SEPTEMBER 28 Today in classical music history

  • 1679 Birth of composer Mihael Omerza

  • 1612 Birth of opera composer Juan HILDAGO. d. Mar. 30,1685 Opera: "La púrpura de la rosa" (1660).

  • 1681 Birth of German composer Johann MATTHESON in Hamburg. d-Hamburg, 17 APR 1764. Developed church cantata form. Search for Johann MATTHESON

  • 1705 Birth of composer Johann Peter Kellner

  • 1732 FP of Pergolesi's three act comedy The Lovelorn Brother in Naples at the Teatro dei Fiorentini.

  • 1745 The British national anthem, God Save the King was first performed, at Drury Lane Theatre in London.

  • 1746 Giovanni Punto (born Jan Václav Stich) (September 28, 1746, Žehušice, Bohemia – February 16, 1803, Prague, Bohemia) was a Czech horn player (more correctly, he played the cor basse) and a pioneer of the hand-stopping technique which allows natural horns to play a greater number of notes. He was an international celebrity in the 18th and early 19th centuries, known in London, Paris, and throughout Germany; A Hungarian critic wrote in 1800 after a performance in Pest by Punto and Beethoven of Beethoven's Op. 17 Sonata for Horn and Piano. -wikipedia
  • 1748 Birth of composer Johann Michael Demmler

  • 1746 (28 OCT?)Birth of German composer Giovanni PUNTO aka Johann Wenzel (Jan Václav) Stich. d-1803.

  • 1767 FP of GOSSEC's "Le Double Déguisement" in Paris.

  • 1808 Death of Moravian composer, conductor and violinist Paul Pavel Hoesslin in Vienna. b-Neureisch, 30 DEC 1756.

  • 1813 Birth of composer Anton Wallerstein

  • 1818 FP of HÉROLD's "Le Premier Venu" in Paris.

  • 1825 (JC, GC=10 OCT)Death of Russian composer Dimitri Bortniansky, at age 74, in St. Petersburg.

  • 1826 Death of Dutch musician Dietrich Winkel. Improved the metronome.

  • 1834 Birth of French conductor and violinist Charles LAMOUREUX in Bordeaux. d- Paris, 21 DEC 1899.

  • 1844 Birth of composer Michael Hertz

  • 1855 Birth of German soprano Fanny Moran-Olden. d. Berlin, Nov. 13, 1906: MET Debut: Nov. 28, 1888 [Valentine] Les Huguenots, 2 seasons (1888-89, 1900-01) 32 perf., 9 works.

  • 1863 FP of Bizet's opera The Pearl Fishers in Paris.  CD-Bizet: Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers) / Michel Plasson

  • 1870 Birth of French composer Florent SCHMITT in Blamont. d-nr. Paris, 17 AUG 1958.

  • Schmitt: La Tragédie de Salomé; Psaume 47

  • 1875 Birth of Bavarian soprano Hermine BOSSETTI aka Hermine von Flick. d-1 MAY 1936. Début in Wiesbaden as Ännchen in Der Freischütz, 1898. Vienna Imperial Opera, 1900. Munich Royal Opera, 1901 - 1924. Covent Garden, 1905, 1907 and 1913. Bossetti also taught at Frankfurt and Munich.

  • 1879 Birth of Belgian cellist Iwan d'ARCHAMBEAU in Herve'. d-Villefranche-sur-Mer, 29 DEC 1955. With the Flonzaley Quartet 1903-1927.

  • 1881 Birth of composer Henry Geehl

  • 1892 Birth of Hungarian soprano Adelina Adler. d. 1941.

  • 1900 FP of IPPOLITOV-IVANOV's"Asya" Moscow (1900).

  • 1901 Death of Italian mezzo-soprano Adelaide Borghi-Mamo. b. Bologna, 1829.

  • 1902 Birth of American musicologist Donald Jay GROUT in Rock Rapids, Iowa. d-Skaneateles, NY 9 MAR 1987. CDs-Norton Recorded Anthology of Western Music Volume 1 (6 CDs) by Donald Jay Grout

  • 1908 Birth of composer Marin Goleminov

  • 1908 FP of HERBERT's "Little Nemo" Operetta, Philadelphia.

  • 1913 Birth of American composer Vivian FINE in Chicago. d-car accident Bennington, VT, 20 MAR 2000. OBIT.  | BOOK-Vivian Fine: A Bio-Bibliography (Bio-Bibliographies in Music, No. 88) by Judith Cody

  • 1914 Death of Yugoslavian composer Stevan Mokranjac in Skopje. b-Negotin, 9 JAN 1856.

  • 1917 Birth of English ballet dancer Michael SOMES (Royal Ballet in London).

  • 1917 Birth of composer Vaclav Kaslik, Czechoslovakia, opera conductor

  • 1918 FP of Stravinsky's L'histoire du soldat, 'The Soldier's Tale'. Ernest Ansermet conducting at Lausanne's Theatre Municipal. CD-Igor Stravinsky: L'histoire du soldat

  • 1921 Birth of composer Ilhan Usmanbas

  • 1923 Birth of Hugh Wiley HITCHCOCK in Detroit. A musicologist and editor, co-editor of
    New Grove Dictionary of American Music
    , Professor of Music of the City University of New York and founding director of the Institute for Studies in American Music at Brooklyn College. BOOK-The New Grove Dictionary of American Music by H. Wiley Hitchcock (Editor), Stanley Sadie (Editor)

  • 1924 Birth of Russian conductor and violist Rudolph BARSHAI in Labinskaya.

  • 1926 Birth of Austrian tenor Ferry Gruber, in Vienna.

  • 1927 Birth of Mexican composer Joaquin Gutiérrez HERAS.

  • 1931 Birth of American composer Walter MAY.

  • 1932 Birth of British empresario Sir Jeremy ISAACS in Glasgow, former general director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

  • 1937 Birth of American composer Edward APPELBAUM in LA.

  • 1939 Birth of American tenor Harry Theyard, (Théard) in New Orleans. MET Début: Jan. 17, 1974 [Hoffmann] Les Contes d'Hoffmann, 5 seasons (1973-77, 80-81) 68 perf., 9 works.

  • 1944 Birth of English baritone Thomas ALLEN in Seaham.

  • If I Loved You: Love Duets From the Musicals

  • 1946 Death of German conductor Franz von Hoesslin in France. b-Munich, 31 DEC 1885.

  • 1949 Birth of German tenor Hans Peter Blochwitz, in Garmisch. MET Début: Sep. 27, 1990 [Ottavio] Don Giovanni, 1 season (19 90-91) 8 perf. 1 role.

  • 1956 Birth of American Composer Laura KAMINSKY in NYC. Director of the Music and Theater Programs at The New School.

  • 1959 Death of English humorist and musician Gerard Hoffnung in London. b-Berlin, 1925.

  • 1961 Birth of Belgian composer Alain De Ley in Wilrijk.

  • 1961 FP Bartok's Scherzo for piano, in Budapest.

  • 1964 Death of English composer, teacher, organist and administrator, Sir George Dyson at age 81, in Winchester. b-Halifax, 1883.

  • 1968 Debut of Spanish tenor Placido Domingo at the MET in NYC; in Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur.

  • 1972 FP of Petrassi's Concerto for Orchestra No. 8, in Chicago.

  • 1975 Death of Danish conductor Johan Hye-Knudsen in Copenhagen. b-Nyborg, 24 MAY 1896.

  • 1976 Birth of Chinese-American composer Huang Ruo .

  • 1986 Death of Sir Robert Helpmann, Australian dancer and choreographer. He choreographed several notable ballets including Miracle in the Gorbals, The Soldier's Tale and Elektra.

  • 1991 Death of French composer Eugène Bozza in Valenciennes. b-Nice, 4 APR 1905.

  • 1997 FP of James MacMillan's Symphony Vigil, by the London Symphony, Mstislav Rostropovich conducting at the Barbican in London.

  • MacMillan: Symphony "Vigil"

  • 2010 Death of Metropolitan Opera soprano and Broadway singer Dolores Wilson in New Jersey at age 82.
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