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Today in classical music history September 9

Girolamo FRESCOBALDI


  • 1583 Baptismal of Italian organist and composer Girolamo FRESCOBALDI in Ferrara. d-Rome, 1 MAR 1643.


  • 1606 Death of Tyrolian composer Leonhard Lechner in Stuttgart. b-Südtirol, Italy (Austria) c.1553.


  • 1618 Birth of Spanish composer Joan CEREROLS in Martorell. d-Montserrat, 27 AUG 1680.


  • 1664 Birth of German composer Johann Christoph PEZ, aka Pezel, in Munich. d-Stuttgart, 25 SEP 1716.


  • 1687 Birth of composer Jean-Baptiste Maurice Quinault


  • 1740 FP of HASSE: "Artaserse" rev. version, Dresden.


  • 1743 FP of GLUCK: "Il Tigrane" Crema.


  • 1752 Birth of composer Johann Friedrich Christmann


  • 1753 FP of JOMMELLI: "Il paratajo [ovvero] La pipée" Paris, [rev. "L'ucellatrice"


  • 1767 FP of HASSE: "Partenope" festa teatrale, Vienna.


  • 1775 FP of SALIERI: "La finta scema" Vienna.


  • 1832 Death of German composer Bernhard Joseph KLIEN in Berlin. b-Cologne, 6 MAR 1793.


  • 1833 FP of DONIZETTI: "Torquato Tasso" opera seria, Rome.


  • 1842 Birth of German bass Josef WIEGAND in Odenwald. d-Frankfurt am Main, 28 MAY 1899. Wagnerian roles.


  • 1846 Wagner begins music for Lohengrin. [Fodor note] Couldn’t find a hard reference to completion date, but Liszt, who conducted the first performance in Weimar, selected the anniversary of Goethe’s birth as the date for the First Performance—in Weimar—28 Aug 1850. Wagner did not attend as he had been exiled due to his role in the “May Uprising” of 1849 in Dresden. [According to Wikipedia.]


  • 1850 Birth of Brazilian composer and conductor Leopoldo AMÉRICO in Rio de Janeiro. d-Rio de Janeiro, 6 JUL 1902.


  • 1850 Birth of composer Leopoldo Miguez


  • 1854 FP of HERNÁNDO: "Cosas de Juan" zarzuela, Madrid.


  • 1855 Birth of German conductor Edmund PARLOW in Mainz.


  • 1865 Birth of English-American organist and composer Edwin H. LEMARE in Ventnor, Isle of Wight. d-Los Angeles, 24 SEP 1934.


  • 1872 Birth of Austrian-American (Bohemian) conductor Josef STRANSKY in Humpoletz. d-NYC, 6 MAR 1936.


  • 1872 Birth of American composer Edward Burlingame HILL in Cambridge MA. d-Francestown, NH 9 JUL 1960. BOOK: Biography of Edward Burlingame Hill, by Linda L. Tyler


  • 1877 Birth of Guatemalan composer Jesus CASTILLO in San Juan Ostuncalco, Guatemala. d-Quetzaltenango, Guatemala 23 APR 1946.


  • 1885 Birth of English soprano Miriam Licette, in Chester, England. d. Twyford, Aug. 11, 1969.


  • 1887 Birth of American composer and violinist Helen WARE.


  • 1891 FP of Mascagni: Philadelphia, "Cavalleria Rusticanna".


  • 1892 Birth of composer Bruno Sturmer


  • 1896 Birth of composer Fritz Reuter


  • 1899 Birth of Austrian bass Ludwig WEBER in Vienna. d- 6 DEC 1973.


  • 1899 (10th?)Birth of Russian pianist Maria YUDINA in Nevel, near Vitebsk. d- 19 NOV 1970.


  • 1899 Birth of composer Louis Cheslock


  • 1901 Birth of English percussionist James BLADES. d- 25 MAY 1999. OBIT.


  • 1905 Birth of composer Ulric COLE.


  • 1909 Birth of Hungarian-Swiss soprano Julia Moor, in Budapest. d. Zurich, 2001. Moor studied in Budapest, and soon after, went to Switzerland where she made her début at the Zurich City Theatre [Sophie] Rosenkavalier. She was a hit of the Zurich public but also sang abroad in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Vienna and the Glyndebourne festival. During the second World War she confined her career to Switzerland where she sang in Basel, Bern, Luzerne, Sanct Gallen and Genf. After the war an international career took off with appearances in Paris, The Hague, Amsterdam, Bologna, Munich, La Scala, Rome, Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse. Moor also sang for radio in Bern and the RAI. She gave her farewell as [Konstanze] Karlsruhe (1956). Moor was married to cellist Walter Essek.


  • 1912 Birth of Romanian baritone Giulio Gari, in Medias. d.. Apr. 15, 1994. MET: Debut: Jan. 6, 1953 [Pinkerton] Madama Butterfly, 8 seasons (1952-59, 60-61) 85 perf., 21 works.


  • 1912 Birth of German conductor Kurt SANDERLING in Arys Germany.[Fodor note]Multiple sources give dates as 19 Sep 1912–17 Sep 2011 (98 y/o at death). http://www.theguardian.com/music/2011/sep/18/kurt-sanderling-obituary; http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3201645/; http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/culture-obituaries/music-obituaries/8775201/Kurt-Sanderling.html; and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurt_Sanderling, e.g. 


  • 1919 Birth of German tenor Lothar Anders, in Halle.


  • 1921 Birth of composer Andrzej Dobrowolski


  • 1922 FP of FALL: "Mme. Pompadour" Berlin.


  • 1829 FP of RICCI: L. "L'orfanella di Ginevra" Rome.


  • 1929 FP of BOUGHTON: "The Ever Young" Bath.


  • 1930 Birth of composer Paolo Castaldi


  • 1932 Birth of American bass-baritone William Dooley, in Modesto, Ca. MET: Début Feb. 15, 1964 [Onegin] Onegin, 14-seasons (1963-77) 76-perf., 26 roles.


  • 1934 (24th?)Birth of American composer Fisher TULL in Waco, TX. d-Huntsville, TX AUG 1994.


  • 1935 Birth of American mezzo-soprano Nedda CASEI in Baltimore, MD. MET: Début: Oct. 14, 1964 [Maddalena] Rigoletto, 19 seasons (1964-82, 84-85) 283 perf., 27 roles, 23 works.


  • 1936 Birth of composer Augustinius Franz Kropfreiter.


  • 1937 Birth of American composer and classical bassist Olly Wilson in St. Louis, MO.


  • 1937 FP of Ghedini: "Maria d'Alessandria" Bergamo.


  • 1941 Birth of American composer and professor at Western Michigan University, Curtis CURTIS-SMITH in Walla Walla, WA.


  • 1946 Birth of Romanian-Israeli violinist Miriam FRIED in Satu Mare. First violinist of the Mendelssohn String Quartet. m-violinist/violist, Paul Biss. Both are professors at the Indiana University School of Music and parents of classical pianist Jonathan Biss.


  • 1947 Birth of American composer David ROSENBLOOM in Fairfield, Iowa. Dean, School of Music Co-Director, Center for Experiments in Art, Information and Technology California Institute of the Arts, Santa Clarita, CA.


  • 1949 Birth of Hungarian conductor Adam FISCHER in Budapest. Older brother of conductor, Ivan Fischer. Haydn Orchestra Biography.


  • 1957 Birth of French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard in Lyon, where he entered the conservatory. Later he studied with Yvonne Loriod. He also studied with Maria Curcio, the last and favourite pupil of Artur Schnabel.


  • 1958 Birth of English harpist Rachel MASTERS.


  • 1960 Death of Opera star Jussi Bjoerling in Slaro, Sweden, at 49. b-Stora Tuna, 5 FEB 1911.


  • 1962 Death of Irish tenor Dermot Troy in hamburg. b. 1927.


  • 1963 Birth of French condutor Sophie LACAZE in Lourdes.


  • 1965 Death of Mexican composer and violinist Julián Carrillo at age 90, in Mexico City. b-Ahualulco, 28 JAN 1875.


  • 1971 FP of Johnsen: "The Legend of Svein and Maria" Oslo.


  • 1973 FP of Frank Martin's Polyptyque Six Passiontide Images for Violin and Two Small String orchestras. Yehudi Menuhin and Zurich Chamber Orchestra conducted by Edmond de Stoutz, in Lausanne.


  • 1984 FP of Sciarrino: "Lohengrin" Catanzaro.


  • 1986 FP of John Harbison's Remembering Gatsby.


  • 1987 Death of Swedish composer Gunnar de Frumerie. b-Nacka, 20 JUL 1908.


  • 1995 FP of Michael Torke's Telephone Book for chamber ensemble at the Milwaukee Art Museum by the Present Music ensemble, Kevin Stalheim conducting in Milwaukee, WI.


  • 1998 FP of Joan Tower's Wild Purple.


  • 2003 Death of British composer Reginald Smith Brindle at age 86. Composed for guitar. Studied with Pizzeti in Rome. b-5 JAN 1917. Guardian Unlimited Obituary
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