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)

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On this day: Week of June 30, 2014

Week of June 30, 2014 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) Welcome to the seventh month of the year: July 1 Births: 1586 – Claudio Saracini, Italian lute player and composer (d. 1630) 1663 – Franz Xaver Murschhauser, German composer and theorist (d. 1738) Quite a name you have, sir.  1926 – Hans Werner Henze, German composer (d. 2012) Deaths: 1592 – Marc’Antonio Ingegneri, Italian composer (b. 1535) 1784 – Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, German composer (b. 1710) 1925 – Erik Satie, French pianist … Continue reading On this day: Week of June 30, 2014

On this day: week of June 23, 2014

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 (I have heard some of his [incomplete] Mahler cycle) Deaths: 1956 – Reinhold Glière, Russian composer (b. 1875) An incredibly non-Russian name, if you ask me.  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 … Continue reading On this day: week of June 23, 2014

On this day: week of June 16, 2014

Week of June 16 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. … Continue reading On this day: week of June 16, 2014

On this day: Week of June 9, 2014

What happened this week in history that we should know about? Let’s see.  June 9 As usual, no events. 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 … Continue reading On this day: Week of June 9, 2014

On this day: Week of June 2, 2014

Let’s do this. Anything exciting this week? Maybe no events, but some notable people.  June 2 Not yet. 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. … Continue reading On this day: Week of June 2, 2014

On this day: Week of May 26, 2014

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, … Continue reading On this day: Week of May 26, 2014