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Monday, November 4
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A second wind for Reicha and Ward-Steinman? ...

Antonin Reicha (1770-1836):
Wind Quintet No. 23 in a No. 23, Op. 100
Albert Schweitzer Quintet
CPO 999027

David Ward-Steinman (b. 1936):
Woodwind Quintet No. 2 (Night Winds)
Arioso Quintet
Fleur de Son Classics 57935

On Reicha
On Ward-Steinman

1841 — Polish pianist and composer Carl Tausig, in Warsaw;

1847 — German composer Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, age 38, in Leipzig;
1924 — French composer Gabriel Fauré, age 79, in Paris;
1953 — Music patroness and amateur composer Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, age 89, in Cambridge, Mass.; She organized concerts and music festivals in Washington, D.C., and her Foundation commissioned works from Bartók, Malipiero, Schoenberg, Copland, Hanson, Piston, and many others; The recital hall at the Library of Congress bears her name;
1957 — French composer and writer, Marie Joseph Canteloube (de Malaret), age 78, in Grigny (Seine-et-Oise);

1732 — Handel: opera “Catone” in London at the King’s Theater in the Haymarket (Gregorian date: Nov. 15);
1783 — Mozart: Symphony No. 36 ("Linz"), by the orchestra of Count Thun in Linz;
1863 — Berlioz: "Les Troyens à Carthage" (The Trojans at Carthage), Part 2 (Acts 3-5) of the opera "Les Troyens" (The Trojans), in Paris at the Théatre-Lyrqiue; The complete opera was not staged in France until 1920;
1876 — Brahms: Symphony No. 1, in Karlsruhe, Germany, with Felix Otto Dessoff conducting;
1883 — Chabrier: "Espana" in Paris, with Charles Lamoureux conducting;
1890 — Borodin: opera “Prince Igor” (completed and arranged posthumously by Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov), at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg (see Julian date: Oct. 23);
1922 — Hindemith: String Quartet No. 3, in Donauschingen (Germany), by the Amar Quartet (with Hindemith as the violist);
1924 — R. Strauss: opera "Intermezzo," in Dresden at the State Theater, conducted by Fritz Busch, with vocal soloists Lotte Lehmann (Christine Storch) and Josef Correck (Robert Storch);
1932 — Cowell: “Polyphonica” for 12 instruments, at the New School Auditorium in New York City, by the Pan American Association orchestra, Nicholas Slonimsky conducting; On this same concert was the premiere performance of “Those Everlasting Blues,” by Jerome Moross, with contralto Paula Jean Lawrence as the soloist;
1932 — Revueltas: "Ventanas" for orchestra, in Mexico City;
1948 — Schoenberg: "A Survivor from Warsaw" for narrator, chorus and orchestra, by the Civic Symphony of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with Kurt Frederick conducting;
1957 — José Serebrier: Symphony No. 1, by the Houston Symphony, Leopold Stokowski conducting;
1976 — Ned Rorem: “Women’s Voices,” at Alice Tully Hall in New York City, by mezzo Joyce Mathis and pianist Warren Wilson;
1993 — Bright Sheng: String Quartet No. 3, in Boulder, Colo., by the Takacs Quartet;
1993 — David Ward-Steinman: "Night Winds," for woodwind quintet, at the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, Calif., by the Arioso Wind Quintet.

Tuesday, November 5
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Barber offers "two for the price of one" ...

Samuel Barber (1910-1981):
First Essay for Orchestra, Op. 12
Detroit Symphony; Neeme Järvi, cond.
Chandos 9053

Samuel Barber (1910-1981):
Adagio for Strings, Op. 11
Berlin Philharmonic; Semyon Bychkov, cond.
Philips 434 108

On Samuel Barber

1494 — German poet and songwriter ("Master Singer") Hans Sachs, in Nuremberg; He is the subject of German Romantic operas by Lortzig ("Hans Sachs," 1840) and Wagner ("Die Meistersinger," 1868);
1935 — British composer Nicholas Maw, in Grantham, Lincolnshire;

1942 — American songwriter and vaudevillian George M. Cohan, age 64, in New York City; He won the Congressional Medal for his patriotic song, "Over There" (recorded by Enrico Caruso among others);
1956 — American jazz pianist and improviser Art Tatum, age 47, in Los Angeles;

1724 — Bach: Sacred Cantata No. 115 ("Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit") performed on the 22nd Sunday after Trinity as part of Bach's second annual Sacred Cantata cycle in Leipzig (1724/25);
1846 — R. Schumann: Symphony No. 2, by Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, conducted by Felix Mendelssohn;
1876 — Tchaikovsky: “Marche slav” in Moscow (Gregorian date: Nov. 17);
1888 — Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, in St. Petersburg (Gregorian date: Nov. 17);
1895 — R. Strauss: tone-poem "Till Eulenspiegels Merry Pranks," in Cologne, conducted by Franz Wüllner;
1926 — de Falla: Harpsichord Concerto, with Wanda Landowska as soloist with the composer conducting;
1927 — Shostakovich: Symphony No. 2 ("To October"), by the Leningrad Philharmonic and Academic Choir, Nikolai Malko conducting;
1938 — Barber: "Adagio for Strings" and "Essay for Orchestra" No. 1, on a broadcast concert by the NBC Symphony, Arturo Toscanini conducting;
1943 — Martinu: Concerto for Two Pianos, with Luboshutz and Nemenoff Duo, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy conducting;
1987 — Broadway premiere of Sondheim: musical "Into the Woods";

Wednesday, November 6
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Mr. Sax's instrument and Ms. Perry's Quartet ...

Anita D. Perry (b. 1960):
Quartet for Saxophones
Amherst Saxophone Quartet
innova 516

On the saxophone, past and present

1814 — Belgian inventor of the saxophone, Adolphe Sax, in Dinant; He invented the instrument around 1840, and was granted a 15-year patent in 1846;
1854 — American composer and bandmaster John Philip Sousa, in Washington, D.C.;
1860 — Polish composer, piano virtuoso, and statesman, Ignace Jan Paderewski, in Russian Poland (Gregorian date: Nov. 18);

1672 — German composer Heinrich Schütz, age 87, in Dresden;
1795 — Czech-born German opera composer Jiri Antonin (Georg Anton)Benda, age 73, in Köstritz;
1893 — Russian composer Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, age 53, dies of cholera after drinking un-boiled water during an epidemic in St. Petersburg (see Julian date: Oct. 25); Some speculate this was a deliberate and suicidal act;
1965 — Franco-American composer Edgard (or Edgar) Varèse, age 81, in New York City;

1825 — Beethoven: String Quartet in a, Op.132, in Vienna, by the Schuppanzigh Quartet; The was the first public performance (The same players performed the work at a private performance two months earlier, on September 9, for an audience of fourteen at the Tavern “Zum Wilden Mann” in Vienna);
1891 — Tchaikovsky: symphonic balled “The Voyevode” in Moscow (Gregorian date: Nov. 18);
1902 — Cilea: opera, "Adriana Lecouvreur" in Milan at the Teatro Lirico;
1913 — Saint-Saëns: "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso" for violin and orchestra, in Paris;
1924 — Janácek: opera "The Cunning Little Vixen," in Brno at the National Theater;
1935 — first complete performance of Walton: Symphony No. 1, by the BBC Symphony, Sir Hamilton Harty conducting; Harty had conducted the premiere performance of this work's first three movements (the fourth and final movement had not yet been written) on a London Philharmonic concert of Dec. 3, 1934;
1936 — Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3, by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski conducting;
1940 — Florence Price: Symphony No. 3, in Detroit, by the Michigan WPA Symphony, Valter Poole conducting; Also on the program was Price’s Piano Concerto (which had premiered earlier in Chicago) with the composer as soloist; First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt attended a rehearsal for this concert, and wrote favorably about Price’s Symphony in her national newspaper column “My Day” for November 14, 1940;
1943 — Orff: "Catulli carmina," in Leipzig at the Städische Bühnen;
1950 — Copland: Clarinet Concerto, on an NBC Symphony broadcast conducted by Fritz Reiner, with Benny Goodman as soloist;
1953 — Nikolaus Nakokov: Cello Concerto ("Les Hommages"), with Lorne Munroe, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy conducting;
1976 — Andrew Imbrie: opera "Angle of Repose," in San Francisco;
1999 — Elisabetta Brusa: “Adagio” for strings, by the Virtuosi of Toronto, Fabio Mastrangelo conducting;
2004 — Augusta Read Thomas: "Brass Rush" for brass band, by the Illinois Brass Band at the U.S. Open Brass Band Competition in Arlignton Heights, Il.

Thursday, November 7
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Rachmaninoff writes "something for audiences" ...

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943):
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Jon Nakamatsu, piano; Rochester Philharmonic; Christopher Seaman, cond.
Harmonia Mundi 90.7286

Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840):
Solo Violin Caprice No. 24
James Ehnes, violin
Telarc 80398

Andrew Lloyd Webber (b. 1948):
Julian Lloyd Webber, cello; London Philharmonic; Lorin Maazel, cond.
Philips 420 342

On Sergei Rachmaninoff
On Andrew Lloyd Webber

1810 — Hungarian composer Ferenc (Franz) Erkel, in Gyula;
1859 — Russian composer Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, in Gatchina (Gregorian date: Nov. 19);
1905 — English composer William Alwyn, in Northampton;

1983 — French composer Germaine Tailleferre, age 91, in Paris;

1723 — Bach: Sacred Cantata No. 60 ("O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort" I)performed on the 24th Sunday after Trinity as part of Bach's first annual Sacred Cantata cycle in Leipzig (1723/24);
1867 — Liszt: "Dante Symphony" in Dresden;
1875 — Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3, in Moscow (Gregorian date: Nov. 19);
1924 — American premiere of Mussorgsky (arr. Ravel): “Pictures at an Exhibition,” by the Boston Symphony, Serge Koussevitzky conducting;
1934 — Rachmaninoff: "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini," in Baltimore, by the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski, with the composer as soloist;
1940 — Stravinsky: Symphony in C, by the Chicago Symphony, with the composer conducting; This work was commissioned by Mrs. R. Woods Bliss in honor of the Chicago Symphony's 50th Anniversary;
1987 — Daniel Asia: "Scherzo Sonata" for piano, at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., by pianist Jonathan Shames (who commissioned the work);
1988 — Leo Ornstein: Piano Sonata No. 7, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, by pianist Marvin Tartak;
1991 — Christopher Rouse: “Karolju” for chorus and orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony and Chorus, David Zinman conducting;
1997 — Peter Maxwell Davies: Piano Concerto, in Nottingham, England, with soloist Kathryn Stott and the Royal Philharmonic, conducted by the composer;

Friday, November 8
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Musical tales from Stravinsky and Marsalis ...

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971):
L'histoire du soldat Suite
Philharmonia Orchestra; Robert Craft, cond.
Koch 7504

Wynton Marsalis (b. 1961):
The Fiddler's Tale
Wynton Marsalis, trumpet; Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Sony 60979

On Stravinsky
On Wynton Marsalis

1770 — German composer Friedrich Witt, in Niederstetten, Württemberg; Like Beethoven, he composed 9 symphonies, and one of them, his “Jena Symphony,” was for a time mistakenly believed to be an early work by Beethoven;
1883 — English composer Arnold Bax, in Streatham;
1945 — American composer and pianist Judith Lang Zaimont, in Memphis;

1599 — Spanish composer Francisco Guerrero, age 71, in Seville;
1890 — Belgian-French composer César Franck, in Paris, age 67;
1894 — Russian composer Anton Rubinstein, age 64, near St. Petersburg (Gregorian date: Nov. 20);
1924 — Russian composer Sergie Liapunov, age 65, in Paris;

1879 — Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G, Op. 78, in Bonn, by violinist Joseph Joachim and the composer at the piano;
1919 — Stravinsky: "The Soldier's Tale" Suite (for violin, clarinet and piano), in Lausanne; The staged version of "The Soldier's Tale" had premiered in Lausanne at the Théatre Municipal on September 28, 1918;
1926 — Gershwin: musical "Oh, Kay!" at the Imperial Theater in New York City; This show featured Gertrude Lawrence, and included the classic Gershwin songs "Clap Yo' Hands," "Do, Do, Do," and "Someone to Watch over Me";
1936 — Jean Françaix: Piano Concerto, in Berlin.

Saturday, November 9
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Senor Rodrigo's popular Concierto ...

Joaquin Rodrigo (1902-1999):
Concierto de Aranjuez
Manuel Barrueco, guitar; Philharmonic Orchestra; Placido Domingo, cond.
EMI 56175

On Joaquin Rodrigo (in English and Spanish)
More on the Miles Davis album "Sketches of Spain"

1907 — American composer Burrill Phillips, in Omaha, Nebraska;

1951 — Hungarian-born American operetta composer, Siegmund Romberg, age 64, in New York City;

1879 — Dvorák: String Sextet No. 1, Op. 48, in Berlin;
1881 — Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2, in Budapest, by the National Theater Orchestra conducted by Alexander Erkel and the composer as the soloist;
1901 — Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18 (first complete performance), in Moscow, with Alexander Siloti conducting and the composer as soloist (see Julian date: Oct 27); The second and third movements had been premiered in Moscow on Dec. 2/15, 1900, by the same conductor and soloist (Rachmaninoff finished the first movement of this concerto on April 21/May 4, 1901);
1926 — Hindemith: opera, "Cardillac" (1st version) in Dresden at the Sächisches Staatstheater;
1940 — Rodrigo: "Concierto de Aranjuez" for guitar and orchestra, in Barcelona;
1945 — American premiere of Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5, by the Boston Symphony, Serge Koussevitzky conducting.
1967 — Takemitsu: "November Steps" for biwa (Japanese lute), shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and orchestra, by the New York Philharmonic, Seiji Ozawa conducting; Corigliano: Oboe Concerto, in New York City;
1975 — Corigliano: Oboe Concerto, at Carnegie Hall in New York City by the American Symphony, with Kazuyoshi Akiyama conducting Bert Lucarelli the soloist;
1994 — Michael Torke: “Nylon” for guitar and chamber orchestra, at the Assembly Rooms in Derby (U.K.), by the East of England Orchestra conducted by Malcolm Nabarro, with Nicola Hall the soloist;
2000 — Karen Tanaka: "Guardian Angel," at Carnegie Hall in New York, by the Brooklyn Philharmonic;
2002 — David Del Tredici: “Grand Trio” for piano, violin and cello, in College Park, Md., by the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio;

Sunday, November 10
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A cold welcome for Verdi? ...

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901):
Overture and Act II excerpt, from La Forza del Destino
John Alldis Choir; London Symphony; James Levine, cond.
RCA/BMG 39502

On Giuseppe Verdi and his operas

1668 — French composer, organist and harpsichordist François Couperin ("Le Grand"), in Paris;
1873 — French composer and conductor Henri Rabaud, in Paris;
1928 — Italian film music composer Ennio Morricone, in Rome;

1726 — Bach: Sacred Cantata No. 98 ("Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan" II) performed on the 21st Sunday after Trinity as part of Bach's third annual Sacred Cantata cycle in Leipzig (1725/27);
1733 — Handel: opera "Semiramide" in London at the King's Theater in the Haymarket (see Julian date: Oct. 30);
1739 — Handel completes in London his Concerto Grosso in A, Op. 6, no. 11 (see Julian date: Oct. 30);
1862 — Verdi: opera "La Forza del destino" (The Force of Destiny) in St. Petersburg at the Grand Imperial Theater;
1872 — Bizet: suite, "L'Arlèsienne," in Paris, at a Pasdeloup concert;;
1896 — Dvorák: String Quartet No. 12 in Ab, Op. 105, in Vienna;
1910 — Elgar: Violin Concerto, at Queen's Hall, London, during a concert of the Philharmonic Society of London with the composer conducting, and Fritz Kreisler the soloist;
1932 — Bernard Wagenaar: Symphony No. 2, Arturo Toscanini conducting the New York Philharmonic;
1957 — Copland: incidental music for "The World of Nick Adams" (after stories by Ernest Hemingway), for a live CBS television dramatization;
1994 — Stephen Albert: Symphony No. 2, by the New York Philharmonic, with Hugh Wolff conducting;