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Emanuele Barbella.
  • 1654 FP of the opera-ballet Le Nozze di Pelco e Theti at Petite Bourbon in Paris.

  • 1676 Birth of German viola de gamba virtuoso Ernst Christian HESSE in Thuringia. Teacher of his son, Ludwig Christian Hesse, who became one of the last great virtuosi of the viola da gamba. Note that the son, using two different names, studied under two teachers in Paris each bragging to the other about their star pupil.

  • 1710 Birth of dancer Marie A C de Camargo. aka Marie Anne de Cupis de Camargo in Brussels d - 28 April 1770. Also known simply as La Camargo.  Three French dancers of the 18th century: Camargo, Salle Guimard (His Essays on dancing & dancers, no. 6)

  • 1718 Birth of composer Emanuele Barbella in Napoli. d-Naples 1 January 1777. He was also a, violinist and teacher.  

  • 1723 Birth of composer John Wainwright

  • 1759 Death in London of German born composer G. F. HANDEL in London, age 74. Reported wealth at over 20,000 pounds. Buried at Westminster Abbey, London. b-23 FEB 1685.

  • 1782 Birth of Italian composer Carlo COCCIA in Naples. d-Novara, 13 APR 1873.

  • 1789 FP of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 26 in D, K. 537 Coronation at the Royal Saxon Court in Dresden. Composer was soloist at the coronation of Emperor Leopold II.

  • 1811 Birth of French composer Felix Le COUPPEY. d-5 JUL 1887.

  • 1843 Death of Viennese dance master Joseph Lanner at age 42, in Oberdöbling. b-12 APR 1801.

  • 1842 Birth of composer Sven August Korling.

  • 1843 Birth of composer Gustave Leon Huberti.

  • 1852 Birth of Brazilian pianist and composer Henrique OSWALD, in Rio de Janeiro.

  • 1857 Birth of American composer and teacher Edgar Stillman KELLY. d-NYC 12 NOV 1944.

  • 1861 Birth of French operatic bass Jean Francois DELMAS in Lyons. d-29 SEP 1933. Debut as St Bris in Huguenots (Meyerbeer) 1886. Teachers were Bussine, Louis-Henri Obin. Created Pirithous in Ariane (Massenet). Marco Colonna in Monna Vanna (Fevrier), Molza in Tasso (D'Harcourt), Athanael in Thais (Massenet), Gobin in Rondine (Puccini), Fabius Maximus in Roma (Massenet), Amron in Mage (Massenet), Gauthier in Helle (Duvernoy), Mathias in Messidor (Bruneau), Attila in Burgonde (Vidal), Phur in Astarte (Leroux), Duc de Guise in Roi de Paris (Hue), Scanras in Barbares (Saint-Saens), Eveque in Orsola (Hillemacher), Akiba in Fils de l'Etoile (Erlanger), Pierre in Foret (Savard).

  • 1862 Birth of German composer Alphons MAURICE in Hamburg. d-Dresden, 27 JAN 1905. Operas, "Josepha," & "Schatz."

  • 1866 Birth of German bass-baritone Felix Fleischer-JANCZAK in Leipzig. d-20 AUG 1964.

  • 1870 Birth of American baritone Francis ROGERS in Roxburg, MA. Pupils were Carol Brice, Charles Kullman.

  • 1871 Birth of Puerto Rican-American tenor Antonio PAOLI in Ponce. d-24 AUG 1946. Known as "Second Tamagno." Debut as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) 1897. Teacher was Baldelli. Pupils were Teresa Cabrera, Ester Comas, Ramon Fonseca, Olga Iglesias.

  • 1873 Birth of composer Viktor Joseph Keldorfer.

  • 1878 Birth of German baritone Hans BAHLING in Frankfurt, 14 APR 1878; d-Auerbach, 12 JAN Jan. 12, 1938.

  • 1883 FP of Delibes Lakme in Paris.

  • 1886 Birth of German bass-baritone Felix FLEISCHER-JANCZAK  in Leipzig. d-20 AUG 1964.

  • 1892 Birth of Russian baritone George CEHANOVSKY in St Petersburg. d-Yorktown Heights, NY 25 MAR 1986. MET Opera Début 13 NOV 1926, [Kothner] Meistersinger, 40-seasons (1926-66) 2395-perf., 96 roles, 58 works. Debut as Valentin in Faust (Gounod) 1921. Created Major Domo in Vanessa (Barber).

  • 1895 Birth of Polish composer Wiktor LABUNSKI. d-1974. Brother of composer Felix.

  • 1900 Birth of Italian bass Salvatore BACCALONI in Rome. d-NYC, 31 DEC 1969. Studied architecture, later music. Debut in Rome (1921). La Scala in Milan under Arturo Toscanini. (1926); London (1928-9); U, S. Début Chicago, (1930). Known as greatest buffo since Luigi Lablache and large repertory. Sang nearly 170 roles in five languages. In retirement from opera, he appeared in comedy films... Full of Life (1958); Merry Andrew (1958); Rock a Bye Baby (1958); Fanny (1960); and The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962). MET Opera Début 7 DEC 1940 [Bartolo] Le Nozze di Figaro, 23 seasons (1940-62, 1964-65) 413 perf. of 15 roles, 14 works. Teacher was Giuseppe Kaschmann. Created Georgibus in Prezione Ridicole (Lattuada). Astolfi in Campiello (Wolf-Ferrari). Sang in premiere of Fra Gherardo (Pizzetti). Madama di Challant (Guarino). Maddalena (Michetti).

  • 1906 Birth of American composer Hunter JOHNSON. d-1998.

  • 1907 Birth of German baritone Rudolf GONSZAR in Frankfurt. d-19 SEP 1971.

  • 1908 Birth of English tenor Stephen MANTON in Leads. d-9 SEP 1970. Teacher was Sir Edward Bairstow. Created Mr Gray in Gentleman's Island (Horovitz). Scrooge in Christmas Carol (Coleman). Sang in premiere of Hands Across the Sea (Hopkins).

  • 1910 Birth of German born Swiss pianist, conductor, composer and teacher Werner Wolf GLASER, in Cologne.

  • 1911 Death of French soprano Anna Maria Louise Judic. b-Semur-en-Auxois, 11 JULY 1849. Created Princess Cunegone in Rei Carotte (Offenbach). Sang in premiere of Madame L'Archduc (Offenbach). Creole (Offenbach), Doctor Ox (Offenbach), Lili (Herve), Mamzelle Nitouche (Herve), Rousette (Lecocq), Grand Casimir (Lecocq), Niniche (Boullard).

  • 1913 Birth of French conductor Jean FOURNET.

  • 1916 Birth of British composer (Trevor) Denis ApIvor. d-May 27, 2004. He belonged to the generation of modernists that included Humphrey Searle and Elisabeth Lutyens. BIO..

  • 1916 Birth of composer Emerson Buckley.

  • 1919 Birth of Czech bass Kare BERMAN in Jindrichuv Hradec. d-11 AUG 1995.

  • 1920 Birth of British ballet writer Ivor GUEST. The Romantic Ballet in Paris.

  • 1920 Birth of composer Eduardo Maturana.

  • 1922 Birth of composer David Alexandrovich Toradze.

  • 1922 First radio concert broadcast from an airplane. Soprano Jeanette Vreeland sings as she flys over NYC.

  • 1928 Birth of American tenor Loren DRISCOLL in Wyoking, MN. MET Opera Début 23 DEC 1966 Wagner, [David] Die Meistersinger, 3 seasons (1966-67, 68-69, 71-72) 25 Perf., 2 works. Debut as Dr Caius in Falstaff (Verdi) 1954. Created Edgar Linton in Wuhering Heights (Floyd). Dionysus in Bassarids (Henze). 1st Officer in Untergang der Titanic (Siebert). Lord Barat in Junge Lord (Henze). Sang in premiere of Traum des Liu-Tung (Yun Isang). Montezuma (Sessions).

  • 1929 Birth of Finnish conductor Paavo BERGLUND in Helsinki. d-25 Jan 2012

  • 1932 FP of Paul Hindemith's Philharmonic Concerto for the jubilee of the Berlin Philharmonic, Wilhelm Furtwängler conducting in Berlin.

  • 1933 Birth of American teacher and composer Morton SUBOTNICK in L. A.

  • 1934 Birth of Swiss baritone Marc BELFORT in Zurich. d-Zurich, 4 MAR 1998.

  • 1937 Birth of Canadian soprano Gwenlynn LITTLE in Grand Valley, near Orangeville, Ont.

  • 1939 Birth of Australian composer Jennifer FOWLER in Bunbury.

  • 1940 Birth of tenor Adolf DALLAPOZZA in South Tyrol. Debut as Ernesto in Don Pasquale (Donizetti). Teacher was Frau Weissgerber.

  • 1942 Death of English tenor Paul Reimers. Photo Paul Reimers 1900 b-London, 14 MAR 1877. Debut as Max in Freischutz (Weber) 1903. Teachers were Jean Criticos, George Henschel, Spengel, Raimund von Zur Muhlen. Pupil was Martha Lipton.

  • 1943 Birth of Russian pianist Nikolai Petrov in Moscow. d-3 Aug 2011.
  • 1944 FP of Roy Harris' Symphony No. 6 Gettysburg. Boston Symphony, Serge Koussevitzky conducting.

  • 1946 (9th?) Birth of Scottish trumpeter John WALLACE in Fife.

  • 1949 Birth of English soprano Eiddwen HARRHY in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. Debut 1969. Teachers were Paul Hamburger, Ena Mitchell, Andre Vessieres, Frederic Cox, Erich Vietheer. Created Oriane in Servants (Mathias). Marian Singleton in Plumber's Gift (Blake).

  • 1949 FP of Frederick Loewe's musical, Brigadoon at His Majesty's Theatre in London.

  • 1951 Birth of English cellist Julian LLOYD WEBBER brother of Andrew and son of William Southcombe Lloyd-Webber, composers.

  • 1951 FP of Henry Cowell's Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 3  Henry Cowell: Works for Orchestrafor strings, in LA, CA.

  • 1956 Birth of American soprano Barbara BONNEY in Montclair, N J. MET Opera Début 3 MAR 1988 [Najade] Ariadne auf Naxos, 9 seasons (1987-89, 90-91, 92-93, 95-thru 2000) 53 perf., 7 works. Debut as Anna in Merry Wives of Windsor (Nicolai) 1979.

  • 1957 Birth of Russian pianist and conductor Mikhail PLETNEV.

  • 1958 Birth of American soprano Aprile MILLO in NYC. MET Opera Début 20 JUN 1984 [Elvira] Ernani, 16 seasons (1983-97, 98- thru 2000) 147 perf., 14 roles, 13 works. Debut as Aida in Aida (Verdi) 1980. Teachers were Margherita Ghirosi, Giovanni Millo (father), Rita Patane.

  • 1958 On NBC-TV's 'Tonight Show', Jack Paar introduces First American winner of Tchikovsky Piano Prize, Van Cliburn.

  • 1967 FP of Krzysztof Penderecki's Dies Irae in Krakow.

  • 1967 FP of Anton Webern's Three Pieces for orchestra. Performed posthumously by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy conducting.

  • 1972 FP of Paul Chihara's Grass for double-bass and orchestra. Oberlin College, OH.

  • 1972 FP of Roger Sessions' Concertino for small orchestra, in Chicago.

  • 1974 Death of French violinist and conductor Gaston Poulet in Dravell, Essonne. b-10 APR 1892.

  • 1977 FP of Leon Kirchner's opera Lily based on Saul Bellow's novel Henderson, the Rain King in NYC.

  • 1981 FP of FLOYD's "Willie Stark" in Houston, w/Jan Curtis (m/s) [Sadie], Timothy Nolen (b) [Willie]; Julia Conwell (s) U.S. / Alan Kays, and Don Garrard. Conwell: Julia Conwell: b. Philadelphia, 1955; Has sung at Bavarian State Opera, Stuttgart [Nedda]; Barcelona, Mozart's Lucio Silla, San Francisco (1976); her home base is Munich.

  • 1983 Death of composer Willem Frederik Bon. b-15 JUN 1940.

  • 1987 Death of German composer Karl Höller. b-25 JUL 1907.

  • 1996 FP Ellen T. Zwilich's Jubilation for orchestra. University of Georgia orchestra, Yoel Levi conducting in Athens, GA.

  • 2013 Death of English conductor Sir Colin Rex DAVIS. Born in Weybridge Surrey. MET: Début: Jan. 20, 1967, Peter Grimes, 3 seasons (1966-67, 68-69, 71-72) 24 perf., 3 works. He died in London. Obit.
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