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September 24 Today in classical music history

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  • 1645 Death of British composer William Lawes in Chester. b-Salisbury, 1 MAY 1602.

  • 1667 Birth of composer Jean-Louis Lully

  • 1735 FP of HASSE: "Tito Vespasiano" [La clemenza di Tito] Dresden.

  • 1748 Birth of composer Philipp Meissner

  • 1754 FP of GLUCK: "Le Cinesi" Vienna (1754).

  • 1779 FP of GLUCK: "Echo et Narcisse" Paris (1779).

  • 1782 FP of EDELMANN: "Ariane dans l'isle de Noxos" drame lyrique, Paris (1782).

  • 1806 Birth of Irish composer and pianist George Alexander OSBORNE in Limerick. d-London, 16 NOV 1893.

  • 1813 Death of Belgian-born French composer André Grétry at age 72, in Montmorency, France. b-Liège, 8 FEB 1741.

  • 1773 Birth of composer Johann Philipp Christian Schulz

  • 1806 Birth of composer George Alexander Osborne

  • 1819 FP of ROSSINI: "La Donna del largo" Naples (1819).

  • 1838 Death of French clarinetist, bassoonist and composer Friedrich Berr in Paris. b-Mannheim, 17 APR 1794.

  • 1859 Birth of composer Julius Klengel, cellist

  • 1863 Birth of American bandmaster William Henry SANTELMANN in Offensen, Germany. d-Washington, DC 17 DEC 1932.

  • 1879 Birth of Swedish soprano Signe Von Rappe, in Stockholm. d. May 21, 1974

  • 1885 Birth of Estonian composer Arthur LEMBA.

  • 1888 Birth of English baritone Summer Austin in London. d. ????:

  • 1891 Death of Austrian soprano Marie Wilt. Friend of Brahms.

  • 1891 Birth of Swedish soprano Karin Branzell. d. Altadena CA, Dec. 15, 1974: MET: Début: Feb. 6, 1924 [Fricka] Die Walküre, 22 seasons (1923-44, 50-51) 413 perf., 18 works 21 roles.

  • 1892 Death of Irish-American bandmaster and composer Patrick Gilmore in St. Louis. (When Johnny Comes Marching Home, 1863). b-Ballygar, County Galway, 25 DEC 1829.

  • 1892 FP of SULLIVAN: "Hadden Hall" London (1892).

  • 1893 Birth of Spanish composer Rafael MILLAN.

  • 1899 Birth of composer Eduardo Hernandez Moncada

  • 1904 Birth of composer Cemal Resit Rey

  • 1907 Birth of composer Pierre Moulaert

  • 1906 FP of Victor Herbert's The Red Mill. NYC, Knickerbocker Theater.

  • 1907 Birth of American conductor and pianist Edwin McARTHUR in Denver, CO. d-17 FEB 1987. Studied at Julliard and made his conducting début with the Chicago Opera, Lohengrin in 1938. Led the Harrisburg, PA, Symphony (1950-1972. Was the music director for the St. Louis Municipal Opera, for twenty-three years. His MET Opera début on 17 FEB 1941, Tristan und Isolde, 2 seasons (1939-41) 6 performances. Was accompanist with Kirsten Flagstad from 1935-1955.

  • 1907 Birth of Italian soprano Lina Bruna Rasa, nr. Padua. d. Milan Oct. 1984

  • 1909 (JC, GC=7 OCT) FP of N. Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Golden Cockerel. Performed posthumously, in Moscow.

  • 1910 - Birth of composer Frank Pelleg, composer

  • 1910 Birth of Czech composer Vaclav NELHYBEL in Polanka, Czechoslovakia. d-Scranton, PA. 22 MAR 1996.

  • 1910 Death of composer Rudolf Dellinger.

  • 1913 Birth of German bass Maax Proebstl, in Munich. d. Nov. 19, 1979

  • 1914 Birth of Polish composer Andrzej PANUFNIK in Warsaw. d-Twickenham 27 OCT 1991.

  • 1919 Birth of Czech composer Vaclav NELHYBEL in Polanka.

  • 1921 Birth of American composer Robert MOLS.

  • 1921 Birth of composer Leonardo Lopez Salzedo

  • 1922 Birth of American baritone Cornell MacNEIL in Minneapolis. MET: Début: Mar. 21, 1959, Rigoletto, 30 seasons (1958-88) 639 perf., 26 works. d-15 July 2011

  • 1922 Birth of Italian baritone Ettore Bastianini, in Siena. d. Sirmione, 25 Jan 1967: MET Début: Dec. 5, 1953 [Germont] La Traviata, 7 seasons (1953-57, 1959-60, 1964-66) 87 perf., 11 roles. BIO.

  • 1925 Birth of Italian tenor Florindo Andreolli, in Adria. d. Apr. 18, 1995.

  • 1927 Birth of American composer Richard SWIFT in Middlepoint, OH.

  • 1927 Birth of Spanish tenor Alfredo KRAUS in Palmas, Canary Islands, of Austrian descent. d-Madrid, 10 SEP 1999. Obit. MET: Début: Feb. 16, 1966 [Duke] Rigoletto, 19 seasons (1965-68, 70-73, 78-79, 82-85, 86-93, 94-96) 134 perf., 12 works.

  • 1928 Birth of German composer Karl HAUS in Schweinfurt.

  • 1930 Birth of opera singer Edgar Waehlte.

  • 1934 Birth of American composer and music professor Fisher TULL. d-Huntsville, TX 23 AUG 1994.

  • 1936 Birth of German baritone Marion Lippert, in Munich. MET Debut: Oct. 3, 1968 [Turandot] Turandot, 3 seasons (1968-70, 73-74) 25 perf., 4 works.

  • 1937 Birth of Puerto Rican baritone Pablo Elvira, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. d. Bozeman, Montana, Feb. 5, 2000: MET: Début: Mar.22, 1978 [Rigoletto] Rigoletto, 10 seasons (1977-78, 79-85, 87-90) 117 perf. 13 roles Pablo ELVIRA. d- 7 FEB 2000. OBIT.

  • 1945 Birth of English conductor and composer John RUTTER in London.

  • 1946 Birth of American conductor Mark NEIKRUG in NYC.

  • 1949 Death of French composer and teacher Pierre Onfroy de Breville in Paris. b-Bar-le-duc, Meuse.

  • 1951 Birth of American composer S. K. Waller in CA.

  • 1954 FP of Badings: "Orestes" radio opera, Florence.

  • 1955 FP of Andre Jolivet's Suite Transocene in Louisville, KY.

  • 1960 Death of Hungarian cellist Matyas Seiber in a car crash near Johannesburg, SA. b-Budapest, 4 MAY 1905.

  • 1962 FP of Samuel Barber's Piano Concerto. Boston Symphony Orchestra, Lincoln Center, NYC. Pianist John Browning, Erich Leinsdorf conducting.

  • 1965 FP of George Rochberg's Black Sounds for winds and percussion. Broadcast on a Lincoln Center television program as a ballet by Anna Sokolov titled The Act

  • 1966 FP of Dmitri Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 2

  • 1973 Birth of American composer Amy SCURRIA.

  • 1974 Birth of Mexican composer D'Mendo BOTELI, aka Miguel Angel Botello in Mexico City.

  • 1975 Birth of composer Greg ROBBIN in Chicago, IL.

  • 1986 FP of Karel Husa's Concerto for Orchestra.

  • 1988 Death of Welsh composer Arwel Hughes in Cardiff. b-Wales, 25 AUG 1909. Father of conductor Owain Arwel Hughes.

  • 1989 FP of Balada: "Cristóbal Colón" Barcelona, with tenor José Carreras as 'Christopher Columbus'.

  • 1992 FP of Tobias Picker's Bang!. The New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur conducting a New York Philharmonic 150th Anniversary commission.

  • 1994 FP of Ellen T. Zwilich's American Concerto for trumpet and orchestra, by the San Diego Symphony, JoAnn Faletta conducting, with soloist Doc Severinson. The inaugural concert of the California Center for the Arts in Escondido.

  • 2001 Death of Jens Nygaard in NYC. Conductor of the Jupiter Symphony. NY Times, Obit

  • 2014 Death of Christopher Hogwood, British conductor and founder of the Academy of Ancient Music. b-10 SEP 1941. OBIT
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