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1908 Birth of Marko Rothmuller Baritone Born 31 Dec 1908 Zagreb Died 20 Jan 1993 Debut as Ottokar in Freischutz (Weber) 1932 Teachers:- Franz Steiner, Eugen Robert Weiss Pupil :- Gillian Sands Created Truchess von Waldburg in Mathis der Maler (Hindemith)
1908 Birth of Russian-born American pianist Victor BABIN. d-1972.

Cellist Valentin Berlinsky dies at 83


Valentin Berlinsky, for six decades the cellist of the Borodin Quartet, one of the most renowned string quartets in the world and by all accounts the longest continuously playing one, died on 15 December 2008, in Moscow. He was 83 and had lived in Moscow most of his life. The death was announced on the quartet’s Web site, [LINK], which gave no cause.
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26 DECEMBER 1808 Birth of Belgian composer Albert GRISART, aka Grisar, in Antwerp. d-Paris, 15 JUN 1869.

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24 DECEMBER 1908
Birth of English conductor and composer Sir Vivian Dunn. d-1958.
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    1808 FP of Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto, Fifth Symphony and Sixth Symphony, at Theatre-an-der-Wein.

    1908 Birth of Rodolfo Moraro Tenor Born 22 Dec 1908 Capodistria Died 18 Aug 1994 Debut in Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) 1939 Created Doctor in Sasso Pagano (Viozzi)

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    17 DECEMBER 1908

    Birth of composer William Brocklesby WORDSWORTH. Studied with Sir Donald Tovey. His second symphony won first prize in the Edinburgh International Festival Competition in 1950. Composed symphonies, a piano concerto, songs, and chamber music. d-10 MAR 1988.

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    13 DECEMBER 1908 Birth of Russian pianist and composer Victor BABIN. Director of the Cleveland Institute of Music from 1961. d-1972.

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    Olivier Messiaen (French pronunciation: [mɛsjɑ̃]; December 10, 1908 – April 27, 1992) was a French composer, organist, and ornithologist. He entered the Paris Conservatoire at the age of 11 and numbered Paul Dukas, Maurice Emmanuel, Charles-Marie Widor and Marcel Dupré among his teachers. He was appointed organist at the church of La Trinité in Paris in 1931, a post he held until his death. On the fall of France in 1940 Messiaen was made a prisoner of war, and while incarcerated he composed his Quatuor pour la fin du temps ("Quartet for the end of time") for the four available instruments, piano, violin, cello, and clarinet. The piece was first performed by Messiaen and fellow prisoners to an audience of inmates and prison guards. Messiaen was appointed professor of harmony soon after his release in 1941, and professor of composition in 1966 at the Paris Conservatoire, positions he held until his retirement in 1978. His many distinguished pupils included Pierre Boulez, Yvonne Loriod (who later became Messiaen's second wife), Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis and George Benjamin.

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    11 DECEMBER 1908 Birth of American composer and teacher Elliott Cook CARTER, Jr. American composer born and living in New York City. He studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris in the 1930s, and then returned to the United States. After a neoclassical phase, he went on to write atonal, rhythmically complex music. His compositions, which have been performed all over the world, include orchestral and chamber music as well as solo instrumental and vocal works.
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    9 DECEMBER 1908 Birth of Emery Darcy Baritone then Tenor Born 9 Dec 1908 Chicago Debut as Malatesta in Don Pasquale (Donizetti) 1932 Teachers:- Lucie Lenox, Walter Taussig, Hermann Weigart
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    6 DECEMBER 1808

    Birth of German composer Johann Christian GEBAUER.

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    1908 FP of Elgar's First Symphony. Hans Richter conducts the Hallé Orchestra at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.

    1908 Birth of American composer Halsey STEVENS in Scott NY. d-20 JAN 1989.

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    1 DECEMBER 1908 Birth of Greek composer Georgios KASASSOGLOU in Athens. d-Athens, 2 JUN 1984.
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