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Today in classical music history August 21

  • 1627 Death of French composer and lutenist Jacques Mauduit in Paris. b-Paris, 16 SEP 1557.
  • 1642 Birth of composer Johann Friedrich Treiber
  • 1689 Birth of composer Jose Pradas Gallen
  • 1698 Birth of Italian violin maker Giuseppe Antonio GUARNERI in Cremona. d-Cremona, 17 OCT 1744.
  • 1751 Birth of composer Johann Georg Witthauer
  • 1800 FP by The U.S. Marine Band in Washington, D.C.
  • 1806 Birth of composer Johannes Frederick Frohlich
  • 1809 Birth of composer Francesco Schira
  • 1812 Birth of Austrian waltz composer Ludwig MORELLY.
  • 1825 Birth of English composer and pianist Kate Fanny LODER in Bath. d-Headley, Surrey, 30 AUG 1904.
  • 1829 Birth of German conductor Otto GOLDSCHMIDT in Hamburg, who conducted for Jenny Lind in Europe and America. d-London, 24 FEB 1907. Search for Otto GOLDSCHMIDT
  • 1830 FP of ADAM: "Trois jours en une heure" Paris.
  • 1835 Birth of Belgian writer Jerome van WILDER nr Ghent, biographer of Mozart and Beethoven. d-Paris, 8 SEP 1892.
  • 1836 FP of DONIZETTI: "Betly, La capanna svizzera" Naples.
  • 1837 FP of BARNET: "The Little Laundress" London.
  • 1852 Birth of composer Benedetto Junck
  • 1871 Birth of Italian soprano Angelica Pandolfini,  in Spoleto. d-Lenno, Lake Como, July 15, 1959. Her début was in 1894 at the civic theatre in Modena as Marguerite in Faust. In 1897 she appeared at La Scala where she sang Mimi in the Scala première of Bohème. On November 6, 1902 she created the part of Adriana Lecouvreur in the world première of Cilea's opera. She made few records but did record "Io son l'umile ancella". I doubt she ever sang Orestes in Elektra, which is a baritone role. Teacher, Massart Pupils, Mireille Berthon, Georges Thill Created Adriana Lecouvreur in Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea)
  • 1892 Birth of American soprano Luella Melius, in Appleton, WI.
  • 1893 Birth of French composer Juliette Marie Olga Lili BOULANGER in Paris. Prolific composer in her short life of 25 years. Sister of teacher Nadia. d-Paris, 15 MAR 1918.
  • 1896 Birth of American soprano Queena MARIO in Akron, Ohio. d-NYC, 28 MAY 1951. m-1925-28, conductor Wilfred Pelletier (1925- 36). She took over Mme. Sembrich’s classes at the Curtis Institute, and also taught at the Julliard School of Music. Wrote mystery novels. MET début, 30 NOV 1922 as Micaela in Carmen, (1922-39). MET: Début: Nov. 30, 1922 [Micaela] Carmen, 17 seasons (1922-39) 345 perf., 27 roles, 25 works. Debut as Olympia in Contes D'Hoffmann (Offenbach) 1918 Teachers, Oscar Saenger, Marcella Sembrich Pupils, Rose Bampton, Francis Bible, Helen Jepson Lucy Monroe, William McGrath
  • 1898 Birth of English born American organist and choral conductor Hugh ROSS in Langport. In 1927 at the Schola Cantorum in NYC. d-NYC, 20 JAN 1990.
  • 1899 Birth of baritone Joachim Sattler, in Affoltersbach. d. July 15, 1984. Debut as Claudio in Liebersverbot (Wagner) Teacher, Karl Beines Pupil, Hans Schutz
  • 1902 Birth of Italian opera conductor Renato Fasano, in Naples. d. N.Y. Aug. 6, 1979: Founder of the Virtuose di Roma.
  • 1903 Birth of composer Yannis Constantinidis
  • 1906 Birth of composer Joachim Homs
  • 1909 Birth of American composer John HAUSERMANN. d-1986.
  • 1919 Birth of Canadian-English composer, violinist and harmonica virtuoso Tommy REILLY.
  • 1924 FP of BOUGHTON: "The Queen of Cornwall" Glastonbury.
  • 1925 FP of FRIML: "The Vagabond King" New York.
  • 1926 Birth of Scottish composer James Brian BONSOR in Hawick.
  • 1926 Birth of composer Ben-Zion Orgad
  • 1927 Birth of German composer Wilhelm KILLMAYER in Munich.
  • 1928 Birth of composer Zdenek Lukas
  • 1931 Birth of American choral conductor and composer Gregg SMITH in Chicago. Gregg Smith Singers
  • 1932 Death of English composer Frederick Corder in London. b-London, 26 JAN 1852.



  • 1933 Birth of English mezzo-soprano Dame Janet BAKER in Hatfield, Yorkshire, England. Debut as Roza in Secret (Smetana) 1956 Teachers, Helen Isepp, Lotte Lehmann, Meriel St Clair Pupil, Amanda Boyd Created Kate in Owen Wingrave (Britten)
  • 1940 Death of Russian composer Paul Juon in Vevey, Switzerland. b-Moscow, 6 MAR 1872.
  • 1944 Dumbarton Oaks conference opens in Washington D.C. which led to establishment of the United Nations. Some years earlier Igor Stravinsky was commissioned by Mr and Mrs Robert Woods of 'Dumbarton Oaks' Washington D.C. to write a modern concerto. In 1938 the Dumbarton Oaks of Stravinsky: Works for Chamber Orchestra (concerto) was premiered there under the direction pof Nadia Boulanger. Her sister Lily, by the way, was born on this day in 1893.
  • 1946 Birth of Dutch composer Ivar DANIELSEN in Copenhagen.
  • 1951 Birth of American tenor Michael Sylvester, in Noblesville, IN.
  • 1951 Death of English composer Constant Lambert in London. b-London, 23 AUG 1905.
  • 1957 Birth of Swedish composer Karin REHNQUIST in Stockholm.
  • 1958 Birth of American bass-baritone Monte Pederson in Sunnyside, WA. d. Kreuth, Ger., Nov. 6, 2001. MET: Début Feb. 19, 1999 [Orest] Elektra, 1-season, 4-perf. in 1-Role.
  • 1958 Death of choral director Walter Schumann at age 44 in Minneapolis. b-NYC, 8 OCT 1913.
  • 1963 Birth of American composer Elena Louise RUEHR.
  • 1964 Birth of American composer Lansing D. McLOSKEY.
  • 1966 FP of Paul Creston's Pavane Variations at the La Jolla Music Festival in CA.
  • 1974 Birth of Japanese-American composer Koji NAKANO in Tokyo Japan.
  • 1980 Debut of American pop singer Linda Ronstadt, of Tucson, on Broadway in a production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance.
  • 1993 Death of American mezzo-soprano Tatiana Troyanos. Born 12 Sep 1938 New York. Debut as Hippolyta in Midsummer Night's Dream (Britten) 1963 Teacher :- Hans Heinz Created Monna Vanna in Monna Vanna (Rachmaninov) Mother Jeanne in Devils of Loudon (Penderecki) Isabella in Voyage (Glass)
  • 1999 Death of Argentinian composer Juan Carlos Zorzi in Buenos Aires. b-Buenos Aires, 1936.
  • 2000 Death of French soprano Lillian Grandval. b. Frankfurt, 1904. She studied at the Paris conservatory. She appeared as Mimi in Puccini's La Bohème opposite Jan Kiepura and Giacomo Lauri-Volpi. Sang in Belgium, Monaco, Switzerland, Luxemburg and Lithuania. She appeared in the Sacha Guitry movie 'Les Perles de la Couronne' and recorded for Pathe. Retired in 1953. Some of her most well known roles are: Manon, Mignon [Philline], Mireille, Louise, Carmen [Micaela], La Traviata, Bohème, Falstaff [Alice], Rigoletto [Gilda], Le roi d'Ys [Rosenn], Valses de Vienne, Butterfly, Romeo et Juliette, La Basoche [Marie], Les Contes d'Hoffman (three soprano roles), and Fortunio [Jacqueline]. Debut as Queen in Pre aux Clercs (Herold) Teachers, Thomas Salignac, Leon Berton
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