* AUGUST 2
Death of OSWALD VON WOLKENSTEIN 1445 in MeranoSouth Tyrolean poet and composer.Born into a noble family,he spent much of his life travelling in the service of the nobility,and later was a diplomat for King Sigismund.His travels took him to the Middle East and Africa,as well as to Italy and other parts of Europe.His poetry,which covers a wide range of subjects and includes many autobiographical references,is of considerable importance.Much of it is set to music,either monophony orpolyphony,that either was composed by Oswald himself,or draws on works by aninternational array of composers,including Landini,Nicolas Grenon,Pierre Fontaine,and Binchois.
Minnesänger : Oswald von Wolkenstein - Ain graserin
* AUGUST 2
Death of PIETRO MASCAGNI 1945 in RomeItalian composer and conductor.For more details SEE Dec.7th (music diary)
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - Intermezzo
* AUGUST 5
Death of HENRY LITOLFF 1891 in Bois-ColombesFrench pianist,music publisher ,and composer.After studying the piano in London he went to Paris and with Fetis's encouragement,to Brussels to compose and to pursue a solo career.In the 1840s and 50s he gave concerts in Brunswick,aquiring through his marriage the publishing firm of Gottfried Meyer;he renamed i
t Henry Litolff's Velgar and soon became an important figure in local musical life.Litolff returned to Paris in 1858 and took up conducting and teaching.He wrote operas,choral and orchestral works,songs,and chamber music,but today is remembered chiefly for his brilliant piano music,especially the 'Concertos symphoniques'for piano and orchestra.Acolourful figure who was married four times,Litolff was much admired by his contemporaries,especially Liszt.
Henry Litolff - Concerto Symphonique No.3 in E flat major Op.45 PART 3 of 4 - MICHAEL PONTI
* AUGUST 8
Death of CARL HEINRICH GRAUN in BerlinGerman composer. He came from a family of musicians and served with distinction at the court of Frederick the Great.After service as a tenor in the opera chorus at Dresden,he transferred in 1725 to Brunswick,where he wrote six operas for the court.In 1733 he composed the opera 'Lo specchio della fedelta ' for the marriage of Fre
derick,Crown Prince of Prussia,to Princess Elizabeth Christine and on Frederick's accession in 1740 he became Kapellmeister to the Prussian court. During the next 15 years he dominated opera in Berlin,writing 15 new works,including 'Cesare e Cleopatra(1742),and 'Montezuma'(1755)In 1756,however,Graun's activities were halted by the outbreak of the Seven Years War,and thereafter he wrote no further operas.
Carl Heinrich Graun : Harpsichord Concerto in C Minor (Complete) - Rare Baroque Music
* AUGUST 9
Death of DMITRY SHOSTAKOVICH 1975 in MoscowRussian composer.For details SEE Sep.12 (music diary)
Dmitri Shostakovich - Waltz No. 2
* AUGUST 14
Death of KARL BOHM 1981 in SalzburgAustrian conductor.He studied ay the Vienna Conservatory and with Guido Adler.After three years as a repetiteur at the GrazOpera,in 1921 he w3ejnt to Munich to assist Bruno Walter,who strongly influenced him,as did Karl Muck.From the mid-1920s he made a reputation and held a succession of posts in German opera houses.In 1934he began his important reign at the Dresden Opera,where he gave the premieres of several of Richard Strauss's operas.He became admired for his deep knowledge of the German and Austrian operatic and symphonic repertory as well as contemporary works/.He conducted regularly at the Salzburg Festival and in Bayreuth.
Mozart - Requiem - Karl Bohm
Death of MARIN MARAIS 1728 in ParisFrench composer and bass viol player.For details SEE May 31st (music diary)
Marin Marais - Folies D'Espagne [Jordi Savall]