOOK-Fritz Reiner: A Biography



  • 1890 FP of Tchaikovsky's opera Pique Dame. Napravnik conducting, in St. Petersburg. CD-Pytor Il'ich Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame.



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



  • 1900 ('02 ?)Birth of American soprano Dusolina Giannini in Philadelphia. Died 29 June 1986, Debut as Aida in Aida(Verdi) Nov 1925 Teacher :- Ferruccio Giannini (Father), Marcella Sembrich Pupils :- Guillermo Sarabia, Thomas Heardon Created Hester Prynne in Scarlet Letter (Giannini).



  •  Lebendige Vergangenheit: Dusolina GianniniVanity Fair Dusolina Giannini Photograph, Framed Print (18x24-inch)



  • 1900 Birth of English soprano Audrey Mildmay in Herstmonceux. Died 31 May 1953, Teacher :- Johnstone-Douglas, Jani Strasser. The Beggar's Opera (1994 Digital Remaster): O Polly, you might have toy'd and kissed (Mrs. Peacham/Polly/Peachum).



  • 1901 Birth of Bulgarian composer and pianist Dimiter NENOV in Razgrad. d-Sofia, 30 August 1953.



  • 1915 Birth of French singer Edith PIAF. d-1963. Search Edith PIAF. | BOOK- Piaf: A Passionate Life



  • 1917 Birth of Columbian composer Hans Federico NEUMAN in Barranquilla. d-Barranquilla, 5 JAN 1992. Introduccion a la musica espanola del Renacimiento (Spanish Edition).



  • 1919 FP of Charles Tomlinson Griffes' The White Peacock for orchestra. Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski conducting. CD-An American Tapestry



  • 1930 FP in USAmerica of Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms. Boston Symphony under Serge Koussevitzky, he commissioned the work for the Boston Symphony's 50th Anniversary. The FP was in Brussels on 13 DEC 1930, under Ernest AnsermetCD-Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms/Symphony in 3 Movements.



  • 1931 Birth of American pianist Dalton BALDWINSearch Dalton BALDWIN.



  • 1937 Birth of American composer Milcho LEVIEVSearch Milcho LEVIEV.



  • 1939 Birth of American band arranger and composer William RYDEN in NYC. Search William RYDEN.



  • 1943 Birth of soprano Wendy Fine in Durban, S A. Teachers:- John Van Zyl, Christian Moeller, Erik Werba, Maria Hittorf Debut as Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly (Puccini) 1965.



  • 1944 Birth of American harsichordist and conductor William CHRISTIESearch  William CHRISTIE.



  • In Celebration: 30th AnnivWilliam Christie: 3oth Anniversay



  • 1945 Death of American baritone Oscar Seagle. Born 31 Oct 1877 in Chattanooga, TN. Debut as Silvio in Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) 1897 Teacher :- Jean de Reszke Pupil :- May Peterson.



  • 1947 Death of tenor Karl Jorn. Born 5 Jan 1873 in Riga, Latvia. Debut as Lionel in Martha (Flotow) 1896 Teachers, Elizabeth Jacobs, Johannes Ress, Schutte-Harmsen, Lohse Eugen Robert Weiss Sang in premiere of Roland von Berlin (Leoncavallo).



  • 1949 Birth of Irish baritone Russell Smythe in Dublin. Debut as Ballad Singer in Paul Bunyan (Britten) 1976 Teachers, Audrey Langford, Arthur Reckless Created Tom Jones in Tom Jones (Oliver).



  • 1955 Birth of American composer Ron KUIVILASearch Ron KUIVILA.



  • 1957 Birth of German baritone Olaf BAR. Debut as Nardo in Finta Giardiniera (Mozart) 1981 Created Hoffman in Goldene Topf (Mayer) Marquis in Song of Love & Death of Cornets Christoph Rilke(Matthus) Master Mateh in Master Mateh (Trieder). Search Amazon.com for Olaf BAR.



  • 1958 Birth of English cellist Steven ISSERLIS in London. GMN BiographySearch Steven ISSERLIS.



  • 1963 Death of American tenor George Meader. Born 6 July 1888 in Minneapolis, MN. Debut as Steersman in Flying Dutchman (Wagner) Teachers:- Anna Schoen-Rene, Pauline Viardot-Garcia Created Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos (Strauss).



  • 1967 Death of Italian soprano Carmen Melis. Born 16 Aug 1885 in Longone Al Segrino. Created Thais in Thais (Massenet) 1905 Teachers:- Carlo Carighani, Antonio Cotogni, Jean De Reszke,Teresina Singer Pupils :- Alfredo Giacometti, Rita Orlandi Malaspina, Adriana Maliponte Renata Tebaldi, Marcella De Osma, Gudrun A Simonar Orianne Santunione Created Ginevra in Cena Delle Beffe (Giordano) Sang in premiere of Petronio (Giovannetti). 



  • Newswire Photo (S): Carmen Melis, Mishkin Photo / Mishkin PhotoAh, mi rendi il tuo cor...La tua mano non è (Manon, Act III)Newswire Photo (M): Carmen Melis as Tosca



  • 1967 Death of mezzo-soprano Edith Jacques. Sang in premiere of Cyrnos (Ameller A).



  • 1971 Death of Belgian tenor Andre D'Arkor. Born 23 Feb 1901 in Liege. Debut Gerald in Lakme (Delibes) 1925 Teachers:- Francois Malherbe, Elizabeth Seguin, Paul Virly.



  • 1975 Death of Danish tenor Aksel Schiotz. Born 1 Sep 1906 in Copenhagen. Debut as Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart) 1939 Teacher :- John Forsell, Valdemar Lincke, Agnete Zacharias Pupils :- Claes Hakan Ahnsjo, Alan Titus, Robert Christeson.



  • 1987 Death of Italian bass Antonio Zerbini. Born 1924 in Reggio Emilia. Debut in Forza Del Destino (Verdi) 1952 Created Centurione in Celestina (Testi) Sang in premiere of Furure di Oreste (Testi) Panchina (Liberovici).



  • 1991 FP of John Corigliano's opera The Ghosts of Versailles at the MET in NYC.



  • 2004 Death of Italian opera diva Renata Tibaldi at her home in Marino, Italy. b-Pesaro, 1 FEB 1922Search  Renata Tibaldi .



  • The Singers - Renata TebaldiLa Traviata : Atto primo, Folie !...follie...
  • 2015 Death of German conductor Kurt MASUR. b-18 Jul 1927. 1981 debut with the NY Philharmonic Orchestra.
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