classical music JULY 13


  • 1661 Birth of Nicolo Giovanardi Castrato. Died 15 Dec 1729 Teacher, Agostino Fillippucci

  • 1668 FP of Cesti's opera The Golden Apple in Vienna. Composed for the wedding of Leopold I of Austria.

  • 1672 Death of English composer and singer Captain Henry Cook at Hampton Court. He was Master of the Children of the Chapel Royal.

  • 1762 Benjamin Franklin promotes his armonica, based on skimming moist fingers around the top of drinking glasses. It was refined as a large spinning drum.

  • 1817 Birth of soprano Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, in Natchez, MS. Her birth date is celebrated on this date however there is no documentation. d. Philadelphia, Mar. 31, 1876: She was known as "The Black Swan".

  • 1829 FP of Felix Mendelssohn's Double Concerto, in e, for two pianos and orchestra, at a benefit concert, with the composer and Ignaz Moscheles soloists in London.

  • 1844 Death of Vienna Kapellmeister Johann GANSBACHER. b-Sterzing in Tirol, 1778.

  • 1846 Birth of German pianist and conductor Karl ARMBRUSTER. Assistant to Hans Richter and stage director at Bayreuth.

  • 1852 Birth of Danish pianist and composer Siegfried LANGGAARD.

  • 1858 Birth of Italian composer and music writer Cesare POLLINI.

  • 1876 Birth of singer Mizzi ZWERENZ.

  • 1877 Birth of German tenor Karl ERB in Ravensburg. d-Ravensburg, 13 JUL 1958. Début Stuttgart in Kienzl's Der Evangelimann 1(907). From 1908/10 he gained valuable experience at Lübeck, before returning to Stuttgart for the seasons (1910-12). In 1913, he joined the Hofoper in Munich. In 1921, he married Maria Ivogün (s) (1891-1987) Hun. He left Munich in 1925, but continued to give guest performances in opera until 1930, his last role was [Florestan] under Furtwängler in Berlin. An accident forced his retirement from the operatic stage, following which he was divorced from Ivogün. Erb then devoted himself entirely to lieder and the concert stage. He continued to sing and record at an advanced age, although he made only a few recordings when he was in his prime.

  • 1889 Death of German conductor and violinist Carl Zoeller in London. b-Berlin, 28 MAR 1840.

  • 1884 Birth of composer John Francis Larchet

  • 1891 Birth of Italian composer Franco CASAVOLA in Modugno. d. Bari, July 7, 1977: Opera: "Il govvo del califfo" (1929); "Astuzie d'amore" (1936); "Salammbô" (1948)

  • 1892 Death of English organist Charles Edward Stephens in London. b-London, 18 MAR 1821.

  • 1898 Birth of Italian conductor Salvatore ALLEGRA in Palermo. d. Florence, Dec. 9, 1993: Opera: "Ave Maria" (Perugia, 1934), "I Viadanti" (1936), "Il Medico suo Malgrado" (1938), "Romulus" (Naples, 1952), He also composed a number of operettas.

  • 1901 ('05?) Birth of English conductor Reginald GOODALL in Lincoln, Lincolnshire. d-Canterbury, Kent, 5 MAY 1990. Was one of England's finest post-war Wagnerian conductors, mostly at Covent Garden. He conducted the first performance of Britten's Peter Grimes in 1945.

  • 1903 Birth of German mezzo-sopranor Irene ZIEGLER in Munich, July 13, 1903; d. Mannheim, Mar. 1, 1966:

  • 1909 Birth of Russian composer Paul CONSTANTINESCU in Ploesti. d- Buchrest, 20 DEC 1963.

  • 1909 Birth of tenor Einor Anderesson in Västeras, Sweden. d. Jan. 11, 1989. Debut as Fenton in Merry Wives of Windsor (Nicolai) 1938 Teachers, Joseph Hislop, Torsten Lennartsson, Clary Morales, Set Svanholm

  • 1909 Birth of composer Washington Castro

  • 1909 Birth of composer Paul Constantinescu

  • 1909 Birth of composer David Branson

  • 1913 Birth of composer Ladislav Holoubek

  • 1918 Death of German pianist Hermann Scholtz in Dresden. b-Breslau, 9 JUN 1845.

  • 1921 Birth of Austrian-American film and television composaer Ernest GOLD in Vienna. d-1999.

  • 1921 Birth of soprano Marcella Pobbe, in Vicenza. d. Milan, June 19, 2003: MET: Début: Mar. 8, 1958 [Mimi] La Bohème, 1 season (1957-58) 11 perf., 2 works.

  • 1922 Birth of Philippine nun, pianist and conductor M. Rosalina ABEJO in Tagoloan-Oriental Misamis. d-Fremont, CA., 13 JUL 1991.

  • 1923 Death of Danish composer Asger Hamerik in Copenhagen. b-Copenhagen, 8 APR 1843.

  • 1923 FP of Gilardi's "Ilse" Buenos Aires (1923).

  • 1924 Birth of Italian tenor Carlo BERGONZI in Parma, Pollisene. NYT Obit MUSIClassical Musician Milestones d-25 JUL 2014. MET: Début: Nov. 13, 1956 [Radamès] Aida, 26-seasons (1956-72, 74-75, 76-77, 78- 83, 87-89, 95-96) 323-perf., 23-roles. Debut as Figaro in Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) 1951 Teachers, Ettore Campogalliani, Edmondo Grandini Pupils, Manrico Biscotti, Jason Howard, Xiao-jun Deng, Roberto Aronica Manuel Beltran Gil, Giuliano Ciannella, Keith Ikaia-Purdy Alberto Gazale, Sarah M'Pugàna, Piero Terranova, Berle Rosenberg Jeanette Nicolai Created Masaniello in Masaniello (Napoli)

  • 1924 Birth of German soprano Christa-Maria ZIESE in Aschersleben. Debut as Hansel in Hansel & Gretel (Humperdinck) Teachers, Josef Maria Hausschild, Gottlieb Zeithammer Pupil, Rainer Ludeke

  • 1926 - Birth of composer Meyer Kupferman, NYC, composer (In Fimi Tres)

  • 1927 Birth of Melitta Muszely Soprano Born 13 July 1927 Debut 1952 Sang in premiere of Pallas Athene Weint (Krenek)

  • 1928 Birth of French pianist Jeanne LORIOD.

  • 1928 Birth of American composer Donal R. MICHALSKYin Pasadena, CA. d-Newport Beach CA, house fire 1976.

  • 1929 Birth of Marcella Pobbe Soprano Born 13 July 1929 Montegalda Debut 1953 Teachers, Giorgio Pavaretto, Rinaldo Pavoni Sang in premiere of David (Milhaud) Guerra (Rossellini)

  • 1932 Birth of Danish composer Per NORGAARD in Gentofte.

  • 1934 Birth of composer Roger Reynolds

  • 1937 Death of Dutch composer Jan Zwart in Zaandam. b-Zaandam, 20 AUG 1877.

  • 1937 First Pan-American Chamber Music Festival in Mexico City.

  • 1938 Birth of Finnish composer Paavo Heininen in Helsinki.

  • 1941 Birth of American composer and oboist Leroy SOUTHERS in Minot, SD.

  • 1942 Death of baritone Vasa Chmel. Born 24 Aug 1871 Prague. Teachers, Josef Lev, Frantisek Picka Sang in premiere of Pan Johanes (Jirasek)

  • 1945 Birth of Smith, Jennifer (m/s) b. Lisbon, July 13, 1945;

  • 1946 Birth of English soprano Jennifer SMITH.

  • 1951 Death of composer Arnold Schoenberg in Los Angeles, a Friday 13th. He was obsessed with the number 13 and was 76 years old at death (7+6 = 13). Best known for his 12-note serial method and his compositions Verklaerte Nacht and his opera Moses und Aaron. b-Vienna, 13 SEP 1874.

  • 1958 Death of German tenor Karl Erb. See 1877 above.

  • 1963 Death of baritone Fritz Krenn Baritone Born 11 Dec 1897 in Vienna. 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 von Tage (Hindemith)

  • 1965 Birth of Spanish composer Sergio BLARDONY in Madrid.

  • 1969 Death of Italian-American composer Anthony Scarmolin in Union City, NJ. b-Schio, near Padua, 1890.

  • 1976 FP of Henze's "We Come to the River" actions for music, London (1976); w/ Felicity Lott (s).

  • 1995 FP of John Corigliano's Soliloquy for clarinet and string quartet by Chamber Music Northwest in Portland OR.

  • 2004 Death of German conductor Carlos Kleiber at age 74. b-Berlin, 3 JUL 1930.

  • 2013 Death of American conductor Lorin MAAZEL,b-6 MAR 1930 in Neuilly, France. American parents. BIO.

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