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  • 1644 Birth of composer Thomas Eisenhut
  • 1696 Birth of composer Johann Caspar Vogler
  • 1737 Birth of composer Louis Francois Chambray
  • 1741 Birth of composer Andrea Lucchesi
  • 1753 Birth of Italian composer and violinist Jean Baptista VIOTTI in Fontanetto. d-London 1824.
  • 1753 Birth of tenor Etienne LAINEZ in Vaugirard. d-15 SEP 1822. Created Narcisse in Echo et Narcisse (Gluck).
  • 1756 Birth of composer Nicolas-Joseph Hullmandel
  • 1759 Birth of composer Antoinio da Silva Leite
  • 1794 Birth of Czech composer and pianist Isaak Ignaz MOSCHELES in Prague. d-Leipzig, 10 MAR 1870.
  • 1814 FP of Beethoven's Opera Fidelio in its present form at the Kärntnertor Theater in Vienna. CD-Beethoven: Fidelio
  • 1825 FP of Spontini's "Alcidor" Berlin.
  • 1826 FP in USAmerica of Mozart's opera Don Giovanni sung in Italian by the Garcia family with Mozart's librettist Lorenzo da Ponte attending at Park Theater in NYC. CD-Mozart - Don Giovanni / Wächter · Sutherland · Alva · Frick · Schwarzkopf · Taddei · Cappuccilli · Sciutti · Giulini
  • 1831 Birth of American composer William Oscar PERKINS in Stockbridge, VT. d-1875.
  • 1841 Birth of soprano Zulmar BOUFFAR in Nerac. d-20 JAN 1909. Created Fragoletto in Brigands (Offenbach). Gabrielle in Vie Parisienne (Offenbach). Sang in FP of Voyage dans la Lune (Offenbach).
  • 1843 Birth of composer Pedro Miguel Marques y Garcia
  • 1850 FP of Hernando's "Bertoldo y Comparsa" zarzuela, Madrid.
  • 1851 Birth of composer Antoni Stolpe
  • 1864 Birth of Danish composer Louis GLASS, in Frederiksberg. d-1936.
  • 1871 Birth of Norwegian composer Sigurd LIE.
  • 1876 FP of Johannes Brahms's String Quartet No. 3, at the home of Clara Schumann by the Joachim Quartet in Berlin. They gave the first public performance in Berlin on 30 OCT 1876. CD-Brahms: The String Quartets/Dvorak: Quartet, Op. 96
  • 1878 Birth of French music critic Emile VUILLERMOZ.
  • 1879 Birth of English pianist Harold SAMUEL.
  • 1885 Birth of Paraguayan composer Augustín Barrios MANGORé in San Bautista de las Misiones. d-San Salvador, El Salvador, 7 AUG 1944.
  • 1887 Death of tenor Gaetano Fraschini. b-Pavia, 16 FEB 1816. Debut Tamas in Gemmy di Vergy (Donizetti) 1837. Teacher was F. Moretti. Pupil was Heinrich Panofka. Created Arrigo in Battaglia di Legnano (Verdi). Stiffelio in Stiffelio (Verdi). Gustavus III in Ballo in Maschera (Verdi). Zamoro in Alzira (Verdi). Corrado in Corsaro (Verdi). Gerardo in Caterina Cornaro (Donizetti). Faone in Saffo (Pacini). Conte di Warbel in Adolfo di Warbel (Pacini). Ettore in Fidanzata Corsa (Pacini). Armande in Stella di Napoli (Pacini). Egisto in Merope (Pacini). Carlo in Romilda di Provenza (Pacini). Arturo Murray in Proscritto (Mercadante). Fausto in Vascello di Gama (Mercadante). Curiazio in Orazi e Curiazi (Mercadante). Alboix in Anna la Prie (Battista).
  • 1893 Birth of Polish soprano Rosa RAISA in Bialystok Poland. d-29 SEP 1963. Debut as Leonora in Oberto (Verdi) 1913. Teachers were Barbara Marchisio, Eva Tetrazzini. Pupil was Giorgio Tozzi. Created Asteria in Nerone (Boito). Turandot in Turandot (Puccini). Contessa Manuela in Partita (Zandonai). Sang in the premiere of Fedra (Romani).
  • 1894 Birth of German baritone Heinrich REHKEMPER. d-Munich, 30 DEC 1949. Singer of Lieder as well as opera in Germany. He studied in Düsseldorf, Début 1919.
  • 1895 Birth of baritone Josef Krikava in Rakovnik. Debut 1921. Teacher was Emil Burian.
  • 1895 FP of Houseley's "The Juggler" light opera, Denver.
  • 1901 Birth of English composer Edmund RUBBRA in Northampton. d-Girard´s Cross, OH (13?)14 FEB 1986.
  • 1902 Birth of compose Mark Lothar
  • 1906 Birth of composer Hellmuth Christian Wolff
  • 1911 Birth of Russian-American composer Boris KREMENLIEV. d-1988.
  • 1911 Birth of mezzo-soprano Janet FRASER.
  • 1911 Birth of Danish baritone Frans ANDERSSON Copenhagen. d-3 AUG 1988. Created Rasputin in Rasputin's End (Nabokov). Death in Historien om en Moder (Koppel).
  • 1912 Birth of French composer and pianist Jean FRANCAIX in Le Mans. d- Paris, 27 SEP 1997. Opera, "Le Diable boîteux" (comic chamber opera, Paris, 1938); "L'Apostrophe" (musical comedy, Amsterdam, 1951); "La main de gloire" (1945); "Paris à nous deux" (ou Le Nouveau Rastignac) (comic opera, Fontainebleau, 1954); "La Princesse de Cleves" (Rouen, 1965).
  • 1913 Birth of German baritone Horst GUNTER in Leipzig. Horst Gunter. Debut 1941. Pupils were Eduardo Villa, Thomas Hampson, Jeremy Huw Williams.
  • 1919 Birth of American electronic music composer Bulent AREL. Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center. d-1990.
  • 1922 Birth of Swedish tenor Per GRUNDEN in Eskiltuna. Debut 1944. Teacher was Joseph Hislop.
  • 1923 Birth of Spanish pianist Alicia de LARROCHA in Barcelona.
  • 1926 Birth of Hungarian baritone Zsolt BENDE in Budapest. Debut as Don Giovanni in Don Giovanni (Mozart) 1956. Teacher was Ferenc Revhegyi. Pupil was Tamas Csurja.
  • 1926 Birth of German tenor Hanns NOCKER in Westfalen. d-2 MAY 1992. Debut as Speaker in Zauberflote (Mozart) 1954. Teachers were Clemens Kaiser-Breme, T Ritzhaupt. Created John Brocklesby in Noch Einen Loffel Gift Liebling (Matthus). Duke of Norfolk in Elisabeth Tudor (Fortner).
  • 1926 Death of German composer Hans Koessler in Budapest. See Portrait. ACADEMY - FERENC LISZT AND FERENC ERKEL head of the department from 1853 to 1926.
  • 1926 FP of Miaskovsky's Symphony No. 8, in Moscow. CD-Miaskovsky: Symphony 8
  • 1929 Birth of German bass-baritone Konrad RUPF in Pohlau.
  • 1929 Birth of bass Dalibor JEDLICKA in Svojanov. Debut as Mumlal in Two Widows (Smetana) 1950. Teacher was Rudolf Vasek. Created Dantyszek in Copernicus (Fischer). Sang in FP of Pan Johanes (Jirasek).
  • 1929 FP of Vasilenko's "Sin solntsa" Moscow.
  • 1933 Birth of German soprano Ingeborg HALLSTEIN in Munich. Debut as Musetta in Boheme (Puccini) 1956. Teacher was Elisabeth Hallstein (her mother) Created Autonoe in Bassarids (Henze). Sang in premiere of Aucassin und Nicolette (Bialas).
  • 1934 Birth of American experimental composer Robert MOOG, inventor of the synthesizer bearing his name. Biography.
  • 1937 FP of William Grant Still's Lenox Avenue for narrator and orchestra. CBS radio broadcast conducted Howard Barlow.
  • 1939 Birth of German mezzo-soprano Evelyn DALBERG in Leipzig. Teachers were Frederick Dalberg, Parry Jones, Annelies Kupper.
  • 1941 Birth of Italian soprano Mara ZAMPIERI in Padua. Debut as Amalia in Masnadieri (Verdi) 1977. Teacher was Iris Adami Corradetti.
  • 1941 Birth of American composer Jackson HILL in Birmingham, AL.
  • 1941 Birth of Dutch composer Roderik DeMAN in Bandung, Indonesia.
  • 1943 FP of Samuel Barber's Commando March. Army Air Force Technical Training Command Band, composer conducting in Atlantic City, NJ. CD-Stars & Stripes: Marches, Fanfares & Wind Band Spectaculars
  • 1949 Birth of American composer and flutist Carol BARNETT.
  • 1962 Death of Czech bass Marcello Cortis. b-Prague, 23 NOV 1915. Debut 1940. Teacher was Giovanni Binetti. Created Gennaro in Lavinia (Barraud).
  • 1966 Death of Guatemalan composer Ricardo Castillo in Guatemala City, Guatemala. b-Quetzaltenango, 1 OCT 1891. Was the half brother of Jesús Castillo.
  • 1966 FP of J. Hauer's "Die schwarze Spinne" Vienna.
  • 1971 FP of Austrian composer Gottfried von Einem's Der Besuch der alten Damen 'The Visit of the Old Lady' at the Vienna State Opera.
  • 1971 FP of American composer Rogers Sessions' cantata When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed' on text of Walt Whitman in Berkeley, CA.
  • 1975 FP of Scott Joplin's opera Tremonisha in Atlanta, GA. CD-Treemonisha
  • 1977 Birth of American composer Gregory SPEARS.
  • 1991 Death of German composer, pianist and teacher Wilhelm Kempff in Positano, IT. b-Juterbog, 25 NOV 1895.
  • 1992 Death of South African soprano Joyce Barker. b-So. Africa, 1936. Debut as Helen in Mefistofele (Boito). Teachers were Mario Basiola, Sr, Frederick Dalberg, Boriska Gereb, Clive Groves.
  • 1993 FP of Daniel Pinkham's Nocturnes for flute and guitar with flutist Fenwick Smith and guitarist John Curtis at the First and Second Church in Boston, MA. CD-Pinkham: Nocturnes; Sonata da Camera
  • 2003 Death of Australian soprano Glenda RAYMOND. b-Austrailia, 1923.
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