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  • 1695 Birth of German publisher and lieder composer Bernhard BREITKOPF, founder of music publishing company Breitkopf and Hartel. d-Leipzig, 23 MAR 1777.
  • 1724 FP of G. F. Handel's opera Giulio Cesare in London.
  • 1744 FP of Handel's oratorio Joseph and his Brethren at the Covent Garden Theater, in London.
  • 1792 FP of Franz Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 98. Hanover-Square Concert Rooms in London, composer conducting.
  • 1794 Birth of baritone Johannes Michael Wachter in Rappersdorf.  Died 26 May 1853 Debut as Don Giovanni in Don Giovanni (Mozart) 1819 Created Dutchman in Flying Dutchman (Wagner) Paolo Orsini in Rienzi (Wagner) Biterolf in Tannhauser (Wagner) Sang in premiere of Rolands Knappen (Dorn).
  • 1795 FP of Haydn's Drum Roll Symphony No. 103. King's Theater in London, composer conducting.
  • 1797 Birth of contralto Lucia Elizabeth Vestris in London. Died 8 Aug 1856 Debut as Prosperina in Ratto di Prosperina (Winter) 1815 Teacher, Domenico Corri Created Fatima in Oberon (Weber).
  • 1813 Birth of English composer George Alexander MacFARREN. d- London, 31 OCT 1887.
  • 1824 Birth of Czech composer Bedrich SMETANA in Leitomischi, Bohemia. d-Praha, 12 MAY 1884.
  • 1830 Death of Austrian composer, violinist and conductor Ignaz Schuppanzigh in Vienna. b-Vienna, 20 NOV 1776.
  • 1838 Birth of American composer David Duffle WOOD. d-27 MAR 1910.
  • 1846 Birth of soprano Marie Roze in Paris. Died 21 Jun 1926 Debut in Marie (Herold) 1865 Teachers, Daniel Auber, Mockee, Pierre Francois Wartel Pupil, Nevada Van der Veer Created Queen in Talismano (Balfe) Sang in premiere of Jour de Bonheur (Auber) Ombre (Flotow).
  • 1867 First appearance by Tchaikovsky as conductor, in St Petersburg.
  • 1871 Death of baritone and coach Giovanni Battista Gordigiani. Born July 1795 in Modena.  Died 2 Mar 1871 Debut 1817 Pupils, Mathilde Mallinger, Teresa Stolz.
  • 1873 First of the Colonne Concerts in Paris, founded by Edouard J. Colonne.
  • 1874 FP of N. Rimsky-Korsakov's Symphony No. 3, composer conducting a benefit concert for the victims of the Volga famine. Rimsky-Korsakov's debut as a conductor, in St. Petersburg.
  • 1887 FP of R. Strauss Aus Italien in Munich, Strauss conducting.
  • 1890 Birth of tenor Tom Burke in Leigh, Lancashire. Died 13 Sep 1969 Debut as Duke in Rigoletto (Verdi) 1917 Teachers, Ernesto Beraldi, Ernesto Colli, Edgardo Levi, Fernando De Lucia Pupil, Rowland Jones.
  • 1892 Birth of Albanian composer Thomas NASSI in Dardha, Albania. d-Orleans, MA 21 DEC 1964.
  • 1899 Death of soprano Louise Dustmann. Born 22 Aug 1831 in Aachen.  Died 2 Mar 1899 Teacher, Heinrich Proch Pupils, Lola Beeth, Ellen Brandt-Foster, Thila Plaichinger.
  • 1900 Birth of German composer Kurt WEILL in Dessau. d-NYC, 3 APR 1950.
  • 1903 Birth of bass Pierre Savignol in Toulouse. Died Mar 1990 Debut as Nilakhanta in Lakme (Delibes) Teacher, Galinien.
  • 1904 Final performance of Emma Calve at the MET in NYC in Carmen.
  • 1905 Birth of American composer Marc BLITZSTEIN in Philadelphia. d-22 JAN 1964 from brain injury received from a barroom fight.
  • 1909 Birth of American composer Russell DANBURG in Miller, SD. d-8 OCT 1994.
  • 1910 Birth of English violinist and conductor Harry BLECH. Photo Founder of the London Mozart Players.
  • 1911 FP of Alexander Scriabin's Symphony No. 5 Prometheus: Poem of Fire, in Moscow.
  • 1912 Death of baritone Felix Benedict. Born 28 Sep 1860 in Budapest.  Died 2 Mar 1912 Debut in Huguenots (Meyerbeer) 1880.
  • 1913 Birth of Spanish guitarist and composer Celedonio ROMERO in Cienfuegos, Cuba. d-La Jolla, CA 8 MAY 1996. Patriarch of the guitar family, Los Romeros.
  • 1916 Birth of English composer Bernard Stevens in London. d-Colchester, 3 JAN 1983.
  • 1917 Birth of English composer, opera coach and teacher John GARDNER in Manchester. Not to be confused with Gardiner-John-Eliot.
  • 1921 Birth of British composer Robert SIMPSON in Leamington. d-Tralee, Ireland, 21 NOV 1997.
  • 1927 Birth of soprano Sonja Khochevar in Ljubljana. Debut 1953 Teacher, Xenia Kushel.
  • 1934 Birth of English-American composer Bernard RANDS in Sheffield, England. m. Composer Augusta Read Thomas.
  • 1934 Roy Harris finishes composing Four Minutes and Twenty Seconds a work for flute and strings for Columbia Phonograph company to fill one side of a grammophone disk.
  • 1938 Birth of American baritone Simon ESTES in Centerville, Iowa. Debut 1965 Teacher, Charles Kellis Sang in premiere of Traum des Liu-Tung (Yun I).
  • 1940 Birth of English bass Robert LLOYD in Southend. Debut as Don Fernando in Fidelio (Beethoven) 1969 Teacher, Otakar Kraus Pupil, Matthew Best Created Tyrone O'Sullivan in Tower (Hoddinot).
  • 1944 Birth of Finnish composer and conductor Leif Selim SEGERSTAM in Vaasa.
  • 1945 Death of French composer Jean-Baptiste Lemire in La Fleche. b-Colmar, 8 JUN 1867.
  • 1943 Birth of American composer Stephen DICKMAN.
  • 1948 Birth of American composer Dan WELCHER in Rochester, NY.
  • 1953 Birth of American composer David HYKES in Taos, NM.
  • 1955 Birth of American composer Randall MEYERS.
  • 1959 Death of Finnish lieder composer Yrjö Henrik Kilpinen at age 97, in Helsinki. b-1892.
  • 1961 FP of A. Copland's Nonet for Strings. Strings of National Symphony conducted by Copland, Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.
  • 1962 Death of Estonian-American composer Maurice Henry Goldblatt. b-Reval, 30 MAY 1883.
  • 1977 FP of Benjamin Lees' Dialogue for cello and piano, in NYC.
  • 2003 Death of Italian composer Goffredo Petrassi in Rome. PETRASSI Biography. b-Zagarolo near Palestrina, Rome. Was considered one of the leading figures in 20th-century Italian music. Obituary.
  • 2004 FP of Joan Tower´s Piano Trio. The Kalichstein-Robinson-Laredo Trio at the Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival in Tucson, AZ.
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