Today in classical music history August 1

Pietro Giuseppe Sandoni

  • 1659 Birth of composer Antoine Mouque

  • 1685 Birth of composer Pietro Giuseppe Sandoni

  • 1740 FP of Thomas Arne's masque Alfred with Rule Britannia at Cliveden, Bucks.

  • 1749 Birth of Irish tenor John Johnstone in Kilkenny. Died 26 Dec 1828. Debut as Lionel in Lionel and Clarissa (Dibdin) 1775. Created Dermot in Poor Soldier (Shield). Sang in the premiere of Woodman (Shield).

  • 1752 Revival of Pergolesi's opera buffa La Serva Padrona having failed in 1746 it is now favorably received by Paris audiences. CD-Pergolesi: Livietta e Tracollo; La Serva Padrona

  • 1755 Birth of composer Giuseppe Antonio Capuzzi

  • 1766 Birth of composer Ignaz Anton Franz Xavier Ladurner, also pianist.

  • 1774 Founding of music publishing house by Johann Andre in Offenbach.

  • 1779 Birth of American lawyer Francis Scott KEY. Author of the words of The Star-Spangled Banner to the tune of a British drinking song by John Stafford Smith. U.S. Congress voted on it as nation's anthem in 1931.

  • 1824 Birth of composer Edward Francis Fitzwilliam

  • 1831 Birth of Italian baritone and singing teacher Antonio Cotogni in Rome. d-15 Oct 1918. Debut as Belcore in Elisir D'Amore (Donizetti) 1852. Teachers were Faldi, Fontemaggi, Gioacchino Rossini. Pupils were Mario Basiola, Mattia Battistini, Augusto Beuf, Alfredo Cecchi, Guido Ciccolini, Giuseppe De Luca, Jean De Reszke, Dinh Gilly, Benvenuto Franci, Carlo Galeffi, Beniamino Gigli, Carmen Melis, Vladimir Kastorsky, Giacomo Lauri-Volpi, Virgilio Lazzari, Enrico Nani, Tadeusz Orda, Adolfo Pacini, Luigi Rossi-Morelli, Mariano Stabile, Ellison Van Hoose, Domenico Viglione-Borghese, Alfredo Costa, Henryk Dzerwiecki, Mario Cotogni, Julian Biel, Amanda Campodonico, Giuliano Romagnoli.

  • 1840 Birth of composer Aldine Sillman Kieffer

  • 1847 Birth of Italian violinist and teacher Guido PAPINI in Camagiore. d-London, 3 OCT 1912.

  • 1848 Birth of Bohemian composer Frantisek KMOCH (ghMOSH), in Zasmuky, about ten miles from Kolín, Bohemia. d-1912.

  • 1848 Birth of French bass Pierre Gailhard in Toulouse. d-12 Oct 1918. Debut as Falstaff in Songe D'une Nuit D'Ete (Thomas) 1867. Teacher was Revial. Pupil was Agustarello Affre. Created Richard in Jeanne D'Arc (Mermot). Simon in Reine Berthe (Joncieres). Guido in Francoise de Rimini (Thomas). Sang in the premiere of Reve D'Amour (Auber). Vert-Vert (Offenbach). Esclave (Membree)

  • 1858 Birth of Austrian composer Hans ROTT aka Johann Carl Maria, in Vienna. d-Vienna, 25 JUN 1884.

  • 1873 Birth of Belgian-American conductor, violinist and composer Henri VERBRUGGEN in Brussels. aka Henri VERBRUGGHEN. Was music director of the Minneapolis Symphony (Minnesota Orchestra) in 1923-32. Making first recordings and first radio performances. d-Northfield, MN 12 NOV 1934.

  • 1871 Birth of composer Oskar Fried

  • 1877 Birth of American pianist and teacher Angela DILLER in Brooklyn. d-Stamford, CT 30 APR 1968.

  • 1882 Birth of composer Vaclav Klicka

  • 1888 Birth of composer Vito Frazzi

  • 1892 John Philip Sousa, at age 37, leaves the U.S. Marine Corps Band to form his own 100-piece marching band.

  • 1893 Antonin Dvorak finishes his String Quintet in Eb, Op 97 on summer vacation at Czech settlement in Spillville Iowa.

  • 1898 Birth of Italian soprano Giuseppina Cobelli in Maderno. d-2 Sep 1948. Debut as Gioconda in Gioconda (Ponchielli) 1924. Teacher was G Benvenuti. Created Silvana in Fiamma (Respighi).

  • 1899 Birth of German-American conductor William STEINBERG in Cologne. Pittsburgh Symphony 1952-1976. From 1964 through 1968 he was guest conductor of the New York Philharmonic. Then he became the Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra until 1972. d-16 MAY 1978.

  • 1908 Birth of Czech composer Miloslav KABELAC in Prague. d-Prague, 15 JUN 1971.

  • 1913 Birth of American composer Jerome MOROSS in Brooklyn. d-Miami, FL 25 JUL 1983.

  • 1914 Birth of American composer and photographer Jack DELANO. d-1997.

  • 1917 Birth of American mezzo-soprano Lili CHOOKASIAN, in Chicago. Debut as Adelgisa in Norma (Bellini) 1959. Teachers were Philip Manuel, Rosa Ponselle, Ludwig Donath, Armen Boyajian. Created Mother in Ines de Castro (Pasatieri).

  • 1921 FP of Paul Hindemith's String Quartet No. 3, Op. 16, by the Amar Quartet, with Hindemith violaist, in Donaueschingen, Germany. CD-Hindemith: Complete String Quartets

  • 1923 Birth of composer Yoshinao Nakada

  • 1926 Birth of German bass-baritone Theo ADAM, in Dresden.

  • 1926 Birth of Austrian-American pianist, composer and teacher Karl KOHN in Vienna.

  • 1926 Birth of Austrian composer Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at Pomona College.

  • 1926 Birth of German bass-baritone Theo Adam in Dresden. Debut as Hermit in Freischutz (Weber) 1949. Teacher was Rudolf Dietrich. Created Prospero in Uri Re in Ascolta (Berio).

  • 1930 Birth of English musical composer Lionel BART in London. d-1999.

  • 1931 Birth of Irish composer Sean O Raida, aka John Reidy, in Cork. d-London, 3 OCT 1971.

  • 1931 Birth of Filipina soprano Fides Asensio in Lucena Philippines. Debut as Adele in Fledermaus (Strauss). Teacher was Dean Felicing. Pupils were Salmyeno Malaki, Andion Fernandez, Lemuel Cuento. Created Sisa in Noli me Tangere (De Leon). Grandmother Sakuro in Magic Staff (Tamura). Sang in premiere Mapulang Bituin (Santos). Pajaros' Bintii ng Kalayaan (Santos). Kasilag's Dularawan (Santos)

  • 1931 Birth of Portugese tenor Nico Castel in Lisbon. Debut as Fenton in Falstaff (Verdi) 1958. Teachers were Julia Drobner, Carmen Hurtado, Mercedes Llopart. Pupil was Christiane Reimer. Created Brighella in Servant of Two Masters (Giannini). Young Man in Miss Julie (Rorem). Diaghilev in Madame Adoro (Silverman). Tom Tosser in Nine Rivers from Jordon (Weisgall).

  • 1934 Birth of German horn player Herman BAUMANN aka Rudolf Conrad in Hamburg.

  • 1942 Birth of Swedish tenor Cleas Hakan Ahnsjo in Stockholm. Debut as Tamino in Zauberflote (Mozart) 1969. Teachers were Hanno Blaschke, Max Lorenz, Ester Ruhrseitz, Erik Saeden, Aksel Schiotz. Created Leo in Versuchung (Tal). Doctor in Roi Berenger (Sutermeister). Sang in the premiere in Ubu Rex (Penderecki).

  • 1949 Birth of American composer Primous FOUNTAIN III in Chicago, IL.

  • 1951 Birth of American composer Robin Julian HEIFETZ. He received his doctorate from the University of Illinois.

  • 1952 Birth of American composer Thomas MASSELLA.

  • 1968 FP of Anton Webern's Rondo for string quartet (1906). Congregation of the Arts at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. CD-Webern: String quartet Op28; Movements Op5

  • 1969 Death of Ukrainian bass Boris Gmyrya. b-5 Aug 1903 Lebedin Ukraine. Debut 1936. Teacher was P.V. Golubev.

  • 1973 Birth of Israeli composer Avior BYRON in Petach-Tikva.

  • 1973 Death of Italian composer and teacher Gian Francesco Malipiero near Venice. b-Venice, 18 MAR 1882.

  • 1993 FP of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Concerto for Horn and String Orchestra. David Jolley with the Rochester Philharmonic, Lawrence Leighton Smith conducting at the Bravo! Music Festival in Vail, CO.

  • 1997 Death of Russian pianist Svyatoslav Richter, of a heart attack in a Moscow hospital at age 82. b- 20 MAR 1915.

  • 2002 Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter (AH' nah soh FEE' MOO´tr) and conductor, composer and pianist Andre Previn (PREH vn) marry in NYC. Divorced in August 2006.

  • 2003 FP of Kaija Saariaho's Quatre Instants for chamber orchestra and soprano. Karita Mattila with Finnish Chamber Orch/Saraste. Tammisaari Music Festival, Finland.

  • 2004 FP of Benjamin Britten's Voluntary on Tallis's Lamentations by organist Timothy Bond at BBC Proms concert at Royal Albert Hall, London. See:AFP.
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