Today in classical music history August 2

  • 1445 Death of Burg Hauenstein, a Minnesinger, who composed songs in counterpoint. World traveler, Europe, Asia and Africa.
  • 1774 FP of Gluck's 'Orphee' an altered French version of his opera Orfeo ed Euridice, in Paris.
  • 1775 Birth of composer Jose Angel Lamas
  • 1780 Birth of French bass Henri Etienne Derivis in Alby. d-1 Feb 1856. Debut as Sarastro in Zauberflote (Mozart) 11 Feb 1803. Teachers were Richer, Leonard Hermann-Leon. Created Mahomet II in Siege of Corinth (Rossini). Antigone in Olympie (Spontini). Pontifex Maximus in Vestale (Spontini). High Priest in Fernando Cortez (Spontini). Alemar in Abencerages (Cherubini).
  • 1827 Death of English-American composer James Hewitt at age 57, in Boston.
  • 1854 Birth of baritone Pavel Khokhlov in Ustye. d-20 Sep 1919. Debut as Valentin in Faust (Gounod) 3 Mar 1879. Teachers were Alexandra Alexandrova Kochetov, Yuri Arnold.
  • 1855 Birth of Dutch mezzo-soprano Cornelie Van Zanten in Dordrecht Netherlands. d-10 Jan 1946. Debut as Leonora in Favorita (Donizetti) 1875. Teachers were Geul, Francesco Lamperti, Carl Schneider Pupils Julia Culp, Tilly Koenen, Henk Noort, Willem Ravelli Jo Vincent, Thomas Denijs, Jacques Urlus
  • 1858 Birth of Dutch composer Catharina Van RENNES in Utrecht. d-Amsterdam, 23 NOV 1940.
  • 1881 Birth of composer Stanislaw Kazuro
  • 1884 Birth of Swedish soprano Nanny LARSEN-TODSEN in Hagby. MET Opera, 1924-28. d- Stockholm, 26 MAY 1982. Debut as Agathe in Freischutz (Weber) 1906. Teacher was Oskar Lejdstrom. Pupils were Siw Ericsdotter, Barbro Ericson, Anders Naslund.
  • 1885 Birth of Polish soprano Claire Dux in Witkowicz. d-8 Oct 1967. Debut as Pamina in Zauberflote (Mozart) 1907. Teachers were Teresa Arkel, Adolf Deppe, Maria Schwadtke. Created Martha in Rappelkopf (Blech).
  • 1888 Birth of composer Oscar RASBACH. d-1975.
  • 1890 Birth of composer Pauline Hall
  • 1891 Birth of English composer Sir Arthur Edward Drummond BLISS in London. Master of the Queen's Musick 1953-75. Musical director of the BBC during World War II. d-London, 27 MAR 1975.
  • 1891 Birth of composer Mihail Jora
  • 1900 Birth of Dutch conductor and composer Marinus Adam
  • 1902 Death of Austrian composer Rudolf Bibl in Vienna. b-Vienna, 6 JAN 1832.
  • 1905 Birth of German composer Karl Amadeus HARTMANN, in Munich. d-Munich, 5 DEC 1963.
  • 1906 Birth of American composer Milton ROSEN in Tonkers, NY. d-1994.
  • 1912 Birth of baritone Richard Standen in Bolton. d-16 Sep 1987. Teacher was Walter Hyde. Pupil was Alastair Miles.
  • 1914 Birth of composer Felix Leclerc
  • 1916 Birth of German tenor Hans Hopf in Nurenberg. d-25 Jun 1993. Debut as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (Puccini) 1936. Teachers were Paul Bender, Ragnvald Bjarne.
  • 1921 Death of Italian tenor Enrico (Errico) Caruso in Naples at age of 48. b-Naples, 27 FEB 1873. Debut in L'Amico Francesco (Morelli) 16 Nov 1894. Teachers were Carolina Ferni, Vincenzo Lombardi, Guglielmo Vergine. Pupil was Riccardo Martin. Created Frederick Loewe in Germania (Franchetti). Loris Ipanov in Fedora (Giordano). Dick Johnson in Fanciulla del West (Puccini). Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea). Federico in Arlesiana (Cilea).
  • 1923 First festival of the International Society for Contemporary Music in Salzburg. Chamber music by Berg, Bartok and Schonberg.
  • 1931 Birth of American pianist and composer Phillipa Duke SCHUYLER in Harlem, NY. d-1967.
  • 1931 (?)Birth of English baritone John (Stanton) SHIRLEY-QUIRK in Liverpool.
  • 1931 Birth of composer Henryck Schiller
  • 1932 Birth of American composer Marvin David LEVY in Passaic, NJ.
  • 1935 Birth of composer John MacIvor Perkins
  • 1936 Birth of English composer and critic Anthony Edward PAYNE in London.
  • 1937 Birth of German soprano Gundula JANOWITZ in Berlin. Debut as Barbarina in Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) 8 Feb 1960. Teacher was Hubert Thony.
  • 1938 Birth of Japanese tenor Katsuumi Niwa in Yokohama. Debut as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (Puccini) 1967. Teachers were Yoshiko Fukuzawa, Takeshi Isogaya, Lotte Lehmann, Jan Popper, Jennie Tourel.
  • 1938 Birth of American baritone Allen Cathcart in Baltimore. Debut as Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart) 1961. Teachers were Boris Goldovsky, Jan Popper.
  • 1941 Birth of German soprano Hannelore Bode in Berlin. Debut 1964. Teachers were Ria Schmitz-Gohr, Fred Husler.
  • 1943 Birth of bass Thomas Thomaschke in Pirna. Debut as Sacristan in Tosca (Puccini) 1963. Teacher was Harry Schwikkardi. Created Man in Versuchung (Tal).
  • 1945 Death of Italian composer Pietro Mascagni in Rome at age 81. b-Livorno, 7 DEC 1863.
  • 1945 Death of Austrian conductor and composer Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek in Berlin at age 85. b-Vienna, 4 MAY 1860.
  • 1948 Birth of English tenor Peter Jeffes in London. Debut as Caramello in Night in Venice (Strauss) 1977. Teachers were Mark Raphael, Paolo Silveri. Created Hans in Docteur Faustus (Boehmer).
  • 1952 Birth of American composer Richard Einhorn.
  • 1955 Birth of American composer and theorist John MacIvor PERKINS. Associate Professor. MFA, Brandeis University. Award from American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
  • 1964 Birth of American composer Gary NASH in Flint, MI.
  • 1964 FP of Vincent Persichetti's Piano Concerto, at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.
  • 1967 Birth of American composer Steven BURKE.
  • 1968 Death of Australian bass Richard Watson in Adelaide. d-2 Aug 1968. Debut as Timur in Turandot (Puccini). Created Priest in Serf (Lloyd).
  • 1973 Birth of American composer Karissa KRENZ. Sardonic composer of politically oriented tape and vocal pieces.
  • 1973 Birth of American composer Kurt DOLES.
  • 1973 Death of Italian soprano Rosetta Pampanini. b-Milan, 2 Sep 1896. Debut as Micaela in Carmen (Bizet) 1920. Teacher was Emma Molajoli. Pupils were Amy Shuard, Victoria Elliott. Sang in the FP of Delitto e Castigo (Pedrollo). Thien Hoa (Bianchini).
  • 1974 Death of English pianist Cyril James Smith in London at age 65. b-Middlesbrough, 11 AUG 1909.
  • 1978 Death of Mexican composer Carlos Chavez in Mexico City at age 79. b-nr. Mexico City, 13 JUN 1899.
  • 1990 FP of David Matthews' Romanza for cello and small orchestra. Mstislav Rostropovich, soloist. English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Raymond Leppard, Buckingham Palace ballroom in London. Composed for the 90th birthday of HM Queen Mother, Elisabeth.
  • 1990 FP of Patrick Gowers' Suite for solo violin and chamber orchestra. José-Luis Garcia soloist. English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Raymond Leppard, Buckingham Palace ballroom in London. Composed for the 90th birthday of HM Queen Mother, Elisabeth.
  • 1990 FP of Patrick Doyle's The Thistle and the Rose. Maria McLaughlin, soprano. English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Raymond Leppard, Buckingham Palace ballroom in London. Composed for the 90th birthday of HM Queen Mother, Elisabeth.
  • 1993 FP of John Harbison's Three City Blocks for symphonic band. U.S. Air Force Band, Lt. Col. Alan Bonner conducting in Fort Smith, AR.
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