• 1466 Birth of Venitian music printer Ottaviano del PETRUCCI.

  • 1558 Death of Spanish composer and singer Cristobal de Morales in Malaga. b-Seville, 2 JAN 1512.

  • 1594 Death of Flemish composer Orlando de (Orlandus) Lassus in Munich. b-Mons, Belgium 1532.

  • 1671 Birth of Italian composer Tomaso ALBINONI in Venice. d-Venice 17 JAN 1750. Search for Tomaso ALBINONI

  • 1691 Birth of composer Jan Francisci

  • 1710 Death of German composer Johann Friedrich Alberti. b-11 JAN 1642.

  • 1730 Birth of Italian composer Antonio SACCHINI in Florence. In Paris from 1782. d-Paris, 6 OCT 1786.

  • 1732 FP of Graun's "Lo specchio della fedeltà", music not extant, Braunschweig.

  • 1747 FP of Hasse's "La Spartana generosa, ovvero Archidamia" Dresden.

  • 1760 Birth of composer Candido Jose Ruano

  • 1763 Birth of German composer Johannes Simon MAYR in Mendorf, Bavaria. d-Bergamo, 2 DEC 1845.

  • 1769 Birth of French composer Pierre-Antoine Dominique DELLA MARIA in Marseilles. d-Paris, 9 MAR 1800. Operas, "Il maestro di cappella" (1772); "Chi vuol non puole" (Venice, 1795); "Le prisonnier, ou La ressemblance" (Paris, 1798); "Il matrimonio per scommessa, ossia La guerra aperta" (Venice, 1795); "Le vieux château, ou La rencontre" (Paris, 1798): "Jacquot, ou L'école des mères" (1798); "L'opéra comique" (Paris, 1798); "L'oncle valet" (Paris, 1798); "La maison du Marais" (Paris, 1799); "La Fausse" Duègne" posthumous (1802).

  • 1769 Birth of French tenor Jean ELLEVIOU in Paris. d-5 MAY 1842. Debut in Le Deserteur (Monsigny) 1790. Created Isauun in Calife de Bagdad (Boieldieu). Jean in Jean de Paris (Boieldieu). Joseph in Joseph (Mehul).

  • 1784 Birth of Italian composer Francesco MORLACCHI in Perugia.

  • 1813 FP of Isouard's "Français À Venise" Paris.

  • 1820 FP of Schubert's "Die Zwillingsbrüder" singspiel, Vienna.

  • 1835 Birth of Russian composer and pianist Nicholas Grigoryevich RUBINSTEIN in Moscow. Brother of Anton. d-Paris, 23 MAR 1881. [Not to be confused with Nicolai Rubinstein]

  • 1853 Birth of German baritone Max HEINRICH in Chemnitz. d-NYC, 9 AUG 1916.

  • 1854 Birth of composer Frederik Rung. d-1914.

  • 1865 Birth of composer Auguste Jean Maria Charles Serieyx

  • 1867 Birth of German band conductor and march composer Roland Forrest SEITZ. d-1946.

  • 1872 Birth of soprano Irene ABENDROTH in Lemburg. d-1 SEP 1932. Debut as Amina in Sonnambula 31 Jan 1889. Teachers were Campanini, Abbe Lambertini, Aurelie Wilczek, Francesco Lamperti.

  • 1876 FP of Leo DeLibes ballet Silvia, in Paris.

  • 1877 Birth of French mezzo-soprano Jane aka Jeanne-Marie Berthier BATHORI in Paris. d-Paris, 25 JAN 1970. Planned for a career as concert pianist but made professional singing debut in 1898, at the Théâtre de la Bodinière in the rue Saint-Lazare, a concert to honor the poet Paul Verlaine. Also Concerts du Conservatoire followed by performances in Gabriel Fauré's La Naissance de Vénus and Saint-Saéns' Messe de Requiem. Her début was at Nantes during the 1899-1900 season. Studied with and married Pierre-Emile Engel (1908). Known as an interpreter of contemporary French songs and often accompanied herself during recitals. Sang with Toscanini in the first La Scala performance of Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel (1902). In 1917, she became the director of the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier. During the German occupation of France during WW-II, she moved to Buenos Aires and became organizer there of the music section of the French institute of higher studies. Teachers were Emile Engels, Marie-Helene Lamoureux.

  • 1881 The player piano was patented by John McTammany, Jr. of Cambridge, MA.

  • 1882 Birth of composer Michael ZADORA. Pupil of Busoni. d-1946.

  • 1884 Birth of Irish born American tenor John McCORMACK in Athlone. aka Giovanni Foli. d-Dublin, 16 SEP 1945. MET Opera Début 29 NOV 1910 [Alfredo] La Traviata, 6 seasons (10-11, 12-14, 15-16, 17-19) 10 perf., 4 works.) he sang only 9 perf., in 6 years, 4 roles. Debut as Fritz in L'Amico Fritz (Mascagni) 1906. Teachers were Vincente O'Brien, Vincenzo Sabbattini. Pupil was Christopher Lynch. Created Paul Merrill in Natoma (Herbert). Search for John McCORMACK

  • 1891 Birth of tenor Karel HRUSKA in Plzen. Debut as Beppo in Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) 1909. Teacher was Josef Branzovsky.

  • 1894 ('96?)Birth of English tenor Heddie NASH. d-London, 14 JUN 1961. Debut as Almaviva in Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) 1924. Teachers were Julian Kimbell, Giuseppe Borgatti. Pupils were John Mitchinson, John Heddle Nash (son). Created Dr Manette in Tale of Two Cities (Benjamin).

  • 1897 Birth of French bass Pierre FROUMENTY in Agen. d-1 FEB 1975. Debut as Retz in Huguenots (Meyerbeer) 4 Jul 1930. Sang in FP of Lou (Landowski).

  • 1900 Birth of French baritone Roger BOURDIN in Levallois. d-Paris, 14 SEP 1973. Debut as Lescaut in Manon (Massenet) 1922. Teachers were Andre Gresse, Jacques Isnardon. Pupils were Michel Cadiou, Serge Rallier, Christiane Castelli Created Simon Bolivar in Bolivar (Milhaud).

  • 1901 Birth of Dutch composer Emmy Frensel WEGENER in Amsterdam, Netherlands. d-Laren, Netherlands 11 JAN 1973.

  • 1904 Birth of composer Benno Ammann

  • 1908 Birth of German tenor Bernd ALDENHOFF in Duisburg. d-Munich, 8 OCT 1959. MET Opera Début 25 FEB 1955. [Tannhäuser] Tannhäuser, 1-season (1954-55) 4-perf. in 3-roles. Teacher was Lenz. Created Migel Manara in Don Juan de Manera (Tomasi).

  • 1910 Birth of German conductor Rudolph KEMPE Icon: Rudolf Kempe in Niederpoyritz, nr Dresden. d-Zürich, 11 MAY 1976. Début Leipzig Opera, 1936. MET Opera Debut 26 JAN 1955, Tannhäuser, 2 seasons (1954-56) 25 perf., 5-works.

  • 1911 Death of Norwegian composer Johan Severin Svendsen in Copenhagen, Denmark. b-Christiania, Oslo, Norway 30 SEP 1840. Search for Johan Severin Svendsen

  • 1913 Birth of Czech baritone Beno BLACHUT in Ostrava-Vitlovice. d-Prague, 10 JAN 1985. Debut as Jenik in Bartered Bride (Smetana) 1939. Teachers were Louis Kaderabek, Karel Nedbal. Created Forde in Lake Ukereve (Macha).

  • 1913 Birth of English conductor, arranger, pianist and composer Stanley BLACK.

  • 1913 FP of Allen's "Milda" Venice.

  • 1916 Birth of composer Karl-Rudi Griesbach

  • 1918 Birth of composer Carter Harman

  • 1920 Birth of composer Helmer-Rayner Sinisalo

  • 1923 Birth of American conductor Theodore BLOOMFIELD in Cleveland. Conducted Berlin Symphony Orchestra.

  • 1926 Birth of German baritone Walter RANINGER in Wieselburg. Teachers were Bernhard Paumgartner, Salvatore Salvati.

  • 1927 FP of Gliere's The Red Poppy, in Moscow.

  • 1928 FP of Prokofiev's "The Fiery Angel" 2 fragments perf., Paris. 1st staged performance, Venice 14 SEP 1955.

  • 1932 Birth of American composer and conductor Coleridge-Taylor PERKINSON in NYC. d-2004.

  • 1934 Birth of Greek composer, clarinetist and teacher Nicolas ROUSSAKIS, in Athens. Conducted the American Composers Orchestra.

  • 1937 Birth of American composer Burton GREENE in Chicago, IL.

  • 1940 Birth of American trombonist and composer Dary John MIZELLE in Stillwater OK.

  • 1942 Birth of Russian cellist Natalia GUTMAN.

  • 1942 FP of Sir Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, for treble voices and harp, at Aldeburgh, England.

  • 1947 Birth of American composer Michael MAULDIN in Port Arthur, TX.

  • 1947 Death of soprano Mizzi Zwerenz at age 57.

  • 1947 Death of soprano Anny Krull. b-Rostock, 12 JAN 1876. Debut 1898. Teacher was Hertha Bramer. Created Elektra in Elektra (Strauss). Diemut in Feuersnot (Strauss). Sang in FP of Manru (Paderewski).

  • 1948 Death of Scottish composer John Blackwood McEwan in London. b-Hawick, Scotland 13 APR 1868.

  • 1949 FP of Britten's "The Little Sweep, or Let's Make an Opera" an entertainment for young people, in Aldeburgh.

  • 1952 FP in USAmerica of Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera as translated by Marx Blitzstein at Brandeis University's first Festival of the Creative Arts, with Leonard Bernstein conducting at campus, South Street, Waltham, MA.

  • 1954 Death of American contralto Roberta Dodd CRAWFORD in Dallas, TX. b-Bonham, TX 1897. aka Princess Kojo Tovalou-Houenou.

  • 1954 Death of Italian baritone Luigi Montesanto  . b-Palermo, 23 NOV 1887. Debut as Escamillo in Carmen (Bizet) 1909. Teacher was Santorno. Pupil was Giuseppe Di Stefano. Created Michele in Tabarro (Puccini). Sang in FP of Jacquerie (Marinuzzi).

  • 1962 FP of Igor Stravinsky's The Flood in USAmerica, on CBS Television broadcast.

  • 1965 Birth of Austrian bass-baritone Rupert BERGMANN in Graz, Austria. Debut in Beatrice e Benedict (Berlioz) 1990. Teachers were Anemmome Zeller, Roberta Knie, Pavel Lisitsian.

  • 1968 Death of Swedish composer Karl-Birger Blomdahl. b-19 OCT 1916.

  • 1982 Birth of Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang in Shenyang, Liaoning, China. [photo]Lang Lang with Classic Almanac editor.

  • 1985 FP of John Harbison's Concerto for Oboe, Clarinet and Strings. Sarah Bloom, oboe and Charles Russo, clarinet. New College Festival Orchestra, Paul Wolfe conducting, in Sarasota, FL.

  • 1986 Death of Italian tenor Augusto Ferranto. b-Naples, 20 JUN 1903. Debut as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) 22 Aug 1929. Teachers were Nino Companino, Punzo, Lombardo. Created Liola in Liola (Mule). Franz in Dottor Oss (Bizzelli). Michele in Canzone di San Giovanni (Pietri).

  • 1990 Death of German soprano Erna Berger. b-Dresden, 19 OCT 1900. Debut as Boy in Zauberflote (Mozart) 1925. Teachers were Heta Boeckel, Melitza Hirzel. Pupils were Elke Schary, Rita Streich. Created Hanneles Himmelfahrt in Hanneles Himmelfahrt (Graner). Sang in FP of Doktor Faust (Busoni).

  • 1991 Death of American baritone Frank Valentino. b-Denver, 6 JAN 1907. Teacher was Emilio Piccoli. Pupil was James Morris. Created Riviere in Volo di Notte (Dallapiccola). Sang in FP of Re Lear (Frazzi).

  • 1994 Death of American composer, conductor and band arranger Henry Mancini in Beverly Hills, CA. b-Cleveland, OH 16 APR 1924. Many are not aware that he was a symphonic band arranger and composed some lengthy chamber and concert works in the classical vein. He studied with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Ernst Kreneck and Alfred Sendrey. Won 20 Grammies and 4 Oscars (r). LISTEN=Symphonic pieces, solo concert pieces. CD-Beaver Valley `37 and The Music Of Henry Mancini

  • 2001 FP of Daniel S. Godfrey´s revised String Quartet No. 3, by the Cassett Quartet at the Seal Bay Music Festival in Rockport, ME.

  • 2005 Death of Italian conductor Carlo Maria GIULINI Carlo Maria Giulini- The Chicago Recordings in Brescia. b-Barletta, Italy, 9 MAY 1914. Search  for Carlo Maria GIULINI
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