Today in classical music history August 25


  • 1625(?)Birth of English conductor and violinist John BANISTER in London. d-London, 3 OCT 1679. Pioneered the public concert.
  • 1718 Birth of composer Johann Jacob Rowalt
  • 1742 Death of Portuguese composer and organist José Antonio Carlos de Seixas at age 38, in Lisbon. b-Coimbra, 11 JUN 1704.
  • 1758 Birth of composer Franz Teyber, composer
  • 1774 Death of Italian opera composer Niccolò Jommelli at age 59, in Naples. b-Aversa, 10 SEP 1714.
  • 1783 FP of Mozart's Mass in c, K. 427 at St. Peters Church in Salzburg, Austria.
  • 1811 Birth of German composer August Gottfried RITTER in Erfurt. d-Magdeburg, 1885.
  • 1817 Birth of German organist and conductor Friedrich STADE in Halle. d-Altenberg, 24 MAR 1902.
  • 1818 Death of English soprano Elizabeth Billington at age 53, Near Venice. Mother studied with J.C. Bach. b-London, 27 DEC 1765. Debut as Polly in Beggar's Opera (Pepusch) 1783 Teachers, Johann Christian Bach, James Billington (husband) Venanzio Rauzzini, Antonio Sacchini Created Ceres in Ratto di Prosperina (Winter) Sang in premiere of Inez di Castro (Bianchi) Fernando nel Messico (Portugallo)
  • 1830 FP of Auber's opera Masaniello in Brussels. It starts political riots leading to expulsion of Dutch and 1830 Belgian Revolution.
  • 1870 Richard Wagner marries Cosima Liszt von Bulow. Liszt timeline.
  • 1880 Birth of Austrian composer Robert STOLTZ in Gratz. d-Berlin, 27 JUN 1975. Fled Germany in 1936, but not before he helped smuggle numerous Jews out of the clutches of the Nazis. Forced to leave Austria, he composed a funeral march for Hitler at the time was very much alive. Operettas, "Die lustigen Weiber von Vienna" (1909); "Das Glücksmüdel" (1910); "Das Lumperl" (1915); "Der Favorit" (Belin, 1916); "Lang, lang, ist's her" (Vienna, 1917); "Das Sperrsechserl" (Vienna, 1920); "Die Tanzgräfin" (Vienna, 1921); "Der Tanz ins Glück" (Vienna, 1921); "Mädi" (Berlin, 1923); "Ein Ballroman, oder Der Kavalier von zehn bis vier" (Vienna, 1924); "Eine einzige Nacht" (Vienna, 1927); "Peppina" (1931); "Wenn die kleinen Veilchen blühen" (Den Haag, 1932); "Venus im Seide" (Zürich, 1932); "Der verlorene Walzer" (Zürich, 1933); "2 Herzen im 3/4 Takt" (Zürich, 1933); "Grüzi" (1934); "Frühling im Prater" (Vienna, 1949); "Karneval in Vienna" (1950). "Trauminsel" (Bregenz, 1962); "Frühjahrsparade" (Vienna, 1964).
  • 1880 Birth of Italian soprano Rina Giachetti, in Florence. d. nr. Florence, June 1, 1959
  • 1881 Birth of American soprano Yvonne de TREVILLE (Eydith La Gierse) in Galveston, TX. d-NYC, 25 JAN 1954. Debut 1897 Teacher, Mathilde Marchesi
  • 1884 Birth of FERRARI-TRECATE: Luigi (com/opera) It. b. Alessandria, Piedmont, Aug. 25, 1884; d. Rome, Apr. 17, 1964: Opera: "Ciottolino" (Rome, 1922); "Pierozzo" (Alessandria, 1922, lost); "La bella e il mostro" (Milan, 1926); "Le astuzie di Bertoldo" (Genoa, 1934); "Ghirlino" (Milan, 1940); "L'orso re" (Milan, 1950); "Buricchio" (Bologna, 1948); "La capanna dello zio Tom" (Parma, 1953); "Il ragazzo dei palloncini" (1959); "La fantasia tragica" (Lost); "Lo spaventapasseri" (1963, Lost).
  • 1887 Birth of Norwegian composer and organist Olav Fartein VALEN in Stavenger. d-Haugesun, 14 DEC 1952.
  • 1890 FP of PLANQUETTE: "Captain Thérèse " London (1890)
  • 1891 Birth of Russian-American violinist Samuel GARDNER in Elizabethgrad. d-NYC, 23 JAN 1984.
  • 1891 Birth of composer Luis Iruarrizaga Aguirre
  • 1893 Birth of Russian bass Maxim Mikhailov, in Kazan. d. Moscow, Mar. 30, 1971. aka  Mikhailov Dormidontovich. Teachers, F A Oshustovich, V Osipov
  • 1896 Birth of Swiss mezzo-soprano Johanna Egli, Johanna in Frauenfeld. d. Münch, Nov. 1973. Teachers, Georg Walter, Hauseggar, Proksch
  • 1897 Birth of Czech composer Jaroslav RIDKY in Františkov. d-Podebrady, 14 AUG 1956. Was member of the Czech Philarmonic.
  • 1900 Death of German poet Friedrich Nietzsche in Weimar. b-Röcken, Prussia, 15 OCT 1844.
  • 1902 Birth of German-American composer Stefan WOLPE in Berlin. d-NYC, 4 APR 1972.
  • 1904 Birth of composer Undine Smith MOORE. d-1990.
  • 1908 Birth of German soprano Walburga Wegner in Cologne. Died 25 Feb 1993 Debut as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly (Puccini) 1940 Teachers, Clemens Glettenburg, Maria Philippi
  • 1909 Birth of Welsh conductor and organist Arwel HUGHES in Rhosllanerchrugog. d-Cardiff, 24 SEP 1988. Father of British conductor Owain Arwel Hughes.
  • 1909 Birth of English soprano, teacher and librettist, Nell MOODY.
  • 1911 Birth of composer Jacopo Napoli
  • 1914 Birth of Russian-American composer Alexei HAIEFF in Blagoveschensk, Siberia.
  • 1915 Birth of German violist Walter TRAMPLER in Munich. Long time member of the Beaux Arts Trio. He played violin in the Boston Symphony before founding the New Music String Quartet (1947-56), violist. He taught at Juilliard and Boston University. d-SEP 1997.Obituary.
  • 1918 Birth of American composer-conductor Leonard BERNSTEIN in Lawrence MA, d-NYC, 14 OCT 1990.
  • 1926 Birth of American bass Herbert Beattie. He has sung with The San Francisco, New York City, and the Central City Opera Companies. Central City, CO, Boheme, Girl of The Golden West (1962); Don Giovani (1963); Buterfly & Lady From Colorado (1964); Barber of Saville (1965); Italian Girl in Algiers and Ballad of Baby Doe (1966). He sang on television as [Andrew Borden] in the NET television production of "Lizzie Borden." Debut as Douphol in Traviata (Verdi) 1958 Teachers, Josef Krips, John Wilcox Created Andrew Borden in Lizzie Borden (Beeson)
  • 1928 Birth of American composer Karl KORTE.
  • 1934 Birth of American soprano Nancy Tatum, in Memphis. MET: Début: Oct. 4, 1974 [Turandot] Turandot, 1 season (1974-75) 1 perf., 1 work. Debut as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) 1962 Teachers, Samuel Margolis, Wiley Tatum, Zelma Lee Thomas
  • 1937 Birth of Americann bass-baritone Charles Tassel, in New York.
  • 1939 Birth of American composer Robert JAGER in Binghampton, NY.
  • 1939 Death of French soprano Genevieve Vix. Born 1879 in Paris. Debut as Aphrodit in Aphrodite (Erlanger) 1906 Created Concepcion in Heure Espagnol (Ravel)
  • 1940 Birth of Belgian bass-baritone Jose (Joseph) VAN DAM in Brussels. MET Opera Début Nov. 21, 1975 [Escamillo] Carmen, 9 seasons, 64 perf 8 works, 11 roles. Debut as Basilio in Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) 1960 Teacher, Frederic Anspach, Antoine Bernheim Created St Francois in St Francois d'Assise (Messiaen)
  • 1947 (28th)Birth of Austrian conductor Gustav KUHN in Turrach.
  • 1948 FP of H. W. Henze's Symphony No. 1 at Bad Pyrmont.
  • 1952 Birth of American composer and conductor Ronald FOSTER.
  • 1959 Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic in Moscow on his 41st birthday. Performing Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and Ives' The Unanswered Question.
  • 1962 Birth of American composer Jamie ALLEN in London, England.
  • 1969 Birth of American composer and pianist Michael KINNEY in St. Paul, MN.
  • 1972 Death of Argentinian composer Juan Carlos Paz in Buenos Aires. b-Buenos Aires, 5 AUG 1901.
  • 1978 FP of Ned Rorem's Sunday Morning. Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy at the orchestra's summer home in Saratoga Springs, NY.
  • 2002 Death of American bass-baritone William Warfield Performed theater works and oratorios. He was best known for his role of Porgy in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. He was born in West Helena, Arkansas 22 JAN 1920. He died in Chicago. ~ age 82. NY Times ObituaryCD-Porgy & Bess: High Performance
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