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 John Dowland


  • 1546 Birth of composer Johann Steuerlein
  • 1588 English composer and lutenist John Dowland receives an Mus.B degree from Oxford.
  • 1654 Birth of composer Antonio Maria Pacchioni
  • 1764 Birth of composer Janos Lavotta
  • 1775 Birth of English musical prodigy William CROTCH. First principal at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 1822. d-29 DEC 1847.
  • 1802 (3rd?)Birth of Czech conductor Joseph LABITZKY in Schonfeld. d-Karlsbad, 18 AUG 1881.
  • 1816 FP of Paer's "La primavera felice" Paris.
  • 1818 FP of Gyrowetz's "Il finto Stanislao" Milan.
  • 1842 Death of Austrian music publisher Domenico ARTARIA.
  • 1845 Birth of German-British pianist Agnes ZIMMERMANN in Cologne. d-London, 14 NOV 1925.
  • 1847 Birth of composer Agnes Marie Jacobina Zimmermann
  • 1852 Birth of composer Stefano Gobatti
  • 1855 FP of Offenbach's "Entrez, messieurs, mesdames" and "Une Nuit blanche" Paris.
  • 1874 Birth of composer Gerhard von Keussler
  • 1877 (1879?) Birth of Polish pianist and harpsichordist Wanda LANDOWSKA Landowska: Uncommon Visionary in Warsaw. d-Lakeville, CT 16 AUH 1959. Search for Wanda LANDOWSKA
  • 1878 Birth of American writer and critic Lawrence GILMAN of the NY Herald Tribune.
  • 1878 Birth of English composer and pianist Josef HOLBROOKE in Croydon. d-London, 5 AUG 1958.
  • 1879 Birth of Swiss conductor and composer Volkmar ANDREAE in Berne. d-Zurich, 18 JUN 1962.
  • 1879 Birth of French composer and conductor Philippe GAUBERT in Cahors. d-Paris, 10 JUL 1941.
  • 1880 Birth of Czech violinist Jan KUBELIK near Prague. d-Prague, 5 DEC 1940.
  • 1887 Death of French composer Félix Le Couppey in Paris. b-Paris, 14 APR 1811.
  • 1892 FP of Bemberg's "Elaine" Covent Garden, London.
  • 1895 Birth of English composer Gordon JACOB in London. d-Saffron Waldon, England 8 JUN 1984.
  • 1897 Birth of Israeli composer and conductor Paul BEN-HAIM aka Frankenburger, in Munich. d-Tel Aviv, 1984.
  • 1899 Birth of Chilian composer Domingo SANTA CRUZ-WILSON in La Cruz, Chile. d-Santiago, 6 JAN 1987.
  • 1903 Birth of American composer Irwin FISCHER. d-1977.
  • 1904 Birth of composer Franz Adolf Syberg
  • 1908 Birth of Italian soprano Gabriella GATTI in Rome. Debut as Anna in Nabucco (Verdi) 1933. Teacher was Bice Soldini. Sang in FP of Descrito Tentanto (Casella).
  • 1909 Birth of German soprano Sylvia GAEHWILLER in Zurich.
  • 1917 Birth of Scottish composer Geraldine MUCHA in London.
  • 1918 Birth of American composer George ROCHBERG in Paterson, NJ. d-Philadelphia, PA 29 MAY 2005.
  • 1919 Birth of Polish tenor Arrigo POLA in Emilia. d-3 NOV 1999. Debut in Tosca 1945. Pupils were Luciano Pavarotti, Riccardo Zanellato, Vincenzo La Scola, Michele Pertusi. Created Townsend Harris in Black Ships (Yamaka).
  • 1920 Birth of composer Issachar Miron
  • 1921 FP of Giordano/Franchetti's "Giove a Pompei" Rome.
  • 1924 Birth of German bass Oscar CZERWENKA in Lienz. d-Vienna, 1 JUN 2000. A painter, before he studied voice. Début Graz [Hermit] Freischutz (1947); Vienna [Ludovico] Otello (1951); and remained there until (1986). Sang sixty roles. Debut as Hermit in Freischutz (Weber) 1947. Teachers were Otto Iro, Wilhelm Felden Created Jacobowsky in Jacobowsky und der Oberst (Klebe). Veitlinger in Werbekleid (Salmhofer). Examining Judge / Thrasher in Prozess (Von Einem). Sang in FP of Irische Legend (Egk).
  • 1924 Birth of Hungarian-American cellist Janos STARKER The World of Music According to Starker in Budapest. Search for Janos STARKER. d - 28 APR 2013.
  • 1924 FP of Ralph Vaughan-Williams' "Hugh the drover, or love in the stocks" London.
  • 1926 Birth of American composer and teacher Kenneth GABURO, in Somerville, NJ.
  • 1930 Birth of composer Yutaka Makino
  • 1931 FP of Ralph Vaughan Williams' ballet Job, A Masque for Dancing in London.
  • 1934 Birth of Finnish baritone Tom KRAUSE in Helsinki. Debut as Escamillo in Carmen (Bizet) 1959. Teacher was Arutjun Kotchinian. Created Bernard in St Francoise D'Assisse (Messiaen). Sang in FP of Zerrissene (Von Einem).
  • 1937 Death of baritone Baptist Hoffmann. b-Garitz, 9 JUL 1864. Debut as Huntsman in Nachtlager von Granada (Kreutzer). Teachers were Julius Stockhausen, Frau Weinlich-Tripka. Pupil was Paul Bender. Created Emil Duval in Heirat Wider Willen (Humperdinck). Rathhenow in Roland von Berlin (Leoncavallo).
  • 1938 Birth of American film music composer Stanley SILVERMAN.
  • 1940 Birth of Australian baritone Donald SHANKS in Brisbane. Created Maestro in Eighth Wonder (John).
  • 1941 Polish statesman and musician, Ignace Jan Paderewski (1860-1941), was laid to rest temporarily within the U.S. Marine Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC. Remained there until 1992, when his body was returned to Poland.
  • 1942 Birth of Swiss conductor and oboist Matthias BAMERT in Ersigen.
  • 1943 Birth of Italian bass-baritone Angelo Mario Giulio GOBBATO in Milan. Debut as Kecal in Bartered Bride (Smetana) 1965. Teachers were Albina Bini, Adelheid Armhold, Frederick Dalberg, Carlo Tagliabue, Anna Pistolesi.
  • 1945 Birth of Russian conductor Alexander LAZAREV.
  • 1947 Birth of American composer David OTT.
  • 1949 Birth of composer Alain Pierre PRADEL in Pointe à Pitre, Guadeloupe.
  • 1950 FP of Peter Racine Fricker's Symphony No. 1 in Cheltenham, England.
  • 1952 Birth of American electronic music composer Michael McNABB.
  • 1952 Birth of American soprano Kristine CIESINSKI in Wilmington, DE. Sister of mezzo-soprano Katherine Ciesinski. Debut as Countess in Capriccio (Strauss) 1976.
  • 1956 Birth of American composer Michael Gandolfi in Melrose, MA.
  • 1958 Birth of English conductor Paul DANIEL in Handsworth Wood. The music director of English National Opera.
  • 1961 Birth of French soprano Isabelle POULENARD in Paris. Debut as Lisetta in Re Teodoro (Paisiello) 1981. Created Cecilia in Femme et le Pantin (Matter).
  • 1961 Death of Austrian pianist Wilhelm Backhaus, in Villach, Austria.
  • 1965 Opera diva Maria Callas gives her last stage performance, singing Puccini's opera Tosca at Covent Garden.
  • 1970 Birth of American composer Adam GREENE in Chicago, IL. Studied at Connecticut College. Won NACUSA Young Composer's Competition in 1994.
  • 1982 Death of American tenor Frederick Jagel. b-Brooklyn, NY 10 JUN 1897. Debut as Rodolfo in Boheme (Puccini) 1924. Teachers were William Brady, Portanova, Castaldi. Pupils were Justino Diaz, Margaret Yauger.
  • 1989 Death of Spanish composer Escriche Ernesto Halffter in Madrid. b-Madrid, 16 JAN 1905. Uncle of Cristóbal Halffter.
  • 1990 FP of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Clarinet Quintet. David Shifrin soloist at a Chamber Music Northwest concert in Portland, OR.
  • 1992 (4th?) Death of Argentinian bandoneonist and composer Astor Piazzola in Paris. b-Buenos Aires, 11 MAR 1921.
  • 1996 FP of Stephen Paulus' Partita Appassionata for violin and piano, with William Preucil and Arthur Rowe, at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Seattle WA.

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