classical music JULY 18


  • 1013 Birth of composer of church music and inventor of musical notation system Hermannus CONTRACTUS.

  • 1591 Death of composer Jacobus Gallus in Prague, Bohemia (now Czech Republic). b-Reifnitz, Carniola (now Ribnica, Slovenia) 1550.

  • 1670 Birth of Italian composer Giovanni BONONCINI in Modena. d- Vienna, 9 JUL 1747.

  • 1711 Birth of composer Pierre-Joseph Le Blan

  • 1720 Birth of composer Gilbert White

  • 1735 Death of Bayreuth organist and composer Johann Krieger. Handel was a fan.

  • 1766 Birth of composer Friedrich Fleischmann, composer

  • 1777 FP of M. Arne's "The Fairy Tale" rev. A Midsummer Night's Dream London .

  • 1791 FP of Cherubini's opera Lodoiska in Paris.

  • 1810 Birth of composer Peter Singer

  • 1821 Birth of French soprano and actress Pauline VIARDOT-GARCIA in Paris. d-18 MAY 1910. In her later years an operetta composer with librettist Turgeniev. Debut as Desdemona in Otello (Rossini) 1839 Teachers, Manuel del Popolo Vicente Garcia (her father) Joaquina Garcia (her stepmother) Pupils, Ada Adini, Desiree Artot di Padilla, Lola Beeth, Bianca Bianchi, Marianne Brandt, Anne Louise Cary, Marie Dietrich, Alberto Garcia, Marie Hanfstangel, Jeanne Gerville-Reache,Lillian Henschel Marguerite Herleroy, Natalie Iretskaya, Marie Litta Martha Lefler-Burckhard, Felia Litvinne, George Meader, Eleonora Petrelli, Maria Philippi, Mafalda Salvatini, Erik Schmedes, Margherita Seims, Anna Schoen-Rene, Aglaia Von Orgeni, Antoinette Sterling, Johanna Wagner, Esther Palliser Gertrud Godier, Teresa Arkel, Anna Schoen-Rene, Kate Santley Elizaveta Andre Lavrovskaya, Mathilde Phillips Created Fides in Prophete (Meyerbeer) Sapho in Sapho (Gounod)

  • 1830 Birth of French composer Marie Auguste DURAND in Paris. d-Paris, 31 May 1909.

  • 1849 Birth of German music scholar and theorist Hugo RIEMANN.

  • 1860 Birth of Dimitrie Popovici Baritone Born 18 July 1860 Iasi Romania Died 6 Apl 1927 Debut in Fata Aerului (Wachmann) Teachers, Joseph Gansbacher, George Stephanescu Pupil, Nici Apostolescu

  • 1870 Birth of Polish conductor and composer Emil MLYNARSKI.

  • 1872 Birth of Czechoslovakian composer Julius FUCIK. d- 1916.

  • 1874 Birth of Swedish bass Oskar Bergstrom in Stockholm. d. Nov. 14, 1931.

  • 1877 Birth of bass-baritone Nikolai Speransky in Saratov. Died 5 Mar 1952 Debut 1901 Teachers, Mattia Battistini, Camille Everard, Saratov Pupil, Hussain Aga Hadjibekov Created Dodon in Coq D'Or (Rimsky-Korsakov)

  • 1877 Tchaikovski gets married to Antonina Milyukova.

  • 1878 Birth of soprano Jenny Dufau in Rothau, Alsace. d. Pau, France, Aug. 29, 1924.

  • 1880 Birth of composer Otto Vrieslander

  • 1885 Birth of bass Carl Rehfuss in Frankfurt. d. Dec. 7, 1946.

  • 1886 Birth of Dutch composer Theodor BIJL.

  • 1893 Birth of composer Josef Huttel

  • 1894 Birth of Dutch-American composer Bernard WAGENAAR in Arnhem Holland.

  • 1898 Death of Dutch composer Emil Hartmann in Copenhagen, at age 62. b- 21 FEB 1836.

  • 1902 Birth of composer Charles W J Mengelberg

  • 1903 Birth of composer Bozidar Kunc

  • 1905 Birth of bass Vladimir Jedenactik in Brno. Teachers, Marie Fleischerova, Valentin Sindler Created Osip in From the House of the Dead (Janacek) Sang in premiere of Kralav Mincmistr (Vostrak)

  • 1907 Birth of composer Yvonne Desportes

  • 1912 Birth of bass Luben Vichey [aka, Lubomir Vichegonov] in Sofia, Bulgaria. d. Jan. 7, 1995. Sang at Central City, CO. Faust. (1954). MET: Début Dec. 4, 1948 [Sparafucile] Rigoletto (1948-56, 61-63, 65-66) 200 perf., 20 works.

  • 1914 Birth of composer Herbert Collum

  • 1917 Birth of baritone Teodor Srubar in Ostrava. Debut as Silvio in Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) 1942 Teachers, Apollo Granforte, A Matouskova, Bohumil Sobesky Created Susan's Partner in Susan Vojirova (Pauer) Sang in premiere of Invincible (Kalas)

  • 1920 FP of Miaskovsky's Symphony No. 5, in Moscow.

  • 1923 Birth of composer Hector Tosar

  • 1927 Birth of German conductor Kurt MASUR. 1981 debut with the NY Philharmonic Orchestra. d-19 Dec 2015.

  • 1927 Birth of conductor Carlo FRANCI. Brother of baritone Benvenuto Franci.

  • 1927 Birth of soprano Edith Gabry in Budapest. Sang in premiere of Soldaten (Zimmermann)

  • 1930 Birth of composer Siegfried Kurz

  • 1931 Birth of  baritone Yuri Mazurok Baritone in Krasnik, Poland. Debut 1963 Teacher, Sveshnikova

  • 1933 Birth of Canadian composer R. Murray SCHAFER in Sarnia, Ontario.

  • 1934 Birth of American composer Roger REYNOLDS in Detroit, MI.

  • 1938 Birth of soprano Nina Lebedeva in Moscow. Debut as Micaela in Carmen (Bizet) 1967 Teachers, O Lebedeva, Elisabetta Shumskaya.

  • 1938 Birth of tenor Jean Dupouy in Pau. Teachers, Jean Giraudeau, Louis Musy Created Detective & Doctor in Schliemann (Jolas)

  • 1949 Death of Czech composer Vitezslav Novak in Skutec, Czechoslovakia. b-Kamenice, Czechoslovakia, 5 DEC 1870.

  • 1951 Death of soprano Felice Kaschowska. Born 12 May 1867 in Warsaw. Debut as Alice in Robert le Diable (Meyerbeer) 1888 Teachers, Jean de Reszke, Joseph Gansbacher, Enric Tamderlik, Troschei Pupils, Maria Nemeth, Flora Nielsen

  • 1954 Birth of tenor Alisdair Elliott in Hamilton. Debut as Don Curzio in Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) 1981 Teachers, Lilian Liddell, Laura Sarti Created Servant in Bakxai (Buller) Gerry in Tourist Variation (MacMillan)

  • 1954 Birth of American composer Tobias PICKER in NYC.

  • 1958 Death of tenor Eyvind Laholm. Born 1894 in Wisconsin. Debut as Canio in Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) 1927 Teacher, William S Brady

  • 1961 Birth of counter-tenor Timothy Wilson in Winchester. Debut as Medoro in Orlando (Handel) 1985 Teacher, Geoffrey Mitchell Created Mani in Resurrection (Maxwell-Davis) Androgyne in Viajero Indiscreto (De Pablo) Shamsi in Gassir (Loevendie) Frau Schmetterling in Freudiani (Woolfson)

  • 1965 Birth of mezzo-soprano Vesselina Kasarova, in Stara Zagora. MET: Début: Apr. 11, 2002 [Rosina] Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2002) 3 perf., 1 work.

  • 1972 Birth of American composer Joseph Gentry STEPHENS.

  • 1972 FP of Panufnik's Violin Concerto. Yehudi Menuhin, soloist in London.

  • 1974 Death of soprano Gabrielle Ritter-Ciampi. Born 2 Nov 1886 in Paris. Debut in Paul et Virginie (Masse) 1917 Teachers, Enzo Ciampi-Cellai (father), Cecile Ritter-Ciampi (mother) Created Donna Irene in Oui des Jeunes Filles (Hahn)

  • 1976 FP of Stockhausen's multi-media piece Sirius at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

  • 1986 Death of American baritone Edgar Keenon in Louisville. b-Cincinnati, 1920.

  • 1988 Death of tenor Petre Munteanu. Born 26 Nov 1916 in Campina, Rumania. Debut 1940 Teacher, Hermann Weissborn Created Emigrant in Intolleranza 1960 (Nono)

  • 2003 FP of a piano piece by French composer Claude Debussy found in 2001 played in the Blidoe church in the Baltic archipelago of Roslagen in central Sweden. Composed in 1917 during World War I, he gave the piece to his coal supplier for keeping his house warm during the winter in Paris. Entitled The evening that was lit up by the embers played by French pianist Jean-Pierre Armengaud. See Yahoo/AP story STOCKHOLM, Sweden.

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