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October 14 Today in classical music history

Gary Graffman
b-1928
  • 1585 Birth of composer Heinrich Schtz, German royal chaplain master.

  • 1628 FP of GAGLIANO & Peri's "La Flora" Florence, Palazzo Pitti.

  • 1669 Death of Italian composer Antonio Cesti in Firenze. b-Arezzo, 5 AUG 1623. Search Amazon.com for Antonio Cesti

  • 1670 FP of the Moliere-Lully colaboration of Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme at Chambord. CD-Lully: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme; Philidor: Le Mariage de la Grosse Cathos

  • 1730 Birth of composer Jean Joseph Rodolphe

  • 1738 Birth of composer Giovanni Calisto Andrea Zanotti

  • 1753 Birth of composer Franz Anton Dimmler

  • 1758 Death of Prussian composer Wilhelmina Sophie Friederike in Bayreuth. b-Berlin, 3 JUL 1709. Sister of Frederick the Great of Prussia and margravine of Bayreuth. Search Amazon.com for Wilhelmina Sophie Friederike

  • 1764 Birth of composer Charles-Henri Plantade

  • 1771 Death of Czech composer Franz Brixi in Prague. b-Prague, 2 JAN 1732. Son of Prague musician and composer Simon Brixi (1693-1735). Search Amazon.com for Franz Brixi

  • 1795 FP of SALIERI's "Palmira, regina di Persia" Vienna.

  • 1796 Birth of composer Adolf Ganz

  • 1835 Birth of composer William FISCHER. d-12 AUG 1912.

  • 1841 Birth of English composer and teacher George OAKEY in London. Search Amazon.com for George OAKEY

  • 1843 FP of Mendelssohn's music for A Midsummer Night's Dream. AtPottsdam. The Overture was composed in 1826. The King of Prussia, Frederick William IV requested the 12 new pieces. CD-Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (complete) / Ozawa, Boston Symphony Orchestra

  • 1853 Birth of Rumanian composer, violinist and pianist Ciprian PORUMBESCU in Sipote. d-Stupca, Bukovina 6 JUN 1883. Search Amazon.com for Ciprian PORUMBESCU

  • 1853 Birth of composer Ciprian Porumbescu

  • 1855 Birth of composer George Edwardes

  • 1856 Death of Czech composer Johann Kaspar Mertz in Prague. b-Pressburg/Bratislava, Slovak Republic, 17 AUG 1806. Search Amazon.com for Johann Kaspar Mertz

  • 1856 FP of Offenbach's "La Bonne d'enfants" Paris.

  • 1859 Birth of French composer and conductor Paul CHEVILLARD whoconductedthe Concerts Lamoureux in Paris.

  • 1959 Birth of German bass Johann Stierlin, in Adenau.  d.Apr. 26, 1930.

  • 1859 FP of BARBIERI's "Entre mi mujer y el negro" Madrid.

  • 1861 Birth of composer Bjarni Thorsteinsson

  • 1871 Birth of composer Alexander von Zemlinsky, in Vienna Austria.

  • 1871 FP of BARBIERI's "El hombre es débil" Madrid.

  • 1871 Birth of Austrian opera conductor, composer and teacher, Alexander von ZEMLINSKY. Brother-in-law of composer Arnold Schonberg. Lived in USA from 1938. d-Larchmont, NY, 15 MAR 1942. Search Amazon.com for Alexander von ZEMLINSKY

  • 1873 Birth of composer Jose Serrano Simeon

  • 1879 Death of German conductor, violinist and pianist Karl Anton Florian Eckert in Berlin. b-Potsdam, 7 DEC 1820.

  • 1882 FP of PLANQUETTE's "Rip Van Winkle" [Rip-Rip] Comedy – London.

  • 1883 FP of Antonin Dvorák's Violin Concerto, Op. 53, in Prague. CD-Dvorák: Violin Concerto; Piano Quintet

  • 1888 Birth of composer Ernest Pingoud

  • 1891 Birth of American music educator and conductor Joseph E. MADDY in Wellington, Kansas. A co-founder of the National Music Camp at Interlochen, MI. Search Amazon.com for Joseph E. MADDY

  • 1898 Birth of musician and inventor of the Ondes martenot (tonevariableoscillator) Maurice MARTENOT in Paris. d- 10 OCT 1980. Search Amazon.com for Maurice MARTENOT

  • 1898 Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, 16, finishes his first composition an unpublished Tarantella for piano.

  • 1900 Birth of American soprano Leonora Corona, Leonora [Leonore Cohron] in Dallas. d. ? MET Début: Nov. 24, 1927 [Leonora] Il Trovatore, 8seasons (1927-35) 100 perf., 12 works.

  • 1901 FP of DE KOVAN's "The Little Duchess" New York.

  • 1902 FP of GANNE's "Miss Bouton d'or" Paris.

  • 1903 Birth of Corsican tenor Jose Luccioni, in Corsica. d. Marseilles, Oct 5, 1978. Search Amazon.com for Jose Luccioni,

  • 1904 Birth of composer Karel Srom

  • 1904 Debut in Berlin of 14 year old violinist Mischa ElmanSearch Amazon.com for Mischa Elman

  • 1907 Birth of American tenor Allen Jones. d. June 27,1992. Appeared in `A Night at the Opera' with Chico, Harpo, Groucho,and Kitty Carlisle. Father of pop singer Jack Jones. Search Amazon.com for Allen Jones.

  • There's a Song in the Air [ORIGINAL RECORDINGS REMASTERED]

  • 1909 Birth of Finnish conductor and choral director Kalervo TUUKKANEN in Mikkeli. d-Helsinki, 12 JUL 1979. Search Amazon.com for Kalervo TUUKKANEN

  • 1911 FP of ZANDONAI's "Conchita" in Milan w/ Tarquinia Tarquini (s) whom thecomposer later married.

  • 1912 FP of Rudolph Friml's The Firefly in Syracuse NY.

  • 1918 Birth of American soprano Ellen Faull in Pittsburgh, PA. Début NYCO [Donna Anna] Don Giovanni (1947).  Search Amazon.com for Ellen Faull

  • Ellen Faull: An American Soprano

  • 1924 FP of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No.10. Vienna Philharmonic, Franz Schalk conducting. CD-Mahler - Symphony 10 / Berliner Philharmoniker · Rattle

  • 1924 FP of Arnold Schoenberg's opera Die glückliche Hand 'The Fateful Hand' at the Volksoper in Vienna. Drama with music.

  • 1926 Birth of Italian tenor Cesare Curzi. Search Amazon.com for Cesare Curzi

  • 1926 FP of D'ALBERT's "Der Golem" Frankfurt.

  • 1928 Birth of American pianist Gary GRAFFMAN in NYC. BIO.  Search Amazon.com for Gary GRAFFMAN

  • 1928 Birth of Croatian mezzo-soprano Silvana Zanolli, in Fiume. Search Amazon.com for Silvana Zanolli

  • 1929 Birth of composer Alfredo Santos Buenaventura

  • 1929 Birth of Finnish tenor Timo Mustakallio,  [stage name, Timo Callio] in Viiala. d. Nov. 1984, Helsinki. Début: Helsinki[Radamès] Aida (1961). Sang in Düsseldorf (1965); Stuttgart (1968);Berlin, Paris, Munich, and NYCO. In 1973, he established theSavonlinna Opera Festival, a foundation to help Finnish singers intheir further studies. The Mustakallio Singing Competition atSavonlinna was named after this artist. Search Amazon.com for Timo Callio

  • 1930 FP of George Gershwin's musical Girl Crazy with songs Embraceable You and I Got Rhythm at the Alvin Theater in NYC. CD-George Gershwin: Girl Crazy

  • 1931 Birth of Columbian harpsichordist Rafael PUYANA in Bogota. Search Amazon.com for Rafael PUYANA died 1 MAR 2013.

  • 1932 Birth of American tenor Enrico di Giuseppe, in South Philadelphia. MET Début: June 20,1969 [Alfredo] La Traviata, 13 seasons (1968-76, 82-87) 161 perf., 25works. 

  • Norma/Act 1 - Meco All'altar Di Venere

  • 1933 FP of ZEMLINSKY's "Der Kreidekreis" Zürich.

  • 1934 Birth of Swedish soprano Berit LINDHOLM in Stockholm. Search Amazon.com for Berit LINDHOLM

  • Great Swedish Singers - Berit Lindholm

  • 1935 Birth of American composer La Monte 'Thornton' YOUNG in Bern Idaho.

  • 1939 Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) established to compete with ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers). The two music licensing organizations’ assuring composers, artists and publishers are properly compensated for the use of their compositions. 

  • Ascap Biographical Dictionary

  • 1940 Birth of de soprano Hilde Groote. 

  • 1943 Birth of American composer Anthony IANNACCONE in NYC. Search Amazon.com for Anthony IANNACCONE

  • 1946 Birth of Italian bass Alfredo Zanazzo, in Imperia. MET Debut Sep. 23,1986 [King] Aida, 1 season (1986-87) 6 perf., 1 work. Search Amazon.com for Alfredo Zanazzo

  • 1947 Birth of American composer David MEANS in Minneapolis, MN. Search Amazon.com for David MEANS

  • 1952 Birth of Finnish composer Kaija SAARIAHO in Helsinki. Search Amazon.com for Kaija SAARIAHO

  • 1955 Birth of American composer James DELLAMANO.

  • 1956 FP of Alan Hovhaness' Symphony No. 3. Symphony of the Air, Leopold Stokowski conducting. CD-Hovhaness: Mystery Of The Holy Martyrs/Symphony No.3

  • 1957 Birth of Argentinian composer Claudio ALSUYET in Buenos Aires.

  • 1958 Birth of American composer Laura HOFFMAN in Lynchberg, VA. 

  • 1958 Birth of Belgian composer Michel LYSIGHT in Uccle/Ukkel, Brussels. Search Amazon.com for Michel LYSIGHT

  • 1958 Birth of American composer Carlton Joseph WILKINSON.

  • 1958 Birth of American composer Dave HOLLINDENSearch Amazon.com for Dave HOLLINDEN

  • 1960 FP of Walter Piston's Violin Concerto No. 2. Joseph Fuchs with Pittsburgh Symphony, William Steinberg conducting. CD-Piston: Concertos

  • 1967 Birth of composer, conductor and clarinetist Derek BERMEL. Additional BioSearch Amazon.com for Derek BERMEL

  • 1970 FP of Witold Lutoslawski's Cello Concerto. Mstislav Rostropovich with Bournemouth Symphony conducted by Edward Downes, in London. CD-Witold Lutoslawski: Concerto for Cello / Novellettes

  • 1971 FP of Dominic Argento's opera Postcard from Morocco. Center Opera at the Cedar Village Theater, in Minneapolis, MN. CD-Dominick Argento: Postcard From Morocco

  • 1987 Death of Spanish composer Rodolfo Halffter in Mexico City. b-Madrid, 20 OCT 1900. Search Amazon.com for Rodolfo Halffter

  • 1990 Death of American conductor and composer Leonard BERNSTEIN, at age72, in NYC. NY Times OBITUARY. b-Lawrence, MA 25 AUG 1918. Search Amazon.com for Leonard BERNSTEIN

  • Overture to Candide

  • 1995 FP of George Tsontakis' The Dove Descending No. 3 of Four Symphonic Quartets based on poems of T.S. Eliot. Pasadena Symphony, Jorge Mester conducting. CD-George Tsontakis: Four Symphonic Quartets

  • 1999 FP of Peter Lieberson's Piano Concerto No. 2 Red Garuda. Peter Serkin with the Boston Symphony, Seiji Ozawa conducting. CD-Lieberson: Piano Concerto

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