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SEPTEMBER 29 Today in classical music history

RICHARD BONYNGE b-1930



  • 1634 FP of Lawes masque Comus, with text by Milton, at Ludlow Castle in Shropshire.
  • 1641 Franz Tunder becomes organist at Marienkirche in Lubeck. Establishes evening music, Abendmusiken.
  • 1652 Gala concert for Jakob Froberger by his French peers at Convent of the Jacobins in Paris.
  • 1654 Birth of German organist and composer Vincenz (Vincent) LUBECK in Padingbuttel. d-Hamburg, 9 FEB 1740.Search Amazon.com for Vincent LUBECK
  • 1674 ('73?)Birth of composer Jacques HOTTETERRE. d-Paris, 16 JUL 1762.
  • 1727 Birth of English composer Dr. Henry HARRINGTON in Somerset.
  • 1739 Handel finishes his Concerto Grosso in G, Op. 6, no. 1 in London. Search Amazon.com for Handel Concerto Grosso
  • 1746 Birth of German organist and composer Ernst Ludwig GERBER in Sonderhausen. d-Sonderhausen, 30 JUN 1819. Search Amazon.com for Ernst Ludwig GERBER
  • 1753 Birth of composer Johann Gottfried Schict
  • 1789 Mozart completes Clarinet Quintet, K. 581, written for clarinetist Anton Stadler, who gave the first public performance in December 1789.
  • W. A. Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581; LarghettoMozart: Clarinet Concerto - Clarinet Quintet
  • 1794 Birth of composer William Michael Rooke
  • 1812 FP of DRECHSLER's "Die Feldmühle" singspiel, Vienna.
  • 1841 Birth of Italian conductor and composer Enrico BEVIGNANI in Naples. d-Naples, 29 AUG 1903. Opera "Caterina Bloom" (Naples, 1863).
  • 1847 FP of Franz Doppler's "Benjowsky" Budapest.
  • 1849 Birth of composer Ladislao Joseph Philip Paul Zavrtal
  • 1854 Birth of composer Martin Pluddemann
  • 1855 Birth of Italian composer, pianist, conductor and teacher Michele ESPOSITO in Castellammare di Stabia. d-Firenze, 19 NOV 1929. Lived most of his life in Dublin. Search Amazon.com for Michele ESPOSITO
  • 1858 Birth of composer Leopoldo Mugnone
  • 1869 Birth of English soprano Hedwig Helbig, in Plauen, Saxony. d. Aug. 27, 1951.
  • 1879 Birth of Dutch cellist Willem WILLEKE in The Hague. Member of the Kneisel Quartet from 1907. Founded the Elshuco Trio. Taught at Juilliard in NYC.
  • 1879 Birth of Cuban-Spanish composer Joaquin NIN y Castellano in Havana. d-Havana, 24 OCT 1949. Father of Joaquin Maria Nin-Culmell. Search Amazon.com for Joaquin NIN y Castellano
  • 1881 Birth of American bandmaster and march composer William C. WHITE in Centerville UT. d-Tenafly, NJ 30 SEP 1964.
  • 1883 FP of HERVÉ's "Le vertigo" Paris.
  • 1884 Birth of composer Boris Asafiev
  • 1893 Birth of Russian-American double bass player Fabien SEVITZKY in Vischni Volochek. d-Athens, 1967. Conductor of Indianapolis Symphony, Philadelphia Orch. Nephew of double bass player and conductor Serge Koussevitsky who suggested change in name to avoid confusion. Search Amazon.com for Fabien SEVITZKY
  • 1894 Birth of Italian conductor Franco CAPUANA in Fano. d- Naples, 10 DEC 1969, while conducting Mosè at the Teatro San Carlo, Naples. Sister of Mezzo soprano Maria Capuana (1891-1955). Search Amazon.com for Franco CAPUANA
  • 1903 Birth of composer Karl August Andersen
  • 1903 Death of German soprano Marie Geistinger in Klagenfurt. b-Graz, 26 JUL 1833. In 1865 Jacques Offenbach, the creator of the French operetta, conducted his Die schöne Helena at the Theater an der Wien, with Geistinger.
  • 1915 Death of German composer Rudi Stephan fighting WW I in Tarnopol. b-Worms, 29 JUL 1887. Search Amazon.com for Rudi Stephan
  • 1915 Death of Finnish composer Aarre Merikanto in Helsinki. b-Helsinki, 29 JUN 1893. Search Amazon.com for Aarre Merikanto
  • 1916 Birth of German tenor Josef TRAXEL in Mainz. d-Stuttgart, 8 OCT 1975. He studied in Darmstadt. Début was in Mainz as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni (1942). Nuremberg Opera (1946). Württemberg State Theater in Stuttgart (1952). Performed in Salzburg, Bayreuth, Berlin, Vienna, and Munich, and toured North America. Taught at the Hochschule für Musik at Darmstadt.
  • Josef Traxel - Dokumente einer Sängerkarriere
  • 1916 Birth of composer Minao Shibata
  • 1918 Birth of American bandmaster, composer and conductor Harold Lawrence WALTERS in Durdon, AR. d-Hollywood, Florida 22 OCT 1984. Was buried in Seymore, Indiana. 900 compositions to his credit. Studied composition with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Was internationally nationally known and received a doctorate from Washington College of Music. 1938 to 1943 was a tuba player and composer/arranger with the United States Navy Band, in Washington, D. C. He later worked with CBS Radio, and conductor/arranger for Warner Brothers, Fox News Reel features, and Hearst News.
  • 1918 FP of Gustav Holst's The Planets in Queen's Hall, London. It was noted that during rehearsals, custodians stopped working and listened in awe to the work which within one year brought Holst international fame. By far his most popular orchestral composition- it left him professionally frustrated for the rest of his life as he could not top it's popularity. Search Amazon.com for Gustav Holst's The Planets
  • 1919 FP of ATTERBERG's "Härvard Harpolekare" Stockholm, revised as "Hävard der Harfner" Chemitz (1936); also revised, the 3rd time, Lenz (1952).
  • 1920 Birth of Czech conductor Václav NEUMAN. d-2 SEP 1995. MET Opera 24 SEP 1985, Jenufa, 1 season (1985-86) 10 perf., 1 work.
  • Great Artists in Prague - Václav Neuman
  • 1921 FP of Sigmund Romberg's operetta Blossom Time in NYC. Search Amazon.com for Blossom Time
  • 1927 Birth of Iranian composer Hussein DEHLAWI in Teheran.
  • 1930 Birth of Australian conductor Richard Alan BONYNGE in Sydney. m. Dame Joan Sutherland, 1954. MET Opera début, 12 DEC 1966, Lucia di Lammermoor, 19 seasons,228 Perf., 14 works. Search Amazon.com for Richard Alan BONYNGE
  • 1932 FP of D'ALBERT's completed by Leo Blech.: "Mister Wu" Dresden.
  • 1932 FP of DAVICO's "The principessa will prigioniera" in 1932; in Bergamo (1940).
  • 1940 Birth of English soprano Josephine Barstow. MET Début: Mar. 28, 1977 [Musetta] La Bohème, 1 season (1976-77) 5 perf., 1 role.
  • Josephine Barstow: Opera Finales
  • 1942 Birth of French violinist Jean-Luc PONTY in Arranches.Search Amazon.com for Jean-Luc PONTY
  • 1943 Birth Welsh conductor and composer Alun FRANCIS.Search Amazon.com for Alun FRANCIS
  • 1945 Birth of Greek composer Kyriakos SFETSAS in Amphilochia. Search Amazon.com for Kyriakos SFETSAS
  • 1945 Birth of American soprano Lella Alice Cuberli, in Austin, TX. MET: Début: Nov. 30, 1990 [Semiramide] Semiramide, 2 seasons (1990-91, 92-93) 8 perf. 1 work.
  • 1949 Birth of American composer Eric FUNK in Deer Lodge, MT.
  • 1949 FP of Arthur Bliss' opera The Olympians in London. w/Edith Coats (m/s) (1908-1983).
  • Bliss: The Olympians
  • 1949 Birth of mezzo-soprano Tuula Nieminen.
  • 1953 Birth of Italian soprano Adelina Scarabelli, in Milan. Search Amazon.com for Adelina Scarabelli
  • 1955 Birth of American composer Steve PERILLO in The Bronx, NYC.
  • 1964 Death of English composer and organist George DYSON in Winchester. b-Halifax, Yorkshire 28 MAY 1883. Search Amazon.com for George DYSON
  • 1965 Opera stars Mirella Freni and Gianni Raimondi make their American debuts in La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera.
  • 1968 FP of Henze's Piano Concerto No. 2, in Bielefeld, Germany.
  •  Henze: Piano Concerto No. 2; Tristan; Ballet Variations; Tientos
  • 1968 FP of DALLAPICCOLA's "Ulisse" in Berlin w/ Jean Madera (m/s) (1918-1972).
  • 1969 FP of Dimiti Shostakovich' Symphony No. 14 on poems of Lorca, Apollinaire, Küchelbecker, and Rilke. Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Rudolf Barshai conducting, with soloists Galina Vishnevskaya and Yevgeny Vladimirov in Leningrad. Search Amazon.com for Shostakovich' Symphony No. 14
  • 1970 FP of BUSH's "Joe Hill; the Man who Never Died" Berlin.
  • 1977 Death of Russian composer and conductor Alexander Tcherepnin at age 78, in Paris. b-St. Petersburg, 20 JAN 1899.
  • Alexander Tcherepnin
  • 1983 FP of Witold Lutoslawski's Symphony No. 3, in Chicago. Search Amazon.com for Lutoslawski's Symphony No. 3
  • 1997 FP of Michael Torke's Overnight Mail for chamber ensemble. Orkest de Volharding, Jurjen Hempel conducting in Carre, Amsterdam. Search Amazon.com for Torke's Overnight Mail
  • 2000 FP of Tan Dun's Crouching Tiger Concerto by the London Sinfonietta at the Barbican Festival in London.
  • 2003 Conductor Lorin Maazel and the New York Philharmonic perform on the roof of the 13-story Ed Sullivan Theater in NYC. 53 members of the orchestra- for an appearance on CBS-TV's Late Show With David Letterman. Performing Mozart's overture to The Marriage of Figaro in what the orchestra and Letterman producers say is the largest ensemble to play on the building's roof.
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