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American composer Arthur Farwell
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Arthur Farwell (1877 – 1952):
Navajo War Dance & Song of Peace
Dario Muller, piano
Marco Polo 223715

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ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1464—English composer Robert Fayrfax, in Deeping Gate, Lincolnshire;
1857—Italian opera composer Ruggiero Leoncavallo, in Naples;
1869—German composer and conductor Hans Pfitzner (see May 5);
1872—American composer and music educator Arthur Farwell, in St. Paul, Minn.;
1891—Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, in Sontsovka (Bakhmutsk region, Yekaterinoslav district), Ukraine (Julian date: April 11);

Deaths:
1691—French composer, harpsichordist and organist Jean Henri d'Angelbert, age 62, in Paris;

Premieres:
1627 — Heinrich Schütz: opera "Dafne" (now lost), at Hartenfels Castle for the wedding of Princess Sophia of Saxony; This work is supposedly the first German opera;
1776 — Gluck: Alceste (2nd version), in Paris at the Académie Royale;
1881 — Gilbert Sullivan: operetta "Patience," at the Opera-Comique Theatre oinLondon;
1904 — Chadwick: "Euterpe" Overture, by the Boston Symphony;
1911 — Berg: String Quartet, Op.3, in Vienna, by the ad hoc quartet Brunner-Holzer-Buchbinder-Hasa Quartet; A later performance in Salzburg on August 2, 1923, by the Havemann Quartet at the First International Festival for Chamber Music , however, attracted wider attention and established Berg's worldwide reputation in musical circles;
1920 — Janácek: opera "The Excursions of Mr. Broucek," in Prague at the National Theater;
1922 — Varèse: "Offrandes" for voice and small orchestra, in New York City, with Carlos Salzedo conducting;
1948 — Jolivet: Concerto for Ondes Martenot and Orchestra, in Vienna;
1958 — Robert Kurka: opera "The Good Soldier Schweik" (posthumously) at the New York City Opera;
1979 — Rochberg: "The Slow Fires of Autumn," for flute and harp, at Tully Hall in New York, with flutist Carol Wincenc;
1981 — Ezra Laderman: String Quartet No. 6 ("The Audubon"), in New York City, by the Audubon Quartet;
1993 — Morten Lauridsen: "Les Chanson des Roses"(five French poems by Rilke) for mixed chorus and piano, by the Choral Cross-Ties ensemble of Portland, Ore., Bruce Brown conducting;
1994 — Broadway premiere of Sondheim: musical "Passion";
1998 — James MacMillan: "Why is this night different?" for string quartet, at London's Wigmore Hall by the Maggini Quartet;

Other:
1738—Handel is a founding subscriber to the "Fund for the Support of Decayed Musicians" (now the Royal Society of Musicians) at its first meeting at the Crown and Anchor Tavern in London; The fund was started after the widow and children of Handel's oboe soloist, John Kitch, were found impoverished on the streets of London; Other subscribers to the fund included the British composers Boyce, Arne, Green, and Pepusch (Gregorian date: May 4).


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