NOVEMBER 14 Today in classical music history

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  • 1663 Birth of German composer, organist and teacher Friedrich Wilhelm ZACHOW in Leipzig. d-Halle, 7 AUG 1712. Search for Friedrich Wilhelm ZACHOW

  • 1719 Birth of German-Austrian composer Leopold MOZART in Augsburg. Father of Wolfgang. d-Salzburg, 28 MAY 1787. Search for Leopold MOZART

  • 1720 Publication of G. F. Handel's Suites des Pièces pour le Clavecin Vol I by John Cluer in London.

  • 1723 FP of Johann Sebastian Bach's Sacred Cantata No. 90 Es reisset euch ein schrecklich Ende. It is performed on the 25th Sunday following Trinity as part of Bach's first annual Sacred Cantata cycle in Leipzig, 1723-24.

  • 1774 Birth of Italian opera composer and conductor Luigi SPONTINI, in Maiolatti. d-Maiolatti, 24 JAN 1851. Search for Luigi SPONTINI

  • 1778 Birth of German pianist and composer Johann Nepomuk HUMMEL in Pressburg. d-Weimar, 17 OCT 1837. Search for Johann Nepomuk HUMMEL

  • 1802 FP of Ludwig Von Beethoven's String Quintet, Op. 29. At his apartment in Vienna. CD-Beethoven: Complete String Quartets

  • 1805 Birth of German composer Fanny MENDELSSOHN-HENSEL in Hamburg, sister of Felix. d-Berlin, 14 MAY 1847. Search for Fanny MENDELSSOHN-HENSEL

  • 1816 Birth of pedigog Reverend John CURWIN in Yorkshire, England. Developed a system to use solfege syllables or tonic system i.e. 'sol, fa' teaching system based on the objective of Miss S. A. Glover. d-Manchester, 26 MAY 1880.

  • 1831 Death of Austrian-born composer, music publisher and piano maker Ignace Joseph Pleyel at age 74, in Paris. b-Ruppertsthal, 18 JUN 1757. Search for Ignace Joseph Pleyel

  • 1850 Birth of Finnish soprano Emmy Charlotta Achte,  in Olou. d. Dec. 2, 1924.

  • 1857 Birth of English composer Rosalind Elliott in Cambridge. d-Kent, 5 APR 1924.

  • 1858 Birth of American mezzo-soprano Hélène Hastreiter, in Louisville, KY. d. Aug. 6, 1922.

  • 1860 Birth of Russian baritone Joachim Tartakov, in Odessa. d. Lenningrad, Jan. 22, 1923. Search for Joachim Tartakov,

  • The Voices Of The Czar, Vol. 1: The Old Recordings (1901-1915): Tenors, Baritones, Basses
  • 1867 Birth of American soprano Grace Golden,  [Goldini, Mme or Mlle] in New Harmony, IN. d. New Harmony, Aug. 14, 1903: (Consumption) She was buried in her Juliet costume in Maple Hill Cemetery, New Harmony, Indiana. MET Début as Grace Goldini: Nov. 16, 1883 [Page] Rigoletto, two days after her sixteenth birthday, 1 season (1883-84) 4 perf., 1 work.

  • 1887 (JC, GC=26 NOV) FP of Tchaikovsky's Suite No. 4 Mozartiana, in Moscow. Search for Mozartiana

  • 1896 Birth of Hungarian tenor Koloman von Pataky, in Lendva. d. Hollywood, Apr. 28, 1964. Search for Koloman von Pataky

  • Lebendige Vergangenheit - Koloman von Pataky
  • 1896 FP of Antonin Dvorák's symphonic poem The Water Goblin Op. 107, in London. CD-Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 / The Water Goblin

  • 1900 Birth of American composer Aaron COPLAND in Brooklyn NY. d-Tarrytown, NY 2 DEC 1990. Search for Aaron COPLAND

  • 1902 Birth of Italian tenor Carlo Buti, in Firenze. d. Montelupo Fiorentino, Nov. 16, 1963. Search for Carlo Buti

  • 1905 Birth of Swiss cellist, viol player and conductor August WENZINGER. Directed Schola Cantorum Basiliensis from 1934-1970. Search for August WENZINGER

  • 1908 Opening of the newly rebuilt Brooklyn Academy of Music, now also known as BAM. Performance of Gounod's opera Faust by Metropolitan Opera conducted by Francesco Spetrino with Enrico Caruso and Geraldine Farrar. The original Brooklyn Academy of Music was founded in 1861 and was destroyed by a fire on 10 NOV 1903. Search for Brooklyn Academy of Music

  • 1908 FP of Oscar Straus' operetta Der tapfere Soldat, based on George Bernard Shaw's play Arms and Man, in Vienna. Opened in New York in 1909, and in London in 1910 as The Chocolate SoldierCD-Strauss: The Chocolate Soldier

  • 1915 Death of Austrian pianist, teacher and composer Theodore Leschetizky in Dresden. b-Lancut, Poland 22 JUN 1830. Search for Theodore Leschetizky

  • 1917 Birth of German bass Ludwig Welter. d. Feb. 20, 1965.

  • 1918 Birth of American contralto Jean Madeira, (Jean Browning) in Centralia, Il. d. Providence, RI. July 10, 1972. Search for Jean Madeira

  • 1919 Birth of German soprano Lisa Otto, in Dresden.

  • 1922 Death of Austrian bandmaster and operetta composer Karl Michael Ziehrer at age 79, in Vienna. Search for Karl Michael Ziehrer

  • 1924 Birth of Ukranian-born violinist Leonid KOGAN. d- 17 nov 1982. Search for Leonid KOGAN

  • Leonid Kogan: Interpretations
  • 1925 Death of German-English composer and pianist Agnes Zimmermann in London. b-Cologne, 5 JUL 1845.

  • 1926 Birth of Austrian soprano Leonie RYSANEK, in Vienna. d-8 MAR 1998. MET: Début: Feb. 5, 1959 [Lady Macbeth] Macbeth, 31 seasons (1958-73, 75-80, 81-82, 83-88, 90-94, 95-96) 299 perf. 24 roles, 22 works. Search for Leonie RYSANEK BIOGRAPHY... Leonie Rysanek. Debut as Agathe in Freischutz (Weber) 1949 WIKIPEDIA BIOTeachers:- Rudolf Grossmann, Alfred Jerger. 

  • 1927 Birth of Spanish guitarist Narciso YEPES in Marchena. d-Cancer, in Murcia, Spain MAY 1997. Search for Narciso YEPES

  • 1930 Birth of British pianist Peter KATINSearch for Peter KATIN

  • 1930 FP of Sergei Prokofiev's Symphony No. 4. Boston Symphony, Serge Koussevitzky conducting. The first public performance of the revised version was on 5 JAN 1957, by the USSR State Symphony conducted by Gennady Rozhdestvensky. CD-Prokofiev: 7 Symphonies / Lieutenant Kijé

  • 1931 Birth of American classical music radio host Robert J. LURTSEMA Morning Pro Musica, a classical music program from WGBH-FM, Boston. d-2000Search for Robert J. LURTSEMA

  • 1932 Birth of American composer Raymon ZUPCO.

  • 1934 Birth of Spanish tenor Bernabé Marti. Search for Bernabé Marti

  • 1935 FP of Paul Hindemith's Der Schwanendreher Concerto on Old Folk Songs for Viola and Small Orchestra. Hindemith was soloist with Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Willem Mengelberg. CD-Hindemith: Viola Concertos

  • 1937 Leonard Bernstein meets his composition instructor Aaron Copland for the first time in NYC, Copland's 37th birthday. 

  • 1938 FP of N. Miaskovsky's Violin Concerto in Leningrad. CD-Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1; Miaskovsky: Violin Concerto, Op. 44

  • 1939 Birth of electronic composer Walter CARLOS in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Transexual became Wendy CARLOS.  Search for Walter CARLOS

  • 1942 Birth of Russian cellist Natalia GUTMAN in Kazan. Search for Natalia GUTMAN

  • 1943 Debut of conductor Leonard Bernstein conducts NY Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time for ailing conductor Bruno Walter. A sudden conducting debut at Carnegie Hall. A program of works by Robert Schumann, Miklós Rósza, Richard Strauss, and Richard Wagner. [Bill Fodor notes: Concerning the Bernstein Debut performance entry, Wikipedia ( gives the debut date as 11/14/43 (scroll down to 1940-1950), as does the Carnegie Hall website in its performance history (!start=11/13/1943&end=11/14/1943) [select the NY Philharmonic 11/14/43 result and the program for that date pops up. FWIW, Wikipedia notes that Rodzinski was the NY Phil MD & Bruno Walter was slated that date as a guest conductor. In any event, Lenny subbed for Bruno, who was ill.]

  • 1943 FP of M. Rozas' Variations on a Hungarian Peasant Son in NYC. CD-Rozsa : Hungarian Sketches/ Sedares, New Zealand SO

  • 1944 FP of Dimitri Shostakovich's Piano Trio No. 2, with the composer as soloist with the Beethoven Quartet. Also FP of Piano Trio No. 2. Dimitri Tsiiganov, violin and Sergei Shirinsky, cello with composer at the piano, on the same program as the premiere of Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 2, by the Beethoven Quartet, in Leningrad. CD-Dvorak: Trio No4; Shostakovich: Trio No2, Op67

  • 1946 Death of Spanish composer Manuel de Falla at age 69, in Alta Gracia, Argentina. Retired in Argentina, 1939. b-Cádiz, Spain 23 NOV 1876. Search for Manuel de Falla

  • 1947 Birth of American baritone Jake Gardner, in Oneonta, N.Y. Search for Jake Gardner

  • 1948 Birth of American composer William AVERITT. Professor of music theory and composition at Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA. .

  • 1950 Birth of American bass Julien Robbins, in Harrisburg, PA. MET Début: Nov. 15, 1979 [King] Aida, 20 seasons (1979-87, 88-thru 2000) 539 perf., 44 roles, 39 works. Search for Julien Robbins

  • 1951 Birth of Dutch composer Jacob ter VELDHUIS in Scheemda. Search for Jacob ter VELDHUIS

  • 1954 FP of Roy Harris' Symphonic Epigram Dimitri Mitropoulos conducting New York Philharmonic.

  • 1954 Leonard Bernstein is featured on a Sunday afternoon CBS-TV program Omnibus, hosted by Alistair Cooke, featuring Bernsteins' sketches of the 1st movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. Search for CBS-TV program Omnibus

  • 1955 Birth of German tenor Hans-Jorg Weinschenk. 

  • 1955 FP of Henry Cowell's Symphony No. 6. Houston Symphony, Leopold Stokowski conducting.

  • 1960 Birth of Belgian composer Piet SWERTS in Tongeren. Search for Piet SWERTS

  • 1965 Birth of American baritone Ettore Kim.

  • 1977 Death of English composer Richard Addinsell at age 73, in London. b-Oxford, 13 JAN 1904. Search for Richard Addinsell

  • 1980 Leonard Bernstein conducts the National Symphony in Washington, D.C. Featuring an 80th birthday tribute of Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait. Copland was the narrator. Search for Copland's Lincoln Portrait

  • 1985 FP of Aaron Copland's Proclamation for Orchestra orchestration by Philip Ramey, by New York Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta, in Avery Fisher Hall. Search for Copland's Proclamation for Orchestra

  • 1990 Memorial concert to Leonard Bernstein, "A Concert Remembering Lennie" was presented at Carnegie Hall. Memorializing Bernstein's death in New York City on 14 OCT 1990.

  • 1996 FP of Andrew Waggoner's Symphony No. 2, in Zlin, Czech Republic, by the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, Petr Pololanik, conducting. Search for Waggoner's Symphony No. 2

  • 2001 FP of Richard Danielpour's An American Requiem. Soloists with the Pacific Symphony, Carl St. Clair conducting. CD-Danielpour: An American Requiem

  • 2002 FP of Variations on Thelonious Monk’s 'Round Midnight'. The variations by Roberto Andreoni, Milton Babbitt, Alberto Barbero, Carlo Boccadoro, William Bolcom, Uri Caine, Filippo Del Corno, David Crumb, George Crumb, Michael Daugherty, John Harbison, Fred Hersch, Joel Hoffman, Aaron Jay Kernis, Gerald Levinson, Matthew Quayle, Eric Reed, Frederic Rzewski, Augusta Reed Thomas, and Michael Torke. Performed by Italian pianist Emanuele Arciuli at Columbia University’s Miller Theater in NYC.

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