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  • 1567 Death of English composer Thomas CAMPION in London. b-London, 12 FEB 1567.

  • 1643 Death of Italian organist and composer Girolamo Frescobaldi in Rome, at age 59. b-Ferrara, 9 SEP 1583.

  • 1736? (See Feb 19)FP of Handel's cantata Alexander in London.

  • 1743 FP of Handel's oratorio Samson and possibly the Organ Concerto Op. 7, no. 2, in London.

  • 1753 FP of Rousseau's finished version of Le Devin du village at the Paris Opera.

    • 1764 Birth of American composer Jeremiah INGALLS in Andover, MA. d-1838.

    • 1777 Death of Austrian composer Georg Christoph Wagenseil at age 62, in Vienna. b-Vienna, 29 JAN 1715.

    • 1779 Birth of German composer Gottfried WEBER, founder of the Mannheim Conservatory. d-Kreuznach, 21 SEP 1839.

    • 1802 Birth of Matilde Palazzesi Soprano Mathilde Palazzesi. Digital ID: 1541356. New York Public Library Born in Montecarotto Died 3 July 1842 Debut as Zelmira in Zelmira (Rossini) 1824 Teacher, Giacomo Solarto Created Elisabetta in Conte D'Essex (Mercadante) Sang in premiere of Il Conte di Chalais (Lillo) Bianca Turenga (Balducci) Roberto e Costanza (Formasini).

    • 1810 Birth of Polish composer Frederick CHOPIN in Zelazowa Wola near Warsaw, Poland. d-Paris, 17 OCT 1849. BOOK-Frederick Chopin As a Man and Musician

    • 1818 Birth of tenor and coach Julius Gunther in Goteborg.  Died 22 Mar 1904 Debut as Fra Diavolo in Fra Diavolo (Auber) 1838 Teacher, Manuel Garcia Jnr Pupils, John Forsell, Ellen Gulbranson, Davida Hesse, Matilda Jungstedt Thor Mandahl, Anne Norrie, Arvid Odmann, Karolina Oestberg Emil Stiebel, Ernst Svedelius, Ake Wallgren, Wilhelmina Gelhaar Selma Ek, Fritz Arlberg, Johannes Elmblad.

    • 1824 Schubert finishes his Octet for Strings and Winds, Op 166.

    • 1826 Birth of Welsh harpist John THOMAS, served Queen Victoria. d- 19 MAR 1913.

    • 1832 Birth of German composer Friedrich GRUTZMACHER in Dreden. d-Dresden, 23 FEB 1903.

    • 1833 Death of tenor and coach Pierre-Jean Garat. Born 26 April 1762 Bordeaux Died 1 Mar 1833 Teacher, Franz Beck Pupils, Mme Barbier-Walbonne, Marie Julie Boulanger, Alexandrine Branchu Guillaume Cassel, Giuseppina Ronzi De Begnis, Desperamons, Mlle Duchamp, Cecile Duret, Alexis de Garaude, Nicolas Levasseur Louis Nourrit, Louis Antoine Ponchard, Marie Sophie Ponchard Mme Rigaut, Roland.

    • 1835 Birth of English composer Ebenezer PROUT. d-Hackney, 5 DEC 1909.

    • 1868 Birth of bass Lampriere Pringle in Hobart, Tasmania. Died 23 Oct 1914 Debut 1891 Teacher, Julius Stockhausen.

    • 1872 Birth of tenor Louis Treumann in Vienna. Died July 1944 Created Josef in Wienerblut (Strauss J) Danilo in Merry Widow (Lehar) Sang in premiere of Drei Wunsche (Ziehrer) Rastelbinder (Lehar) Gottergatte (Lehar) Furstenkind (Lehar) Eva (Lehar) Sirene (Fall) Dollarprinzessin (Fall) Sterngucker (Lehar) Bajadere (Kalman).

    • 1877 Birth of Russian pianist Isabella VENGEROVA in Minsk. d-NYC, 7 FEB 1956. Taught at Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. Among her students were Leonard Bernstein, Lukas Foss, Samuel Barber, Gary Graffman, and Nicholas Slonimsky. Her teaching ideas resulted in legato sound at the piano. Her technical ideas about wrist motion and weight transfer allowed her students to develop great fluency.

    • 1878 Birth of French composer Gabriel DuPONT in Caen. d-Vésinet, 3 AUG 1914.

    • 1882 Death of German composer Theodor KULLAK in Berlin. b-Krotoschin, 12 SEP 1818.

    • 1883 Birth of Austrian pianist Bertha JAHN-BEER in Vienna.

    • 1886 Birth of German composer and conductor Hans STIEBER in Naumberg.

    • 1900 Birth of bass-baritone Keith Falkner in Sawston Cambridge. Teachers, Albert Garcia, Ernst Grenzebach, Theodore Lierhammer Harry Plunkett-Greene, Hugh Allen.

    • 1905 Birth of baritone Ernst Wolff in Baden Baden. Died 21 Jan 1992 Teachers, Vittorio Moratti, Johannes Willy.

    • 1910 FP of Debussy's L'Enfant prodigue as an opera, at Covent Garden in London.

    • 1912 Death of baritone George Grossmith. Born 9 Dec 1847 in London.  Died 1 Mar 1912 Created John Wellington Wells in Sorcerer (Sullivan) Sir Joseph Porter in HMS Pinafore (Sullivan) Bunthorne in Patience (Sullivan) Lord Chancellor in Iolanthe (Sullivan) Gama in Princess Ida (Sullivan) Ko-Ko in Mikado (Sullivan) Robin Oakapple in Ruddigore (Sullivan) Jack Point in Yeoman of the Guard (Sullivan).

    • 1914 Death of Swedish composer, violinist and conductor Tor Aulin in Stockholm. b-Stockholm, 10 SEP 1866. Brother of composer Laura Valborg.

    • 1914 First complete performance of Stravinsky's Petrouchka under Monteux, Casella at piano, in Paris.Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, Firebird, Petrouchka, etc.

    • 1916 FP in USAmerica of Mahler's Symphony No. 8. Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski conducting.

    • 1918 Death of Swedish composer and organist Johan Gustav Sjogren at age 64 in Stockholm. b-Stockholm, 16 JUN 1858.

    • 1919 The Vienna State Opera strikes, protesting hiring of Richard Strauss saying he was paid too much and would produce only his own material.

    • 1926 Birth of tenor Reinhold Bartel in Trier. Died 10 Aug 1996 Sang in premiere of Yolimba (Killmayer).

    • 1927 Birth of soprano Lucine Amara in Hartford, Connecticut. Debut as Angelic Voice in Don Carlos (Verdi) 1947 Teacher, Stella Eisner-Eyn.

    • 1939 Birth of Cuban composer Leo BROUWER in Havana.

    • 1940 Birth of American composer and guitarist Ralph TOWNER.

    • 1940 Birth of soprano Rotraud Hansmann in Graz. Debut as Boy in Zauberflote (Mozart) 1960 Teacher,    Paula Lindberg.

    • 1942 FP of Shostakovich Sym No 7 Leningrad in Kuibishev, Soviet capital in WWII.

    • 1947 Birth of English cellist Moray WELSH.

    • 1947 Birth of bass-baritone Ian Caddy Bass-Baritone in Southampton. Debut as Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart) 1970 Teachers, Henry Cummings, Iris Dell'Acqua, Otakar Kraus Created Boucannier in Toussaint (Blake).

    • 1950 FP of Gian Carlo Menotti's opera The Consul at the Shubert Theatre, in Philadelphia. The opera opened in New York City on 15 MAR 1950. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Music.

    • 1950 FP, in public, of S. Prokofiev's Cello Sonata, Op. 119 at the Moscow Conservatory, by cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and pianist Sviatoslav Richter. There was a private performance by the same artists at the House of the Union of Composers on 6 DEC 1949.

    • 1954 Birth of American mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, a riveting singer known for her fearsome vocal and dramatic power, whether in opera or the cantatas of Bach. She died 3 JUL 2006 peacefully at her home in Santa Fe, N.M., she was 52.

    • 1951 Birth of American composer Elliott SHARP in Cleveland.

    • 1955 Birth of American composer Charles AMES.

    • 1958 Birth of mezzo-soprano Yvonne Howard in Stafford. Debut as Fanny in Intermezzo (Strauss) Teachers, David Johnston, Joseph Ward.

    • 1958 FP of Pizzetti's opera Assassinio della cattedrale, based on T.S. Eliot's play Murder in the Cathedral at the Teatro della Scala in Milan.

    • 1959 Birth of American composer Laura KARPMAN.

    • 1960 Death of mezzo-soprano Florica Cristoforeanu. Born 16 May 1887 in Rimnicul Sarat, Rumania.  Died 1 Mar 1960 Debut as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) 1908 Teachers, Bordilla, Filippi, Vaneri Created Mariola in Fra Gherardo (Pizzetti) Sang in premiere of Madonna Imperia (Alfano) Vedova Scaltra (Wolf-Ferrari) Ivania (Pizzi).

    • 1961 Death of bass-baritone Felipe Romito. Born 25 Mar 1893 in Buenos Aires.  Died 1 Mar 1961 Debut as Colline in Boheme (Puccini) 1920 Pupils, Renato Sassola, Helena Arizmendi Sang in premiere of Siripo (Boero).

    • 1962 Birth of Russian soprano Galina GORCHAKOVA.

    • 1964 Death of bass-baritone Norman Cordon. Born 20 Jan 1904 in Washington.  Died 1 Mar 1964 Debut as Re in Aida (Verdi) 1933 Teachers, Gaetano De Luca, Hadley Outland Created Greek God in Island God (Menotti).

    • 1967 Death of mezzo-soprano Jeanne Billa-Azema. Born 4 Mar 1879 in Paris. Died 1 Mar 1967 Debut 1904 Pupils, Marthe Nespoulos Sang in premiere of On ne badine pas avec l'amour (Pierne) Ghismonde (Fevrier).

    • 1970 Death of bass Sven Nilsson.Born 11 May 1898 in Gafle Gafle, Switzerland Died 1 Mar 1970 Debut as Herald in Lohengrin (Wagner) 1930 Teachers, Ivar Andresen, Gillis Bratt, Hjaldis Ingebjart Created Peneios in Daphne (Strauss) Sang in premiere of Rote Steifel (Sutermeister) Svart ar Vitt (Boldemann) Romeo und Julia (Sutermeister) Portrait (Rosenberg) Der Verlorene Sohn (Heger) Der Sturm (Atterberg).

    • 1971 Birth of British pianist Thomas ADES in London.

    • 1975 Death of mezzo-soprano Merle Alcock. Photo Merle Alcock mailing a letter in New York City 1910 Born 1890 in Andover, Mass.  Died 1 Mar 1975 Debut as Beppe in Amico Fritz (Mascagni) Nov 1923 Teachers, Wade Hinshaw, Paul Savage, Herbert Witherspoon Pupils, Eileen Farrell, George Maran, Created Ase in King's Henchman (Deems Taylor).

    • 1975 Death of tenor Angelo Notariello. Born 1892.  Died 1 Mar 1975 Teachers, Fernando De Lucia, Agostino Roche.

    • 1976 Death of French conductor and composer Jean Martinon at age 66, in Paris. b-Lyon, 10 JAN 1910.

    • 1993 Death of tenor Nicola Monti. Born 21 Nov 1920 in Milan.  Died 1 Mar 1993 Debut as Duke in Rigoletto (Verdi) 1941.

    • 1994 Death of Russian-American composer Alexei Haieff. b-Blagoveschensk, 25 AUG 1914

    • 2003 Death of American soprano Nadine Connor. b-20 FEB 1907. Was a lyric soprano who appeared frequently at the Metropolitan Opera. Died at age 96. LA, Times, Obituary.

    • 2013 Death of Rafael Puyana Michelsen born 14 October 1931 was a Colombian harpsichordist. OBIT
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