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October 7 Today in classical music history

Shura Cherkassky
1909-1995
  • 1646 Orazio Benevoli takes position at Capella Giulia at St. Peter's in Rome.

  • 1697 FP of DESTOUCHES' "Issé" heroic pastorale, Fontainebleau. G & S: "Utopia Limited" (rev.1893).

  • 1698 Birth of composer Henri Madin

  • 1728 Death of Dresden concertmaster and violinist Jean Baptiste Volumier. Bach friend and fan. b-Spain.

  • 1741 FP of HASSE's "Numa Pompilio" Hubertusburg.

  • 1742 FP of HASSE's "Didone abbandonata" Hubertusburg.

  • 1745 FP of HASSE's "Arminio" Dresden.

  • 1746 Birth of American hymn composer William BILLINGS in Boston. d-26 SEP 1800. Search Amazon.com for William BILLINGS

  • 1747 FP of HASSE's "Leucippo" favola pastorale, Hubertusburg.

  • 1749 FP of HASSE's "Il natal di Giove" serenata, Hubertusburg.

  • 1753 FP of HASSE's "L'Eroe cinese" Hubertusburg.

  • 1755 FP of HASSE's "Il Rè pastore" Hubertusburg.

  • 1758 Birth of composer Paul Anton Wineberger

  • 1758 FP of HASSE's "Il sogno di Scipione" Warsaw.

  • 1770 FP of PAISELLO's "Le trame per amore" Naples.

  • 1774 Birth of composer Ferdinando Orlandi

  • 1782 Death of Welsh harper 'Blind John' Parry. Published Antient British Music, 1742. b-of Rhuabon, 1710. Search Amazon.com for Blind John' Parry

  • 1783 Death of English organist and composer William Tans'ur (Tanzer)in Dunchurch. b- 1700 in St. Neots - bap. 6 NOV 1706.

  • 1798 Birth of French violin craftsman Jean Baptiste VUILLAUME. d-1875.

  • 1801 Birth of composer Adolf Muller

  • 1802 Birth of composer Bernhard Molique

  • 1802 Birth of German violinist and composer Wilhelm Bernhard MOLIQUE. Conductor of Munich Orchestra from 1820. d-suburban Stuttgart, 10 MAY 1869. Search Amazon.com for Wilhelm Bernhard MOLIQUE

  • 1825 Death of Russian composer Dmitri BORTNIANSKY. From 1779 director of the Imperial Chapel Choir and developed religious music in Russia. Search Amazon.com for Dmitri BORTNIANSKY

  • 1828 FP of CARAFA's "La Violette" Paris.

  • 1832 Birth of American composer Charles Crozat CONVERSE in Warren, MA. aka Karl Redan Converse. d-Highwood, NJ, 18 OCT 1918. Search Amazon.com for Charles Crozat CONVERSE

  • 1835 Birth of German composer Felix DRAESEKE in Coburg. d-Dresden, 26 FEB 1913. Operas, "König Sigurd" (1867); "Herrat" (Dresden, 1892); "Gudrun" (Hanover, 1884): "Bertran de Born" (Not produced, 1894); "Fischer und Kalif" (Prague, 1905); "Merlin" (Gotha, 1913). Search Amazon.com for Felix DRAESEKE

  • 1836 FP of Mendelssohn's oratorio St. Paul in Liverpool, England. Sir George Smart conducting.

  • Mendelssohn: Paulus (St. Paul) / complete oratorio

  • 1844 Birth of French tenor Paolo LHERIE (Paul Levy) in Paris. The first Don Jose in Bizet's opera Carmen.

  • 1844 FP of ADAM's "Richard en Palestine" and on the same bill, "Cagliostro" Paris. Search Amazon.com for ADAM's "Richard en Palestine

  • 1878 FP of GOUNOD's "Polyeucte" Paris. Search Amazon.com for GOUNOD's "Polyeucte

  • 1879 Birth of composer Joseph Bovet

  • 1880 Birth of Spanish musicologist Jaume PAHISSA in Barcelona. d-Buenos Aires, 27 OCT 1969. Search Amazon.com for Jaume PAHISSA

  • 1884 Birth of Swedish soprano Lilly Hafgren-Wagg, in Stockholm. d. Berlin, Feb. 27, 1965. 

  • 1893 FP of Gilbert & Sullivan's operetta Utopia Limited at the Savoy Theatre in London. (ed note, corrected by Robert Sherrane, Music Librarian at Classical 887KCME. The correct title of this operetta is “Utopia, Limited, or The Flowers of Progress.”) [Corrections always welcomed cheerfully]

  • 1898 Birth of American conductor and cellist Alfred WALLENSTEIN in Chicago. (Chicago Sym Orch- 1922-29). d- 8 FEB 1984, NYC. Search Amazon.com for Alfred WALLENSTEIN

  • 1901 Birth of American composer Ralph RAINGER. d-8 AUG 1942. 

  • The Film Music of Ralph Rainger: Thanks for the Memory

  • 1902 Birth of ballerina Willemina J H "Mascha" ter Weene

  • 1905 FP of Victor Herbert's operetta Mlle. Modiste in Trenton, NJ. w/ Fritzi Scheff (s) (1879-1954) Austrian; The cast numbered 85 persons, and three carloads of scenery. The operetta is regarded as a soprano's operetta. Search Amazon.com for Victor Herbert's operetta Mlle. Modiste

  • 1909 Birth of pianist Shura Cherkassky in Odessa, Russia (now in Ukraine). Cherkassky's family fled to the United States to escape the Russian Revolution. d-London, 27 Dec 1995. Shura CHERKASSKYSearch Amazon.com for Shura CHERKASSKY

  • 1909 FP of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Zolotoy Pyetushok" Moscow.

  • 1909 FP of Rimsky-Korsakov's last opera Le Coq d'or, at the Solodovnikov Theater in Moscow. Search Amazon.com for Rimsky-Korsakov Le Coq d'or

  • 1909 FP of LEHÁR's "Das Fürstenkind" Vienna; [rev] "Der Fürst der Berge" Berlin, 9/23/23/ 1932. Search Amazon.com for LEHÁR's "Das Fürstenkind.

  • 1911 Birth of Dutch baritone Caspar Broecheler. b. Vaals, Holland. d. Apr. 25, 1983. Search Amazon.com for Caspar Broecheler

  • 1913 Birth of Russian dancer Irina Nijinska

  • 1915 Birth of composer Roman Padlewski

  • 1918 Death of English composer Sir Hubert Parry in Rustington, Sussex. b-Bournemouth, 27 FEB 1848. Search Amazon.com for Sir Hubert Parry

  • 1921 Birth of English pianist Miss Yaltah MENUHIN in San Francisco. Yehudi's younger sister. d-London, 9 JUN 2001 OBIT. Memorial Award Search Amazon.com for Yaltah MENUHIN

  • 1925 Birth of New Zealand baritone Bryan DRAKE. d-Ladenburg, 25 DEC 2001. Studied with his father Ernest Drake and then moved to the UK. Début as Escamillo in Carmen, in New Zealand, 1948. Joined Covent Garden in 1950 where he performed in comprimario parts. Joined the Welsh National opera, 1956. Popular with Britten interpretations. Director of the opera department at the Royal College of Music and voice coach at the Britten-Pears school in Aldeburgh.

  • 1926 Birth of composer Ivan Jirko

  • 1926 Birth of composer Marcello Abbado

  • 1927 FP of KORNGOLD's "Das Wunder der Heliane"  w/ Jan Kiepura (t) (1902-1966) Pol., and Lotte Lehmann (s) (1888-1976) Ger. Search Amazon.com for KORNGOLD's "Das Wunder der Heliane

  • 1932 First concert of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with Sir Thomas Beecham conducting. Search Amazon.com for London Philharmonic Orchestra

  • 1936 Birth of Swiss conductor Charles DUTOIT in Lusanne. MET Opera debut Les Contes d'Hoffmann, 21 DEC 1987, 2-seasons (1987-88, 89-90) 30-perf., of 3-works. Search Amazon.com for Charles DUTOIT

  • 1937 FP of Silvestre Revuelta's Redes in Barcelona. Search Amazon.com for Revuelta's Redes

  • 1939 FP of KORNGOLD's "DieKathrin" Stockholm.

  • 1939 FP of MILHAUD's "Médée" Antwerp, w/ Jeanine Micheau (s) (1914-1976) Fr. [Creuse]. Search Amazon.com for MILHAUD's "Médée

  • 1940 Birth of German bass-baritone Willem Laakman, in Aachen.

  • 1943 FP of WEILL's "One Touch of Venus" New York. Search Amazon.com for WEILL's "One Touch of Venus

  • 1948 FP of WEILL's "Love Life" New York. Search Amazon.com for WEILL's "Love Life

  • 1951 FP of Lukas Foss' Piano Concerto No. 2. The composer was soloist in Venice.

  • Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra: III. Allegro vivace

  • 1955 Birth of Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo MA in Paris, France. Search Amazon.com for Yo-Yo MA

  • 1955 FP of D. Milhaud's Symphony No. 6. Boston Symphony, composer conducting, in Boston, MA. Search Amazon.com for Milhaud's Symphony No. 6

  • 1956 FP of Dimitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 6. Beethoven Quartet ensemble in Leningrad. Search Amazon.com for Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 6

  • 1959 Death of film tenor Mario Lanza, in Rome, from heart attack at age 38. b-Philadelphia, PA.  Search Amazon.com for Mario Lanza.

  • The Mario Lanza Collection (3CD)

  •  In April 1959, Lanza suffered a minor heart attack, followed by double pneumonia in August. He died in Rome October 7, 1959 at the age of 38 from a pulmonary embolism after undergoing a controversial weight loss program. BIO
  • 1961 Birth of British composer Mark R. TAYLOR in London. aka Richard Bush. Search Amazon.com for Mark R. TAYLOR

  • 1961 FP of Henry Cowell's Symphony No. 15 Thesis. Louisville Orchestra, Robert Whitney conducting in Murray, KY. Search Amazon.com for Cowell's Symphony No. 15 Thesis

  • 1963 FP of José Serebrier's Poema Elegiaco. American Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski conducting. Search Amazon.com for Serebrier's Poema Elegiaco

  • 1964 Birth of Spanish composer Jordi VIVES i BATLLE in Barcelona.

  • 1970 Death of English tenor Kenneth Macdonald in London. b. Iona (Inner Hebrides) 1923.

  • 1976 Death of Russian composer, pianist and teacher Nikolai Lopatnikoff in Pittsburgh, PA. b-Tallin, Estonia, 16 MAR 1903.

  • Nikolai Lopatnikoff: Violin Concerto, Op. 26; Symphony No. 3, Op. 35

  • 1976 FP of David Del Tredici's Final Alice. Soprano Barbara Hendricks and the Chicago Symphony conducted by Sir Georg Solti in Chicago. Search Amazon.com for Del Tredici's Final Alice

  • 1981 Death of Dutch composer Wouter Paap in Lage Vuursche. b-Utrecht,7 MAY 1908. Search Amazon.com for Wouter Paap

  • 1983 FP of Arvo Pärt's If Bach Had Raised Bees for harpsichord, electric bass guitar, tape and ensemble, in Graz, Austria.

  • 1984 Death of German composer Herman Schröder in Bad Orb. b-Bernkastel-Kues, Mosel, 26 MAR 1904. Search Amazon.com for Herman Schröder

  • 1992 Death of English composer Harold Truscott in Deal, Kent. b-Seven Kings, Ilford, 23 AUG 1914. BioSearch Amazon.com for Harold Truscott

  • 1994 FP of Daniel Asia's Gateways for orchestra. Cincinnati Symphony, Herrman Michael conducting. Search Amazon.com for Daniel Asia's Gateways

  • 2000 FP of Jake Heggie's opera Dead Man Walking. San Francisco Opera, Patrick Summers conducting. Search Amazon.com for Heggie's opera Dead Man Walking

  • 2004 FP of James MacMillian's A Scotch Bestiary for orchestra and organ. The Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen with Wayne Marshall, organ. Part of the inauguration of the Walt Disney Hall organ.
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