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Today in classical music history August 19

George Goltermann
  • 1613 Claudio Monteverde becomes director of music at St. Mark's in Venice.
  • 1686 (17th?) Birth in Naples of Opera and Oratorio composer Niccolo PORPORA. Teacher of Haydn. d-1766.
  • 1686 Birth of composer Antonio Tonelli
  • 1737 Birth of composer Johann Georg Christoph Schetky
  • 1750 (18th) Birth of Italian composer Antonio SALIERI nr. Venice, who taught Beethoven, Schubert and Liszt. Depicted by actor F. Murray Abraham in the film Amadeus. Won oscar (tm) as a nemisis of Mozart but there is no evidence of any intrigues in the life of Mozart. Still photos from film. d-Vienna, 7 MAY 1825.
  • 1809 Birth of soprano Sabine Heinefetter in Mainz. Died 18 Nov 1872. Debut in Mandarin (Ritter) Teachers, Giovanni Tadolini, Davide Banderali Created Adina in Elisir D'Amore (Donizetti)
  • 1813 (10th? ) Birth of composer William Henry Fry
  • 1820 FP of SCHUBERT: "Der Zauberharfe" Vienna (1820).
  • 1824 Birth of German cellist, conductor and composer Georg GOLTERMANN in Hanover. d-Frankfurt am Main, 29 DEC 1898. Was Frankfurt Stadttheater's director. His cello concertos were popular in the 19th century. He is sometimes confused with Popper's teacher Julius Goltermann (1825-1876).
  • 1827 FP of DONIZETTI: "Il Borgomastro di Sardan" Opera buffa, Naples (1827).
  • 1854 Birth of German lieder singer Ludwig WULLER.
  • 1873 Birth of soprano Jane Marignan in Nimes. Died 1924. Teachers, Lehrer, Mangin, Leon Melchissedec Sang in premiere of Chevalier D'Harmental (Messager)
  • 1881 Birth of Rumanian composer, violinist, conductor, pianist and teacher Georges ENESCU in Liveni-Virnaz. A misspelling of his name on a Spanish concert poster was not corrected leading to his desire to leave his name misspelled in the future as 'Enesco'. d-Paris, 4 MAY 1955. Opera, "Oedipe" (Paris, 1931).
  • 1881 Birth of German soprano Eva von der Osten, Eva von der in Heligoland. d. Dresden, May 5, 1936. Married chamber singer Friedrich Plaschke (bs/b) (1875-1951) Bohemian. She made her début in Dresden (1902), where she spent the majority of her entire career. She was beloved at the Dresden Royal Opera where she created the role of [Octavian] Der Rosenkavalier, in the world premiere (1911). She also appeared in the world premiere, of Hollische Gold (1916). She was the first [Kundry] in the English premiere of Parsifal at CG (1914). She later was the manager at the Dresden State Opera, and managed the production of the world premiere of Arabella (1933). Debut Urbain in Huguenots (Meyerbeer) 1902 Teachers, August Iffert, Sohle Created Octavian in Rosenkavalier (Strauss)
  • 1881 Death of Czech composer and conductor Joseph Labitsky in Karlsbad, Germany. b-Schoenfeld, Czechoslovakia, 4 JUL 1802.
  • 1882 Birth of Austrian bass-baritone Emil Schipper.  MET: Début: Jan. 16, 1933 [Brangãna] Tristan und Isolde, 3 seasons (1932- 35) 57 perf., 12 roles, 11 works.
  • 1883 Birth of American composer Adaline SHEPHERD in Algona, Iowa. d-12 MAR 1950.
  • 1886 Birth of Austrian-born, German conductor and composer Robert HEGER in Strasbourg. d-Munich, 14 JAN 1978. Operas "Ein Fest aug Haderslen" (Nuremberg, 1919); "Der Bettler Namenlos" (Munich, 1932); "Der verlorene Sohn" (Dresden, 1951); "Lady Hamilton" (Nuremberg, 1951).
  • 1892 Birth of American bass-baritone Chase Baromeo, in Augusta, GA. d. Birmingham, MI., Aug. 7, 1973: MET: Début: Dec. 20, 1935 [Ramfis] Aida, 3 seasons (1935-38) 46 perf., 9 works. Debut in Forza del Destino (Verdi) 1922 Teachers, Carlo Schneider, Giuseppe Campanari Pupils, Edward Allen Baird, Thomas Tipton, Alan Crofoot
  • 1895 Death of English pianist and teacher Clara Angela Macirone in London. b-London, 20 JAN 1821.
  • 19/08/1896 Birth of composer Walter Lang
  • 1896 Birth of composer Eino Mauno Aleksanteri Linnala
  • 1902 Birth of American writer Ogden NASH in Rye, NY. d-Baltimore, MD 19 MAY 1971.
    Nash wrote the lyrics for One Touch of Venus with Kurt Weill. He and She, Sweet Bye and Bye, Two's Company, The Littlest Review. He wrote the verses to accompany Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals at the urging of Andre Kostelanetz who also had Nash write verses for Ravel's Mother Goose Suite and Peter and the Wolf.
  • 1905 Birth of Austrian composer Jacques de Menasce in Bad Ischl. d-Gstaad, Switzerland, 1960.
  • 1906 Birth of Bohemian soprano Judith Hellwig, in Neusohl. d. Vienna, Jan. 25, 1993. Début [Countess] Le Nozze di Figaro (1928). Debut as Countess in Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) 1928 Pupil, Ruthilde Boesch Sang in premiere of Mathis der Maler (Hindemith)
  • 1907 Birth of composer Zygmunt Mycielsky
  • 1914 Birth of composer Fumio Hayasaka
  • 1915 Birth of American composer and arranger Herman STEIN in Philadelphia, PA.
  • 1920 Birth of composer Paul Kont
  • 1922 First radio broadcast of a full length concert, Sheffield England.
  • 1927 FP of Schonberg's String Quartet #3. By the Kolisch Quartet, in Vienna.
  • 1928 FP of LEVY: "Escorial" New York (1958).
  • 1929 Death of German soprano Meta Seinemeyer in Dresden at age 33. b-Berlin-5 SEP 1895.
  • 1929 Death of Russian dance master Sergei Pavlovich DIAGHILEV, in Vienna age 57. b-Gruzino, 31 MAR 1872.
  • 1935 Birth of American baritone Lawrence Shadur. d. Aug. 23, 1991: MET: Début: Dec. 1, 1971 [Paolo] Simon Boccanegra, 3 seasons (73-75, 76-77) 21 perf., 5 roles.
  • 1933 Birth of German mezzo-soprano Gisela Schroter, in Sardehnen. Debut 1959 Created Fieta in Nightrider (Meyer)
  • 1936 Death of Irish bass-baritone Harry Plunkett Greene in Dublin. Died 19 Aug 1936 Debut as Commendatore in Don Giovanni (Mozart) 1890 Teachers, Barraclough, Alfred Blume, Goetschius, Anton Hromeda Luigi Vannuccini, J B Welch Pupils, Robert Easton, Keith Falkner, Margaret Ritchie Muriel Kistner, Sydney MacEwan
  • 1942 Birth of Canadian bass-baritone Allan Monk in Mission City B C. Debut Bob in Old Maid & Thief 1967 Teachers, Boris Goldovsky, Elgar Higgin Created Abelard in Heloise and Abelard (Wilson)
  • 1943 FP of John Moeran's Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra in London.
  • 1944 Birth of Canadian mezzo-soprano Lyn Vernon.
  • 1944 Death of English conductor Sir Henry Wood, in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Was conductor of the Proms concerts 1895-1944. b-London, 3 MAR 1869.
  • 1947 Birth of American conductor and trumpeter Gerard SCHWARZ, in Weehawkin, NJ. Became music director of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 1978 and Seattle Symphony in 1983.
  • 1952 FP of Alberto Ginastera's ballet Estancia in Buenos Aires.
  • 1957 FP of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story in Washington D.C.
  • 1961 Birth of Dutch composer Johan S. Riphagen in Voorburg.
  • 1961 FP of Peggy Glanville-Hicks' opera Nausicaa in Athens.
  • 1963 Birth of Welsh soprano Rebecca EVANS.
  • 1988 FP of Lutoslawski's Piano Concerto, at the Salzburg Festival in Austria.
  • 1990 Last concert appearance before death of Leonard Bernstein. He conducts the Boston Symphony in Britten's Three Sea Interludes from 'Peter Grimes' and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. Also at this Tanglewood concert, Carl St. Clair conducted a performance of Bernstein's Arias and Barcarolles orchestrated by Bright Sheng.
  • 1995 Death of French composer Pierre Schaeffer in Les Milles. b-Nancy, 14 AUG 1910.
  • 1997 Death of Belgian tenor and coach Frederic Anspach. Born 25 Jun 1908 in Belgium.  Died 19 Aug 1977 Pupils, Jules Bastin, Julien Haas, Jose Van Dam
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