Today in classical music history August 27


  • 1521 Death of Flemish church music composer Josquin Des Prez age 81, in Valenciennes. b-Hainaut(?) c. 1440.
  • 1562 Birth of composer Hans Leo Hassler
  • 1583 Birth of composer Simon Besler
  • 1611 (20th?)Death of Spanish organist and composer Tomas Luis de Victoria in Madrid. Known as the Palestrina of Spain. b-Avila, 1548.
  • 1650 Birth of composer Johann Samuel Welter
  • 1680 Death of Spanish composer Joan Cererols in Montserrat. b-Martorell, 9 SEP 1618.
  • 1734 (JC, GC=7 SEP)Handel and John Rich produce the next opera season of Handel's Royal Academy at Rich's Covent Garden Theater in London.
  • 1739 Birth of French composer, singer and conductor Michel-Richard DELALANDE in LaFleche. d-Versailles, 18 JUN 1726. [ed note, BFodor,  also see:

    Birthdate entry for this composer states birth year of 1739 in La Flèche and may be an error/typo, as the death date is given as 18 JUN 1726, Versailles.

    Following sources have his place of birth as Paris and birth date as 15 DEC 1657:

    Although there appears to be many variants to the spelling of his name, Delalande seems to be the way the family wrote it, but a recent scholarly work has it as De Lalande.     ]
  • 1748 FP of J. P. Rameau's opera-ballet Pygmalion in Paris.
  • 1826 Birth of composer Hermann Kipper, also music teacher and critic
  • 1827 Birth of Italian soprano Teresa Parodi in Genoa Died 1878 Debut in Gemma di Vergy (Donizetti) 1845 Teachers, Giuditta Pasta, Felice Ronconi
  • 1832 Birth of soprano Louisa Payne. Died 20 Mar 1904 Debut as Amina in Sonnambula (Bellini) 1849 Teacher, Smart Created Lurline in Lurline (Wallace) Bianca in Bianca (Balfe) Satanella in Satanella (Balfe) Fanny in Charles II (McFarren) Sang in premiere of Rose of Castille (Balfe) Puritan's Daughter (Balfe) Armourer of Nantos (Balfe) Lily of Killarney (Benedict) Ruy Blas (Glover)
  • 1837 Birth of composer Heinrich Urban
  • 1866 Birth of Danish baritone tenor Erik Schmedes, in Copenhagen. d. 31 March 1931: MET: Début Nov. 18, 1908 [Siegmund] Die Walküre, 1 season, (1908-09) 15 perf. 5 roles.  Debut as Valentin in Faust (Gounod) 1891 Teachers, Desiree Artot de Padilla, August Iffert, Mariano Padilla y Ramos                      Luise Ress, Nikolaus Rothmuhl, Pauline Viardot-Garcia Pupils, Anny Konetzi, Maria Muller
  • 1867 (28th?)Birth of Italian opera composer Umberto GIORDANO in Foggia. d-Milan, 12 NOV 1948.
  • 1868 Death of Swiss composer Franz Xaver Schnyder von Wartensee in Frankfurt, Germany. b-Luzern, Switzerland, 18 APR 1786.
  • 1878 Birth of composer Joseph John Richards
  • 1882 Birth of Czech composer Jaroslav KRICKA in Moravia. d-Prague, 23 JAN 1969.
  • 1882 Birth of Hubert Martschka Tenor Born 27 Aug 1882 Died 4 Dec 1959 Debut 1904 Sang in premiere of Geschiedene Frau (Fall) Rose von Stambul (Fall) Zigeunerliebe (Lehar) Ideale Gattin (Lehar) Endlich Allein (Lehar) Blanc Mazur (Lehar) Frasquita (Lehar) Gelbe Jacke (Lehar) Grafin Mariza (Kalman) Zirkusprinzessin (Kalman) Gold'ne Meisterin (Eysler)
  • 1886 Birth of English composer of light music, Eric COATES in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire. d-Chichester, 21 DEC 1957.
  • 1886 Birth of English-American composer and violist Rebecca CLARK in Harrow, England, d-NYC, 13 OCT 1979.
  • 1892 The Metropolitan Opera House was destroyed by fire.
  • 1900 FP of G. Fauré's Prométhée in Béziers, France.
  • 1902 Birth of composer Herbert Menges
  • 1907 Birth of French tenor Paul Derenne, in Rennes. d. Paris, Apr. 18, 1982.
  • 1914 Birth of Yugoslavian bass Dragutin Bernardic in Karlovac, Yugoslavia. Created Kominije in Koriolan (Sulek)
  • 1917 Birth of American tenor Norman Kelly, in Eddington, MA
  • 1920 Birth of French tenor Jacques Loreau in Choisy-le-Eoi. Debut in Gypsy Princess (Kalman) 1950 Teachers, Louis Musy, Victor Pujol Sang in premiere of Monsieur de Pourceaugnac (Martin) Premier Partout (Legay / Devevey) Colombe (Damasne)
  • 1920 Birth of Russian bass Alexander Ognitsiev in Voroschilovgrad. Debut 1949 Teacher, Doliev Created Nicholas 1 in Decembrist (Shaporin) Leader in Optimisticheskaya Tragediya (Kholminov)
  • 1922 Birth of American composer Rayburn WRIGHT. d-21 MAR 1990.
  • 1923 Birth of Italian soprano Nicoletta Panni, in Rome. She is a niece of the famous baritone Giuseppe de Luca (1876-1960). She received her training at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Her professional début was on the stage at Triest [Blanche] Dialogues Carmélites, Poulenc (1957). As a lyric soprano she appeared successfully on the big Italian stages, including Milan's La Scala, at which she made her début [Euridice] Orpheus, Gluck (1962). She also performed at Opera di Roma, Fenice di Venezia, San Carlo di Napoli, Verdi di Trieste, Comunale di Bologna and Firenze, New York, Chicago, Baltimora, Philadelphia, Seattle, Lisbon, Brussels, Luxembourg, Barcellona, Geneve, London, and at the Festival of Aix en Provence. Panni also had important successes in the concert hall. Her career as a singer came to an end toward the late 1970's. MET: Début: Nov. 9, 1963 [Mimi] La Bohème, 1 season 1963- 64) 4 perf., 2 works.
  • 1924 Birth of American opera composer Stanley HOLLINGSWORTH in Berkeley, CA. d. Rocklin, CA, Oct. 29, 2003
  • 1928 Birth of composer Peter Richard Tahourdin
  • 1930 Birth of French composer and pianist Colette BAILLY in Lyon.
  • 1932 Birth of composer Francois Glorieux
  • 1935 Birth of American composer James CHRISTENSEN.
  • 1937 FP of Aaron Copland's El Salon Mexico, Carlos Chavez conducting in Mexico City.
  • 1940 FP of music man Meredith Willson's Symphony No. 2 The Missions of California. San Francisco Symphony concert on Treasure Island conducted by the composer. Also the premiere of Willson's Prelude to 'The Great Dictator' based on his film score for the Charlie Chapin film whose themes were composed by Chaplin.
  • 1941 Birth of Italian tenor Enzo Cesare. d. Rome, Jun. 2003
  • 1944 Birth of Australian composer Barry CONYNGHAM in Sydney.
  • 1945 Birth of American tenor Arley Reece, in Yoakum, TX.
  • 1948 Death of Brazilian composer Oscar Lorenzo Fernández in Rio de Janeiro. b-Rio de Janeiro, 4 NOV 1897.
  • 1949 Birth of Irish mezzo-soprano Ann MURRAY in Dublin. Debut as Alcestis in Alceste (Gluck) 1974 Teachers, Denis Cox, Frederick Cox
  • 1949 Birth of Belgian violinist Edith Valckaert
  • 1958 Death of Italian soprano Nina Garelli. b. Cremona, 1880.
  • 1959 Birth of English conductor Stan EDWARDS.
  • 1961 Birth of English bass Peter Rose, in Canterbury.
  • 1979 FP of Leonard Bernstein's song Piccola Serenata composed for the 81st birthday of conductor Karl Böhm at Salzburg Festival, with mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig and pianist James Levine.
  • 1984 Death of Finnish choral conductor and composer Ahti Sonninen in Helsinki. b-Kuopio, 11 JUL 1914.
  • 1994 Death of American tenor Thomas Hayward. Born 1915 in Kansas City. Debut 1944 Pupil, Gary Lakes Created Claudius in Hamlet (Kagan).
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