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.
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
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?
1941 – Louis van Dijk, Dutch pianist
1953 – Richard Stone, American composer (d. 2001)
1959 – Viktoria Mullova, Russian violinist (and formerly married to Claudio Abbado)
1811 – Beethoven‘s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, premieres at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig.
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….
1643 – Claudio Monteverdi, Italian priest and composer (b. 1567)
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.
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