On This Day: October 8th

*Notables and Highlighted figures are in Bold


1690 Jaime de Casellas, Spanish composer, born in Valls, Spain (d. 1764)
1692 Antonio Palella, Italian composer and harpsichordist, born in San Giovanni a Teduccio, Naples, Italy (d. 1761)
1740 Michel-Julien Mathieu, French composer, born in Fontainebleau, France (d. 1777)
1747 Johann Wilhelm Stadler, German composer (d. 1819)
1748 Franz Seydelmann, German composer, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1806)
1790 Waldemar Thrane, Norwegian composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1828)
1813 Carl Ludwig Amand Mangold, German composer, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1889)
1834 Walter Kittredge, American musician during American Civil War, born in Merrimack, New Hampshire (d. 1905)
1837 Otto Winter-Hjelm, Norwegian musician and composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1931)
1860 Felix Woyrsch, German composer, born in Opava, Czech Republic (d. 1944)
1870 Louis Vierne, French organist and composer, born in Poitiers, France (d. 1937)
1885 Will Vodery, African-American composer, born in Philadelphia (d. 1951)
1898 Clarence Williams, American composer, born in Plaquemine, Louisiana (d. 1965)
1900 Zeno Vancea, Romanian composer, born in Bocsa, Romania (d. 1990)
1901 Eivind Groven, Norwegian composer and ethnomusicologist, born in Eidsborg, Norway (d. 1977)
1908 Paul Van Buskirk Yoder, American composer, born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1990)
1913 Walter Schumann, American choral director (Ford Show) and composer (Rhenish), born in NYC, New York (d. 1958)
1917 Hans Poser, German composer, born in Tannenbergsthal (d. 1970)
1922 Svend Westergaard, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1988)
1927 Gigi Durston, American singer (Sonny Kendis Show), born in Baltimore, Maryland
1930 Toru Takemitsu, Japanese composer (Ki No Kyoko), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1996)
1932 Pete Drake, American pedal steel guitarist and producer, born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1988)
1936 Carman Moore, American composer, born in Lorain, Ohio
1939 Armando Gentilucci, Italian composer, born in Lecce, Italy (d. 1989)
1943 James E. Sellars, American composer, born in Fort Smith, Arkansas (d. 2017)
1955 Yo-Yo Ma, world famous cellist (2001 National Medal of Arts, 2011 Presidential Medal of Freedom), born in Paris, France
1968 Eugene J. Thomas-Taliaferro aka Meastro68 Music Blogger & Music Enthusist at Maestro68.com, born in Abington, PA
1966 Marco Beltrami, Italian-American film composer


1683 Philipp Friedrich Boddecker, composer, dies at 76
1728 Anne Danican Philidor, French composer (Concert Spirituel), dies at 47
1772 Jean-Joseph Cassenea de Mondonville, composer, dies at 60
1834 Francois-Adrien Boieldieu, composer, dies at 58
1842 Christoph Ernst Friedrich Weyse, composer, dies at 68
1865 Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, composer, dies at 51
1895 Charles Oberthur, composer, dies at 76
1897 Martin Pluddemann, composer, dies at 43
1912 Wilhelm Kuhe, composer, dies at 88
1953 Kathleen Ferrier, English alto singer, dies at 41
1971 Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman, composer, dies at 79
1975 Alberto Hemsi, composer, dies at 78
1977 Giorgos Papasideris, Greek country singer, composer and lyricist, dies at 75
1978 Tibor Serly, Hungarian violist/composer (American Elegy), dies at 76
1988 Ernst Hermann Meyer, composer, dies at 82
1990 B.J. Wilson, English musician (Procol Harum) (b. 1947)
1993 Manke Nelis, [Cornelis Pieters], singer (Aunt Saar), dies at 73
1995 Christopher Keene, musician, dies at 48
1996 Watkins Shaw, British musicologist, dies at 85
2013 Philip Chevron, Irish musician, dies from esophageal cancer at 56
2015 Jim Diamond, Scottish singer/songwriter (I Should Have Known Better), dies at 64


Carl Nielsen’s Helios Overture, Op. 17, is a concert overture which was first performed by the Royal Orchestra, conducted by Johan Svendsen, on 8 October 1903 in the large hall of the Odd Fellows Mansion in Copenhagen.

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