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July 15 — July 21, 2013

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Monday, July 15
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SYNOPSIS:
Bernstein's sabbatical psalms ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
Giuseppe Verdi (1913-1901):
Act III excerpt, from Falstaff
soloists; Vienna Philharmonic; Leonard Bernstein, cond
CBS/Sony 42535

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990):
Chichester Psalms
Camerata Singers; New York Philharmonic; Leonard Bernstein, cond.
CBS/Sony 47162

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On Bernstein

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1921 — American composer Jack Beeson, in Muncie, Indiana
1934 — English composer Harrison Birtwistle, in Accrington, Lancashire
1949 — English composer John Casken, in Barnsley

Deaths:
1789 — French composer and harpsichordist Jacques Duphly, age 74, in Paris
1857 — Austrian composer and piano teacher Carl Czerny, age 66, in Vienna
1959 — Swiss-born American composer Ernest Bloch, age 78, in Portland, Oregon

Premieres:
1852 — Spohr: opera "Faust" (2nd version in Italian), in London at Covent Garden
1942 — Villa-Lobos: "Chôros" Nos. 6, 9 and 11, in Rio de Janeiro, conducted by the composer
1945 — Antheil: "Heroes of Today," by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski conducting
1965 — Bernstein: "Chichester Psalms" at Philharmonic Hall (now Avery Fisher Hall) by the New York Philharmonic conducted by the composer, with The Camerata Singers and boy alto John Bogart; On July 31, 1965, Bernstein attended the U.K. premiere of this work (performed by a male-only choir) at Chichester Cathedral in England
1988 — John Harbison: Piano Sonata No. 1 ("In Memoriam Roger Sessions"), at the Dorothy Taubman Piano Institute in Amherst, Mass., by pianist Robert Shannon


Tuesday, July 16
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SYNOPSIS:
Theatrical Mozart and Burgon ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
Wolfgart Mozart (1756-1791):
The Abduction from the Seraglio
Robert Gambill, tenor; Vienna Symphony; Bruno Weil, cond.
CBS/Sony 53500

Geoffrey Burgon (1941 - 2010):
Brideshead Revisited
Philharmonia Orchestra; Geoffrey Burgon, cond.
Silva 1005

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On Wolfgang Mozart
On Geoffrey Burgon

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1858 — Belgian composer, violinist and conductor Eugène Ysaÿe, in Liège
1901 — Austrian conductor and composer Fritz Mahler, a nephew of Gustav Mahler, in Vienna; He studied composition with Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern; He emigrated to America in 1936, where he taught at the Juilliard Summer School and conducted the Erie Philharmonic and the Hartford Symphony
1904 — Italian composer Goffredo Petrassi, in Zagarolo (near Rome
1941 — English composer Geoffrey Burgon, in Hambleton, Hampshire
1959 — Scottish composer James MacMillan, in Kilwinning, Ayrshire

Deaths:
1729 — Burial date of German composer and lawyer Johann David Heinichen, age 46, in Dresden
1763 — French flutist and composer Jacques-Martin Hotteterre, age 89, in Paris

Premieres:
1782 — Mozart: opera "The Abduction from the Seraglio," in Vienna at the Burgtheater
1998 — Carol Barnett: "Meeting at Seneca Falls," for soloists, narrator, and chamber ensemble, at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, with Apo Hsu conducting


Wednesday, July 17
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SYNOPSIS:
Water music by Handel and Larsen ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759):
Water Music
Royal Philharmonic: Sir Yehudi Menuhin, cond.
MCA 6186

Libby Larsen (b. 1950):
Symphony (Water Music)
Minnesota Orchestra; Sir Neville Marriner
Nonesuch 79147

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On Handel's life and works
On Libby Larsen

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1832 — Swedish composer August Söderman, in Stockholm
1875 — English composer, pianist, and music scholar Sir Donald Tovey, in Eton
1935 — American composer and musical satirist Peter Schickele, in Ames, Iowa; He "discovered" and performed the music of P.D.Q Bach (1807-1742?)

Deaths:
1937 — French composer and conductor Gabriel Pierné, age 73, in Ploujean, Brittany
1967 — Jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, age 40, in Huntington, Long Island (New York

Premieres:
1717 — Handel: "Water Music" on the river Thames, during a royal barge trip from Whitehall to Chelsea (Gregorian date: July 28)
1927 — Milhaud: opera "L'enlèvement d'Europe" (The Rape of Europa), in Baden-Baden at the Stadthalle
1975 — Sallinen: opera, "The Horseman" at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland
1983 — Sir Lenox Berkeley: Cello Concerto, in Manchester.


Thursday, July 18
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SYNOPSIS:
Sallinen and Kronos ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791):
String Quartet No. 17 in Bb
Quartetto Italiano
Philips 422 512

Aulis Sallinen (b. 1935):
String Quartet no. 5 (Pieces of Mosaic)
Sibelius Quartet
Ondine 831

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On the Kronos Quartet
On Aulis Sallinen

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1670 — Italian opera composer Giovanni Bononcini, in Modena; In 1720 he joined the Royal Academy of Music in London, where one faction favored Bononcini's works over those by Handel
1821 — French mezzo-soprano PaulineViardot-Garcia; She arranged some of Chopin's mazurkas as songs and performed them with the composer in concert; She also wrote an opera, "La Derniére Sorcière," that was performed in Weimar in 1869, and a chamber opera version of "Cendrillon (Cinderella)" which was performed privately in 1904
1872 — Czech composer Julius Fucik, in Prague; A student of Dvorák's, he composed the famous "circus" march, "Entrance of the Gladiators";
1894 — Dutch-born American composer Bernard Wagenaar, in Arnhem; He was the son of the Dutch composer Johan Wagenaar (1862-1941); He came to the U.S. in 1920, was a violinist with the New York Philharmonic from 1921-23, and in 1927 became a composition teacher at the Juilliard Graduate School
1933 — Canadian composer R. Murray Schafrer, in Sarnia, Ontario
1954 — American composer Tobias Picker, in New York

Deaths:
1949 — Czech composer Vitezslav Novák, age 78, in Skutec, Slovakia

Premieres:
1713 — Handel: "Utrecht Te Deum," in London (Julian date: July 7)
1791 — Cherubini: opera, "Lodoiska, in Paris
1920 — Miaskovsky: Symphony No. 5, in Moscow
1972 — Panufnik: Violin Concerto, in London, with Yehudi Menuhin as soloist
1976 — Stockhausen: multi-media work "Sirius," in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian Institute
1984 — Sallinen: String Quartet No. 5 ("Pieces of Mosaic"), at the Kuhmo Festival in Finland, by the Kronos Quartet


Friday, July 19
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SYNOPSIS:
The long and the short of it ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
Richard Strauss (1864-1949):
Der Rosenkavalier Suite
Bavarian Radio Symphony; Lorin Maazel, cond.
BMG/RCA 68225

Anton Webern (1883-1945):
No. 4, from Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 10
Ensemble InterContemporain; Pierre Boulez, cond.
Deutsche Grammophon 437 786

Morton Feldman (1926-1987):
For Philip Guston
S.E.M. Ensemble
Dog w/a Bone 02

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On Anton Webern
On Morton Feldman

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1906 — Norwegian composer Klaus Egge, in Gransherad, Telemark
1913 — American composer and pianist Peggy Stuart-Coolidge in Swampscott, Mass.;
1952 — English composer Dominic Muldowney, in Southhampton
1965 — Scottish composer and percussionist Evelyn Glennie, in Aberdeen

Deaths:
1730 — French composer and flutist Jean-Baptiste Loeillet, age 49, in London

Premieres:
1924 — Webern: Six Bagatelles, Op. 9, for string quartet , in Donauschingen (Germany), by the Amar Quartet
1973 — Penderecki: Symphony No. 1 in Peterborough Cathedral by the London Symphony, conducted by the composer
1976 — Richard Wernick: "Visions of Terror and Wonder" for mezzo-soprano and orchestra, at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado; This work won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1977
1996 — John Williams "Summon the Heroes," a six-minute theme for the 1996 Summer Olympics, commissioned by the Atlanta Olympic Organizing Committee


Saturday, July 20
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SYNOPSIS:
Music at Watergate ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
Aaron Copland (1900-1990):
Rodeo
London Symphony; Aaron Copland, cond.
Sony Classical 60593

William Schuman (1910-1992):
Newsreel
Milwaukee Symphony; Lukas Foss, cond.
Pro Arte 102

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On Copland (at the Library of Congress)
On William Schuman

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1872 — French composer Déodat de Severac, in Saint-Félix-de-Caraman, Lauraguais
1908 — Swedish composer Gunnar de Frumerie, in Nacka (near Stockholm

Deaths:
1752 — German-born English composer and conductor John Christopher (Johann Christoph) Pepusch, age 85, in London; In 1710 was one of the founding members of the "Academy of Ancient Music," which revived 16th century vocal music; He orchestrated some of the numbers in John Gay's famous "The Beggar's Opera" in 1728

Premieres:
1920 — Stravinsky: "Grande Suite" from the staged work "The Soldier's Tale," in London at Wigmore Hall, with Ernest Ansermet conducting
1924 — Schoenberg: "Serenade" for chamber ensemble, in Donaueschingen, Germany
1942 — Miaskovsky: Symphony No. 23, in Moscow
1958 — Xenakis: "Achorripsis" for 21 instruments, in Brussels
1970 — Morton Feldman: "Mme. Press Died Last Week at Ninety," an orchestral work commemorating his Russian piano teacher, in St. Paul de Venice, France


Sunday, July 21
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SYNOPSIS:
Mendelssohn for Winds ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847):
Overture for Winds, Op. 24
London Symphony; Cladio Abbado, cond.
DG 423 104

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On Mendelssohn

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1896 — French composer Jean Rivier, in Villemomble

Deaths:
1838 — German inventor of the metronome, Johann Nepomuk Maelzel, age 65, on board the brig Otis in the harbour of La Guiara, Venezuela, en route to Philadelphia; Beethoven's orchestral battle-symphony, "Wellington's Victory," was originally written for one of Maelzel's mechanical music-machines

Premieres:
1733 — Handel: oratorio "Athalia," in Oxford (Julian date: July 10)
1938 — Hindemith: ballet, "St. Francis," at Covent Garden in London, with composer conducting (the suite titled "Nobilissima Visone" is drawn from this score)
1971 — William Bolcom: “Frescoes” in Montreal, with Bruce Mather (piano and harmonium) and Pierrette LePage (piano and harpsichord);
1983 — Thomas Oboe Lee: "Morango …almost a tango" for string quartet, at the Sanders Theater in Cambridge, Mass., by the Composers in Red Sneakers ensemble