On this day: Week of June 9, 2014

What happened this week in history that we should know about? Let’s see. 
June 9
As usual, no events.
1732 – Giuseppe Demachi, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1791)
1810 – Otto Nicolai, German composer and conductor (d. 1849)
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… 
1656 – Thomas Tomkins, Welsh composer (b. 1572)
1952 – Adolf Busch, German-Austrian violinist and composer (b. 1891)
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)
June 10
1843 – Heinrich von Herzogenberg, Austrian composer and conductor (d. 1900)

1911 – Ralph Kirkpatrick, American harpsichord player and musicologist (d. 1984)
1913 – Tikhon Khrennikov, Russian pianist and composer (d. 2007)
1960 – Mark-Anthony Turnage, English composer
1556 – Martin Agricola, German composer and theorist (b. 1486)
1799 – Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Caribbean-French violinist, composer, and conductor (b. 1745)
1934 – Frederick Delius, English composer (b. 1862)
June 11
1672 – Francesco Antonio Bonporti, Italian priest and composer (d. 1749)
1690 – Giovanni Antonio Giay, Italian composer (d. 1764)
1697 – Francesco Antonio Vallotti, Italian organist and composer (d. 1780)
1704 – Carlos Seixas, Portuguese composer (d. 1742) Not a lot of Portuguese composers I can think of…
1864 – Richard Strauss, German composer and conductor (d. 1949) Important
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. 
1919 – Helen Tobias-Duesberg, Estonian-American composer (d. 2010) Cool. Female composer. 
1926 – Carlisle Floyd, American composer
1924 – Théodore Dubois, French organist, composer, and educator (b. 1837)
June 12
Okay then… Deaths:
1962 – John Ireland, English composer (b. 1879)
1966 – Hermann Scherchen, German conductor (b. 1891)
2006 – György Ligeti, Romanian-Hungarian composer (b. 1923) Have yet to begin familiarizing myself with this man’s works. 
June 13
1761 – Antonín Vranický, Czech violinist and composer (d. 1820)
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. 
June 14
1691 – Jan Francisci, Slovak organist and composer (d. 1758)
1730 – Antonio Sacchini, Italian composer (d. 1786)
1763 – Simon Mayr, German composer (d. 1845)
1910 – Rudolf Kempe, German conductor (d. 1976)
1548 – Carpentras, French composer (b. 1470) So far back he only got one name. 
1594 – Orlande de Lassus, Flemish composer (b. 1532) So far back his name is Latin-ish.
1986 – Alan Jay Lerner, American composer (b. 1918) and librettist 
1995 – Els Aarne, Estonian composer and pedagogue (b. 1917)
2005 – Carlo Maria Giulini, Italian conductor (b. 1914)
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. 
June 15
1749 – Georg Joseph Vogler, German organist, composer, and theorist (d. 1814)
1763 – Franz Danzi, German cellist, composer, and conductor (d. 1826)
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)
1934 – Alfred Bruneau, French composer (b. 1857)
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. 
1984 – Meredith Willson, American composer, conductor and playwright (b. 1902)

Well, that’s it for now. Tune in tomorrow for a post you’ll be more likely to enjoy!

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