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JANUARY 17

  • 1671 FP of Moliere's play Psyche with music by Lully in Paris.
  • 1676 Death of Italian opera composer Pier Francesco Cavalli, in Venice.
  • 1706 Birth of American Statesman, composer, publisher and inventor of the Glass Harmonica Benjamin FRANKLIN in Boston, MA. d-17 APR 1790. Franklin's bright idea.
  • 1712 Birth of English organist and composer John STANLEY in London. d-London, 19 MAY 1786.
  • 1727 Birth of German composer Johann Gottfried MUTHEL in Mölln, Lauenburg. d-Bienenhof, suburban Riga, Latvia; then Germany. 14 JUL 1788.
  • 1734 Birth of Belgian, South Netherlands, composer Francois-Joseph GOSSEC in Vergnies. d-Paris, 16 FEB 1829.
  • 1738 Death of French organist and composer Jean Francois Dandrieu in Paris.
  • 1745 Handel advertises return of three-fourths costs to subscribers of his concert series indicating he can't please them. Prompting support, and resumtion of the concerts a week later.
  • 1750 ('51?) Death of Italian composer Tomaso Albinoni, in Venice. b-Venice, 14 JUN 1671.
  • 1773 FP of Mozart's motet Exsultate Jubilate in Milan.
  • 1826 Death of Spanish composer Juan Crisostomo Arriaga, in Paris. b-Bilbao, 27 JAN 1806.
  • 1847 Birth of Augusto Rotoli Teacher of Singing Born Rome 26 Nov 1904 Pupil :- Mattia Battistini
  • 1850 Birth of Russian composer Sergey Ivanovich TANEYEV in St. Petersburg. d-Petrograd, 7 FEB 1918.
  • 1869 Death of Russian composer Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzjski in St. Petersburg. b-Tula, 14 FEB 1813.
  • 1875 Birth of Charles Rousseliere Tenor Born 17 Jan 1875 St Nazaire Died 11 May 1950 Debut as Samson in Samson & Delilah (Saint-Saens) Teacher :- Albert Vaguet Created Giorgio in Amica (Mascagni) Eduardo in Don Procopio (Bizet) Tebaldo in Ancetre (Saint-Saens) Andreas in Theodora (Leroux) Toliak in Vieil Angle (Gunsbourg) Julien in Julien (Charpentier) Spakos in Cleopatre (Massenet) Marcomir in Barbares (Saint-Saens) Andros in Promethee (Faure)
  • 1880 FP of Cesar Franck's Piano Quintet in f. Marsick Quartet, with Camille Saints-Saëns at the piano, in Paris.
  • 1884 FP of Jules Massenet's opera Manon in Paris, at the Opéra-Comique.
  • 1890 Death of Austrian composer and cantor Salomon Sulzer in Vienna. b-Hohenewis, Vorarlberg, 30 MAR 1804.
  • 1891 Death of Dutch composer Johannes Verhulst in Gravenhage. b-Gravenhage, 19 MAR 1816.
  • 1901 FP of Pietro Mascagni's opera Le Maschere simultaneously in Genova; Teatro alla Scala, Roma; Torino; Venezia.
  • 1902 Birth of Julius Katona Tenor Born 17 Jan 1902 Berlin Died 14 Mar 1977 Debut as Figaro in Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) 1930 Teachers:- Gertrude Foerstel, Josef von Manowarda, Julius von Raatz-Brockmann Sang in premiere of Marina (Dostal)
  • 1903 Birth of Dutch composer Iet STANTS in Utrecht. d-Culemborg, 3 FEB 1968.
  • 1904 Birth of Hanus Thein Bass Born 17 Jan 1904 Pardubice Died 30 Dec 1974 Debut as Benes in Dalibor (Smetana) 17 Jun 1927 Teacher :- Egon Fuchs
  • 1907 Birth of Dutch composer Henk BADINGS in Bandung, Java. d-Maarheeze, 26 JUN 1987.
  • 1908 Birth of Heinz Marten Tenor Born 17 Jan 1908 Silesia Teachers:- Oscar Rees, Albert Fischer
  • 1917 (SEP ?)Birth of Korean born German composer Isang YUN. d-1995.
  • 1917 Birth of Czech born Canadian composer Oscar MORAWETZ.
  • 1919 Polish Statesman and Composer Ignacy Jan PADEREWSKI becomes Prime Minister of Poland.
  • 1920 Birth of American composer George HANDY. d-1997.
  • 1927 Birth of American composer Donald ERB in Youngstown, OH.
  • 1928 Birth of French composer Jean BARRAQUE in Puteaux. d-Paris, 17 AUG 1973.
  • 1930 Birth of American composer Robert CEELY.
  • 1931 Birth of American composer Frederick FOX.
  • 1934 Birth of Canadian born American composer, conductor and teacher Sydney HODKINSON, in Winnipeg.
  • 1934 Birth of Charlotte Berthold Mezzo-Soprano Born 17 Jan 1934 Lobau Debut as Cherubino in Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) 1962 Teacher :- Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender, Margarethe Barwinkel Created Sophie in Play of Love & Death (Cikker) Sang in premiere of Till (Wohlgemuth) Ein Engel kommt nach Babylon (Kelterborn)
  • 1938 Birth of Norwegian composer Tormod SAEVERUD in Bergen.
  • 1941 Birth of New Zealand organist Dame Gillian WEIR.
  • 1942 Birth of Swedish composer Ulf GRAHN in Solna.
  • 1942 Birth of German violinist Ulf HOELSCHER.
  • 1942 Death of Rudolf Wittekopf Bass Born 11 Dec 1863 Berlin Died 17 Jan 1942 Debut 1888 Sang in premiere of Roland von Berlin (Leoncavallo)
  • 1944 FP of Aaron Copland's Violin Sonata. Ruth Posselt, violin, with the composer at the piano at Times Hall in NYC.
  • 1948 Birth of French pianist Anne QUEFFELEC in Paris.
  • 1949 Birth of French violinist Augustin DUMAY.
  • 1952 Birth of American composer Larry BELL.
  • 1956 Birth of American composer and guitarist Anthony GLISE in St. Joseph, MO.
  • 1957 Birth of Canadian soprano Nancy ARGENTA in Nelson BC Canada Debut as Huntress in Hippolyte et Aricie (Rameau) 1983 Teachers:- Vera Rozsa, Gerard Souzay, Peter Pears
  • 1958 Birth of Agnes Mellon Soprano Born 17 Jan 1958 Epinay-sur-Seine Teachers:- Jacqueline Bonnardot, Nicole Fallion, Lillian Loran
  • 1963 Birth of American composer Jonathan ROMEO.
  • 1968 Death of Kipras Petrauskas Tenor Born 23 Nov 1886 Wilna Died 17 Jan 1968 Teacher :- S Gabel Debut in Birute (Petrauskas M) Pupils :- Valentinas Adamkevicius, Virgilius Noreika
  • 1969 Death of Polish composer Grazyna Bacewicz, in Warsaw. b-Lodz, 5 FEB 1909.
  • 1970 Death of Kathryn Meisle Mezzo-Soprano Born 12 Oct 1899 Philadelphia Died 17 Jan 1970 Debut as Erda in Siegfried (Wagner) 1923 Teacher :- William S Brady
  • 1990 Death of Flora Rafanelli Mezzo-Soprano Born 30 Sep 1930 Florence Died 17 Jan 1990 Debut in Elise e Claudio (Mercadante) 1960 Teachers:- Nella del Vivo, Edoardo Muller
  • 1991 FP of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Oboe Concerto. John Mack, with the Cleveland Orchestra, Christoph von Dohnanyi conducting.
  • 2004 FP of John Harbison´s motet Abraham. Pittsburgh Symphony and London and Krakow Symphony Chorus members. Gilbert Levine conducting. Pope John Paul II in attendance at The Vatican. Program also included Mahlers Symphony No. 2.


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