1757 Generally accepted death date for the Bohemian-born German composer and violinist Johann Stamitz, aka Jan, Wenzel aka Waczlaw, Václav, Anton, Antonin, Antonín, Stamitz, at age 39, in Mannheim. Buried there on March 30. b-19 JUN 1717.
1760 Birth of French dancer Marie-Jean-Augustin Vestris, known as Auguste Vestris. d-5 December 1842.
1760 Birth of composer Ishmail SPICER. d-22 DEC 1832.
1808 Franz Joseph Haydn gives his last public appearance at a performance of his oratorio The Creation to mark the composer's upcomming 76th birthday. Beethoven and Salieri also attend the performance and meet Haydn, in Vienna.
1816 Birth of English teacher and organist George ELVEY in Canterbury. d-Windlesham, Surrey, 9 DEC 1893.
1833 Birth of American soprano and actress Genevieve WARD in NYC. [aka, Genevra Guerrabella]. d-London, 1922:
1843 Birth of English organist Charles MacLEAN in Cambridge. d-London, 1916.
1892 Birth of American composer and arranger Ferde GROFé in NYC. d-Santa Monica, CA 3 APR 1972.
1897 FP of S. Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 1, in St. Petersburg, conducted by suposedly 'tipsey' Alexander Glazunov in St. Petersburg. The performance was such a failure that it was many years before Rachmaninoff would compose a major work. [Julian calendar, Gregorian: 15 MAR].
1898 Birth of English contralto Edith FURMEDGE. d- London, 9 OCT 1956.
1901 Birth of composer Albert Henneberg.
1912 Birth of American composer Reuel LAHMER. Colorado College; BM, Assistant Professor of Music (theory and composition), 1948-51
1912 Birth of composer Robert Watson Hughes.
1913 Birth of composer Godfrey TURNER. d-7 DEC 1948.
1917 FP of G. Puccini's opera La Rondine "The Swallow", at the Opéra du Casino in Monte-Carlo.
1920 Birth of Boston 'Pops' arranger and harmonica virtuoso Richard HAYMAN. Orchestra conductor for Mercury Records. Died February 5, 2014. Instrumental hits were Ruby; Theme from The Three Penny Opera Moritat. Several pop albums for Mercuary and NAXOS. Boston Pops arranger for over 30 years.
1950 Birth of American mezzo-soprano Maria Louise EWING in Detroit. Studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music. First public performance in Meadowbrook in Rigoletto (1968). 1976 debuts at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, and La Scala, Milan. Major roles- Carmen, Lady Macbeth, Salomé, and La Périchole. MET Début: Oct. 14, 1976 [Cherubino0 Le Nozze di Figaro, 13 seasons (1976-77, 78-79, 80-87, 93-97) 99 perf., 10 works.
1958 Birth of LP records - CBS Laboratories announced a new stereophonic Long Playing (LP) record that was playable on ordinary monaural LP phonographs. On special equipment, a new fuller sound was heard called stereophonic. It became the standard for audiophiles.
2002 FP of Osvaldo Golijov's Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra with Soprano Dawn Upshaw and the Minnesota Orchestra on a program with Haydn and Schumann. Work replaced the premiere of Golijov's violin concerto, which had been scheduled. It was canceled after soloist Pamela Frank developed a repetitive stress injury.
2003 FP of Robert X. Rodriguez's Decem Perfectum. Arizona State University Band, Gary Gill, cond. in Minneapolis, MN. CBDNA Conference.
2005 Death of American pianist Grant Johanneson in Berlin. b-Salt Lake City, UT 30 JUL 1921. He was president of the Cleveland Institute of Music from 1977 to 1985. His first wife, Helen Taylor, died in an auto accident in 1950. His marriage to cellist Zara Nelsova ended in divorce.