On this day: week of November 24, 2014

November 24
1690 – Charles Theodore Pachelbel, German organist and composer (d. 1750) Yes, that Pachelbel. Also, interestingly, he was one of the first European composers to relocate to America, and settled in Charleston. My family may even know his descendants. Small world.
1867 – Scott Joplin, American pianist and composer (d. 1917) I know, but it’s Scott Stinking Joplin. I also didn’t realize he was born so long ago. 
Deaths:
1615 – Sethus Calvisius, German composer and theorist (b. 1556)
1650 – Manuel Cardoso, Portuguese organist and composer (b. 1566)
1722 – Johann Adam Reincken, Dutch-German organist and composer (b. 1623)
1956 – Guido Cantelli, Italian conductor (b. 1920)
November 25
1666 – Giuseppe Giovanni Battista Guarneri, Italian violin maker (d. 1740)
1787 – Franz Xaver Gruber, Austrian organist and composer (d. 1863)
1862 – Ethelbert Nevin, American pianist and composer (d. 1901)
1895 – Wilhelm Kempff, German pianist and composer (d. 1991)
1896 – Virgil Thomson, American composer and critic (d. 1989)
1904 – Toni Ortelli, Italian composer and conductor (d. 2000)
1956 – Kalle Randalu, Estonian pianist and educator
Deaths:

1755 – Johann Georg Pisendel, German violinist and composer (b. 1687)
November 26
1604 – Johannes Bach, German organist and composer (d. 1673) Wikipedia says “He was the father of the so-called “Erfurt line” of Bach family musicians.” So he’s one of those Bachs. 
1891 – Scott Bradley, American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1977) Cartoon music? Schoenberg?
1903 – Alice Herz-Sommer, Czech-English pianist and educator (d. 2014)
1915 – Earl Wild, American pianist and composer (d. 2010)
1925 – Eugene Istomin, American pianist (d. 2003)
Deaths:
1717 – Daniel Purcell, English organist and composer (b. 1664)
1959 – Albert Ketèlbey, English pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1875)
1982 – Juhan Aavik, Estonian composer and conductor (b. 1884)
November 27
1759 – Franz Krommer, Czech violinist and composer (d. 1831)
1804 – Julius Benedict, German-English conductor and composer (d. 1885)
1941 – Louis van Dijk, Dutch pianist
1953 – Richard Stone, American composer (d. 2001)
1959 – Viktoria Mullova, Russian violinist (and formerly married to Claudio Abbado)
Deaths:
1474 – Guillaume Dufay, Flemish composer (b. 1397)
1881 – Theobald Boehm, German flute player and composer (b. 1794)
1955 – Arthur Honegger, French-Swiss composer and academic (b. 1892)
1958 – Artur Rodziński, Polish-American conductor (b. 1892)
1994 – Fernando Lopes-Graça, Portuguese composer and conductor (b. 1906)
November 28
1909 – Sergei Rachmaninoff makes the debut performance of his Piano Concerto No. 3, considered to be one of the most technically challenging piano concertos in the standard classical repertoire.
Quite a day for piano concertos….
Births:
1632 – Jean-Baptiste Lully, Italian-French composer and manager (d. 1687)
1793 – Carl Jonas Love Almqvist, Swedish poet, composer, and critic (d. 1866)
1829 – Anton Rubinstein, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1894)
1895 – José Iturbi, Spanish pianist and conductor (d. 1980)
Deaths:
1585 – Hernando Franco, Spanish composer (b. 1532)
1695 – Giovanni Paolo Colonna, Italian organist, composer, and educator (b. 1637)
1815 – Johann Peter Salomon, German violinist, composer, and conductor (b. 1745)
1972 – Havergal Brian, English composer (b. 1875) I’ve listened to it… like three times. 
November 29
1705 – Michael Christian Festing, English violinist and composer (d. 1752)
1797 – Gaetano Donizetti, Italian composer (d. 1848)
1861 – Spyridon Samaras, Greek composer (d. 1917)
1879 – Jacob Gade, Danish violinist and composer (d. 1963)
Deaths:
1643 – Claudio Monteverdi, Italian priest and composer (b. 1567)
1924 – Giacomo Puccini, Italian composer (b. 1858)
1972 – Carl Stalling, American pianist and composer (b. 1888) The cartoon guy. Seriously, like every kid in America grew up listening to this guy, basically. 
November 30
Births:
1645 – Andreas Werckmeister, German organist, composer, and theorist (d. 1706)
1748 – Joachim Albertini, Italian-Polish composer (d. 1838)
1764 – Franz Xaver Gerl, Austrian singer and composer (d. 1827)
1796 – Carl Loewe, German singer, composer, and conductor (d. 1869)
1813 – Charles-Valentin Alkan, French pianist and composer (d. 1888) Deserves far more of my time. One day, Charlie, one day. 
1945 – Radu Lupu, Romanian-Swiss pianist
1952 – Semyon Bychkov, Russian-American conductor
Deaths:
1580 – Richard Farrant, English playwright and composer (b. 1530)
1623 – Thomas Weelkes, English organist and composer (b. 1576)
1703 – Nicolas de Grigny, French organist and composer (b. 1672)
1954 – Wilhelm Furtwängler, German conductor and composer (b. 1886)
1955 – Josip Štolcer-Slavenski, Croatian composer (b. 1896)

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