On This Day: October 5th

Births

  • 1590 Johann Schop, German composer and violinist, born in Niedersachsen, Germany (d. 1667) (dates disputed)
  • 1684 Johann Jacob de Neufville, composer
  • 1722 Gregorio Sciroli, composer
  • 1743 Giuseppi Gazzaniga, composer
  • 1758 Thomas Greatorex, composer
  • 1817 Eduard Franck, composer
  • 1822 Hans Hampel, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1884)
  • 1823 Feliks Jaronski, composer
  • 1840 Fran Gerbič, Slovenian composer and tenor, born in Cerknica (d. 1917)
  • 1875 Cyril Rootham, composer
  • 1879 Halfdan Cleve, composer
  • 1883 Charles Maduro, Antillean composer
  • 1899 Boleslaw Woytowicz, composer
  • 1902 Michael Kondracki, composer
  • 1926 Gottfried Michael Koenig, composer
  • 1927 John W. Downey, American composer, born in Chicago (d. 2004)
  • 1935 Arlene Saunders, American soprano
  • 1936 Annerose Schmidt, East German pianist


Deaths

  • 1713 Valentin Molitor, composer, dies at 76
  • 1838 Eleanore Sophia Maria Westenholz, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1848 Louis Massonneau, composer, dies at 82
  • 1880 Jacques Offenbach, German-French composer, cellist and impresario of the romantic period. He is remembered for his nearly 100 operettas of the 1850s–1870s and his uncompleted opera The Tales of Hoffmann. He was a powerful influence on later composers of the operetta genre, particularly Johann Strauss, Jr. and Arthur Sullivan. His best-known works were continually revived during the 20th century, and many of his operettas continue to be staged in the 21st. The Tales of Hoffmann remains part of the standard opera repertory.
  • 1907 Alfredo Keil, Portuguese composer, dies at 57
  • 1935 Marie Gutheil-Schoder, German soprano (b. 1874)
  • 1949 Edmund Eysler, Austrian composer, dies at 75
  • 1970 George Frederick McKay, American composer, dies at 71
  • 1982 Glenn H Gould, Canadian pianist, dies at 50 – he became one of the best-known and celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century. He was renowned as an interpreter of the keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach. His playing was distinguished by remarkable technical proficiency and capacity to articulate the polyphonic texture of Bach’s music.


Premieres

  • Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice), Wq. 30 by Christoph Willibald Gluck in 1762




  • Serenade to Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1938


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