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 Jean Baptiste Lully

  • 1687 Death of composer Jean Baptiste Lully in Paris at age 54 of blood poisoning having struck himself on the foot pounding out the beat while conducting. He gallicised his name from Giovanni Battista Lulli when he became a French citizen. Search  Jean Baptiste Lully
  • 1700 Birth of composer Giuseppe Sellitto.
  • 1728 Birth of composer Giacomo Insanguine.
  • 1752 Birth of composer Johann Georg Joseph Spangler.
  • 1839 FP of Schubert's Symphony No. 9 in C, The Great, at Leipzig with Mendelssohn conducting.
  • 1842 Birth of German vioinist Carl ROSA, founded Rosa Opera Company. aka Carl August Nicolas ROSA in Hamburg. d. Paris, Apr. 30, 1889. The company was founded to perform opera in English. The company opened in Manchester: Vincent's Maritana (1873).
  • 1842 Birth of composer Mykola Vytal'yevich Lysenko.
  • 1852 Birth of Czech violinist and teacher Ottokar SEVEIK aka Ottokar SEVCIK. d- Pisek, 18 JAN 1934.
  • 1865 Birth of composer Theophile Ysaye.
  • 1868 Birth of Scottish composer and conductor Hamish McCUNN in Greenock. d-London, 2 AUG 1916. Wrote The Land of the Mountain and the Flood.
  • 1874 Birth of German bass-baritone Peter LORDMANN in Köln. d-Regensburgdied, 27 JAN 1955.
  • 1878 Birth of English soprano Ruth VINCENT in Yamouth. d-8 JUL 1955.
  • 1885 Birth of composer Jakabs Medins.
  • 1885 Birth of composer Adriano Lualdi.
  • 1886 ('88?) Birth of Austrian bass Emanuel LIST,  Lebendige Vergangenheit - Emanuel List aka Flessing, in Vienna. d-Vienna, 27 JUN 1967. MET: Début: Dec. 27, 1933 [Hermann] Tannhäuser, 16 seasons (1933-48, 49-50) 449 Perf., 17 roles., 16 works. Emanuel LIST
  • 1887 Birth of Italian baritone Giacomo RIMINI in Verona. d-Chicago, 6 MAR 1952. m-soprano Rosa Raisa (1893-1963) Pol / U.S.
  • 1893 Birth of American soprano Edith MASON Complete Brunswick Recordings  in St. Louis. d-San Diego, 26 NOV 1973. MET: Début: Nov. 21, 1915 [Sophie] Der Rosenkavalier, 4 seasons (1915-17, 34-36) 93 Perf., 17 roles. Concerts: 11/21/15, 12/17/16, 12/31/16, 2/9/36.
  • 1905 Birth of composer Carlo Alberto Pizzini.
  • 1908 FP of Albert Roussel's First Symphony, Poem of the Forest in Brussels.
  • 1911 Herman Jadlowker became the first opera singer to perform two major roles in the same day at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.
  • 1912 ('13?) Birth of German mezzo-soprano, later, soprano Marta MODL in Nuremberg. d-Stuttgart, 16 DEC 2001: MET: Début: Jan. 30, 1957 [Brünhilde] Siegfried, 3 seasons (1956-58, 59-60) 12 perf., 5 works.
  • 1918 Birth of composer Tauno Kullerve Pylkkanen.
  • 1920 Birth of English pianist, teacher and competition administrator Fanny WATERMAN.
  • 1925 Birth of English composer and music humorist Gerard HOFFNUNG in Berlin. d-London, 1959. Hoffnung Festival.
  • 1930 Birth of American Broadway composer Stephen SONDHEIM. Studied with neighbor, Oscar Hammerstein II.
  • 1937 Birth of composer Jon Hassell.
  • 1942 Birth of composer Jon Arthur English.
  • 1943 Birth of American composer and teacher Joseph SCHWANTNER in Chicago.
  • 1944 Distruction of The GREAT OPERA HOUSE FRANKFURT. The Frankfurt Opera House went down in a golden-red sea of flame when the city was destroyed by air raids.
  • 1945 Birth of English baritone Alan OPIE in Redruth, Cornwall. MET: Début: Dec. 12, 1994 [Balstrode] Peter Grimes, 3 seasons (1994-95, 96-98) 19 perf., 2 works.
  • 1946 Birth of Israeli-Canadian violist Rivka GOLANI.
  • 1948 Birth of English Musical composer Lord Andrew LLOYD WEBBER son of London College of Music pres. William Southcombe Lloyd Webber and brother of cellist Julian Lloyd Webber.
  • 1948 Birth of American tenor Vittorio GIAMMARRUSCO in Chicago. d-Vienna, 27 MAY 2002.
  • 1948 The commercially sponsored classical music radio program Voice of Firestone begins broadcasting on FM radio as well as AM.
  • 1950 Birth of English tenor Edmund BARHAM in London.
  • 1950 Birth of American soprano Mary Jane JOHNSON in Pampa, TX. MET: Début: Apr. 6, 1992 [Minnie] La Fanciulla del West, 2 seasons (1991-92, 95-96) 2 perf. 2 works.
  • 1963 FP of William Kraft's Concerto Grosso in San Diego, CA.
  • 1967 Death of Italian baritone Luigi PIAZZA. b-Bologna, 1884.
  • 1970 Death of Czech conductor Herbert Weiskopf at the Portland Opera After conducting a performance of Lucia di Lammermoor, he was walking to his dressing room and crumpled to the stage, struck down by a massive heart attack. He never regained consciousness. Weiskopf was one of the countless musicians who fled to the U.S. during the Hitler era. Portland Opera (1966-1970).
  • 1973 FP of Alberto Ginastera's Piano Concerto No. 2. Hilde Somer soloist, in Indianapolis.
  • 1978 DÉBUT MET of American baritone Pablo Elvira, (1937-2000) in Verdi's Rigoletto as Rigoletto.
  • 1979 FP of ARGENTO's "Miss Havisham's Fire" in New York. rev. "Miss Havisham's Wedding Night" (1981).
  • 1984 FP of John Harbison's Symphony No. 1. Boston Symphony, Seiji Ozawa conducting.
  • 1985 FP of John Harbison's Twilight Music. Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center with David Jolley, horn; James Buswell, violin; and Richard Goode, piano at Alice Tully Hall.
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