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Today in classical music history August 14
1675 Birth of composer Johann Georg Christian Storl
1703 Johann Sebastian Bach becomes organist at the Bonifaciuskirche in
1714 FP of MOURET: "Les Fêtes ou Le Triomphe de Thalie" opera/ballet, Paris
1727 Death of English composer William Croft in Nether Ettington. b-Bath, 30 DEC 1678.
1738 Birth of composer Leopold HOFMANN in Vienna. d-Vienna, 17 MAR 1793.
1763 Death of Italian violinist Giovanni Battista Somis. Founded
Piedmontese school. b-Turin, 25 DEC 1686.
1769 Birth of composer Friedrich Ludwig Dulon, flautist
1804 Death of tenor George Mattocks. Born 1734. Created Lionel in Lionel and Clarissa (Dibdin)
Rimenes in Artaxerxes (Arne T)
Tom Jones in Tom Jones (Philidor)
Palaemon in Chaplet (Boyce)
Ferdinand in Duenna (Linley / Linley)
Thomas in Love in a Village (Arne T)
Lord Ainsworth in Maid of the Mill (Arnold S)
1869 Birth of Spanish bass José Mardones, in Fontecchia, Spain. d. May 4, 1932: MET: Début Nov. 12, 1917 [Ramfus] Aida,
9 seasons (1917-26) 409 perf., 24 roles.
1869 Birth of Finnish composer and conductor Edvard Armas JARNEFELT in
Vyborg. d-Stockholm, 23 JUN 1958.
1870 Death of French soprano Josephine Fodor-Mainville. Born 13 Oct 1789 Paris. Debut in Cantatrici Villane (Fioravanti) 1810
Teachers, Eliodoro Bianchi, Caterino Cavos
Pupil, Nikolay Ivanov
Created Amazilia in Amazilia (Pacini)
Almeriska in Costanzo ed Almeriska (Mercadante)
1870 Birth of American composer Lucius HOSMER in South Acton, MA. d. Jefferson, NH, May 9, 1935: Opera: "The Walking
Delegate" rev., and produced under the title "Koreans, " "The Rose
of Alhambra" Musical (New York, 1907).
1876 FP of Wagner's Ring Cycle with Die Walkure, at Bayreuth. Premiered in Munich on 26 JUN 1870.
1886 Birth of American soprano Mignon Nevada, [Mathilde Marie] d. Long Melford, Eng. June 25, 1971. Debut as Rosina in Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) 1907
Teachers, Mathilde Marchesi, Emma Nevada (mother)
Pupil, Kyra Vayne
1887 (15th?) Birth of American composer Marion BAUER in Walla Walla, WA. d-South Hadley MA, 9 AUG 1955.
1891 Birth of Dutch composer Marinus DeJONG in Oosterhout. d-Ekeren, Belgium, 13 JUN 1984.
1892 Birth of Belgian soprano Emma Luart, in Brussels. d. Brussels, Aug. 26, 1968. Debut 1914
Created Sophie Arnoult in Sophie Arnoult (Pierne)
Jeanneton in Roi D'Yvetot (Ibert)
1892 Birth of English composer Kaikhosru Shapurji SORABJI (aka Leon DUDLEY) in Chingford.
His Opus Clavacem Balisticum (1934) is the longest continuous keyboard
work ever written. It takes some 5 and a half hours to play. d-Winfrith Newburgh, 14 OCT
1893 Birth of composer Alfred Alessandrescu
1899 Birth of composer Jaroslav Jeremias
1900 Birth of composer Shalva Mikhailovich Taktakishvili
1902 Birth of German opera composer Franz Konwitschny. d. 1962, Belgrade while conducting in a TV broadcast.
1904 Birth of French baritone Martial SINGHER, in Oloron-Sainte-Marie, Pyrenees. d-Santa Barbara, CA 10 MAR 1990.
Educated as a public school teacher, then studied voice, at the
Paris Conservatory. Début Amsterdamn [Orestes] Iphigénie en Tauride
(1930). Sang at the Paris Opéra (1930-41); then Opéra-Comique, and
arrived in the U.S. (1941). He taught at the Mannes College of
Music (1951-62), and the Curtis Institute (1955-1968). He married
Margareta Busch, (1940); the daughter of conductor Fritz Busch
(con/opera) (1890-1951) Ger. MET: Début: Dec. 10, 1943
[Dappertutto] Les Contes d'Hoffmann, 12 seasons (1943-48, 49-50, 51-
52, 53-54, 55-59) 162 perf., 19 roles, 14 works.
1908 Birth of tenor Carl Wessely, in Troppan. Died 11 Oct 1946
Sang in premiere of Hochzeit des Jobs (Haas)
1909 Birth of Hungarian opera composer Tibor Kozma. d. Bloomington, Ind., Mar. 24, 1976: (Auto-Accident) MET:
Jan. 4, 1951, Die Fledermaus, 7 seasons (1950-57) 81 perf., 8
1910 Birth of French composer Pierre SCHAEFFER in Nancy. Developed 'musique concrete'. d-Les Milles 19 AUG 1995.
1911 Birth of Dutch conductor and composer Jan KOETSIER, in Amsterdam.
1913 Birth of tenor Ferrucio Tagliavini, in Reggio Emilia. d. Reggio Emilia, Jan. 28, 1995: MET: Début: Jan 10, 1947
[Rodolfo] La Bohème, 9 seasons (1947-54) 95 perf., 9 roles, 9 works.
Debut as Rodolfo in Boheme (Puccini) 26 Oct 1938
Teachers, Amedeo Bassi, Italo Brancucci, Giulia Tess
Sang in premiere of Campagne (Rossellini)
1952 FP of Richard Strauss' opera Die Liebe der Danae produced posthumously at the Salzburg Festival.
1953 Birth of American composer James HORNER in Los Angeles.
1953 Death of Hungarian baritone Friedrich Schorr. Born 2 Sep 1888 in Nagyvarad, Hungary. Debut as Wotan in Walkure (Wagner) 20 Jun 1912
Teacher, Adolf Robinson
Pupils, Carlos Alexander, Ezio Flagello, Ossie Hawkins, Nell Tangeman
Grace Hoffmann, Corneil MacNeil, Arturo Sergi, Marilyn Tyler
Sang in premiere of Singing Devil (Schreker)
1959 Birth of Italian soprano Cecilia Gasdia, in Verona. MET: Début: Nov.
6, 1986 [Juliette] Roméo et Juliette, 1 Season (1986-87) 4 perf.,
1role, 1 work.
1960 Birth of Italian soprano Cecilia GASDIA in Verona
Debut Giulietta in Contes D'Hoffmann (Offenbach) 1982
1961 Death of English tenor Heddle Nash. Born 14 Jun 1894 in London. Debut as Almaviva in Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) 1924
Teachers, Giuseppe Borgatti, Julien Kimbell
Pupils, John Mitchinson, John Heddle Nash(son)
Created Doctor Manette in Tale of Two Cities (Benjamin)
1961 Death of Italian composer Guido Alberto Fano in Tauriano, Udine, Italy. b-Padua, 18 MAY 1875.
1961 FP of Henry Cowell's Scherzo from Air and Scherzo for saxophone. Sigurd Rascher was soloist at the Camp Kinhaven in Weston, VT. Composer also arranged it for saxophone and chamber orchestra.