Today in classical music history August 4

  • 1664 Birth of composer Louis Lully
  • 1705 Birth of composer Vaclav Matyas Gurecky
  • 1731 Birth of Italian composer Giuseppe COLLA.
  • 1748 Birth of Austrian composer and priest Maximilian STADLER in Melk. d-Vienna, 8 NOV 1833.
  • 1760 Death of mezzo-soprano Maria Rosa Negri. B Bologna, c 1715Created Amanzio in Giustino (Handel) Sang in premiere of Spartana Generosa (Hasse)
  • 1776 Birth of composer Wenzel Sedlak
  • 1782 Mozart marries Constanze Weber at St. Stephen's in Vienna.
  • 1794 Birth of Bohemian piano teacher Josef PROKSCH. Blinded as young man, founded Prague music school.
  • 1799 Birth of composer Olof Wilhelm Udden
  • 1820 Birth of bass and singing coach Louis-Henri Obin in Lille.  Died 1895. Debut as Elmiro in Otello (Rossini) 1844 Teacher, Louis Ponchard Pupils, Rene Fournets, Lucienne Breval, Rose Caron, Marcel Journet Jean Francois Delmas, Joseph-Valentin Duc, Paul Lherie Alexander Talazac, Albert Vaguet, Leon Escalais, Meyrian Heglen Pierre Cornubert
  • 1843 Birth of composer Flor van Duyse
  • 1842 Birth of English composer and conductor Henry PARKER in London. d-London, 6 MAR 1917.
  • 1844 Birth of Prussian composer, arranger and bandmaster of the Royal Hawaiian Band (originally called "The King's Band") Henry BERGER. d-Honolulu, 1929.
  • 1846 Birth of composer Silas Gamaliel Pratt
  • 1855 Birth of American violinist and conductor of Boston Symphony, Emil MULLENHAUER in Brooklyn, New York City, his father and uncle are credited with establishing the conservatory system in America. He played with Theodore Thomas Orchestra, New York Philharmonic (Damrosch) and Boston Symphony. He was a violinist and pianist. In 1904 he accepted leadership of the Boston Municipal Band (later known as the Boston Band) which played hundreds of performances from coast to coast. Herbert L. Clarke (Sousa’s cornet soloist) and Ernest Williams at one time were members of the band. Mollenhauer died in 1927. He is well-known for his arrangements of difficult orchestral repertoire. His band played in Willow Grove Park, PA (Philadelphia) in 1911, a year when neither Sousa or Victor Herbert’s organizations appeared.
  • 1870 Birth of Louis Nourrit Tenor Born 4 Aug 1780 Montpellier Died 23 Sep 1831 Debut as Renaud in Armide (Gluck) 3 Mar 1803 Teachers, Pierre Jean Garat, Guichard Pupils, Adolphe Nourrit (son), Leonard Hermann-Leon Created Cleomene in Siege of Corinthe (Rossini) Old Shepherd in Belle au Bois Dormant (Carafa) Cassandre in Olympie (Spontini) Tasse in Mort du Tasse (Garcia) Alcibiade in Lasthenie (Herold) Philippe V in Vendome en Espagne (Aubert / Herold) Sang in premiere of Triomphe du Mois de Mars (Kreutzer) Virginie (Berton) Temple de la Victoire (Lesueur / Persius) Triomphe de Trajan (Persius) Nathalie (Reicha)
  • 1875 (9th) Birth of English composer Albert W. KETELBEY in Birmingham. d-Cowes, 26 NOV 1959.
  • 1875 Birth of Italian opera composer Italo MONTEMEZZI near Verona. d-Verona, 15 MAY 1952.
  • 1879 Death of Adelaide Kemble Soprano Born 1814 London Died 4 Aug 1879 Debut as Norma in Norma (Bellini) 1839 Teachers:- John Braham, Giuditta Pasta
  • 1886 Birth of American composer Charles Henry PACE in Atlanta, GA. d-1963.
  • 1888 Birth of American composer, conductor and teacher Philip Greeley CLAPP in Boston. d-Iowa City, 9 APR 1954.
  • 1892 Birth of Dutch composer Johanna BORDEWIJK-ROEPMAN in Rotterdam . d-The Hague, 8 OCT 1971.
  • 1898 Birth of English violinist Paul BEARD. d-1989.
  • 1910 Birth of American composer, professor, administrator, and businessman, William Howard SCHUMAN (SHOO min) in NYC. He wrote 10 symphonies, an opera, dance scores for Martha Graham. Was president of the Juilliard School of Music and president of Lincoln Center. d-NYC, 15 FEB 1992, age 81, in NYC.
  • 1912 Birth of American composer David RAKSIN in Philadelphia, PA. Works list. d-LA, CA 9 AUG 2004. Obit.
  • 1920 Death of Russian composer Vladimir Rebikov in Yalta. b-Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, 31 MAY 1866.
  • 1923 Birth of English composer and conductor Arthur BUTTERWORTH in Manchester.
  • 1927 Birth of American tenor Jess Floyd THOMAS in Hot Springs, SD. Jess Died 11 Oct 1993 Debut as Malcolm in Macbeth (Verdi) 1957 Teacher, Otto Schulmann Pupil, Christine Reimer Created Caesar in Antony & Cleopatra (Barber)
  • 1929 Birth of Italian soprano Gabriella TUCCI in Rome. Debut as Leonora in Forza del Destino (Verdi) Teacher, Leonardo Filoni
  • 1930 Death of German opera composer and conductor Siegfried Wagner at age 61, in Bayreuth. Son of Richard Wagner, his birth inspired Siegfried Idyll. b-Tribschen, 6 JUN 1869.
  • 1931 (21st)Birth of American conductor and composer Gregg SMITH in Chicago. Gregg Smith Singers.
  • 1932 Birth of Ugo Trama Bass Born 4 Aug 1932 Naples Debut as Banquo in Macbeth (Verdi) 1958 Teacher, Emilie Gubitosi
  • 1935 Birth of Victor Braun Baritone Born 4 Aug 1935 Windsor Canada Debut as Escamillo in Carmen (Bizet) 1961 Teacher, Lilian Watson, Hermann Geiger-Taurel Created Hamlet in Hamlet (Searle) Heracles in Omphale (Matthus)
  • 1937 Birth of English composer David Vickerman BEDFORD in London.
  • 1938 Birth of English organist Simon PRESTON in Bournemouth. Master of the Choristers, Westminster Abbey, 1981-87.
  • 1940 FP of Darius Milhaud's Le Cortège funèbre on a CBS Radio broadcast conducted by the composer.
  • 1946 Birth of Swiss composer Balz TRüMPY in Basel, Switzerland.
  • 1947 Birth of Peter Knapp Baritone Born 4 Aug 1947 Bucks Debut as Count in Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) 1973 Teacher, Tito Gobbi Created Maxim in Rebecca (Joseph)
  • 1951 Birth of American composer Lois V. Vierk in Lansing, IL.
  • 1956 Birth of Guy De Mey Tenor Born 4 Aug 1956 Hamme Teachers, Erna Spoorenberg, Stella Dalberg, Peter Pears, Eric Tappy
  • 1956 Birth of American composer David GARNER.
  • 1959 Birth of Venezuelan composer and Visiting Assistant Professor in Spanish Marianella MACHADO in Caracas, Venezuela. Eastern Kentucky University Faculty & Staff.
  • 1968 Birth of Austrian composer Olga NEUWIRTH in Graz.
  • 1971 Birth of American composer Michael Rose. His compositions have been performed by OMNI Ensemble and heard on WGBH Boston and WNYE. Taught at the Brooklyn Conservatory (1995) and founded the Brooklyn Conservatory New Music Collective. An Oberlin graduate, he has studied with Peter Susser and Seymour Bernstein.
  • 1972 FP of Charles Wuorinen's Violin Concerto, for amplified violin and orchestra. Paul Zukofsky and the Boston Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas conducting at the Tanglewood Festival in Lennox, MA.
  • 1976 FP of Gian Carlo Menotti's Symphony No. 1 The Halcyon. Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy conducting at Saratoga Springs, NY.
  • 1998 FP of Richard Danielpour's Bassoon Quintet. Stephen Walt and the Muir String Quartet, in Williamstown, MA.
  • 2001 FP of John Tavener's Song of the Cosmos. Soprano Patricia Rozario, baritone Father Meliton, The Bach Choir and the BBC Philharmonic, Hill conducting at a Proms Concert in London.
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