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JANUARY 6

Giuseppe SAMMARTINI 

  • 1695 Birth of Italian composer Giuseppe SAMMARTINI in Milan. d-London, 1 NOV 1750. Brother of composer Giovani Sammartini. Search Giuseppe SAMMARTINI .



  • 1755 FP of Karl Heinrich Graun's opera Montezuma. French libretto by Frederick the Great, in Berlin.



  • 1824 Birth of Italian baritone Gottardo Aldighieri in Lazise Lake Garda. Died 11 May 1906, Debut as Germont in Traviata 1858 Teachers:- Lamperti, E Lombardi, D Foroni Created Barnaba in Gioconda (Ponchielli) Raoul in Gabriella di Vergy (Donizetti).



  • 1832 Birth of Austrian composer Rudolf BIBL in Vienna. d-Vienna, 2 AUG 1902.



  • 1838 Birth in Cologne of Germany of composer Max BRUCH in Köln. d- Friedenau, suburban Berlin, 2 OCT 1920. Search Max BRUCH.



  • 1850 Birth of Polish composer Franz Xaver SCHARWENKA in Szamotuly. d-Berlin, 8 DEC 1924. Search Franz Xaver SCHARWENKA.



  • 1856 Birth of Italian conductor, pianist and composer Giuseppe MARTUCCI in Capua. d-Naples, 1 JUN 1909. Search Giuseppe MARTUCCI.



  • 1858 Birth of tenor Ben Davies in Pontardawe. Died 28 March 1943, Teacher, Albert Randegger Pupils      Howell Glynne, Evan Williams Debut in Bohemian Girl (Balfe) 1881 Created Hubert in Canterbury Pilgrims(Stanford) Sang in premiere of Ivanhoe (Sullivan) Signa (Cowen).



  • 1861 Birth of tenor Emilio De Marchi in Voghera. Died 20 Mar 1917, Debut as Alfredo in Traviata (Verdi) 1886 Created Cavaradossi in Tosca (Puccini).



  • 1862 Birth of American soprano Frances Saville in San Francisco. Died 8 Nov 1935, Debut as Juliette in Romeo et Juliette (Gounod) 7 Sep 1892 Teacher  Mathilde Marchesi.



  • 1863 FP of Johannes Brahms' Piano Sonata No. 3 in f, in Vienna.



  • 1866 Death of French tenor and coach Louis Antoine Ponchard. Born 31 Aug 1787 in Paris. Died 6 Jan 1866 Debut in Ami de la Maison (Gretry) 1812. Teacher, Pierre-Jean Garat Pupils :- Henri-Bernard Dabadie, Jean Baptiste Faure, Giovanni Mario Louis-Henri Obin, Rosine Stoltz, Jean Baptiste Weckerlin Charles Marie Ponchard, Gustave Roger Created Georges Brown in Dame Blanche (Boieldieu) Sang in premiere of Nouveau Seigneur du Village (Boieldieu) Petit Chaperon Rouge (Boieldieu) Deux Nuits (Boieldieu) Joconde (Isouard) Leicester (Auber) Neige (Auber) Concert a la Cour (Auber) Macon (Auber) Masaniello (Carafa) Zemire et Azor (Gretry) Les Evenements Imprevus (Auber).



  • 1868 Birth of Italian composer Vittorio MONTI in Naples. d-Naples, 20 June 1922. Search Vittorio MONTI.



  • 1871 Birth of soprano Regina Pacini in Lisbon. Died 18 Sep 1965, Debut as Amina in Sonnambula (Bellini) 1888 Teachers, Jose Pacini (father), Valani, Mathilde Marchesi, Napoleone Relanne. 



  • 1872 Birth of Russian composer Alexander SCRIABIN, aka Skriabin, in Moscow. d-Moscow, 27 APR 1915. Search Alexander SCRIABIN.



  • 1874 Birth of American composer Charles Gilbert SPROSS. d-1961. Search Charles Gilbert SPROSS.



  • 1875 Birth of Swedish baritone Thor Mandahl in Goteburg. Died 26 Feb 1959, Debut as Lothario in Mignon (Thomas) 1899 Teacher, Julius Gunther.



  • 1879 Birth of Austrian soprano Elise Elizza  in Vienna. Died 3 Jun 1926, Debut as Margit in Lachenden Erben (Weinberger) 1892 Teacher, Adolf Limley, Amalie Materna Pupils, Maria Hussa, Lotte Lehmann.



  • 1888 FP of Antonin Dvorák's Piano Quintet No, 2 in A, Op. 81, in Prague.



  • 1890 Birth of Italian bass Bruno Carmassi. Died May 1971, Pupil, Ruggero Bondino. Search Bruno Carmassi.



  • 1891 Birth of tenor Stanislaw Grusczynski in Wilna. Died 3 Feb 1959, Debut as Radames in Aida (Verdi) 1916.



  • 1894 Birth of bass-baritone Andre Pernet in Rambersville. Died 23 June 1966, Debut as Vitellius in Herodaide (Massenet) 1921 Teacher, Andre Gresse Created Maximilien in Maximilien (Milhaud) Shylock in Marchand de Venise (Hahn) Oedipe in Oedipe (Enescu) Sang in premiere of Vercingetorix (Canteloube).



  • 1899 Birth of Canadian composer Sophie-Carmen ECKHARDT-GRAMATTE in Moscow. d-Stuttgart, 2 DEC 1974. [ed´s note:Verification of above from Nancy Nehring, Administrative Officer Eckhardt-Gramatté Music Competition QE II Music Building Brandon University]. Search Sophie-Carmen ECKHARDT-GRAMATTE .



  • 1900 Birth of French composer Pierre-Octave FERROUD in Chasseley, suburban Lyon. d-Debrecen, Hungary, 17 AUG 1936. Search Pierre-Octave FERROUD.



  • 1902 Birth of American composer Mark BRUNSWICK. d-1971. 



  • 1903 Birth of Greek born American conductor Maurice ABRAVANEL in Saloniki. d-Salt Lake City, UT 22 SEP 1993. Search Maurice ABRAVANEL.



  • 1903 Birth of soprano Mafalda Favero in Portomaggiore. Died 3 Sep 1981, Debut as Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) 1926 Teachers, Alessandro Vezzani,Giuseppe Podesta, Ersilde Cervi Caroli Created Madelon in Prezione Ridicole (Lattuada) Gasparini in Campiello (Wolf-Ferrari) Sang in premiere of Dama Boba (Wolf-Ferrari). Mafalda Favero - Prima Voce



  • 1906 Death of Austrian soprano Marie Gabrielle Krauss. Born 24 Mar 1842 in Vienna. Debut as Mathilde in William Tell (Rossini) 1859 Teacher, Mathilde Marchesi Created Pauline in Polyceute (Gounod) Hermosa in Tribut de Zamor (Gounod) Catherine of Aragon in Henry VIII (Saint-Saens) Fosca in Fosca (Gomes) Jeanne in Jeanne d'Arc (Mermet) Dolores in Patrie (Paladilhe) Sang in premiere of Guido et Ginevra (Halevy). 



  • 1906 FP of Ravel's piano pieces called Miroirs by Spanish pianist Ricardo Vines, in Paris. CD-Ravel:Complete Piano Works.



  • 1907 Birth of American baritone Frank Valentino in Denver. Died 14 June 1991, Debut as Alfonso in Favorita (Donizetti) 1929 Teacher, Emilio Piccoli Pupil, James Morris Created Riviere in Volo di Notte (Dallapiccola) Sang in premiere of Re Lear (Frazzi) Volo di Notte (Dallapiccola) Margherita di Cortona (Refice).



  • 1912 Birth of German pianist Hans RICHTER-HAASER. d- 1980. Search Hans RICHTER-HAASER.



  • 1913 Death of tenor Anton Schott. Born 24 Jun 1846 in Schloss Stanfeneck. Died 6 Jan 1913, Debut as Max in Freischutz (Weber) May 1870 Teacher :- Agnes Schebest-Strauss Created Azim in Veiled Prophet of Khorassan (Stanford).



  • 1916 Birth of American composer Philip BEZANSON. d-1975.



  • 1920 Birth of American composer Earl KIM in Dinuba, CA. d-1998.



  • 1922 Birth of Norwegian composer Finn MORTENSEN in Oslo. d-Oslo, 21 MAY 1983.



  • 1924 FP of Jacques Ibert's Escales 'Ports of Call', in Paris. CD-Debussy: La Mer; Ibert: Escales.



  • 1926 (8th) Death of French composer Emile Paladilhe in Paris. b-Montpellier, 3 JUN 1844. Search Emile Paladilhe.



  • 1927 Birth of baritone David Ohanesian in Bucharest. Debut as Tonio in Pagliacci (Leoncavalo) 1950 Teacher, Aurel Costescu-Duca, Dinu Badescu.



  • 1932 Birth of tenor Andrej Kucharsky in Zilina. Debut as Lensky in Eugen Onegin (Tchaikovsky) 1956 Teachers, Tito Schipa, Emerich Von Godin.



  • 1933 Birth of soprano Radmila Bakocevic in Gura, Yugoslavia. Debut as Mimi in Boheme (Puccini) 1955 Teacher, Nikola Cvejic.



  • 1936 Birth of mezzo-soprano Brigitte Pfretzschner in Dresden. Debut as Marzellina in Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) 1959 Teachers, Frau Intrau, Senta Kutzschbach, Marga Seidel Sang in premiere of Hexe von Passau (Gerster).



  • 1938 Death of tenor Heinrich Botel. Born 6 Mar 1854 in Hamburg. Debut as Manrico in Trovatore (Verdi) 1883 Teachers:- Franz Krukl Zumpe.



  • 1940 Birth of mezzo-soprano Shirley Love in Detroit. Debut as 2nd Lady in Zauberflote (Mozart) Teachers, Avery Crew, Marinka Gurewich, Margaret Harshaw Created Gertrude in Hamlet (Kagan).



  • 1942 Death of soprano Emma Calve. Born 15 Aug 1858 in Decazeville, France. Debut as Marguerite in Faust (Gounod) 1882 Teachers, Rosine Laborde, Mathilde Marchesi, Domenico Mustafa Jules Puget Pupils, Gina Cigna, Margherita Grandi, Lucien Muratore Created Suzel in L'Amico Fritz (Mascagni) Anita in Navarraise (Massenet) Fanny in Sappho (Massenet) Bianca in Aben Hamet (Dubois) Sang in premiere of Le Carmelite (Hahn) Flora Mirabilis (Samara). Emma Calve: The Complete Victor Recordings (1907-1916)




  • 1949 Birth of American composer Richard HOROWITZSearch Richard HOROWITZ.



  • 1950 FP of Francis Poulenc's Piano Concerto, composer was soloist, in Boston, MA. CD-Poulenc: Concerto for pianos in Dm; Concerto for organ & strings in g.



  • 1951 Birth of American composer Howard BUSS in Allentown, PA. Search Howard BUSS.



  • 1956 Birth of English cellist Alexander BAILLIESearch  Alexander BAILLIE.



  • 1963 Death of mezzo-soprano Lina Abarbanell. Born 3 Jan 1879 in Berlin.  Died 6 Jan 1963 Teachers, Plohn, Steinmann Sang in premiere of Bruder Straubinger (Eysler).



  • 1967 Birth of Greek composer Panayoti KAROUSSOS in Arta.



  • 1967 FP of Elliott Carter's Piano Concerto. Boston Symphony. CD-Elliott Carter: Piano Concerto.



  • 1970 Death of soprano Margaret Halstead. Born 1904 in Pittsfield.  Died 6 Jan 1970, Teacher, Marcella Sembrich.



  • 1972 Death of tenor Ernst Kozub. Born 12 Jan 1924 in Duiborg. Debut as Chateauneuf in Zar und Zimmermann (Lortzing).



  • 1977 Death of mezzo-soprano Gusta Hammer. Born 3 April 1896 in Brandenburg. Created Vanna Scomba in Favola del Figlio Cambieto (Malipiero).



  • 1978 Birth of American composer Ben HUNTER in Boise, ID. 



  • 1981 Death of tenor Thomas Heardon. Born 1937 in North Carolina. Debut 1964 Teacher, Dusolina Giannini.



  • 1987 Death of Chilian composer Domingo Santa-Cruz-Wilson in Santiago. b-La Cruz, 5 JUL 1899.



  • 1991 FP of Michael Torke's Bronze for piano and orchestra. American Composers Orchestra conducted by David Zinman. The composer, pianist, at Carnegie Hall in NYC.



  • 1999 FP of Christopher Rouse's Kabir Padavali for soprano and orchestra. Minnesota Orchestra conducted by David Zinman, with Dawn Upshaw, in Minneapolis.



  • 2000 FP of Bright Sheng's Red Silk Dance. Emanuel Ax, piano and the Boston Symphony conducted by Robert Spano.



  • 2001 Death of baritone Victor Braun. Born 4 Aug 1935 in Windsor, Canada. Debut as Sciarrone in Tosca (Puccini) 1957 Teachers, Hermann Geiger-Taurel, Lilian Watson Created Hamlet in Hamlet (Searle) Heracles in Omphale (Matthus).



  • Death of composer H. Owen Reed in Athens GA. Herbert Owen REED in Odessa Mo. Died Athens GA. 6 JAN 2014. Link to MUSIClassical's text and audio pages of our Green Valley AZ interview with Reed. CD-La Fiesta Mexicana | Search for H Owen REED
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