September 25 Today in classical music history

  • 1600 Death of French composer Claude Le Jeune in Paris. b-Valenciennes, c.1528.

  • 1619 FP of GAGLIANO: & Peri: "Lo sposalizio di Medoro e Angelica" Florence.

  • 1683 Baptismal of French composer and organist Jean-Philippe RAMEAU in Dijon. Search for Jean-Philippe RAMEAU d-Paris, 12 SEP 1764.

  • 1716 Death of German composer Johann Christoph Pez aka Pezel, in Stuttgart. b-München, 9 SEP 1664.

  • 1717 The Earl of Carnarvon commissions two anthems of Handel.

  • 1718 Birth of Italian Opera composer Nicola CONFORTO in Naples. d. Madrid, after 1788.

  • 1734 FP of Pergolessi: "Adriano in Siria" Naples (1734).

  • 1741 Birth of Bohemian composer Vaclav (Wenzel) PICHL in Bechyne. d-Vienna, 23 JAN 1805.

  • 1752 - Birth of composer Carl Stenborg, composer
  • 1776 FP of BENDA's "Romeo und Julie" Gotha (1776).

  • 1782 FP of M. ARNE's "The Maid of the Mill" London (1782).

  • 1785 Birth of composer George Frederic Pinto
  • 1786 Birth of English composer George Frederic PINTO in London. d-London, 23 MAR 1806.

  • 1830 Birth of German pianist, conductor and composer Karl KLINDWORTH in Hannover. Founded Klindworth School of Music in Berlin. d-nr. Pottsdam, 27 JUL 1916.

  • 1834 FP of ADAM's "Le Châlet" Paris.

  • 1849 Death of Austrian composer Johann Strauss Sr. at age 45, in Vienna. b. 14 MAR 1804. Johann Strauss Sr Strauss Society

  • The Best Of Vienna: Music Of Johann Strauss Jr, Johann Strauss Sr, Franz Lehar & Richard Strauss / Sir John Barbirolli Conducting the Halle Orchestra [VINYL LP] [STEREO]

  • 1862 Birth of Alsace organist and composer Leon BOELLMANN in Ensisheim. d-Paris, 11 OCT 1897.

  • 1869 Birth of German soprano Aennie Dirkens in Berlin. d. Vienna, Nov. 11, 1942

  • 1870 FP of 4th and final version of Bedrich Smetana's opera The Bartered Bride at the Provisional Theater, in Prague.

  • 1871 Birth of American composer Percy Lee ATHERTON.

  • 1878 FP of HEISE: "Drot og Marsk" Copenhagen.

  • 1879 Birth of composer Luis da Costa
  • 1883 Birth of German baritone Peter van Der Bilt, in Amsterdam. d. Jakarta, Aug. 30, 1936

  • 1886 Birth of Spanish (Basque) composer Jesus GURIDI, in Vitoria, Alava province. d-Madrid, 7 APR 1961.

  • 1886 FP of CELLIER: "Dorothy" London (1886).

  • 1887 Birth of Italian tenor Giuseppe Nessi in Bergamo. d. Dec. 16, 1961

  • 1896 Birth of Spanish-Catalan-English composer Roberto GERHARD, in Valls. d-Cambridge, 5 JAN 1970.

  • 1898 Birth of choral composer, conductor and Peabody faculty member, conductor Louis CHESLOCK. d-1981.

  • 1899 Birth of English baritone Dennis Noble in Bristol. d. Mar. 14, 1966. He was educated as a chorister with the Bristol Cathedral and subsequently became a lay vicar at Westminster Abbey. Soon, opera drew his attention and he sang a large number of parts. He sang with English touring opera companies, and later, during the pre-war International Seasons at CG. He was [Silvio] in Pagliacci with the British National Opera Company at CG (1923), and sang there until 1938.

  • 1902 Birth of composer Jeno Takacs
  • 1906 (JC, GC=12 SEP) Birth of Russian composer Dimitri SHOSTAKOVICH in St. Petersburg.
    d-Moscow, 9 AUG 1975. Operas, "Nos" (Leningrad); "Ledi Makbet Mtsenskovo uyezda" (Leningrad, 1934); "Moskva, Cheryomushki" (Moscow, 1959); "Katerina Izmaylova" (Moscow, 1963 [rev] " Ledi Makbet Mtsenskovo uyezda." Search for Dimitri SHOSTAKOVICH

  • 1906 Birth of Czech composer Jaroslav JEZEK in Prague. In NYC from 1939. d-NYC, 1 JAN 1942.

  • 1907 FP of Jean Sibelius' Third Symphony, in Helsinki. Composer conducting. CD-Jean Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3, Sanderling, Berlin Phil. Orch.

  •  Sibelius: Symphony No. 3, etc.

  • 1907 Birth of composer Jan Felderhof
  • 1908 Birth of Slovak composer Eugen SUCHON in Pezinok. d-Bratislava, 8 MAY 1993.

  • 1911 Birth of American composer Lionel NOWAK. d-1995.

  • 1915 Birth of German soprano Gerda Lammers in Berlin. d. Jan. 28/29(?), 1993.

  • 1916 Birth of composer Tolia Nikiprowetzsy
  • 1916 Death of Czech band composer Julius Fucik at age 44, in Leitmeritz. He composed Entrance of the Gladiators.

  • 1923 Birth of Czech bass/baritone Ladislav Mraz, in Strakonice. d. May 7, 1962

  • 1925 FP of Paul Hindemith's Kammermusik No. 4, Op. 36, no. 3, conducted by Franz von Hoesslin, with Licco Amar the violin soloist in Dessau, Germany.

  • 1927 Birth of English conductor Sir Colin Rex DAVIS in Weybridge Surrey. MET: Début: Jan. 20, 1967, Peter Grimes, 3 seasons (1966-67, 68-69, 71-72) 24 perf., 3 works. died 14 APR 2012.

  • 1932 Birth of Canadian pianist Glenn Herbert GOULD in Toronto. d-Toronto, 4 OCT 1982.

  • 1936 Birth of Italian bass Mario Rinaudo, in Chieti.

  • 1936 FP of R. Vaughan Williams Five Tudor Portraits choral suite. Composer conducting in Norwich.

  • 1937 Birth of composer Thomas Kessler, composer
  • 1944 Birth of flutist, former CBS Sunday Morning contributor, and writer Eugenia ZUKERMAN in Cambridge MA.

  • 1945 Birth of American composer Reynold WEIDENAAR.

  • 1946 Birth of English soprano Teresa Cahill, in Maidenhead. Début: Glyndebourne [First Lady] Die Zauberflöte (1970).

  • 1951 Birth of Slovakian tenor Peter Dvorsky, in Partizánske. MET: Début: Nov. 15, 1977 [Alfredo] La Traviatta, 4 seasons (1977-78, 86-87, 89-90, 91-92) 21 perf., 5 roles.

  • 1955 Birth of American composer Robert AVALON, MUSIClassicalist member, in San Antonio, TX.

  • 1959 Birth of American composer Stella SUNG.

  • 1959 Death of Italian composer Ennio Porrino in Rome. b-Calgliari, 20 JAN 1910.

  • 1960 FP of Paul Ben-Haim's Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra, in Tel Aviv.

  • 1962 FP of Walter Piston's Lincoln Center Festival Overture by the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy, at the third concert scheduled at the new Philharmonic Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, at Lincoln Center in NYC. Search for Piston Lincoln Center Festival Overture

  • 1966 FP of Dimitri Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 2. USSR State Symphony, with Mstislav Rostropovich the soloist and the composer's son, Maxim, conducting in Moscow. Was the occasion of his 60th birthday and was nominated as a Hero of Socialist Labor by the Soviet government. Search for Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 2

  • 1969 FP of BLACHER: "200,000 Taler" Berlin (1969).Search for BLACHER: "200,000 Taler

  • 1973 Death of Russian soprano Beata Malkin in NYC. b. Odessa, Russia, 1891.

  • 1980 FP of Leonard Bernstein's Divertimento for Orchestra, Boston. Seiji Ozawa conducting BSO.Search for Leonard Bernstein's Divertimento for Orchestra

  • 1982 Birth of Chinese-American composer NA RONG.

  • 1984 FP of NONO: "Prometeo" Venice (1984).

  • 1986 FP of Karel Husa's Concerto for Orchestra. New York Philharmonic, conducted by Zubin Mehta.

  • 1997 Death of French composer and pianist Jean Françaix at age 85, in Paris. The composer said that his name is pronounced with the final 'x', as in 'Aix'-en-Provence. b-Le Mans, 23 MAY 1912.Search for Jean Françaix

  • 1997 FP of John Adams' Piano Concerto Century Rolls at Severance Hall, with pianist Emanuel Ax and the Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Christoph von Dohnányi. Search for John Adams composer
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