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Friday, November 21
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SYNOPSIS:
Hindemith in E-flat (and in Minneapolis) ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
Paul Hindemith (1895 – 1963):
Symphony in Eb
BBC Philharmonic; Yan Pascal Tortelier, cond.
Chandos 9060

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On Hindemith

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1852 — Spanish guitarist and composer Francisco Tárrega, in Villarreal, Castellon;
1877 — German composer and organist Sigfrid Karg-Elert, in Oberndorf-am-Neckar;
1931 — Australian composer Malcolm Williamson, in Sydney;

Deaths:
1695 — English composer Henry Purcell, age 36, in Westminster, London;
1710 — Italian composer Bernardo Pasquini, age 72, in Rome;
1938 — Polish-born American piano virtuoso and composer Leopold Godowsky, age 68, in New York City;
1974 — Swiss composer Frank Martin, age 84, in Naarden, Holland;

Premieres:
1723 — Bach: Sacred Cantata No. 70 ("Wachet! Betet! Betet! Wachet!") performed on the 26th Sunday after Trinity as part of Bach's first annual Sacred Cantata cycle in Leipzig (1723/24);
1831 — Meyerbeer: opera, "Robert le Diable," at the Paris Opéra;
1896 — Dvorák: symphonic poem "The Noonday Witch," Op. 108, in London;
1901 — R. Strauss: opera "Feuersnot" (Fire Famine), in Dresden at the Hofoper, conducted by Ernst von Schuch;
1935 — Stravinsky: Concerto for Two Pianos, the composer and his son as soloists;
1937 — Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, by Leningrad Philharmonic, Yevgeny Mravinsky conducting;
1939 — Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6, by Leningrad Philharmonic, Yevgeny Mravinsky conducting;
1941 — Hindemith: Symphony in Eb, by the Minneapolis Symphony, Dimtri Mitropoulos conducting;
1945 — Britten: String Quartet No. 2 in C, Op. 36, in London, by the Zorian Quartet;
1947 — Persichetti: Symphony No. 3, by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy conducting;
1974 — Peter Mennin: Symphony No. 8, Daniel Barenboim conducting New York Philharmonic;
1984 — Gunther Schuller: "Concerto Quarterino" for flute, oboe, trumpet & orchestra, Zubin Mehta conducting New York Philharmonic, which commissioned it;
1986 — John Harbison: cantata "The Flight into Egypt," at the New England Conservatory of Music, with soprano Lorraine Hunt, baritone John Osborne, and the Camerata Singers, David Hoose conducting; This work won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1987;
1989 — Michael Torke: “Rust” for piano and winds, at the Huddersfield (U.K.) Contemporary Music Festival, by the Orkest de Volharding;
1996 — George Perle: "Transcendental Modulations," Jahja Ling conducting New York Philharmonic, a 150th anniversary commission;


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