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  • 1591 Birth of Dutch organist, harpsichordist and composer Janszoon SWEELINCK in Amsterdam. d-Amsterdam, 16 OCT 1621.
  • 1595 (27th)Death of Italian priest and composer Filippo Neri in Rome. b-Florence 21 JUL 1515.
  • 1601 Death of Italian composer Costanzo PORTA in Cremona.
  • 1651 FP of Cavalli's "La Calisto" Venice.
  • 1690 Death of Italian organist and conductor Giovanni Legrenzi in Venice. b-Clusone, 12 AUG 1626.
  • 1696 Death of German composer Heinrich Schwemmer in Nuremberg.
  • 1731 (JC, GC 6 JUN) Renaming of London's 'Academy for Vocal Music' as The Academy of Ancient Music. Johann Christoph Pepusch was artistic director.
  • 1773 Birth of Swiss composer and publisher Johann Hans NAGELI in Wetziken. d-Wetziken, 26 DEC 1836.
  • 1776 Birth of bass Joseph Adrien MARTIN in Liege. d-18 NOV 1822. Sang in FP of Pretendus (Lemoyne). Nephte (Lemoyne). Pommiers et la Moulin (Lemoyne). Demophon (Vogel. Oedipe a Thebe (Froid de Mereux). Astyanax (Kreutzer).
  • 1778 FP of Gossec's "La Fête de village" Paris.
  • 1782 Birth of Austrian composer Joseph DRECHSLER in Wällisch- Birken. d-Vienna, 27 FEB 1852. Operas, (6) "Die Feldmühle" (singspiel, 1812); "Pauline" (opera, Vienna, 1821); Operetta: (30).
  • 1803 FP of Paer's "Sargino, ossia L'Allievo dell'amour" Dresden.
  • 1825 Birth of composer Felipe Gutierrez y Espinoza
  • 1846 Birth of composer Arthur Coquard
  • 1853 Birth of composer Monroe A Althouse
  • 1856 Birth of composer George Templeton Strong
  • 1868 Death of Czech soprano Caroline Grunbaum. b-Prague, 18 MAR 1814. Debut Emmeline in Schweizerfamilie (Weigl) 1828. Teacher was Therese Grunbaum (mother). Created Anna in Hans Heiling (Marschner).
  • 1872 Birth of Russian tenor Leonid SOBINOV in Yaroslavl. d-14 OCT 1934. Teachers were A. M. Dodonov, Alexandrovna Santagano-Gorchakova.
  • 1877 Birth of dancer Isadora Duncan
  • 1885 Birth of Italian composer Leonardo PACINI in Pistoia. d-13 APR 1937. Opera, "Alla Muda" (1924); "Mirta" and operetta: "Il Pirata" (1927).
  • 1886 Birth of American composer Alice BARNETT. d-1975. Not to be confused with English contralto Alice Barnett.
  • 1889 Birth of Swedish tenor Aroldo LINDI aka Gustav Harald Lindau in Tuna, now Vimmerby, Sweden. d-San Francisco, 8 MAR 1944. Obituary. Came to Boston to study c. 1900. Was an auto painter and piano mover. His first appearances were in musical comedy, then he sang in a production of Aida. Sang at Hamburg, Rimini, Lisbon, Genoa, La Scala, Covent Garden, and the San Carlo Opera Co, Buffalo, Toronto, Milwaukee, Spokane, Los Angelis, San Francisco. While singing in I pagliacci, he suffered a fatal heart attack and died in full view of the audience, the orchestra continues to the end of the act, the audience and orchestra unaware that Lindi is dead of a heart attack. Recorded Aida on 78's, which included 18 discs, his only complete opera recording.
  • 1893 Birth of English composer and conductor Sir Eugene GOOSENS III, in London. Father and Grandfather also conductors and composers share same name. d-Hillingdon, 13 JUN 1962. From English musical family of Belgian descent. Both his father and grandfather were conductors and one of his brothers was a world renowned oboist. As a composer on par with Sir William Walton but was better known as a conductor. He conducted for the British National Opera Company and the Ballets Russe then posts at Covent garden, Rochester, NY, Phil. (1923-34); Cincinnati Sym. (1931-47), and others. Opera, "Judith" (London, 1929); "Don Juan de Mañara" (London, CG, 1937).
  • 1898 Birth of American composer, pianist and conductor Ernst BACON in Chicago. d-Orinda, CA 16 MAR 1990.
  • 1898 Birth of composer Gerard Bertouille
  • 1904 Birth of French pianist Vlado PERLEMUTER. d-Paris, 4 SEP 2002.
  • 1905 Birth of composer Hans Holewa
  • 1912 Death of Belgian composer Jan Blockx in Kapellenbos. b-Antwerp, 25 JAN 1851.
  • 1914 FP of Stravinsky's Le Rosignol by Ballet Russe in Paris.
  • 1916 Birth of American composer Louis 'Moondog' HARDIN in Marysville, KS. d-1999.
  • 1917 Birth of Swiss-Austrian soprano Inge (Simon) BORKH in Mannheim. MET Opera Début, 24 JAN 1958 [Salome] Salome, 3 seasons (1957-58, 60-61, 70-71) 22 perf. 5 roles. Debut as Czipra in Zigeunerbaron (Strauss) 1940. Teachers were Muratti, Simon, Alexander Welitsch. Pupil was Manfred Capell. Created Queen in Ashmedia (Tal). Cathleen in Irische Legend (Egk). Zulieda in Alcestiad (Talma).
  • 1923 FP of Edward Joseph Collins´ Tragic Overture (1914) and Maardi Gras performed was part of the finalists' concert of the North Shore Festival competition for new works for orchestra at Northwestern University. Chicago Symphony was conducted by Frederick Stock Collins. The overture won the $1000 first prize.
  • 1924 Death of Irish-American composer and cellist Victor Herbert in NYC. b-Dublin, 1 FEB 1859.
  • 1925 Birth of Dutch composer and organist Willem Hendrik ZWART in Zaandam. d-Kampen, 29 APR 1997.
  • 1926 Birth of American tenor and conductor Herbert HANDT in Philadelphia. PA. Debut as. Rinuccio in Gianni Schicci (Puccini). Teachers were Julius Patzak, Hans Swarowsky. Created Zuckertanz in Maria Golovin (Menotti). Sang in FP of Persefone (Lupi). Venere Prigionera (Malipiero).
  • 1926 Birth of Austrian-born British composer Joseph HOROVITZ.
  • 1926 FP of George Auric´s ballet La Pastorale in Paris.
  • 1926 Birth of composer Maria de Lourdes Martins
  • 1928 FP of Schubert's "Die Freunde von Salamanka" singspiel, Halle.
  • 1932 FP of Moore's Mary "Rizzio" Los Angeles.
  • 1937 Birth of Roumanian-American composer Yehuda YANNAY.
  • 1937 Birth of Finnish baritone Kari NURMELA in Viipuri. d-Warsaw, 21 JAN 1984. Debut as Di Luna in Trovatore (Verdi) 1961.
  • 1937 Birth of soprano Elaine MANCHET in Mali. Debut as Gilda in Rigoletto (Verdi) 1966. Teacher was Marcelle Bunlet.
  • 1938 Birth of Canadian soprano Teresa STRATAS in Toronto. MET Opera Début, 28 OCT 1959 [Poussette] Manon, 25 seasons (1959- 74, 77-82, 89-90, 91-92, 93-96) 381 perf., 41 roles, 36 works. Debut as Mimi in Boheme (Puccini) 1958. Teachers were Barbini, Hermann Geiger-Torel, Irene Jessner. Created Marie Antoinette in Ghost of Versailles (Corigliano). Nausicaa in Nausicaa (Glanville-Hicks). Isabella in Atlantida (De Falla).
  • 1938 Birth of American composer and pianist William BOLCOM in Seattle, WA. BIO
  • 1941 Birth of composer Imants Kalnins
  • 1946 Death of Japanese soprano Tamaki Miura. b-Tokyo, 22 FEB 1884. Debut as Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck). Teachers were Junker, Petzold, Sarcoli.
  • 1948 Birth of Iranian conductor and composer Ali RAHBARI in Varamin.
  • 1953 FP of Stockhausen's Kontra-Punkte for ten instruments, in Cologne.
  • 1955 Birth of American composer Janika VANDERVELDE.
  • 1958 Birth of English composer Howard GOODALL.
  • 1959 Death of bass-baritone Ferdinand Frantz. b-Cassel, 8 FEB 1906. Debut as Ortel in Meistersingers (Wagner) 1927.
  • 1963 FP of Lou Harrison's Pacifika Rondo for an orchestra of Western and Oriental instruments, at the University of Hawaii.
  • 1964 FP of A. Copland's Music for a Great City from filmscore Something Wild. London Symphony conducted by the Copland.
  • 1967 FP of George Crumb's Echoes of Time and the River- Four Processionals for Orchestra, Pulitzer Prize for Music [1967], in Chicago.
  • 1973 Birth of American composer Armando BAYOLO.
  • 1976 Death of English soprano Maggie Teyte. b-Wolverhampton, 17 APR 1888. Debut as Zerlina in Don Giovanni (Mozart) 1907. Teacher was Jean De Reszke. Pupils were Michelle Bonhomme, Nancy Evans, Adele Leigh, Dorothy Dorow. Created Princess in Perfect Fool (Holst). Glycere in Circe (Hillemacher).
  • 1978 Death of Russian soprano Elena Stepanova. b-Moscow, 17 MAY 1891. Debut as Antonida in Ivan Susannin (Glinka) 1912. Teacher was Polli. Created Princess Swan in Legend of Czar Sultan (Rimsky-Korsakov).
  • 1982 Death of Swedish soprano Nanny Larsen-Todsen. b-2 Aug 1884 Hageby, 2 AUG 1884. Debut as Agathe in Freischutz (Weber) 1906. Teacher was Oskar Lejdstrom. Pupils were Sir Ericsdotter, Barbro Ericson, Anders Naslund.
  • 1987 Death of bass Robert Easton. b-Sunderland, 8 JUN 1898. Debut as Fafner in Siegfried (Wagner) 1935. Teachers were Bozelli, Dinh Gilly, Norman Notly, Harry Plunkett-Greene.
  • 1990 FP of Philip Glass' chamber opera Hydrogen Jukebox poems by Allen Ginsberg. Philip Glass ensemble conducted by Martin Goldray. A staged version presented at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. A concert version was premiered at the American Music Theater Festival in Philadelphia on 29 APR 1990.
  • 1993 Death of Dutch composer Cor de Groot in suburban Hilversum. b-Amsterdam, 7 JUL 1914.
  • 2001 FP of H. Birtwistle´s Tango for Betty dedicated music patron, Betty Freeman. Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting.
  • 2002 FP of Henry Brant's Ghosts and Gargoyles for solo flute and flute ensemble. Robert Aitken and the New Music Concerts Ensemble, conducted by the composer in Toronto, Canada.
  • 2005 Death of American pianist Ruth Laredo in NYC. aka Ruth Meckler Laredo. b-Detroit, MI 20 NOV 1937. WebSite
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