1727 FP of Bach's St. Matthew Passion, at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. Over 100 years later Mendelssohn brought the piece back to life on the concert stage, starting a Bach revival that continues to this day.
1735 Birth of composer Pierre Nicolas La Houssaye.
1791 Birth of French composer Marie-Désiré BEAULIEU aka Martin, Martin-Beaulieu, in Paris. d-Niort, Dec. 21, 1863.
1814 FP of Beethoven's Archduke trio, in Vienna.
Beethoven at the piano. His contemporary Louis Spohr was there, and wrote that the piano was badly out of tune but Beethoven was too deaf to notice.
1816 Birth of German composer Theodore EISFELD in Wolfenbiittel, Brunswick. d-Wiesbaden, 16 SEP 1882.
1819 Birth of German born, English conductor and pianist Sir
Charles HALLE, who settled in Manchester after being driven to England by the
1848 Revolution. In 1858 he founded the famous Halle Orchestra.
d-Manchester, 25 OCT 1895.
1865 Death of Italian soprano Giuditta Pasta. b-Saronno, 26 OCT 1797. Debut in Tre Eleonore (Scappa). Teachers were E. Asioli, Davide Banderali, Filippo Ferranti, Giuseppe Scappa, Giuseppina Grassini, Bartolemeo Lotti, Francesco Lamperti Paer, Girolamo Crescentini. Pupils were Marianna Barbiere-Nini, Giulia Grisi, Adelaide Kemble, Teresa Parodi. Created Beatrice in Beatrice di Tenda (Bellini). Norma in Norma (Bellini). Amina in Sonnambula (Bellini). Anna Boleyn in Anna Bolena (Donizetti). Bianca of Aquitaine in Ugo Conte di Parigi (Donizetti). Corinna in Viaggio a Reims (Rossini). Zora in Schiava in Bagdad (Pacini). Niobe in Niobe (Pacini). Emma d'Antiochia in Emma D'Antioche (Mercadante).
1866 Birth of Italian opera composer Ferruccio BUSONI [Dante Michelangiolo Benvenuto] in Empoli, nr Florence. d-Berlin, 27 JUL 1924. Operas were "Sigune, oder Das vergessene Dorf" (1889), "Die Brautwahl" (1912), "Turandot" (1917), "Arlecchino" (1917), "Doktor Faust" (1925).
1881 Birth of American composer Harvey Bartlett GAUL. d-Pittsburgh, 1945. Studied in Paris; was pupil of Vincent d'Indy. Pittsburgh, PA, conductor and teacher at the Carnegie Institute of Technology. Was organist in NYC and Cleveland. Was the first music director of radio station KDKA and a music critic for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Most of his more than 500 compositions were published under pseudonyms. Works list. Friends established award through The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble known as The Harvey Gaul Biennial Composition Competition.
1903 Birth of Australian baritone Arnold MATTERS in Adelaide. d. Sep. 21, 1990.
1907 Birth of German-American conductor and composer Walter KAUFMANN in Karlsbad. d-Bloomington, IN, 9 SEP 1984. Opera: "Der grosse
Dorin" (1932); "Der Hammel bringt es an den Tag" (1932); "Esther"
(1931-32); "Die weisse Göttin" (1933); "Asasuya" (radio opera,
Bombay, 1938); "The Cloak" (after Gogel, 1933-55); "A Parfait for
Irene" (Bloomington, 1952); "The Tesearch (1951); "The Golden Touch"
(short children's opera, 1953); "Christmas Slippers" (television
opera, 1955); "Sganarelle" (1955); "George from Paradise"
(1958); "Paracelsus" (1958); "The Scarlet Letter" (after Hawthorne,
Bloomington, 1961); "A Hoosier Tale" (Bloomington, 1966); "Rip van
Winkle" (short children's opera, 1966).
1908 Birth of Czech conductor Karel ANCERL in Tucapy. d-Toronto, 3 JUL 1973.
1916 Birth of Argentinian composer Alberto GINASTERA in Buenos Aires. d- Geneva, 25
1919 First concert performance by The New Symphony Orchestra in NYC. Founded by composer Edgard Varèse to perform new music.
1953 Birth of Greek-American composer Dana Dimitri Richardson. Ph.D. in Theory and Composition from New York University, he taught at Fredonia College and NYU. He is the recipient of six Meet The Composer Awards, and taught at Kingsborough Community College. 1990-1991 he produced a monthly series of two-hour programs on WBAI-FM that explored the relation between music and society.
1986 Death of Canadian tenor Donald Grobe. b-Ottawa, 16 DEC 1929. Debut as Borsa in Rigoletto (Verdi) 1952. Teachers were Robert Long, Martial Singher, Margarethe von Winterfeldt, Robert Weede. Created Claude Vallee in Play of Love and Death (Cikker). Astor in Untergang der Titanic (Siebert). Wilhelm in Junge Lord (Henze). Arundel in Elisabeth Tudor (Fortner). Sang in premiere of Ophelia (Kelterborn). Gespenstersonate (Reimann).
1999 FP of Augusta Read Thomas' Passion Prayers for solo cello and six instruments. Network for New Music, with cellist Scott Kluksdahl in Philadelphia.