We’re coming back to another installment of history and dates. Last week was a good week of some new features on the site (see ‘Resources’) and I hope there is more of that to come. Also, I’m realizing that not ALL premieres and events that ever happened in the history of ever are actually included in these Wikipedia date entries, but a few google attempts do not show me any compendiums of premiere dates of symphonies or anything of the like. So some of that will be manual. Let’s see what we have for this week.
1913 – The Vienna Concert Society rioted during a performance of mordernist [sic, Wikipedia] music by Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, Alexander von Zemlinsky, and Anton von Webern, causing a premature end to the concert due to violence. This concert became known as the Skandalkonzert. (That’s super cool! We will be seeing some of Berg and Zemlinksy in the coming weeks.
1809 – Otto Lindblad, Swedish composer
Bach and Haydn on the same day (granted, 47 years apart)? Wow.
No events. Births:
1866 – Ferruccio Busoni, Italian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1924) (Wrote the first [and only?] piano concerto to incorporate a chorus)
1917 – Dinu Lipatti, Romanian pianist and composer (d. 1950)
1965 – Robert Steadman, English composer
1917 – Scott Joplin, American pianist and composer (b. 1868) (I know, not really classical… but it’s Scott Joplin)
2013 – David Burge, American pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1930)
Busoni and Rachmaninoff on the same day. They both have big, heavy piano concerti to their names.
none. At least we have Beethoven’s first…
2013 – Robert Ward, American composer (b. 1917)
1869- Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg’s piano concerto premieres in Copenhagen
None. Good day for music!
1784 – Louis Spohr, German violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1859) Pretty prolific yet not terribly well-known composer. Ten symphonies (I think), a clarinet concerto come to mind. I believe he is one of the few composers (along with Berlioz) who probably composed directly to a score without using a piano, or at least it has been suggested before.
1908 – Herbert von Karajan, Austrian conductor (d. 1989) Karajan!
1962 – Leonard Bernstein causes controversy with his remarks from the podium during a New York Philharmonic concert featuring Glenn Gould performing Brahms‘ First Piano Concerto – teehee. Although I am not a fan of his humming and such, Mr. Gould does do a fantastic job with some of the pieces he performs as long as he doesn’t intentionally deviate from the score.
1929 – André Previn, German-American pianist, composer, and conductor
There are lots and lots of big names in this week’s list, and it’s a shame I can’t get to them all. I’d be way too busy, and frankly, as much as I want to take advantage of the opportunity to say something about this or that person or post something related to a composer or a premiere or an event, it kind of messes with my train of thought a bit and the pieces that I’m currently listening to at the moment, so… I’ll probably be doing less of that in the future, no matter how tempting it is.