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British composer Ernest John Moeran
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E. J. Moeran (1894 - 1950):
Serenade in G
Northern Sinfonietta of England;
Richard Hickox, cond.
EMI 74991-2

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ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1661—German composer and organist Georg Böhm, in Hohenkirchen (near Ohrdruf), Thuringia;
1862—Dutch composer Alphons Diepenbrock, in Amsterdam;
1917—Brazilian composer and guitarist Laurindo Almeida, in São Paulo;
1953 —American composer John Zorn, in New York City;

Deaths:
1875—Depressed by the failure of his commercial ventures, violinist and conductor Ureli Corelli Hill, age 73, commits suicide by swallowing morphine in Patterson, New Jersey; Hill had played in the pit orchestra for the first performances of Italian opera in New York City staged by Manuel Garcia in 1825; He conducted the first American performance of Handel's "Messiah" with orchestral accompaniment in 1831; In 1842, he was one of the founding members of the New York Philharmonic, served as its first president, conducted portions of its first concert, and performed with the orchestra until 1873, when he retired due to his age;
1996—American composer Otto Luening, age 96, in New York;

Premieres:
1924 — Rudolf Friml: operetta, "Rose Marie," to rave reviews, in New York;
1960 — Walton: Symphony No. 2 at the Edinburgh Festival by the Royal Liverpool Orchestra conducted by John Pritchard;
1966 — Nino Rota: ballet, "La Strada" (The Road) (after his score for the Fellini film), at La Scala in Milan;
1972 — Penderecki: Cello Concerto, at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland;
1975 — Kokkonen: opera "The Last Temptations" in Helsinki;
1980 — Peter Maxwell Davies: opera "The Lighthouse," in Edinburgh;
1992 — Reimann: opera "Das Schloss" (The Castle), after the novel by Franz Kafka, in Berlin at the Deutsche Oper;

Other:
1773—The Empress Maria Therese is entertained by Haydn's chamber orchestra at the country estate of Prince Nicholas of Esterhazy. It is possible, but not certain, that Haydn's Symphony No. 48 was performed on this occasion (The symphony known today by the nickname "Maria Therese").


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