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Monday, September 1
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Austrian composer Dittersdorf
SYNOPSIS:
Mozart "dissed" by Dittersdorf? ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(1756 - 1791):
String Quartet in G, K.387
Emerson String Quartet
DG 439 861
&
Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf
(1739 - 1799):
String Quartet No. 4 in C
Gewandhaus Quartet
Berlin Classics 9261

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On Mozart
On Dittersdorf

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1653—Baptismal date of German composer and organist Johann Pachelbel, in Nuremberg;
1854—German composer Engelbert Humperdinck in Siegburg (near Bonn);
1886—Swiss composer Othmar Schoeck, in Brunnen;
1952—Iranian-born American composer Reza Vali, in Ghazvin, Iran;

Deaths:
1912—English composer of African descent, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, age 37, in Croydon;

Premieres:
1816 — Spohr: opera "Faust" (1st version in German with spoken dialogue), in Prague at the Ständetheater;
1934 — Janácek: opera "Osud" (Fate), over Brno radio; the first staged performance of this work took place 24 years later at the Brno National Theater on Oct. 25, 1958;
1963 — Britten: "Cantata Misericordium," a Latin dramatization of the parable of the Good Samaritan, by the Suisse Romande Orchestra conducted by Ernest Ansermet, in Geneva, Switzerland, at a concert in celebration of the Red Cross;
2000 — Gubaidulina: "St. John's Passion," in Stuttgart (Germany), by the chorus and orchestra of the Kirov Opera Theater and the St. Petersburg Chamber Choir, conducted by Valery Gergiev; This work was one of four passion settings commissioned by the International Bach Academy to honor the 250th anniversary of Bach's death in the year 2000 (see also: Aug. 28 Sept 5 8);

Other:
1785—Mozart dedicates the publication of his six new String Quartets (K. 387, 421, 428, 458, 464 465) to Haydn.


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