Week of April 28, 2014

What’s gonna happen when I’ve done a year of these? I guess it’ll retire. 
April 28
1948 – Igor Stravinsky conducted the premier of his American ballet, Orpheus, in New York City at New York City Center.
Births:
1715 – Franz Sparry, Austrian composer (d. 1767)
1848 – Ludvig Schytte, Danish composer, pianist, and teacher (d. 1909)
1906 – Paul Sacher, Swiss conductor (d. 1999)
1943 – Yoav Talmi, Israeli conductor and composer
1943 – Jeffrey Tate, English musical director and conductor
No deaths of note. 
April 29
Births:
1842 – Carl Millöcker, Dutch composer and conductor (d. 1899)
1879 – Thomas Beecham, English conductor (d. 1961) This guy’s pretty important, but he seemed like kind of a jerk…. A jerk with some fantastic quotes, though….. check them out. 
1895 – Malcolm Sargent, English organist, composer, and conductor (d. 1967)

1920 – Harold Shapero, American composer (d. 2013)
1929 – Peter Sculthorpe, Australian composer
1936 – Zubin Mehta, Indian conductor- Significant name. 
Deaths:
1905 – Ignacio Cervantes, Cuban pianist and composer (b. 1847)
2012 – Joel Goldsmith, American composer (b. 1957)
2013 – John La Montaine, American pianist and composer (b. 1920)
April 30
Births:
1870 – Franz Lehár, Slovak-Austrian composer (d. 1948)
1883 – Luigi Russolo, Italian painter and composer (d. 1947)
1910 – Levi Celerio, Filipino composer and songwriter (d. 2002)
1916 – Robert Shaw, American conductor (d. 1999) Worked with my hometown ensemble, the Atlanta Symphony
Deaths:
1758 – François d’Agincourt, French organist and composer (b. 1684)
May 1
Welcome to the fifth month of the year. 
Births:
1582 – Marco da Gagliano, Italian composer (d. 1643)
1901 – Heinz Eric Roemheld, American composer (d. 1985)
1913 – Walter Susskind, Czech-English conductor (d. 1980)
1927 – Gary Bertini, Israeli conductor and composer (d. 2005)
1939 – Victor Davies, Canadian pianist, composer, and conductor
1945 – Peter Kiesewetter, German composer (d. 2012)
1955 – Martin O’Donnell, American composer
1957 – Kow Otani, Japanese pianist and composer
Deaths:
1731 – Johann Ludwig Bach, German violinist and composer (b. 1677) That seems like a confusing mix of famous composers’ names
1904 – Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer (b. 1841) Famous…
1978 – Aram Khachaturian, Georgian-Armenian composer (b. 1903)
2010 – Rob McConnell, Canadian trombonist and composer (b. 1935)
May 2
Births
1707 – Jean-Baptiste Barrière, French cellist and composer (d. 1747)
1752 – Ludwig August Lebrun, German oboe player and composer (d. 1790)
1754 – Vicente Martín y Soler, Spanish composer (d. 1806)
1810 – Hans Christian Lumbye, Danish composer (d. 1874)
1895 – Lorenz Hart, American playwright and composer (d. 1943)
Deaths:
1627 – Lodovico Grossi da Viadana, Italian composer (b. 1560)
1864 – Giacomo Meyerbeer, German composer (b. 1791)
May 3
Births:
1729 – Florian Leopold Gassmann, Czech composer (d. 1774)
1886 – Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer (d. 1971)
Deaths:
1704 – Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Czech-Austrian violinist and composer (b. 1644)
1839 – Ferdinando Paer, Italian composer (b. 1771)
1856 – Adolphe Adam, French composer and critic (b. 1803)
2002 – Yevgeny Svetlanov, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1928)
2009 – Renée Morisset, Canadian pianist (b. 1928)
2012 – Felix Werder, German-Australian composer (b. 1922)
May 4
1917 – Edward T. Cone, American pianist and composer (d. 2004)
Deaths:
1604 – Claudio Merulo, Italian organist and composer (b. 1533)
1955 – George Enescu, Romanian pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1881)
2012 – Mort Lindsey, American pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1923)

2013 – César Portillo de la Luz, Cuban composer (b. 1922)
Well, that was exciting. 
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