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APRIL 6

 Johann KUHNAU
  • 0912 Death of composer Monk and author, Notker Balbulus. b-at Jonswil, canton of St. Gall (Switzerland) about 840.
  • 1631 Birth of composer Vincenzo De Grandis.
  • 1660 Birth of Bohemian composer Johann KUHNAU. He was Bach's immediate predecessor at St. Thomas, Leipzig in 1684. d-5 JUN 1722.
  • 1670 Death of Italian soprano Leonora Baroni. b-Mantua, DEC 1611. Teacher was Andreana Basile.
  • 1672 Baptismal of French composer Andre-Cardinal DESTOUCHES. d-Paris, 7 FEB 1749.
  • 1708 Birth of composer George Reuter.
  • 1731 FP of revised G. F. Handel opera Rinaldo at the King's Theater in the Haymarket in London. [Julian calendar, Gregorian calendar would be April 17]
  • 1735 FP of Handel's Organ Concerto Op. 4, no. 5.
  • 1743 Death of tenor Thomas Salway. b-1706. Created Damon in Acis & Galatea (Handel).
  • 1752 Birth of composer Johann Friedrich Kranz.
  • 1757 Birth of composer Alessandro Rolla.
  • 1759 Handel becomes ill at performance of Messiah in London. Dies 14 APR.
  • 1767 FP of ARNE: M. "Linco's Travels" London.
  • 1778 Birth of American composer and publisher Joseph FUNK. Mennonite Biography.d-1862.
  • 1779 Death of Italian composer Tommaso Traetta. b-30 March 1727.
  • 1797 (?) FP of Beethoven's Quintet for Piano and Winds, Op. 16, at a Schuppanzig concert in Vienna.
  • 1812 Birth of composer Gavril Yakimovich Lomakin.
  • 1815 Birth of German composer and teacher Friedrich Robert VOLKMANN in Lommatzsch. d-29 OCT 1883.
  • 1818 Birth of composer Francis H. BROWN. d-1891.
  • 1835 Birth of composer Jose Marraco y Ferrer.
  • 1844 Birth of composer Joseph Ludwig.
  • 1847 Conversion of Covent Garden Theater in London Group of People in a Theater, Covent Garden, London, England Giclee Poster Print by Panoramic Images , 24x8to Opera House, opens with Rossini's Semiramide.
  • 1867 FP of Schubert's Unfinished Symphony in England, 39 years after his death.
  • 1870 Birth of Austrian composer Oscar STRAUS, operetta composer, in Vienna. d- 1954.
  • 1877 Birth of German tenor Jacques DECKER in Cologne. d-1964.
  • 1878 Birth of composer Carl Emil Theodor Ehrenberg.
  • 1884 Birth of American composer Hart Pease DANKS in New Haven, CT. d-1903.
  • 1885 Birth of French-American composer and harpist Carlos SALZEDO at Arcachon. d-Waterville, ME 17 AUG 1961.
  • 1887 Birth of Rumanian opera composer Nicolas BRETAN, in Nasaud. d-1 DEC 1968.
  • 1892 FP of Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 4 in d, in Prague.
  • 1892 Birth of composer Mateusz Glinski.
  • 1896 Birth of composer Juan Tomas Perez.
  • 1900 Birth of French composer Andrés Orchassal SAS. d-25 July 1967.
  • 1900 FP of Amy Beach's Piano Concerto in c#. Boston Symphony with Wilhelm Gericke conducting and Beach was soloist.
  • 1908 Birth of composer Vano Il'ich Muradeli.
  • 1910 Birth of Italian soprano Emma TEGANI. Debut 1938. Teacher was D. Benedetto. Created Lauretta in Allegra Brigata (Malipiero); Minnie in Minnie la Candida (Malipiero). Sang in premiere in Cordovano (Petrassi).
  • 1911 Birth of composer Phyllis Margaret Duncan Tate.
  • 1912 Birth of Welsh tenor David LLOYD in Trelogan, Wales. d-27 MAR 1969. Debut as Macduff in Macbeth (Verdi) 1938. Teacher was Walter Hyde. [Not to be confused with American tenor D. Lloyd]
  • 1916 Birth of American mezzo-soprano Martha LIPTON in NYC. Debut Pauline in Pique Dame (Tchaikovsky) 1941. Teachers were Guttmann-Rice, Paul Reimers. Pupil was Joelyn Wakefield-Wright. Created Aunt Maud Lowder in Wings of the Dove (Moore).
  • 1912 Birth of composer Endre Szekely.
  • 1918 Birth of Austrian bass Manfred JUNGWIRTH in St. Poelten, Austria. d-23 OCT 1999. MET: Début: Feb. 16, 1974 [Ochs] Der Rosenkavalier, 1 season (1973-74) 10 perf., 1 work.
  • 1921 Birth of American composer Andrew IMBRIE, in NYC.
  • 1924 Birth of American soprano Mimi (Miriam) BENZELL Opera Singer Mimi Benzell Being Fitted with Costume Stretched Canvas Poster Print by Nina Leen, 24x32 in Bridgeport, CT. d-DEC 1970. Debut as Hansel in Hansel & Gretel (Humperdinck) 1943.
  • 1926 Birth of Italian American tenor Sergio FRANCHI in Cremona. d-1 MAY 1990 of brain tumor.
  • 1927 Birth of Polish soprano Bogna SOKORSKA The Warsaw Nightingale in Warsaw, Apr. 6, 1927.
  • 1927 Birth of American tenor and vocal coach Stanley KOLK in Fremont, Michigan. Debut as Alfredo in Traviata (Verdi) 1962. Teachers were James De Long, Elda Ercole. Sang in premiere of Sisters (Glagello).
  • 1927 Death of Romanian baritone Dimitrie Popovici. b-Iasi, Romania 18 JUL 1860. Debut in Fata Aerului (Wachmann) 1881. Teachers were Joseph Gansbacher, George Stephanescu. Pupil was Nicu Apostolescu.
  • 1929 Birth of Russian composer Edison DENISOV in Tomak. d- 1996.
  • 1929 Birth of American composer, pianist and conductor Andre PREVIN in Berlin. Oscar-winning film scores: Gigi, Porgy and Bess, Irma La Douce, My Fair Lady; conductor of Pittsburgh Symphony, London & LA Philharmonic Orchestras. [ m-Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter Divorced 2007].
  • 1931 Birth of English soprano Joan CARLYLE in Wirral, Ruthin Cheshire. Debut as Frasquita in Carmen (Bizet) 1955.
  • 1934 Birth of Spanish tenor Juan LLOVERAS in Barcelona. d-15 JUL 1998. MET debut Sep. 26, 1979 [Tureddeu] Cavalleria Rusticana, 2 sessons (1979-80, 81-82) 31 perf. 3 works.
  • 1934 Birth of composer Reijo Jyrkiainen.
  • 1936 Birth of composer Manfred Schoof.
  • 1936 Birth of Polish soprano Bogna SOKORSKA in Warsaw. Debut as Gilda in Rigoletto (Verdi) 1955. Teachers were Maria Dobrowalska Gruszynska, Dorothy Robinson. Sang in premiere of Fair Girl (Czyz).
  • 1942 Birth of Polish tenor Ryszard KARCZYKOWSKI in Tczew. Debut as Beppe in Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) 1969.
  • 1943 Birth of English soprano Penelope MacKAY in Bradford. Debut as Zaida in Turco in Italia (Rossini) 1971. Teacher was Winifred Radford. Created Penelope in Waiting (Oliver). Sang in premiere of Hell's Angel (Osborne).
  • 1944 Birth of English mezzo-soprano Felicity PALMER in Cheltenham. Debut as Dido in Dido & Aeneas (Purcell) 1971. Teachers were Marianne Schech, Josephine Veasey. Search Felicity PALMER.
  • 1945 FP of Randall Thompson's The Testament of Freedom with texts by Thomas Jefferson, for men's chorus and orchestra. Boston Symphony, Serge Koussevitzky conducting. FP with piano accompaniment at the University of Virginia on 13 APR 1943.
  • 1946 Birth of American composer Barbara BENARY.
  • 1948 Birth of American composer Patrick HARDISH.
  • 1948 FP of Lutoslawski's First Symphony in Katwice.
  • 1949 Death of Dutch soprano Aaltje Noordewier-Reddingius. b-Duerne Holland, 1 SEP 1868. Debut in St Paul (Mendelssohn) 1888. Teacher was Johannes Messchaert. Pupils were Nel Duval, Aafje Heynis, Guus Hoekman, Greet Koeman, Erna Spoorenberg, Louis Van Tulder, Theo Bayle, Laurens Bogtmann.
  • 1951 Birth of French pianist Pascal ROGESearch Pascal ROGE.
  • 1951 Birth of Mexican soprano Rosario ANDRADE in Veracruz. MET Début 1982 [Antonia] Les Contes d'Hoffmann, 4 seasons (1981-82, 83-84, 85-87) 23 perf., 5 works.
  • 1951 FP of Ralph Vaughan Williams' opera The Pilgrim's Progress produced at Covent Garden, London.
  • 1953 Birth of French pianist Pascal DEVOYONSearch Pascal DEVOYON.
  • 1964 FP of Igor Stravinsky's Elegy for J.F.K. conducted by Robert Craft in LA, CA.
  • 1967 Death of French bass-baritone Jean Vieuille. b-Paris, 14 FEB 1902. Debut as Count in Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) 1926. Teachers were Albert Carre, Leon David, Felix Vieuille (uncle).
  • 1967 FP of Miklós Rózsa's Piano Concerto. Los Angeles Philharmonic, with Leonard Pennario as soloist.
  • 1968 Birth of composer Vanessa LANN in NYC.
  • 1971 Death of Russian composer Igor STRAVINSKY in NYC at age 88. b-17 June 1882. NYTimes Obituary.
  • 1975 Death of English mezzo-soprano Janet Howe. b-London. Debut as Carmen in Carmen (Bizet) 1946. Teachers were Zelia De Lussan, Dino Borgioli. Sang in premiere of Tobias and the Angel (Bliss).
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