Today in classical music July 22

Heinrich Proch

  • 1515 (21st?) Birth of Saint Filippo NERI in Florence, Italy. In 1564 founded the Congregazione del Oratorio, from which we get the oratorio.

  • 1597 Birth of composer Virgilio Mazzocchi

  • 1642 Birth of composer Johann Quirsfeld

  • 1651 Birth of composer Ferdinand Tobias Richter

  • 1702 Birth of Italian composer and woodwind virtuoso Alessandro BESOZZI.

  • 1704 FP of Campra/Desmarets: "Iphigénie en Tauride" Paris.

  • 1721 Birth of composer Francois-Joseph Krafft

  • 1727 FP of Bononcini: Giovanni, "Astianatte" London.

  • 1750 Bach takes his last communion.

  • 1751 FP of Jommelli: "L'Uccellatrice" Venice. 2nd ver. as "Il paratajo [ovvero]" Paris, 9/25/1753.

  • 1787 FP of HAEFFNER: "Electra" Stockholm.

  • 1794 FP of MÉHUL: "Mélidore et Phrosine" Paris.

  • 1797 FP of GRÉTRY: "Le Barbier du village, ou Le Revenant" Paris.

  • 1809 Birth of singing coach Heinrich Proch in Bohmisch-Leipa. Died 18 Dec 1878. Pupils, Csillag, Dustmann, Amalie Materna, Therese Tietjens.

  • 1812 Death of Antoinette-Cecile Saint-Huberty. Born 15 Dec 1756 in Strasburg. Debut in premiere of Bouquet de Colette (Lemoyne) 1775 Teacher, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne Created Phedre in Phedre (Lemoyne) Hypermestre in Danaides (Salieri) Melisse in Armide (Lully) Chemine in Chemine (Sacchini) Ariane in Ariane (Edelmann).

  • 1817 Birth of soprano Paulina Rivoli inVilnius. Died 12 Oct 1881. Debut in Italiana in Algeri (Rossini) 17 Jun 1837 Created Halka in Halka (Moniuszko) Countess in Countess (Moniuszko).

  • 1822 Birth of Italian waltz composer and opera conductor Luigi ARDITI in Crescentino. d. Hove, 1 MAY 1903: Opera: "I briganti" (Milan, 1841); "Il corsaro" (Havana, 1846); "La spia" (New York, 1856).

  • 1826 Birth of French concert director and baritone Julius STOCKHAUSEN in Paris. Died 22 Sep 1906. Teachers, Manuel Garcia Jnr, Margarethe Stockhausen Pupils, Max Alvary, Gyorgy Anthes, Therese Behr-Schnabel, Robert Blass Hermann Brag, Cornelis Bronsgeest, Dudley Buck Jnr Putnam Griswold, Baptist Hoffmann, Sophie Loewe Modest Menzinsky, Johannes Messchaert, Erik Meyer-Helmund Julius Neudorffer, Karl Perron, Maria Philippi, Lempriere Pringle Karl Scheidemantel, Anton Sistermans, Hermine Spies, Anton Van Rooy, Felix Von Kraus, Raimund von Zur Muhlen Clarence Whitehill. Pauline De Haan-Manifarges, Johannes Elmblad Lillian Sanderson, Anna Schimon-Regan, Marie Altona

  • 1830 Birth of English composer and organist Herbert S. OAKELEY in Ealing, Middlesex. d-London, 26 OCT 1903.Portrait.

  • 1833 Birth of American composer Benjamin HANBY in Rushville, OH. d-Chicago, 1867.

  • 1833 FP of Luigi Cherubini's opera Ali Baba at The Paris Opéra.

  • 1839 FP of Thomas: "Le panier fleuri" Paris (1839).

  • 1844 FP of Richard Wagner's A Faust Overture in Dresden. CD-Story Of Wagner In Words And Music

  • 1845 Birth of bass Leon Gresse in Charolles. Died 13 Apr 1900. Created Phanuel in Herodaide (Massenet) Hagen in Sigurd (Reyer) Pere Saval in Montagne Noire (Holmes).

  • 1846 Birth of Irish song composer Alfred Perceval GRAVES, father of novelist Robert Graves.

  • 1847 FP of G. Verdi's opera I Masnadieri 'The Bandits' at Her Majesty's Theater in London. CD-Verdi: I Masnadieri

  • 1848 Birth of French baritone Lucien FUGERE in Paris. d-Paris, 15 JAN 1935. Rarely traveled beyond Paris and only once outside of France, London when he took part in the Jubilee Season at Covent Garden (1897). His career began in 1874, by 1877, he joined the O-CO (1877-1910); there he created roles in more than thirty operas. Fugère had a long and successful career, making his farewell in opera at age eighty-five [Don Bartolo] Le Barbiere de Séville (1933). His voice was that of a light bass-baritone, and he made recordings when he was past the age of fifty when he made his first records, and past the age of eighty when he made the last of his recordings. Debut in Ba-Ta-Clan (Offenbach) 3 Mar 1870 Teachers, Edouard Batiste, Raguneau Pupils, Mary Garden, Miguel Villabella Created Father in Louise (Charpentier) Turlupin in Madame Turlupin (Guiraud) Devil in Griseldis (Massenet) Pandolphe in Cendrillon (Massenet) Chevalier des Grieux in Portrait de Manon (Massenet) Andre in Fortunio (Messager) Sang in premiere of Roi Malgre Lui (Chabrier) Filibuster(Cui) Pepita (Delahaye) Sange (De Lara) Mules de Suzette (Douai) Pain Bis (Dubois) Carmosine (Fevrier) Vivandiere (Godard) Tour de Moulinet (Hubans) Bonhomme Jadis (Jacques-Dalcroze) Taverne des Trabans (Marechal) Basoche (Messager) Chevalier d'Harmental (Messager) Muguette (Missa) Mme L'Archiduc (Offenbach) Creole (Offenbach) Boit au Lait (Offenbach) Fille de Tabarin (Pierne) Amour Medecin (Poise) Joli Gilles (Poise) Beaucoup de Bruit pour Rien (Puget) Phyrne (Saint-Saens) Branche Cassee (Serpette)=20 Moulin de Vert-Galant (Serpette) Mariage de Telemaque (Terrasse) Sorrentine (Vasseur)

  • 1849 Birth of Hungarian pianist, composer and lawyer Geza ZICHY in Sztara Castle. d-Budapest, 14 JAN 1924.

  • 1853 Birth of composer Victor Roger

  • 1857 FP of Erkel/Doppler; "Erzsèbet" Pest.

  • 1868 FP of Haydn: M. "Die Hachzeit auf der Alm" Singspiel, Salzburg.

  • 1870 Death of Austrian composer Josef Strauss at age 42, in Vienna. b-Vienna, 20 AUG 1827.

  • 1871 Birth of composer Akos Buttykai

  • 1873 Birth of composer Ettore Pozzoli

  • 1879 Birth of composer Gustaf Heintze

  • 1881 Birth of American composer Sol Paul LEVY in Chicago. d-NYC, 14 FEB 1920.

  • 1886 Death of bass-baritone Emil Scaria. Born 18 Sep 1838 in Graz. Debut as St Bris in Huguenots (Meyerbeer) 1860 Teachers, Manuel Garcia Jnr, Gentiluomo, Richard Lewy, Netzer Created Gurnemanz in Parsifal (Wagner)

  • 1886 FP of Graffigna: "La bouna figliuola" Milan.

  • 1889 Birth of American cellist, conductor and composer Frederick Preston SEARCH in Pueblo, CO. d-Jamesburg in upper Carmel Valley, CA, 1959.

  • 1890 Birth of American pianist and composer Lee PATTISON. Duo pianist with Guy Maier. Professor of Piano and Music at Scripps College in Claremont, CA.

  • 1895 Birth of Austrian conductor Hans ROSBAUD. d-29 DEC 1962.

  • 1901 Death of Austrian composer Joseph Kaulich. b-Vienna, 1872.

  • 1902 Birth of composer Vladimir Nikolayevich Kryukov.


  • 1909 FP of Holst' "The Vision of Dame Christian" London.

  • 1910 Death of Norwegian conductor and composer Johan Peter Selmer in Venice. b-Christiana-Oslo, 20 JAN 1844.

  • 1910 Death of baritone Giuseppe Pacini Baritone. Born 16 July 1862 in Florence. Debut as Francesco in Due Foscari (Verdi) 1887 Teacher, Cortese Created Renzo in Silvano (Mascagni) Sang in premiere of Guglielmo Ratcliff (Mascagni)

  • 1913 Birth of Italian-American soprano Lucia ALBANESE, in Bari. 1940 Debut at the MET Opera in NYC, Feb. 9, 1940 [Cio-Cio-San] Madama Butterfly: 26 seasons (1939-1963, 1964- 1966) 427 perf., 17 roles, 16-works. Debut as Mimi in Boheme (Puccini) 1934 Teachers, Giuseppina Baldassare-Tedeschi, Emanuel De Rosa Giuseppe Podesta Pupil, Gordon Voorhees

  • 1914 Birth of American composer, violinist and oboist Cecil EFFINGER in Colorado Springs, CO. d. Boulder Co., Dec. 22, 1990: Opera: "Pandora's Box" (children's opera, 1961); "Cyrano de Bergerac" (Boulder, CO, 1965).

  • 1919 FP of Falla's The Three Cornered Hat based on Alarcon's novel El Sombrero de Tres Picos by the Ballet Russe under Diaghilev, in London. CD-Three Cornered Hat (Hybr)

  • 1928 Birth of German-Australian composer George DREYFUS.

  • 1928 Birth of Italian tenor Mario Ortica in Treviso.

  • 1928 Birth of German contralto Ursela Boese in Hamburg. Debut as Erda in Ring (Wagner) 1958 Teachers:- Dieter Jacob, Wolf Created Miss Penelope Newkirk in Help Help the Globolinks (Menotti)

  • 1928 Birth of composer Georg Dreyfus.

  • 1929 Birth of bass German Heinz Hagenau in Hamburg. Teachers, Charlotte Feindt, Irene Schwedthelm

  • 1930 FP of Carlos Chavez' ballet The Four Suns in Mexico City.

  • 1930 Birth of composer Leoncjusz Ciuciura.

  • 1934 FP of Henry Cowell's Movement for string quartet from String Quartet No. 2, by the Pro Arte String Quartet at Mills College in Oakland, CA. CD-Cowell: Mosaic

  • 1936 Birth of English Mezzo-soprano Ann HOWARD in London. MET: Dec. 12, 1994 [Auntie] Peter Grimes, 1 season (1994-95) 6. perf., 1 work. Debut Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (Puccini) 1961. Teachers, Topliss Green, Rodolpha Lhombino, Dominique Modesti Created Mrs Danvers in Rebecca (Joseph) Caliban in Tempest (Eaton) Leda in Mines of Sulphur (Rodney-Bennett) Elsie Worthing in Plumber's Gift (Blake)

  • 1936 Birth of composer Krasimir Kyurkchiiski

  • 1942 Birth of English soprano Helen Lawrence in London.

  • Birth of French bass Bernard Lefort in Paris. d. Jan. 19, 1999.

  • 1947 Birth of mezzo-soprano Sandra Browne in Trinadad. Created Uma in Beach of Falesa (Hoddinot)

  • 1953 Birth of English composer Nigel HESS.

  • 1955 Birth of Croatian composer Wilhelm LUTZ-RIJEKA in Rijeka, Croatia.

  • 1958 Birth of American composer Eve BEGLARIAN.

  • 1962 FP of DRAGOI: "Pãcalã" Brasov (1962).

  • 1965 Death of soprano Nony Doolittle. d. July 22, 1965.

  • 1972 Death of Czech composer and violinist Hugo Kauder in Bussum, The Netherlands. b-Tobitschau, Tovasov, Moravia in the Czech Republic, 9 JUN 1888.

  • 1986 Birth of American composer Robert BETHEA in Arlington, VA.

  • 1987 Death of soprano Maud Cunitz. Born 3 Apr 1911 in London. Debut 1934 Teacher, Gudrun Wewezow.

  • 1989 Death of bass Martti Talvella. Born 5 Feb 1935 in East Karelia, Finland. Debut as Sparafucile in Rigoletto (Verdi) 1961 Teachers, Carl Martin Oehman, Taunokaivela, Margaret Krauss Created Paavo Rustsalainen in Last Temptation (Kokkonen).

  • 1998 Death of baritone Hermann Prey. Born 11 July 1929 in Berlin. Debut as Moruccio in Tiefland (D'Albert) 1952 Teachers, Gunther Baum, Harry Gottschalk, Jaro Prohaska Created Meton in Pallas Athene Weint (Krenek)

  • 1999 Death of soprano Marianne Schech. Born 18 Jan 1914 in Germany. Debut as Marta in Tiefland (D'Albert) 1937 Pupils, Carole Farley, Felicity Palmer, Doris Soffel Created Esprit du Ciel in Don Juan de Manera (Tomasi)

  • 2000 FP in London of Colin Matthews' Pluto - The Renewer as an addition to Gustav Holst's The Planets, at a BBC Proms concert. FP on 11 MAY 2000 with Kent Nagano conducting The Hallé Orchestra in Manchester. CD-Holst: The Planets, Matthews: Pluto
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