On this day: week of February 9, 2015

February 9

Births:
1645  Johann Aegidius Bach, German viola player (d. 1716)
1741  Henri-Joseph Rigel, German-French composer (d. 1799)
1751  Antoine Bullant, Czech bassoon player and composer (d. 1821)
1864  Miina Härma, Estonian organist, composer, and conductor (d. 1941)
1885  Alban Berg, Austrian composer (d. 1935)
1909 – Harald Genzmer, German composer (d. 2007) Studied with Hindemith
Deaths:
1960 – Ernő Dohnányi, Hungarian pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1877) Will eventually get around to this guy’s works. 
2010 – Jacques Hétu, Canadian composer and educator (b. 1938) Studied with Lukas Foss, Dutilleux, and Messiaen

February 10
Births:
1696  Johann Melchior Molter, German violinist and composer (d. 1765)
1935 – Theodore Antoniou, Greek composer and conductor
1948 – Conrad Cummings, American composer
Deaths:
1956 – Leonora Speyer, American poet and violinist (b. 1872)

February 11
1840  Gaetano Donizetti‘s opera La fille du régiment receives its first performance in Paris, France.
1843  Giuseppe Verdi‘s opera I Lombardi alla prima crociata receives its first performance in Milan, Italy.
1903  Anton Bruckner‘s 9th Symphony receives its first performance in Vienna, Austria.
Births:
1819  Samuel Parkman Tuckerman, American organist and composer (d. 1890)
1830  Hans Bronsart von Schellendorff, Prussian pianist and composer (d. 1913)
1874 – Fritz Hart, English composer and conductor (d. 1949)
1894  Alfonso Leng, Chilean composer (d. 1974)
1903  Hans Redlich, Austrian composer and conductor (d. 1968)
1912  Rudolf Firkušný, Czech-American pianist (d. 1994)
1926 – Alexander Gibson, Scottish conductor (d. 1995)
1932  Jerome Lowenthal, American pianist
1935  Bent Lorentzen, Danish composer
Deaths:
1762  Johann Tobias Krebs, German organist and composer (b. 1690)
1795 – Carl Michael Bellman, Swedish poet and composer (b. 1740) 
1797 – Antoine Dauvergne, French violinist and composer (b. 1713)
1939  Franz Schmidt, Austrian pianist and composer (b. 1874)

February 12
Births:
1924 – George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue received its premiere in a concert titled “An Experiment in Modern Music,” in Aeolian Hall, New York, by Paul Whiteman and his band, with Gershwin playing the piano.
Births:
1567  Thomas Campion, English composer and poet (d. 1620)
1752 – Josef Reicha, Czech cellist, composer, and conductor (d. 1795)
1761  Jan Ladislav Dussek, Czech pianist and composer (d. 1812)
Deaths:
1728  Agostino Steffani, Italian diplomat and composer (b. 1653)
1762  Laurent Belissen, French composer (b. 1693)
1894  Hans von Bülow, German pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1830)
1896 – Ambroise Thomas, French composer (b. 1811)
1915 – Émile Waldteufel, French pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1837)
1933  Henri Duparc, French composer (b. 1848)

February 13
Births:
1870  Leopold Godowsky, Polish-American pianist and composer (d. 1938)
1921  Jeanne Demessieux, French pianist and composer (d. 1968)
1923 – Yfrah Neaman, Lebanese violinist (d. 2003)
Deaths:
1693  Johann Caspar Kerll, German organist and composer (b. 1627)
1741  Johann Joseph Fux, Austrian composer (b. 1660)
1883  Richard Wagner, German director and composer (b. 1813)
1989 – Dave Tarras, Ukrainian clarinet player (b. 1897) Klezmer musician
2008 – Roger Voisin, French-American trumpet player (b. 1918)

February 14
Births:
1679  Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, German organist and composer (d. 1735)
1808  Michael Costa, Italian conductor and composer (d. 1884)
1934  Michel Corboz, Swiss conductor
Deaths:
1919  Pál Luthár, Slovene-Lutheran organist, author, and educator (b. 1839)
1986  Edmund Rubbra, English composer (b. 1901)
1987  Dmitry Kabalevsky, Russian composer (b. 1904)
2007 – Gareth Morris, English flute player (b. 1920)

February 15
Births:
1571  Michael Praetorius, German organist and composer (d. 1621)
1760  Jean-François Le Sueur, French composer (d. 1837)
1761  Jacob Kimball, Jr., American composer (d. 1826)
1847  Robert Fuchs, Austrian composer and educator (d. 1927)
1899  Georges Auric, French composer (d. 1983)
1907  Jean Langlais, French organist and composer (d. 1991)
1928 – Joseph Willcox Jenkins, American composer, conductor, and educator (d. 2014)
1947  John Adams, American composer
1949 – Hans Graf, Austrian conductor
Deaths:
1621  Michael Praetorius, German organist and composer (b. 1571) Birthday death
1924  Lionel Monckton, English composer (b. 1861)
1974  Kurt Atterberg, Swedish composer (b. 1887)
1981 – Karl Richter, German organist and conductor (b. 1926)
1992 – William Schuman, American composer (b. 1910)

2014 – Dénes Zsigmondy, Hungarian-German violinist and educator (b. 1922)
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