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Tuesday, March 3
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"Parsifal" in New York ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
Richard Wagner (1813–1883):
Parsifal (excerpt)
SW German Radio Symphony; Erich Leinsdorf, cond.
Hannsler 93.040

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On Wagner's "Parsifal"
On Walter Damrosch

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1891 — Spanish composer Federico Moreno Torroba, in Madrid;

Deaths:
1768 — Italian composer Nicola Porpora, age 81, in Naples;
1824 — Italian composer and violin virtuoso Giovanni Battista Viotti, age 68, in London;
1932 — British-born German composer and pianist Eugène d'Albert, age 67, in Riga;

Premieres:
1793 — Haydn: Symphony No. 101 ("The Clock"), conducted by the composer, at the Hanover-Square Concert Rooms in London;
1842 — Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 ("Scotch"), by the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, with the composer conducting;
1853 — revised version of R. Schumann: Symphony No. 4, with the Düsseldorf Municipal Orchestra, conducted by the composer; An earlier version of this symphony premiered in Leipzig in 1841 as Schumann's Symphony "No. 2," but the composer withdrew the score and composed and premiered a new Symphony No. 2 and Symphony No. 3 before revising and reintroducing this symphony as "No. 4";
1870 — Brahms: "Alto Rhapsody," by the singer Pauline Viardot-Garcia, in Jena, Germany;
1875 — Bizet: opera "Carmen," in Paris at the Opéra-Comique;
1893 — George Templeton Strong, Jr.: Symphony No. 2 ("Sintram"), at a public afternoon rehearsal by the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, with Anton Seidl conducting; The "official" premiere concert took place the following evening;
1899 — R. Strauss: tone-poem "Ein Heldenleben" (A Hero's Life), in Frankfurt, with Strauss conducting;
1918 — Bartók: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 17, in Budapest, by the Waldbauer Quartet;
1944 — Barber: Symphony No, 2, by the Boston Symphony, Serge Koussevitzky conducting;
1951 — Otto Luening: "Kentucky Concerto" by the Louisville Orchestra, with the composer conducting;
1959 — Cowell: Symphony No. 13 ("Madras") in Madras, India;
1963 — Menotti: television opera "Labyrinth," broadcast over the NBC network;


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