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JANUARY 5

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  • 1596 Birth of English choir director and composer Henry LAWES in Dinton, Whiltshire. d-London, 21 OCT 1662. Search Amazon.com for Henry LAWES | BOOK-Henry Lawes: Cavalier Songwriter (Oxford Monographs on Music).

  • 1640 Birth of Italian composer Paolo LORENZANI in Rome. d-Rome, 28 OCT 1713. LORENZANI: Motets.

  • 1649 FP of Francesco Cavalli's Opera l Giasone at Teatro Cassiano, in Venice.

  • 1677 FP of Lully's opera Isis in Paris.

  • 1681 Italian composer Giovanni Legrenzi takes position of music director at St. Mark's in Venice. Search Giovanni Legrenzi.

  • 1690 FP of Alessandro Scarlatti's opera La Statira in Teatro Tordinona, Rome.

  • 1740 Death of Italian composer Antonio Lotti in Venice. b-Venice, c.1667. Search Antonio Lotti.

  • 1857 Birth of American bass David Bispham in Philadelphia. Died 2 Oct 1921, Debut as Duke in Basoche (Messager) Nov 1891 Teachers:- Edward Giles, Giovanni Lamperti, Albert Randegger William Shakespeare, Luigi Vannuccini Pupils :- Nelson Eddy, Reinald Werrenrath Created Benedict in Much Ado About Nothing (Stanford) William in Harold (Cowen) Sang in premiere of Paoletta (Floridia).

  • 1868 Birth of American bariton and coach Oscar Saenger in Brooklyn, N Y. Died 20 Apr 1926, Teachers:- Jacques Bouhy Pupils :- Paul Althouse, Rudolf Berger, Curtis, Bernice de Pasquali, Mabel Garrison, Orville Harrold, Allen Hinckley, Kathleen Howard Josephine Jacoby, Mary Jordan, Queena Mario, Leon Rains Marie Rappold, Lila P Robeson, Henry Scott, Warrum Joseph Regneas, Joseph Bernstein, Florence Hinkle, Elsie Baker Riccardo Martin, Sara Anderson.

  • 1868 FP of final version of Max Bruch's Violin Concerto in g, Op. 26 with Karl Martin Rheintahler conducting and Joseph Joachim soloist, in Bremen. CD-Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1/Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto.

  • 1871 Birth of American composer Frederick Shepherd CONVERSE in Newton MA. d-1940. Search Frederick Shepherd CONVERSE | BOOK-Frederick Shepherd Converse (1871-1940).

  • 1872 Birth of tenor Otakar Marak in Ostrihom, Hungary. Died 2 July 1939, Debut as Faust in Faust (Gounod) 1 Feb 1899 Teachers:- O Parsova-Zikesova, Zikes Created Gennaro in Jewels of Madonna (Wolf-Ferrari). Recitar! - Vesti la giubba (I Pagliacci).

  • 1873 Birth of tenor Karl Jorn in Riga, Latvia. Died 19 Dec 1947, Debut as Lionel in Martha (Flotow) 1896 Teachers:- Elizabeth Jacobs, Johannes Ress, Schutte-Harmsen, Lohse Eugen Robert Weiss.

  • 1875 Birth of English baritone and coach Alberto Garcia in London. Died 10 Aug 1946, Teachers:- Bataille, Bucine, Gustave Garcia(father), Pauline Viardot-Garcia Pupils :- Keith Falkner, Leon Lishner, Oscar Natzke, Sameul Rabin Grace Mary Ball.

  • 1875 Opening of the Paris Opera building.

  • 1880 Birth of Russian composer and pianist Nicolai MEDTNER in Moscow. d-London, 13 NOV 1951. Search Nicolai MEDTNER .

  • 1881 Birth of Russian composer Nicolai ROSLAVETZ. d-23 AUG 1944. He is known as the Russian Schoenberg as he used his own system of 'Synthetic chords'.

  • 1884 FP of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta Princess Ida in London. CD-Gilbert & Sullivan: Princess Ida.

  • 1888 Death of Austrian composer and pianist Henri HERZ in Paris. b-Vienna, 6 JAN 1803. Search Henri HERZ.

  • 1891 Death of American soprano Emma Abbott. Born 9 Dec 1850 in Chicago. Debut as Marie in Figlia del Reggimento (Donizetti) 2 May 1876 Teachers:- Seth Abbott(father), Enrico Delle Sedie, Achille Errani Mathilde Marchesi, Antonio Sangiovanni,Pier-Francoise Wartel.

  • 1894 Birth of tenor Gaston Micheletti in Tavaco, Corsica. Died 20 May 1959, Debut as Faust in Faust (Gounod) 1922 Teachers:- Jacques Isnardon, Leon Melchissedec Sang in premiere of Joueur de Viole (Laparra) Chevalier de Mauleon (Fournier) Savati le Terrible (Bousquet) Angelo (Bruneau).

  • 1904 Birth of Austrian born American violinist Erica MORINI (Siracusano) in Vienna. Erica Morini: Vol. 2. Live & Studio Recordings, 1921-1940 Search Erica MORINI.

  • 1904 Birth of mezzo-soprano Marie Pixova in Prague. Debut as Puck in Oberon (Weber) 9 Oct 1929

  • 1915 Birth of Uta Graf Soprano Born 5 Jan 1915 Dusseldorf Died 17 Feb 1995 Debut 1938 Teachers:- Anna Bahr-Mildenburg, Ria Ginster Pupils :- Barbara Blanchard. The Bartered Bride: Act III.

  • 1915 Death of mezzo-soprano Jeanne Gerville-Reache. Born 26 Mar 1882, Orthez France. Debut as Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck) 20 Dec 1849 Teachers:- Jean Criticos, Rosine Laborde, Pauline Viardot-Garcia Created Genevieve in Pelleas et Melisande (Debussy) Katherine in Juif Polonaise (Erlanger). Lebendige Vergangenheit - Jeanne Gerville-Réache Search Jeanne Gerville-Reache.

  • 1917 Birth of English composer Reginald Smith BRINDLE. Composed for guitar. Studied with Pizzeti in Rome. d-9 SEP 2003 at age 86. Guardian Unlimited Obituary | Search Reginald Smith BRINDLE |BOOK-Musical Composition.

  • 1920 Birth of Italian pianist Arturo Benedetti MICHELANGELI in Brescia. d-1995. Search Arturo Benedetti MICHELANGELI.

  • 1924 Birth of American soprano Doris Jung in Centralia, Illinois. Debut as Vitellia in Clemenza di Tito (Mozart) 1955 Teachers:- Winifred Cecil, Julius Cohen, Luise Helletsgraber, Emma Zador.

  • 1929 Birth of Italian conductor and composer Romulus FRANCESCHINI.

  • 1930 Birth of American composer Frederick TILLIS Search Frederick TILLIS.

  • 1930 Birth of Hungarian born British conductor Laszlo HELTAYSearch  Laszlo HELTAY.

  • 1931 Birth of Austrian pianist Alfred BRENDEL in Wiesenburg, Moravia. Search Alfred BRENDEL | BOOK-Me of All People: Alfred Brendel in Conversation With Martin Meyer.

  • 1931 Birth of choreographer Alvin AILEY. d-1 DEC 1981. BOOK-Revelations: The Autobiography of Alvin Ailey.

  • 1932 Birth of tenor Franco Ghitti in Brescia. Debut 1959 Teachers:- Vladimiro Badiali, Giovanni Inghelleri, Domenico Malatesta Barra Caracciolo Gennaro Sang in premiere of Pozzo e il Pendolo (Bettinelli).

  • 1932 FP of Marurice Ravel's Piano Concerto in D for the left hand, commissioned by Paul Wittgenstein, in Vienna. CD-Gershwin/Ravel: Piano Concertos.

  • 1941 FP of Mark Blitzstein's opera No for an Answer in NYC.

  • 1942 Birth of Italian pianist Maurizio POLLINI in Milan. The Well-Tempered Clavier I Search  Maurizio POLLINI.

  • 1949 Birth of soprano Wilhemenia Fernandez. Created Medea in Medea (Bryers / Wilson). 

  • CD-Wilhelmenia Fernandez Sings Favorite Spirituals
  • 1949 FP of Henry Cowell's Symphony No. 5. in Washington, D. C.

  • 1949 FP of Morton Gould's Fall River Legend Symphonic Suite with Pierre Monteux conducting SF Sym. CD-Copland: Appalachian Spring; Gould: Fall River Legend.

  • 1953 American debut of pianist-conductor Philippe EntremontSearch Philippe Entremont.

  • 1954 Birth of  mezzo-soprano Janine Roebuck in Barnsley. Debut as Manja in Countess Maritza (Kalman) 1984 Teachers:- Frederic Cox, Regine Crespin, Edgar Evans, David Harper Nicholas Powell. Something Wonderful.

  • 1957 Birth of American composer, conductor and violinist Roger ZAHAB in Akron, OH. Search  Roger ZAHAB.

  • 1961 FP of Easley Blackwood's Symphony No. 2 A commissioned by music publisher G. Schirmer to celebrate their centenary, in Cleveland.

  • 1962 Birth of American composer Joe MONZO in Philadelphia, PA. Search Joe MONZO.

  • 1962 FP of Ross Lee Finney's Piano Quintet No. 2, in Los Angeles, CA.

  • 1967 Death of Austrian soprano Luise Helletsgruber Born 30 May 1901 in Vienna. Debut as Shepherd Boy in Tannhauser (Wagner) 1922 Pupil :- Doris Jung.

  • 1970 Birth of American composer Daniel FELSENFELDSearch Daniel FELSENFELD.

  • 1970 Death of Catalan-born British composer Roberto Gerhard, at age 73, in Cambridge, England. b-Valls, Catalonia, Spain, 25 SEP 1896. Search Roberto Gerhard.

  • 1973 FP of Pierre Boulez' Explosante-Fixe in NYC. CD-Boulez: Notations/Structures Pour Deux Pianos/Explosante-Fixe.

  • 1974 Death of Russian pianist Lev Oborin in Moscow, age 66. b- 11 SEP 1907. Search  Lev Oborin.

  • 1974 Death of baritone Wolfgang Anheisser. Born 1 Dec 1929 in Koln. Debut as Nardo in Finta Giardinieri (Mozart) 1961 Teacher :- Karl Schmitt-Walter Sang in premiere of De Temporum fine comoedia (Orff).

  • 1976 Death of French composer Georges Mignot in Levallois, suburban Paris. b-Paris, 27 FEB 1891.

  • 1984 Death of Spanish tenor Tino Folgar. Born 21 Jan 1892 in Barcelona. Debut as Almaviva in Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) 1923 Teacher :- Esteban Pasqual.

  • 1992 Death of Columbian composer Hans Federico Neuman in Barranquilla. b-Barranquilla, 19 DEC 1917. aka Johann Friedrich Neüman. Introduccion a la musica espanola del Renacimiento (Spanish Edition).

  • 1998 Death of Russian composer Georgy Vasilyevich Sviridov, in Moscow. b-Fatezh-Kursk, between Moscow and Kiev 16 DEC 1915. Compositions. Also see: Voice of Russia site. Russian Culture Navigator site.

  • 2016 Death of French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez. b- 26 March 1925 in Montbrison, Loire, France.
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