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  • 1599 Birth of composer Thomas Selle.
  • 1687 Funeral in Paris of Italian-French conductor Jean-Baptiste LULLY. He conducted with a 6' long stick that he hit on the floor. He struck his foot and following infection, died.
  • 1703 Antonio Vivaldi, 25 years old, is ordained as a priest in Venice.
  • 1729 Johann Sebastian Bach visits Coethen and performs funeral music for his ex-employer, Prince Leopold.
  • 1731 FP of Bach's St. Mark Passion performed at Vespers on Good Friday, in Leipzig.
  • 1743 FP of Handel's Messiah. At the Hallelujah Chorus in London. King George II jumps to his feet establishing a tradition.
  • 1749 Birth of composer Hugo Franz Karl Alexander von Kerpen.
  • 1750 Birth of German composer Johann Matthias SPERGER in Feldberg, Valtice/Czechia, today Austria. He was trained as bass player and worked at courts of Großwardstein and Eisenstadt. He was employed at the court of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. d-13 MAY 1812.
  • 1783 FP of W. A. Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 13 and last version of Haffner Symphony No. 35 at the Vienna Burgtheater, composer was soloist and conductor.
  • 1792 FP Haydn's Surprise Symphony No.94 in G in London.
  • 1795 Birth of composer Leopold Jansa.
  • 1811 Birth of composer Camille Marie Stamaty.
  • 1811 Birth of composer Carl Gottfried Wilhelm Taubert.
  • 1826 Birth of Austrian ballet composer and violinist Aloysius Ludwig MINKUS in Vienna. d- 7 DEC 1917.
  • 1828 FP of L. Von Beethoven's String Quartet in F, Op. 135, posthumously by the Schuppanzigh Quartet, in Vienna.
  • 1834 Birth of German composer, pianist and organist Julius REUBKE, in Hausneindorf.
  • 1835 FP of AUBER's "Le cheval de bronze" in Paris.
  • 1837 Birth of composer Joseph Wieniawski.
  • 1844 Birth of French organist and composer Eugene GIGOUT. (zhee goo) d-Paris, 9 DEC 1925.
  • 1864 Birth of composer Hjalmar Borgstrom. Concerto For Violin And Orchestra In G Major, Op. 25
  • 1877 Birth of German baritone Ludwig HESS. d-5 FEB 1944. Opera, "Abu und Nu" (1919); "Vor Edens Pforte" and "Kranion" (Erfurt, 1933).
  • 1878 Birth of Viennese theater music composer Franz SCHREKER. d-21 MAR 1934.
  • 1881 Birth of German (Dutch) pianist Egon PETRI in Hamburg. Collaborated with Busoni on Bach edition. d-1962.
  • 1881 Death of Russian pianist, conductor, composer and teacher Nicolas RUBINSTEIN in Paris. b- 14 JUN 1835.
  • 1884 Birth of composer Glauco Velasquez.
  • 1886 Death of Opera composer Max Wolf. b-Moravska, FEB 1840. Operetta: "Die Pilger" (Vienna, 1872); "Die Porträt-Dame" (Vienna, 1877); "Césarine" (Vienna, 1878).
  • 1887 Birth of American soprano Felice Lyne in Slater, MO. d. Sep. 1, 1935: Début (1911).
  • 1891 Birth of composer Catherine Murphy Urner. d-1942. Catherine Urner (1891-1942) and Charles Koechlin (1867-1950): A Musical Affaire
  • 1893 Birth of Hungarian violinist and composer Franz von VECSEY in Budapest.
  • 1895 Birth of French-born American composer, painter and mystical philosopher Dane RUDHYAR, in Paris. d-13 SEP 1985.
  • 1895 Birth of Austrian-American soprano Fritzi JOKL Lebendige Vergangenheit - Fritzi Jokl in Vienna. d-New York, 15 OCT 1974.
  • 1896 FP of Giordano's Andrea Chenier in Milan.
  • 1899 Birth of American mezzo-soprano Doris DOEMusical America Magazine Back Issue - November 10 1942 Doris Doe Cover in Barharbor, ME. d-Chattanooga, TN, 26 DEC 1985. MET Début: Feb. 3, 1932 [Brangäne] Tristan und Isolde, 16 seasons (1931-47) 347 perf., 34 roles, 25 works.
  • 1899 FP of Samuel Coleridge Taylor's Hiawatha's Wedding Feast at baptist Temple in Brooklyn, NY.
  • 1900 Birth of composer Jose Antonio Calcano.
  • 1906 Birth of composer George Posford.
  • 1912 FP of R. Gliere: Symphony No. 3 Ilya Murometz in Moscow.
  • 1914 Birth of composer Robert Gross.
  • 1917 Birth of Irish tenor Josef LOCKE in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. aka Joseph McLaughlin. d-Clane, Ireland, 15 OCT 1999. His romantic tenor voice and colorful life inspired the 1992 film Hear My Song starring Ned Beatty as Locke. Was 82 years old when he passed away. DVD-Hear My Song
  • 1917 Ernest Bloch conducts the BSO in FP of his Three Hebrew Poems in Boston.
  • 1917 Birth of American violinist Oscar SHUMSKY in Philadelphia. d- Rye, NY, 24 JUL 2000.
  • 1920 Birth of English organist and composer Geoffrey BUSH.
  • 1920 Birth of composer Alexander Grigori Harut'unyan [Arutiunian].
  • 1923 FP in concert of Manuel de Falla's opera El Retablo de maese Pedro 'Master Peter's Puppet Show' at the Teatro San Fernando, in Seville.
  • 1923 FP of Respighi's opera Belfagor at Teatro alla Scalla in Milan.
  • 1925 Birth of British contralto Monica SINCLAIR, in Evercreech, Somerset. m-Anthony Tunstall (six children). d-London 7 MAY 2002. Obituary. MET Début: Mar. 14, 1972 [Berkenfield] La Fille du Régiment, 2 seasons (1971-73) 20 perf., 2 works.
  • 1927 Birth of French soprano Regine CRESPINBerlioz: Les Nuits d'été / Ravel: Shéhérazade, &c.
  • 1927 Birth of composer Osvaldo Lacerda.
  • 1932 Birth of Italian soprano Ilva LIGABUE in Reggio Emilia, It. d-Palermo, 19 AUG 1998.
  • 1933 Birth of English baritone Norman BAILEY IN Birmingham. MET Début: Oct. 23, 1976 [Sachs] Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, 3 seasons (1976-77, 1978-80) 24 perf., 5 roles.
  • 1933 Birth of Swiss baritone [René] Bernard KRUYSEN [Kruijsen] in Montreux. d-2000.
  • 1934 (5?)FP of Samuel Barber's Music for a Scene from Shelly. Performed by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • 1937 Birth of composer Heinz Martin Lonquich.
  • 1938 Birth of American mezzo-soprano Gwynn CORNELL in Concord, NC. d-Tenafly, NJ, 31 OCT 1984. MET Début: Dec. 30, 1978 [Klytämnestra] Elektra, 6 seasons (1978-84) 75 perf., 18 roles, 16 works.
  • 1939 Birth of Russian composer Boris TISHCHENKOSearch Boris TISHCHENKO.
  • 1939 FP of Bela Bartók's Violin Concerto No. 2. Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, Willem Mengelberg conducting and Zoltán Székely was the soloist.
  • 1935 FP of Samuel Barber's Music for a Scene from Shelley. New York Philharmonic;
  • 1944 Birth of English composer Michael NYMAN.
  • 1944 FP of Henry Cowell's Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 2 for strings. Henri Nosco and his Concert Orchestra, on WEAF radio, NYC. The first concert performance was at Town Hall, NYC, 8 OCT 1944, with Daniel Saidenburg's Little Symphony.
  • 1945 FP of A. Copland's, with 9 other composers, Variations on a Theme by Eugene Goosens by the Cincinnati Symphony.
  • 1946 FP of Marc Blitzstein's Airbourne Symphony, in NYC.
  • 1962 FP of Irving Fine's Symphony 1962 Boston Symphony, Charles Munch conducting.
  • 1969 FP of Gene Gutchë's Genghis Khan American Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski conducting.
  • 1977 DÉBUT MET of tenor John Brecknock in Mozart's Magic Flute as Tamino.
  • 1999 FP of James MacMillan's Cumnock Fair for piano and strings. Scottish Chamber Orchestra at Cumnock Academy.
  • 2002 Death of American Opera diva Eileen FARRELL. Eileen Farrell Sings Opera Arias & SongsWas known for both the opera and pop. ~ age 82. Ananova | Houston Chronical, obit. Born in Willimantic, Connecticut, in 1920. See: EILEEN FARRELL Obit, AP. | BOOK-I Can't Help Singing | CD-Verdi Search Amazon.com for Eileen FARRELL
  • 2005 FP of John Harbison's Darkbloom, Overture for an Imagined Opera. Boston Symphony, James Levine conducting, Boston MA.
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