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  • 1667 Death of German composer Johann Jacob Froberger in Hericourt. b-Stuttgart, 19 MAY 1616.
  • 1704 Birth of German composer Carl Heinrich GRAUN in Saxony. d-Berlin, 8 AUG 1759.
  • 1746 Birth of German violinist and composer, and son of Johann, Karl STAMITZ in Mannheim. d- Jena, 1801.
  • 1747 J.S. Bach meets with King Frederick II of Prussia in Potsdam. Bach arranges a theme by the King at the King's forte-piano. Preparing a chamber work based on the theme which he calls A Musical Offering.
  • 1769 Birth of composer Giuseppe Farinelli, composer
  • 1793 Death of Italian composer Pietro Nardini in Florence. b-Livorno, 12 APR 1722.
  • 1800 Death of Italian composer Nicoló Piccini in Passy, suburban Paris. b-Bari, 16 JAN 1728.
  • 1803 Birth of composer Johan Peter Cronhamm, composer
  • 1818 Death of Bohemian composer Leopold Kozeluch in Vienna. Aka Kotzeluch, Koželuh. b-Velvary, 26 JUN 1747.
  • 1824 FP of Beethoven's Choral Symphony No 9, at the Kärntnertor Theater in Vienna. Beethoven kept time but the musicians followed assistant conductor, Michael Umlauf.
  • 1825 Death of Italian composer Antonio Salieri in Vienna, at age 74. b-Legano, suburban Verona, 18 AUG 1750.
  • 1833 Birth of German composer Johannes BRAHMS in Hamburg. d-Vienna, 3 APR 1897.
  • 1836 Death of German composer Norbert Burgmüller in Aachen. b-Dusseldorf, 8 FEB 1810.
  • 1840 (GC, JC=25 APR) Birth of Russian composer Pyotr TCHAIKOVSKY in Votkinsk. d-St. Petersburg, 6 NOV 1893.
  • 1850 Birth of Hungarian conductor Anton SEIDL in Budapest. See Photo, and Tribute. Was an assistant to Richard Wagner. 1885, Met conductor in NYC; 1891, NY Phil cond. d-NYC, of ptomaine poisoning 1898.
  • 1861 Birth of Hindu poet and composer Rabindranath TAGORE, 1913 Nobel prize winner.
  • 1873 Birth of American composer Clarence DICKENSON. d-1969.
  • 1883 Opening of The Royal College of Music in London.
  • 1883 Birth of composer Gino Roncaglia
  • 1888 FP of Lalo's opera Le Roi d'Ys in Paris.
  • 1901 Birth of Belgian composer Marcel POOT in Vilvorde. d-Brussels, 12 JUN 1988.
  • 1907 Birth of composer Jef van Durme, composer
  • 1908 Birth of Dutch composer Wouter PAAP in Utrecht. d-Lage Vuursche, 7 OCT 1981.
  • 1910 Birth of pianist Edward KILENYI.
  • 1913 Birth of clarinetist David GLAZER.
  • 1915 Sinking of the Lusitania taking the life of Irish composer O'Brien Butler Whitehall.
  • 1918 Birth of composer Argeliers Leon
  • 1919 Birth of English violinist Emanuel HURWITZ. Lead the Melos Ensemble.
  • 1926 FP of Darius Milhaud's opera Les malheurs d'Orphée 'The Sorrows of Orpheus' at the Théatre de la Monnaie in Brussels.
  • 1927 Birth of Swedish soprano Elisabeth SODERSTROM in Stockholm.
  • 1931 Birth of Swedish baritone Ingvar WIXELL in Lulea. Debut at MET Opera in 1973 as Rigoletto. d-8 OCT 2011. OBIT.
  • 1931 Birth of Swedish tenor Helge BRILIOTH in Vaxjo.
  • 1936 Birth of English composer Cornelius CARDEW in Winchcombe. d-London, 13 DEC 1981.
  • 1937 RKO releases the film Shall We Dance? with score by George Gershwin. Includes "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off, They Can't Take That Away from Me and an instrumental interlude titled Walking the Dog later released as a solo piano piece titled Promenade then orchestrated.
  • 1942 Death of Austrian conductor Felix Weingartner in Winterthur, Switzerland. b-Zara, Dalmatia, 2 JUN 1863.
  • 1944 FP of revised version of Aaron Copland's Our Town film score suite. Boston Pops conducted by Leonard Bernstein. There was an earlier version heard on CBS Radio network 9 JUN 1940. Columbia Symphony conducted by Howard Barlow.
  • 1945 Birth of composer Ann GEBUHR.
  • 1945 FP of Fran Martin´s In Terra Pax , an oratorio, on radio broadcast celebrating the end of WWII, in Geneva.
  • 1947 FP of Virgil Thomson's opera The Mother of Us All in NYC.
  • 1950 Birth of English composer Philip LANE.
  • 1954 Birth of American composer Frank HALFERTY.
  • 1958 American pianist Van Cliburn signs contract with RCA Victor records.
  • 1961 Birth of American conductor Robert SPANO.
  • 1963 Birth of American composer Mike CHRISTIANSON.
  • 1964 Birth of Scottish composer Kevin MAYO in Stirling.
  • 1970 Death of English composer John Raynor in Sussex. b-Westminster, 5 JUN 1909.
  • 1981 Death of American composer Peggy Stuart Cooledge in Cushing, ME. b-Swampscott, MA, 19 JUL 1913.
  • 1985 FP of David Ward-Steinman's Chroma Concerto for multiple keyboards, percussion, and chamber orchestra. Noveau West Chamber Orchestra conducted by Terry Williams, with the composer and Amy-Smith-Davie, soloists, in Scottsdale, AZ.
  • 1988 FP of Karheinz Stockhausen's opera Montag von Licht 'Monday from Light' at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
  • 1988 FP of Michael Torke's ballet Black and White. NY City Ballet Orchestra, David Alan Miller conducting, at the New York State Theater.
  • 1993 FP of Harrison Birtwistle's Five Distances for Five Instruments at the Purcell Room, by the Ensemble InterContemporain, in London.
  • 1998 FP of Joan Tower's Tambor. Pittsburgh Symphony, Mariss Jansons conducting.
  • 1999 FP of Robert X. Rodriguez' Bachanale concertino for Orchestra. San Antonio Symphony, Christopher Wilkins conducting.
  • 2002 Death of Catalan composer Xavier Montsalvatge in Barcelona home. Popular contemporary Catalan composer, Montsalvatge wrote more than 100 works covering a wide range from symphony to opera, ballet and films. b-Girona. 11 MAR 1912. Andante Obituary ~ age 90.
  • 2002 Death of British contralto Monica Sinclair in London. b-Evercreech, Somerset 23 MAR 1925. m-Anthony Tunstall.
  • 2005 FP of Richard Danielpour and Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison's Margaret Garner at Detroit Opera House with soprano Denyce Graves in the title role; Angela M. Brown in the role of Cilla, Garner's mother-in-law; and stage direction by Kenny Leon.
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