On this day: Week of May 26, 2014

May 26
Births:
1880 – W. Otto Miessner, American composer and educator (d. 1967)]
1893 – Eugene Aynsley Goossens, English conductor and composer (d. 1962)
1904 – Vlado Perlemuter, Lithuanian-French pianist and educator (d. 2002) Wikipedia says of him “He never played contemporary music other than Ravel’s, except for Sergei Prokofiev‘s Piano Concerto No. 3.”
1921 – Ernst Märzendorfer, Austrian conductor (d. 2009) First conductor to record all of Haydn’s symphonies
1938 – William Bolcom, American pianist and composer
Deaths:
1999 – Paul Sacher, Swiss conductor (b. 1906)
May 27
Births:
1584 – Michael Altenburg, German theologian and composer (d. 1640)
1884 – Max Brod, Czech journalist, author, and composer (d. 1968)
1891 – Claude Champagne, Canadian violinist, pianist, and composer (d. 1965) What a classy name. 
Deaths:
1690 – Giovanni Legrenzi, Italian organist and composer (b. 1626)
1840 – Niccolò Paganini, Italian violinist and composer (b. 1782) Maybe you’ve heard of him
1967 – W. Otto Miessner, American composer and educator (b. 1880) Yes, he died the day after his birthday. 
2003 – Luciano Berio, Italian composer (b. 1925) This guy is important but I only know so because I’ve heard his name a lot; his music none. 

May 28
1836 – Friedrich Baumfelder, German pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1916)
1923 – György Ligeti, Romanian-Austrian composer (d. 2006)
1925 – Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German opera singer and conductor (d. 2012)
1954 – Youri Egorov, Russian pianist (d. 1988) You’ve got to see this guy’s photo in the wikipedia article… it is the least “classical pianist” and most 80s-looking pianist photo I’ve ever seen. 
Deaths:
1787 – Leopold Mozart, Austrian violinist, composer, and conductor (b. 1719) yes, related. It’s his father. 
1805 – Luigi Boccherini, Italian cellist and composer (b. 1743)
May 29
Yes! an event!
1913 – Igor Stravinsky‘s ballet score The Rite of Spring receives its premiere performance in Paris, France, provoking a riot.
Births:
1730 – Jackson of Exeter, English organist and composer (d. 1803)
1860 – Isaac Albéniz, Spanish pianist and composer (d. 1909)
1873 – Rudolf Tobias, Estonian composer (d. 1918)
1897 – Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Austrian composer (d. 1957)
1915 – Karl Münchinger, German conductor (d. 1990)
1933 – Helmuth Rilling, German conductor
1954 – Robert Beaser, American composer- contemporary… his works are listed as a discography instead of compositions… I dunno. 
Deaths:
1910 – Mily Balakirev, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1837) Seriously not sure how I feel about this guy. 
1935 – Josef Suk, Czech violinist and composer (b. 1874)
1941 – Léo-Pol Morin, Canadian pianist, composer and educator (b. 1892) Wrote pieces based on “Inuit folklore” and performed Canadian premieres of many French composers’ piano compositions
1951 – Dimitrios Levidis, Greek-French composer (b. 1885)
2005 – George Rochberg, American composer (b. 1918) Someone to look into, perhaps.
May 30
Births:
1858 – Siegfried Alkan, German composer (d. 1941) So interesting! Distantly related to Mendelssohn, and potentially (likely?) related to Charles-Valentin Alkan. Cool.
1901 – Alfred Karindi, Estonian pianist and composer (d. 1969)
Deaths:
1978 – Jean Deslauriers, Canadian violinist, conductor, and composer (b. 1909)
2013 – Elliot del Borgo, American composer (b. 1938)
May 31
Births:
1656 – Marin Marais, French viol player and composer (d. 1728)
1914 – Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer (d. 2006)
Deaths:
1809 – Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer (b. 1732) “Father of the symphony”, friend of Mozart and teacher to Beethoven
2010 – Benjamin Lees, American composer (b. 1924) Must check this guy out. 
June 1
Births:
1653 – Georg Muffat, French composer (d. 1704)
1804 – Mikhail Glinka, Russian composer (d. 1857)- Important Russian guy. 
Deaths:

1639 – Melchior Franck, German composer (b. 1579)

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