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JANUARY 7




  • 1625 Death of Italian composer Ruggiero Giovannelli in Rome. b-Velletri, 1560. Ruggiero Giovannelli.


  • 1630 Marriage of Italian opera composer Pier Francesco Cavalli, (1602-1676), to rich widow Maria Sosomeno. Search Francesco Cavalli.


  • 1634 Birth of German composer Adam KRIEGER in Dresden. d-Dresden, 30 JUN 1666.


  • 1725 FP of J. S. Bach's Sacred Cantata No. 124 Meinen Hesum lass ich nicht on the 1st Sunday following Epiphany. Was part of Bach's second annual Sacred Cantata cycle in Leipzig 1724-25.


  • 1738 Vivaldi conducts the orchestra celebrating the centennial of Amsterdam's Schouwburg Theater.


  • 1764 FP of Gluck's opera La Rencontre Imprevue in Vienna.


  • 1842 FP of Rossini's Stabat Mater, at the Salle Ventadour, Paris. CD-Rossini: Stabat Mater.


  • 1857 FP of Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2 in A, in Weimar. Composer conducting and soloist was his pupil, Hans von BronsartCD-Liszt: Concertos Nos. 1 & 2/Grieg: Concerto, Op. 16.


  • 1868 Birth of Russian mezzo-soprano Eugenia Zbruyeva in Moscow. Died 29 Oct 1936, Teacher, Elizaveta Andre Lavrovskaya Pupil, Claudia Novikova. Debut as Vanya in Ivan Susannin (Glinka) Created Alkonost in Invisible City of Kitesh (Rimsky-Korsakov).


  • 1872 Birth of Austrian concert violinist and teacher Anton WITEK. Played three concertos in one night in Berlin (Beethoven, Brahms and Paganini). Was concertmaster of the Boston Symphony (1910-18).


  • 1874 Birth of American tenor Francis MacLennan in Bay City, Michigan. Died 17 July 1935, Debut as Beppe in Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) Aug 1902 Teachers:- George Henschel, Von Emmerich Sang in premiere of The Angelus (Naylor).


  • 1875 Birth of bass-baritone Friedrich Plaschke in Jaromer. Died 4 Feb 1952, Debut as Herald in Lohengrin (Wagner) 1900 Teachers:- Karl Scheidemantel, Ottilie Sklenar-Mala, Leontine von Dotscher Created Altair in Aegyptische Helena (Strauss) Graf Waldner is Arabella (Strauss) Sir Morosus Blunt in Schweigdame Frau (Strauss) Kasel in Feuersnot (Strauss) Aecesius in Toten Augen (D'Albert) 1st Nazarene in Salome (Strauss) Mr Wu in Mister Wu (D'Albert) Sang in premiere of Der Moloch (Von Schilling) Schirm und Gertraude (Graener) Penthesilea (Schoeck). O du mein holder Abendstern (Tannhäuser)


  • 1876 Birth of British composer and pianist William Yeates HURLSTONE in London. d-London, 30 MAY 1906.


  • 1886 Birth of German tenor Josef Kalenberg in Cologne.  Died 5 Nov 1962, Debut as Cavaradossi in Tosca (Puccini) 1911 Sang in premiere of Die Bakchantinnen (Wellesz).


  • 1888 Birth of Austrian soprano Melitta Heim in Vienna. Died Jan 1950, Debut as Gilda in Rigoletto (Verdi) 1909 Teacher :- Johannes Ress.


  • 1895 Birth of Rumanian pianist Clara HASKEL. She was given a scholarship by the Queen of Romania at the age 6. d- 1960.


  • 1895 FP of Brahms' Sonatas in f & Eb for clarinet and piano, in Vienna. CD-Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas and Trio.


  • 1898 FP of Rimsky-Korsakov's opera Sadko, within it the popular Song of India in Moscow. CD-Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Sadko.


  • 1898 FP of Alexander Glazunov's ballet Raymonda. CD-Glazunov: Raymonda (Music from the Ballet, Op. 57).


  • 1899 Birth of French composer Francis POULENC in Paris, member of 'Les Six'. D-Paris, 30 Jan 1963. BOOK-Francis Poulenc (Oxford Studies of Composers) | Search Francis POULENC.


  • 1900 Birth of Australian baritone John Brownlee in Geelong, Melbourne. Died 3 Jan 1969, Debut as Nilakantha in Lakme (Delibes) 1926 Teachers:- Ivor Boustead, Emilio De Gogorza, Dinh Gilly Pupils :- Barbara Blanchard, Ezio Flagello, Johanna Meier, Oscar Natzka Created Guido II in Judgement of St Francis (Flagello).


  • 1900 Birth of German baritone Walter Grossmann in Dresden. Died 14 Sep 1973, Debut 1922 Teacher,    Waldemar Staegemann Created Stranger in Peer Gynt (Egk) Sang in premiere of Prinz von Homburg (Graener).


  • 1907 Birth of Basque Harpist Nicanor ZABALETA in San Sebastian, Spain. d-Puerto Rico 1993. Search Nicanor ZABALETA.


  • 1908 Birth of English bass Frederick Dalberg in Newcastle. Died 9 May 1988, Debut as Hermit in Freischutz (Weber) 1930 Teacher :- Walter Soomer Pupils :- Joyce Barker, Evelyn Dalberg, Angelo Gobbato Created John Claggert in Billy Budd (Britten) Sir Walter Raleigh in Gloriana (Britten) Calkas in Troilus & Cressida (Walton) Cousin Brandon in Long Christmas Dinner (Hindemith).


  • 1912 Birth of German conductor Gunther WAND in Eberfeld. Photo. d-14 FEB 2002.


  • 1917 Birth of composer Ulysses Simpson KAY in Tucson, Arizona. He received a B.M. degree in 1938 from the University of Arizona. Studied with Howard Hanson and Bernard Rogers at the Eastman School. d-Englewood, NJ 20 MAY 1995. Search Ulysses KAY.


  • 1921 Birth of tenor John Lanigan in Seddon, Victoria. Debut as Fenton in Falstaff (Verdi) 1949 Teachers,    Dino Borgioli, Horace Stevens Created Cardinal in Taverner (Maxwell Davies) Mr Jones in Victory (Rodney Bennett) Sang in premiere of We Come to the River (Henze) Midsummer Marriage (Tippett).


  • 1922 Birth of French flutist Jean-Pierre RAMPAL in Marseilles. d-Paris, 20 MAY 2000, heart attack. Fanfare farewellSearch Jean-Pierre RAMPAL.


  • 1923 Birth of American composer Russell WOOLLEN. d-1994. Search Russell WOOLLEN.


  • 1923 Birth of Swiss soprano Colette Lorand in Zurich. Debut as Marguerite in Faust (Gounod) 1946 Teacher, Melitza Hirzel Created Regan in Lear (Reimann) Mary Stuart in Elisabeth Tudor (Fortner) Prima Donna in Incidents at an Emergency Landing (Blacher).


  • 1924 American composer George Gershwin, 1898-1937, completes his piano score of the Rhapsody In Blue.


  • 1926 Birth of tenor Georg Paskuda in Ratibor. Debut 1951 Sang in premiere of Belshazar (Kirchner) Aucassin und Nicolette (Bialas).


  • 1927 Birth of tenor Renato Sassola in Rosario, Argentina. Debut as Rodolfo in Boheme (Puccini) 1951 Teachers, Ferruccio Calusio, Juan Martini, Felipe Romito, Hina Spani Ernesto De La Guardia, Otto Erhart Pupils, Marcelo Alvarez, Erwin Sehror Sang in premiere of Bodas de Sangre (Castro).


  • 1930 Birth of American composer Robert CEELY. Electronic music resource book.


  • 1930 Birth of baritone Gunter Kobrich in Gefell.Sang in premiere of Heiratsantrag (Rottger).


  • 1931 Birth of American composer Henry WEINBERG.


  • 1932 Birth of American composer David A. ROBB.


  • 1933 FP of Gruenberg's opera Emperor Jones based on play by Eugene O'Neill, at the Metropolitan Opera in NYC.


  • 1936 Death of French composer and teacher Helen Guy Hardelot in London. b-suburban Boulogne 1858. aka Helen M. Rhodes. Composed standard, Because.


  • 1941 Birth of English violinist, composer and conductor Iona BROWN. From a musical family in Salisbury, England. She studied in Rome, Brussels, Vienna and with Henryk Szeryng in Paris. She was a central figure in British music-making through playing with, and then directing, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields as it became the world's most recorded chamber orch. d-of cancer, 5 JUN 2004 at age 63. Obit by Anne Inglis, in Guardian UnlimitedSearch  Iona BROWN.


  • 1942 FP of Aaron Copland's Statements for Orchestra, at Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic was conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos. CD-The Copland Collection: Early Orchestral Works, 1922-1935.


  • 1943 Birth of English conductor Richard ARMSTRONG in Leicester.  He made his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in 1982. CBE, director of Scottish Opera. - See more at: CDExchange.
  • A Wikipedia article about him but actually gives the date of the underlying documentation as a January 7, 2010, piece in The Times of London; presumably a birthday note, since his birthdate is given as 7 Jan 1943. Since that would be 7.1.43 in the European style (but 1/7/43 in the US style)
  • 1946 Death of bass Adamo Didur. Born 24 Dec 1874 in Sanok, Poland. Debut as Mepistopheles in Faust (Gounod) 1894 Teachers, Franz Emmerich, Valerie Wysocki Pupils :- Ira Malaniuk, Marian Nowakowski, Eugenia Zareska Andrzej Hiolski Created Ashby in Fanciulla del West (Puccini) Woodcutter in Konigskinder (Humperdinck) Win-Shee in Oracolo (Leoni) Talpa in Tabarro (Puccini) Simone in Gianni Schicci (Puccini) Sang in premiere of Canterbury Pilgrims (De Koven) Anima Allegra (Vittadini) La Figlia di Jorio (Franchetti)


  • 1946 Death of Giuseppe Krismer Tenor Born 10 Sep 1876 Naples Died 7 Jan 1946 Debut as Fernando in Favorita (Donizetti) 1903. Lebendige Vergangenheit: Adamo Didur


  • 1952 FP of Gail Kubik's Symphonie-Concertante in NYC. Awarded the 1952 Pulitzer Prize for Music.


  • 1955 MET Opera debut of Marian Anderson as Ulrica in Verdi's Un Ballo in Mascera.
    Also see: Randye L. Jones' biography of Contralto Marian Anderson. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1897. d-1993.


  • 1955 FP of Bohuslav Martinu's Symphony No. 6 Fantaisies symphoniques, by the Boston Symphony, conducted by Charles Munch. CD-Martinu: Complete Symphonies.


  • 1964 Death of American composer Colin McPhee, in Los Angeles. b-Montreal, Canada, 15 MAR 1900. Biography.


  • 1964 Death of mezzo-soprano Ingeborg Steffensen. Born 4 Jun 1888 in Copenhagen. Debut as Aennchen in Freischutz (Weber) 1916 Pupil, Hanna Allin.


  • 1968 Birth of American composer Rob SMITH.


  • 1975 Death of soprano and coach Maria Carpi. Born 1912. Debut 1941 Pupils, Jennifer Vyvyan, Jean Bonhomme, Anne Evans, Andrew Foldi Della Jones, Gwyneth Jones, Michael Langdon. Margaret Neville, Katherine Pring, Catherine Wilson, Geraint Evans Rita Gorr, Ernst Haefliger, Simone Mangelsdorff, Eric Tappy, Elizabeth Vaughan.


  • 1978 Birth of Canadian composer Mathew Alexander LOWES in Toronto.


  • 1983 Death of mezzo-soprano Edith Coates. Born 31 May 1908 in Osmanthorpe, Lincolnshire. Debut as Giovanna in Rigoletto (Verdi) 1924 Teachers:- Dino Borgioli, Clive Carey, Dawson Freer Created Auntie in Peter Grimes (Britten) Housewife in Gloriana (Britten) Mrs Bardeau in Olympians (Bliss) Priestess in Midsummer Marriage (Tippett) Mrs Johnson in Moon & Sixpence (Gardner) An Maggy in Logan Rock (Gundry) Sang in premiere of Manana (Benjamin).


  • 1984 Death of soprano Anna Case. Born 29 Oct 1888 in Clinton, NJ. Debut as Page in Lohengrin (Wagner) 20 Nov 1909 Teacher, Augusta Ohrstrom-Renard.


  • 1995 Death of bass Luben Vichey. Born 18 Jun 1912 in Sofia. Teacher, Kristina Morfova Debut 1933 Sang in premiere of Casanova in der Schweiz (Burkhard) Die Errettung Thebens (Kelterborn).


  • 2000 FP of Richard Danielpour's The Night Rainbow by the Pacific Symphony, Carl St. Clair conducting, in Santa Anna, CA.
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