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JANUARY 23

Francesco Cavalli


  • 1639 Baroque composer Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676) joins St. Mark's in Venice as organist. An important composer of Italian opera in the third quarter of the 17th century.
  • 1724 FP of J. S. Bach's Sacred Cantata No. 73 Herr, wie du willst, so schicks mit mir on the 3rd Sunday following Epiphany, was part of Bach's first annual Sacred Cantata cycle in Leipzig 1723-24.
  • 1729 FP of Bach's Sacred Cantata No. 156 Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe on the 3rd Sunday following Epiphany. Was part of Bach's fourth annual Sacred Cantata cycle texts by Christian Friedrich Henrici, aka Picander, in Leipzig 1728-29.
  • 1752 Birth of Italian composer Muzio CLEMENTI in Rome. d-Evesham, England, 10 MAR 1832. SCORES-Muzio Clementi (Great Piano Works - The Mini Series).
  • 1753 Handel, totally blind, employes John Christopher Smith as his dictation assistant.
  • 1789 Birth of tenor and coach Giulio Marco Bordogni in Gazzaniga. Died 31 July 1856, Debut as Argirio in Tancredi (Rossini) 1813 Teacher, J S Mayr Pupils, Jeanne Anais Castellan, Laure Cinti-Damoreau, Sofia Cruvelli Julie Aimee Dorus-Gras, Marie Cornelie Falcon, Giovanni Mario Heinrich Panofka, Sims Reeves, Hermine Rudersdorff, Franz Wild Henrietta Sontag, Leon Achard, Anna La Grange, Anna Thillon William Balfe, Johanna Wagner, Anna Zerr, Mario Zucchelli Created Libenskof in Viaggio a Reims (Rossini).
  • 1793 Death of mezzo-soprano Margaret Farrell. Born in Ireland.  Debut in Sot (Arne T) Teacher, Thomas Arne.
  • 1805 Death of Polish composer Vaclav Wenzel Pichl. b-Bechyne, Bohemia, 25 SEP 1741.
  • 1820 Birth of Russian composer, critic and politician Alexander SEROV in St. Petersburg. d-St. Petersburg, 1 FEB 1871. Search  Alexander SEROV.
  • 1837 (GC, JC=11 JAN) Death of Irish composer John Field at age 54, in Moscow. b-Dublin, Ireland, 26 JUL 1782. Search  John Field.
  • 1850 Birth of soprano Antoinette Sterling in Sterlingville, N Y.  Died 10 Jan 1904, Teachers, De Abella, Manuel Garcia Jnr, Mathilde Marchesi, Pauline Viardot-Garcia.
  • 1850 Death of bass-baritone Adolphe Alizard. Born 29 Dec 1814 in Paris. Debut as St Bris in Huguenots (Meyerbeer) 1837 Teacher, Davide Banderali Created Roger in Jerusalem (Verdi) Crier in Huguenots (Meyerbeer).
  • 1858 Death of bass Luigi Lablache. Born 6 Dec 1794 in Naples. Debut in Molinara (Fioravanti) 1812 Teachers, Valente, Giovanni Ansani, Turchini, Giovanni Valesi Pupils, Joseph Tagliafico, Franz Wallnofer, Heinrich Panofka Created Giorgio Walton in Puritani (Bellini) Orasmano in Zaira (Bellini) Filippo in Bianca e Fernando (Bellini) Don Pasquale in Don Pasquale (Donizetti) Edward III in Assedio di Calais (Donizetti) Amur in Elvida (Donizetti) Murana in Esule di Roma (Donizetti) Sigismondo in Giovedi Grasso (Donizetti) Zarete in Paria (Donizetti) Darlemont in Pazzi Per Progetto (Donizetti) Noah in Diluvio Universale (Donizetti) Ircano in Sancio di Castiglia (Donizetti) Marin Faliero in Marino Faliero (Donizetti) Falstaff in Falstaff (Balfe) Massimiliano in Masnadieri (Verdi) Sallustie in Last Day of Pompei (Pacini) Erennio in Vestale (Pacini) Cabana in Amazilia (Pacini) Anfione in Niobe (Pacini) Enrico VI in Margherita Regina D'Inghilterra (Pacini) Ugo di Lacy in Contestabile di Chester (Pacini) Corrado in Elvezi (Pacini) Alfonso in Fernando Duca Di Valenza(Pacini) Escarca in Irene (Pacini) Birbof in Orfano della Selva (Coccia) Arnaldo in Figlia dell'Arciere (Coccia) Arnoldo in Elisa e Claudio (Mercadante) Claudio in Amleto (Mercadante) Oswaldo in Costanzo ed Almeriska (Mercadante) Danao in Ipermestra (Mercadante) Maximiliano in Briganti (Merrcadante) Archeo in Italici e Gl'Indiani (Carafa) Sulemano in Esule di Granata (Meyerbeer) Philip II in Don Carlos (Costa) Cristoforo Colombo in Colombo (Ricci L) Tiberio in Sciocca per Astuzia (Mosca G) Giocondo in Dama Locandiera (Mosca G) Abate Del L'Epee in Abate Del L'Epee (Mosca G).
  • 1878 Birth of English composer Rutland BOUGHTON in Aylesbury. d-24 JAN 1960. Search Rutland BOUGHTON.
  • 1888 Birth of Polish composer Jerzy GABLENZ in Krakow. d-Krakow, 11 NOV 1937.
  • 1890 Birth of Russian tenor Vladimir ROSING in St Petersburg. d-Los Angeles, 24 NOV 1963. Debut as Lensky in Eugen Onegin (Tchaikovsky) 1912 Teachers, Jean De Reszke, George Power, Marie Rosing, Giovanni Sbriglia Joachim Tartakov Pupils, Helen Olheim, Jerome Hines.
  • 1890 Birth of soprano Xenia Belmas in Chernigov. Died 2 Feb 1981, Debut as Lisa in Pique Dame (Tchaikovsky) 1910 Teachers, Moene, Pats, Carl Schuriet Pupils , Rose Alpar, Gregorio Fiasconaro.
  • 1894 FP of Czech composer Antonin Dvorák's own arrangement of Stephen Foster's Old Folks at Home with vocal soloists Sissierette Jones and Harry T. Burleigh. A concert of African-American choral music at Madison Square Concert Hall in NYC.
  • 1895 FP of American composer Edward MacDowell's Indian SuiteCD-MacDowell: Suites Nos. 1 & 2, Hamlet & Ophelia / Ulster Orchestra, Yuasa.
  • 1898 Birth of German violinist Georg KULENKAMPFF in Bremin. d-4 OCT 1948.
  • 1908 Death of American composer Edward MacDowell at age 47, in NYC. b-18 DEC 1861. BOOK-Edward MacDowell.
  • 1922 Death of Hungarian composer, violinist and conductor Artur Nikisch in Leipzig. b-Lebenyi Szent-Miklos, 12 OCT 1855. Photo w/ Berlin Philharmonic. | Search  Artur Nikisch.
  • 1923 Birth of Austrian born English violinist Eli GOREN in Vienna. d-2000. Was founding leader of the Allegri String Quartet. He studied with Emil Hauser. Photo.
  • 1923 FP of Villa-Lobos Symphonic Poem Mandu-Carara, in NYC.
  • 1930 Birth of bass Manfred Schenk in Stuttgart.  Died 13 Dec 1999, Debut 1960 Teacher, Karl-Heinz Jarius Created Charles Bovary in Madame Bovary (Sutermeister).
  • 1933 Birth of American composer Joel SPIEGELMAN.
  • 1933 FP of Bela Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 2. Hans Robaud conducting and the composer was soloist, in Frankfurt.
  • 1935 Birth of soprano Teresa Zylis Gara in Vilna, Poland. Debut as Halka in Halka (Moniuszko) 1957 Teacher, Olga Olgina.  Teresa ZYLIS-GARA.
  • 1936 Birth of French pianist Cecile OUSSETSearch Cecile OUSSET.
  • 1936 Death of contralto Clara Butt. Born 1 Feb 1872 in Esher. Teachers, J H Blower, Jacques Bouhy, Etelka Gerster, Dan Rootham Clara Novello Davies. Clara ButtBritain's Queen of Song
  • 1936 FP of Carlos Chavez's Sinfonia India. A CBS radio broadcast by the Columbia Symphony, conducted by Chavez. CD-Chavez: Three Symphonies.
  • 1937 Death of baritone Mieczyslaw Horbowski. Born 23 July 1849 in Doleck. Debut 1872 Teachers, Giovanni Lamperti, Gustave-Hippolyte Roger Pupils, Adam Dobosz.
  • 1943 FP of Edward "Duke" Ellington's Black, Brown and Beige Suite. It followed a rehearsal performance on the 23 JAN at Rye High School, NY. Ellington and his orchestra presented their first concert at Carnegie Hall in NYC, presenting the "official" premiere of Ellington's work. CD-Nigel Kennedy Plays Duke Ellington and Béla Bartók.
  • 1945 Birth of American composer Hilton Kean JONES. Search Hilton Kean JONES.
  • 1947 Birth of Russian composer Nicolai S. KORNDORF in Moscow. d-Vancouver, 30 MAY 2001.
  • 1948 FP of David Diamond's Symphony No. 4. BSO conducted by L. Bernstein. See: All Classical Guide.
  • 1951 Birth of American composer Richard DERBY.
  • 1953 Birth of American composer Wendy Mae CHAMBERS. Search Wendy Mae CHAMBERS.
  • 1953 Birth of American composer John Luther ADAMS. Search John Luther ADAMS.
  • 1953 Death of bass Andres Perello De Segurola. Born 27 Mar 1874 in Valencia, Spain. Debut 1898 Teacher, Pietro Varvaro Pupil, Deanna Durbin Created Jake Wallace in Fanciulla del West (Puccini) Amantio di Nicolao in Gianni Schicci (Puccini) Didier in Madeleine (Herbert) Sang in premiere of Madame Sans Gene (Giordano).
  • 1960 Death of tenor Rudolf Gerlach-Rusnak. Born 24 July 1895 in Duboulz. Debut Rodolfo in Boheme (Puccini) 1923 Teachers, Eugen Fuchs, Lara, Jacques Stuckgold.
  • 1965 Death of tenor Trefor Jones. Born 27 Aug 1901 in Cymmer, So. Wales. Created Hugh in Hugh the Drover (Vaughan-Williams).
  • 1967 Birth of soprano Karmena Radovska. Teachers, Katia Angelou, Irina Gavrilovich.
  • 1967 Birth of bass Michael Druiett in London. Debut as Second Prisoner in Fidelio (Beethoven) 1989 Teachers, Eduardo Asquez, Norman Bailey, Elio Battaglia Sonja Nerdrum, Josephine Veasey Created Dalrymple in Friend of the People (Horne).
  • 1967 Death of soprano Yvonne Brothier. Born 6 June 1889 in Ancerville. Debut as Lakme in Lakme (Delibes) 1916 Teachers, Marguerite Long, Paul Vidal, Albert Wolff Created Virginie in Virginie (Bruneau) Sang in premiere of Hulla (Samuel-Rousseau).
  • 1968 Death of English composer Teresa Riego in London. b-London, 7 APR 1876.
  • 1973 Death of tenor Piero Menescaldi. Born 1893. Created Argirolfo in Favorito del Re (Veretti) Sang in premiere of Diavolo nel Campanile (Lualdi) Bella e il Monstro (Ferrari-Trecate).
  • 1973 FP of Elliott Carter's String Quartet No. 3. Juilliard String Quartet in NYC. 1973 Pulitzer Prize for music. Carter's second Pulitzer win.
  • 1976 Death of bass Paul Robeson. Born 9 Apr 1898 in Princeton. Teachers, Anna Schoen-Rene, Amanda Aldridge. Very Best of Paul RobesonPaul Robeson - Here I StandHere I Stand
  • 1977 Birth of American composer Mason BATES. Search  Mason BATES.
  • 1989 Death of tenor Julian Miller. Born 29 Dec 1911 in Calcutta. Teachers, Ernesto Beraldi, Cristali.
  • 1997 Death of tenor Charles Craig. Born 3 Dec 1920 in London. Debut in Boheme (Puccini) 1953 Teachers, Dino Borgioli, Joseph Hislop Pupil, Nan Christie.
  • 1999 FP of Thea Musgrave's Three Women. Women's Philharmonic, Apo Hsu conducting in San Francisco, CA.
  • 1981 Death of American composer Samuel Barber at age 70, in NYC. b-West Chester, PA 9 MAR 1910. Buried, Oakland Cemetery, West Chester, Chester County, PA. BOOK-Samuel Barber: The Composer and His Music | Search  Samuel Barber.
  • 2002 (24th?) Death of American harpsichordist Igor Kipnis in CT. b-Berlin, 27 SEP 1930. Son of bass Alexander Kipnis. Was original member of our MUSIClassical list groupSearch Igor Kipnis.
  • 2003 FP of Lowell Liebermann's Trio No. 2 for Piano, Violin and Cello by the Beaux Arts Trio in Berlin.
  • 2003 FP of Kaija Saariaho's Orion. Cleveland Orchestra, Franz Welsar Most, conducting, in Cleveland.
  • 2004 FP of Ingram Marshall's Bright Kingdoms. Oakland East Bay Symphony at Paramount Theatre, Oakland, CA.
  • 2004 FP of James Primosch's Matins with oboist Peggy Pearson and Cantata Singers also performing two Bach cantatas in Jordan Hall, Boston, MA.
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