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Constantin Christian Dedekind
  • 1628 Birth of composer Constantin Christian Dedekind.
  • 1632 Birth of composer Georg Caspar Weckler.
  • 1647 Birth of French music librarian and oboist Andre Danican PHILIDOR in Versailles. d-Dreux, 11 AUG 1730. [Not to be confused with son composer/chess player of same name.]
  • 1720 The Royal Academy opens in London with performance of Porta's Numitore.
  • 1728 Birth of composer Franz Asplmayr.
  • 1733 Birth of composer Giacomo Tritto.
  • 1735 Birth of composer Christian Gotthilf Tag.
  • 1735 Birth of composer Franz Volrath Buttstett.
  • 1763 Birth of composer Giacomo Gotifredo Ferrari.
  • 1798 FP of Franz Joseph Haydn's oratorio The Creation at Schwarzenberg Palace, Vienna.
  • 1800 FP of Beethoven's Symphony No. 1, at a Beethoven benefit concert conducted by the composer at the Hofburgtheater in Vienna.
  • 1803 Birth of German composer and conductor Franz LACHNER. d-Munich, 20 JAN 1890.
  • 1817 Birth of composer Teodulo Mabellini.
  • 1820 Birth of English bass Willoughby Hunter WEISS in Liverpool. d-24 Oct 1867. Debut as Oroveso in Norma (Bellini) 1842. Teachers were Georgina Smart and William Balfe. Set to music Longfellow's 1839 poem What a Difference a Tree Makes!, in 1854, and made a fortune from it- but his other compositions are forgotten.
  • 1828 Birth of baritone Marc BONNEHEE in Moumours. Created Guy de Montford in Vespri Siciliani (Verdi).
  • 1842 Founding of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States and one of the oldest in the world. The Apollo Rooms in lower Manhattan were the site of the first concert of the New York Philharmonic Society on 7 DEC 1842 conducted by Ureli Corelli Hill, H.C. Timm, and Denis Etienne with 600 in the audience.
  • 1845 Concert performance by American composer and pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. Chopin said Gottschalk would become famous.
  • 1848 Birth of Russian composer, pianist and teacher Vladimir PUCHALSKY. d-Kiev, 23 FEB 1933. Taught Vladimir Horowitz at Kiev Conservatory.
  • 1849 Birth of singing teacher Selma Nicklass KEMPNER. d-22 DEC 1928. Debut 1867. Teacher was Jenny Meyer. Pupils were Rita Fornia, Gertrude Forstel, Mary Hagen, Frieda Hempel, Estelle Liebling, Ottilie Metzger-Lattermann, Rachel Morton, Ursula van Dieman and Julie Shelley.
  • 1861 Birth of Belgian tenor Ernst Van DYCK in Antwerp. d-31 AUG 1923. Debut as Lohengrin in Lohengrin (Wagner) 1887. Teachers were Saint-Yves Bax, Emmanuel Chabrier, Jules Massenet. Created Patrice in Moina (De Lara) and Werther in Werther (Massenet).
  • 1868 Birth of composer Eduard Jacobs, also was popular singer and pianist in the Dutch cabaret.
  • 1876 Death of German baritone Anton Mitterwurzer. b-Sterzing Tyrol 12 APR 1818. Debut 1838. Created Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) and Wolfram in Tannhauser(Wagner). Sang in premiere of Kaiser Adolf von Nassau (Marschner).
  • 1877 FP in USAmerica of Wagner's opera Die Walk├╝re 'The Valkyrie' at the Academy of Music in NYC. 
  • 1878 Birth of American pianist Augusta COTTLOW in Shelbyville, IN. d-White Plaines, NY 11 APR 1954.
  • 1886 Birth of Belgian organist and composer Charles Marie COURBOIN in Antwerp. d- NYC, 13 APR 1973.
  • 1888 (1889?) Birth of English music writer Sir Neville CARDUS. d-London, 28 FEB 1975.
  • 1892 Birth of German baritone Rudolf BOCKELMANN Rudolf Bockelmann II Lebendige Vergangenheit  in Bodenteich. d-9 OCT 1958. Debut as Herald in Lohengrin 16 Apl 1921. Teachers were Oscar Lassner, Karl Scheidemantel, Walter Soomer. Pupil was Hans Hotter. Created Rembrandt van Rijn in Rembrandt van Rijn (Klenek) and Orest in Leben des Orest (Krenek)
  • 1894 Birth of German singing teacher Paul LOHMMANN in Halle. Pupils were Ingrid Bjoner, Toni Blankenheim, Roland Hermann, Hanne Lore Kuhse, Robert Lauhofer, Regina Marheinzke, Siegmund Nimsgern, Karl Widmer, Peter Roth-Ehrang, Jakob Stampfli, Ortrun Wenkel, Simone Mangelsdorff and Walter Geisler.
  • 1900 Birth of American composer Anis FULEIHAN in Kyrenia, Cyprus. d-1970. BIO.
  • 1902 Birth of composer Danilo Svara.
  • 1905 Birth of Serge Lifar, in Kiev. Was dancer and choreographer at the Paris Opera Ballet.
  • 1905 Birth of Austrian opera conductor Kurt Herbert ADLER in Vienna.
  • 1909 Birth of composer Jean Kurt Forest.
  • 1911 FP of the first suite of Maurice Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe at a concert conducted by Gabriel Pierne, in Paris.
  • 1914 Birth of Czech baritone Frantisek ROESLER in Brno (the second largest city of the Czech Republic ). Sang in premiere of Zenichove (Fischer); Jan Hus (Horky).
  • 1928 Birth of English soprano April CANTELO in Purbrook Hants. Teachers were Joan Cross, Imogen Holst, Kurt Hoos, Julian Kimbell, Hans Oppenheimer. Pupils were Rosemary Joshua, Jeremy Huw Williams. Created Lady in Grace Todd (Crosse); Susan in Dinner Engagement (Berkeley). Orpah in Ruth (Berkeley); Bertha in Violins of St Jacques (Williamson); Semele in Semele (Eccles); Beatrice Weston in Our Man in Havana (Williamson). Sang in premiere of Midsummer Night's Dream (Britten); English Eccentrics (Williamson)
  • 1928 Birth of French tenor Alain VANZO in Monte Carlo. Debut as Pirate in Oberon (Weber) 1954. Teachers were Mme Audouard, Rolande Darcoeur, Mario Podesta.
  • 1928 Birth of Austrian tenor Fritz UHL in Matzleinsdorf, near Vienna, Austria. Debut 1950. Teacher was Elisabeth Rado. Created Banker B in Versuchung (Tal); Lraprart in Play of Love & Death (Cikker); Bodyguard in Roi Berenger (Sutermeister) and Emperor in Avestand (Eder)
  • 1930 Birth of English mezzo-soprano Barbro ERICSON  Great Swedish Singers - Barbro Ericson in Halmsted. Debut as Eboli in Don Carlos (Verdi). Teachers were Ragnar Hulten, Nanny Larsen-Todsen, Kathe Sundstrom, Arne Sunnergardh. Created Mlle Arrenander in Herr von Hancken (Blomdahl). Sang in premiere of Grand Macabre (Ligeti).
  • 1930 Birth of composer Girolamo Arriego.
  • 1931 Birth of composer Imre Olsvai.
  • 1934 Birth of Romanian baritone Vasile MARTINOIU in Tirgo-Jiu, Romania. Debut as Di Luna in Trovatore (Verdi).
  • 1938 FP of Quincy Porter's Symphony No. 1. New York Philharmonic, composer conducting.
  • 1942 Birth of American violist, teacher and composer Enid SUTHERLAND.
  • 1942 Death of American bass Henry Scott. b-Pennsylvania, 8 APR 1876. Debut 1909. Teacher was Oscar Saenger.
  • 1946 Birth of English impresario Raymond GUBBAY.
  • 1948 FP of Karl Amadeus Hartmann's opera Simplicius Simplicissimus Hartmann - Simplicius Simplicissimus in concert performance at Bavarian Radio in Munich.
  • 1949 First concert with the Hague Philharmonic by Dutch conductor Willem van Otterloo. Biography.
  • 1951 Death of Russian pianist Simon Barere while playing the Grieg Piano Concerto with The Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
  • 1952 Death of Spanish tenor Antonio Cortis. b-Denia, 12 AUG 1891. Debut as Cassio in Otello (Verdi) 1912. Teachers were Nicolau, Daniel. Sang in the premiere of Petronio (Giovanetti); Maruxa (Vives).
  • 1957 Birth of American composer and teacher Greg SANDERS.
  • 1958 Death of Welsh tenor Tudor Davies. b-South Wales, 12 NOV 1892. Debut as Rodolfo in Boheme (Puccini) 1921. Teacher was Gustave Garcia. Created Prince Hal in At the Boar's Head (Holst); Brother Tom in John Socman (Lloyd). Sang in premiere of Leper's Flute (Bryson).
  • 1958 FP of Toshiro Mayuzumi's Nirvana-Symphony in Tokyo.
  • 1961 Death of American composer Wallingford Riegger at age 75, in NYC. b-29 APR 1885.
  • 1968 Birth of Yugoslavian pianist Natasa VELJKOVIC in Belgrade.
  • 1970 FP of George Rochberg's Caprice Variations for solo violin. Lewis Kaplan soloist on WBAI-FM in NYC.
  • 1974 Death of English soprano Dorothy Moulton, Lady Mayer, age 49. In Henham, Essex.
  • 1997 Death of Ukrainian composer Yuly Sergueievitch Meytus in Elisavetgrad (now: Kirovograd) (Ukraine). b-28 JAN 1903.
  • 2003 FP of Kajia Saariaho's Quatre Instants  Kaija Saariaho: Notes on Light; Orion; Mirage with French texts by Amin Maalouf. Karita Maatilla, soprano, in Paris.
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