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DECEMBER 3 Today in classical music history

Johann Franz Xaver STERKEL
  • 1576 Birth of Italian composer Marsilio CASENTINI in Trieste. b-Gemona, 16 JUN 1651. Son of singer Silao. Composed popular madriga Partiti e tri consola.
  • 1668 Birth of German composer Casimir SCHWEIZELSPERG in Rosenheim, Oberbayern.
  • 1596 Birth of cello and violin craftsman Nicola AMATI in Cremona Italy.
  • 1712 (GC, JC=22 NOV)FP of G. F. Handel's opera Il pastor fido in London.
  • 1721 Bach's second marriage... to Anna Magdalena Wulcken, singer, harpsichordist, and copyist, daughter of a trumpeter. She gave birth to thirteen of Bach's childen. See The Bach Family.
  • 1724 FP of Bach's Sacred Cantata No. 62 Nun komm der Heiden Heiland on the 1st Sunday in Advent as part of second annual Sacred Cantata cycle in Leipzig 1724-25.
  • 1729 Birth/Baptism of Spanish organist and composer Padre Antonio Francisco Javier Jose SOLER in Olot. d-El Escorial, 20 DEC 1783.
  • 1839(GC, JC=22 NOV)FP of Handel's Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day in London.
  • 1740(GC, JC=22 NOV)FP of Handel's opera Imeneo in London.
  • 1747 Death of Marie Antier Soprano Born 1687 Lyons Died 3 Dec 1747 Debut 1711 Teacher :- Marie Le Rochois Created Almasie in Jepthe (Monteclair)
  • 1750 (1760?)Death of Italian composer Roque Ceruti in Lima, Peru. b-Milan, 1683 or 1686.
  • 1750 Birth of German priest, organist and composer Johann Franz Xaver STERKEL in Wurzberg. d-Wurzberg, 12 OCT 1817.
  • 1752 Birth of composer Georg-Friederich FUCHS.
  • 1758 Birth of Bohemian priest, pianist, teacher and composer Josef GELINEK, aka Jelinek, in Seltsch. d-Vienna, 13 APR 1825.
  • 1823 Death of composer Joseph Pouteau, at 84. b-7 FEB 1739. Search Amazon.com for Joseph Pouteau
  • 1826 Birth of Belgian musicologist and lawyer Edmond van der STRAETEN.
  • 1826 Death of Russian soprano  Elizaveta Sandunova. Born 1772 St Petersburg. Debut as Amore in Arbore di Diana (Martin y Soler) 1790 Teachers:- Vicente Martin Y Soler, Giovanni Paisiello, Giuseppe Sarti
  • 1829 Birth of French soprano Delphine Ugalde in Paris.  Died 19 Jul 1910, Debut as Angele in Domino Noir (Auber) 1948 Teachers:- Laure Cinti-Damoreau, Moreau-Sainti Pupils :- Marguerite Ugalde, Marie Sass Sang in premiere of Halte au Moulin (Ugalde D).
  • 1865 Birth of German composer Gustav Uwe JENNER in Keitum, Island of Sylt. d-Marburg, AUG 1920.  Search Amazon.com for Gustav Uwe JENNER.  
  • 1866 Death of composer Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda, at 65 in Karlsruhe, Germany. b-Prague, 21 FEB 1801. Search Amazon.com for Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda.
  • 1873 The New York Oratorio Society gives it's first concert.
  • 1876 Death of German opera composer Hermann Goetz at age 35, in Hottingen, Zurich, Switzerland. b-Konigsberg, 7 DEC 1840. Search Amazon.com for Hermann Goetz
  • 1881 Birth of American composer James Henry FILLMORE, Jr. d-7 DEC 1956. Son of J. H. Fillmore.
  • 1883 Birth of Austrian composer Anton WEBERN in Vienna. d-Mittersill, accidentally shot smoking a cigar outside his daughter's home, 15 SEP 1945, by allied soldier. Poetic justice since it has been learned he helped to create music based secret code for the Nazi's. Search Amazon.com for Anton WEBERN.
  • Anton Von Webern (20th Century Composers)
  • 1883 Death of Hungarian bass-baritone Gustav Holzel. Born 2 Sep 1813 in Budapest. Died 3 Dec 1883, Debut 1829 Created Sixtus Beckmesser in Meistersingers (Wagner) Di Fiesco in Mario di Rohan (Donizetti)
  • 1883 Oberlin College, OHIO, started classes as the first coed institution of higher learning in the United States. World class music school. Search Amazon.com for Oberlin College
  • 1889 Death of Spanish composer Baltasar Saldoni, at 82 in Madrid. b-Barcelona, 1807. Search Amazon.com for Baltasar Saldoni
  • 1894 Birth of German soprano Lotte Leonard in Hamburg. Died 2 May 1976, Pupil :- Marilyn Zschau
  • 1896 Birth of Polish composer Boleslaw SZABELSKI in Radoryz. d-Katowice, 27 MAR 1979. Works for Orchestra
  • 1898 Birth of composer Lev Konstantinovich KNIPPER, biog , in Tbilist. d- Moscow, 30 JUL 1974. Search Amazon.com for Lev Konstantinovich KNIPPER
  • 1902 Birth of composer Willem Arnold de Vries ROBBE.
  • 1906 Opening of the Manhattan Opera House by Oscar Hammerstein. With Bellini's I Puritani.
  • 1908 FP of Elgar's First Symphony. Hans Richter conducts the Hallé Orchestra at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. CD-Elgar: Symphonies 1 & 2
  • 1908 Birth of American composer Halsey STEVENS in Scott NY. d-20 JAN 1989.  Search Amazon.com for Halsey STEVENS
  • 1909 Birth of American composer, lyricist and writer Dana SUESSE in Kansas City. d-Shreveport, NY. 16 OCT 1987. Search Amazon.com for Dana SUESSE
  • 1911 Birth of Italian composer Nino ROTA in Milan. d-Rome, 10 APR 1979. Official Site. Search Amazon.com for Nino ROTA
  • 1913 FP of Franz Schmidt's Symphony No. 2, in Vienna. CD-Schmidt: Symphonies Nos. 1-4
  • 1913 (JC, GC=16 DEC) FP of S. Rachmaninoff's Piano Sonata No. 2. Search Amazon.com for Rachmaninoff's Piano Sonata No. 2
  • 1914 Birth of American composer Irving FINE in Boston. d-Natick, MA 23 AUG 1962. Search Amazon.com for Irving FINE
  • 1920 (1919?) Birth of English tenor Charles Craig in London. Died 1997, Debut in Boheme (Puccini) 1953 Teachers:- Dino Borgioli, Joseph Hislop Pupils :- Nan Christie.
  • 1922 (1921?) Birth of American soprano Phyllis CURTIN in Clarksburg WV. Debut 1946 Teachers:- Boris Goldovsky, Joseph Regneas, Olga Averino Pupils :- Kimball Wheeler, Sandford Sylvan, Anne-Maria Bogner Marcus Haddock Created Catherine Earnshaw in Wuthering Heights (Floyd) Susannah in Susannah (Floyd) Eleanor of Aquitane in Flower & Hank (Floyd) Celia in Passions of Jonathan Wade (Floyd). Search Amazon.com for Phyllis CURTIN.
  • 1922 Birth of Scottish tenor William McAlpine in Stenhousemuir, Falkirk, Scotland.  Debut as 1st Jew in Salome (Strauss) 1951 Teacher :- Joseph Hislop Pupil :- Justin Lavender, Ashley Catling Created Father Cornelius in Martin's Lie (Menotti). Search Amazon.com for William McAlpine.
  • 1923 Legal birthdate of opera soprano Maria Callas, actually on Dec 2nd 1923 in New York Died 16 Sep 1977 Debut as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) 1941 Teachers:- Elvira De Hidalgo, Maria Trivella, Enza Ferrari Pupil :- Willard White. Search Amazon.com for Maria Callas.
  • 1923 Birth of American baritone Frank Guarrera in Philadelphia, Pa. Debut as Silvio in Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) 1947 Teachers:- Richard Bonelli, Euphamia Giannini-Gregory Pupil :- Ralph Wells. Search Amazon.com for Frank Guarrera.
  • 1925 FP of George Gershwin's Concerto in F. Gershwin pianist, with Walter Damrosh and NY Symphony Society Orchestra in Carnegie Hall. CD-Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue - Piano Concerto in F - An American in Paris.
  • 1926 Birth of German pianist and composer Hans Gunther Franz OTTE in Plauen.
  • 1929 Birth of American music critic and composer Paul Harris TUROK.
  • 1929 Birth of German musicologist Werner RACKWITZ. Handel-Renaissance specialist. BOOK-George Frideric Handel: A Biography In Pictures (Music Book Index)
  • 1930 Death of American bass Robert Blass. Born 27 Oct 1867, New York City. Debut as Heinrich in Lohengrin (Wagner) 3 Dec 1930 Teacher :- Julius Stockhausen Created Dogberry in Much Ado about Nothing (Stanford).
  • 1931 FP of Edward Joseph Collins Piano Concerto No. 2 in a ´Concert Piece. Chicago Symphony, Frederick Stock conducting composer was soloist
  • 1933 Death of composer Richard Henry Warren, at 74.
  • 1938 Birth of Urugayan conductor and composer Jose SEREBRIER in Montevideo, Uruguay. Search Amazon.com for Jose SEREBRIER.
  • Serebrier: Symphony No. 1; Double Bass Concerrto; Violin Concerto
  • 1939 FP of Shostakovich Sixth Symphony, in Moscow. CD-Shostakovich: Symphonies (Box Set)
  • 1941 Death of Norwegian composer Johann Christian August Sinding at age 85, in Oslo. b-Kongsberg, 11 JAN 1856. Search Amazon.com for Christian Sinding.
  • 1942 Birth of American tenor Raymond Gibbs in Tucson Arizona. Debut as Wagner in Faust (Gounod) 1966 Created Peeper Johnny in Nine Rivers from Jordan (Weisgall).
  • 1942 Death of Swedish composer Wilhelm Olof Peterson-Berger, at age 75 in Östersund. b-Ullånger, 27 FEB 1867. Search Amazon.com for Wilhelm Olof Peterson-Berger
  • 1943 FP Howard Hanson's 4th Symphony, Requiem, the Boston Symphony conducted by the composer, awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music, [1944]. CD-Howard Hanson: Symphony No. 4; Suite from Merry Mount; Lament for Beowulf
  • 1945 Birth of American composer and choreographer Laura DEAN, Staten Island NYC.
  • 1946 Birth of mezzo-soprano Marjana Lipovsek in Ljubljana. Created Rosa Sacchi in Schwarze Maske (Penderecki).
  • 1948 Death of Austrian tenor Alexander Kirchner. Born 16 Mar 1876 in Vienna. Debut as Des Grieux in Manon (Massenet) 1909 Teachers:- Amalie Materna, Adolf Robinson.
  • 1949 FP of Ferde Grofé's Death Valley Suite. Hollywood Bowl, conducted by the composer at Desolation Canyon, CA. CD-Great American Grofé
  • 1953 FP of Dmitri Shostakovitch' 5th String Quartet. CD-Shostakovitch: The Complete String Quartets (Box Set)
  • 1953 With melodies of Alexander Borodin, the Wright-Forrest musical Kismet opened on Broadway in NYC. The show ran for 583 performances. CD-Kismet (1953 Original Broadway Cast)
  • 1954 Death of composer Enrique Soro Barriga, at 70.
  • 1954 FP William Walton's opera Troilus & Cressida, at Covent Garden in London. CD-William Walton: Troilus and Cressida
  • 1954 FP of S. Barber's oratorio Prayers of Kierkegaard for soloists, chorus and orchestra. Boston Symphony, Charles Munch conducting. Search Amazon.com for BARBER Prayers of Kierkegaard
  • 1958 FP of Colin McPhee's Nocturne for orchestra, by Leopold Stokowski's Orchestra. CD-McPhee: Tabuh-Tabuhan; Symphony No2
  • 1960 Death of German musicologist and composer Hermann Stephani, at age 83, in Marburg. b-Grimma, Saxony, 28 JUN 1877. Search Amazon.com for Hermann Stephani
  • 1961 Death of Latvian composer Jekabs Graubins, at 75. b-1884.
  • 1963 FP of Aaron Copland's revised score of ballet Dance Panels in Munich. CD-The Copland Collection: Orchestral Works, 1948-1971.
  • 1970 Birth of Israeli violinist Matt HAIMOVITZSearch Amazon.com for Matt HAIMOVITZ
  • 1970 Death of Polish soprano Hedwig von Debicka. [real name: Jadwiga Debicka], studied singing at the Conservatory of Warsaw. Born 24 Nov 1888 in Warsaw. Debut 1910 Teacher :- Pietro Sternich De Valcrociata. 
  • 1975 Death of Bohemian mezzo-soprano Hedwig Fichtmuller. Born 1 Oct 1894, Wittingen Bohemia. Debut as Erda in Ring Cycle (Wagner) 1917 Teacher :- Richard Kogel Sang in premiere of Torneo Notturno (Malipiero).
  • 1978 Death of composer William Grant Still in LA at age 83. b-Woodville, MS 11 MAY 1895. Search Amazon.com for William Grant Still
  • Historic Print (L): [William Grant Still, half-length portrait, facing front] / Gushiniefe(?).
  • 1979 Birth of Italian composer Gianluca CANGEMI in Palermo.
  • 1988 Death of American soprano Sonia Sharnova in Chicago. Debut 1925. Teacher :- Jean De Reszke
  • 1992 FP of John Harbison's Oboe Concerto, soloist William Bennett with the San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Herbert Blomstedt. CD-Premiere Chamber Works
  • 1999 Death of Classical/Jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd announced. Concord records BioCD-Charlie Byrd Christmas AlbumSearch Amazon.com for Charlie Byrd.
  • 2003 Death of American composer Meyer Kupferman at age 77. b-NYC, 3 JUL 1926. Search Amazon.com for Meyer Kupferman.
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