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DECEMBER 6 Today in classical music history

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  • 1550 Birth (or baptism) of Italian composer Orazio VECCHI in Modena. d-Modena, 19 FEB 1605. Fa Una Canzona SHEET MUSIC acappella
  • 1716 Death of Dutch composer Benedictus Buns in Boxmeer. b-Geldern, 1642.
  • 1743 Birth of German composer Franz Nikolaus NOVOTNY in Eisenstadt. d-Eisenstadt, 25 AUG 1773.
  • 1768 Birth of composer Johann Baptist HENNEBERG. d-1822.
  • 1775 Birth of Maltese composer, organist and pianist Nicolo ISOUARD in Malta. d-Paris, 23 MAR 1818. d-Paris, 23 MAR 1818. Search Nicolo ISOUARD .
  • 1776 Birth of German composer Paul Friedrich STRUCK.
  • 1785 Death of English soprano Kitty Clive. Born 1711, London. Sang in premiere of Alfred (Arne).
  • 1786 Mozart finishes his Prague Symphony in D, K. 504. 
  • 1794 Birth of Italian opera singer Luigi LaBLACHE in Naples. d-23 JAN 1858. Bellini wrote the role of Georgio in I Puritani for him. Portrait. Debut in Molinara (Fioravanti) 1812 Teachers:- Valente, Giovanni Ansani, Turchini, Giovanni Valesi Pupils :- Joseph Tagliafico, Franz Wallnofer, Heinrich Panofka (Donizetti)
  • 1804 Birth of German soprano Wilhelmine SCHRODER-DEVRIENT in Hamburg. Died 26 Jan 1860 Debut as Pamina in Zauberflote (Mozart) 1821 Teachers:- Giuseppe Mazatti, Miksch, Radichi, Sophie Schroder Created Senta in Flying Dutchman (Wagner) Adriano in Rienzi (Wagner) Venus in Tannhauser (Wagner).
  • 1806 Birth of French opera composer Louis-Gilbert DuPREZ. Jeanne d'Arc
  • 1808 Birth of German composer Johann Christian GEBAUER. Et saligt Digterhjerte
  • 1833 Birth of Italian mezzo-soprano Barbara Marchisio in Turin. Died 19 April, 1919. Debut as Adalgisa in Norma (Bellini) 1856 Teachers:- Gioacchino Rossini, Antonino Marchisio (brother), Fabbrica Pupils :- Toti Dal Monte, Rosa Raisa Sang in premiere of Piccarda Donati (Marchisio) Duca di Scilla (Petrella)
  • 1841 FP of Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 4 in d, an early version known then as his second symphony, at the Gewandhaus. The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Ferdinand David conducting in Leipzig. CD-Schumann: Symphonies 1-4; Manfred Overture
  • 1842 FP of Schumann's Piano Quintet in Eb, Op. 44, in the home of Carl and Heinrich Voigt in Leipzig. CD-Hummel, Schubert, Schumann: Piano Quintets
  • 1846 FP of Berlioz The Damnation of Faust at Paris Opera the composer conducts in Paris. CD-Berlioz - La Damnation de Faust / Veasey, Gedda, Bastin, van Allan, LSO, C. Davis
  • 1846 Birth of composer Henryk JARECKIW przymierzu z Ojczyzna: General Jan Henryk Dabrowski, 1755-1818 (Polish Edition)
  • 1865 Death of Spanish composer Sebastian de Iradier at age 56.
  • 1867 Death of Italian composer Giovanni Pacini at age 71 in Pescia. Search Amazon.com for Giovanni Pacini
  • 1889 Birth of Italian tenor Angelo Minghetti in Bologna.  Died 10 Feb 1957, Debut 1920 Teacher :- Emilia Corsi Pupil :- Ragnar Ulfung Sang in premiere of Fiamma (Respighi).
  • 1890 FP of Hector Berlioz' La Prise de Troie, the first portion of Les Troyens. Performed posthumously in Karlsruhe, Germany.
  • 1892 FP of Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker and opera Iolanta in St. Petersburg. CD-Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (Complete Ballet)/ Sleeping Beauty Suite | CD-Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Iolanta
  • 1887 Birth of American ragtime composer Joseph LAMB. d-1960. Search Joseph LAMB
  • 1896 Birth of English composer Arnold FOSTER. Dances of Hungary: [Music arr. by Arnold Foster] (Handbooks of European national dances)
  • 1896 Birth of American librettist and lyricist Ira GERSHWIN. d-1983. Search  Ira GERSHWIN
  • 1897 Birth of Swedish composer John Axel FERNSTROM.
  • 1902 Birth of Italian composer Virgilio MORTARISearch Virgilio MORTARI.
  • 1903 Death of American composer Frederick Grant Gleason, at 54.
  • 1904 Birth of French pianist, and author Eve Denise CURIE, daughter of Madame Curie.
  • 1919 Birth of Moravian-Czech pianist Gideon KLEIN in Prerov, Moravia. d-Furstengrube, 27 JAN 1945.   Search Gideon KLEIN 
  • 1919 FP of Stravinsky's symphonic suite Le Chant du Rossignol with Ernest Ansermet conducting, in Geneva. CD-Le Chant du Rossignol/L'Histoire du Soldat
  • 1920 Death of composer Karel Kovarovic at age 57. Search Karel Kovarovic
  • 1920 Birth of American composer and jazz pianist Dave BRUBECK in Concord, CA. Search Dave BRUBECK
  • 1927 Birth of French composer Jacques BONDON in Boulbon.
  • 1928 Birth of American soprano Marilyn Tyler in New York. Debut 1948, Teachers:- Toti Dal Monte, Friedrich Schorr Sang in premiere of Martin Korda D P (Badings).
  • 1929 Birth of Austrian conductor Nikolaus HARNONCOURT. Founded The Concentus Musicus of Vienna, performing on period instruments of early music.
  • 1929 Birth of composer Mark KOPYTMAN.
  • 1929 FP of Igor Stravinsky's Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra at the Salle Pleyel. The Paris Symphony conducted by Ernest Ansermet, the composer was soloist in Paris. CD-The Music of Stravinsky
  • 1933 Birth of Polish composer Henryk GORECKI (goh RET skee) in Czernica. He died on November 12, 2010, in his home city of Katowice, of complications due to a lung infection. Górecki had been awarded the Order of the White Eagle, Poland's highest honour, just a month before his death. He received the award from Anna Komorowska, wife of Polish President Bronisław Komorowski, in his hospital bed.  Search Henryk GORECKI
  • 1933 Death of composer Auguste Chapuis at age 75. Search Auguste Chapuis
  • 1937 FP of Boris Blacher's Concertante Musik in Berlin. CD-Boris Blacher: Orchestral Works - Concertante Music (1937) / Suite from the Opera "FürstinTarakanova", Op. 19a (1940) / Two Inventions, Op. 46 (1954) / Music for Cleveland, Op. 53 (1957) / Concerto for Clarinet & Chamber Orchestra (1971) - Vladimir Ashkenazy
  • 1938 Birth of soprano Wilma Driessen, Hague. Debut as Lakme in Lakme (Delibes) 1960 Teachers:- Frans Vroons, To Van Der Sluys, Wolf Dieter Ludwig Clara Clairbert, Lina Pagliughi.
  • 1938 Death of baritone Georgy Baklanov. Born 23 Dec 1880, Riga. Debut as Demon in Demon (Rubinstein) 1903 Teachers:- Ippolit Pryanishnikov, Vittorio Vanzo, Pets Sang in premiere Mori di Valenza (Ponchielli).
  • 1939 Birth of Czech composer Tomas SVOBODA in Paris. Search Tomas SVOBODA
  • 1939 Death of tenor Charles Dalmores. Born 1 Jan 1871 in Nancy. Debut as Siegfried in Ring (Wagner) 1899 Teachers:- Dauphin, Edmond-Alphonse Verguet, Franz Emmerich Created Lancelot in Roi Arthus (Chausson) Sang in premiere Oracolo (Leoni). 
  • Historic Print (L): [Charles Dalmores, half-length portrait, facing right wearing hat]
  • 1940 FP of Arnold Schoenberg's Violin Concerto. The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski, Louis Krasner soloist. CD-Schoenberg: Violin Concerto, Op. 36 / Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5
  • 1941 Birth of American conductor John NELSON in San Jose, Costa Rica. GIULIO CESARE - METROPOLITAN OPERA - PLAYBILL - APRIL 28, 2000
  • 1943 Death of English composer Hermann Lohr at age 72. b-26 OCT 1871.
  • 1946 Death of composer Maximilian Oseyevich Shteynberg at age 63.
  • 1949 FP of Prokofiev's Cello Sonata, Op. 119, at the Union of Composers, by cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and pianist Sviatoslav Richter in Moscow. They performed the first public performance at the Moscow Conservatory on 1 MAR 1950. CD-Shostakovich: Cello Sonata No.2/Strasvinsky: Suite Italienne For Cello And Piano/Prokofiev: Cello Sonata, Op.119
  • 1951 Birth of Israeli pianist Daniel ADNISearch Daniel ADNI.
  • 1951 Death of baritone Leon Rothier. Born 26 DEC1874 in Rheims. Debut as Jupiter in Philemon & Baucis (Gounod) 1899 Teachers:- Cresti, Pal Lherie, Leon Melchissedec Pupil :- Richard Crooks Created Junkman in Louise (Charpentier) Father Time in Oiseau Bleu (Wolff) Duquesnois in Peter Ibbetson (Taylor D)
  • 1954 Birth of American composer Andrew VIOLETTE in NYC. Search Andrew VIOLETTE
  • 1954 Birth of Swiss composer Beat FURRER in Schaffhausen. Search Beat FURRER
  • 1955 Birth of Chinese composer Bright SHENG, in Shanghai. Search Bright SHENG
  • 1957 Death of tenor Evan Gorga. Born 1865. Debut as Wilhelm in Mignon (Thomas) 1 Jan 1895 Created Rodolfo in Boheme (Puccini).
  • 1958 Death of composer Erwin Bodky, at age 62. See: History of the Cambridge Society for Early Music.
  • 1966 Death of composer Hermann Heiss, at age 68. Hermann Heiss: Eine Dokumentation (Darmstadter Beitrage zur neuen Musik) (German Edition)
  • 1971 Death of Dutch composer Hugo Godron, at 71 in Zoelmond. b-Amsterdam, 22 NOV 1900.
  • 1973 Death of composer Justus Hermann Wetzel, at age 94.
  • 1974 FP of Charles Wuorinen's Piano Concerto No. 2. The composer was soloist using an amplified piano, in NYC.  Search Amazon.com for Wuorinen Piano Concerto No. 2
  • 1977 FP of John Corigliano's Clarinet Concerto, in NYC. CD-John Corigliano: Concerto for Clarinet; Samuel Barber: Third Essay for Orchestra
  • 1995 Death of composer Claire Polin Schaff, at age 69.
  • 1997 FP of Aaron Jay Kernis' Ecstatic Meditations The Plymouth Music Series, Philip Brunelle, conducts in Minneapolis, MN. CD-Voices 1900/2000
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