Music Almanac - February
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1896 - Today in Turin, Italy - the Premiere of Puccini's
"La Boheme", Toscanini conducting.
1594 - Death of Italian composer Giovanni
Palestrina in Rome at age 68.
1875 - Birthday of legendary violinist
Fritz Kreisler. Was Born in Vienna, Austria.
1901 - Another Violin-hero, Jascha
Heifetz, was born in Vilnius, Russia.
1959 - Happy birthday to the late Buddy Holly, ever-popular rock star.
1809 - Today German composer Felix Mendelssohn
was born in Hamburg
1924 - Pianist Claudio Arrau performed
in America for the first time.
1816 - First performance of Rossini's
"Barber of Seville". Rome, Italy.
1497 - The death of Flemmish composer
1851 - First performance of Schumann's
Third ('Rhenish') Symphony in Dusseldorf,
1964 - "The Beatles" arrive
in the USA on their first tour in America
1872 - First European performance of Verdi's
1908 - Rachmaninoff's Second
Symphony first played, in St. Petersburg, with the composer conducting.
1932 - Happy Birthday to American pianist,
composer and conductor John Williams
1885 - Birth of Austrian composer Alban Berg
1941 - Happy Birthday to American pop
singer and song-writer Carol King
1881 - First Performance of Offenbach's
opera 'Tales of Hoffmann' in Paris
1903 - First Performance of Bruckner's
Ninth Symphony, in Vienna, Austria
1924 - First Performance of Gershwin's
'Rhapsody In Blue'
with Gershwin as pianist. New-York.
1778 - Happy Birthday to Spanish composer Fernando Sor
1883 - German composer Richard Wagner died
today in Bayreuth
1867 - Johann Strauss Jr's "On
the Beautiful Blue Danube"
- first performance in Vienna
1987 - Dmitri Kabalevsky died
today in Moscow, Russia.
1571, 1621 - Birth and death on the same day of German composer Michael
1857 - Russian composer Mikhail Glinka
died in Berlin.
1829 - Composer François Gossec died
today in Paris
1854 - First performance (Weimar) of Liszt's
Symphonic Poem 'Orpheus'
1653 - Italian composer Arcangelo Corelli's
birthday near Milan
1904 - Also in Milan, at 'La Scala', first performance of Puccini's
1962 - Death of conductor Bruno
1982 - Great Jazz pianist and composer,
Thelonious Monk, died today
1655 - Birthday to Pietro Giovanni Guarneri, great Italian violin
1807 - Publication of Beethoven's 'Appassionata'
Piano Sonata in f minor, No 23, Op 57
1743 - Happy Birthday to the Italian composer Luigi Boccherini
1770 - Italian composer Ferdinando Carulli was born today
1791 - Birth of Austrian pianist and composer Carl
1816 - Rossini's opera 'The
Barber of Seville' first performed (Rome)
1937 - First performance of Prokofiev's
'Lieutenant Kije' (Moscow)
1836 - French ballet composer Leo Delibes's
1893 - Happy Birthday to Spanish guitarist
and teacher Andres Segovias
1810 - Birthday of great Piano composer Frederick
1903 - On this day died the Austrian composer Hugo
1685 - Birth of Baroque's great composer G. F. Handel
1934 - English composer Sir Edward Elgar died
1607 - First performance of Monteverdi's
opera 'Orfeo' (Mantua, Italy)
1876 - First performance of Ibsen's drama
'Peer Gynt' with Grieg's
1873 - Happy Birthday to the great Italian tenor
Enrico Caruso (Naples)
1904 - Debussy's "Prelude
to the Afternoon of a Fawn" - first performance
1943 - Also born on this day - George
Harrison - the 'Beatles' guitarist
1933 - First performance (Paris) of Bizet's
Symphony in C, from a manuscript found 77
years after it was written
1814 - First performance of Beethoven's
Symphony No. 8 (Vienna)
1887 - Russian composer Alexander Borodin
died in St. Petersburg
1862 - First performance of Gounod's opera
'The Queen of Sheba' (Paris)
1920 - Ravel's 'Le
Tombeau de Couperin' first performed in public (Paris)
1792 - Birth of Italian composer Gioachino Rossini
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