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Jeno Huszka
  • 1538 Birth of composer Gugliemo Gonzaga
  • 1594 Birth of composer Benedikt Lechler
  • 1670 Birth of composer Christian Ludwig Boxberg
  • 1706 Birth of Italian composer Giovanni MARTINI in Bologna. d-4 OCT 1784.
  • 1721 Birth of German composer Johann Philipp KIRNBERGER. d- 27 JUL 1783.
  • 1742 Birth of composer Roman Hoffstetter
  • 1764 FP of Hasse's "Egeria" in Vienna.
  • 1792 Claude Joseph Rouget de l'Isle writes the words and music of the La Marseillaise.
  • 1800 Birth of Austrian violinist, composer and teacher (of Auer, Joachim and others) Georg HELLMESBERGER.
  • 1801 Haydn finishes his oratorio The Seasons and performs it same day at the Schwasrtzenberg Palace in Vienna.
  • 1819 FP of Rossini's "Eduardo", later known as "Edoardo e Cristina" in Venice.
  • 1821 FP in USAmerica of the first movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 by The Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia at its first concert.
  • 1846 Death of Italian soprano-castrato Girolamo Crescentini. b-Urbino, 2 FEB 1762. Debut 1776. Teacher was Lorenzo Gibelli. Pupils were Violante Camporese, Isabella Colbran, Angelica Catalani, Giuseppina Grassini, Gustav Wilhelm Teschner, Alexis de Garaude, Giuseppe Curci, Louise Albert-Himm, Giuditta Pasta, Raffaele Mirate. Created Curiatus in Orazi e I Curiazi (Cimarosa). Romeo in Giulietta e Romeo (Zingarelli). Artaserse in Artaserse (Cherubini)
  • 1847 FP of Offenbach's "L'Alcôve" in Paris.
  • 1854 Birth of Austrian baritone-tenor Adolf WALLNOFER in Vienna. d-9 JUN 1946.
  • 1860 FP of Hernándo's "El tambor", a zarzuela, in Madrid.
  • 1867 Birth of Czech composer Karel NAVRATIL in Prague.
  • 1869 FP of Delibes' "La Cour du roi Pétaud" in Paris.
  • 1870 Birth of German baritone Otto REUTTER in Gardelegen. d-Düsseldorf 3 MAR 1931.
  • 1874 FP of Tchaikovsky's "Oprichnik" in St Petersburg.
  • 1875 Birth of composer Jeno Huszka
  • 1877 Birth of composer Charles Cuvillier
  • 1884 Birth of Norwegian, French-school lyric-coloratura soprano, Eide NORENA Lebendige Vergangenheit - Eide Norena  in Oslo. d-Lausanne, 1948.
  • 1886 Birth of American coloratura soprano Mabel GARRISON Reprint Mabel Garrison and Capt. Pierce 1900  in Baltimore, MD. d-20 AUG 1963. Studied at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore and in NYC. Début with a small provincial opera group as [Philine] Mignon 19 APR 1912. In Europe she appeared with the Berlin State Opera, Hamburg and Cologne. Recorded after she left the Met (1921). In 1925, she sang with the Chicago Opera, later active as a concert and recital singer. In retirement she taught in Northampton, MA. MET Opera Début in concert 15 FEB 1914. Stage, [Flower Maiden] Parsifal, 11 APR 1915, 8 seasons (1913-21) 109 perf. 17 roles, 15 works. Teachers were Edward Heimendahl, Pietro Minetti, Lucien O'Denthal, Oscar Saenger, Herbert Witherspoon.
  • 1897 Birth of composer Gyorgy Kosa
  • 1907 Birth of composer Vaclav Trojan
  • 1909 Birth of Swedish soprano Hjördis SCHYMBERG in Alno, Sweden. MET Opera Début 15 FEB 1947 [Susanna] Le Nozze di Figaro, 1 season (1946-47) 4 perf., 2 works. Debut as Berthe in Poupee de Nuremberg (Adam) 1934. Teacher was Brita Von Vegesach. Pupils wre Leila Anderssen, Karin Langebo, Sylvia Lindenstrand, Tord Slattegaard. Sang in FP of Marionetter (Rosenberg).
  • 1911 Birth of composer Sigursveinn David Kristinsson
  • 1915 Birth of bass Italo TAJO Lebendige Vergangenheit - Italo Tajo . MET OPera. d-Yes.
  • 1918 Birth of Swedish soprano Astrid VARNAY.
  • 1920 Birth of Italian baritone-tenor Rinaldo PELIZZONI. d-Sissa, 7 DEC 1998.
  • 1921 Birth of Italian tenor Luigi INFANTINO in Radalmuto, Sicily. d-22 JUN 1991. Début: [Rodolfo] La Bohème (1943). Teacher was Italo Branducci. Sang in premiere of Stripe di David (Mannino). Amleto (Zafred).
  • 1921 Death of Dutch composer Alfons Diepenbrock at age 58, in Amsterdam. b-1862.
  • 1921 Birth of composer Laci Boldemann
  • 1924 Birth of composer Yehoshua Lakner
  • 1924 FP of Sauguet's "Le Plumet du colonel" in Paris.
  • 1924 FP of Berners' "Le Carrosse du Saint-Sacrement" in Paris.
  • 1928 Birth of composer Gustav Krivinka
  • 1929 Birth of composer Ferit Tuzun
  • 1931 Death of Hungarian baritone Dezso Zador. b-Horna Krupa, Hungary, 8 MAR 1870. Debut as Count Almaviva in Nozze di Figaro (Mozart)1898. Teacher was Adele Passy-Cornet.
  • 1932 FP of Kódaly's "Székely Fonó" in Budapest.
  • 1934 Laurens Hammond patents his electric organ.
  • 1936 Death of Dutch composer Bernard van Dieren in London. b-Rotterdam, 27 DEC 1887.
  • 1939 Death of English composer John Herbert Foulds in Calcutta, India. b-Hulme, Manchester, 2 NOV 1880.
  • 1941 Birth of Australian guitarist John Christopher WILLIAMS in Melbourne.
  • 1944 Birth of Irish soprano Norma BURROWS, aka Norma Burrowes, in Bangor, Co. Down. MET Opera Début 12 OCT 1979 [Blonde] Die Entführung aus dem Seral, 1 season, 8 perf. 1 work. Debut as Zerlina in Don Giovanni 1970. Teachers were Rupert Bruce-Lockhart, Flora Nielsen.
  • 1945 Birth of Hungarian mezzo-soprano Karla TAKACS in Budapest.
  • 1946 Birth of American composer and teacher Bruce SAYLOR.
  • 1948 Death of Mexican composer Manuel Ponce (POHN seh) at age 65, in Mexico City. b-8 DEC 1882.
  • 1950 FP of Leonard Bernstein's incidental music Peter Pan based on the play by J.M. Barrie, conducted by Ben Steinberg at the Imperial Theater in NYC.
  • 1954 Birth of American bass Kevin MAYNOR in Mount Vernon, NY.
  • 1957 FP of Charles Ives' String Quartet No. 1,[1896] in NYC.
  • 1960 Death of German bass-baritone Carl Braun. b-Meisenheim, 2 JUN 1886. Debut 1906. Teachers were Hermann Gausche, Eugen Weiss.
  • 1962 Birth of Norwegian trumpeter Ole Edvard ANTONSEN.
  • 1964 Birth of American composer Augusta Read THOMAS in NYC.
  • 1964 Birth of American composer Brian ROBISON.
  • 1966 Death of Icelandic tenor Einar Kristiansson. b-Reykjavik Iceland, 24 NOV 1910. Debut as Elemer in Arabella 1933. Teacher was Waldemar Staegemann.
  • 1966 Death of Croatian tenor Tino Pattiera. b-Cavtat, 27 JUN 1890. Debut as Manrico in Trovatore 1915. Teacher was Ritter Horboucky Raniers. Pupils were Hans Beirer, Miluse Dvorakova, Keith Engen, Josef Heriban, Neil Howlett, Rudolf Jedlicka, Patrick McGuigan, Jarmila Palivcova, Hans Christian, Alfons Van Goethem, Camille Meghor.
  • 1970 Death of Italian soprano Adriana Guerrini. b-Florence, 22 SEP 1907. Debut Iris in Iris (Mascagni) 1935. Created Bettina in Miseria e Nobilita (Napoli).
  • 1970 Birth of American composer James MATHESON.
  • 1976 FP of Argento's "The Voyage of Edgar Allan Poe" in St. Paul, MN. With George Livings [Poe]; Karen Hunt [Virginia]; John Brandstetter [Griswold]; Vern Asman, Vern Sutton, Barbara Brandt, Kathryn Asman, and Rose Taylor.
  • 1981 FP of C. Floyd's "Willie Stark" in Houston. Jan Curtis (m/s) [Sadie], Timothy Nolen (b) [Willie]; Julia Conwell, Alan Kays, and Don Garrard.
  • 1985 FP of Argento's "Casanova's Homecoming", opera buffa, in St Paul, MN. With Julian Patrick, Elaine Bonzaai, and Douglas Perry as Marquis de Lisle.
  • 1988 FP of Anthony Davis' Notes from the Underground dedicated to Ralph Ellison. American Composers Orchestra, Paul Lustig Dunkel conducting at Carnegie Hall in NYC.
  • 1990 FP of Bright Sheng's Four Movemenets for piano trio. The Peabody Trio at Alice Tully Hall in NYC.
  • 1992 FP of Joan Tower's Violin Concerto. The soloist Elmar Oliveira and the Utah Symphony, Joseph Silverstein conducting.
  • 1997 FP of Stephen Paulus' opera The Three Hermits at House of Hope Presbyterian Church Thomas Lancaster conducting in St. Paul, MN.
  • 1998 Death of Pulitzer Prize (1990) winning American composer Mel Powell at age 75 in Sherman Oaks, CA. b-12 FEB 1923. See Obits. m. Film actress Martha Scott.
  • 2003 FP of David Lang's Difficulty. Ethyl String Quartet, Miller Theater, in NYC.
  • 2003 FP of Michael Nyman's Manhatta a score for a film by Paul Strand. Also, FP of Nyman's Samhitha: Compilation of Colours for electric mandolin. Eos Orchestra, Sheffer, NYC.
  • 2004 FP of Steven Stucky´s SONATE EN FORME DE PRÉLUDES. Stephen Taylor, Oboe, William Purvis, Horn, Emanuel Ax, Harpsichord, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Zankel Hall, at Carnegie Hall, New York City.
  • 2004 FP of Daniel Dorf´s THE BEAR WENT UNDER THE MOUNTAIN for Narrator and Mixed Quintet. Charlotte Blake Alston, narrator, members of The Philadelphia Orchestra: Kazuo Tokito, flute, Blair Bollinger, bass trombone, Bob Cafaro, cello, Christopher Deviney, marimba, Suzanne Son, piano. Philadelphia Orchestra “Sound All Around” series, Innovation Studio, Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA.
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