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, … Continue reading On this Day: May 2015

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

On this day: Week of May 19, 2014

Week of May 19, 2014 Yet another week of dates and (a lack of) events. I’m always so excited when there’s a date of a premiere or  something that happens. It’s rare that I find them on Wikipedia. Some of them I’m aware of because a piece happens to be in my listening rotation, and I make a note of it ahead of time, but that’s only by coincidence.  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 … Continue reading On this day: Week of May 19, 2014

On this day: Week of May 12, 2014

Barely got last week’s installment out, and there is LOTS of stuff I kind of have queued up that I’ve been listening to and am eager to write about and would definitely be able to if this were a more revenue-generating activity. But alas, ’tis a labor of love. Let us begin.  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, … Continue reading On this day: Week of May 12, 2014

On this day: Week of May 5, 2014

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. Cool little piece of trivia I didn’t know.  Births: 1749 – Jean-Frédéric Edelmann, French composer (d. 1794) 1869 – Hans Pfitzner, German composer (d. 1949) Deaths: —— —  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 … Continue reading On this day: Week of May 5, 2014

Week of April 28, 2014

What’s gonna happen when I’ve done a year of these? I guess it’ll retire.  April 28 1948 – Igor Stravinsky conducted the premier of his American ballet, Orpheus, in New York City at New York City Center. Births: 1715 – Franz Sparry, Austrian composer (d. 1767) 1848 – Ludvig Schytte, Danish composer, pianist, and teacher (d. 1909) 1906 – Paul Sacher, Swiss conductor (d. 1999) 1943 – Yoav Talmi, Israeli conductor and composer 1943 – Jeffrey Tate, English musical director and conductor No deaths of note.  April 29 Births: 1842 – Carl Millöcker, Dutch composer and conductor (d. 1899) 1879 – Thomas Beecham, English conductor (d. 1961) This guy’s pretty important, but he seemed like kind of … Continue reading Week of April 28, 2014