On this Day: June 2015

June 1
Births:
1653 – Georg Muffat, French composer (d. 1704)
1804 – Mikhail Glinka, Russian composer (d. 1857)- Important Russian guy. 
Deaths:
1639 – Melchior Franck, German composer (b. 1579)

June 2
Births:
1857 – Edward Elgar, English composer (d. 1934)
1863 – Felix Weingartner, Croatian-Austrian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1942)
1878 – Wallace Hartley, English violinist and bandleader (d. 1912) I saw bandleader and I thought ‘jazz guy’, but this is the heroic kind of musical version of ‘captain of the ship’; he’s the guy that lead the eight-member band on the Titanic as it went down on April 15. Was that in the movie?
1944 – Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and conductor (d. 2012) Incredibly accomplished if not wholly classical in nature.
1947 – Mark Elder, English conductor
Deaths:
1937 – Louis Vierne, French organist and composer (b. 1870)
1968 – André Mathieu, Canadian pianist and composer (b. 1929) The Canadian Rachmaninoff? Well, “in the style of Rachmaninoff.”
2000 – Lepo Sumera, Estonian composer (b. 1950)
2013 – Mario Bernardi, Canadian pianist and conductor (b. 1930)
June 3
Births:
1736 – Ignaz Fränzl, German violinist and composer (d. 1811)

1832 – Charles Lecocq, French composer (d. 1918)
Deaths:
1858 – Julius Reubke, German pianist and composer (b. 1834) We discussed him before. What a magnificent piano sonata this young talent composed. Check it out here. 
1875 – Georges Bizet, French composer (b. 1838)
1877 – Ludwig Ritter von Köchel, Austrian botanist, composer, and publisher (b. 1800) Botanist and composer. (I almost made a joke about his pieces sounding organic…)
2013 – Arnold Eidus, American violinist (b. 1922)
June 4
Births:
1903 – Yevgeny Mravinsky, Russian conductor (d. 1988)
Deaths:
June 5
Births:
1884 – Ralph Benatzky, Czech-Austrian composer (d. 1957)
1923 – Daniel Pinkham, American organist and composer (d. 2006)
1952 – Daniel Katzen, American horn player and educator
1972 – Pavel Kotla, Polish conductor
Deaths:
1625 – Orlando Gibbons, English organist and composer (b. 1583)
1722 – Johann Kuhnau, German organist and composer (b. 1660)
1816 – Giovanni Paisiello, Italian composer (b. 1741)
1826 – Carl Maria von Weber, German pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1786)
2003 – Manuel Rosenthal, French composer and conductor (b. 1904)
June 6
Births:
1661 – Giacomo Antonio Perti, Italian composer (d. 1756)
1735 – Anton Schweitzer, German composer (d. 1787)
1903 – Aram Khachaturian, Georgian-Armenian composer (d. 1978)
1915 – Vincent Persichetti, American pianist and composer (d. 1987) I’ve performed some of this guy’s band music
1926 – Klaus Tennstedt, German conductor (d. 1998)
1939 – Louis Andriessen, Dutch pianist and composer
Deaths:
1881 – Henri Vieuxtemps, Belgian violinist and composer (b. 1820)
June 7
Births:
1845 – Leopold Auer, Hungarian violinist, composer, and conductor r(d. 1930)
1897 – George Szell, Hungarian-American conductor and composer (d. 1970)
1937 – Neeme Järvi, Estonian conductor
Two quite famous conductors, born exactly forty years apart.
Deaths:
1896 – Pavlos Carrer, Greek composer (b. 1829)
June 8
Births:
1671 – Tomaso Albinoni, Italian composer (d. 1751)
1810 – Robert Schumann, German composer and critic (d. 1856)
1949 – Emanuel Ax, Polish-American pianist and educator
Deaths:
1612 – Hans Leo Hassler, German organist and composer (b. 1562)

1984 – Gordon Jacob, English composer (b. 1895)
June 9
Births:
1732 – Giuseppe Demachi, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1791)
1810 – Otto Nicolai, German composer and conductor (d. 1849)
1865 – Carl Nielsen, Danish violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1931) I quite like most of Nielsen’s earlier symphonies (earlier meaning everything except the fifth, which I haven’t really grown to appreciate yet [but still wrote about], and the sixth, which is just kind of… perplexing)
1891 – Cole Porter, American composer (d. 1964) I know I have said some bad things about jazz (or intend to), but Cole Porter is Cole Porter. 
1912 – Ingolf Dahl, German-American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1970) The people I have never heard of… 
Deaths:
1656 – Thomas Tomkins, Welsh composer (b. 1572)
1952 – Adolf Busch, German-Austrian violinist and composer (b. 1891)
1991 – Claudio Arrau, Chilean-American pianist (b. 1903) 
2013 – Bruno Bartoletti, Italian conductor (b. 1926)
June 10
Births:
1843 – Heinrich von Herzogenberg, Austrian composer and conductor (d. 1900)

1911 – Ralph Kirkpatrick, American harpsichord player and musicologist (d. 1984)
1913 – Tikhon Khrennikov, Russian pianist and composer (d. 2007)
1960 – Mark-Anthony Turnage, English composer
Deaths:
1556 – Martin Agricola, German composer and theorist (b. 1486)
1799 – Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Caribbean-French violinist, composer, and conductor (b. 1745)
1934 – Frederick Delius, English composer (b. 1862)
June 11
Births:
1672 – Francesco Antonio Bonporti, Italian priest and composer (d. 1749)
1690 – Giovanni Antonio Giay, Italian composer (d. 1764)
1697 – Francesco Antonio Vallotti, Italian organist and composer (d. 1780)
1704 – Carlos Seixas, Portuguese composer (d. 1742) Not a lot of Portuguese composers I can think of…
1864 – Richard Strauss, German composer and conductor (d. 1949) Important
1910 – Carmine Coppola, American flute player and composer (d. 1991) Interestingly, the father of Francis Ford Coppola, whom he worked with and contributed music to for many of the latter’s films. 
1919 – Helen Tobias-Duesberg, Estonian-American composer (d. 2010) Cool. Female composer. 
1926 – Carlisle Floyd, American composer
Deaths:
1924 – Théodore Dubois, French organist, composer, and educator (b. 1837)
June 12
Births:
Okay then… Deaths:
1962 – John Ireland, English composer (b. 1879)
1966 – Hermann Scherchen, German conductor (b. 1891)
2006 – György Ligeti, Romanian-Hungarian composer (b. 1923) Have yet to begin familiarizing myself with this man’s works. 
June 13
Births:
1761 – Antonín Vranický, Czech violinist and composer (d. 1820)
1899 – Carlos Chávez, Mexican composer, conductor, and journalist, founded the Mexican Symphonic Orchestra (d. 1978) I’d like to found an orchestra
1905 – Xian Xinghai, Chinese composer (d. 1945) I MUST check this guy out. 
1972 – Kristjan Järvi, Estonian-American conductor
Deaths:
1986 – Benny Goodman, American clarinet player, songwriter, and bandleader (b. 1909) Again, I know, jazz and all, but it’s Benny Goodman. He also commissioned Copland’s clarinet concerto. He’s important. 
2005 – David Diamond, American composer (b. 1915) 
June 14
Births:
1691 – Jan Francisci, Slovak organist and composer (d. 1758)
1730 – Antonio Sacchini, Italian composer (d. 1786)
1763 – Simon Mayr, German composer (d. 1845)
1910 – Rudolf Kempe, German conductor (d. 1976)
Deaths:
1548 – Carpentras, French composer (b. 1470) So far back he only got one name. 
1594 – Orlande de Lassus, Flemish composer (b. 1532) So far back his name is Latin-ish.
1986 – Alan Jay Lerner, American composer (b. 1918) and librettist 
1995 – Els Aarne, Estonian composer and pedagogue (b. 1917)
2005 – Carlo Maria Giulini, Italian conductor (b. 1914)
2012 – Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, German pianist and academic (b. 1930)
2013 – Hugh Maguire, Irish violinist (b. 1926) principal player of the London Symphony and BBC Symphony Orchestras. 
June 15
Births:
1749 – Georg Joseph Vogler, German organist, composer, and theorist (d. 1814)
1763 – Franz Danzi, German cellist, composer, and conductor (d. 1826)
1843 – Edvard Grieg, Norwegian pianist and composer (d. 1907) Grieg!!! We talked about his piano concerto in this post and about a performance of it in this article
1900 – Otto Luening, German-American composer and conductor (d. 1996)
1922 – John Veale, English composer (d. 2006)
Deaths:
1934 – Alfred Bruneau, French composer (b. 1857)
1962 – Alfred Cortot, Swiss pianist and conductor (b. 1877) 
1984 – Meredith Willson, American composer, conductor and playwright (b. 1902)
I know this has zero to do with classical music, but it is a significant piece of history related to a pretty classic book I love:
1904 – Irish author James Joyce begins a relationship with Nora Barnacle and subsequently uses the date to set the actions for his novel Ulysses; this date is now traditionally called Bloomsday
Births:
1838 – Frederic Archer, English organist, composer, and conductor (d. 1901)
Deaths:
1804 – Johann Adam Hiller, German composer and conductor (b. 1728)
1986 – Maurice Duruflé, French organist and composer (b. 1902)
2013 – Richard Marlow, English organist and conductor (b. 1939)
June 17
Births:
1818 – Charles Gounod, French composer (d. 1893)
1882 – Igor Stravinsky, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1971) Definitely need to get around to this guy soon. Love his works. 
1927 – Martin Böttcher, German composer and conductor
Deaths:
1941 – Johan Wagenaar, Dutch organist and composer (b. 1862)
1983 – Peter Mennin, American composer and educator (b. 1923)
June 18
Births:

1673 – Antoni Lliteres Carrió, Spanish composer (d. 1747)
1677 – Antonio Maria Bononcini, Italian cellist and composer (d. 1726)
1717 – Johann Stamitz, Czech violinist and composer (d. 1757)
1757 – Ignaz Pleyel, Austrian-French composer and piano manufacturer (d. 1831) Pleyel was THE piano of the day. Connections to Chopin. 
1850 – Richard Heuberger, Austrian composer and critic (d. 1914)
1904 – Manuel Rosenthal, French conductor and composer (d. 2003)
1905 – Eduard Tubin, Estonian composer and conductor (d. 1982) His symphony no. 1 is also a candidate for a revisit. 
1922 – Claude Helffer, French pianist (d. 2004)
1925 – Robert Beadell, American composer (d. 1994)
1942 – Hans Vonk, Dutch conductor (d. 2004)
Deaths:
1726 – Michel Richard Delalande, French organist and composer (b. 1657)
June 19
Births:
1701 – François Rebel, French violinist and composer (d. 1775)
1708 – Johann Gottlieb Janitsch, German composer (d. 1763)
1854 – Alfredo Catalani, Italian composer (d. 1893)
Deaths:
1747 – Alessandro Marcello, Italian composer (b. 1669)
1762 – Johann Ernst Eberlin, German organist and composer (b. 1702)
1940 – Maurice Jaubert, French composer (b. 1900)
June 20
Births:
1756 – Joseph Martin Kraus, Swedish composer (d. 1792)
1819 – Jacques Offenbach, German-French cellist and composer (d. 1880) Almost like, any famous overture or very French fun music that people know… this guy. The can-can, for one. 
1896 – Wilfrid Pelletier, Canadian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1982)
Deaths:
1787 – Carl Friedrich Abel, German composer (b. 1723)
June 21
1948 – Columbia Records introduces the long-playing record album in a public demonstration at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, New York.
Births:
1732 – Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, German composer (d. 1791)
1865 – Herbert Brewer, English composer and organist (d. 1928)
1891 – Hermann Scherchen, German conductor (d. 1966)
1899 – Pavel Haas, Czech composer (d. 1944)
1906 – Grete Sultan, German-American pianist (d. 2005) Friend of John Cage, premiered Etudes Australes
1932 – Lalo Schifrin, Argentinian pianist, composer, and conductor
1963 – Dario Marianelli, Italian composer
Deaths:
1621 – Kryštof Harant, Czech soldier and composer (b. 1564)
1908 – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer (b. 1844) We’ve done his Liszt-like piano concerto. Quite nice. 
June 22
Births:
1684 – Francesco Manfredini, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1762)
1763 – Étienne Méhul, French composer (d. 1817)

Deaths:

1974 – Darius Milhaud, French composer (b. 1892) We did his symphony number one, also probably up for a rewrite. This guy is super well connected.

June 23
1685 – Antonio Bernacchi, Italian soprano and composer
1711 – Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Italian instrument maker (d. 1786)
1824 – Carl Reinecke, German pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1910)
1943 – James Levine, American pianist and conductor 
Deaths:
1956 – Reinhold Glière, Russian composer (b. 1875) 
2012 – Brigitte Engerer, French pianist (b. 1952)
June 24
1846 – The saxophone is patented by Adolphe Sax in Paris, France. (to the dismay of band conductors everywhere)
Births:
1803 – George James Webb, English-American composer (d. 1887)
1813 – Francis Boott, American composer (d. 1904)
1901 – Harry Partch, American composer and theorist (d. 1974)
1906 – Pierre Fournier, French cellist (d. 1986)
1908 – Hugo Distler, German organist, composer, and conductor (d. 1942)
1909 – Jean Deslauriers, Canadian violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1978)
1935 – Terry Riley, American composer 
Deaths:
1994 – Jean Vallerand, Canadian violinist, composer, and conductor (b. 1915)
June 25
1910 – Igor Stravinsky‘s ballet The Firebird is premiered in Paris, bringing him to prominence as a composer. 
Births:
1709 – Francesco Araja, Italian composer (d. 1762)

1860 – Gustave Charpentier, French composer (d. 1956)
Deaths:
1522 – Franchinus Gaffurius, Italian composer (b. 1451) Super Latin sounding
1767 – Georg Philipp Telemann, German composer (b. 1681) Important much?
1884 – Hans Rott, Austrian composer (b. 1858) Wrote an amazing symphony that Brahms detested, practically damning the poor young composer with so much potential. He even greatly influenced the young Gustav Mahler
1977 – Endre Szervánszky, Hungarian composer (b. 1911)
1983 – Alberto Ginastera, Argentinian composer (b. 1916) Composed a harp concerto, I now know, from this fantastic interview
June 26
Births:
1582 – Johannes Schultz, German composer (d. 1653)
1923 – Franz-Paul Decker, German conductor
1933 – Claudio Abbado, Italian conductor (d. 2014) Also of significant importance. Remember this name. 
Deaths:
1836 – Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, French army officer and composer (b. 1760)
June 27
Births:
1805 – Napoléon Coste, French guitarist and composer (d. 1883)
1885 – Guilhermina Suggia, Portuguese cellist (d. 1950)
Deaths:
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June 28
1841 – The Paris Opera Ballet premieres Giselle in the Salle Le Peletier
Births:
1547 – Cristofano Malvezzi, Italian organist and composer (d. 1599)
1664 – Nicolas Bernier, French composer (d. 1734)
1734 – Jean-Jacques Beauvarlet-Charpentier, French organist and composer (d. 1794)
1831 – Joseph Joachim, Austrian violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1907)
Deaths:
1980 – José Iturbi, Spanish pianist and conductor (Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra) (b. 1895)
June 29
Births:
1870 – Joseph Carl Breil, American tenor, composer, and director (d. 1926)
1893 – Aarre Merikanto, Finnish composer (d. 1958)
1908 – Leroy Anderson, American composer and conductor (d. 1975)
1910 – Frank Loesser, American composer (d. 1969)
1911 – Bernard Herrmann, American composer (d. 1975) Hitchcock, etc. 
1912 – José Pablo Moncayo, Mexican pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1958)
1914 – Rafael Kubelík, Czech-American conductor and composer (d. 1996)
1923 – Chou Wen-chung, Chinese-American composer
1924 – Ezra Laderman, American composer
1940 – Vyacheslav Artyomov, Russian composer
Deaths:
1744 – André Campra, French composer and conductor (b. 1660)
1941 – Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Polish pianist, composer, and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Poland (b. 1860)

June 30
1588 – Giovanni Maria Sabino, Italian organist, composer, and educator (d. 1649)
1937 – Michael von Biel, German cellist and composer
1958 – Esa-Pekka Salonen, Finnish conductor and composer
 Deaths:
1890 – Samuel Parkman Tuckerman, American composer (b. 1819)
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