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.
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
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)
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)
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.
Wallace Hartley, English violinist and bandleader (b. 1878)
2013 – Jean-François Paillard, French conductor (b. 1928)
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)
1988 – Youri Egorov, Russian pianist (b. 1954)
George Lucas started writing “the treatment for The Star Wars” on this day in 1973. Nothing musical.
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
1819 – Franz von Suppé, Austrian composer and conductor (d. 1895)
1882 – Leopold Stokowski, Polish-English conductor (d. 1977)
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.
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)
And that ends another week of arguably incomplete musical history.