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January 28 — February 3, 2013

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Monday, January 28
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Armer's musical sci-fi in SF ...

Elinor Armer (b. 1939):
Uses of Music in Uttermost Parts
SF Chamber Singers; Women's Philharmonic; JoAnn Falletta, cond.
Koch 7331

On Elinor Armer
and Ursula K. Le Guin

1791 — French opera composer Louis Joseph F. Herold, in Paris;
1898 — Italian-American composer Vittorio Rieti, in Alexandria, Egypt;
1944 — British composer Sir John Tavener, in London;

1935 — Russian composer Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, age 75, in Moscow;
1947 — Venezuelan-born French composer Reynaldo Hahn, age 72, in Paris;

1725 — Bach: Sacred Cantata No. 92 ("Ich hab in Gottes Herz und Sinn") performed on Septuagesimae Sunday after Epiphany as part of Bach's second annual Sacred Cantata cycle in Leipzig (1724/25);
1828 — Schubert: Piano Trio in Bb, Op. 99 (D. 898), at a private performance by Ignaz Schuppanzigh (violin), Josef Linke (cello), and Carl Maria von Bocklet (piano);
1830 — Auber: opera "Fra Diavolo" in Paris at the Opéra-Comique;
1876 — Tchaikovsky: "Serenade mélancolique" for violin and orchestra, in Moscow (Julian date: Jan. 18);
1897 — Glazunov: Symphony No. 5, in London;
1915 — Ravel: Piano Trio in a, in Paris, by Gabriel Wilaume (violin), Louis Feuillard (cello), and Alfredo Casella (piano);
1916 — Granados: opera "Goyescas," at the Metropolitan Opera in New York;
1927 — Copland: Piano Concerto, by the Boston Symphony conducted by Serge Koussevitzky, with the composer as soloist;
1941 — Copland: "Quiet City," at Town Hall in New York City by the Little Symphony conducted by Daniel Saidenberg; This music is based on incidental music Copland wrote for Irwin Shaw's play of the same name produced by the Group Theater in New York in 1939;
1944 — Bernstein: Symphony No. 1 ("Jeremiah"), at the Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh by the Pittsburgh Symphony conducted by the composer, with mezzo-soprano Jennie Tourel as vocal soloist;
1972 — Scott Joplin: opera "Treemonisha" (orchestrated by T.J. Anderson), in Atlanta;
1990 — Joan Tower: Flute Concerto, at Carnegie Hall in New York, with soloist Carol Wincenc and the American Composers Orchestra, Hugh Wolff, conducting;
1995 — Elinor Armer: “Island Earth” (to a text by Sci-Fi writer Usula K. Le Guin), at the University of California, Berkeley, by the various San Francisco choirs and the Women’s Philharmonic, conducted by JoAnn Falletta; On the same program were the premiere performance’s of Chen Yi’s “Antiphony” for orchestra and Augusta Read Thomas’s “Fantasy” for piano and orchestra (with piano soloist Sara Wolfensohn);
1997 — Morten Lauridsen: “Mid-Winter Songs” (final version) for chorus and orchestra, by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, John Currie conducting; Earlier versions of this work with piano and chamber orchestra accompaniment had premiered in 1981, 1983, and 1985 at various Californian venues;
2000 — André Previn: "Diversions," in Salzburg, Austria, by the Vienna Philharmonic, the composer conducting;

Tuesday, January 29
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Schubert and the Maiden? ...

Franz Schubert (1797–1828):
String Quartet in d (Death and the Maiden)
Emerson String Quartet
DG 459 151

On Schubert

1715 — Austrian composer Georg Christoph Wagenseil, in Vienna;
1782 — French composer Daniel-François-Esprit Auber, in Caen;
1852 — British composer Frederic Hymen Cowen, in Kingston, Jamaica;
1862 — English composer Fritz (Frederick) Delius, in Bradford, Yorkshire;
1876 — English composer Havergal Brian, in Dresden, Staffordshire;
1924 — Italian composer Luigi Nono, in Venice;

1946 — British composer Sydney Jones, age 84, in London, age 84;
1962 — Austrian composer and violinist Fritz Kreisler, age 86, in New York City;

1728 — Gay & Pepusch: ballad-opera, “The Beggar’s Opera,” at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London; This work, mounted by the London impresario John Rich, proved so popular that it was staged 62 times that season; As contemporary wags put it, the wildly successful work “made Gay Rich and Rich Gay&rdquo(Gregorian date: Feb. 9);
1781 — Mozart: opera, "Idomeneo" in Munich at the Hoftheater;
1826 — Schubert: String Quartet in D minor, "Death and the Maiden," as a unrehearsed reading at the Vienna home of Karl and Franz Hacker, two amateur musicians; Schubert, who usually played viola on such occasions, could not perform since he was busy copying out the parts and making last-minute corrections;
1882 — Rimsky-Korsakov: opera "The Snow Maiden," in St. Petersburg (Gregorian date: Feb. 10);
1892 — Chadwick: “A Pastoral Prelude,” by the Boston Symphony. Arthur Nikisch conducting;
1916 — Prokofiev: "Scythian" Suite ("Ala and Lolly"), Op. 20, at the Mariinsky Theater in Petrograd, with the composer conducting (Julian date: Jan. 16);
1932 — Gershwin: "Second Rhapsody" for piano and orchestra, in Boston, with the Boston Symphony conducted by Serge Koussevitzky and the composer as soloist;
1936 — Constant Lambert: "Summer's Last Will and Testament" for chorus and orchestra, in London;
1981 — John Williams: first version of Violin Concerto (dedicated to the composer's late wife, actress and singer Barbara Ruick Williams), by Mark Peskanov and the St. Louis Symphony conducted by Leonard Slatkin; Williams subsequently revised this work in 1998; This premiere date is listed (incorrectly) as Jan. 19 in the DG recording featuring Gil Shaham;

Wednesday, January 30
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Herbert L. Clarke ...

Herbert L. Clarke (1867 - 1945):
Sounds from the Hudson (Valse brillante)
Wynton Marsalis, cornet;Eastman Wind Ensemble;Donald Hunsberger, cond.
CBS 42137

On Herbert L. Clarke

1697 — German composer and flutist Johann Joachim Quantz, in Oberscheden, Hannover;
1861 — French-born American composer Charles Martin Loeffler, in Alsace;
1862 — German-born American composer and conductor, Walter Damrosch, in Breslau;

1963 — French composer Francis Poulenc, age 64, in Paris;

1724 — Bach: Sacred Cantata No. 81 ("Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen?") performed on the 4th Sunday after Epiphany as part of Bach's first annual Sacred Cantata cycle in Leipzig (1723/24);
1735 — Bach: Sacred Cantata No. 14 ("Wär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit") performed in Leipzig on the 4th Sunday after Epiphany;
1892 — Rachmaninoff: “Trio élégiaque” No. 1 in G minor (Gregorian date: Feb. 11);
1893 — Brahms: Fantasies for piano Nos. 1-3, from Op. 117 and Intermezzo No. 2, from Op. 117, in Vienna;
1917 — Zemlinsky: opera "A Floretine Tragedy," in Stuttgart at the Hoftheater;
1920 — Frederick Converse: Symphony in c, by the Boston Symphony, Pierre Monteux conducting;
1942 — Copland: Orchestral Suite from "Billy the Kid" ballet, by the Boston Symphony;
1948 — Harold Shapero: "Symphony for Classical Orchestra," by the Boston Symphony conducted by Leonard Bernstein;
1958 — Walton: "Partita" for orchestra, in Cleveland;
1959 — Hindemith: "Pittsburgh Symphony," by the Pittsburgh Symphony, conducted by the composer;
1970 — William Schuman: "In Praise of Shahn," in New York;
1985 — Libby Larsen: Symphony ("Water Music"), by the Minnesota Orchestra, Sir Neville Marriner conducting.

Thursday, January 31
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"Old Churches" by Michael Colgrass ...

Michael Colgrass (b. 1932):
Old Churches
University of Minnesota Symphonic Band; Craig Kirchoff, dir.
Hal Leonard (full score, parts and CD)HL-04002008

On Michael Colgrass
On the "BandQuest" series

1759 — French composer a François Devienne, in Joinville;
1797 — Austrian composer Franz Schubert, in Lichtenthal near Vienna;
1906 — English composer Benjamin Frankel, in London;
1937 — American composer and performer Philip Glass, in Baltimore, Maryland;
1960 — English composer and pianist George Benjamin, in London;

1727 — Handel: opera "Admeto" in London at the Haymarket Theater in London; This premiere was scheduled for earlier in the month, but was delayed awaiting the arrival in London of the Italian castrato Senesino, who was recovering from an illness (Gregorian date: Feb. 11);
1925 — Vladimir Dukelsky(a.k.a. Vernon Duke): ballet "Zéphir et Flore" in Paris;
1935 — Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Cello Concerto, by the New York Philharmonic, with Gregor Piatigorsky as the soloist;
1943 — R. Strauss: "Divertimento on pieces by Couperin," in Vienna;
1952 — Leon Kirchner: "Sinfonia" in New York City;
1953 — Vittorio Giannini: opera "The Taming of the Shrew" (in concert form) in Cincinnati;
1959 — Martinu: “Fantasia concertante” for piano and orchestra, in Berlin, with Margrit Weber the soloist;
1986 — Joan Tower: Piano Concerto ("Homage to Beethoven"), by the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra conducted by Imre Pallo, with piano soloist Jacquelyn M. Helin;
1987 — David Maslanka: Wind Quintet No. 2 at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in New York, by the Manhattan Quintet.

Friday, February 1
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Torke abroad ...

Michael Torke (b. 1961):
An American Abroad
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Marin Alsop, cond.
Naxos 8.559167

On Michael Torke

1690 — Italian composer Francesco Maria Veracini, in Florence;
1701 — Swedish composer Johan Joachim Agrell, in Löth;
1859 — Irish-born American composer and cellist Victor Herbert, in Dublin;
1869 — Russian composer and violinist Julius Conus (Yuly Konyus), in Moscow (Julian date: Jan. 20);
1907 — Hungarian-born Swiss composer Sándor Veress, in Kolozsvár;
1928 — German-born American composer Ursula Mamlok, in Berlin;

1824 — Austrian composer and pianist Maria Theresia von Paradis, age 64, in Vienna;
1875 — British composer Sir William Sterndale Bennett, age 58, in London;
1981 — German composer Ernst Pepping, age 79, in Berlin;
1981 — Norwegian composer Nils Geirr Tveitt, age 72, in Oslo;

1893 — Puccini: opera, "Manon Lescaut," in Turin at the Teatro Regio;
1896 — Puccini: opera "La Bohème," in Turin at the Teatro Regio, with Arturo Toscanini conducting;
1916 — Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 ("The Inextinguishable") with the orchestra of the Copenhagen Music Society, the composer conducting;
1918 — Lehar: operetta "Wo die Lerche singt" (Where the Lark Sings) in Budapest;
1930 — Schoenberg: opera "Von Heute af Morgen" (From One Day to the Next), at the Frankfurt Opera;
1947 — Hindemith: "Sinfonia Serena" by the Dallas Symphony, Antal Dorati conducting;
1982 — Tobias Picker: Violin Concerto, by the American Composers Orchestra, Paul Dunkel conducting, with Rolf Schulte the soloist;
1984 — John Harbison: chamber orchestra version of “Mirabai Songs” (to poems of Mirabai, translated by Robert Bly), at Sanders Theater in Cambridge, Mass., with mezzo-soprano Hance Felty and the ensemble Collage, Gunther Schuller conducting; The original voice and piano version of this work premiered in Boston on Nov. 15, 1983;
1996 — George Walker: "Lilacs" for voice and orchestra, by soprano Faye Robinson and the Boston Symphony, Seiji Ozawa conducting; This work was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music;
2002 — Michael Torke: "An American Abroad" for orchestra, in Edinburgh, Scotland, by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Marin Alsop conducting;

Saturday, February 2
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Kreisler in the style of Kreisler ...

Fritz Kreisler (1875 — 1962):
Violin Concerto (in the style of Vivaldi)
Gil Shaham, violin; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
DG 439933

On Fritz Kreisler
Kreisler's "Four Weeks in the Trenches" (WWI memoirs)

1669 — French composer and organist Louis Marchand, in Lyons;
1813 — Russian composer Alexander Dargomizhsky (Gregorian date: Feb. 14);
1873 — Austrian operetta composer Leo Fall, in Olmütz;
1875 — Austrian-American composer and violinist Fritz Kreisler, in Vienna;

1594 — Italian composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, age 68, in Rome;
1789 — French composer, organist and harpsichordist Armand-Louis Couperin, age 61, in Paris;
1934 — Brazilian composer and pianist Ernesto Nazareth, age 70, in Rio de Janeiro;
1974 — Belgian composer Jean Absil, age 80, in Brussels;

1724 — Bach: Sacred Cantata No. 83 ("Erfreute Zeit im neuen Bunde") performed on the Feast of the Purification as part of Bach's first annual Sacred Cantata cycle in Leipzig (1723/24);
1725 — Bach: Sacred Cantata No. 125 ("Mit Fried und Frued ich fahr dahin") performed on the Feast of the Purification as part of Bach's second annual Sacred Cantata cycle in Leipzig (1724/25);
1795 — Haydn: Symphony No. 102, in London at the King's Theater, with the composer conducting;
1884 — Loeffler: "Fantastic Concerto," by the Boston Symphony, Emil Paur conducting;
1890 — Dvorák: Symphony No. 8, Op. 88, in Prague, with the composer conducting;
1900 — Chadwick: "Adonais" (Elegiac Overture), by the Boston Symphony, Wilhelm Gericke conducting;
1900 — Gustave Charpentier: opera, "Louise," in Paris at the Opéra-Comique;
1920 — Stravinsky: ballet, "The Song of the Nightingale," at the Paris Opéra, with choreography by Massine;
1921 — Bretan: opera "Luceafarul" (The Evening Star), in Cluj, Romania;
1926 — Cowell: String Quartet No. 1 ("Quartett Pedantic"), at Aeolian Hall in New York City by the Ralph Henkle String Quartet;
1977 — Ned Rorem: "A Quaker Reader" for organ, in New York City;
1978 — Peter Maxwell Davies: Symphony No. 1, in London at Royal Festival Hall, by the Philharmonia Orchestra, Simon Rattle conducting.

Sunday, February 3
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Chen Yi's "Spring Festival" ...

Chen Yi (b. 1953):
Spring Festival
University of Minnesota Symphonic Wind Ensemble; Craig Kirchhoff, cond.
Hal Leonard (full score, parts and CD)HL-04001978

On Chen Yi
On the BandQuest series
On the College Band Directors National Association

1525 — earliest possible birth date for the Italian composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, who was probably born between February 3, 1525 and February 2, 1526, most likely at Palestrina (near Rome);
1809 — German composer Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, in Hamburg;
1842 — American poet, flutist and composer Sidney Lanier, in Macon, Ga.;
1904 — Italian composer Luigi Dallapiccola, in Pisino, Istria;
1910 — Mexican composer Blas Galindo Dimas, in San Gabriel, Jalisco;
1911 — French composer and organist Jehan Alain, in Paris;

1814 — Bohemian composer Johann Antonin Kozeluch, age 75, in Prague;

1823 — Rossini: opera "Semiramide," in Venice at the Teatro la Fenice;
1844 — Berlioz: "Roman Carnival" Overture, in Paris at the Salle Herz, with the composer conducting;
1867 — Brahms: String Sextet No. 2, Op. 36, in Vienna, by the Hellmesberger Sextet; This work had received some informal performances in Zürich the preceding year;
1868 — Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1, in Moscow (Gregorian date: Feb. 15);
1884 — Tchaikovsky: opera “Mazeppa” in Moscow (Gregorian date: Feb. 15);
1894 — Glazunov: Symphony No. 4, in St. Petersburg (Julian date: Jan. 22);
1945 — Stravinsky: "Scènes de ballet," in New York City by the New York Philharmonic, conducted by the composer; This work was commissioned by Broadway impresario Billy Rose for a 1944 revue titled "The Seven Lively Arts";
1956 — Elie Siegmeister: Clarinet Concerto, in Oklahoma City;
1989 — Michael Torke: "Ash," in St. Paul, Minn., by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, John Adams conducting;
2002 — Philip Glass: Symphony No. 6, at Carnegie Hall, by the American Composers Orchestra conducted by Dennis Russell Davies.