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May 13 — May 19, 2013

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Monday, May 13
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SYNOPSIS:
New York "novelties" by Liszt et. al. ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
Schubert arr. Franz Liszt:
Wanderer Fantasy
Leslie Howard, piano; Budapest Symphony; Karl Anton Rickenbacher, cond.
Hyperion 67403

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On Thomas
On Thomas in Chicago

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1842 — English composer Sir Arthur Sullivan, in Lambeth (London);
1913 — American organist and record retailer, William Schwann, in Salem Ill.; In 1949 he began publication of the Schwann Record Catalog, a guide to phonograph records in print;

Premieres:
1833 — Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 ("Italian"), in London, by the Philharmonic Society, with the composer conducting;
1877 — Franck: "Les Eolides," in Paris at a Lamoureux Concert;
1949 — Panufnik: "Sinfonia Rustica," in Warsaw;
1987 — Harbison: Symphony No. 2, by the San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Blomstedt conducting;
1993 — Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Bassoon Concerto, by the Pittsburgh Symphony conducted by Lorin Maazel, with Nancy Groeres the soloist;
1995 — first professional production of Any Beach: opera "Cabildo," at Alice Tully Hall in New York City as a "Great Performances" telecast conducted by Ransom Wilson; The world premiere performance was given on Feb. 27, 1945 (two months after Beach's death), by the Opera Workshop at the University of Georgia in Athens, directed by Hugh Hodgson;
2001 — Harbison: "North and South (Elizabeth Bishop Cycle)," by the Chicago Chamber Musicians;


Tuesday, May 14
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SYNOPSIS:
Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever!" March ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
John Philip Sousa (1854 - 1932):
The Stars and Stripes Forever
Royal Artillery Band;Keith Brion, cond.
Naoxs 8.559093

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On Sousa

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1885 — German conductor and composer, Otto Klemperer, in Breslau;
1917 — American composer Lou Harrison, in Portland, Ore.;

Deaths:
1847 — German composer Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, age 41, in Berlin; She was the sister of Felix Mendelssohn;

Premieres:
1723 — Handel: opera "Flavio, re de' Langobardi" (Flavio, King of the Langobards), in London at the King's Theater in the Haymarket (Gregorian date: May 25);
1832 — Mendelssohn: "Hebrides" Overture ("Fingal's Cave"), in London, conducted by the composer;
1914 — R. Strauss: ballet "Josephslegende," in Paris;
1919 — Debussy: Saxophone Rhapsody (orchestral version by Roger-Ducasse), at a Société Nationale de Musique concert conducted by André Caplet at the Salle Gaveau in Paris;
1923 — Holst: "The Perfect Fool," in London at Covent Garden Opera House;
1941 — Cage: "Third Construction" for four percussionists, in San Francisco;
1942 — Copland: "Lincoln Portrait," by the Cincinnati Symphony conducted by André Kostelanetz, with William Adams the narrator;
1953 — American premiere of Stravinsky's opera, "The Rake's Progress," at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, with the composer conducting; The world premiere performance occurred on September 11, 1951, in Venice, again with the composer conducting;
1966 — Ginastera: "Concerto per Corde," by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy conducting;
1986 — Rautavaara: Symphony No. 5, in Helsinki, by Finnish Radio Symphony, Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting;
1987 — Alvin Singleton: "Shadows" for orchestra. By the Atlanta Symphony, Robert Shaw conducting;
1992 — James MacMillan: "Sinfonietta" at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, by the London Sinfonietta, Martyn Brabbins conducting;
1993 — Philip Glass: opera "Orphée" (based on the Jean Cocteau film), by the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass.;


Wednesday, May 15
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SYNOPSIS:
Jerod Tate's "Children's Songs" ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
Jerod Tate (b. 1968):
Taloowa' Chipota (Children's Songs)
Minnesota Boy Choir
Hal Leonard 00119300 (sheet music)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On Jerod Tate
More on ChoralQuest

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1567 — Baptismal date of Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi, in Cremona;
1808 — Irish composer Michael William Balfe, in Dublin;
1908 — Swedish composer Lars-Erik Larsson, in Akarp (near Lund);
1941 — American composer and pianist Richard Wilson, in Cleveland;

Premieres:
1913 — Debussy: ballet "Jeux" (Games), at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées by the Ballet Russe, Pierre Monteux conducting;
1920 — Stravinsky: ballet "Pulcinella," by Ballet Russe; at the Paris Opéra, with Ernest Ansermet conducting;
1939 — Douglas Moore: opera "The Devil and Daniel Webster," in New York City;
1949 — Hindemith: Concerto for Winds, Harp and Orchestra, in New York;
1949 — Randall Thompson: Symphony No. 3, Columbia University, in New York, Thor Johnson conducting;
1958 — Cage: Piano Concerto, in New York City;
1960 — Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 7, in Leningrad, by the Beethoven Quartet;
1972 — Rochberg: String Quartet No. 3, at Tully Hall in New York City, by the Concord Quartet;
1992 — Stephen Paulus: "Air on Seurat (The Grand Canal)", for cello and piano, at the National Cello Competition at Arizona State University in Phoenix, Ariz.;
1993 — Steve Reich: opera "The Cave," in Vienna at the Wiener Festspielhaus;


Thursday, May 16
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SYNOPSIS:
Wagner on the run ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883):
The Flying Dutchman Overture
Berlin State Orchestra; Daniel Barenboim, cond.
Teldec 88063

Richard Wagner:
Act I Prelude, from Lohengrin
Berlin Philharmonic; Daniel Barenboim, cond.
Teldec 81791

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On Richard Wagner

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1931 — American composer Donald James Martino, in Plainfield, N.J.;

Deaths:
1910 — Russian composer Mily Balakirev (Gregorian date: May 29);

Premieres:
1726 — Handel: opera "Alessandro" (Julian date: May 5);
1889 — Massenet: opera "Esclarmonde" at the Paris Opéra;
1948 — Quincy Porter: Viola Concerto, in New York City;
1948 — Wallingford Rieger: Symphony No. 3, in New York City;
1966 — Ralph Shapey: "Rituals," in Chicago;
1966 — Villa-Lobos: Sinfonia No. 9, by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy conducting;
1969 — Cage: "HPSCHD," for amplified harpsichord and 51 tapes, in Urbana, Ill.;
1971 — Britten: opera "Owen Wingrave," as a telecast on BBC-TV in England and NET (National Educational Television) in the United States;
1972 — Jaocb Druckman: "Windows" for orchestra, by the Chicago Symphony; This work was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1972;
1974 — Bernstein: ballet "Dybbuk," by the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center, with choreography by Jerome Robbins and the composer conducting;
1991 — Joan Tower: "Concerto for Orchestra," by the St. Louis Symphony, Leonard Slatkin conducting;


Friday, May 17
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SYNOPSIS:
Ned Rorem for eleven ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
Ned Rorem (b. 1923):
Eleven Studies for Eleven Players
New York Chamber Ensemble; Stephen Rogers Radcliffe, cond.
Albany 175

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On Rorem
MPR's "Rorem at 80" webpage

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1866 — French composer Erik Alfred-Leslie Satie, in Honfleur;
1901 — German composer Werner Egk, in Auchsesheim, near Donauswörth; His original last name was Mayer, and it is said (although denied by the composer) that the he chose the acronym E-G-K because it stood for "ein grosser Komponist" ("a great composer");
1923 — American composer Peter Mennin, in Erie, Pa.;

Deaths:
1935 — French composer Paul Dukas, age 69, in Paris;

Premieres:
1779 — Gluck: opera "Iphigénie en Tauride" (Iphigenia in Taurus), at the Paris Opéra;
1890 — Mascagni: "Cavalleria Rusticana," in Rome at the Teatro Costanzi;
1904 — Ravel: "Schéhérazade," in Paris, with vocalist Jane Hatto and Alfred Cortot, conducting;
1919 — Ravel: "Alborado del gracioso" (orchestral version), in Paris at Pasdeloup Concert;
1929 — Prokofiev: Symphony No. 3, in Paris, by the Orchestre Symphonique de Paris, with Pierre Monteux conducting;
1933 — Cowell: "Reel," for small orchestra, in New York;
1939 — Prokofiev: cantata "Alexander Nevsky," in Moscow;
1946 — Martin: "Petite Symphonie Concertante," in Zurich, Paul Sacher conducting;
1960 — Ned Rorem: "11 Studies for 11 Players," for chamber ensemble, at the State University of Buffalo (N.Y.), conducted by the composers;
1990 — Rautavaara: "Vincent," in Helsinki at the Finnish National Opera;
2000 — Michael Torke: "Corner in Manhattan," by the Minnesota Orchestra, Eiji Oue conducting;
2001 — Christopher Rouse: Clarinet Concerto, by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, with Larry Combs the soloist;


Saturday, May 18
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SYNOPSIS:
Milhaud's "Sacred Service" ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
Darius Milhaud (1892 - 1974):
Sabbath Morning Service
Prague Philharmonic Choir; Czech Philharmonic; Gerard Schwarz, cond.
Naxos 8.559409

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On Milhaud
On "Les Six":

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1830 — Austro-Hungarian composer Karl Goldmark, in Keszthely, Hungary;
1901 — French composer Henri Sauguet, in Bordeaux;

Deaths:
1733 — German composer and organist Georg Böhm, age 71, in Lüneburg;
1909 — Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz, age 48, in Cambo-les-Bains;
1910 — French composer and opera singer Pauline Viardot-Garcia, age 88, in Paris;
1911 — Austrian composer Gustav Mahler, age 50, in Vienna;
1975 — American composer Leroy Anderson, age 66, in Woodburg, Conn.;

Premieres:
1885 — Bruckner: String Quintet in F (final version), in Vienna, by the Hellmesberger Quartet with guest violist; 24 years earlier, Joseph Hellmesberger had asked Bruckner to write a quartet for his ensemble; A partial performance of this work (minus the Finale, and with its original Scherzo replaced by an Intermezzo movement) was arranged in Vienna on November 27, 1881, by Bruckner's pupil Franz Schalk;
1887 — Chabrier: "Le Roi malgre lui" (The King in Spite of Himself), in Paris at the Opera Comique;
1897 — Dukas: tone-poem "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," in Paris, with the composer conducting;
1917 — Satie: ballet "Parade," in Paris by the Ballet Russe;
1922 — Stravinsky: opera, "Renard," at the Paris Opéra, with Ernest Anseremet conducting;
1939 — Douglas Moore: opera "The Devil and Daniel Webster," in New York City;
1940 — Luigi Dallapiccola: opera "Volo di Notte" (Night Flight), after the novel by Antoine Saint-Exupéry), in Florence;
1949 — Milhaud: "Sabbath Morning Service" at Temple Emanu-El, in San Francisco, composer conducting;
1950 — Lukas Foss: opera "The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" (after the short story by Mark Twain) in Bloomington, Ind.;
1978 — Cowell: "Quartet Romantic" for 2 flutes, violin and viola, at Alice Tully Hall in New York City, by Paul Dunkel and Susan Palma (flutes), Ralph Schulte (violin) and John Graham (viola); This music was composed in 1917;
1981 — Joan Tower: "Sequoia" in New York, with the American Composers Orchestra conducted by Dennis Russell Davies;
1988 — Philip Glass: opera "The Fall of the House of Usher" (after Poe) in Cambridge, Mass., at the American Repertory Theater;
1990 — John Harbison: Viola Concerto, in Bridgewater, N.J., with soloist Jaime Laredo and the New Jersey Symphony, Hugh Wolff conducting;
1996 — Philip Glass: opera "Les Enfants Terrible" (Children of the Game based on the novel by Jean Cocteau), by the Philip Glass Ensemble at the Theatre Casino in Zug (Switzerland), Karen Kamensek conducting.


Sunday, May 19
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SYNOPSIS:
Shostakovich plays Hamlet (for laughs?) ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975):
Hamlet Incidental music, Op. 32
City of Birmingham Symphony; Mark Elder, cond.
Cala 1021

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On Shostakovich

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1616 — Baptismal date of German composer and organist Johann Jacob Froberger, in Stuttgart;

Deaths:
1935 — American composer Charles Martin Loeffler, age 74, in Medfield, Mass.;
1954 — American composer and insurance executive Charles Ives, age 79, in New York;
2009 — British composer Nicholas Maw, age 73, in Washington, D.C.;

Premieres:
1842 — Donizetti: opera "Linda di Chamounix," in Vienna;
1886 — Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 ("Organ"), in London;
1911 — Ravel: "L'Heure espagnole" (Spanish Hour), in Paris at the Opèra Comique;
1915 — Stravinsky: Three Pieces for string quartet, in Paris;
1932 — Shostakovich: incidental music for Shakespeare's "Hamlet," in Moscow at the Vakhtangov Theater;
1939 — Cowell: "Return" for 3 percussionists and wailer, at the Cornish School in Seattle, by John Cage and his Percussion Group;
1942 — Cage: music for the radio play "The City Wears a Slouch Hat" (text by poet Kenneth Patchen), broadcast in Chicago;
2000 — Robert X. Rodriguez: "The Last Night of Don Juan" for chorus and orchestra, by the San Antonio Symphony and chorus, Wilkins conducting;
2002 — William Bolcom: "Seventh Symphony (A Symphonic Concerto)," at Carnegie Hall in New York, by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine conducting.