1794 Birth of Bohemian piano teacher Josef PROKSCH. Blinded as young man,
founded Prague music school.
1799 Birth of composer Olof Wilhelm Udden
1820 Birth of bass and singing coach Louis-Henri Obin in Lille. Died 1895. Debut as Elmiro in Otello (Rossini) 1844
Teacher, Louis Ponchard
Pupils, Rene Fournets, Lucienne Breval, Rose Caron, Marcel Journet
Jean Francois Delmas, Joseph-Valentin Duc, Paul Lherie
Alexander Talazac, Albert Vaguet, Leon Escalais, Meyrian Heglen
1843 Birth of composer Flor van Duyse
1842 Birth of English composer and conductor Henry PARKER in London. d-London, 6 MAR 1917.
1844 Birth of Prussian composer, arranger and bandmaster of the Royal Hawaiian Band (originally called "The King's Band") Henry BERGER. d-Honolulu, 1929.
1846 Birth of composer Silas Gamaliel Pratt
1855 Birth of American violinist and conductor of Boston Symphony, Emil
MULLENHAUER in Brooklyn, New York City, his father and uncle are credited with establishing the conservatory system in America. He played with Theodore Thomas Orchestra, New York Philharmonic (Damrosch) and Boston Symphony. He was a violinist and pianist. In 1904 he accepted leadership of the Boston Municipal Band (later known as the Boston Band) which played hundreds of performances from coast to coast. Herbert L. Clarke (Sousa’s cornet soloist) and Ernest Williams at one time were members of the band. Mollenhauer died in 1927. He is well-known for his arrangements of difficult orchestral repertoire. His band played in Willow Grove Park, PA (Philadelphia) in 1911, a year when neither Sousa or Victor Herbert’s organizations appeared.
1870 Birth of Louis Nourrit Tenor
Born 4 Aug 1780 Montpellier Died 23 Sep 1831
Debut as Renaud in Armide (Gluck) 3 Mar 1803
Teachers, Pierre Jean Garat, Guichard
Pupils, Adolphe Nourrit (son), Leonard Hermann-Leon
Created Cleomene in Siege of Corinthe (Rossini)
Old Shepherd in Belle au Bois Dormant (Carafa)
Cassandre in Olympie (Spontini)
Tasse in Mort du Tasse (Garcia)
Alcibiade in Lasthenie (Herold)
Philippe V in Vendome en Espagne (Aubert / Herold)
Sang in premiere of Triomphe du Mois de Mars (Kreutzer)
Temple de la Victoire (Lesueur / Persius)
Triomphe de Trajan (Persius)
1875 (9th) Birth of English composer Albert W. KETELBEY in Birmingham. d-Cowes, 26 NOV 1959.
1875 Birth of Italian opera composer Italo MONTEMEZZI near Verona. d-Verona, 15 MAY 1952.
1879 Death of Adelaide Kemble Soprano
Born 1814 London Died 4 Aug 1879
Debut as Norma in Norma (Bellini) 1839
Teachers:- John Braham, Giuditta Pasta
1898 Birth of English violinist Paul BEARD. d-1989.
1910 Birth of American composer, professor, administrator, and businessman, William Howard SCHUMAN (SHOO min) in NYC. He wrote 10 symphonies, an opera, dance scores for Martha Graham. Was president of the Juilliard School of Music and president of Lincoln Center. d-NYC, 15 FEB 1992, age 81, in NYC.
1927 Birth of American tenor Jess Floyd THOMAS in Hot Springs, SD. Jess Died 11 Oct 1993
Debut as Malcolm in Macbeth (Verdi) 1957
Teacher, Otto Schulmann
Pupil, Christine Reimer
Created Caesar in Antony & Cleopatra (Barber)
1929 Birth of Italian soprano Gabriella TUCCI in Rome. Debut as Leonora in Forza del Destino (Verdi)
Teacher, Leonardo Filoni
1930 Death of German opera composer and conductor Siegfried Wagner at age 61, in Bayreuth. Son of Richard Wagner, his birth inspired Siegfried Idyll. b-Tribschen, 6 JUN 1869.
1932 Birth of Ugo Trama Bass
Born 4 Aug 1932 Naples
Debut as Banquo in Macbeth (Verdi) 1958
Teacher, Emilie Gubitosi
1935 Birth of Victor Braun Baritone
Born 4 Aug 1935 Windsor Canada
Debut as Escamillo in Carmen (Bizet) 1961
Teacher, Lilian Watson, Hermann Geiger-Taurel
Created Hamlet in Hamlet (Searle)
Heracles in Omphale (Matthus)
1971 Birth of American composer Michael Rose. His compositions have been performed by OMNI Ensemble and heard on WGBH Boston and WNYE. Taught at the Brooklyn Conservatory (1995) and founded the Brooklyn Conservatory New Music Collective. An Oberlin graduate, he has studied with Peter Susser and Seymour Bernstein.
1972 FP of Charles Wuorinen's Violin Concerto, for amplified violin and orchestra. Paul Zukofsky and the Boston Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas conducting at the Tanglewood Festival in Lennox, MA.
1976 FP of Gian Carlo Menotti's Symphony No. 1 The Halcyon. Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy conducting at Saratoga Springs, NY.
1998 FP of Richard Danielpour's Bassoon Quintet. Stephen Walt and the Muir String Quartet, in Williamstown, MA.
2001 FP of John Tavener's Song of the Cosmos. Soprano Patricia Rozario, baritone Father Meliton, The Bach Choir and the BBC Philharmonic, Hill conducting at a Proms Concert in London.