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
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.
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.
1787 – Leopold Mozart, Austrian violinist, composer, and conductor (b. 1719) yes, related. It’s his father.
Yes! an event!
1913 – Igor Stravinsky‘s ballet score The Rite of Spring receives its premiere performance in Paris, France, provoking a riot.
1954 – Robert Beaser, American composer- contemporary… his works are listed as a discography instead of compositions… I dunno.
1910 – Mily Balakirev, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1837) Seriously not sure how I feel about this guy.
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.
1858 – Siegfried Alkan, German composer (d. 1941) So interesting! Distantly related to Mendelssohn, and potentially (likely?) related to Charles-Valentin Alkan. Cool.
2013 – Elliot del Borgo, American composer (b. 1938)
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.