On this day: Feb 1, 2015

So we’re going to start clean with a new month. February 1:

February 1:
1687  Johann Adam Birkenstock, German violinist and composer (d. 1733) I’ll resist making a joke about shoes. 
1690  Francesco Maria Veracini, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1768)
1701  Johan Agrell, Swedish-German composer (d. 1765)
1836  Emil Hartmann, Danish composer (d. 1898)
1859  Victor Herbert, Irish-American cellist, composer, and conductor (d. 1924)
1907 – Camargo Guarnieri, Brazilian composer (d. 1993) This guy’s given first name is “Mozart”
1952 – Jenő Jandó, Hungarian pianist
Deaths:
1743  Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni, Italian organist and composer (b. 1657)
1949 – Herbert Stothart, American conductor and composer (b. 1885)
2007 – Gian Carlo Menotti, Italian-American composer (b. 1911)
February 2:
Births:
1669  Louis Marchand, French organist and composer (d. 1732)
1677  Jean-Baptiste Morin, French composer (d. 1745)
1714  Gottfried August Homilius, German organist and composer (d. 1785)
1873  Leo Fall, Austrian composer (d. 1925)
1875  Fritz Kreisler, Austrian-American violinist and composer (d. 1962)
1901  Jascha Heifetz, Lithuanian violinist (d. 1987)
Deaths:
1909  Carlo Acton, Italian pianist and composer (b. 1829)
1968  Tullio Serafin, Italian conductor (b. 1878)
2014  Gerd Albrecht, German conductor (b. 1935)
February 3:
Births:
1654  Pietro Antonio Fiocco, Italian composer (d. 1714)
1736  Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Austrian composer and theorist (d. 1809)
1809  Felix Mendelssohn, German pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1847)
1817 – Émile Prudent, French pianist and composer (d. 1863)
1904  Luigi Dallapiccola, Italian composer (d. 1975)
1911  Jehan Alain, French organist and composer (d. 1940)
1960 – Malcolm Martineau, Scottish pianist
Deaths:
1993  Françoys Bernier, Canadian pianist and conductor (b. 1927)
February 4:
Births:
1639  Alessandro Melani, Italian composer (d. 1703)
1676  Giacomo Facco, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1753)
1677  Johann Ludwig Bach, German violinist and composer (d. 1731) This almost seems like a joke… (almost) names of all three Bs
1740  Carl Michael Bellman, Swedish poet and composer (d. 1795)
1912 – Erich Leinsdorf, Austrian-American conductor (d. 1993)
Deaths:
1590  Gioseffo Zarlino, Italian composer (b. 1517)
1781  Josef Mysliveček, Czech composer (b. 1737)
2012 – János Sebestyén, Hungarian organist (b. 1931)
February 5:
Births:
1594  Biagio Marini, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1663)
1748  Christian Gottlob Neefe, German composer and conductor (d. 1798)
1810  Ole Bull, Norwegian violinist and composer (d. 1880)
1909  Grażyna Bacewicz, Polish violinist and composer (d. 1969)
1929  Luc Ferrari, French composer (d. 2005) Student of Alfred Cortot
Deaths:
1952  Adela Verne, English pianist and composer (b. 1877)
2013 – Egil Hovland, Norwegian composer (b. 1924)
February 6:
Births:
1818 – Henry Litolff, English pianist and composer (d. 1891)
1852 – Vasily Safonov, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1918)
1903 – Claudio Arrau, Chilean pianist (d. 1991)
1941 – Stephen Albert, American composer (d. 1992)
Deaths:
1497  Johannes Ockeghem, Flemish composer (b. 1410)
1981  Hugo Montenegro, American composer and conductor (b. 1925)
February 7:
Births:
1758  Benedikt Schack, Czech tenor and composer (d. 1826)
1871  Wilhelm Stenhammar, Swedish pianist and composer (d. 1927)
1878  Ossip Gabrilowitsch, Russian-American pianist and conductor (d. 1936)
Deaths:
1779  William Boyce, English composer (b. 1711)
1994  Witold Lutosławski, Polish composer and conductor (b. 1913)
1996 – Boris Tchaikovsky, Russian composer (b. 1925)
February 8:
Births:
1708  Václav Jan Kopřiva, Bohemian organist and composer (d. 1789)
1741  André Grétry, Belgian-French composer (d. 1813)
1764  Joseph Leopold Eybler, Austrian composer (d. 1846)
1932 – John Williams, American pianist, composer, and conductor
Deaths:
1709  Giuseppe Torelli, Italian violinist and composer (b. 1658)
1849  François Habeneck, French violinist and conductor (b. 1781)
2006 – Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer (b. 1914)

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