Today in classical music history August 29

  • 1661 Death of French composer, harpsichordist and organist Louis Couperin in Paris at age 35. b-Chaumes, c. 1626.
  • 1664 Death of Edward Coleman Tenor Born 27 Apr 1622 London Died 29 Aug 1664 Debut as Alphonse in Siege of Rhodes (Lawes) World Premiere
  • 1720 (JC, GC=9 SEP)FP of G. F. Handel's oratorio Esther at 'Canons' the county seat of the Duke of Chandos.
  • 1773 Birth of musicologist Raphael Georg KIESEWETTER in Moravia. Collected ancient scores. d-Baden, 1 JAN 1850.
  • 1853 FP of Josef Strauss' The First and the Last Waltz, which was his first composition, at Unger's Casino in Hernals, Austria. Performed by the Johann Strauss Orchestra, conducted by the composer who was conducting the family orchestra due to the sickness of his older brother, Johann Strauss, Jr.
  • 1855 Birth of Austrian conductor Emil PAUR in Bukovina. Boston Symphony from 1893. NY Philharmonic from 1898. Pittsburgh Symphony 1904 to 1910. d-Mistek, Bohemia, 7 JUN 1932.
  • 1868 Birth of French oboist, conductor, music educator and composer Georges LONGY (LON' gee) in Abbeville. Played first chair in the Boston SO and established a music school now in Cambridge MA. d-Moreuil, 29 MAR 1930.
  • 1872 Birth of Russian-American violinist Michael PRESS in Vilna. American teacher from 1922.
  • 1876 Birth of Lucien Muratore Tenor Born 29 Aug 1876 Marseilles Died 16 July 1954 Debut as King in Carmelite (Hahn) 1846 Teacher, Emma Calve Pupil, Charles Fontaine Created Prinzivalle in Monna Vanna (Fevrier) Thesee in Ariane (Massenet) Bacchus in Bacchus (Massenet) Lentulus in Roma (Massenet) Louis IV in Carmelite (Hahn) Edmond in Muguette (Missa)
  • 1876 Death of French composer Félicien-César David in St. Germain-en-Laye. b-Cadenet, 13 APR 1810.
  • 1881 Birth of Swedish composer Edvin KALLSTENIUS in Filipstad. d-Stocksund, 22 NOV 1967.
  • 1890 Birth of Chilean composer Adolfo Allende-Saron (Seron) in Santiago. d-Santiago, 1966. Brother of composer Humburto Allende-Saron (Seron).
  • 1897 Birth of Danish tenor Helge ROSWAENGE in Copenhagen. d-Munich, 19 JUN 1972. Debut as Don Jose in Carmen (Bizet) May 1921 Pupils, Peter Gougaloff, Camillo Meghor, Hans Hassen
  • 1905 Birth of composer Lan Adomian
  • 1910 Birth of composer Robert Pineda-Duque
  • 1915 Birth of Alvinio Misciano Tenor Born 29 Aug 1915 Narni Died 10 Jan 1997 Debut as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) 1946 Teachers, Mario Basiola, Gino Scolari, Riccardo Stracciari Pupil, Luciano Pavarotti Created Vasca in Albergo dei Poveri (Testi) Sang in premiere of Dialogues des Carmelites (Poulenc) Buon Soldato Svejk (Turchi) Linguaggio dei Fiori (Rossellini)
  • 1920 Birth of American music critic, teacher and composer Lester Albert TRIMBLE in Bangor, WI. d-NYC, 31 DEC 1986.
  • 1922 Birth of composer Yorgos Sicilianos
  • 1923 Birth of composer Lester Albert Trimble
  • 1928 Birth of American baritone Thomas STEWART in San Saba, TX. Debut as La Roche in Capriccio (Strauss) 1954 Teachers:- Daniel Ferro, Mack Harrell, Robert Hopkins, Jaro Prohaska Created Emil Roszak in Minutes till Midnight (Ward) Dioneo in Panfilo and Laurette (Chavez) Sang in premiere of Rosamunde Floris (Blacher)
  • 1928 Death of composer French Gabriel Prosper Marie in Puigcerdá, Spain. b-Paris, 8 JAN 1852. La Cinquantaine is his best-known work.
  • 1934 Birth of composer Jean-Pierre Guezek
  • 1936 Birth of French composer and conductor Gilbert AMY in Paris.
  • 1936 Birth of Michele Molese Tenor Born 29 Aug 1836 New York Died 6 July 1989 Debut as Fritz in L'Amico Fritz (Mascagni) 1956 Teachers:- Emilio Piccoli, Francesco Merli Created Kodanda in Last Savage (Menotti) Sang in premiere of Madre (Hollingworth)
  • 1940 Death od Belgian pianist and composer Arthur de Greef in Brussels. b-Louvain, 10 OCT 1862.
  • 1943 Birth of English contralto Anne COLLINS in Durham Debut as Governess in Pique Dame (Tchaikovsky) 1970 Teachers:- Oda Slobodskaya, Meriel St Clair Created Nurse & Old Woman in Ines de Castro (MacMillan)
  • 1946 (28th?) Birth of Italian mezzo-soprano Lucia Valentini TERRANI. d-1998.
  • 1947 Death of Lilian Blauvelt Soprano Born 16 Mar 1873 Brooklyn Died 29 Aug 1947 Debut as Mireille in Mireille (Gounod) 1893 Teacher :- Jacques Bouhy Created Xenia in Xenia (Blauvet)
  • 1952 FP of John Cage's 4:33 for any instrument, in Woodstock, NY.
  • 1953 Birth of American composer William COPPER in Lyndhurst, VA.
  • 1955 Birth of American composer and vocalist Diamanda GALAS in San Diego, CA.
  • 1960 Birth of American composer William SUSSMAN in Chicago, IL.
  • 1964 Birth of American composer Kevin WALCZYK.
  • 1972 Death of Polish born French composer and conductor, René Leibowitz at age 59, in Paris. b-Warsaw, 17 FEB 1913.
  • 1981 FP of Stephen Paulus' Courtship Songs for flute, oboe, cello and piano, in St. Paul, MN.
  • 1995 FP of Kaija Saariaho's Graal Théàtre for violin and orchestra, by the BBC Symphony, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Gidon Kremer the soloist in London.
  • 1996 Death of Dutch composer Tera de Marez Oyens in Hilversum. b-Velzen, 5 AUG 1932.
  • 2000 FP of Wolfgang Rihm's Deus Passus after St. Luke. Gächinger Kantorei and Stuttgart Bach Collegium, conducted by Helmut Rilling at International Bach Academy in Stuttgart. For the 250th anniversary of Bach's death in the year 2000. One of four passion settings commissioned by the International Bach Academy.
  • 2003 FP of Michael Nyman's Violin Concerto. Gidon Kremer with Schleswig-Holstien Festival Orchestra/Dennis Russel Davies, Hamburg, Germany.
  • 2004 Death of Dutch conductor Hans Vonk in Amsterdam. b-Amsterdam, 18 JUN 1941. Obituary.
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