On this day: Week of May 5, 2014

Way behind on writing this week. Busy week. Let’s get started. 
May 5
1891 – The Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor. Cool little piece of trivia I didn’t know. 
Births:
1749 – Jean-Frédéric Edelmann, French composer (d. 1794)
1869 – Hans Pfitzner, German composer (d. 1949)
Deaths:
—— — 
May 6
Births:
1680 – Jean-Baptiste Stuck, Italian-French cellist and composer (d. 1755)
Deaths:
1596 – Giaches de Wert, Flemish-Italian composer (b. 1535)
1973 – Ernest MacMillan, Canadian conductor and composer (b. 1893)]
2002 – Murray Adaskin, Canadian violinist, composer, conductor, and educator (b. 1906)
May 7
Births:
1704 – Carl Heinrich Graun, German tenor and composer (d. 1759)
1833 – Johannes Brahms, German pianist and composer (d. 1897)
1840 – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer (d. 1893)
Wow… big day for composer births….
Deaths:
1667 – Johann Jakob Froberger, German organist and composer (b. 1616)
1793 – Pietro Nardini, Italian violinist and composer (b. 1722)
1800 – Niccolò Piccinni, Italian composer (b. 1728)
1825 – Antonio Salieri, Italian composer and conductor (b. 1750)
1922 – Max Wagenknecht, German composer (b. 1857)
1942 – Felix Weingartner, Croatian pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1863)
1958 – Mihkel Lüdig, Estonian composer, organist and choir conductor (b. 1880)
May 8
Births:
1745 – Carl Stamitz, German composer (d. 1801)
1829 – Louis Moreau Gottschalk, American pianist and composer (d. 1869) I’ve heard this guy’s name tossed around about his piano sonatas, but I need to check him out. 
1858 – Heinrich Berté, Slovak-Austrian composer (d. 1924)
Deaths:
1828 – Mauro Giuliani, Italian guitarist, cellist, and composer (b. 1781)
1985 – Karl Marx, German conductor and composer (b. 1897) Not that one… there’s another one. Became interested in music after meeting Carl Orff.
1991 – Jean Langlais, French pianist and composer (b. 1907)
1991 – Rudolf Serkin, Czech-Austrian pianist (b. 1903)
May 9
Births:
1740 – Giovanni Paisiello, Italian composer (d. 1816)
1914 – Carlo Maria Giulini, Italian conductor (d. 2005)
1934 – Roy Massey, British organist and conductor
1954 – Lawrence Dutton, American violist and educator (Emerson String Quartet)
Deaths:
1707 – Dieterich Buxtehude, German-Danish organist and composer (b. 1637)
May 10
1697 – Jean-Marie Leclair, French violinist and composer (d. 1764)
1863 – Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury, Indian violinist, composer, and painter (d. 1915)
1888 – Max Steiner, Austrian-American composer (d. 1971)
1894 – Dimitri Tiomkin, Ukrainian-American composer and conductor (d. 1979)
1905 – Louis Kaufman, American violinist (d. 1994)
1916 – Milton Babbitt, American composer (d. 2011)
1946 – Diderik Wagenaar, Dutch composer and theorist
1977 – Sergei Nakariakov, Russian trumpet player
Busy day
Deaths:
— — — 
May 11
Births:
1835 – Kārlis Baumanis, Latvian composer (d. 1905)
1881 – Jan van Gilse, Dutch composer and conductor (d. 1944)
1888 – Irving Berlin, American composer (d. 1989)
1896 – Josip Štolcer-Slavenski Croatian composer (d. 1955)
1909 – Herbert Murrill, English organist and composer (d. 1952)
Deaths:
1916 – Max Reger, German pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1873)

Some good stuff this week, but I want to get back to writing. I have at least four symphonies on hold I am at least mostly ready to write about. Let’s do that this week. 
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