classical music JULY 17


  • 1702 Birth of composer Johann Schneider
  • 1717 FP of Handel's Water Music on a barge in the Thames River in London. About 50 musicians performing along side the King's barge from Whitehall to Chelsea. CD-Handel - Water Music · The Music for the Royal Fireworks · The Alchymist / AAM, Hogwood
  • 1734 Death of bass Jacques Cochereau. Created Idamante in Idomenee (Campra) Orestes in Cassandre (Bertine de la Doue / Bouvard)
  • 1775 Birth of composer August Harder
  • 1809 Birth of Austrian composer Friedrich FAHRBACH. Famous family of musicians.
  • 1817 Birth of composer Ignace Xavier Joseph Leybach
  • 1830 Birth of Hungarian violinist Eduard REMENYI (Hoffmann) who introduced Brahms to Hungarian folk music.
  • 1831 Birth of German soprano Therese TIETJENS in Hamburg. Photo. d- 3 Oct 1877 Debut as Lucrezia Borgia in Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti) 1849 Teachers:- Babing, Dellessie, Heinrich Proch
  • 1832 Birth of Swedish conductor, choral director and song composer August SODERMANN in Stockholm. d-Stockholm, 10 FEB 1876.
  • 1832 Birth of composer Johan August Soderman
  • 1833 Birth of Luigi Agnesi Bass Born 17 July 1833 Erpent Namur Died 2 Feb 1875 Teacher :- Louis-Gilbert Duprez
  • 1839 Birth of German composer and pianist Friedrich GERNSHEIM in Worms. d-Berlin, 17 SEP 1916.
  • 1853 Birth of composer Francesco Fanciulli
  • 1868 Birth of Danish composer and teacher Thorvald OTTERSTROM.
  • 1870 Birth of Czech composer and conductor Ludvik CELANSKY in Vienna. Czech Philharmonic, Prague.
  • 1871 Death of Polish composer Carl Tausig in Leipsig, Germany of typhoid fever, age 29. b-Warsaw, 4 NOV 1841.
  • 1873 Antonina Neshdanova, Russian soprano (Rigoletto)
  • 1874 Birth of Kathleen Howard Mezzo-Soprano Born 17 July 1874 Clifton Canada Died 15 Aug 1956 Debut as Azucena in Trovatore (Verdi) 1907 Teachers:- Jacques Bouhy, Jean de Reszke, Lilli Lehmann, Oscar Saenger Created Zita in Gianni Schicci (Puccini)
  • 1875 Birth of English pianist, music scholar and composer Sir Donald TOVEY in Eton. d-Edinburgh, Scotland, 10 JUL 1940.
  • 1876 Birth of Italian composer Vittorio GNECCHI.
  • 1877 Birth of Swiss pianist Emile BLANCHET in Lusanne. d-Pully, 27 MAR 1943.
  • 1877 Otto Dessoff conducts the Vienna Philharmonic on its first concert tour to Salzburg. Led to establishment of the annual "Salzburg Festival" in 1925.
  • 1878 Birth of Rita Fornia Mezzo-Soprano Born 17 July 1878 San Francisco Died 27 Oct 1922 Debut as Eudoxia in La Juive (Halevy) 1901 Teachers:- Jean de Reszke, Emil Fischer, Selma Nicklass-Kempner Sophia Scalchi Created Abbess in Suor Angelica (Puccini) Enya in Mona (Parker)
  • 1878 Birth of composer Henri Zagwijn
  • 1885 Birth of English composer Benjamin DALE in London. d-London, 30 JUL 1943.
  • 1903 Birth of composer Valerian Mikhaylovich Bogdanov-Berezovsky
  • 1904 Birth of Flemish pianist and conductor Jef Alpaerts
  • 1908 Birth of composer Rudolf Petzold
  • 1908 Birth of Albert Weikenmeier Tenor Born 17 July 1908 Ludwigshafen Died 21 Oct 1981 Debut 1932 Created Pirzel in Soldaten (Zimmermann) Sang in premiere of Favola del Figlio Cambiato (Malipiero)
  • 1913 Birth of American composer Everett Burton HELM in Minneapolis, MN.
  • 1915 Birth of composer Esther Williamson BALLOU. d-1973.
  • 1916 ('18?) Birth of American soprano Eleanor STEBER in Wheeling, WV. Debut as Senta in Flying Dutchman (Wagner) 1936 Teachers:- Paul Althouse, William Whitney Pupil :- Maria Ewing Created Vanessa in Vanessa(Barber)
  • 1924 Birth of Lilian Benningsen Mezzo-Soprano Born 17 July 1924 Debut 1947 Teachers:- Anna Bahr-Mildenburg, Elizabeth Rado Sang in premiere of Sim Tjong (Yun Isang) Elegy for Young Lovers (Henze) Irische Legend (Egk)
  • 1927 FP of Darius Milhaud's opera L'enlèvement d'Europe 'The Rape of Europa', at the Stadthalle Baden-Baden. CD-Milhaud: Abandon d'Ariane; L'Enlèvement D'Europe
  • 1928 Death of Katherina Fleischer-Engel Soprano Born 27 Sep 1873 Muhlheim-Ruhr Died 17 July 1928 Debut as Bridesmaid in Freischutz (Weber) 1894 Teacher :- August Iffert
  • 1930 Birth of composer Ryohei Hirose
  • 1932 Birth of composer Niccolo Castiglioni
  • 1932 Birth of Polish composer Wojciech KILAR in Lvov.
  • 1933 Birth of Yenako Nagano Soprano Born 17 July 1933 Tokyo Debut as Athene in Oresia (Milhaud) Teachers:- Herbert Brauer, Ryosuke Hatanaka, Michiko Tanako Created Innkeeper's Wife in Traum des Liu-Tung (Yun Isang)
  • 1935 Death of Francis MacLennan Tenor Born 7 Jan 1874 Bay City Michigan Died 17 July 1935 Debut as Beppe in Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) Aug 1902 Teachers:- George Henschel, Franz Von Emmerich, Joseph Tanaro Franklin J Mount, Carl Dufft
  • 1934 Birth of composer Philippe Capdenat
  • 1935 Birth of American composer-satirist Peter SCHICKELE, aka PDQ Bach,in Ames, IO.
  • 1937 Death of French composer Gabriel Pierné at age 73, in Ploujean, Brittany. b-Metz, 16 AUG 1863.
  • 1946 Birth of English pianist Michael ROLL.
  • 1953 Death of Dutch composer Bertha Frensel Wegener-Koopman in Amsterdam. b-Bloemendaal, Netherlands, 27 SEP 1874.
  • 1955 Death of Vincenzo Reschiglian Bass-Baritone Born 21 Feb 1874 Venice Died 17 Jul 1955 Created Bello in Fanciulla del West (Puccini) Pinellino in Gianni Schicci (Puccini)
  • 1960 Birth of American soprano Dawn UPSHAW. Photos.
  • 1965 Death of Emilio Ghirardini Baritone / Teacher of Singing Born 1887 Died 17 July 1965 Debut as Rigoletto in Rigoletto (Verdi) 1911 Teacher :- Lelio Casini Pupils :- Luigi Alva, Angelo Laforse, Gianni Poggi, Renato Scotto
  • 1973 Birth of American composer Anthony Joseph LANMAN in Des Moines, IO.
  • 1975 FP of Aulis Sallinen's opera The Horseman at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland.
  • 1980 Death of Georg Stern Bass Born 1911 Darmstadt Died 17 July 1980 Created Don Luis in Dama Kobold (Wimberger)
  • 1983 FP of Sir Lenox Berkeley's Cello Concerto, in Manchester. CD-Lennox Berkeley: Symphony No. 4; Michael Berkeley: The Garden of Earthly Delights; Cello Concerto
  • 2003 Death of American harpsichordist Rosalyn Tureck in NYC. Known as specialist of Bach on the piano, harpsichord and clavichord, died at her Riverside home in New York City. b-Chicago 14 DEC 1914. NY Times, Obituary.
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