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JANUARY 4

Theodore THOMAS
  • 1710 (3rd?)Birth of Italian composer Giovanni Battista PERGOLESI in Jesi. d-Pozzuoli, age 26, 16 MAR 1736.BOOK-Adriano in Siria: Dramma Per Musica (Complete Works: Opere Complete/Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Vol 3).
  • 1720 Birth of German organist and composer Johann Friedrich AGRICOLA in Dobitzschen. d- Berlin, 2 DEC 1774. Introduction to the Art of Singing by Johann Friedrich Agricola (Cambridge Musical Texts and Monographs).
  • 1759 (JUN?)Birth of Italian composer Maria Rosa COCCIA in Rome. d-Rome, NOV 1833. Search Maria Rosa COCCIA.
  • 1798 Death of Italian composer Giuseppe Giordani in Fermo. b-Napoli, 19 DEC 1745.
  • 1800 Death of Italian castrato Giovanni Battista Mancini. Born 1 Jan 1714 in Ascoli Piceno. Teachers:- Antonio Mario Bernacchi, Leo Leonardo Pupil :- Celeste Coltellini.
  • 1835 Birth of German conductor Theodore THOMAS.  
  • 1836 Birth of soprano Ilma Di Murska in Croatia. Died 14 Jan 1889, Debut in Harriet in Martha (Flotow) 1862 Teacher :- Mathilde Marchesi, V Lichtenegger, J Netzer.
  • 1843 FP of Gaetano Donizetti's opera Don Pasquale in Paris. CD-Gaetano Donizetti: Don Pasquale.
  • 1844 Birth of American band music composer Thomas H. ROLLINSON. d-1928.
  • 1874 Birth of Czech composer and violinist Josef SUK in Kecovice. d- Benesov, 29 MAY 1935. The son-in-law of Dvorák. Grandfather of the violinist of the same name, Josef Suk who was born in 1929. Search Josef SUK.
  • 1880 FP of Brahms' 8 Piano Pieces Op. 76, in Leipzig. CD-Richard Goode Plays Brahms.
  • 1881 FP of Brahms' Academic Festival Overture, composer conducts, in Breslau. CD-Famous Overtures.
  • 1882 Birth of Italian tenor Alfredo Tedeschi in Sicily.  Died 14 Jan 1967, Debut in Sonnambula (Bellini) 1903 Created First Tramp in Nerone (Boito).
  • 1889 FP of Wagner's Das Reingold in NYC, at the MET Opera. CD-Das Rheingold.
  • 1893 Birth of French baritone Andre Bauge in Toulouse. Died 25 May 1966, Debut as Frederick in Lakme (Delibes) 1917 Teachers:- Anne Tariol-Bauge (mother), Alphonse Bauge (father) Sang in premiere of Beatrice (Messager). L'inoubliable André Baugé, vol. 1
  • 1894 Birth of American composer Wesley La VIOLETTE. d-1978.
  • 1897 Birth of French baritone Jose Beckmans in Liege. Died 13 Aug 1987, Debut as Escamillo in Carmen (Bizet) 1916. Search Jose Beckmans.
  • 1898 Birth of Swiss organist, conductor and composer Roger VUATAZ in Geneva. d-2 AUG 1988. Search Roger VUATAZ.
  • 1904 Birth of Scottish conductor, pianist and composer Erik CHISHOLM in Glasgow. d-Ronde Bosch, South Africa, 8 JUN 1965. Search Erik CHISHOLM.
  • 1908 Death of Czech bass Wilhelm Hesch. Born 3 July 1860 in Labský Týnec. Died 4 Jan 1908, Debut in Bartered Bride (Smetana) 1880 Teachers:- E Lukese, Franz Pivoda Created Diego in Bride of Messina (Fibich) Vavra in Debora (Foerster) Priamus in Kreigsgefangene (Goldmark).
  • 1909 Birth of American mezzo-soprano Anna Kaskas in Bridgeport, CT. Died 19 Mar 1998, Debut as Ulrica in Ballo in Maschera (Verdi) 1930 Teachers:- Ferdin, Ferrara, Enrico Rosati Pupil :- Sylvia Anderson. Anna Kaskas Contralto NYC Town Hall Recital Program 1941
  • 1922 Birth of American composer, flutist and saxophonist Frank WESSSearch Frank WESS.
  • 1925 Death of French composer Marie Jaëll in Paris. b-Alsace, 17 AUG 1846.
  • 1928 Birth of Hungarian bass Ioan Hvorov in Bucharest. Debut as Konchak in Prince Igor (Borodin) 1950
  • 1931 Birth of American bass-baritone Edward Pierson in Chicago. Debut as Creon in Oedipus Rex (Stravinsky) 1966 Teacher :- Blanche Branche.
  • 1936 Billboard Magazine publishes its' first record sales chart. Recent Classical Chart
  • 1937 Birth of American soprano Grace BUMBRY in St. Louis. Debut as Amneris in Aida (Verdi) 1960 Teachers:- Pierre Bernac, Lotte Lehmann. Search Grace BUMBRY | COPY-Interviews with Opera Stars, MuseNews Interviews Grace Bumbry [DOWNLOAD]Bizet - CarmenGrace Bumbry In Concert [DVD Video]
  • 1938 Death of baritone Georgy Baklanov. Born 4 Jan 1881 in Riga, Latvia. Debut as Demon in Demon (Rubinstein) 1903 Teachers:- Ippolit Pryanishnikov, Vittorio Vanzo, Pets Sang in premiere Mori di Valenza (Ponchielli) Miserly Knight (Rachmaninov) Francesca da Rimini (Rachmaninov).
  • 1938 FP by Jussi Bjoerling in America, in NYC. Search Jussi Bjoerling.
  •  Very Best ofArtists Of The Century: Jussi BjörlingJussi Björling Rediscovered
  • 1939 Birth of American composer Jon APPLETONSearch Jon APPLETON.
  • 1941 Death of mezzo-soprano Tilly Koenen. Born 25 Dec 1873 in Java. Died 4 Jan 1941 Teacher :- Cornelie van Zanten.
  • 1947 Birth of American composer Joseph TURRIN
  • 1949 Birth of Scottish Margaret Marshall in Stirling. Debut as Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck) Teachers:- Hans Hotter,Edna Mitchell, Peters Pears. Bio: Margaret MARSHALL.
  • 1949 Death of Swedish tenor Gustaf Rodin. Born 2 Dec 1898. Died 4 Jan 1949 Debut 1922 Teacher :- Gillis Bratt Sang in premiere Peer Gynt (Egk).
  • 1950 RCA announces it will produce LP's, 33 1/3 rpm long playing records, following in the 'revolutionary' spinsteps of Columbia Records in 1948. See: Development of the LP.
  • 1951 Birth of English conductor Ronald CORP
  • 1954 Birth of German tenor Peter SEIFFERT in Düsseldorf. Sang in premiere of Ophelia (Keltenborn) Teacher :- M Roehrig.
  • 1961 FP of Gunther Schuller's jazz ballet Variants in NYC. 
  • 1963 Death of Italian baritone Giuseppe Danise. Born 11 Jan 1883 in Naples. Debut as Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) 1906 Teachers:- Luigi Colonnese, Abramo Petillo Pupil :- Mario Bertolino, Barry Morell, Regina Resnik, Maria Cleva. Lebendige Vergangenheit - Giuseppe Danise
  • 1965 CBS buys Fender Guitar Company for 13 million dollars.
  • 1967 Death of American soprano Louise Lerch. Born 1895 Allentown, PA. Died 4 Jan 1967 Teacher :- Marcella Sembrich.
  • 1983 Death of bass Tugomir Franc. Born 8 Feb 1932 in Zagreb. Debut as Re in Aida (Verdi) 1960 Teachers:- Elizabeth Rado, Zlatko Sir, Lav Vrbanic. Elektra, Op.58 - "Seid ihr von Sinnen"
  • 1990 Death of American composer and teacher Vladimir Ussachevsky in NYC. b-Hailar, Manchuria, 3 NOV 1911. Search Vladimir Ussachevsky.
  • 1995 Death of Mexican conductor Eduardo Mata in airplane crash near Cuernavaca airport in Mexico. b-Mexico City, 5 SEP 1942. Search Eduardo Mata.
  • 1996 Death of tenor Ramon Vinay. Born 31 Aug 1912 in Chile. Debut as Alfonso in Favorita (Donizetti) 16 Sep 1931 Teachers:- Rene Maison, Jose Pierson, Ettore Verna. Search Ramon Vinay.
  • 1996 FP of Richard Danielpour's Toward the Splendid City for Orchestra. New York Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Slatkin. Commissioned by the Philharmonic for 150th Anniversary. CD-Richard Danielpour: Celestial Night.
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