1943 Death of Russian composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff, in Beverly Hills California. He had just become an American citizen. In poor health he insisted on making a concert tour to raise funds for war relief. In Knoxville TN, 15 FEB, he became weaker and returned to his home in California, and died just a few days before his 70th birthday. He was buried at the Kensico celebrity cemetery, 273 Lakeview Avenue, Valhalla, NY 10595. b-1 APR 1873.
1944 Classical Music formatted WQXR radio in New York City, owned by The New York Times newspaper, banned singing commercials from its airwaves as of this day.
1945 Birth of contemporary Belgian composer of New Consonant
Music, a typical exponent of Postmodernism...Boudewijn BUCKINX.
1949 Death of Rumanian composer and violinist Grigoras Dinicu at age 59, in Bucharest. Composed Hora staccato in 1906.
1960 FP of Henry Cowell's Symphony No. 12, Leopold Stokowski conducting;
1969 FP of Richard Bennett's "All the King's Men" children's opera; Coventry.
1972 FP of Leonard Bernstein's Meditations Nos. 1 and 2 for Cello and Piano, Stephen Katz and Bernstein at the piano, in NYC.
1973 Death of Australian soprano Gertrude Johnson. b-Hawksburn,
2003 Death of American double bass player Julius Levine. Also an influential teacher. B.S. Juilliard School of Music, 1947. Frequent guest artist, in concert, and on recordings with the Budapest, Juilliard, Guarneri and Amadeus String Quartets.Andante, Obituary.