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July 8 — July 14, 2013

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Monday, July 8
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SYNOPSIS:
"The Composer is Dead!" ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
Lemony Snicket and Nathaniel Stookey:
The Composer is Dead
Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler), narrator; San Francisco Symphony; Edwin Outwater, cond.
book audio CD

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
More on author "Lemony Snicket"
More on composer Nathaniel Stookey:
More on "The Composer is Dead!"

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1882 — Australian-born American composer and pianist Percy Aldrich Grainger, in Melbourne; He became a USA citizen in 1919
1900 — American composer George Antheil, in Trenton, N.J.

Deaths:
1839 — Spanish composer Fernando Sor, age 61, in Paris

Premieres:
1940 — Randall Thompson: "Allelujah" at the opening of the Berkshire Music Center in Lenox, Mass.
1942 — Sir Lenox Berkeley: Symphony No. 1 in London, conducted by the composer
1987 — Judith Weir: opera "A Night at the Chinese Opera" in Cheltenham, England
1988 — Philip Glass: opera "The Making of the Representative for Planet 8" (after a sci-fi novel by Doris Lessing), by Houston Grand Opera
2000 — John Williams: "TreeSong" for Violin and Orchestra, at Tanglewood with Gil Shaham and the Boston Symphony, composer conducting


Tuesday, July 9
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SYNOPSIS:
Respighi and Chihara ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936):
Feste Romane
Montréal Symphony; Charles Dutoit, cond.
London 410 145

Paul Chihara (b. 1938):
The Tempest
Performing Arts Orchestra; Jean-Louis LeRoux, cond.
Reference RR-10

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On Respighi
On Paul Chihara

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1879 — Italian composer Ottorino Respighi, in Bologna
1915 — American composer David Diamond, in Rochester, N.Y.
1938 — Japanese-American composer Paul Chihara, in Seattle

Deaths:
1747 — Italian opera composer, Giovanni Bonocini, age 76, in Vienna; He was the famous (and unsuccessful) rival of Handel's for the favor of the opera-loving public in London
1960 — American composer Edward Burlington Hill, age 87, in Francesrtown, New Hampshire
1984 — American composer and teacher Randall Thompson, age 85, in Boston

Premieres:
1957 — Hartmann: opera "Simplicius Simplicissimus" (revised version), in Mannheim at the Nationaltheater; This opera was premiered in a concert version in Munich by the Bavarian Radio on April 2, 1948
1969 — Lennox Berkeley: Symphony No. 3, in Cheltenham, England
2001 — Steven Stucky: "Three Little Pieces for David," for piano (written for the 65th birthday of conductor David Zinman), by Yefim Bronfman at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado.


Wednesday, July 10
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SYNOPSIS:
Handel declines, Schuman accepts ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759):
Sinfonia, from Athalia
Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood, cond.
L'Oiseau-Lyre 417 126

William Schuman (1910-1992):
Chester (Variations for Piano)
Alexei Sultanov, piano
Teldec 46103

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On Handel
On William Schuman

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1835 — Polish composer and violinist Henryk Wieniawski, in Lubin
1895 — German composer and music educator, Carl Orff, in Munich
1933 — Broadway composer Jerry Herman, in New York City

Deaths:
1940 — British composer and conductor Sir Donald Tovey, age 64, in Edinburgh
1941 — Jazz pianist and composer Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, age 55, in Los Angeles
1979 — American conductor of the Boston Pops, Arthur Fiedler, age 84; He started the first outdoor "Esplanade Concerts" in Boston in 1929 and the famous "Boston Pops" series in 1930; In 1979, Fiedler was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom
1983 — German composer Werner Egk, age 82, in Inning (near Munich)

Premieres:
1733 — Handel: oratorio "Athalia," in Oxford at the Sheldonian Theater, with Handel conducting from keyboard (Gregorian date: July 21)
2001 — Bernstein (arr. William David Brohn): "West Side Story" Suite for violin and orchestra, in New York's Central Park, with soloist Joshua Bell and the New York Philharmonic, William Eddins, conducting


Thursday, July 11
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SYNOPSIS:
Hollywood Anniversaries ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
George Gershwin (1898-1937):
An American in Paris
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra; John Mauceri, cond.
Philips 438 663

Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky (1840-1893):
1812 Overture
Berlin Philharmonic; Herbert von Karajan, cond.
EMI Classics 65690

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On George Gershwin
On the Hollywood Bowl

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1836 — Brazilian opera composer Antonio Carlo Gomes, in Campinas

Deaths:
1937 — American composer George Gershwin, age 38, in Hollywood, following an operation on a cystic brain tumor

Premieres:
1882 — MacDowell: "Modern Suite" No. 1 for Piano, in Zurich, with composer as soloist
1921 — Gershwin: musical revue, "George White's Scandals of 1921," at the Liberty Theater in New York City
1996 — James MacMillan: "The World's Ransoming" (English horn Concerto), at the Barbican in London, by soloist Christine Pendrill with the London Symphony, Kent Nagano conducting
2003 — Peter Maxwell Davies: "Naxos Quartet" No. 2, at the Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham (UK), as part of the Cheltenham International Festival by the Maggini Quartet;


Friday, July 12
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SYNOPSIS:
Requiems and Elegies by Faure and Rouse ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924):
Requiem
The Cambridge Singers; John Rutter, cond.
Collegium 101

Christopher Rouse (b. 1949):
Symphony No. 2 and Flute Concerto
Carol Wincenc, flute; Houston Symphony; Christoph Eschenbach, cond.
Telarc 80452

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On Fauré
On Rouse

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1861 — Russian composer Anton Arensky, in Novgorod; Under the Julian "Old Style" calendar still in use in Russia in that year, this date would be listed as June 30
1885 — English composer George Butterworth, in London; As a British soldier, he was killed during battle of Pozieres in 1916
1895 — American musical theater lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, in New York; He provided lyrics for Rudolf Friml's "Rose Marie" (1924), Siegmund Romberg's "The Desert Song" (1926), and Jerome Kern's "Show Boat" (1926); He collaborated with Richard Rodgers on several Broadway classics such as "Carousel" (1945), "South Pacific" (1949), and "The King and I" (1951); He was also the principal mentor of American composer Stephen Sondheim

Deaths:
1773 — German composer and flutist, Johann Joachim Quantz, age 76, in Postdam
1953 — Belgian composer Joseph Jongen, age 79, at Sart-lez-Spa

Premieres:
1716 — Handel: Concerto Grosso in F, Op. 3, no. 4a (Julian date: July 1);
1900 — Fauré: "Requiem," (orchestrated version) in Paris, at the Paris World Exhibition
1922 — Hindemith: "Kleine Kammermusik" for winds, Op. 24, no. 2, in Cologne (Germany), by the Frankfurt Chamber Winds
1940 — Ginastera: ballet "Pananbi," in Buenos Aires
1946 — Britten: opera "The Rape of Lucretia" at the Glyndebourne Festival in England
1972 — Peter Maxwell Davies: opera, "Taverner," in London at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
1976 — Henze: opera, "We Come to the River," in London at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
1992 — Christopher Rouse: Violin Concerto, at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, by the Aspen Festival Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin, with soloist Cho-Liang Lin
1993 — William Bolcom: Violin Sonata No 3, at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin, and the composer at the piano;
1993 — Andrew Lloyd-Webber: musical "Sunset Boulevard," in London; The musical opened in Los Angeles on December 2, 1993, and on Broadway on November 17, 1994


Saturday, July 13
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SYNOPSIS:
Strauss, Shostakovich, Hitler and Stalin ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
Richard Strauss (1864-1949):
Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
Daniel Majeske, violin; Cleveland Orchestra; Daniel Barenboim, cond.
London 414 292

Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975):
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk excerpts
Scottish National Orchestra; Neeme Jarvi, cond.
Chandos 8587

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On Richard Strauss
On Shostakovich

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1932 — Danish composer Per Norgaard, in Gentofte (near Copenhagen);

Deaths:
1951 — Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg, in Los Angeles, on a Friday the 13th; He was superstitiously obsessed with the number 13 and, ironically, was 76 years old at the time of his death (7+6 = 13)

Premieres:
1829 — Mendelssohn: Double Concerto (in e) for two pianos and orchestra, in London at a benefit concert, with the composer as Ignaz Moscheles as the soloists
1995 — Corigliano: "Soliloquy" for clarinet and string quartet, in Portland, Oregon, by Chamber Music Northwest


Sunday, July 14
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SYNOPSIS:
"La Marseillaise" by Lambert ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
Roger de Lisle (1760-1836):
La Marseillaise
Detroit Symphony; Paul Paray, cond.
Mercury 434 332

Lucien Lambert, Jr. (1858-1945)::
Brocéliande Overture
Hot Springs Music Festival; Richard Rosenberg, cond.
Naxos 8.559 037

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
More on Lucien Lambert, Jr.
On the Center for Black Music Research

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1874 — Russian-born American double-bass player, conductor and new music patron, Serge Koussevitzky, in Vishny-Volochok (Gregorian date: July 26)
1901 — English composer Gerald Finzi, in London
1930 — American composer Eric Stokes, in Haddon Heights, N.J.

Deaths:
1674 — English composer and chorister, Pelham Humfrey, age 27, in Windsor; An entry in Samuel Pepy's famous diary describes him in 1667 as being "full of form, and confidence, and vanity," and disparaging "everything and everybody's skill but his own."

Premieres:
1942 — Wm. Schuman: "Newsreel," at a New York Philharmonic concert at Lewisohn Stadium, conducted by Arthur Smallens
1948 — Kurt Weill: folk opera "Down in the Valley" at the University of Indiana in Bloomington
1949 — Britten: "Spring Symphony" at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam
1999 — Kernis: "Concierto de Dance Hits," in Minneapolis, by the Minnesota Orchestra conducted by David Miller, with guitarist David Tanenbaum