Johann Christoph Friedrich BACH
  • 1577 Birth of composer Giovanni Del Turco

  • 1615 Birth of Italian composer, lutenist and painter Salvator ROSA near Naples.

  • 1621 Death of Bohemian composer Christophorus Harant in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

  • 1668 Birth of composer Cajetan Kolberer

  • 1708 FP of Fux's "Pulcheria" Vienna.

  • 1732 Birth of German composer Johann Christoph Friedrich BACH in Leipzig. Ninth son of JS. d-Bückenburg, Germany 26 JAN 1795.

  • 1786 Birth of English composer, singer and conductor Charles Edward HORN in London. In Boston from 1847 as conductor of Handel and Haydn Society. d-Boston, 10 JUN 1848. Debut in Up all Night (King). Teachers were Venanzio Rauzzini Thomas Welsh.

  • 1790 Birth of composer Wilhelm Speyer

  • 1805 Birth of composer Karl Friedrich Curschmann

  • 1816 FP of Spontini/Kreutzer/Persuis/Berton's "Les Fêtes de Cythère" opéra- ballet, Paris.

  • 1818 Birth of composer Ernst II, duke of Saxon-Coburg-Gotha (1844-93)

  • 1855 Birth of soprano Therese MALTEN in Intersburg. d-2 JAN 1930. Debut as Pamina in Zauberflote in 1873. Teacher was Gustav Engel.

  • 1862 Birth of American pianist and composer Henry Holden HUSS in Newark, NJ. d-1953.

  • 1865 Birth of German bass Paul KNUPFER in Halle. d-Berlin, 4 NOV 1920. Debut 1885. Teachers were Bernhard Gunzburger, Julius Kniese. Created Loscouse in Heirat Wider Willen (Humperdinck). Prince Friedrich in Roland of Berlin (Leoncavallo). Sang in FP of Lange Kerl (Woikowsky-Biedaus).

  • 1865 Birth of composer Albert Herbert Brewer

  • 1866 Birth of Italian mezzo-soprano Guerrina FABBRI in Ferrara. d-Turin, 21 FEB 1946. She studied in Florence and made her first stage appearance at Viadana (1885). Performed at Drury lane, London, Russia, and Spain where she became popular. Her last appearance was at Genoa (1925). Known for coloratura abilities. MET Opera Début 19 MAR 1892 [Nancy] Martha, 2 seasons (1891-92, 1909-10) 13 perf., 4 roles, 3 works.

  • 1868 FP of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg. Hans von Bulow conducting in Munich. DVD-Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg / Mackerras, Doese, McIntyre, Opera Australia.

  • 1890 FP of Richard Strauss tone poem Death and Transfiguration, composer conducting in Eisenach, Germany. CD-Death & Transfiguration / Metamorphosen

  • 1891 Birth of German conductor Hermann SCHERCHEN in Berlin. d-Florence, 1966. A Self taught musician. He was a violist in the Berlin Blüthner Orchestra (1907-10), and at the Berlin Philharmonic.

  • 1892 Birth of Swedish composer Hilding ROSENBERG in Bosjokloster. d-Bromma, 19 MAY 1985.

  • 1892 Birth of composer Hilding Rosenberg

  • 1893 Birth of Czech quarter-tone composer Alois HABA in Vizovice, Moravia. d-Prague, 18 NOV 1973. Operas, "Matka" (Munich, 1929); "Nová Zeme" (not perf.1936); "Prijd Království" not perf.

  • 1893 Birth of Italian baritone Augusto BEUF in Palermo. d-FEB 1969. Debut as Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana 1918. Teacher was Antonio Cotogni. Created Marco Orseolo in Orseolo (Pizzetti). Cardinal di Rohan in Cagliostro (Pizzetti). Sang in FP of Piccolo Marat (Mascagni).

  • 1898 Birth of mezzo-soprano Else SCHURHOFF in Wuppertal. d-17 MAR 1966. Teacher was Julius von Raatz-Brockmann.

  • 1898 FP of Faure's incidental music for Maeterlink's Pelleas et Melisande in London. CD-Faure - Pelléas et Mélisande ~ Dolly ~ Après un rêve ~ Pavane ~ Elégie / Hunt, BSO, Ozawa

  • 1898 Birth of American composer Avery CLAFLIN. d- 9 JAN 1979.

  • 1899 Birth of Czech composer Pavel HAAS in Brno. d-Aushwitz, 17 OCT 1944. Murdered in the concentration camp at Auschwitz.

  • 1900 Birth of composer Gunnar Ek

  • 1902 FP of Berutti's "Khrise" Buenos Aires.

  • 1902 Birth of composer Wilhelm Maler

  • 1903 Birth of violinist Louis Krasner

  • 1906 Birth of composer Luis Maria Millet

  • 1908 Birth of baritone Rene BIANCO in Constantine. Debut as Basilio in Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) 1934.

  • 1908 (GC, JC=8 JUN) Death of Russian composer Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov in Lubensk, Russia, at age sixty-four. Stravinsky writes a Chant funebre in homage. b-Tikhvin, Russia 18 MAR 1844.

  • 1909 Birth of composer Kurt Schwaen

  • 1910 Birth of Canadian composer Charles JONES. d-1997.

  • 1910 Birth of composer Bela Tardos

  • 1914 Birth of composer Jan Decadt

  • 1921 Birth of Canadian conductor Harry NEWSTONE.

  • 1923 Death of Hungarian tenor Desider Aranyi. b-Szathmar, 18 AUG 1868. Debut as Raoul in Huguenots 1890. Teacher was Emmerich Bellovicz.

  • 1925 Birth of Russian mezzo-soprano Larisa AVDEYEVA in Moscow. Debut 1947.

  • 1926 Death of French soprano Marie Rôze, Marie [Hippolyte Ponsin]. b-Paris, 2 MAR 1846. Debut 1865. Teachers were Daniel Auber, Mocker, Pierre Francois Wartel. Pupil was Nevada van der Veer. Created Queen in Talismano (Balfe). Sang in FP of Ombre (Auber) and FP Jour de Bonheur (Auber).

  • 1928 Birth of American soprano Judith RASKIN in NYC. d-21 DEC 1984. MET Opera Début 23 FEB 1962 [Susanna] Le Nozze di Figaro, 11 seasons (1962-1972) 105, perf., 17 works. Debut as Baby Doe in Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore) 1956. Teachers were Anna Hamlin, Tibor Kozma. Created Bride in Labyrinth (Menotti). Sang in FP of Deseret (Castle).

  • 1932 Birth of Argentinian born American composer Lalo SCHIFRIN in Buenos Aires.

  • 1935 Birth of Spanish born French conductor Diego MASSON.

  • 1935 Death of Dutch composer Hendrika van Tussenbroek in Doorn, Netherlands. b-Utrecht, Netherlands 2 DEC 1854.

  • 1936 Birth of English tenor John WAKEFIELD. Debut as Levko in May Night (Rimsky-Korsakov) 1961. Teachers were Ettore Campogalliani, Roy Henderson. Pupil Jason Howard. Sang in FP of We Come to the River (Henze). Rising of the Moon (Maw). Yerma (Villa Lobos).

  • 1936 Birth of French tenor Charles BURLES in Marseille. Debut as Almaviva in Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) 1958. Teachers were Leon Cazauran, Pierre Mercadel.

  • 1936 Death of German conductor and composer Max STEINITZER in Leipzig. b-Innsbruk, 20 JAN 1864.

  • 1939 Birth of composer Charles Boone

  • 1946 Death of Italian soprano Amelia Pinto. b-Palermo, 1878.

  • 1946 Death of German composer Heinrich Kaminsky in Ried, Germany. b-Tiengen, Germany 4 JUL 1886.

  • 1946 FP of Malipiero's "Vergilii Aeneis" Venice, RAI Radio.

  • 1948 Columbia Records releases a new collection of recordings on vinyl microgroove Long Playing 33 1/3 rpm discs.

  • 1947 Birth of American soprano Lucy PEACOCK in Jacksonville, FL. Debut 1969. Created Angel in Jesu Hochzeit (Von Einem). Desdemona in Desdemona und Ihre Schwestern (Matthus).

  • 1949 FP of Hahn's [with Busser] "Le oui des jeunes filles" Paris.

  • 1952 Birth of English composer Judith BINGHAM.

  • 1958 Birth of American mezzo-soprano Jennifer LARMORE.

  • 1967 Death of bass Emanuel Kist. b-1890.

  • 1980 FP of Peter Maxwell Davies' Farwell to Stromness composer at piano, at the St. Magnus Festival in Orkney.

  • 1980 FP of V. Persichetti's Mirror Etudes, by pianist Virginia Sircy, in Lawton, OK.

  • 1984 Death of English tenor Webster Booth. b-Birmingham, 1902. Teacher was Richard Wassell.

  • 1985 FP of Einojuhani Rautavaara's Thomas in Joensuu, Finland.

  • 1986 FP of Hoiby's "The Tempest" Indianola, Iowa, Des Moines Metro Opera, with Carol Sparrow (s).

  • 1994 FP of Philip Glass's opera La Belle et la Bêt Beauty and the Beast' based on a film by Jean Cocteau. The Philip Glass Ensemble, in Gibellina, Italy. CD-Philip Glass: La Belle et la Bête

  • 2000 Death of American-Armenian composer Alan Hovhaness in Seattle, WA. Composer-in-residence Seattle Symphony. b-Somerville, MA 8 MAR 1911. A selected look at Hovhaness's discography

  • 2015 Death of Gunther Schuller, one of America's most wide-ranging musicians — a French horn prodigy and tireless advocate for bridging classical music and jazz — died in Boston, age 89. Born: November 22, 1925, New York City, New York, United States.
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