On this day: week of April 14, 2014

Here we are again. I’m still baffled that there isn’t some list or library or something of premiere dates for all these famous pieces that people love and adore collected somewhere. It seems that would be terribly useful. Let’s begin with something not so musically related. 
April 14
1912 – The British passenger liner RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 23:40 (sinks morning of April 15th). This isn’t at all musically related, but it did happen today. 
Also, nothing else musically happened, so it’s nice to have something. We work with what we’ve got here at FFT
1913 – Jean Fournet, French conductor (d. 2008)
1951 – Julian Lloyd Webber, English cellist
1957 – Mikhail Pletnev, Russian pianist, conductor, and composer (he actually lives in Thailand….)
1975 – Avner Dorman, Israeli-American composer (Went to Juilliard, studied with Corigliano)
1759 – George Frideric Handel, German-English composer (b. 1685)
1843 – Joseph Lanner, Austrian composer (b. 1801)
April 15
1738 – Serse, an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel receives its premiere performance in London, England.

1912 – The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive. (in keeping with the previous day’s addition)
1688 – Johann Friedrich Fasch, German violinist and composer (d. 1758)
1924 – Neville Marriner, English violinist and conductor (His recordings of the Mozart symphonies with the Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields are the ones I will use for Mozart Mondays, if that ever gets going again). 
1969 – Kaisa Roose, Estonian conductor
1788 – Giuseppe Bonno, Austrian composer (b. 1711) That sounds like one of the least Austrian names ever. 
1912 – Victims of the RMS Titanic disaster (music related only)
Wallace Hartley, English violinist and bandleader (b. 1878)
2013 – Jean-François Paillard, French conductor (b. 1928)
April 16
1697 – Johann Gottlieb Görner, German organist and composer (d. 1778)
1882 – Seth Bingham, American organist and composer (d. 1972)
1885 – Leo Weiner, Hungarian composer and educator (d. 1960)
1889 – Charlie Chaplin, English actor, director, producer, screenwriter, and composer (d. 1977) (classical? No. Classic? For sure)
1645 – Tobias Hume, Scottish soldier, viol player, and composer (b. 1569) (Super old school.. the viol)
1846 – Domenico Dragonetti, Italian bassist and composer (b. 1763)
1950 – Eduard Oja, Estonian composer, conductor, music teacher and critic (b. 1905)
1973 – István Kertész, Hungarian conductor (b. 1929)
1988 – Youri Egorov, Russian pianist (b. 1954)
April 17
George Lucas started writing “the treatment for The Star Wars” on this day in 1973. Nothing musical. 
1683 – Johann David Heinichen, German composer and theorist (d. 1729)
1833 – Jean-Baptiste Accolay, Belgian violinist, conductor, and composer (d. 1900)
1882 – Artur Schnabel, Polish pianist and composer (d. 1951)
1903 – Gregor Piatigorsky, Ukrainian-American cellist (d. 1976)
1903 – Nicolas Nabokov, Russian-American composer (d. 1978) Yes, he is related to the novelist Vladimir Nabokov. They are first cousins. 
1977 – Frederik Magle, Danish pianist and composer
1669 – Antonio Bertali, Italian violinist and composer (b. 1605)
1764 – Johann Mattheson, German lexicographer and composer (b. 1681)
April 18
Nope. Births:
1605 – Giacomo Carissimi, Italian composer (d. 1674)
1666 – Jean-Féry Rebel, French violinist and composer (d. 1747)
1759 – Jacques Widerkehr, French cellist and composer (d. 1823)
1819 – Franz von Suppé, Austrian composer and conductor (d. 1895)
1882 – Leopold Stokowski, Polish-English conductor (d. 1977)
1907 – Miklós Rózsa, Hungarian-American composer and conductor (d. 1995)
1936 – Ottorino Respighi, Italian composer and conductor (b. 1879)
I really like Respighi’s Roman Triptych, and frankly I’d forgotten about it until just now. It will have to work its way into our discussion. 
April 19
1660 – Sebastián Durón, Spanish composer (d. 1716)
1715 – James Nares, English organist and composer (d. 1783)
1785 – Alexandre Pierre François Boëly, French pianist and composer (d. 1858)
1892 – Germaine Tailleferre, French composer (d. 1983)
1947 – Murray Perahia, American pianist and conductor
1941 – Johanna Müller-Hermann, Austrian composer (b. 1878)
 April 20
1986 – Pianist Vladimir Horowitz performs in his native Russia for the first time in 61 years.
1748 – Georg Michael Telemann, German composer and theologian (d. 1831). Careful, you’re likely thinking of the other Telemann, his grandfather, Georg Phillipp Telemann, but you’re close. 
(skip ahead 195 years)
1943 – John Eliot Gardiner, English conductor
2001 – Giuseppe Sinopoli, Italian conductor and composer (b. 1946)

And that ends another week of arguably incomplete musical history. 

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