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Today in classical music history September 11

William BOYCE
  • 1614 Birth of composer Philipp Buchner
  • 1646 Death of German choral conductor Johann Stobaeus in Konigsberg. b-Graudenz, 6 JUL 1580.
  • 1693 FP of DESMARETS: "Didon" Paris, 1693.
  • 1711 Baptismal of British composer William BOYCE, in London. d-Kensington, 7 FEB 1779.
  • 1733 Death of French composer and harpsichordist Francois Couperin in Paris. Known as "Le Grand" for his organ playing. b-Paris, 10 NOV 1668.
  • 1753 Birth of composer Friedrich August Baumbach
  • 1764 Birth of Italian opera composer Valentino Fioravanti in Rome. d. Capua, June, 16, 1837: Opera: Produced 77 operas.
  • 1766 FP of HAYDN: "La canterina" Bratislava (1766?).
  • 1786 Birth of German-Danish pianist and composer Friedrich Daniel Rudolph KUHLAU nr. Hannover. d-Copenhagen, 12 MAR 1832.
  • 1807 Birth of composer Ignaz Lachner
  • 1825 Birth of Viennese music writer and critic Eduard HANSLICK in Prague. Liked Brahms and Schumann, hated Wagner, Bruckner and Wolf. d-Baden, nr. Vienna, 6 AUG 1904.
  • 1840 German composer Robert Schumann gives his fiancée, Clara Wieck, his latest song-cycle Liederkreis. It was a gift prior to their marriage.
  • 1844 Birth of composer George Clement Martin
  • 1850 P.T. Barnam introduces Swedish soprano Jenny Lind to America paying her $1000 per engagement.
  • 1865 Birth of blind English pianist, organist and composer Alfred HOLLINS in Hull. d-Edinburgh, 17 MAY 1942.
  • 1874 Birth of composer Heinrich Kaspar Schmid
  • 1876 Birth of composer Alfonso Broqua
  • 1877 Birth of English acoustics scientist Sir James JEANS. d-Dorking, Surrey, England 16 SEP 1946.
  • 1882 Birth of German music critic, author and conductor Paul BEKKER.
  • 1885 Birth of composer Herbert STOTHART. d-1949.
  • 1887 FP of A. Dvorák's Mass in D, Op. 86. A private performance in Luzany.
  • 1888 Birth of American soprano Rachel Morton, in Webster, MA. d. Apr. 13, 1982: Début [Donna Anna] Don Giovanni (1924).
  • 1890 Birth of composer Marius Moaritz Ulfrstad
  • 1891 Birth of composer Noel Gallon
  • 1897 Birth of Swedish baritone Lars Larson. d. ?
  • 1899 Birth of Austrian-American composer Vally (Valery) WEIGL in Vienna. d-NYC, 25 DEC 1982. m. Austrian-American composer Karl Weigl.
  • 1899 FP of HERBERT: "Cyrano de Bergerac" Operetta; Montreal (1899).
  • 1909 FP of ERLANGER: "Bacchus triomphant" Bordeaux (1909).
  • 1909 FP of HERBERT: "The Rose of Algeria" Operetta; Willes-Barre (1909).
  • 1911 Birth of American Mezzo-soprano Alice TULLY to a wealthy family in Corning NY. A patroness of the arts who funded the performing arts hall at Lincoln Center in NYC, which bears her name. BOOK-Alice Tully: An Intimate Portrait (Music in American Life) by Albert Fuller
  • 1912 Birth of Swedish tenor Gösta Karl Björling, in Stora Tuna, Dalarna. d. Stockholm, Oct. 10, 1957:
  • 1913 Birth of American alto Betty Stone, in Norwich, CT, d. Cleveland, Apr. 30, 1977: A member of the Metropolitan Opera Chorus. She was killed in a backstage accident during the company's spring tour. Her costume became entangled in an elevator, fracturing her skull. She had been with the chorus for thirty-two years.
  • 1916 Death of German pianist Friedrich Gernsheim in Berlin. b-Worms, 17 JUL 1839.
  • 1925 Birth of Canadian composer and pianist Harry Somers in Toronto. d-Toronto, 9 March 1999.
  • 1925 Birth of composer Ashley Heenan
  • 1929 Birth of American soprano Margaret Tynes, in Virginia. MET: Début: Nov. 30, 1974, Janácek: [Jenüfa] Jenüfa, 1 season (1974-75) 3 perf., 1 work.
  • 1930 Birth of Australian bass Clifford Grant [Scantleburg] in Randwick. MET: Début: Nov. 19, 1976 [Phorcas] Esclarmonde, 1 season (1976-77) 8 per., 1 work.
  • 1931 Birth of American mezzo-soprano Belén Amparan, in El Paso TX. d. Mexico City, Apr. 112, 2002: MET: Début Nov. 29, 1956 [Giulietta] Les Contes d'Hoffmann, 6-seasons (1956-60, 66-68) 157 perf., 22 roles.
  • 1934 Birth of English administrator Sir John DRUMMOND.
  • 1935 Birth of Estonian-American composer Arvo PART (PAIRt) in Paide.
  • 1936 FP of Z. Kodály's Te Deum in Budapest.
  • 1949 Death of French composer and conductor Henri Rabaud at age 76 in Paris. b-Paris, 10 NOV 1873.
  • 1950 Birth of English tenor Bonaventura BOTTONE.
  • 1951 FP of Stravinky's opera The Rake's Progress in Venice at La Fenice Opera House conducted by Stravinsky. w/Jennie Tourel (m/s) (1900-1973) Can/U.S./cit. [Baba the Turk]; Ariè, Raphael (bs) (1920-1988) Bulgarian. [Trulove]; Schwarzkopf [Anne Trulove], Otakar Kraus (b) [Nick Shadow]; Robert Rounseville (t) (1914-1974) U.S. [Tom Rakewell]. CD-Igor Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress, Conductor: Igor Stravinsky, John Barker Performer: Don Garrard, Jean Manning, et al. Sony Classics - #46299
  • 1952 Birth of English soprano Catherine BOTT in Leamington Spa.
  • 1958 Birth of Argentinian composer Sergio FIDEMRAIZER in Rosario, Argentina.
  • 1959 Birth of American composer Jeffrey HOOVER in Anderson, IN.
  • 1960 Birth of American composer Annie GOSFIELD in Philadelphia, PA.
  • 1971 FP of S. Barber's Fadograph from a Yestern Scene. Inspired by a line from James Joyce's "Finnegans Wake". The Pittsburgh Symphony, at the opening concert in Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • 1973 Death of Italian baritone Mario Albanese, b. 1902.
  • 1985 Death of English composer William ALWYN in Southwold. b-Northampton, 7 NOV 1905.
  • 1985 Death of Argentinian soprano Juanita Tosso. b. Argentina, 1904; d. Turin.
  • 1986 FP of R. Harbison's Remembering Gatsby for orchestra, with the Atlanta Symphony, Robert Shaw conducting in Atlanta.
  • 2002The 9/11 terrorist attacks on America is hauntingly captured by composer's John Adams' On the Transmigration of Souls,
    In 2002 Worldwide tribute for 9-11 unidentified woman's vision of a Rolling Requiem...
    with performances of Mozart's Requiem in each time zone forming a world standing together to remember a moment in time, to lift up its voice in song, in prayer, in honor of those who died one year earlier at the World Trade Center in NYC.
    Also note John Adams's Transmigration of Souls memorial composition.
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