On this Day: May 2015

May 1
Welcome to the fifth month of the year. 
Births:
1582 – Marco da Gagliano, Italian composer (d. 1643)
1901 – Heinz Eric Roemheld, American composer (d. 1985)
1913 – Walter Susskind, Czech-English conductor (d. 1980)
1927 – Gary Bertini, Israeli conductor and composer (d. 2005)
1939 – Victor Davies, Canadian pianist, composer, and conductor
1945 – Peter Kiesewetter, German composer (d. 2012)
1955 – Martin O’Donnell, American composer
1957 – Kow Otani, Japanese pianist and composer
Deaths:
1731 – Johann Ludwig Bach, German violinist and composer (b. 1677) That seems like a confusing mix of famous composers’ names.
1904 – Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer (b. 1841) 
1978 – Aram Khachaturian, Georgian-Armenian composer (b. 1903)
2010 – Rob McConnell, Canadian trombonist and composer (b. 1935)
May 2
Births
1707 – Jean-Baptiste Barrière, French cellist and composer (d. 1747)
1752 – Ludwig August Lebrun, German oboe player and composer (d. 1790)
1754 – Vicente Martín y Soler, Spanish composer (d. 1806)
1810 – Hans Christian Lumbye, Danish composer (d. 1874)
1895 – Lorenz Hart, American playwright and composer (d. 1943)
Deaths:
1627 – Lodovico Grossi da Viadana, Italian composer (b. 1560)
1864 – Giacomo Meyerbeer, German composer (b. 1791)
May 3
Births:
1729 – Florian Leopold Gassmann, Czech composer (d. 1774)
1886 – Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer (d. 1971)
Deaths:
1704 – Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Czech-Austrian violinist and composer (b. 1644)
1839 – Ferdinando Paer, Italian composer (b. 1771)
1856 – Adolphe Adam, French composer and critic (b. 1803)
2002 – Yevgeny Svetlanov, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1928)
2009 – Renée Morisset, Canadian pianist (b. 1928)
2012 – Felix Werder, German-Australian composer (b. 1922)
May 4
1917 – Edward T. Cone, American pianist and composer (d. 2004)
Deaths:
1604 – Claudio Merulo, Italian organist and composer (b. 1533)
1955 – George Enescu, Romanian pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1881)
2012 – Mort Lindsey, American pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1923)
2013 – César Portillo de la Luz, Cuban composer (b. 1922)

Way behind on writing this week. Busy week. Let’s get started. 
May 5
1891 – The Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor. 
Births:
1749 – Jean-Frédéric Edelmann, French composer (d. 1794)
1869 – Hans Pfitzner, German composer (d. 1949)
Deaths:
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May 6
Births:
1680 – Jean-Baptiste Stuck, Italian-French cellist and composer (d. 1755)
Deaths:
1596 – Giaches de Wert, Flemish-Italian composer (b. 1535)
1973 – Ernest MacMillan, Canadian conductor and composer (b. 1893)]
2002 – Murray Adaskin, Canadian violinist, composer, conductor, and educator (b. 1906)
May 7
Births:
1704 – Carl Heinrich Graun, German tenor and composer (d. 1759)
1833 – Johannes Brahms, German pianist and composer (d. 1897)
1840 – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer (d. 1893)
Deaths:
1667 – Johann Jakob Froberger, German organist and composer (b. 1616)
1793 – Pietro Nardini, Italian violinist and composer (b. 1722)
1800 – Niccolò Piccinni, Italian composer (b. 1728)
1825 – Antonio Salieri, Italian composer and conductor (b. 1750)
1922 – Max Wagenknecht, German composer (b. 1857)
1942 – Felix Weingartner, Austrian pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1863)
1958 – Mihkel Lüdig, Estonian composer, organist and choir conductor (b. 1880)
May 8
Births:
1745 – Carl Stamitz, German composer (d. 1801)
1829 – Louis Moreau Gottschalk, American pianist and composer (d. 1869) 
1858 – Heinrich Berté, Slovak-Austrian composer (d. 1924)
Deaths:
1828 – Mauro Giuliani, Italian guitarist, cellist, and composer (b. 1781)
1985 – Karl Marx, German conductor and composer (b. 1897) Not that one… there’s another one. Became interested in music after meeting Carl Orff.
1991 – Jean Langlais, French pianist and composer (b. 1907)
1991 – Rudolf Serkin, Czech-Austrian pianist (b. 1903)
May 9
Births:
1740 – Giovanni Paisiello, Italian composer (d. 1816)
1914 – Carlo Maria Giulini, Italian conductor (d. 2005)
1934 – Roy Massey, British organist and conductor
1954 – Lawrence Dutton, American violist and educator (Emerson String Quartet)
Deaths:
1707 – Dieterich Buxtehude, German-Danish organist and composer (b. 1637)
May 10
1697 – Jean-Marie Leclair, French violinist and composer (d. 1764)
1863 – Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury, Indian violinist, composer, and painter (d. 1915)
1888 – Max Steiner, Austrian-American composer (d. 1971)
1894 – Dimitri Tiomkin, Ukrainian-American composer and conductor (d. 1979)
1905 – Louis Kaufman, American violinist (d. 1994)
1916 – Milton Babbitt, American composer (d. 2011) What a loss… 
1946 – Diderik Wagenaar, Dutch composer and theorist
1977 – Sergei Nakariakov, Russian trumpet player
Busy day
Deaths:
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May 11
Births:
1835 – Kārlis Baumanis, Latvian composer (d. 1905)
1881 – Jan van Gilse, Dutch composer and conductor (d. 1944)
1888 – Irving Berlin, American composer (d. 1989)
1896 – Josip Štolcer-Slavenski Croatian composer (d. 1955)
1909 – Herbert Murrill, English organist and composer (d. 1952)
Deaths:
1916 – Max Reger, German pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1873)

May 12
Births:
1739 – Johann Baptist Wanhal, Bohemian composer (d. 1813)
1754 – Franz Anton Hoffmeister, German composer and publisher (d. 1812)
1755 – Giovanni Battista Viotti, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1824)
1814 – Adolf von Henselt, German pianist and composer (d. 1889)
1845 – Gabriel Fauré, French pianist, composer, and educator (d. 1924)
1928 – Burt Bacharach, American pianist, composer, and producer (included specifically because he studied with Darius Milhaud)
Deaths:
1884 – Bedřich Smetana, Czech composer (b. 1824)
1931 – Eugène Ysaÿe, Belgian violinist, composer, and conductor (b. 1858)
May 13
Births:
1842 – Arthur Sullivan, English composer (d. 1900)
1908 – Eugen Kapp, Estonian composer (d. 1996)
1949 – Jane Glover, British conductor
1965 – Tasmin Little, English violinist
Deaths:
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May 14
1897 – The Stars and Stripes Forever is first performed in public near Willow Grove ParkPhiladelphiaPennsylvania.
Births:
1652 – Johann Philipp Förtsch, German composer (d. 1732)
1885 – Otto Klemperer, German conductor and composer (d. 1973)- We’ve featured Klemperer’s Brahms 1. I have his Brahms cycle, Mahler’s second symphony and Das Lied von Der Erde, as well as his Tchaikovsky 5th. Should probably have more. 
1900 – Walter Rehberg, Swiss pianist and composer (d. 1957)
Deaths:
1847 – Fanny Mendelssohn, German pianist and composer (b. 1805) The unfortunately-named sister of the more famous Felix
1997 – Boris Parsadanian, Armenian-Estonian composer (b. 1925)
May 15
1858 – Opening of the present Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.
Births:
1764 – Johann Nepomuk Kalcher, German organist and composer (d. 1827)
1808 – Michael William Balfe, Irish composer (d. 1870)
1912 – Arthur Berger, American composer (d. 2003)
Deaths:
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May 16
Births: 
1930 – Friedrich Gulda, Austrian pianist and composer (d. 2000)
Deaths:
1954 – Clemens Krauss, Austrian conductor (b. 1893)
May 17
Births:
1732 – Francesco Pasquale Ricci, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1817)
1866 – Erik Satie, French pianist and composer (d. 1925) 
Deaths:
1626 – Joan Pau Pujol, Catalan organist and composer (b. 1570)
1643 – Giovanni Picchi, Italian organist and composer (b. 1571)
1935 – Paul Dukas, French composer, critic, scholar, and educator (b. 1865)
2010 – Yvonne Loriod, French pianist, composer, and educator (b. 1924) This woman was amazing. Sister of Jeanne Loriod, the Ondes martinet player. She was also the second wife (and former student) of Olivier Messiaen. She was known to be an incredible pianist, and premiered Bartok’s second piano concerto after having learned it in only eight days. 
May 18
Births:
1902 – Meredith Willson, American playwright and composer (d. 1984)
Deaths:
1733 – Georg Böhm, German organist and composer (b. 1761)
1909 – Isaac Albéniz, Spanish pianist and composer (b. 1860)
1911 – Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer (b. 1860). What a sad day…. 
2012 – Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German opera singer and conductor (b. 1925)

May 19
Births:
1616 – Johann Jakob Froberger, German organist and composer (d. 1667)
1880 – Albert Richardson, English architect and educator, designed the Manchester Opera House (d. 1964) Significant enough
1929 – Helmut Braunlich, German-American violinist and composer (d. 2013)
Deaths:
1601 – Costanzo Porta, Italian composer (b. 1528)
1786 – John Stanley, English organist and composer (b. 1712)
1954 – Charles Ives, American composer (b. 1874) His second symphony is in my rotation. Love it. 
1989 – Yiannis Papaioannou, Greek composer (b. 1910)
2012 – Tamara Brooks, American conductor (b. 1941)
May 20
Births:
1926 – George Hurst, Scottish-English conductor (d. 2012)
Deaths:
1896 – Clara Schumann, German pianist and composer (b. 1819) I think I may like her piano concerto more than her husband’s. They’re both in Am. 
2013 – Anders Eliasson, Swedish composer (b. 1947)
May 21
Births:
1939 – Heinz Holliger, Swiss oboe player, composer, and conductor
1962 – David Crumb, American composer
Deaths:
1895 – Franz von Suppé, Austrian composer and conductor (b. 1819)
May 22
Births:
1813 – Richard Wagner, German composer and director (d. 1883)
1898 – Rito Selvaggi, Italian composer, pianist, conductor, poet (d. 1972)
1917 – Georg Tintner, Austrian-Canadian conductor (d. 1999)
Deaths:
2013 – Henri Dutilleux, French composer (b. 1916) 
May 23
Births:
1696 – Johann Caspar Vogler, German organist and composer (d. 1763)
1741 – Andrea Luchesi, Italian composer (d. 1801)
1794 – Ignaz Moscheles, Czech pianist and composer (d. 1870)
1912 – Jean Françaix, French pianist and composer (d. 1997)
Deaths:
1304 – Jehan de Lescurel, French poet and composer. Wow… this may be the farthest back we’ve gone. Born in the 13th century….
1991 – Wilhelm Kempff, German pianist and composer (b. 1895) I have his Beethoven. 
May 24
Births:
1886 – Paul Paray, French organist, composer, and conductor (d. 1979)
Deaths:
May 25
Births:
1848 – Johann Baptist Singenberger, Swiss composer, educator, and publisher (d. 1924)
1956 – David P. Sartor, American composer and conductor
Deaths:
1848 – Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, German author and composer (b. 1797)
May 26
Births:
1880 – W. Otto Miessner, American composer and educator (d. 1967)]
1893 – Eugene Aynsley Goossens, English conductor and composer (d. 1962)
1904 – Vlado Perlemuter, Lithuanian-French pianist and educator (d. 2002) Wikipedia says of him “He never played contemporary music other than Ravel’s, except for Sergei Prokofiev‘s Piano Concerto No. 3.”
1921 – Ernst Märzendorfer, Austrian conductor (d. 2009) First conductor to record all of Haydn’s symphonies
1938 – William Bolcom, American pianist and composer
Deaths:
1999 – Paul Sacher, Swiss conductor (b. 1906)
May 27
Births:
1584 – Michael Altenburg, German theologian and composer (d. 1640)
1884 – Max Brod, Czech journalist, author, and composer (d. 1968)
1891 – Claude Champagne, Canadian violinist, pianist, and composer (d. 1965) What a classy name. 
Deaths:
1690 – Giovanni Legrenzi, Italian organist and composer (b. 1626)
1840 – Niccolò Paganini, Italian violinist and composer (b. 1782) Maybe you’ve heard of him
1967 – W. Otto Miessner, American composer and educator (b. 1880) Yes, he died the day after his birthday. 
2003 – Luciano Berio, Italian composer (b. 1925) 

May 28
1836 – Friedrich Baumfelder, German pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1916)
1923 – György Ligeti, Romanian-Austrian composer (d. 2006)
1925 – Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German opera singer and conductor (d. 2012)
1954 – Youri Egorov, Russian pianist (d. 1988) You’ve got to see this guy’s photo in the wikipedia article… it is the least “classical pianist” and most 80s-looking pianist photo I’ve ever seen. 
Deaths:
1787 – Leopold Mozart, Austrian violinist, composer, and conductor (b. 1719) yes, related. It’s his father. 
1805 – Luigi Boccherini, Italian cellist and composer (b. 1743)
May 29
1913 – Igor Stravinsky‘s ballet score The Rite of Spring receives its premiere performance in Paris, France, provoking a riot.
Births:
1730 – Jackson of Exeter, English organist and composer (d. 1803)
1860 – Isaac Albéniz, Spanish pianist and composer (d. 1909)
1873 – Rudolf Tobias, Estonian composer (d. 1918)
1897 – Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Austrian composer (d. 1957)
1915 – Karl Münchinger, German conductor (d. 1990)
1933 – Helmuth Rilling, German conductor
1954 – Robert Beaser, American composer- contemporary… his works are listed as a discography instead of compositions… I dunno. 
Deaths:
1910 – Mily Balakirev, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1837) Seriously not sure how I feel about this guy. 
1935 – Josef Suk, Czech violinist and composer (b. 1874)
1941 – Léo-Pol Morin, Canadian pianist, composer and educator (b. 1892) Wrote pieces based on “Inuit folklore” and performed Canadian premieres of many French composers’ piano compositions
1951 – Dimitrios Levidis, Greek-French composer (b. 1885)
2005 – George Rochberg, American composer (b. 1918) Someone to look into, perhaps.
May 30
Births:
1858 – Siegfried Alkan, German composer (d. 1941) Distantly related to Mendelssohn, and potentially (likely?) related to Charles-Valentin Alkan. Cool.
1901 – Alfred Karindi, Estonian pianist and composer (d. 1969)
Deaths:
1978 – Jean Deslauriers, Canadian violinist, conductor, and composer (b. 1909)
2013 – Elliot del Borgo, American composer (b. 1938)
May 31
Births:
1656 – Marin Marais, French viol player and composer (d. 1728)
1914 – Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer (d. 2006)
Deaths:
1809 – Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer (b. 1732) “Father of the symphony”, friend of Mozart and teacher to Beethoven
2010 – Benjamin Lees, American composer (b. 1924) Must check this guy out. 
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