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Philippe Entremont at 75


Philippe Entremont (b. Rheims, 7 June 1934)
Philippe Entremont was born to musical parents, for his mother was a Grand Prix pianist and his father an operatic conductor. Philippe first received piano lessons from his mother at the age of six. His father introduced him to the world of chamber and orchestral music. He studied in Paris with Marguerite Long, and entered the National Conservatoire. He won prizes in sight-reading at age 12, chamber-music aged 14, and piano at 15. He became Laureat at the international Long-Thibaud Competition at the age of 16. In the following year he won a prize in the Brussels competition sponsored by Queen Elizabeth of Belgium, and then began his career of serious concert-giving at the piano.
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CLASSICALmanac


1909 Birth of Ruth Michaelis Mezzo-Soprano Born 27 Feb 1909 in Posen Died 3 Dec 1989 Debut 1933 Teachers:- Anna Bahr-Mildenburg, Hans Beltz, Jean Robert Sang in premiere of Rappelkopf (Lothar) Monika (Dostal)
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1709 Birth of Francois Lepage Baritone Born 27 Feb 1709 Joinville Died 1780 Created Teycer / Ismenor in Dardanus (Rameau) Jupiter / Tiresias in Nais (Rameau) Citheron in Platee (Rameau) Cindor in Zais (Rameau) Sang in premiere of Zoroastre (Rameau) Acante et Cephise (Rameau) Castor et Pollux (Rameau) Fete de Polmnie (Rameau) Temple de la Gloire (Rameau) Fetes de l'Hymen et de l'amour (Rameau) Zaid (Royer) Isbe (Destouches)

Classical TV


ClassicalTV.com's upcoming webcast of Puccini’s La Bohème from the English National Opera.
Classical TV, which is scheduled to officially launch in March, is a continually updated website that will offer both free and pay-per-view broadcasts of some of the world’s best opera, ballet, theater, and classical music performances. Classical TV has begun offering an exclusive web broadcast of Jonathan Miller’s new production of La Bohème as a free preview. In addition to streaming these performances, the site will also offer an editorial package of reviews, a viewer’s guide and an insider's look at the performance. (La Bohème Opera: http://www.classicaltv.com )

Erland von Koch, Swedish composer dies...98 years.

Erland von Koch received his diploma as an organist and cantor from the Music Conservatory in Stockholm in 1935. He spent the following years studying composition, conducting, and piano in Germany and France. After a couple of years at the Swedish Radio, he worked as a teacher of music theory at the conservatory in Stockholm from 1953-1975. He became a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 1957, and was named a Professor in 1968. Among his awards were the Royal Swedish Academy of Music's medal for contributions to music in 2000. He was a versatile composer and wrote five symphonies, 12 Scandinavian dances, the Impusli and Oxberg trilogies, 12 concerti for solo instruments, numerous solo works, string quartets, the children's opera Pelle Svanslos, five ballets, songs, psalms, and film music.(among other things, he wrote the music for one of Ingmar Bergman's early films). "I strive for a simple, clear melodic style, preferably associated with folk music, and with a clear-cut rhythmic profile. I want my harmony to be uncomplicated," he said about his own composing. Erland von Koch passed away at the end of January, three months before his 99th birthday.

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Birth centennial soprano Marjorie LAWRENCE


17 FEBRUARY 1909 Birth of Australian operatic soprano Marjorie LAWRENCE in Geelong Victoria. Died 14 Jan 1979 Debut as Elizabeth in Tannhauser (Wagner) 1932 Teachers:- Ivor Boustead, Cecille Gilly Pupil :- Louise Ann Wohlafka.

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16 FEBRUARY 1709 Birth of English organist and composer Charles AVISON in Newcastle. d-Newcastle, 9 MAY 1770.


16 FEBRUARY 1909 Birth of composer Maurice GARDNER.

A Birth Centennial Vasco Campagnano

11 FEBRUARY 1909 [some sources say 1910] Vasco Campagnano Tenor

Debut in Boheme (Puccini) 1929 Teachers:- Olga Righi-Mieli, Mario Sammarco, Elvino Ventura, Luigi Bolis. Born in Egypt, to Italian parents, Campagnano studied first with Olga Righi-Mieli in Alexandria, and appeared there in concert. He came to Italy in 1926 to further his studies with Mario Sammarco and Elvino Ventura. He made his debut as a baritone in 1929, as Marcello in Bologna. He sang in small theatres in Italy throughout the 1930s, until the war interrupted his career. Ater the war, he studied further with Luigi Bolis, and resumed his career but as a tenor, making his debut in Pavia, as Pinkerton, in 1946. His career took off in 1948, when he made his debut at La Scala in Milan, as Calaf in Turandot. He was invited at the Teatro Nacional Sao Carlos in Lisbon, and the Liceu in Barcelona, also making guest appearances in Zurich, Nice, Tunis, etc. In 1957, he sang Don José at the Verona Arena, and Radames at the Chorégies d'Orange, which was also his farewell role in Tel Aviv in 1959. He made a few recordings with the Italian radio (RAI) and later released by Cetra, notably; Manon Lescaut, opposite Clara Petrella, La fanciulla del west, opposite Carla Gavazzi, and Aroldo, opposite Maria Vitale. Vasco Campagnano died in Milan, on January 16, 1976.

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Harald Genzmer was born in Blumenthal near Bremen on 9 February 1909. In 1928 he began to study at the Berlin Hochschule für Music with Paul Hindemith (composition, until 1934), Rudolf Schmidt (piano), Alfred Richter (clarinet) and Curt Sachs (musicology). From 1934 to 1937 he worked as a repetiteur, later as assistant conductor at the Breslau Opera House. In 1938 he began to teach at the Volksmusikschule Berlin-Neukölln, where also Hindemith had been teaching before. In the 1940’s, he experimented with electronic instruments and devoted himself particularly to the "Trautonium" (an electronic instrument invented by Friedrich Trautwein). Harald Genzmer died on 16 December 2007 in Munich.

Victor Herbert


February 1 was the 150th birthday anniversary of Victor Herbert, the great Irish-American composer of such operettas as “Babes in Toyland,” “Naughty Marietta,” “Sweethearts” and “The Red Mill.” Herbert was also the driving force behind the establishment of ASCAP and served as Vice President of the organization from 1914 until his death in 1924. Victor August Herbert (February 1, 1859 – May 26, 1924) was a cellist, conductor and composer best known for his light operas. He was prominent among the tin pan alley composers. He published some of his dance music compositions under the pseudonym Noble MacClure.
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Grazyna BACEWICZ Birth Centennial


5 FEBRUARY 1909 Birth of Polish composer Grazyna BACEWICZ in Lodz. d-Warsaw, 17 JAN 1969. Grażyna Bacewicz (February 5, 1909 in Łódź – January 17, 1969 in Warsaw, Poland) was a Polish composer and violinist. She is only the second Polish female composer to have achieved national and international recognition, the first being Maria Szymanowska in the early 19th century.

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Mendelssohn Birth Bicentennial


3 FEB 1809 Birth of German composer Felix MENDELSSOHN (Bartholdy) in Hamburg. Wrote Symphonies and from A Midsummer Night's Dream the popular 'Wedding March'. Also Elijah, Fingal’s Cave. d-Leipzig, 4 NOV 1847.
Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, born and generally known as Felix Mendelssohn was a German composer, pianist and conductor of the early Romantic period. The grandson of the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, he was born to a notable Jewish family which later converted to Christianity. His work includes symphonies, concerti, oratorios, piano and chamber music. After a long period of relative denigration due to changing musical tastes and antisemitism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, his creative originality is now being recognized and re-evaluated. He is now among the most popular composers of the Romantic era.


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Composer Lucas Foss dies


Lukas Foss was born as Lukas Fuchs assumed on August 15, 1922 in Berlin, Germany, and died February 1, 2009 in New York City. He was an American composer, conductor, pianist, and professor. He studied with Julius Goldstein. He moved to Paris in 1933 where he studied piano with Lazare Lévy, composition with Noël Gallon, orchestration with Felix Wolfes, and flute with Louis Moyse. In 1937 he moved to America and studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, with Sergei Koussevitzky during the summers from 1939 to 1943 at the Berkshire Music Center, and, as a special student, composition with Paul Hindemith at Yale University from 1939 to 1940
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