DECEMBER 11 Today in classical music history

Apostolo ZENO

  • 1669 Birth of Italian librettist Apostolo ZENO in Venice. Apostolo ZENO

  • 1721 Marriage of J.S. Bach's employer, Prince Leopold of Cöthen, 27, to Frederica Henrietta von Anhalt-Bernburg, 19, at Bernburg. She is not a music fan and a year later Bach applies for a new job in Leipzig.

  • 1726 FP of J. S. Bach's Cantata No. 207 Vereinigte Zwietracht der wechselnden Saiten composed for the installation of philologist and jurist Gottlieb Kortte as Professor of Law at the University of Leipzig.

  • 1757 Birth of English organist and harpsichordist Charles WESLEY, Jr. in Bristol. d-London, 23 MAY 1834.

  • 1758 Birth of German teacher and composer Carl ZELTER in Berlin. Taught Mendelssohn. Founder of men's singing societies. d-Berlin, 15 MAY 1832. Search Carl ZELTER.

  • 1803 Birth of French composer Hector BERLIOZ in Cote-Saint-Andre. d-nr Grenoble, 8 MAR 1869. Search Hector BERLIOZ.

  • 1811 Birth of Polish tenor Julian Dobrski in Nowe, Poland. Died 2 May 1886, Debut as Almaviva in Barbiere di Siviglia Teacher :- C E Soliva Pupil :- Teodozja Friderici-Jakowicka Created Jontek in Halka (Moniuszko) Stefan in Haunted Manor (Moniuszko).

  • 1838 Birth of English composer Whitney Eugene THAYER. d-1889. Gabriel Soulacroix Baritone Born 11 Dec 1853 Fumal Died 1905 Debut in Dragons de Villars (Maillart) 1878 Created Prior in Jongleurs de Notre Dame (Massenet) Gabriel in Pilote (Urich) Treocrite in Arethuse (De Montgomery) Myrrhon in Messeline (De Lara) Sang in premiere of Basoche (Messager).

  • 1853 (1855 '56?) Birth of Welsh baritone David Thomas Ffrangcon-Davies in Bethesda, Gwynedd. Died 13 Apr 1919. Debut as Herald in Lohengrin (Wagner) 1890 Teachers :- Latter, Albert Randeggar, William Shakespeare.

  • 1855 Birth of composer Julian EDWARDS. d-1910.

  • 1862 Birth of Polish tenor Hans Rudiger in Zullichau. Died 30 Oct 1937, Debut in 1896 Created Don Eugenio de Zunige in Corregidor (Wolf).

  • 1864 Death of German tenor Aloys Ander. Born 24 Aug 1821 in Libitz. Died 11 Dec 1864, Debut as Alessandro Stradella in Alessandro Stradella (Flotow) 1845 Created Lionel in Martha (Flotow).

  • 1864 Birth of German pianist Adele ous der Ohe in Hanover. d-Berlin, 7 DEC 1937.

  • 1873 FP of J. Brahms' String Quartet in c, Op. 51, no. 1, by the Hellmesberger Quartet, in Vienna. CD-Brahms: Complete String Quartets.

  • 1876 Birth of Polish orchestral composer Mieczyslaw KARLOWICZ, in Wiszniew, Lithuania. d-8 FEB 1909. Search Mieczyslaw KARLOWICZ.

  • 1883 Death of Italian tenor Giovanni Mario. Born 17 Oct 1810 in Cogliari, Sardinia. Debut as Robert in Robert le Diable (Meyerbeer) 30 Nov 1838 Teachers:- Giulio Bordogni, Louis Ponchard, Giovanni Battista Rubini Ciro Pinsuti Pupil :- Fernando Valero Created Ernesto in Don Pasquale (Donizetti) Lodovico Martelli in Assedio di Firenze (Bottesini) Don Carlos in Don Carlos (Costa) Bravo in Bravo (Marliani) Federico in Don Desiderio (Poniatowski) Sang in premiere of Fantasma (Persiani) Corrado d'Altamura (Ricci F).

  • 1892 (1895?) Birth of Russian-American composer and pianist Leo ORNSTEIN in Kremenchug. d-Green bay, WI 24 FEB 2002. Search Leo ORNSTEIN.

  • 1892 Birth of Italian tenor Giacomo LAURI-VOLPI in Rome Died 17 Mar 1979 Debut as Arturo in Puritani (Bellini) 2 Sept 1919 Teachers:- Antonio Cotogni, Enrico Rosati Created Pedro in Anima Allegra (Vittadini). Search Giacomo LAURI-VOLPI .

  • 1897 Birth of Austrian baritone Fritz Krenn in Vienna. Died 13 July 1963, Debut as Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) Teacher :- Otto Iro Created Clement de Jonghe in Rembrandt van Rijn (Von Klenau) Sang in premiere of Neues vom Tage (Hindemith). Search Fritz Krenn .

  • 1899 Birth of Swiss tenor Max Meili. in Winterthur. d- 17 Mar 1970, Teacher :- Felix Von Kraus.

  • 1906 Birth of Italian soprano Sara Scuderi Soprano Born 11 Dec 1906 Catania, Sicily. Died 24 Dec 1987 Debut as Desdemona in Otello (Verdi) 1925 Teacher :- Matteo Aderno Sang in premiere of Volte Della Vergine (Carmassi) Giulio Cesare (Malipiero).

  • 1908 FP of Frederick Delius' In a Summer Garden. London Philharmonic. CD-Delius: Orchestral Works

  • 1908 Birth of American composer and teacher Elliott Cook CARTER, Jr. in NYC. Publisher's Site. Died November 5, 2012

  • 1910 Birth of baritone Gunther Ambrosius. Died 18 Mar 1972, Teacher :- Julius van Raatz-Brockmann Sang in premiere of Kluge (Orff).

  • 1918 Russian conductor Nikolai Sokoloff leads the first concert of the Cleveland Orchestra at Gray's Armory. A benefit for St. Ann's Church the program included Liszt's Les Préludes, Victor Herbert's American Fantasy, Bizet's Carmen Suite, two movements of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, Liadov's Enchanted Lake.

  • 1925 Birth of mezzo-soprano Bette Bjorling. Debut as Amneris in Aida (Verdi) 1947 Teacher :- Karin Branzell.

  • 1925 FP of Carl Nielsen's Symphony No. 6 Sinfonia Semplice. Composer conducting Royal Orchestra in Copenhagen. CD-Nielsen: Symphonies no 4-6 / Blomstedt, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

  • 1928 Library of Congress organizes The Society of Friends of Music and presents it's first concert.

  • 1929 Birth of Bulgarian tenor Peter Gougaloff  in Welmgrad, Bulgaria. Debut as Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) 1961 Teachers:- Christo Brambarov, Rudolf Dresslmair, Helge Roswaenge Sang in premiere of Dreyfus Die Affaire (Meier).

  • 1929 Birth of mezzo-soprano Laime Andersone-Silare in Latvia. Pupil :- Ieve Kepe.

  • 1935 Death of tenor Modest Menzinsky. Born 29 Apr 1875 in the village of Novosilky, which at the time was part of the Austrian Empire. Today, it is in Ukraine. Debut as Lionel in Martha (Flotow) 19 Sep 1901. Teachers:- Julius Stockhausen, Valerie Wysocki. Created Nan in Irrelohe (Schrecker). Lebendige Vergangenheit - Modest Menzinsky

  • 1935 FP of Alban Berg's Lulu in Vienna. CD-Berg: Lulu.

  • 1935 FP of Henry Cowell's Mosaic Quartet String Quartet No. 3. Modern Art Quartet at the 7th of the WPA Composers' Forum-Laboratories, at the Midtown Community Center in NYC. CD-Cowell: Mosaic.

  • 1937 Birth of American composer Jan BACH in Forrest, IL.

  • 1939 Birth of Japanese soprano Atsuko Azuma in Osaka. Debut as Suzel in Amico Fritz (Mascagni) 1963 Teachers:- Ettore Campogalliani, Giulio Tess, Fumiko Yotsuya Sang in premiere of Rashomon (Ludwig). Opera Arias   Opera Arias

  • 1941 Birth of English tenor Jeffrey Lawton in Oldham. Debut as Florestan in Fidelio (Beethoven) 1981 Teacher :- Patrick McGuigan.

  • 1944 Birth of American tenor Jon Garrison in Higgensville, Mo. Debut as Porter in Death in Venice (Britten) 19 Oct 1974 Created Adonis in Garden of Adonis (Weisgall) Edmund in Holy Blood and Crescent Moon (Copeland) Pedro in Ines de Castro (Macmillan). Symphony No. 3 'Song of the Night' (Piesn o nocy) Op. 27: II. Vivace, scherzando.

  • 1944 Birth of composer David Ashley WHITE.

  • 1946 Birth of Scottish tenor Neil MACKIENo. 20 Air (Alto) He Shall Feed His Flock Like A Shepherd.

  • 1950 FP of Paul Hindemith's Clarinet Concerto. Benny Goodman, Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy conducting. CD-Martin Fröst plays concertos dedicated to Benny Goodman

  • 1952 First Pay-TV presentation of an opera. At 31 theaters over 70,000 people saw Richard Tucker in Carmen.

  • 1953 Death of English conductor Albert Coates in Milnerton, South Africa. b-St. Petersburg, Russia 23 APR 1882. Search Albert Coates.

  • (18 DEC?) 1958 Birth of American composer Julia WOLFE. Schirmer, her publisher-distributor in its Composer's anniversary pages has JW's 50th b-day anniv. scheduled for Dec 18, 2008. Dark Full Ride: Music in Multiples.

  • 1959 FP of Dutilleux's Symphony No. 2, in Boston. CD-Henri Dutilleux: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2.

  • 1962 Death of Danish soprano Hanna Allin. Born 5 Sep 1916 in Denmark. Teachers:- Margrete Ernst, Kristine Lindemann, Elizabeth Rado, Rizzo Ingeborg Steffenson. Act 2: Slutning

  • 1962 Debut of Wagnerian tenor Jess Thomas at the MET Opera in Die Meistersinger.
    Photo. b-South Dakota, 4 AUG 1927. d-11 OCT 1993. Debut as Malcolm in Macbeth (Verdi) 1957. Search Jess Thomas .

  • 1964 Death of Austrian composer and wife of composer Gustav Mahler, Alma Schindler Mahler in NYC. b-Vienna, 31 AUG 1879. Gustav Mahler: Memories & Letters (Music Book Index Series).

  • 1967 Death of Italian conductor and composer Victor de Sabata in Santa Margherita. b-Trieste, 10 APR 1892. Search Victor de Sabata.  Victor De Sabata

  • 1971 Birth of American composer Daniel Bernard ROUMAINSearch Daniel Bernard ROUMAIN.

  • 1971 Death of Italian soprano Ina Maria Ferraris. Born 1882 in Milan. Died 11 Dec 1971, Debut as Philine in Mignon (Thomas) 1908 Teacher :- Vittorio Vanzo Created Lisette in Rondine (Puccini).

  • 1976 Death of Italian tenor Francesco Merli. Born 27 Jan 1887 in Milan. Debut as Alvaro in Fernand Cortez (Spontini) 1916 Teachers:- Borghi, Negrini, Pupils :- Michele Molese, Primo Zambruno Created Baldo in Belfagor (Respighi) Fausto in Urania (Favara). Search Francesco Merli.

  • 1981 FP of David Diamond's Violin Sonata No. 2. Robert McDuffie, violin and William Black piano at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

  • 1985 Death of Bulgarian tenor Dimiter Uzunov. Born 10 Dec 1922 in Stara Zagori, Bulgaria. Debut as Werther in Werther (Massenet) 1947 Teachers:- L Prokopova, Christo Brambarov.

  • 1985 FP of Philip Glass & Robert Moran's opera The Juniper Tree. American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA.

  • 1996 Death of English soprano Gwen Catley. Born 2 Sep 1906 in London. Teachers:- Walter Hyde, Julian Kimbell, Mirskey, Bantock Pierpoint Pupil :- Joanne Michelle.  Gwen Catley: Favorite Coloratura Arias & Songs

  • 1999 Death of German soprano Hanne-Lore Kuhse. Born 28 Mar 1925 in Schwaan a municipality in the district of Bad Doberan, in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. Debut as Leonora in Fidelio (Beethoven) 1951 Teachers:- Paul Lohmann, Charlotte Menzel, Helene Schlushnus Pupil :- Gunnar Gudbjornsson

  • 2012 Death of Russian soprano Galina VISHNEVSKAYA. Debut in 1953 as Tatiana in Tchaikovsky's Eugen Onegin at Bolshoi Opera. m-Russian cellist and conductor M. Rostropovich in 1955. MET: Début: Nov. 6, 1961 [Aida] Aida, 2 seasons (1961-62, 74-75) 6 perf., 3 works. Search for Galina VISHNEVSKAYA

  • Galina: A Russian StoryGalina Vishnevskaya Sings Shostakovich & Mussorgsky

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