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.
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.
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.
1968 FP of Henze's Piano Concerto No. 2, in Bielefeld, Germany.
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.
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.