On this day: week of October 27, 2014

October 27
1827 – Bellini‘s third opera Il pirata is premiered at Teatro alla Scala di Milano
Births:
1703 – Johann Gottlieb Graun, German violinist and composer (d. 1771)
1782 – Niccolò Paganini, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1840)
1927 – Dominick Argento, American composer
1958 – Felix Wurman, American cellist and composer (d. 2009) Student of Jacqueline du Pre
Deaths:
1949 – Ginette Neveu, French violinist (b. 1919)
2012 – Hans Werner Henze, German composer (b. 1926)
October 28
1893 – Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Pathétique, receives its première performance in St. Petersburg, only nine days before the composer’s death.
1915 – Richard Strauss conducts the first performance of his tone poem Eine Alpensinfonie in Berlin.
Births:
1733 – Franz Ignaz von Beecke, German composer (d. 1803)
1896 – Howard Hanson, American composer, conductor, and educator (d. 1981)
1936 – Carl Davis, American-English conductor and composer
Deaths:
1755 – Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, French composer (b. 1689)

1768 – Michel Blavet, French flute player and composer (b. 1700)
1914 – Richard Heuberger, Austrian composer and critic (b. 1850)
1963 – Mart Saar, Estonian organist and composer (b. 1882)
2001 – Gerard Hengeveld, Dutch pianist, composer, and educator (b. 1910)
October 29
1787 – Mozart‘s opera Don Giovanni receives its first performance in Prague.
Births:
Deaths:
1829 – Maria Anna Mozart, Austrian pianist (b. 1751) The other Mozart’s sister
1918 – Rudolf Tobias, Estonian-German organist and composer (b. 1873)
1953 – William Kapell, American pianist (b. 1922)
October 30
Births:
1894 – Peter Warlock, English composer and critic (d. 1930)
1896 – Antonino Votto, Italian conductor (d. 1985)
1910 – Luciano Sgrizzi, Italian-Monacan organist and composer (d. 1994)
1967 – Leonidas Kavakos, Greek violinist
Deaths:
1522 – Jean Mouton, French composer (b. 1459)
1853 – Pietro Raimondi, Italian composer (b. 1786)
1883 – Robert Volkmann, German composer (b. 1815)
October 31
Births:
1980 – Alondra de la Parra, Mexican-American pianist and conductor
Deaths:
1744 – Leonardo Leo, Italian composer (b. 1694)
1768 – Francesco Maria Veracini, Italian violinist and composer (b. 1690)
November 1
Births:
1839 – Pál Luthár Slovene-Hungarian organist, educator, and author (d. 1919)
1862 – Johan Wagenaar, Dutch organist and composer (d. 1941)
1902 – Eugen Jochum, German conductor (d. 1987)
1934 – William Mathias, Welsh pianist and composer (d. 1992)
1936 – Katsuhisa Hattori, Japanese composer and conductor
1965 – Patrik Ringborg, Swedish conductor
Deaths:
1942 – Hugo Distler, German organist, composer, and conductor (b. 1908)
1986 – Serge Garant, Canadian composer and conductor (b. 1929)
2005 – Skitch Henderson, English pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1918) Founder of the New York Pops
2009 – Robert H. Rines, American violinist and composer (b. 1922) you seriously need to read about this guy. Studied at MIT and at a college HERE in Taiwan, played a violin duet with Albert Einstein at only 11, was a Loch Ness Monster hunter, was on the advisory board of the US Department of Commerce, lecturer at Harvard and MIT, and more…. seriously… just stop…. 
November 2
Births:
1692 – Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer, Dutch composer and diplomat (d. 1766)
1739 – Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Austrian violinist and composer (d. 1799) Real name
1946 – Giuseppe Sinopoli, Italian conductor and composer (d. 2001)
Deaths:
1960 – Dimitris Mitropoulos, Greek conductor and composer (b. 1896) Early promoter of the works of Mahler and an influence on Bernstein in this respect (right? I think so…)
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