1649 Birth of composer Joseph-François Salomon. d-5 March 1732. He was a French composer of the Baroque era. Born in Toulon he learned to play the bass viol and the harpsichord and came to Paris to work as a musician for the royal family. He was 52 before he composed his first opera, the tragédie en musique Médée et Jason.
1850 Birth of Italian tenor Giovanni De NEGRI in Alessandra, Italy. d- 1924. Debut as Poliuto in Poliuto (Donizetti) 1878. Teachers were Guasco and Abbadia. Created Condor in Condor (Gomes).
1859 Birth of American opera composer Reginald DeKOVEN in Middletown, CT. d-Chicago, 16 FEB 1920.
1868 Death of Swedish composer Franz Berwald. b-23 July 1796. His music is highly original in its use of rhythm, harmony, and orchestration. Best known for his four surviving symphonies, he also wrote concertos, chamber works, and operas.