On this day: week of January 12, 2015

January 12

Births:
1711  Gaetano Latilla, Italian composer (d. 1788)
1715  Jacques Duphly, French organist and composer (d. 1789)
1837  Adolf Jensen, German pianist and composer (d. 1879)
1876 – Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Italian composer (d. 1948)
1916 – William Pleeth, English cellist and educator (d. 1999)
1917  Walter Hendl, American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 2007)
1926  Morton Feldman, American composer (d. 1987)
1944 – Viktoria Postnikova, Russian pianist
1949  Kentarō Haneda, Japanese composer (d. 2007)
Deaths:
1674  Giacomo Carissimi, Italian composer (b. 1605)
1735  John Eccles, English composer (b. 1668)
1765  Johann Melchior Molter, German violinist and composer (b. 1696)
1934  Paul Kochanski, Polish violinist and composer (b. 1887)
2012 – Rosalind Runcie, English pianist (b. 1932)
January 13
1910 – The first public radio broadcast takes place; a live performance of the opera Cavalleria rusticana is sent out over the airwaves from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, New York.
Births:
1683  Christoph Graupner, German harpsichord player and composer (d. 1760)
1866  Vasily Kalinnikov, Russian composer (d. 1901)
1904 – Nathan Milstein, Ukrainian-American violinist (d. 1992)
1923  Daniil Shafran, Russian cellist (d. 1997)
1954  Richard Blackford, English composer
Deaths:
1838  Ferdinand Ries, German composer (b. 1784)
1864  Stephen Foster, American composer and songwriter (b. 1826)
1971  Robert Still, English composer and educator (b. 1910)
2012 – Dilys Elwyn-Edwards, Welsh composer and academic (b. 1918)
January 14
Births:
1683  Gottfried Silbermann, German instrument maker (d. 1753)
1800  Ludwig Ritter von Köchel, Austrian composer, botanist, and publisher (d. 1877)
1927  Zuzana Růžičková, Czech harpsichord player
1943 – Mariss Jansons, Latvian conductor, currently at the Royal Concertgebouw, and he will be succeeded after the 2015 season by Daniele Gatti. He will continue his post at the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra until 2018. 
1970 – Fazıl Say, Turkish pianist and composer
Deaths:
1676  Francesco Cavalli, Italian composer (b. 1602)
1786  Michael Arne, English organist and composer (b. 1741)
1888  Stephen Heller, Hungarian pianist and composer (b. 1813)
1949 – Joaquín Turina, Spanish composer (b. 1882)
1978 – Robert Heger, German conductor and composer (b. 1886)
1995  Alexander Gibson, Scottish conductor (b. 1926) Maybe not so many people know this guy, but his recording of the Sibelius symphonies is quite wonderful. 
2014 – Flavio Testi, Italian composer and musicologist (b. 1923)
January 15
Births:
1878  Johanna Müller-Hermann, Austrian composer (d. 1941)
1913 – Miriam Hyde, Australian pianist and composer (d. 2005)
1960 – Aaron Jay Kernis, American composer
1964  Osmo Tapio Räihälä, Finnish composer
Deaths:
1775  Giovanni Battista Sammartini, Italian organist and composer (b. 1700)
1864  Isaac Nathan, English-Australian composer and journalist (b. 1792)
1885  Leopold Damrosch, German-American conductor (b. 1832)
1926  Enrico Toselli, Italian pianist and composer (b. 1883) Student of Giovanni Sgambati
2013 – Yuli Turovsky, Russian-Canadian cellist, conductor, and educator (b. 1939)
January 16
1964  Hello, Dolly! (musical) starring Carol Channing opened on Broadway, beginning a run of 2,844 performances.
Births:
1728  Niccolò Piccinni, Italian composer (d. 1800)
1872  Henri Büsser, French organist, composer, and conductor (d. 1973) 101 years old!
1893 – Daisy Kennedy, Australian violinist (d. 1981)
1905  Ernesto Halffter, Spanish composer and conductor (d. 1989)
1943 – Brian Ferneyhough, English-American composer, still alive, and quite important, but this is one nut I haven’t been able to crack. 
1985 – Gintaras Januševičius, Lithuanian pianist
Deaths:
1886  Amilcare Ponchielli, Italian composer (b. 1834)
1891  Léo Delibes, French composer (b. 1836)
1957 – Arturo Toscanini, Italian conductor (b. 1867). Yas. 
2012 – Gustav Leonhardt, Dutch pianist, conductor, and musicologist (b. 1928)
January 17
1659  Antonio Veracini, Italian composer and violinist (d. 1745)
1712  John Stanley, English organist and composer (d. 1786)
1728  Johann Gottfried Müthel, German pianist and composer (d. 1788)
1734  François-Joseph Gossec, French composer (d. 1829)
1828 – Ede Reményi, Hungarian violinist and composer (d. 1898)
1850  Alexander Taneyev, Russian composer (d. 1918)
1857  Wilhelm Kienzl, Austrian composer (d. 1941)
1942 – Ulf Hoelscher, German violinist
1948 – Anne Queffélec, French pianist
1980 – Gareth McLearnon, Irish flute player
Deaths:
1738  Jean-François Dandrieu, French organist and composer (b. 1682)
1826  Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, Spanish composer (b. 1806)
1869  Alexander Dargomyzhsky, Russian composer (b. 1813)
1970  Simon Kovar, Russian-American bassoon player (b. 1890)
1984  Kostas Giannidis, Greek pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1903)
2000  Philip Jones, English trumpet player (b. 1928)
2003 – Balint Vazsonyi, Hungarian pianist (b. 1936)
January 18
1944 – The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers are Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridgeand Jack Teagarden. I usually avoid jazz stuff on here, for hopefully obvious reasons, but that’s quite a lineup…
Births:
1543  Alfonso Ferrabosco the elder, Italian composer (d. 1588)
1751  Ferdinand Kauer, Austrian pianist and composer (d. 1831)
1841  Emmanuel Chabrier, French pianist and composer (d. 1894)
Deaths:
2008 – Frank Lewin, American composer and theorist (b. 1925)
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