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Today in classical music history September 7
Francois A. PHILIDOR
1541 Baptismal of Spanish composer Hernando de CABEZON in Madrid. d- 1 OCT 1602. Son of Spanish organist and composer Antonio de Cabecon.
1631 Birth of composer Clemens Thieme
1635 Birth of composer Pal Esterhazy
1703 Birth of composer Jean Monnet
1726 (1725?) Birth of English comic opera composer and chess-player, Francois A. PHILIDOR, in Dreux. d-London, 21 AUG 1794 (1795?).He was the youngest son of André Danican Philidor
(c.1647-1730) and half brother of Anne Danican Philidor (1681-1728).
1726 FP of Rameau: "La Robe de dissension, ou Le Faux Prodigue" Paris (1726).
1731 Birth of English composer and singer Elisabetta de GAMBARINI in London.
d-London, 9 FEB 1765. Sang the second lead part in the first performance of Handel's
Occasional Oratorio in 1746.
1731 Birth of composer Damasus Brosmann
1739 Birth of composer Joseph Legros
1741 Death of French opera composer Henri Desmarets. Composer in the court
Louis XIV, in Luneville. b-Paris, FEB 1661.
1773 FP of Floquet: "L'Union de l'amour et des arts" opera-ballet, Paris
1784 Birth of composer Frantisek Max Knize
1819 Death of French composer and cellist Jean-Louis Duport in Paris. b-Paris, 4 OCT 1749. Jean-Louis and Jean-Pierre, brothers, were both cellists.
1860 Birth of German bass Gustav Schwegler. d. Oct. 7, 1922
1862 Birth of American composer and teacher Thomas Whitney SURETTE in Concord, MA. d-Concord, 19 MAY 1941.
1864 Birth of composer Giovanni Tebaldini
1867 Birth of American tenor Evan WILLIAMS in Mineral Ridge, OH,
Sep. 7, 1867; d. May 24, 1918
1880 Birth of composer Kurt von Wolfurt
1880 Birth of composer Attilio Brugnoli
1881 Birth of Boston Choirmaster, Father William J. FINN. Organized
1881 Death of American poet, composer and flautist Sidney Clopton Lanier, in Lynn, NC. b-Macon, GA 3 FEB 1842.
1900 Birth of English soprano and teacher Joan CROSS in London. d-
Aldeburgh, Dec. 12, 1993: Began her musical life as a violinist
while a pupil at St Paul's Girls' School, London. Joined Lilian
Baylis's Old Vic opera chorus (19240, graduating to leading roles.
Principal soprano Sadler Wells Opera (1931-46), and director
(1943-5). Début CG [Mimi] (1931), and sang there 1947-54. Founder
member English Opera Group (1946-54). Cross and Anne Wood, est.
Opera School in 1948, which in 1955, became Nat. School of Opera,
being dir. 1948-64. Produced operas at SW, CG, Oslo, Amsterdam, and
Toronto. Dir., Phoenix Opera Co. Joint translator of Smetana's The
Bartered Bride. Created five roles in Britten operas: [Ellen
Orford] Peter Grimes (1945), Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia
(1946), [Lady Billows] Albert Herring (1947), [Elizabeth I] Gloriana
(1953), and [Mrs. Grose] The Turn of the Screw (1954). CBE (1951).
On assuming the directorship of the Sadler's Wells Opera Company in
1943, Cross combined administration with singing.
1906 Birth of composer Filip Gershkovich
1907 Birth of composer Ahmet Adnan Saygun
1908 Birth of Max Kaminsky, trumpeter
1914 Birth of composer Hugo Pfister
1914 Birth of Irish baritone William Dickey, in Belfast. d. 1984
1916 Death of Boston organist Junius W. Hill in Hollywood. Wellesley
1921 (8th?)Birth of Welsh tenor, actor, comedian Sir Harry SECOMBE. OBIT