What happened this week in history that we should know about? Let’s see.
As usual, no events.
1865 – Carl Nielsen, Danish violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1931) I quite like most of Nielsen’s earlier symphonies (earlier meaning everything except the fifth, which I haven’t really grown to appreciate yet [but still wrote about], and the sixth, which is just kind of… perplexing)
1891 – Cole Porter, American composer (d. 1964) I know I have said some bad things about jazz (or intend to), but Cole Porter is Cole Porter.
1912 – Ingolf Dahl, German-American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1970) The people I have never heard of…
1991 – Claudio Arrau, Chilean-American pianist (b. 1903) Was just listening to some recording or other of his the other day. He taught one of my favorite pianists and teachers and lecturers, the wonderful great Garrick Ohlsson.
2013 – Bruno Bartoletti, Italian conductor (b. 1926)
1960 – Mark-Anthony Turnage, English composer
1704 – Carlos Seixas, Portuguese composer (d. 1742) Not a lot of Portuguese composers I can think of…
1910 – Carmine Coppola, American flute player and composer (d. 1991) Interestingly, the father of Francis Ford Coppola, whom he worked with and contributed music to for many of the latter’s films.
Okay then… Deaths:
2006 – György Ligeti, Romanian-Hungarian composer (b. 1923) Have yet to begin familiarizing myself with this man’s works.
1899 – Carlos Chávez, Mexican composer, conductor, and journalist, founded the Mexican Symphonic Orchestra (d. 1978) I’d like to found an orchestra
1905 – Xian Xinghai, Chinese composer (d. 1945) I MUST check this guy out.
1972 – Kristjan Järvi, Estonian-American conductor- This was the guy who was supposed to conduct Lisitsa’s performance of the Grieg concerto here in Taipei last year, but got sick or something.
1986 – Benny Goodman, American clarinet player, songwriter, and bandleader (b. 1909) Again, I know, jazz and all, but it’s Benny Goodman. He also commissioned Copland’s clarinet concerto. He’s important.
2005 – David Diamond, American composer (b. 1915) Yet ANOTHER of Boulanger’s students. I should check this guy out too.
1986 – Alan Jay Lerner, American composer (b. 1918) and librettist
2012 – Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, German pianist and academic (b. 1930)
2013 – Hugh Maguire, Irish violinist (b. 1926) principal player of the London Symphony and BBC Symphony Orchestras.
1843 – Edvard Grieg, Norwegian pianist and composer (d. 1907) Grieg!!! We talked about his piano concerto in this post and about a performance of it in this article.
1900 – Otto Luening, German-American composer and conductor (d. 1996)
1922 – John Veale, English composer (d. 2006)
1962 – Alfred Cortot, Swiss pianist and conductor (b. 1877) Recently read that this guy caused some headaches for Ravel when he insisted on arranging the latter’s piano concerto for the left hand into a two-handed version. Ravel sent out pleas to conductors to refuse to play it, but it got played anyway.
Well, that’s it for now. Tune in tomorrow for a post you’ll be more likely to enjoy!