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Christophe Willibald Von GLUCK


  • 1581 Birth of German organist and composer Johann STADEN in Nuremberg. d-Nuremberg, NOV 1634.
  • 1589 Birth of composer Guillaume van Messaus
  • 1636 Birth of German composer Georgy Daniel SPEER in Breslau. d-Göppingen, 5 OCT 1707.
  • 1662 FP of Cavalli's "Ercole amante" Paris.
  • 1714 Birth of Austrian-German composer Christophe Willibald Von GLUCK in Upper Palatinate. d-Vienna, 15 NOV 1787.
  • 1723 Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi is hired at the Pieta girls school in Venice to compose and perform two concertos per month.
  • 1737 Birth of composer Fran‡ois Leonard Rouwyzer
  • 1746 Birth of composer Hardenack Otto Conrad Zinck
  • 1763 Birth of composer Peter Ritter
  • 1778 Death of Swiss-French writer, music critic, and composer Jean-Jacques Rosseau, at age 66 in Ermenonville. b-Geneva, 28 JUN 1712.
  • 1784 Birth of Italian mezzo-soprano Teresa Belloc-Giorgi in S. Benigno Canavese. d-13 MAY 1855. Debut 1801. Created Ninetta Villabella in Gazza Ladra (Rossini). Isabella in Ingano Felice (Rossini). Giulia in Vestale (Pacini). Elisa in Elisa e Claudio (Mercadante). Geltrude in Amleto (Mercadante). Zeliska in Amor Cunjugale (Mayr). Adelasia in Adelasia (Mayr). Fedra in Fedra (Mayr).
  • 1788 FP of M. Haydn's "Die Ährenleserin" singspiel, Salzburg.
  • 1793 Birth of composer Antoine Prumier
  • 1808 Birth of English viola-player Henry HILL. Founder with Alsager of the Beethoven Quartet Society.
  • 1814 Birth of composer Atale Therese Annette Wartel
  • 1823 FP of Donizetti's "Alfredo il grande" Opera seria, Naples.
  • 1828 FP of Herold's "Lydie" Paris.
  • 1836 Birth of German Wagnerian tenor Ludwig SCHNORR von CAROLSFELD in Munich. The first 'Tristan' in only four performances. His wife was first 'Isolde'. d-28 FEB 1865. Debut 1853. Teachers were Eduard Devrient, Jul Otto. Created Tristan in Tristan und Isolde (Wagner).
  • 1845 Birth of English contralto Rosina Brandram in Southwark. d-28 FEB 1907. Debut in Sorcerer (Sullivan). Created Lady Blanche in Princess Ida (Sullivan). Katisha in Mikado (Sullivan). Duchess of Plaza-Toro (Sullivan). Sang in FP of Rose of Persia (Sullivan).
  • 1857 Birth of composer Francesco Spetrino
  • 1862 Death of German composer and pianist Charles Mayer in Dresden. b-Konigsberg, 21 MAR 1799.
  • 1870 FP of Guiraud's "Le Kobold" Paris.
  • 1876 Birth of Italian tenor Edgardo GHERLINZONI in Stellata di Bondeno. d-Ferrara, 14 JAN 1961. Shoemaker... who in 1903 was engaged for roles of second tenor, and later engaged for first tenor roles in a company where he met his future wife. After many tours, he became weary of the grueling schedule, and moved to Milan where he opened a grocery store. However he studied singing and made his debut as a light lyric tenor, at the Chiabrera in Savona [Duke] Rigoletto (1905). He was heard by Tullio Serafin who convinced him to study with him the role that would be his trademark, [Arturo] I Puritani. He had an international career and sang in the greater European houses. In 1918, he returned to Bologna in to sing some concerts and died in misery, in Ferrara, with his second wife Teresa at his side.
  • 1880 Birth of American musical and operetta composer Albert SZIRMAI. d-1967.
  • 1880 Birth of Czech tenor Mirro Stork in Peague. d-18 JAN 1953. Debut as Cremicheux in Cloches de Corneville (Planquette) 22 Jun 1904. Sang in FP of Adventures of Mr Broucek (Janacek).
  • 1990 Birth of German tenor Robert Bussel in Dresden. d-28 DEC 1953. Pupil was Werner Faulhaber. Created Welko in Arabella (Strauss).
  • 1897 Birth of American composer William Herbert BREWSTER. d-1987.
  • 1900 FP of orchestral version of Sibelius' tone poem Finlandia. Robert Kajanus conducting in Helsinki.
  • 1904 Birth of composer Carl Weinrich
  • 1906 Birth of American composer Robert Levine SANDERS in Chicago. d-Delray Beach, FL 26 DEC 1974.
  • 1910 Birth of American composer Earl Hawley ROBINSON in Seattle, WA. d-1991.
  • 1910 Birth of American composer William Douglas DENNY. d-1980.
  • 1911 Death of Austrian composer and conductor Felix Mottl in Munich. b-Unter-Sankt-Veit, 24 AUG 1856.
  • 1914 Birth of American conductor Frederick FENNELL in Cleveland, OH. d-FL 7 DEC 2004
  • 1922 Birth of Polish-Belorussian composer and pianist Genrih Matusovich Vagner in Zhiradov.
  • 1923 Birth of Hungarian baritone Gyorgy Melis in Szarvas Hungary. Debut as Morales in Carmen (Bizet) 1949.
  • 1924 Birth of American composer Rick BESOYAN in Alameda, CA. d-1970.
  • 1925 Birth of composer Yasushi Akutagawa
  • 1929 FP of George Gershwin's musical Show Girl, (Liza was big hit), at the Ziegfeld Theater in NYC.
  • 1931 Death of French composer Charles QUEF, aka Paul Florimond, in Paris. b-Lille, 1 NOV 1873.
  • 1932 Death of Swedish soprano Martina Petrini. b-Falun Sweden, 18 AUG 1866. Debut as Lakme in Lakme (Delibes). Teachers were A. Bax, Mathilde Marchesi.
  • 1933 Birth of composer David LEWIN. d-2003.
  • 1935 Birth of American pianist Gilbert KALISH.
  • 1936 Birth of Hungarian mezzo-soprano Olga Szonyi in Budapest. Debut as Eboli in Don Carlos (Verdi) 1954. Teachers were Jeno Sipos, Pal Varge.
  • 1939 Death of Hungarian tenor Otakar Marak. b-5 Jan 1872 Ostrihom, 5 JAN 1872. Debut as Faust in Faust (Gounod) 1 Feb 1899. Teacher was O. Parsova-Zikesova. Created Gennaro in Jewels of Madonna (Wolf-Ferrari).
  • 1939 Birth of Italian bass Gian Carlo Luccardi. Debut as Don Pasquale in Don Pasquale (Donizetti) 1963. Teacher was Fiorenzo Tasso. Created Commander in Vera Storia (Berio). Sang in FP of Gargantua (Gorghi).
  • 1941 Birth of French tenor Robert DUME' in Nice. Debut as Faust in Damnation of Faust (Berlioz) 1969. Created Wilhelm Reich in Marilyn (Ferrero). Sang in FP of Ondine (Daniel-Lesur).
  • 1942 Birth of tenor Attila FULOP.
  • 1944 Birth of South African baritone Christian Du PLESSIS in Vryheid S. Africa. Debut as Yamadori in Madama Butterfly (Puccini). Teachers were Teasdale Griffiths, Otakar Kraus, Esme Webb.
  • 1945 Birth of American trombonist and composer James Orville FULKERSON in Streator, IL.
  • 1948 Birth of French conductor Sylvain CAMBRELING in Amiens.
  • 1948 Death of Russian bass Vladimir Kastorsky. b-Moscow, 14 MAR 1871. Debut 1894. Teachers were Antonio Cotogni, S.I. Gabel. Created Dulcimer Player in Invisible City of Kitesh (Rimsky-Korsakov).
  • 1949 Birth of American composer Todd BARTON.
  • 1949 Birth of soprano Mani MEKLER in Haifa. Debut as Leonora in Trovatore (Verdi) 1976. Teacher was Tito Gobbi. Created Elisabetta in Riccardo III (Testi).
  • 1949 FP of John Alden Carpenter's revised Symphony No. 2. Chicago Symphony with Fritz Busch conducting at Ravinia Festival.
  • 1952 Death of Dutch composer Henriëtte Bosmans in Amsterdam. b-Amsterdam, 5 DEC 1895.
  • 1953 Birth of American electronic music composer Justin SARAGOSA in Pioche, NV.
  • 1955 Death of Swedish soprano Gota Ljunberg. b-Sundsvall, 4 OCT 1893. Debut as Gutrune in Gotterdammerung (Wagner) 1917. Teachers were Louis Bachner, Gillis Bratt, Mme. Charles Cahill, Oscar Daniel, George Fergusson, Filippi, Vittorio Vanzo. Created Lady Marigold Sandys in Merry Mount (Hanson). Judith in Judith (Goossens).
  • 1963 Birth of American electric guitarist and composer John Fitz ROGERS.
  • 1968 Death of German composer Hanns Wolf in Fuessen. b-Bamberg, 7 JUN 1894.
  • 1980 Birth of American composer Darien S. SHULMAN.
  • 1983 Death of American bass-baritone Donald Gramm. b-Milwaukee Wi, 26 FEB 1927. Debut as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) 1944. Teachers were Vittorio Vanzo, George Graham. Martial Singher. Created Fish in Fisherman and his Wife (Schuller). John in Miss Julie (Rorem).
  • 1983 FP of Libby Larsen's Deep Summer Music. Minnesota Orchestra, Joseph Giunta conducting in Terrance, MN.
  • 2000 Death of American baritone Walter Cassel. b-Council Buffs, Iowa, 15 MAY 1910. Debut as Silvio in Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) 1941. Teacher was Frank La Forge. Created Petruchio in Taming of Shrew (Giannini). Horace Tabor in Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore).
  • 2002 Death of American Avant Garde composer and trumpeter Earl BROWN Rye, NY. b-Lunenburg, MA 26 DEC 1926.
  • 2002 Death of French composer Jean Yves Daniel-Lesur in Paris. b-Paris, 19 NOV 1908.
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