On this day: week of January 19, 2015

January 19

Births:
1676  John Weldon, English organist and composer (d. 1736)
1832  Ferdinand Laub, Czech violinist and composer (d. 1875)
1893  Magda Tagliaferro, Brazilian pianist (d. 1986) Studied with Alfred Cortot
1948  Amanda Holden, English playwright and composer
1955 – Simon Rattle, English conductor. Formerly with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (in that amazing concert hall) and now with the Berlin Philharmonic
Deaths:
1833  Ferdinand Hérold, French composer (b. 1791)
1972  Michael Rabin, American violinist (b. 1936)
2013 – Frank Pooler, American conductor and composer (b. 1926)
January 20
Births:
1586  Johann Schein, German composer (d. 1630)
1703  Joseph-Hector Fiocco, Flemish violinist and composer (d. 1741)
1761  Giovanni Domenico Perotti, Italian composer (d. 1825)
1762  Jérôme-Joseph de Momigny, Belgian-French composer and theorist (d. 1842)
1783  Friedrich Dotzauer, German cellist and composer (d. 1860)
1855  Ernest Chausson, French composer (d. 1899)
1876  Josef Hofmann, Polish-American pianist and composer (d. 1967)
1891  Mischa Elman, Ukrainian-American violinist (d. 1967)
1894 – Walter Piston, American composer (d. 1976) Also author of textbooks about composition, counterpoint, and orchestration
1926 – David Tudor, American pianist and composer (d. 1996) Gave the American premiere of Boulez’s second piano sonata
1951  Iván Fischer, Hungarian conductor and composer; his Mahler is quite good. 
Deaths:
2014  Claudio Abbado, Italian conductor (b. 1933) So sad, this one. 
2014 – Ubaldo Continiello, Italian composer and conductor (b. 1941)
January 21
1848  Henri Duparc, French composer (d. 1933)
1898  Avery Claflin, American composer (d. 1979) Student of Satie, but went on to study banking
1899  Alexander Tcherepnin, Russian-American pianist and composer (d. 1977)
1909  Todor Skalovski, Macedonian composer and conductor (d. 2004)
1941  Plácido Domingo, Spanish tenor and conductor
Deaths:
1638  Ignazio Donati, Italian composer (b. 1570)
1851  Albert Lortzing, German composer and actor (b. 1801)
1931  Felix Blumenfeld, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1863)
1948  Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Italian composer (b. 1876)
2005 – Kaljo Raid, Estonian cellist, composer, and pastor (b. 1921)
January 22
Births:
1781  François Habeneck, French violinist and conductor (d. 1849)
1886  John J. Becker, American composer (d. 1961)
1903 – Robin Milford, English composer (d. 1959)
1916 – Henri Dutilleux, French composer (d. 2013)
Deaths:
1599  Cristofano Malvezzi, Italian organist and composer (b. 1547)
2005 – Consuelo Velázquez, Mexican pianist and songwriter (b. 1924)
January 23
Births:
1900  William Ifor Jones, Welsh organist and conductor (d. 1988)
1953  John Luther Adams, American composer
Deaths:
1837  John Field, Irish pianist and composer (b. 1782) Ever heard of the nocturne?
1921  Mykola Leontovych, Ukrainian composer and conductor (b. 1877)
1981  Samuel Barber, American composer (b. 1910)
January 24
Births:
1752 – Muzio Clementi, Italian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1832) (who is listed on Wikipedia as having been born on the 23rd AND 24th, but his article says the 24th)
1911  Muir Mathieson, Scottish conductor and composer (d. 1975)
1913  Norman Dello Joio, American composer (d. 2008)
1953  Yuri Bashmet, Russian violinist, viola player, and conductor
Deaths:
1473  Conrad Paumann, German organist and composer (b. 1410)
1666  Johann Andreas Herbst, German composer (b. 1588)
1883  Friedrich von Flotow, German composer (b. 1812)
1960 – Edwin Fischer, Swiss pianist and conductor (b. 1886)
January 25
1858 – The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn is played at the marriage of Queen Victoria‘s daughter, Victoria, and Friedrich of Prussia, and becomes a popular wedding recessional.
1909  Richard Strauss‘s opera Elektra receives its debut performance at the Dresden State Opera.
Births:
1750  Johann Gottfried Vierling, German organist and composer (d. 1813)
1868  Juventino Rosas, Mexican violinist and composer (d. 1894)
1886  Wilhelm Furtwängler, German conductor and composer (d. 1954)
1913 – Witold Lutosławski, Polish composer and conductor (d. 1994)
Deaths:
2008 – Evelyn Barbirolli, English oboe player (b. 1911)
2009  Ewald Kooiman, Dutch organist (b. 1938)
2012 – Paavo Berglund, Finnish violinist and conductor (b. 1929)

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