On this day: Week of June 2, 2014

Let’s do this. Anything exciting this week? Maybe no events, but some notable people. 
June 2
Not yet. Births:
1857 – Edward Elgar, English composer (d. 1934)
1863 – Felix Weingartner, Croatian-Austrian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1942)
1878 – Wallace Hartley, English violinist and bandleader (d. 1912) I saw bandleader and I thought ‘jazz guy’, but this is the heroic kind of musical version of ‘captain of the ship’; he’s the guy that lead the eight-member band on the Titanic as it went down on April 15. Was that in the movie?
1944 – Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and conductor (d. 2012) Incredibly accomplished if not wholly classical in nature.
1947 – Mark Elder, English conductor
Deaths:
1937 – Louis Vierne, French organist and composer (b. 1870)
1968 – André Mathieu, Canadian pianist and composer (b. 1929) The Canadian Rachmaninoff? Well, “in the style of Rachmaninoff.”
2000 – Lepo Sumera, Estonian composer (b. 1950)
2013 – Mario Bernardi, Canadian pianist and conductor (b. 1930)
June 3
Births:
1736 – Ignaz Fränzl, German violinist and composer (d. 1811)

1832 – Charles Lecocq, French composer (d. 1918)
Deaths:
1858 – Julius Reubke, German pianist and composer (b. 1834) We discussed him before. What a magnificent piano sonata this young talent composed. Check it out here. 
1875 – Georges Bizet, French composer (b. 1838)
1877 – Ludwig Ritter von Köchel, Austrian botanist, composer, and publisher (b. 1800) Botanist and composer. (I almost made a joke about his pieces sounding organic…)
2013 – Arnold Eidus, American violinist (b. 1922)
June 4
Births:
1903 – Yevgeny Mravinsky, Russian conductor (d. 1988)
Deaths:
June 5
Births:
1884 – Ralph Benatzky, Czech-Austrian composer (d. 1957)
1923 – Daniel Pinkham, American organist and composer (d. 2006)
1952 – Daniel Katzen, American horn player and educator
1972 – Pavel Kotla, Polish conductor
Deaths:
1625 – Orlando Gibbons, English organist and composer (b. 1583)
1722 – Johann Kuhnau, German organist and composer (b. 1660)
1816 – Giovanni Paisiello, Italian composer (b. 1741)
1826 – Carl Maria von Weber, German pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1786)
2003 – Manuel Rosenthal, French composer and conductor (b. 1904)
June 6
Births:
1661 – Giacomo Antonio Perti, Italian composer (d. 1756)
1735 – Anton Schweitzer, German composer (d. 1787)
1903 – Aram Khachaturian, Georgian-Armenian composer (d. 1978)
1915 – Vincent Persichetti, American pianist and composer (d. 1987) I’ve performed some of this guy’s band music
1926 – Klaus Tennstedt, German conductor (d. 1998)
1939 – Louis Andriessen, Dutch pianist and composer
Deaths:
1881 – Henri Vieuxtemps, Belgian violinist and composer (b. 1820)
June 7
Births:
1845 – Leopold Auer, Hungarian violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1930)
1897 – George Szell, Hungarian-American conductor and composer (d. 1970)
1937 – Neeme Järvi, Estonian conductor
Two quite famous conductors, born exactly forty years apart.
Deaths:
1896 – Pavlos Carrer, Greek composer (b. 1829)
June 8
Births:
1671 – Tomaso Albinoni, Italian composer (d. 1751)
1810 – Robert Schumann, German composer and critic (d. 1856)
1949 – Emanuel Ax, Polish-American pianist and educator
Deaths:
1612 – Hans Leo Hassler, German organist and composer (b. 1562)

1984 – Gordon Jacob, English composer (b. 1895)
And that’s about it. Quite a good batch of interesting people this week, and some very roundabout suggestions for what I may be writing next. See you soon. 
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