OBITUARY

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Claudio ABBADO
1933-2014

  • 1582 Birth of composer Johannes Schultz


  • 1747 Birth of composer Leopold Jan Antonin KOZELUH (Kozeluch) in Welwarn. d-Vienna, 7 MAY 1818. Cousin of composer Johann (Jan) Antonín Kozeluh.  Leopold Kozeluh: Sonatas


  • 1749 Birth of composer Louis Joseph Claude Saint-Amans


  • 1788 Mozart finishes his Sym #39 in Eb, K. 543 1788 in Vienna. CD-Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 35-41


  • 1788 FP of Gretry's "Le Rival cinfident" Paris.


  • 1795 FP of Paisello´s "La Daunia felice" Foggia.


  • 1819 FP of Meyerbeer's "Emma de Resburgo" Venice.


  • 1823 Birth of composer Frederick Bowen Jewson


  • 1824 Birth of composer Moritz Furstenau


  • 1855 FP of Offenbach's "Oyayaie, ou La Reine des îles" Paris.


  • 1862 FP of Erkel's "Sarolta" Budapest with G. Erkel.


  • 1870 FP of Richard Wagner's opera Die Walkure in Munich but he did not want it performed there. CD-Wagner: Die Walküre


  • 1874 Birth of composer Mikhail Vladimirovich Ivanov-Boretsky


  • 1875 Birth of Italian baritone Riccardo STRACCIARI Stracciari, Riccardo  in Casalecchio Sul Reno. d-Rome, 10 OCT 1955. MET Opera Début 1 DEC 1906 [Germont] La Traviata, 2 seasons (1906-1908) 96 perf., 12 works. Debut as Marcello in Boheme (Puccini) 1898. Teacher was Ulisse Masetti. Pupils were Raffaele Arie, Otello Borgonovo, Boris Christoff, Alexander Sved, Edoardo Ferrari-Fontana, Giulio Fioravanti, Enzo Mascherini, Alvinio Misciano, Marianne Radev, Alexander Sved, Howard Thain, Guido Mazzini, Gregorio Fiasconaro, Zdenek Otava.


  • 1875 Birth of American pianist and composer Camille ZECKWER, in Philadelphia. Son of Richard. d-1924.


  • 1878 Birth of Hungarian composer Albert SIKLOS. d-3 APR 1942.


  • 1885 Birth of German soprano Frieda HEMPEL My Golden Age of Singing (Opera Biography) in Leipzig. d-Berlin, 7 OCT 1955. MET Opera Debut, 27 DEC 1912 [Marguerite] Les Huguenots, 7 seasons (1912-19) 198 perf., 18 works. Debut as Mistress Ford in Merry Wives of Windsor (Nicolai) 22 Aug 1905. Teacher was Selma Nicklass-Kempner. Photo.


  • 1891 Birth of composer Heinrich Lemacher


  • 1898 FP of Lecocq's "Ruse d'amour" Bologna.


  • 1900 (1899?) Birth of Canadian-American mezzo-soprano Jennie [Jennie Davidovich] TOUREL The Singers: Jennie Tourel  in Montreal. d-NYC, 24 (23rd?) NOV 1973. MET Opera Début 15 MAY 1937 [Mignon] Mignon, 4 seasons (1936-37, 43-45, 46- 47) 21 perf., 4 works. Debut as 2nd Scholar in Lorenzaccio (Moret) 1930. Teachers were Anna El-Tour, Reynaldo Hahn. Pupils were Elaine Bonazzi, Joanna Bruno, Netania Devrath, Faith Esham, Maria Ewing, Barbara Hendricks, Neil Shicoff, Dana Talley, Robert Christesen, Katsuumi Niwa, Grayson Hirst, Evelyn Mandac. Created Baba the Turk in Rake's Progress (Stravinsky).


  • 1900 Birth of American tenor Richard CROOKS Search Amazon.com for Richard CROOKS The Great Tenor in Trenton, NJ. d-Portola Valley, CA., 1 OCT 1972. Degrees in music at Temple University, and Lafayette College. In 1925, he traveled to Europe for further study and to consertize. In 1927, he sang as a soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Sym., with Toscanini. His operatic début Hamburg [Des Grieux] Manon [1928]. Recorded ballads and appeared in numerous radio broadcasts, and was a regular guest on The Voice of Firestone, 1932. Reportedly it was during a Firestone program that Crooks lost a top note, he had several operations for peritonitis, his muscular support had become increasingly difficult, and he retired 1945. MET Opera Debut, 25 FEB 1933 [Des Grieux] Manon, 11 seasons (1932-43) 90 perf. 9 roles. Debut as Cavaradossi in Tosca (Puccini) May 1927. Teachers were Sydney H. Bourne, Frank La Forge, Lee Rothi.


  • 1901 Birth of composer William Busch


  • 1902 Birth of American pianist and conductor Antonia BRICO Antonia - A Portrait of the Woman in Rotterdam. In 1935 she organized the Brico Women's Symphony Orchestra. d-Denver, 3 AUG 1898: Founded the Brico Symphony.


  • 1902 Birth of Swiss tenor Hugues CUENOD Hugues Cuenod, Historical Recordings from 1950-51 in Corseaux-sur-Vevey. MET Opera Début, 12 MAR 1987, at the age of 85, [Altom] Turandot, 2 seasons (19 86-88) 14 perf. 1 work. Debut 1928. Teacher was Minna Singar-Burian. Pupil was Inger Dam-Jensen, Amanda Boyd. Created Sellem in Rake's Progress (Stravinsky).


  • 1907 French composer Camille Saint-Saens is given the Mus.D degree at Oxford. Search for Camille Saint-Saens


  • 1912 FP of Mahler's Ninth Symphony is performed posthumously. Bruno Walter conducting in Vienna. CD-Mahler: The Complete Symphonies


  • 1914 Birth of German tenor Wolfgang WINDGASSEN Wolfgang Windgassen singt Wagner in Annemasse. d-Stuttgart, 8 SEP 1974. Leading singer of Wagner's heroic tenor roles in 1950s and 1960s. MET Opera Début, 22 JAN 1957 [Siegmund] Die Walküre, 1 season (1956-57) 7 perf., 3 roles. Debut as Alvaro in Forza del Destino (Verdi) 1941. Teachers were Alfons Fischer, Maria Ranzow, Fritz Windgassen (father).


  • 1916 Birth of Italian baritone Giuseppe TADDEI in Genoa. MET Opera Debut, 25 SEP 1985 [Falstaff] Falstaff. 2 seasons (1985-86, 87-88) 21 perf., 2. works. Debut as Herald in Lohengrin (Wagner) 1936. Created Don Matteo in Sasso Pagano (Viozzi). Sang in FP of Tartarino Di Tarascona (Guarino).


  • 1923 Death of German baritone Karl Scheidemantel. b-Weimar, 21 JAN 1859. Debut as Wolfram in Tannhauser (Wagner) 1878. Teachers were Julius Stockhausen, Bodo Borchers. Pupils were Rudolf Bockelmann, Helena Forti, Parry Jones, Helene Jung, Friedrich Plaschke, Fritz Soot, Mme Uhde, Georg Walter Created Faninal in Rosenkavalier (Strauss). Kunrad in Feuersnot (Strauss).


  • 1925 FP of Leoncavallo's "La maschera nuda" Allegra collected various sketches by Leoncavallo, and arranged from them, a 3-act operetta; Naples.


  • 1925 Death of Argentine composer and pianist Ernesto Drangosch in Buenos Aires. b-Buenos Aires, 22 JAN 1882. Piano Works By Drangosch, Piaggio & G. Carrillo


  • 1927 Birth of French baritone Jean-Pierre LAFFAGE in Paris. Created Pierre de Craon in Annonce faite a Marie (Rossellini).


  • 1928 Birth of American composer Jacob DRUCKMAN Music of Jacob Druckman in Philadelphia. d-New Haven, CT 24 MAY 1996. A faculty member at Yale University.


  • 1929 Birth of Australian soprano June [June Gough] BRONHILL in Broken Hill, N.S.W.


  • 1930 Birth of Italian soprano Anna MACCIANTI in Florence. Debut as Rosina in Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) 1953. Teachers were Conti, Angelini, Ettore Campogalliani.


  • 1930 Birth of composer Willem G Statius Muller in Netherland Antilles, was conductor and pianist


  • 1931 Birth of Belgian composer Lucien GOETHALS in Gent.


  • 1933 Birth of Italian conductor Claudio ABBADO in Milan. MET Opera Début, 7 OCT 1968, Don Carlo, 1 season (1968-69) 6 Perf. I work. Search  for Claudio ABBADO


  • 1933 FP of Canteloube's "Vercingetorix" Paris. d-20 Jan 2014.


  • 1934 Birth of composer Luis Felipe Pires


  • 1941 Birth of American composer William LUDTKE in Bismarck, North Dakota.


  • 1943 Birth of American composer Allen STRANG.


  • 1945 Birth of American composer Barry SCHRADER.


  • 1945 Death of composer Nikolai Tcherepnin in Paris. b-St. Petersburg, 3 MAY 1873. Father of Alexander, grandfather of Ivan.


  • 1950 Death of Ukrainian soprano Antonina Nezhdanova. b-16 Jun 1873 Ktrivaya Balka Ukraine, 16 JUN 1873. Debut as Antonida in Ivan Susannin (Glinka) 1902. Teachers were Umberto A. Mazetti, Sophia G. Rubinstein. Created Gerda in Ole the Norseman (Ippolitov-Ivanov).


  • 1954 Birth of Chinese composer Bun-Ching Lam in Macao region of China.


  • 1954 Death of Russian bass Alexander Pirogov. b-3 Sep 1899 Novoselki Ryazan, 3 SEP 1899. Debut 1919. Teacher was Vasily Tyutyunnik. Sang in FP of Decembrist (Shaporin).


  • 1966 FP of Hovhaness' "Pilate" Los Angeles.


  • 1971 Birth of American composer Michael HERSCH.


  • 1971 Death of Columbian composer Guillermo Uribe-Holguín in Bogotá, Colombia. b-Bogotá, 17 MAR 1880.


  • 1971 Death of Catalan composer, violinist and pianist Juan de Manen in Barcelona. b-Barcelona, 14 MAR 1883.


  • 1977 Death of Russian tenor Sergei Lemeshev. b-Knyazevo, 10 JUL 1902. Debut 1926. Teachers were N. C. Raiskis, Stanislavsky. Sang in FP of Armoured Train (Kabalevsky).


  • 1986 FP of E. T. Zwilich's Piano Concerto. Marc-André Hamelin, soloist with Detroit Symphony with Günther Herbig conducting.


  • 1987 Death of Dutch composer Henk Badings in Maarheeze, Netherlands. b-Bandoeng, Indonesia, 17 JAN 1907.


  • 2000 FP of Robert Kapilow's D. C. Monuments by the National Symphony. Notes


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