DECEMBER 12 Today in classical music history

  • 1527 Appointment of Adrian Willaert as choir master of San Marco in Venice. Search Adrian Willaert.
  • 1788 Death of English organist Joseph Gibbs in Ipswich. b-23 DEC 1699.
  • 1792 Beethoven pays Franz Joseph Haydn for his first music lesson, in Vienna.
  • 1797 Birth of English pianist Lucy ANDERSON. First woman to solo with the Royal Philharmonic Society. Queen Victoria's piano teacher. d-24 DEC 1878.
  • 1798 Birth of Italian bass Carlo Cambiaggio in Milan. Died 13 April 1880 Debut in Elise e Claudio (Mercadante) 1829 Created Crispino in Crispino e la Comare (Ricci L & F) Sang all the parts in premiere of Terno al Lotto (Frondoni). Search Carlo Cambiaggio.
  • 1832 Death of Italian tenor Andrea Nozzari. Born 1775 in Bergamo. Debut 1794, Teachers:- Giuseppe Aprile, Giacomo Davide, Petrobelli Pupils :- Nikolay Ivanov, Antonio Poggi, Giovanni Battista Rubini Created Earl of Leicester in Elisabetta Regina D'Inghilterra (Rossini) Amenophis in Mose in Egitto (Rossini) Roderigo in Donna del Lago (Rossini) Otello in Otello (Rossini) Paolo Erisso in Maometto II (Rossini) Pyrrhus in Ermions (Rossini) Rinaldo in Armida (Rossini) Agoriante in Ricciardo e Zoraide (Rossini) Antenoe in Zelmira (Rossini) Alfredo in Alfredo il Grande (Donizetti) Priam in Ecuba (Manfroce) Alessandro in Alessandro nelle Indie (Pacini) Amelio Holk in Vascello D'Occidente (Carafa) Fayel in Gabriella di Vergy (Carafa) Oreste in Ifigenia in Tauride (Carafa) Giasone in Medea in Corinto (Mayr) Ataliba in Cora (Mayr) Ercole in Apoteosi D'Ercole (Mercadante) Anacreonte in Anacreonte in Samo (Mercadante) Atamare in Sciti (Mercadante) Ernesto in Elisabetta D'Inghilterra (Pavesi).  A Hundred Years of Italian Opera, 1820-30
  • 1850 Birth of Germnan composer Car Wilhelm DRESCHER.
  • 1857 Birth of American soprano Lillian NORDICA (Norton) in Farmington, ME. Search Lillian NORDICA.
  • 1876 Birth of Czech baritone Emil Burian in Rakovnik. d- 9 Oct 1926, Debut 1895 Teachers:- Franz Pivoda, Moritz Wallerstein Pupils :- Arnold Flogl, Mi;oslav Jenik, Emanuel Kopecky, Josef Krikava, Karel Leiss, Otakar Macha, Jenik Niroslav, Lev Uhlir, Olga Valouskova.
  • 1881 Birth of German soprano Barbara Kemp in Cochem. Died 17 Apr 1959, Debut as Priestess in Aida (Verdi) 1903.
  • 1882 Death of Ukrainian soprano Hermine Rudersdorff in Boston, MA. b- Ivanovsky, 1822. Debut 1841 Teachers:- Giulio Bordogni, De Micherout Pupils :- Anna Drasdil, Isabel Fassett, Lilian Henschel, Emma Thursby Mary Salter.
  • 1887 Birth of Swedish composer Kurt ATTERBERG in Göteborg. d-Stockholm, 15 FEB 1974. Search Kurt ATTERBERG.
  • 1889 Birth of Czech pianist and musiclogist Vaclav STEPAN in Bohemia. Professor at Paris Conservatory and an important promoter of contemporary music.
  • 1891 FP of Brahms' Clarinet Quintet, Op 115, at the Singakademie, by Richard Mühlfeld and Joachim Quartet in Berlin. CD-Mozart / Brahms: Clarinet Quintets
  • 1894 Birth of French pianist Marcelle Fanny Soulage in Lima, Peru. d-1970.
  • 1900 Birth of English tenor Arthur Carron in Swindon. Died 10 May 1967, Debut 1929 Teacher :- Florence Easton Created Philip Nolan in Man Without a Country (Damrosch) Midas in Phoebus and Pan (Bach J S).
  • 1902 FP of Rimsky-Korsakov s opera Kashchey the Immortal in Moscow. CD-Rimsky-Korsakov: Kashcey the Immortal
  • 1906 Birth of German tenor Ludwig SUTHAUS. d-9 Sep 1971 Debut as Walther in Meistersingers (Wagner) 1928 Teachers:- Julius Lenz, Hans Grahl. Search Ludwig SUTHAUSLebendige Vergangenheit: Ludwig Suthaus
  • 1907 Birth of Roy Douglas, in Tunbridge Wells, England. Composer, pianist, member London Symphony Orchestra, organist, celesta player, fourth percussionist, created orchestration for 'Les Sylphides'. Working with Vaughan Williams: The Correspondence of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Roy Douglas
  • 1909 FP of Anatole Liadov's Kikimora in St. Petersburg. CD-Liadov: The Enchanted Lake & Other Orchestral Works
  • 1909 Death of German composer Carl Lorens.
  • 1910 Birth of Algerian baritone Louis Noguera. d-8 Mar 1984, Pupils :- Andree Esposito, Marc Vento Sang in premiere of Jorgen de Danemark (Challen).
  • 1911 Birth of American composer Thomas CANNING in Brookville, PA. Composition teacher at West Virginia University. 1980 the first annual Thomas Canning Composition Award. d-Morgantown, WV 4 OCT 1989.
  • 1920 FP of Ravel's La Valse at a Lamoureux Concert in Paris. CD-Ravel: Shéhérazade; Ma Mère l'Oye; La Valse
  • 1920 FP of Wolfgang Korngold's opera Die tote Stadt both in Hamburg and Cologne. CD-Korngold - Die tote Stadt / Leinsdorf
  • 1921 Birth of  German bass-baritone Toni Blankenheim in Cologne. Debut as Figaro in Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) 1945 Teachers:- Res Fischer, Dieter Jacob, Paul Lohmann Created Katos in Prometheus (Orff) Arden in Arden Must Die (Goehr) Juhani Puntii in Birthday (Aho) Ring Master in Smile at Foot of Ladder (Bibalo) Sang in premiere of Erben und Sterben (Roth) Kommt Davon (Krenek) Prince von Homburg (Henze) Goldene Bock (Krenek) Zerrissene (Von Einem) Belagerungszustand (Keleman) Candide (Constant) Grune Kakadu (Mohaupt) Prometheus (Orff).
  • 1926 FP of Dimitri Shostakovich's Piano Sonata No. 1 in Leningrad. CD-Shostakovich: Piano Sonatas & 24 Preludes.
  • 1929 FP of Constant Lambert's Rio Grande (The Brazilian river, not the Texas/Mexican Rio Bravo) for piano and orchestra in Manchester, England. CD-Constant Lambert: Summer's Last Will and Testament / Shimell, Burgess, Lloyd-Jones.
  • 1931 Birth of Italian pianist and teacher Maria TIPOSearch for Maria TIPO.Maria Tipo - Chopin Nocturnes
  • 1932 FP of Benjamin Britten's Phantasy Quartet No. 2 for oboe and strings. Leon Goossens and the International String Quartet in London. CD-Britten: Music for Oboe; Music for Piano
  • 1933 Death of American composer Theodore Moses Tobani in NYC. Age 79. Composed Hearts and Flowers in 1893.
  • 1934 Birth of Romanian composer Gheorghe COSTINESCUSearch Gheorghe COSTINESCU.
  • 1935 FP of Charles Haubiel's Portraits in Chicago.
  • 1936 Birth of American music instructor and composer Alfred 'Corky' FABRIZIO.
  • 1937 Birth of English organist and conductor Philip LEDGERSearch Philip LEDGER.
  • 1938 Birth of American composer Joel CHADABESearch Joel CHADABE.
  • 1938 Dodd, Mead and Company, NY Publishers, issue Oscar Thompson's one volume music reference The International Cycopedia of Music. The largest of it's kind. BOOK-International Encyclopedia Of Music And Musicians, The (Music Book Index).
  • 1943 Birth of composer Michèle REVERDY in Alexandra, Egypt. Search Michèle REVERDY.
  • 1946 FP of Philadelphia born composer Vincent Persichetti's The Hollow Men in Germantown, Philadelphia, PA. CD-Cowell, Persichetti and MacDowell
  • 1948 Birth of Scottish baritone Donald MAXWELL in Perth Debut as Morton in Mary Queen of Scot (Musgrave) 1977 Teacher :- Joseph Hislop. Search Donald MAXWELL.
  • 1948 Birth of American composer Anthony Walter ADAMS.
  • 1948 FP of Hans Walter Henze's Violin Concerto, in Baden-Baden. Henze: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 And 3 / 5 Night-Pieces
  • 1951 Birth of Israeli pianist Daniel ADNISearch Daniel ADNI.
  • 1956 Death of Italian composer Lorenzo Perosi in Rome. b-Tortona, 20 DEC 1872.
  • 1956 Death of Czech soprano Amalie Bobkova. Born 11 Oct 1874 on Turnov.  Debut as Marguerite in Faust (Gounod) 24 Aug 1900 Teachers:- Marie Petzldove-Sittova, Ludmilla Phohaska-Neumann.
  • 1959 Death of American soprano Marcella Craft. [photo] Born 11 Aug 1880 in Indianapolis. Debut 1902 Teachers:- Charles Adams, A Guagni, F Motting, Jacques Stockgold. Newswire Photo (M): Marcella Craft as "Salome"
  • 1968 Birth of American composer Charles COLEMAN in NYC.
  • 1968 Death of German composer Siegfried Reda in Mülheim. b-Bochum, 27 JUL 1916. Search Siegfried Reda.
  • 1970 Birth of Scottish composer David HORNE.
  • 1976 Death of German bass  Hans Kramer. Born 20 May 1906 in Mainz. Teachers:- Otto Ito, Walter Lorenz Created John Ball in Wat Tyler (Bush). short bio.
  • 1978 Birth of Turkish composer Evren GENIS in Ankara.
  • 1993 Death of English soprano Joan Cross. Born 7 Sep 1900 in London. Debut as Cherubino in Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) Teachers:- Peter Dawson, Dawson Freer, Gustav Holst Pupils :- Heather Begg, April Cantelo, Marie Collier, John Gibbs Victoria Godfrey, David Hillman, John Kitchener, Yvonne Minton Anna Pollak, Ramon Remedios, Pauline Tinsley, Elizabeth Parry Margaret Curphey, Ava June, Barbara Rendell, Suzanne Steele Created Lady Billows in Albert Herring (Britten) Elizabeth I in Gloriana (Britten) Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes (Britten) Female Chorus in Rape of Lucretia (Britten) Mrs Grose in Turn of the Screw (Britten) Duenna in Duenna (Gerhard) Sang in premiere of Take A Life (Searle). Albert Herring: Hows The Manhunt.
  • 1993 Death of English mezzo-soprano Mary Jarred. Born 9 Oct 1899 in  Brotton Yorkshire. Debut 1929 Pupil :- Sybil Michelow.
  • 1997 FP of Kevin Volans' Cello Concerto. Wen-Sinn Yang with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra in Munich.
  • 1999 Death of American pianist and composer Leo Smit in Encinitas, CA. b- Philadelphia, 12 JAN 1921. Search Leo Smit.
  • 2001 FP of Henry Brant's Pulitzer Prize winning [2002] Ice Field for orchestra. San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas conducting.
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