Today in classical music history August 26

  • 1627 Birth of composer Thomas Bullis

  • 1687 Birth of Dutch composer Willem de FESCH in Alkmaar. d-London, 1757. Search for Willem de FESCH

  • 1717 French flutist and composer Jacques-Martin Hotteterre becomes royal flutist flutte de la chamber de Roy and is paid 6000 livres.

  • 1726 Birth of composer Karl Kohaut

  • 1745 Birth of composer Francois Guichard

  • 1749 Birth of composer Johann Ernst Rembt

  • 1788 Birth of composer Aloys Schmitt, German music theory/composer/royal pianist

  • 1794 FP of CIMAROSA: "Le astuzie femminili" Naples (1794).

  • 1800 FP of Spontini: "Gli Elist delusi" Palermo (1800).

  • 1813 Death of German composer Daniel Gottlob Türk in Claussnitz. b-Halle, 10 AUG 1750. Türk's exercises.

  • 1815 FP of C. M. Von Weber's Clarinet Quintet in Bb, Op. 34, with clarinetist Heinrich Bärmann, in Munich.

  • 1823 Birth of composer Wilhelm Troszel

  • 1828 Birth of composer Erik Anthon Valdemar Siboni, composer

  • 1831 FP of BARNET: "The Picturesque" London (1831).

  • 1834 FP of BARNET: "The Mountain Sylph" London (1834).

  • 1843 Birth of composer George August Lumbye

  • 1846 FP of Mendelssohn's oratorio Elijah, composer conducting at Birmingham Festival in England.

  • 1847 Birth of baritone Ippolit Pryanishnikov in Kerch Died 11 Nov 1921 Debut in Maria di Rohan (Donizetti) 1876 Teachers, Achille Corsi, Ronconi Pupils, Georgy Baklanov, Nikolai Bolshakov, Nikolai Figner Elena Katulskaya, Eugenia Mravina, Felix Senius, Maria Slavina Created Lionel in Maid of Orleans (Tchaikovsky) Mizàgir in Snow Maiden (Rimsky-Korsakov)

  • 1849 Death of French composer Jacques (Féréol) Mazas in Bézier. b-Lavaur, 23 SEP 1782.

  • 1860 Death of German composer Friedrich Silcher. b-Wurttemburg, 27 JUN 1789. His song Lorelei was orchestrated by Heine.

  • 1867 Birth of Italian composer Umberto Menotti Maria GIORDANO. d-12 NOV 1948.

  • 1871 Birth of Swedish soprano Mailli Järnefelt, [Pakarinen] in Joensuu. d. Turku, July 4, 1929

  • 1879 Birth of Russian-English violinist Michael ZACHAREVITCH in Ostroy. d-London, 20 DEC 1953.

  • 1887 Birth of Nicaraguan composer Luis A. DELGADILLO in Managua. d-Managua, 20 DEC 1961.

  • 1888 Tchaikovsky finishes his 5th Symphony.

  • 1889 Birth of Italian conductor Franco GHIONE in Parma. d. 1964:

  • 1894 Birth of American composer, pianist and critic Arthur LOESSER in NYC. d-Cleveland, 4 JAN 1969.

  • 1896 Birth of composer Richard Hammond

  • 1906 Death of baritone Eugen Gura. Born 8 Nov 1842 Pressern N. Saatz. Debut in Waffenschmied (Lortzing) 1865 Teacher, Joseph Herger Pupil, Hermann Gura Created Gunther in Gotterdammerung (Wagner)

  • 1913 Birth of Italian tenor Gino Sinimberghi, in Rome. d. Dec. 29, 1996. He made his début, in Italy, (1937). He went on to became a member of the Berlin State Opera until (1944); he also sang in Leipzig, Danzig, Hamburg, Vienna and Paris. He returned to Italy in (1944). Sinimberghi he had an important career at both the Rome and Fenice Operas. He appeared in several Italian films from the late 40s and at Glyndebourne (1950); he sang [Orfeo] in Monteverdi's Orfeo at Frankfurt (1960). A light lyric tenor, he recorded over a period of forty-five years (1937-82).

  • 1914 FP of BOUGHTON: "The immortal hour" Glastonbury (1914).

  • 1915 Birth of British composer Humphrey SEARLE in Oxford. d-London, 12 MAY 1982.

  • 1915 Birth of Dutch soprano Gré Brouwenstijn, [Gerda Demphina] in Den Helder Holland. d. Dec. 14, 1999. Debut as Lady in Zauberflote (Mozart) 1940 Teachers, Ruth Horna, Boris Pelsky, Jap Stroombergh

  • 1915 Birth of composer William Bardwell

  • 1918 Louis W "Louis" Stotijn, bassoonist/conductor (Residence Orchestra)

  • 1918 Birth of American composer Paul BOUMAN in Hamburg, MN.

  • 1920 Birth of Bulgarian bass Raffeale Arie. Died 17 Mar 1988 Debut 1945 Teachers, Apollo Granforte, Riccardo Stacciari, Carlo Tagliabue Christo Brambarov Created Trulove in Rake's Progress (Stravinsky) Dikoy in Uragano (Rocca) Aegisthis in Clitennestra (Pizzetti) Sang in premiere of Stirpe di Davide (Mannino)

  • 1922 Birth of composer Lazar Nikolov

  • 1922 FP of BOUGHTON: "Alkestis" Glastonbury, (1922).

  • 1923 Birth of German conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch, in Munich. BIO d- 22 FEB 2013.

  • 1931 Birth of composer Dane Skerl

  • 1939 Birth of English conductor Nicholas BRAITHWAITE in London.

  • 1939 Birth of American mezzo-soprano Gwendolyn Killebrew, in Philadelphia, PA. MET: Nov. 21, 1967 [Waltraute] Die Walküre, 5 seasons (1967-69, 70- 71, 76-77, 79-80) 26 perf., 4 works. Debut as Waltraute in Walkure (Wagner) 21 Nov 1967 Teachers:- Hans Heinz, Christopher West

  • 1939 Birth of Austrian soprano Dagmar Koller, in Klagenfurt.

  • 1947 Birth of French baritone Philippe Duminy, in Boulougne. Created Leon in St Francoise D'Assise (Messiaen) Dvoubratsky in Meister und Margarita (Holler) Sang in premiere of Ecume des Jours (Denisov)

  • 1950 Death of Italian baritone Giuseppe De Luca. Born 25 Dec 1876 Rome. Debut as Valentin in Faust (Gounod) 6 Nov 1897 Teachers, Ottavio Bartolini, Antonio Cotogni, Venaslao Persichini Pupils, Gianna D'Angelo, Berhard Sonnerstadt, Leonard Warren Scipio Colombo Created Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (Puccini) Michonnet in Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea) Paquiro in Goyescas (Granados) Schicci in Gianni Schicci (Puccini) Gledy in Siberia (Giordano)

  • 1954 FP of Alan Rawsthorne's Practical Cats based on texts of T.S. Eliot, for speaker and orchestra, at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.

  • 1956 Birth of English composer and violist Sally BEAMISH.

  • 1956 FP of B. Martinu's Frescoes of Piero della Francesca for orchestra, at the Salzburg Festival in Austria.

  • 1957 FP of Panufnik's Rhapsody for orchestra in London.

  • 1958 Death of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams at age 85, in London. b-Down Ampney, England, 12 OCT 1872.

  • 1960 Birth of American Saxophonist Branford MARSALIS in New Orleans.

  • 1960 Birth of American composer and trombonist Monique BUZZARTé.

  • 1970 Death of British tenor John Myrrdyn. Born 1901 Briton Ferry S. Wales. Pupil, Clifford Williams Created Richard in John Socman (Lloyd)

  • 1971 Death of American soprano Anita Rio. Born 20 July 1873 in Almeda California. Debut as Elvira in Don Giovanni (Mozart) 1909 Teachers, Florenza D'Arona, J Armour Galloway

  • 1976 Death of German soprano Lotte Lehmann. Born 27 Feb 1888 in Perleberg. Debut as 3rd Boy in Zauberflote (Mozart) 1910 Teachers, Etelka Gerster, Helene Jordan, Mathilde Mallinger, Erna Tiedke Eva Reinhold, Erna Tiedke, Elise Elizza Pupils, Jeannine Altmeyer, Karen Armstrong, Janet Baker, Grace Bumbry Judith Beckmann, Mattiwilda Dobbs, Kay Griffel, Marilyn Horne Nan Merriman, Carol Neblett, Maralin Niska, Katsuumi Niwa Marcella Reale, Gerard Souzay, Benite Valente, Shirley Verrett Jeanne Cook, Anne Bollinger, Adair McGowen, Page Swift Anne Brown, William Cochran Created Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos (Strauss) Barak's Wife in Frau ohne Schatten (Strauss) Christine in Intermezzo (Strauss)

  • 1983 Birth of American composer Alex TEMPLE in New Haven, CT.

  • 2001 FP of André Previn's Tango, Song and Dance at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland; with Previn's future wife, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and pianist Lambert Orkis.

  • 2003 FP of John Harbison's Cucaraccia and Fugue for four violas. Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, Madison, WI.

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