On this day: Week of May 12, 2014

Barely got last week’s installment out, and there is LOTS of stuff I kind of have queued up that I’ve been listening to and am eager to write about and would definitely be able to if this were a more revenue-generating activity. But alas, ’tis a labor of love. Let us begin. 
May 12
1739 – Johann Baptist Wanhal, Bohemian composer (d. 1813)
1754 – Franz Anton Hoffmeister, German composer and publisher (d. 1812)
1755 – Giovanni Battista Viotti, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1824)
1814 – Adolf von Henselt, German pianist and composer (d. 1889)
1845 – Gabriel Fauré, French pianist, composer, and educator (d. 1924)
1928 – Burt Bacharach, American pianist, composer, and producer (included specifically because he studied with Darius Milhaud)
1884 – Bedřich Smetana, Czech composer (b. 1824)
1931 – Eugène Ysaÿe, Belgian violinist, composer, and conductor (b. 1858)
May 13
1842 – Arthur Sullivan, English composer (d. 1900)
1908 – Eugen Kapp, Estonian composer (d. 1996)
1949 – Jane Glover, British conductor
1965 – Tasmin Little, English violinist

May 14
1897 – The Stars and Stripes Forever is first performed in public near Willow Grove ParkPhiladelphiaPennsylvania.
1652 – Johann Philipp Förtsch, German composer (d. 1732)
1885 – Otto Klemperer, German conductor and composer (d. 1973)- We’ve featured Klemperer’s Brahms 1. I have his Brahms cycle, Mahler’s second symphony and Das Lied von Der Erde, as well as his Tchaikovsky 5th. Should probably have more. 
1900 – Walter Rehberg, Swiss pianist and composer (d. 1957)
1847 – Fanny Mendelssohn, German pianist and composer (b. 1805) The unfortunately-named sister of the more famous Felix
1997 – Boris Parsadanian, Armenian-Estonian composer (b. 1925)
May 15
1858 – Opening of the present Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.
1764 – Johann Nepomuk Kalcher, German organist and composer (d. 1827)
1808 – Michael William Balfe, Irish composer (d. 1870)
1912 – Arthur Berger, American composer (d. 2003)
May 16
1930 – Friedrich Gulda, Austrian pianist and composer (d. 2000)
1954 – Clemens Krauss, Austrian conductor (b. 1893)
May 17
1732 – Francesco Pasquale Ricci, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1817)
1866 – Erik Satie, French pianist and composer (d. 1925) I quite like many of Satie’s works, his style in general. I can even play a few. 
1626 – Joan Pau Pujol, Catalan organist and composer (b. 1570)
1643 – Giovanni Picchi, Italian organist and composer (b. 1571)
1935 – Paul Dukas, French composer, critic, scholar, and educator (b. 1865)
2010 – Yvonne Loriod, French pianist, composer, and educator (b. 1924) This woman was amazing. Sister of Jeanne Loriod, the Ondes martinet player. She was also the second wife (and former student) of Olivier Messiaen. She was known to be an incredible pianist, and premiered Bartok’s second piano concerto after having learned it in only eight days. 
May 18
1902 – Meredith Willson, American playwright and composer (d. 1984)
1733 – Georg Böhm, German organist and composer (b. 1761)
1909 – Isaac Albéniz, Spanish pianist and composer (b. 1860)
1911 – Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer (b. 1860). What a sad day…. 
2012 – Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German opera singer and conductor (b. 1925)

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