On this day: Week of May 19, 2014

Week of May 19, 2014
Yet another week of dates and (a lack of) events. I’m always so excited when there’s a date of a premiere or  something that happens. It’s rare that I find them on Wikipedia. Some of them I’m aware of because a piece happens to be in my listening rotation, and I make a note of it ahead of time, but that’s only by coincidence. 
May 19
1616 – Johann Jakob Froberger, German organist and composer (d. 1667)
1880 – Albert Richardson, English architect and educator, designed the Manchester Opera House (d. 1964) Significant enough
1929 – Helmut Braunlich, German-American violinist and composer (d. 2013)
1601 – Costanzo Porta, Italian composer (b. 1528)
1786 – John Stanley, English organist and composer (b. 1712)
1954 – Charles Ives, American composer (b. 1874) His second symphony is in my rotation. Love it. 
1989 – Yiannis Papaioannou, Greek composer (b. 1910)
2012 – Tamara Brooks, American conductor (b. 1941)
May 20
1926 – George Hurst, Scottish-English conductor (d. 2012)
1896 – Clara Schumann, German pianist and composer (b. 1819) I think I may like her piano concerto more than her husband’s. They’re both in Am. 
2013 – Anders Eliasson, Swedish composer (b. 1947)
May 21
1939 – Heinz Holliger, Swiss oboe player, composer, and conductor
1962 – David Crumb, American composer
1895 – Franz von Suppé, Austrian composer and conductor (b. 1819)
May 22
1813 – Richard Wagner, German composer and director (d. 1883)
1898 – Rito Selvaggi, Italian composer, pianist, conductor, poet (d. 1972)
1917 – Georg Tintner, Austrian-Canadian conductor (d. 1999)
2013 – Henri Dutilleux, French composer (b. 1916) Wow. Had no idea this guy lived to be almost 100 years old.
May 23
1696 – Johann Caspar Vogler, German organist and composer (d. 1763)
1741 – Andrea Luchesi, Italian composer (d. 1801)
1794 – Ignaz Moscheles, Czech pianist and composer (d. 1870)
1912 – Jean Françaix, French pianist and composer (d. 1997)
1304 – Jehan de Lescurel, French poet and composer. Wow… this may be the farthest back we’ve gone. Born in the 13th century….
1991 – Wilhelm Kempff, German pianist and composer (b. 1895) I have his Beethoven. 
May 24
1886 – Paul Paray, French organist, composer, and conductor (d. 1979)
May 25
1848 – Johann Baptist Singenberger, Swiss composer, educator, and publisher (d. 1924)
1956 – David P. Sartor, American composer and conductor
1848 – Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, German author and composer (b. 1797)
Quiet week, except for Wagner, Ives, Kempff, Schumann the Mrs. That’s about it. 

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