DECEMBER 23 Today in classical music

  • 1689 Birth of French composer Joseph Bodin de BOISMORTIER in Perpignan. d-Paris, 28 OCT 1755. Wikipedia Bio.
  • 1709 Birth of Belgian composer Jean-Noel HAMAL. d-26 NOV 1778. Search Jean-Noel HAMAL.
  • 1785 FP of W. A. Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22 in Eb K. 482, in Vienna. CD-Mozart: Great Piano Concertos, Vol. 2.
  • 1806 FP Beethoven's Violin Concerto w/o rehearsal and a sight by Franz Clement, 1st violin of the Orch Theatre an de Wein. CD-Beethoven: Concerto for violin in D.
  • 1812 Birth of American composer William HAUSER near Bethania, North Carolina. d-Wadley, GA 15 SEP 1880.
  • 1812 Death of French composer Michel Delaland in Chartres. aka as La Lande, de La Lande or Delalande, Michel-Richard Delalande was a chorister at St Germain-l'Auxerrois in Paris, church organist in service to Louis IV. Works include ballets and instrumental pieces as well as motets with instrumental accompaniment and other church music. b-1657. Michel-Richard Delalande.
  • 1869 Death of Polish composer Julian (Jules) Fontana in Paris. b-1810.-
  • 1875 Birth of American bass-baritone Putnam GriswoldNewswire Photo (S): Putnam Griswold as Konig Heinrich in Minneapolis, MN. Died 26 Feb 1914, Debut as Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing (Stanford) Premiere 1901 Teachers:- Jacques Bouhy, Franz Emmerich, Albert Randegger Julius Stockhausen Created Roman Governer in Mona (Parker) Leonato in Much Ado about Nothing (Stanford) Sang in premiere of Poia (Nevin).
  • 1876 Birth of American soprano Edith Helena in Brooklyn, NY. Died 26 Nov 1956 Debut as Violetta in Traviata (Verdi) 1904 Teachers:- Alberto De Bassini, Giovanni Tagliapietra.
  • 1880 FP of Antonin Dvorák's oratorio Stabat Mater in Prague. CD-Dvorak - Stabat Mater / Goerke · M. Simpson · Olsen · N. Berg · Atlanta SO · R. Shaw.
  • 1883 Birth of American soprano Carolina White in Massachusetts. Died 5 Oct 1961, Debut as Gutrune in Gotterdammerung (Wagner) 1908 Teachers:- Weldon Hunt, Paolo Longone, Sebastiani.
  • 1883 Death of Scottish soprano Jane Shirreff. Debut as Mandane in Artaxerxes (Arne) Teacher :- Thomas Welsh.
  • 1893 FP of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel fairy tale opera, at the Hoftheater in Weimar. CD-Great Recordings Of The Century - Humperdinck: Hansel Und Gretel / Karajan, Schwarzkopf, Grummer, Metternich, et al.
  • 1899 Death of Italian soprano Marietta Piccolomini. Born 15 Mar 1834 in Siena. Created Lucrezia in Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti) 1852 Teachers:- Mazzarelli, Pietro Romani, Raimondi Pupils :- Giuseppina Pasqua Created Almina in Almina (Campana). L'unione corale senese Marietta Piccolomini soprano.
  • 1900 Birth of German baritone Karl SCHMIDT-WALTER in Gernersheim am Rhein. d-Kreuth, Oberbayerem, 14 JAN 1985. Debut 1921 Teachers:- Gustav Landauer, Hans Reinmar, Richard Trunk Pupils :- Rudolf Hartmann, Tonny Landi, Bent Norup, Wolfgang Annheisser.
  • 1906 Birth of American composer and teacher Ross Lee FINNEY. in Wells, MN. d-1997.  Search Ross Lee FINNEY.
  • 1909 At The MET Opera in NYC, Alma Gluck first appears as the Happy Shade in the Toscanini revival of Orfeo by Gluck starring Louise Homer.
  • 1911 FP of Wolf-Ferarri's opera The Jewels of the Madonna, in Berlin.
  • 1912 Birth of German bass Josef Greindl in Munich. Died 16 Apl 1993, Debut as Hunding in Walkure (Wagner) 1936 Teachers:- Anna Bahr-Mildenburg, Paul Bender Pupil :- Caterina Ligendza Sang in premiere of Antigonae (Orff).
  • 1913 Birth of Dutch composer Hans HENKEMANS in The Hague. d-1995. Search Hans HENKEMANS.
  • 1919 FP of Carpenter's ballet The Birthday of the Infanta, based on an Oscar Wilde story, by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Stock.
  • 1920 Birth of American tenor Paul Franke in Boston. Debut as Youth in Amore dei Tre Re (Montemezzi) 1 Dec 1948.
  • 1921 FP of Carpenter's Krazy Kat Suite. Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Stock. Search Carpenter Krazy Kat .
  • 1924 FP of Nicolae Brean's opera Golan in Cluj, Romania.
  • 1934 Birth of Italian conductor Claudio SCIMONE who founded ensemble I Solisti Veneti in 1959. Studied with D. Metropoulos. Search  Claudio SCIMONE.  Search  I Solisti Veneti.
  • 1937 Death of English mezzo-soprano Muriel Foster. Born 21 Nov 1877 in Sunderland. Debut 1896 Teacher :- Anna Williams.
  • 1942 Birth of German composer Friedrich SCHENKER in Zeulenroda, Thüringen, Germany.
  • 1942 Death of Polish bass-baritone Josef von Manowarda Lebendige Vergangenheit - Josef von Manowarda (Vol.2). Born 3 July 1890 in Cracow. Debut 1911 Teacher :- Otto Iro Pupils :- Walter Hofermeyer, Alfred Poell, Ferdinand Burgmann Julius Katona Sang in premiere of Frau ohne Schatten (Strauss) Bakchantinnen (Wellesz).
  • 1946 Birth of Czech soprano Edita GRUBEROVA in Raca near Bratislava, Slovakia. Search Edita GRUBEROVA. Debut as Rosina in Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) 1968 Teachers:- Ruthilde Boesch, Maria Medvecka.
  • 1948 Birth of Italian composer Giorgio LANZANI in Milan. Stabat Mater.
  • 1949 ('45?) Birth of American electronic music composer and lecturer Maggi PAYNE. Search Maggi PAYNE.
  • 1949 Birth of American composer Adrian BELEW. Search Adrian BELEW.
  • 1950 Death of Italian composer Vincenzo Tommasini in Rome. b-Rome, 17 SEP 1878. La Lavandaia di S. Giovanni. Poesia di G. Carducci ... Canto e pianoforte.
  • 1952 Birth of Danish composer Hans ABRAHAMSENSearch Hans ABRAHAMSEN.
  • 1952 FP of D. Shostakovich's 24 Preludes and Fugues for piano which was part one of a two-part recital presented by pianist Tatyana Nikolayeva in Leningrad. CD-Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87
  • 1957 Birth of American composer Stephen MELILLIO.
  • 1960 Birth of American composer Elise KERMANI. Search Elise KERMANI.
  • 1961 Birth of English tenor Paul Nilon in West Yorkshire. Debut as Volano in Giasone (Cavalli) 1984 Teacher :- Frederic Cox. Otello: Otello, Act II: Duet: It is certain. She wrote this letter (Non m'inganno).
  • 1963 Death of Czech composer Jan Fisher in Bratislava. b-Louny, North Bohemian Region, 15 SEP 1921. 
  • 1966 Death of German Helmut Neugebauer. Born 1890 in Posen. Debut as Singer in Rosenkavalier (Strauss) 1911 Sang in premiere of Rauhensteiner Hochzeit (von Walterhausen) Francois Villon (Noelte).
  • 1975 Birth of American composer Peter GILBERT in Louisville, KY.
  • 1977 Death of Austrian soprano Lotte Schoene. Schöne and Tauber in OperettaBorn 15 Dec 1891 Vienna Died 23 Dec 1977 Debut as Bridesmaid in Freischutz (Weber) 15 Sep 1915 Teachers:- Marie Brossement, Johannes Ress, Luise Ress.
  • 1979 Birth of Spanish composer Xabier OIANGUREN in Eskoriatza.
  • 1982 Birth of Korean cellist Han-Na CHANG in Seoul, Korea. Vivaldi: Cello Concertos
  • 1986 Death of Italian baritone Carmelo Maugeri. Born 16 July 1889 in Catania. Debut as Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) 1913 Teachers:- Matteo Adorno,Tartine Sang in the premiere of Giulietta e Romeo (Zandonai) Farsa Amorosa (Zandonai) Cecilia (Refice) Oro (Pizzetti) Deresto Tentanto (Casella).
  • 1989 The first of two public performances of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9Choral at the Philharmonie in West Berlin, conducted by Leonard Bernstein. Perfomed by an international orchestra celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall. The second performance was on Christmas Day at the Schauspielhaus in East Berlin.
  •  Ode to Freedom - Beethoven: Symphony No. 9; Leonard Bernstein - Official concert of the Fall of the Berlin Wall 1989Ode to Freedom: Symphony No. 9Ode to Freedom: Bernstein in Berlin
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