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Hector Berlioz (1803 – 1869):
Harold in Italy
Nobuko Imai, viola; London Symphony; Sir Colin Davis, cond.
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On Hector Berlioz . . .
. . . and some Viola jokes

1876 — Spanish composer Manuel de Falla, in Cádiz;
1878 — French composer, conductor and arranger André Caplet, in Le Havre;
1928 — American musical composer Jerry Bock, in New Haven, Conn.;
1933 — Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, in Debica;

1585 — English composer and organist Thomas Tallis, age c. 80, in Greenwich; This date is not certain (Nov. 20 is also cited as a possibility);

1834 — Berlioz: "Harold in Italy," by the Paris Conservatory Orchestra, with Narcisse Girard conducting and Chrétien Urhan the soloist;
1850 — George Loder: overture, "Marmion," composer conducting Philharmonic Society of New York;
1867 — Brahms: Ballad No. 1 ("Edward"), from Op. 10, in Vienna;
1890 — Dvorák: Piano Quartet No. 2 in Eb, Op., 87, in Prague;
1899 — Dvorák: opera "The Devil and Kate," in Prague;
1921 — Janácek: "Kátya Kabanová," in Brno at the National Theater;
1928 — Daniel Gregory Mason: "Chanticleer (Festival Overture)", in Cincinnati;
1931 — Bartók: ballet, "The Wooden Prince," in Budapest;
1934 — Copland: "Short Symphony" in Mexico City, by the Orquestra Sinfonica de Mexico, with Carlos Chávez conducting; Subsequent scheduled performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra and Boston Symphony had to be cancelled, as the work was considered too difficult to prepare in the available time;
1940 — Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in g, in Moscow, by the Beethoven Quartet, with the composer at the piano;
1963 — Daniel Pinkham: Symphony No. 2 in Lansing, Michigan;
1985 — Michael Torke: “Bright Blue Music,” at Carnegie Hall in New York, by the New York City Youth Symphony, David Alan Miller conducting;

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