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Monday, July 28
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Austrian violinist Fritz Kreisler in his soldier's uniform with his wife serving as a nurse
SYNOPSIS:
World War One in Europe, Bach in America ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
J. S. Bach (1685 - 1750):
Double Concerto (recorded 1915)
Fritz Kreisler, Efrem Zimbalist, vn;
string quartet
Buddulph CD 21/22

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Kreisler's "Four Weeks in the Trenches" memoir
Library of Congress audio files of the 1915 Bach recording

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1893—Danish composer Rued Langgaard, in Copenhagen

Deaths:
1750—German composer Johann Sebastian Bach, age 65, in Leipzig; He died "a little after" 8:15 p.m. and was buried at St. John's cemetery on either July 30 or 31; In 1894 his body was exhumed, examined, and reburied in the Leipzig's St. Thomas Church, where he had served as Kantor
1838—Finnish composer Bernard Henrik Crusell, age 62, in Stockholm
1969—American songwriter and musical composer Frank Loesser, age 59, in New York City

Premieres:
1717 — Handel: "Water Music" on the river Thames (Julian date: July 17)
1823 — Spohr: opera "Jessonda," in Kassel
1840 — Berlioz: "Symphonie funebre et triomphale," in Paris, with the composer conducting (with a sword) over 200 marching musicians

Other:
1741—In Vienna, burial of Italian composer and violinist Antonio Vivaldi
1850—To mark the centenary of the composer's death, The Bach Gesellschaft is founded in Leipzig; Their goal is to publish a complete edition of Bach's works
1954 —Premiere of Columbia Pictures film "On the Waterfront," with a score by Leonard Bernstein
1997—Ligeti: opera "La Grand Macabre" (revised version), in Salzburg at the Grosses Festpielhaus


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