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In 1524,
Justus Jonas wrote the hymn text
Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält
(If God the Lord does not remain on our side),
paraphrasing Psalm 124,
and in 1724,
Bach composed the chorale cantata
Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält, BWV 178,
for the eighth Sunday after Trinity,
with five different chorale settings
for six of its stanzas.
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31 July 2012

(from User:Gerda Arendt/Stories)

This is the 2024 archive of my daily stories which began in January 2023, with an overview at User:Gerda Arendt/Story list that also features example stories. This archive has daily entries up to the day of the year while those following may be overwritten by new ones. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:48, 1 January 2024 (UTC)

January

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1 January 2024

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2 January 2024

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"Lobpreiset all zu dieser Zeit",
(Praise all at this time)
for New Year
in the German Catholic hymnal
Gotteslob, takes two stanzas
from a 1851 song by Heinrich Bone,
a third stanza and refrain from 1969,
and a 1529 popular melody by Luther.

31 January 2021

3 January 2024

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Bass-baritone
Johann-Werner Prein
(born 3 January 1954)
took part in the 1994 premiere
of Erwin Schulhoff's only opera, Flammen,
which the Nazis had suppressed.

3 January 2022

Le Laudi

4 January 2024

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Josef Suk
(4 January 1874 – 29 May 1935)
dedicated his
Asrael Symphony
"to the exalted memory of Dvořák and Otilie",
his father-in-law for whose memory he began the work,
and his daughter, the composer's wife.

4 January 2024

5 January 2024

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The new
Catalogue of Works of Carl Friedrich Abel,
listing 420 compositions,
was introduced
at a festival
celebrating Abel's tercentenary
in Köthen

5 January 2024

6 January 2024

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Instruments in Bach's cantata
for Epiphany,
Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen, BWV 65
(They will all come from Sheba),
have been compared
to the salamiya and zurna.

6 January 2024

Stern über Bethlehem

7 January 2024

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see 7 January 2023: Concentricities
 

Hermann Baumann,
a pioneer of the natural horn in the revival
of both Baroque and Classical period music,
recorded Mozart's Horn Concertos
with Nikolaus Harnoncourt
and premiered Ligeti's Horn Trio.

7 January 2024

Stern über Bethlehem

8 January 2024

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Dmitri Shostakovich's
Symphony No. 15 in A major, Op. 141,
his final symphony,
intended to be a cheerful work
to mark his 65th birthday,
was premiered on
8 January 1972,
conducted by his son,
Maxim Shostakovich.

9 January 2024

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A 1974 recording of
Mozart's Così fan tutte with
Ryland Davies
as Ferrando was used in a 1995 film
by the Salzburg Marionette Theatre.

9 January 2024

The Advent song
"Macht hoch die Tür"
is number 1 in the German Protestant hymnal.

3 December 2017

10 January 2024

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Chris Karrer
was a pioneer of experimental krautrock
with the band Amon Düül II (pictured),
founded in the spirit
of the 1960s student movement,
and later played world music with Embryo
and flamenco guitar.

10 January 2024

The Firebird

11 January 2024

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Bright Angel,
composed by Graham Waterhouse
for three bassoons and contrabassoon,
relates to the Bright Angel Trail of the Grand Canyon
which the composer hiked
with his father
at the age of nine.

23 April 2011

Geh aus, mein Herz, und suche Freud

12 January 2024

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see 12 January 2023: Volodymyr Kozhukhar, Galina Pisarenko
 

Kihwan Sim
from South Korea
appeared as Mozart's Figaro
at the Oper Frankfurt
in the first production with the new music director,
acting with a hint at the French Revolution.

12 January 2024

Joy to the world

13 January 2023

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Guido Dessauer
(7 November 1915 – 13 January 2012),
a German executive and art collector,
registered more than 30 patents
in paper technology
and started the career of Horst Janssen
as a lithographer.

23 January 2012

Selig sind, die da Leid tragen

14 January 2023

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In
Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid, BWV 3
(Oh God, how much heartache),
a chorale cantata first performed
on 14 January 1725
at the Thomaskirche,
based on Moller's hymn in 18 stanzas,
the first cantus firmus is sung
by the bass supported by a trombone.

23 January 2016

15 January 2024

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Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst
(How Deserted Lies the City),
a motet composed by Rudolf Mauersberger
after the bombing of Dresden,
was first performed
in the destroyed Kreuzkirche.

15 January 2024

listen to 1951 recording

16 January 2024

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Thomas Fritzsch,
a viol player
who rediscovered compositions
by Carl Friedrich Abel,
established a festival dedicated to him
in Köthen
where he was born 300 years before.

16 January 2024

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17 January 2024

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The youthful Handel
composed four operas
for the Oper am Gänsemarkt in Hamburg
where they were performed
between 1705 and 1708,
but the music of three of them is lost,
of Nero, Florindo and Daphne.

(article by Brian Boulton)

17 January 2024

18 January 2024

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Tamara Milashkina,
the first Soviet Russian soprano trained at La Scala,
portrayed Russian characters
with emotion and authenticity
touring with the Bolshoi Theatre
as Tchaikovsky's Tatiana at the Vienna State Opera
and as Lisa at the Metropolitan Opera.

18 January 2024

19 January 2023

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Romuald Twardowski,
a prolific Polish composer
who studied in Vilnius, Warsaw and Paris,
composed operas such as Maria Stuart,
a Violin Concerto,
and sacred music for both Catholic use
and the Orthodox Church including the
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.

19 January 2024

20 January 2023

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see 20 January 2023: Mother and Child
 

St. Joseph,
a 1909 Catholic church
in the Romanesque Revival style
in Berlin-Wedding,
has served as an interim cathedral
since 2018.

20 January 2024

For the beauty of the earth

21 January 2024

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see 21 January 2023: Elisabeth Waterhouse
 

Vivi Vassileva,
a percussionist who was the youngest member
of the German national youth orchestra,
has played Gregor Mayrhofer's Recycling Concerto
on instruments derived from garbage.
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21 January 2024

(from User:Gerda Arendt/Stories)

22 January 2024

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see 23 January 2023: [[Messe in A (Tambling)
 

Henri Dutilleux
(22 January 1916 – 22 May 2013)
composed his
Symphony No. 2 Le Double
in 1959 as
a concerto for twelve soloists from the orchestra
in a semi-circle around the conductor
as a mirror of the larger group.

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23 January 2024

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Maria, Königin des Friedens,
a Brutalist pilgrimage church
in Neviges, Germany,
has become the signature building
of architect
Gottfried Böhm
(23 January 1920 – 9 June 2021).

24 January 2024

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Ewa Podleś
was a Polish coloratura contralto,
performing Rossini's Rosina,
La Cenerentola, Isabella and Tancredi,
and Handel's Rinaldo and Giulio Cesare
on leading stages of the world.

24 January 2024

25 January 2024

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The Late Gothic appearance
of the church of
St. Martin in Oestrich
was destroyed in the Thirty Years' War
and restored only in 1894.

"Shalom chaverim"
('Peace, friends'),
a Hebrew traditional folk song,
has been sung at events
commemorating the Holocaust
and victims of anti-Semitic violence.

25 January 2024

26 January 2024

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Before the age of thirty,
Anna Nekhames
performed the dual role
of Venus and Chief of the Gepopo
in Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre,
one of opera's most demanding coloratura soprano roles.

26 January 2024

27 January 2024

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see 27 January 2023: Elena Manistina, Clytus Gottwald
 

Franz Fink conducted
Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine,
dedicated to the pope
on 1 September 1610,
at St. Martin, Idstein
on 1 September 2019.

Cum sanctis tuis in aeternum

28 January 2024

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see 27 January 2023: St. Peter, Syburg

Gerd Uecker
was artistic director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich,
and from 2003 to 2010 of the Semperoper in Dresden
where he staged operas related to Dresden.

28 January 2024

Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke, BWV 84

29 January 2024

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Gertrude Pitzinger,
who toured Europe and the United States,
where she became known as
"the German Lieder singer",
recorded the alto part of Mozart's Requiem,
conducted by Ferenc Fricsay.

29 January 2016

30 January 2024

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see 30 January 2023: Kreuzschule
 

A clinic in Mopti, Mali,
is named after
Werner Bardenhewer,
born 90 years ago today,
who was for decades
priest of St. Bonifatius, Wiesbaden,
and then founded
a charity group.

30 January 2019

Herr, unser Herr,
wie bist du zugegen


February

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1 February 2024

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Max van Egmond
(born 1 February 1936)
recorded the bass arias
of Bach's St Matthew Passion
with Claudio Abbado
and the words of Jesus with Gustav Leonhardt.

2 April 2010

2 February 2023

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see 2 February 2023: Melitta Muszely, Ich habe genug, BWV 82
 

Bishop of Limburg
Franz Kamphaus
(born 2 February 1932)
opposed the pope,
"convinced that our way of counselling women
would save the lives
of many more children".

2 February 2014

Missa primi toni octo vocum

3 February 2024

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see 3 February 2023: August Röckel
 

In her opera
Inferno,
premiered in 2021 at the Oper Frankfurt,
Lucia Ronchetti
(born 3 February 1963)
gave the main character Dante
a speaking voice and
an inner voice of four male singers.
7 August 2021

4 February 2024

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Michael Herrmann
(born 4 February 1944)
is founder-director
of the Rheingau Musik Festival,
which holds about 150 concerts every season
in vineyards and historical buildings.

25 August 2011

Leichtgesinnte Flattergeister, BWV 181

5 February 2024

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Josef Protschka
(born 5 February 1944),
who sang as a soloist
in Stockhausen's Gesang der Jünglinge at age 12,
later appeared in leading tenor roles
in the Mozart cycles staged by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
at the Cologne Opera and the Zürich Opera House.

5 February 2020

6 February 2024

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see 6 February 2023: Nicolas Joel
 

Magna Lykseth
appeared as Isolde
when Wagner's Tristan und Isolde
was first performed
at the Royal Swedish Opera in 1909.

6 February 2024

7 February 2024

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see 7 February 2023: Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe, BWV 22
 

Stephen Gould,
an American heldentenor,
performed three roles
at the 2022 Bayreuth Festival:
Tannhäuser, Siegfried and Tristan,
earning him nicknames such as "Iron Man".

7 February 2024

Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe

8 February 2024

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see 8 February 2023: Domen Križaj
 

Oskar Negt
(1 August 1934 – 2 February 2024),
assistant of Jürgen Habermas in Frankfurt,
mentor of the APO and
professor of sociology in Hanover,
believed that democracy was
a form of government
that had to be learned.

8 February 2024

9 February 2024

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see 9 February 2023: Der Kontrabaß

Baritone
Wolfgang Schöne
(born 9 February 1940)
created the role of the tomcat
"Tom, Minette's lover"
in the opera Die englische Katze by Hans Werner Henze
at the Schwetzingen Festival.

16 April 2010

10 February 2024

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see 10 February 2023: Oksana Shvets
 

Alfred Grosser
(1 February 1925 – 7 February 2024),
whose Jewish family had to move
from Frankfurt to France in 1933,
was instrumental to Franco-German cooperation,
paving the way for the 1963 Élysée Treaty,
and writing books towards better understanding
between the Germans and the French.

10 February 2024

11 February 2024

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see 11 February 2023: Heinz Winbeck
 

Bach composed his cantata
Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe, BWV 22,
for the last Sunday before Lent
as an audition piece
for the post of Thomaskantor in Leipzig,
displaying a
"sheer range of forms
and musical expression".

22 February 2013

12 February 2024

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see 12 February 2023: Da pacem Domine (Pärt), Responsories (Reger)
 

Seiji Ozawa
(September 1, 1935 – February 6, 2024),
the first star conductor from Japan,
studied in Tanglewood from 1960
with Charles Munch
from the Boston Symphony Orchestra,
became artistic director there in 1970
and was the orchestra's music director
from 1973 for 29 years.

12 February 2024

13 February 2024

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see 13 February 2023: Helene Wildbrunn
 

Helga Paris
photographed people and streetscapes
in East Germany,
Garbage Collectors, Berliner Kneipen,
Leipzig Hauptbahnhof, self portraits,
and houses and faces from Halle over three years,
and then the exhibition was cancelled.

13 February 2024

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14 February 2024

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see 14 February 2023: Alte Liebe
 

Voltaire's tragedy Olimpie
premiered in 1762
and Henze's opera
Elegie für junge Liebende
(Elegy for Young Lovers)
in 1961 at the
Schlosstheater Schwetzingen.

12 December 2011

Zeige uns, Herr, deine Allmacht und Güte

15 February 2024

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see 15 February 2023: George Alexander Albrecht
 

Felix Mendelssohn subtitled
Sechs Lieder, Op. 59,
six songs for four voices
setting poems by Eichendorff and others,
"Im Freien zu singen"
("To be sung outdoors").

17 September 2020

O Täler weit, o Höhen

16 February 2024

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Hans-Dieter Bader
(16 February 1938 - 18 June 2022)
performed the title role
of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's opera Sly,
recorded live at the Staatsoper Hannover,
"as written", while Plácido Domingo
had to cut and change the part.

3 May 2016

17 February 2024

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18 February 2024

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see 18 February 2023: Robert Hammerstiel

Bassoonist William Waterhouse
(18 February 1931 – 5 November 2007)
considered the rapport
between violist Cecil Aronowitz and cellist Terence Weil
the special distinction of the Melos Ensemble,
playing in the premiere of Britten's War Requiem.

28 October 2009

Zeige uns, Herr, deine Allmacht und Güte

19 February 2024

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see 19 February 2023: Geh aus, mein Herz, und suche Freud

Johanna von Koczian
had a breakthrough in the 1959 film Wir Wunderkinder,
landed the schlager hit "Das bißchen Haushalt",
and portrayed Florence Foster Jenkins on stage at age 77.

19 February 2024

20 February 2024

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see 20 February 2023: Johann Georg Reißmüller

Ladislav Burlas,
a composer and musicologist
at the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava
from 1951 to 1990,
studied the music history of Slovakia
with a focus on the 20th century.

20 February 2024

21 February 2024

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Rudolf Jansen,
a pianist who taught at the Sweelinck Conservatory,
focused on accompanying singers
Elly Ameling, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and many more,
"unravelling all the intricacies
of the often independent piano parts".

21 February 2024

22 February 2024

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see 22 February 2023: Olivier Latry
 

For his ordination
at the Altrossgarten Church,
Georg Weissel wrote the text of the hymn
"Such, wer da will, ein ander Ziel"
(Search, whoever wants, for a different goal),
often sung for funerals,
to his friend's melody
for a wedding song.

17 March 2016

23 February 2024

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see 23 February 2023: Nele Hertling
 

Max Beckschäfer
(born 23 February 1952)
composed an organ version of
Max Reger's Hebbel-Requiem
and played in the 1985 premiere
at the Marktkirche, Wiesbaden
by a choir formed for the occasion
conducted by Gabriel Dessauer.

25 November 2010

Seele, vergiß sie nicht

24 February 2024

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see 24 February 2023: Artemy Vedel, Prayer for Ukraine

Gabriele Schnaut
(24 February 1951 – 19 June 2023)
recorded alto parts in Bach cantatas in the 1970s,
and appeared as Waltraute and Second Norne
in the Jahrhundertring film in 1980,
as Isolde in 1985,
and as Widow Begbick
in Weill's Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny in 2014.

17 December 2013

 

Prayer for Ukraine

25 February 2024

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see 23 February 2023: Selva morale e spirituale

Raymund Weber wrote
the penitential song
"Zeige uns, Herr, deine Allmacht und Güte"
(Show us, Lord, your power and mercy)"
to be sung with a modern melody,
but it appears in the German Catholic hymnal
with a Baroque cruciform melody.

 

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13 April 2019

26 February 2024

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The art of Ruth-Margret Pütz
(26 February 1930 – 1 April 2019)
a leading coloratura soprano of the 1960s,
was published in a 2018 Recital,
including excerpts as Konstanze and Zerbinetta.

11 June 2019

27 February 2024

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see 23 February 2023: Piano Concerto (Reger)
 

Russian Jewish painter
Marc Chagall
created the windows
of the church of
St Stephan in Mainz
as a sign of
Jewish-German reconciliation.

5 December 2006

Take the "A" Train

28 February 2024

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see 23 February 2023: Doris Stockhausen
 

Elisabeth Waterhouse
(born 28 February 1933)
founded the
National Chamber Music Course
summer school
in 1974
and has managed it since.

21 January 2023

String Sextet (Waterhouse)
listen as she did on 5 November 2022

29 February 2024

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Gioachino Rossini
(born 29 February 1792)
scored the last of his "sins of old age",
the Petite messe solennelle,
for twelve singers, two pianos, and harmonium.
listen
When Heather Phillips
made her European debut
in Rossini's Bianca e Falliero,
her nuanced coloraturas served
to portray Bianca's development.

March

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1 March 2024

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see 1 March 2023: Krzysztof Penderecki

Soprano
Rotraud Hansmann
(born 1 March 1940)
performed six roles in three Monteverdi operas
conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt,
including Euridice in L'Orfeo.

28 March 2016

2 March 2024

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see 2 March 2023: Herr Christ, der einig Gotts Sohn, Erfurt Enchiridion
 

Erna Berger sang the title role
of The Bartered Bride by
Bedřich Smetana
(2 March 1824 – 12 May 1884)
in a 1955 recording with Wilhelm Schüchter
and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie.
10 August 2010

Kurt Honolka's mid–20th century German translation
of Smetana's Dalibor
was still being performed in 2019
in a new Oper Frankfurt production.
5 January 2020

3 March 2024

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see 2 March 2023: Opernhaus Dortmund, Liselotte Hammes

Gabriela Grillo
(19 August 1952 – 25 February 2024),
who won a gold medal in team dressage
at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal,
later worked as a journalist,
managed the family business
and served the community voluntarily.

3 March 2024

Gott sei gelobet und gebenedeiet

4 March 2024

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see 4 March 2023: F. W. Bernstein

Benjamin Britten
composed many viola parts for
Cecil Aronowitz,
(4 March 1916 – 7 September 1978)
a co-founder of the Melos Ensemble.

14 October 2009

5 March 2024

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see 4 March 2023: Elisabeth Schärtel

The early
Sonata for horn, trumpet and trombone
by Francis Poulenc
was described as offering a
"variety of tone colors, striking rhythms,
delicious dissonances, and elegant wit".

5 March 2017

6 March 2024

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see 6 March 2023: Siegfried Vogel
 

Dutch soprano
Jo Vincent
(6 March 1898 – 28 November 1989)
appeared in Willem Mengelberg's 1939 recording
of Bach's St Matthew Passion,
and, with Kathleen Ferrier and Peter Pears,
in the world premiere
of Britten's Spring Symphony in 1949.

10 April 2020

7 March 2024

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see 7 March 2023: Willigis Jäger
 

Hans-Karl von Kupsch
(7 March 1937 – 26 April 2020),
who was instrumental in the unification
of the East and West German booksellers' associations,
ran a gallery of contemporary art together with his wife,
offering works by Walter Stöhrer
and Karlheinz Oswald.

8 April 2022

8 March 2024

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see 8 March 2023: Hana Blažíková
 

Catherine Rückwardt,
who was Generalmusikdirektorin
at the Staatstheater Mainz for a decade
and one of only four women in such a position in Germany,
conducted a recording of the First Symphony by Hans Rott.

8 March 2018

C. P. E. Bach: Magnificat

9 March 2024

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see 9 March 2023: Azio Corghi
 

The titular character of
Verdi's Nabucco,
the opera that established his fame
when it premiered on 9 March 1842
at La Scala in Milan,
is a combination
of three historic rulers.

15 April 2022

10 March 2024

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see 10 March 2023: Delores Ziegler
 

When Friedrich Spitta revised
"Im Frieden dein, o Herre mein",
(In your peace, o my Lord)
a 1530 German Lutheran communion hymn
based on the biblical Nunc dimittis,
he completely changed the meaning.

2 February 2019

11 March 2024

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see 11 March 2023: The Lord is my Shepherd (Rutter)
 

German stage director
Tobias Kratzer
nominated two versions of
Verdi's Rigoletto
(premiered 11 March 1851)
for an international competition,
pretending to be an American woman
in the first instance,
and a Bulgarian in the second.
10 May 2018

12 March 2024

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Odile Pierre
(12 March 1932 – 29 February 2020),
who became interested in the organ
at a recital by Marcel Dupré at the age of seven,
later served as the organist of La Madeleine in Paris
and played around 2,000 recitals herself.

22 March 2020

13 March 2024

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see 13 March 2023: Hans Krieger
 

Frank Beermann
(born 13 March 1965)
conducted the first recording
of Bruno Maderna's Requiem,
the German premiere
of Péter Eötvös's opera Love and Other Demons
at the Chemnitz Opera,
and Der Ring in Minden.

11 July 2017

14 March 2024

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see 14 March 2023: Ludwig Finscher
 

Gioachino Rossini
scored the last of his
"sins of old age", the
Petite messe solennelle
(premiered 14 March 1864)
for twelve singers, two pianos,
and harmonium.

Dona nobis pacem.

14 March 2024

15 March 2024

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see 15 March 2023: Lorenzo Viotti

Françoise Garner,
first a coloratura soprano at the Opéra-Comique,
brought French singing tradition to Europe,
portraying Gounod's Marguerite at La Scala
and his Juliette at the Verona Arena.

16 March 2024

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see 15 March 2023: Volodymyr Kozhukhar
 

Guy Touvron,
a French classical trumpet player
for whom 25 concertos were composed,
wrote a biography
of his teacher Maurice André
published in 2003.

16 March 2024

17 March 2024

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Arvo Pärt
composed the motet
The Deer's Cry
on a commission from Louth, Ireland,
setting the conclusion
of Saint Patrick's Breastplate,
"Christ with me".

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17 March 2019

18 March 2024

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Christa Wolf
(18 March 1929 – 1 December 2011)
wrote Der geteilte Himmel
in a "quest for personal integrity
within a flawed system",
published in East Germany in 1963
and called a "socialist bestseller".

1 May 2019

19 March 2024

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Requiem
by Max Reger
(19 March 1873 – 11 May 1916)
is a musical setting
not of the Latin Requiem,
but of a poem "Requiem"
written by the dramatist Friedrich Hebbel

19 July 2010

20 March 2024

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see 20 March 2023: Stefan Keil
 

Aribert Reimann
composed
Medea
for a 2010 premiere
at the Vienna State Opera,
based on the drama by Franz Grillparzer.

look and listen

20 March 2024

21 March 2024

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see 21 March 2023: Gloria in excelsis Deo, BWV 191, Gächinger Kantorei
 

Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen
(lit.'I will gladly carry the cross-staff'), BWV 56,
a church cantata composed
by Johann Sebastian Bach
(born 21 March 1685)
is one of few works that
he referred to as a cantata.

Mezzo-soprano
Pamela Dellal,
who recorded music by Hildegard von Bingen
and Fanny Mendelssohn,
translated all texted works by Bach.

21 March 2016

22 March 2024

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23 March 2024

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see 23 March 2023: Maria Friesenhausen

Cecelia Hall
has portrayed title roles,
of women such as
Dido, La Cenerentola, and María de Buenos Aires,
and of men including
Serse, Ascanio in Alba and Hänsel.

23 March 2024

24 March 2024

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25 March 2024

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26 March 2024

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see 26 March 2023: Jörg Streli

When Kelsey Lauritano
portrayed Mozart's Cherubino in 2023,
a reviewer from the FAZ noted her
"almost metallic-brittle approach that spreads androgynous infatuation".

26 March 2024

As music director of the Oper Hagen,
Florian Ludwig
promoted a wide repertoire that included
contemporary operas such as Barber's Vanessa and crossover projects.

27 March 2024

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see 27 March 2023: Klassische Philharmonie Bonn
 
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... sofferte onde serene ...
(serene waves suffered)
is a composition for piano and tape
written by Luigi Nono
in collaboration with pianist
Maurizio Pollini
(pictured).

24 February 2019

28 March 2024

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see 28 March 2023: Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, BWV 1083

29 March 2024

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see 29 March 2023: Leonore Kirschstein
 

... that on Good Friday 2020,
Benedikt Kristjánsson
sang all roles in a chamber arrangement of
Bach's St John Passion,
composed for Good Friday 1724,
broadcast live from the composer's burial place.

look and listen · look forward

22 May 2020

30 March 2024

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see 30 March 2023: Jan Müller-Wieland
 

In his opera
Tri sestry
(Three Sisters),
composer Péter Eötvös
wanted the three sisters from Chekhov's play
to be sung by countertenors.

30 March 2024

31 March 2024

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see 31 March 2023: Munich Biennale
 

For Easter 1724,
his first as Thomaskantor in Leipzig,
Johann Sebastian Bach revived
Christ lag in Todes Banden,
(Christ lay in death's bonds)
BWV 4,
a chorale cantata
he had composed in his twenties,
using in all seven movements
the words and tune
of Luther's 1524 Easter chorale.

24 April 2011

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April

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1 April 2024

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see 1 April 2023: Rotraud Hansmann
 

The opening chorus of
Bach's cantata
for the Second Day of Easter,
Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen, BWV 66,
first performed in 1724
has been termed
"one of the longest and
most exhilarating of Bach's early works".
25 April 2011

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2 April 2024

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see 2 April 2023: Alchymic Quartet

At age 22,
Judith Hemmendinger
helped rehabilitate
nearly 100 child survivors
of the Buchenwald concentration camp,
among them Elie Wiesel.

2 April 2024

3 April 2024

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see 3 April 2023: Renate Behle

Ladislav Burlas,
a musicologist at the Slovak Academy of Sciences
for almost 40 years,
wrote more than 150 works during his career.

3 April 2024

Geh aus, mein Herz, und suche Freud

4 April 2024

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see 4 April 2023: Hans-Karl von Kupsch, Karlheinz Oswald

Karsten Januschke's
conducting of Offenbach's Die Banditen
was described as producing
a "lean, dry, delicate" sound
with an ensemble of 22 soloists, including 11 tenors.

29 March 2024

5 April 2024

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see 5 April 2023: Marjon Lambriks

Tilmann Köhler
directed Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro in 2023
as playful "serious games"
in which the women win by "wit, cleverness and presence of mind".

5 April 2024

6 April 2024

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see 6 April 2023: Tristis est anima mea
 

Appalachian Spring,
a 1944 ballet by
choreographer Martha Graham,
and composer Aaron Copland,
follows Bride and Husbandman
in 19th-century Pennsylvania,
with themes of war present
throughout the story,
and the Shaker tune "Simple Gifts".

6 April 2024

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7 April 2024

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see 7 April 2023: Passions (Homilius)
 

Bach created an "operatic scene"
in his cantata
Halt im Gedächtnis Jesum Christ, BWV 67
(Keep Jesus Christ in mind),
for the Sunday after Easter in 1724,
with Jesus serenely repeating
"Peace be with you"
against the raging of the enemies.

listen

19 April 2012

8 April 2024

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see 8 April 2023: O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß
 

Notker Wolf OSB,
abbot of St. Ottilien Archabbey in Bavaria
and from 2000 to 2016
Abbot Primate of the international
Benedictine Confederation,
played and recorded
with the rock band Feedback.

look and listen

8 April 2024

9 April 2024

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see 9 April 2023: Messe solennelle (Vierne), Surrexit a mortuis
 

After being denied the use
of Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.,
contralto
Marian Anderson
gave an open-air concert
at the Lincoln Memorial
on 9 April 1939.

listen

9 April 2024

10 April 2024

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see 10 April 2023: [[Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen, BWV 66

Gerhard Lohfink
was professor of the New Testament
at the University of Tübingen until 1986
when he moved to a Catholic Integrated Community,
following thoughts from his book
Jesus and Community. The Social Dimension of Christian faith.

listen to him lecturing

10 April 2024

11 April 2024

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see 11 April 2023: Heinz Hennig
 

The Finnish concert organist and improvisor
Kalevi Kiviniemi,
the first to record the complete organ works by Jean Sibelius,
recorded works from different eras
on organs of the world to match,
such as French organ music
on the Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Church of St. Ouen, Rouen.
listen
11 April 2024

12 April 2024

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see 12 April 2023: Günther Leib
 

Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras,
und alle Herrlichkeit des Menschen
wie des Grases Blumen.
Das Gras ist verdorret und die Blume abgefallen.

Aber des Herrn Wort bleibet in Ewigkeit.

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Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt

13 April 2023

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The first performance of Handel's celebrated oratorio
Messiah
took place in Dublin on 13 April 1742.

13 April 2024

Part II contains the famous Hallelujah Chorus
and the oratorio's longest movement, the air for alto
He was despised.

29 July 2011

14 April 2023

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see 14 April 2023: Eleonore Schönborn
 
Baroque oboe d'amore

Johann Sebastian Bach
set the theme of the Good Shepherd
in his cantata for the second Sunday after Easter,
Du Hirte Israel, höre, BWV 104,
as a pastorale,
a trio of oboes playing triplets to pedal points.

listen

8 May 2011

15 April 2023

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see 15 April 2023: Ik sta voor U in leegte en gemis

Michael Boder
conducted many world premieres of operas,
Reimann's Medea at the Vienna State Opera ,
Haas' Morgen und Abend at the Royal Opera House,
and operas by composers including
Friedrich Cerha, Pascal Dusapin, Hans Werner Henze,
Luca Lombardi, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Manfred Trojahn.

listen to him

14 April 2024

16 April 2024

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see 16 April 2023: Johanna Geisler

Dieter Rexroth,
responsible for the concert programs
of Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin from 1996,
shaped the festivals
Frankfurter Feste at the Alte Oper and Young Euro Classic.

16 April 2024

17 April 2024

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see 17 April 2023: Lichtental Church
 

The second of
Henry Purcell's two settings of
Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts
was composed in an earlier style
for the funeral
of Queen Mary II of England.

listen

17 April 2020

18 April 2024

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see 18 April 2023: Herr, unser Herr, wie bist du zugegen
 

Lorenzo Palomo,
conductor of the Valencia Orchestra
and pianist of the Deutsche Oper Berlin,
composed a song cycle Canciones españolas,
premiered by Montserrat Caballé
at Carnegie Hall in 1987.

listen

18 April 2024

19 April 2024

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see 19 April 2023: Zeichenstaub
 

Diego Fasolis
(born 19 April 1958)
conducted L'incoronazione di Poppea
at the reopened Staatsoper Unter den Linden,
adding music by other composers
of Monteverdi's time.

trailer

16 January 2018

20 April 2024

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John Eliot Gardiner
(born 20 April 1943)
conducted the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage
and described Bach
as the "best writer of dramatic declamation ...
since Monteverdi"
for the dialogue
in Selig ist der Mann, BWV 57.
listen
26 December 2010

Dona nobis pacem

21 April 2024

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see 21 April 2023: Anna and Bernhard Blume
 

The first choral section
from the 1714 Bach cantata for Jubilate Sunday,
Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12
(Weeping, lamenting, worrying, fearing),
described as a "deeply affecting" tombeau,
became the Crucifixus of the Mass in B minor.

listen

29 April 2012

22 April 2024

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see 22 April 2023: Passions (Homilius) · Hans Uwe Hielscher
 

Kathleen Ferrier CBE
(22 April 1912 – 8 October 1953),
an English contralto singer
of international reputation,
chose to perform only two operatic roles on stage,
Britten's Lucretia and Gluck's Orfeo.

listen

22 April 2024

Brahms: O Tod, wie bitter bist du

23 April 2024

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see 23 April 2023: Erhard Egidi · Martin Petzold

24 April 2024

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see 24 April 2023: Matti Lehtinen
 

The opera
The Devil in Love
by Alexander Vustin
(born 24 April 1943)
took 15 years to be completed
and 30 more years to be premiered,
debuting at the centenary of the
Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre.

excerpt

11 June 2020

25 April 2024

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see 25 April 2023: Schiersteiner Kantorei
 

Felix Mendelssohn first composed the motet
Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen
(For He shall give His angels charge)
for an eight-part choir,
and then included it with orchestra
in his oratorio Elijah.

watch

6 April 2019

26 April 2024

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Contralto Marga Höffgen
(26 April 1921 – 7 July 1995),
known as a Bach singer for Karajan
and as Erda in Bayreuth,
recorded Max Reger's Requiem compositions.

Seele, vergiß sie nicht

16 March 2015

27 April 2024

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see 27 April 2023: Poèmes pour Mi

Adalbert Kraus
(born 27 April 1937)
portrayed Tom in Henze's Elegy for Young Lovers
at the Staatsoper Hannover
and the tenor part of Peter the Apostle
in Bach's Easter Oratorio.

listen to oratorio

16 April 2010

28 April 2024

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see 28 April 2023: Quattro pezzi sacri
 

In Patrick Süskind's play
Der Kontrabaß,
the double bass in the title role
is a "constant handicap" to its player,
"humanly, socially, sexually, musically".

trailer

9 February 2014

Wo gehest du hin? BWV 166

29 April 2024

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see 29 April 2023: Hana Blažíková
 

Samuel Kummer
chose for his first recital
as the organist of
the restored Frauenkirche in Dresden
music by Bach, Brahms, Max Reger,
Louis Vierne and his own.

Sortie

29 April 2024

30 April 2024

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see 30 April 2023: Christ lag in Todes Banden, BWV 4
 

Oksana Lyniv
founded the
Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
in 2016 and conducted them
in thirty concerts across ten music festivals
in 2022.

watch

30 April 2024

1 May 2024

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see 1 May 2023: Litanies à la Vierge Noire: Lance Ryan
 

The choir
Groningse Bachvereniging
sang Bach's Magnificat
with Harnoncourts' Concentus Musicus Wien
in the orchestra's first appearance
in the Netherlands in 1970.

listen to a chorale

28 January 2012

2 May 2024

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see 2 May 2023: Manfred Weiss
 

The baritone
Johannes Hill
was the voice of Jesus and Pilate
in Bach's Passions,
and of Pope Francis in the premiere
of Peter Reulein's Laudato si'.

listen

29 March 2018

3 May 2024

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Hans Stadlmair
(3 May 1929 – 13 February 2019),
conductor of the Münchener Kammerorchester for almost four decades,
in 1971 premiered
Wilhelm Killmayer's Fin al punto,
of which the composer said,
"The calm already contains the catastrophe".

7 April 2011

4 May 2024

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see 4 May 2023: Kurt Huber

5 May 2024

edit
see 5 May 2023: Wie als een God wil leven, Solang es Menschen gibt auf Erden

6 May 2024

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see 6 May 2023: Te Deum
 

A prize for contemporary art of Styria
is named after
Viktor Fogarassy
(6 May 1911 – 24 March 1989),
the managing director of a department store.

Segne, Vater, diese Gaben

21 August 2019

7 May 2024

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see 7 May 2023: Te Deum (Reulein)
 

Peter Demetz,
born in Prague in 1922,
persecuted under the Nazis,
escaped the Communist regime in 1949,
taught German literature at Yale University
from 1956 to 1991,
and wrote the book
Prague in Black and Gold:
Scenes from the Life of a European City
.

7 May 2024

Seele, vergiß sie nicht

8 May 2024

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see 8 May 2023: Philipp Wolfrum
 

"Es tönen die Lieder",
a German round
about greeting spring with songs,
first appeared in 1869
in a collection of works by Adolf Spieß,
who developed a series of school-gymnastics steps to it.

listen

8 May 2022

9 May 2024

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see 9 May 2023: Colin Mawby
 

Bach's first cantata
for the Feast of the Ascension,
Wer da gläubet und getauft wird, BWV 37,
omits the topic of the Ascension
and derives from the quoted Gospel (Mark 16:16) Lutheran thoughts.

9 May 2013

Ascension Oratorio

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10 May 2024

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see 10 May 2023: Bernd Redmann, Jörg Duda, Bassoon Quintet (Waterhouse)

A reviewer described the approach of soprano
Magdalena Hinterdobler
to her role as Grete in Zemlinsky's Der Traumgörge
(Görgr the Dreamer)
as "bold" and "sassy".

watch her talk about it and sing

10 May 2024

11 May 2024

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The late-Gothic church
St. Lamberti in Hildesheim
was rebuilt after destruction in World War II,
but a southern annex was kept in ruins
as a memorial?

11 May 2013

12 May 2024

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see 12 May 2023: Raimund Hoghe

In Bach's cantata
Sie werden euch in den Bann tun, BWV 44
(They will banish you),
for Exaudi Sunday,
the word "töten" (kill) is
"twice emphasized by a sudden, mysterious piano and
 ... chromatically tinged harmonies".

19 May 2012

13 May 2024

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see 13 May 2023: Kari Løvaas
 

Klaus Wallrath
(born 13 May 1959)
composed a mass for peace
for the 2018 Katholikentag in Münster,
performed to an audience of more than 30,000
by a choir, an orchestra, and a dance company.

3 May 2022

14 May 2024

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see 14 May 2023: Wahrlich, wahrlich, ich sage euch, BWV 86
 

The dancer and cabaret artist
Hedi Schoop
emigrated to California with her husband,
the composer Friedrich Hollaender,
where she created and manufactured
California pottery.

14 May 2019

15 May 2024

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see 15 May 2023: Zofia Kilanowicz
 

The Franciscan
Helmut Schlegel
(born 15 May 1943)
wrote the lyrics of an oratorio
Laudato si',
including writings
by Francis of Assisi
and Pope Francis,
and the Magnificat.

Glauben können wie du (listen)

14 November 2019

16 May 2024

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see 15 May 2023: Faustas Latėnas
 

Gerhard Müller,
leading bishop of the
United Lutheran Church of Germany
and professor in Erlangen and Göttingen,
wrote a book about
Martin Luther's insights then and now.

16 May 2024

17 May 2024

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see 17 May 2023: Günter Wewel
 

The performance of tenor
Julian Prégardien,
first trained in Limburg,
as the Evangelist in Bach's St Matthew Passion
was noted by one reviewer
for its emphatic and penetrating
"profoundly human" nature.
watch
17 May 2024

Ave Maria

18 May 2024

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Timon Altwegg
(born 18 May 1967)
and his wife Hana Gubenko
recorded a collection entitled
Sonata ebraica (Hebrew Sonata),
after the Viola Sonata by Graham Waterhouse.

20 June 2017

19 May 2024

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see 19 May 2023: Stephen Varcoe
 

In his first cantata for Pentecost,
Erschallet, ihr Lieder, erklinget, ihr Saiten!
BWV 172
,
first performed in 1714 in Weimar,
Johann Sebastian Bach
marked to repeat the opening chorus
after the final chorale.

watch

6 April 2010

20 May 2024

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see 20 May 2023: Christiana Mariana von Ziegler

21 May 2024

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see 21 May 2023: Irma Blank

Martin Krumbiegel
sang the tenor part in Bach's cantata
Erschallet, ihr Lieder (Resound, ye songs)
and Bach's "Pipe Aria".

listen

21 May 2013

22 May 2024

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see 22 May 2023: Maria Mies
 

Baritone
Liviu Holender
chose lieder by five composers
whose music was banned by the Nazis
Schreker, Zemlinsky,
Mahler, Korngold and Schönberg
for a recital at the Oper Frankfurt.
watch one

Verdi: Messa da Requiem 22 May 1874
22 May 2024

23 May 2024

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see 23 May 2023: Mass in B minor structure
 


The 1653 hymn
"Jesu, meine Freude"
(Jesus, my joy)
by Johann Franck and Johann Crüger
mentions singing in defiance
of the "old dragon", death, and fear.

listen to Bach

23 May 2014

24 May 2024

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see 24 May 2023: Cathinka Buchwieser
 

Ethel Smyth,
whose opera The Wreckers
was premiered in Leipzig in 1906
and revived at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2022,
joined the Women's Social and Political Union
in 1910, giving up music for two years.

listen

24 May 2024

25 May 2024

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see 25 May 2023: Services in B-flat major

Willi Brokmeier,
a tenor focused on operettas,
participated in the world premiere
of Bernd Alois Zimmermann's Die Soldaten
at the Cologne Opera
and appeared as Beethoven's Jaquino on a tour to Japan.

watch

25 May 2024

26 May 2024

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see 26 May 2023: Es ist ein trotzig und verzagt Ding, BWV 176
 

The Lutheran
St. Trinitatis
in Wolfenbüttel, consecrated in 1719,
is a Baroque church
with a facade recalling that of a palace.

26 May 2024

O heilges Geist- und Wasserbad, BWV 165

listen

27 May 2024

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see 27 May 2023: Surrexit a mortuis
 

"Ständchen"
(Serenade),
the setting of a poem by A. F. v. Schack
by Richard Strauss,
begins with an appeal to creep out quietly
and ends with a climax of expecting
a rose to glow from the rapture of the night.

listen

27 May 2016

28 May 2024

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see 28 May 2023: Erschallet, ihr Lieder, erklinget, ihr Saiten! BWV 172

29 May 2024

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see 29 May 2023: Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt, BWV 68
 

In the Opernhaus Wuppertal production
of Stravinsky's
The Rite of Spring,
choreographed by Pina Bausch,
the dancers performed on a stage covered with soil.
watch a bit
30 July 2013

30 May 2023

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see 30 May 2023: Die Elenden sollen essen, BWV 75
 

Samuel Kummer
chose for his first recital
as the organist of the restored
Frauenkirche in Dresden
music by Bach, Brahms, Max Reger,
Louis Vierne, and himself.

watch him improvising

30 May 2024

Ave verum corpus

31 May 2024

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see 31 May 2023: Eva Randová

Rolf-Ernst Breuer,
who spent almost his whole career at Deutsche Bank,
as CEO from 1997 to 2002, is credited
with expanding the bank to international importance,
and later supported the Goethe University Frankfurt.

31 May 2024

June

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1 June 2023

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see 1 June 2023: Javier Álvarez (composer)
 


Ludwigsburg Palace,
the "Versailles of Swabia",
was home to four
of Württemberg's rulers?

1 June 2024

listen to 2022 festival

2 June 2024

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see 2 June 2023: Kölner Domchor
 

According to John Eliot Gardiner,
Bach was "fired up as never before"
when he began his
second cycle of chorale cantatas
with
O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, BWV 20
(O eternity, you word of thunder),
on the first Sunday after Trinity
in 1724.

watch

12 June 2012

3 June 2024

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see 3 June 2023: Michael Hampe
 

Franz Kafka
(3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924)
wrote the 109
Zürau Aphorisms
at the estate
of his sister Ottla and her husband in Zürau
where he sought recovery from tuberculosis.

3 June 2024

4 June 2023

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see 4 June 2023: Erasmus Schöfer
 

During his tenure as director of the Paris Opera,
Hugues Gall
added 60 ballets to the repertoire of the company
and world premieres of operas
by Philippe Fénelon, Philippe Manoury,
Pascal Dusapin and Matthias Pintscher.

3 June 2024

5 June 2024

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see 5 June 2023: Aile Asszonyi
 

Peter Demetz,
who taught German literature
at Yale University
from 1956 to 1991,
was born in Prague
where he was persecuted under the Nazis
and escaped the Communist regime in 1949.

5 June 2024

6 Jun 2023

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see 6 June 2023: Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes, BWV 76
 

Alexander Lang,
actor at Deutsches Theater in East Berlin from 1969,
was invited to direct plays by Kleist, Lessing and Goethe
at the Comédie-Française in Paris.

6 June 2024

7 June 2024

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see 7 June 2023: Kurt Widmer
 

Dimitri,
a grand opera by Victorin de Joncières,
based on Schiller's incomplete play Demetrius
about the Russian pretender False Dmitriy I,
was first performed in Paris in 1776.

7 June 2024

8 June 2024

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see 8 June 2023: St. Stephan, Baden
 

Martin Luther
created the Pentecost hymn
"Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott"
by adding two stanzas
to an earlier German version of
"Veni Sancte Spiritus",
keeping its melody.

listen

8 June 2014

9 June 2023

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see 9 June 2023: Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Die Schöpfung
 

Mozart built the final scene
of his opera Die Zauberflöte
"upon a solemn fugato"
around the chorale
"Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein"
and Bach composed
a chorale cantata
for the Second Sunday after Trinity 1724
based on it.

listen

10 August 2011

10 June 2024

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see 10 June 2023: Hanns-Martin Schneidt

Ernst Gutstein,
an Austrian operatic baritone
whose signature role was Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier,
created the role of Perlimplin
in Fortner's In seinem Garten liebt Don Perlimplin Belisa
at the 1962 Schwetzingen Festival.

10 June 2019

11 June 2023

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see 11 June 2023: Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227, Mass in B minor structure
 

"O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort",
translated as
"Eternity! tremendous Word",
is a hymn by Johann Rist
that served as the basis for
the first work in Bach's chorale cantata cycle.

listen

23 July 2021

Das Wandern ist des Müllers Lust

12 June 2024

edit
see 12 June 2023: Geh aus, mein Herz, und suche Freud
 

"Nun jauchzt dem Herren, alle Welt"
(Now rejoice to the Lord, all the world),
a 1646 paraphrase of Psalm 100
by David Denicke and Justus Gesenius,
appears in current
Protestant and Catholic hymnals.

listen

29 June 2018

13 June 2024

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see 13 June 2023: Kurt Equiluz
 

Jürgen Moltmann,
professor of systematic theology
at the University of Tübingen,
was internationally known
for books such as
Theology of Hope,
The Crucified God
and God in Creation.

interview

13 June 2024

14 June 2024

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see 14 June 2023: Hedwig Fassbender
 

Andreas Schager
was called a "sensation"
when he first performed Wagner's Tristan
in Minden, and went on
to Siegfried at the Staatsoper Berlin,
La Scala, and The Proms.

watch

14 June 2017

15 June 2024

edit
same as 2023

The oboist and composer
Rolf Riehm
(born 15 June 1937)
taught music theory in Frankfurt from 1974 to 2000
and wrote an opera, Sirenen, for a 2014 premiere at the Oper Frankfurt.

20 July 2019

16 June 2024

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see 16 June 2023: Pascal Rophé (Henri Dutilleux)

In Bach's fourth 1724 chorale cantata,
Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder, BWV 135,
for the third Sunday after Trinity
based on a hymn by Cyriakus Schneegass,
the first movement is a polyphonic chorale fantasia
with the bass as the cantus firmus.

listen

14 July 2011

17 June 2024

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see 17 June 2023: Albert Dohmen
 

Four Epigraphs after Escher
is a 1993 piano trio
by Graham Waterhouse
for viola, heckelphone and piano
based on four graphic artworks by
M. C. Escher
(17 June 1898 – 27 March 1972)
including Reptiles.

7 November 2022

18 June 2024

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see 18 June 2023: Jörg Faerber
 

In Noye's Fludde,
a one-act opera by Benjamin Britten.
based on a 15th-century Chester "mystery" play
and premiered on 18 June 1968
only the roles of Noye (Noah) and his wife
are intended to be sung by professionals,
the others by child and adolescent performers.

18 June 2024

19 June 2024

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see 19 June 2023: Jörg Widmann
 

Éric Tappy,
a member of the Grand Théâtre de Genève,
has been regarded as legendary
for portraying Monteverdi's Orfeo,
Tamino in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte
and Debussy's Pelléas
with a tenor voice of exemplary clarity and diction.
watch
19 June 2024

20 June 2024

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see 20 June 2023: Sonata ebraica
 

The main work of sculptor
Fritz Koenig
(20 June 1924 – 22 February 2017)
is The Sphere,
the world's largest bronze sculpture of modern times,
on the plaza beneath the two World Trade towers,
and recovered largely intact from the ruins
after the September 11 attacks.

listen to him

20 June 2024

21 June 2024

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see 21 June 2023: Gabriele Schnaut
 

Ernst Pepping composed in 1937
in Nazi Germany
the Evangelienmotette
Jesus und Nikodemus
on John 3:1–15, showing
"the reality of a different, heavenly world".
listen
21 June 2015

22 June 2024

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see 22 June 2023: Cornel Țăranu

23 June 2024

edit
see 23 June 2023: Josef Protschka
 

John Rutter
wrote the text and music of
A Clare Benediction
for choir and orchestra
to honour
Clare College, Cambridge,
where he had studied.

watch in a service

Nun jauchzt dem Herren, alle Welt

31 July 2019

24 June 2024

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see 24 June 2023: Rheingau Musik Festival
 

In the third chorale cantata,
Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam, BWV 7,
first performed
on St. John's Day 1724,
based on Luther's hymn
about the baptism of Jesus,
Bach gave the cantus firmus to the tenor.

watch

24 June 2024

25 June 2024

edit
see 25 June 2023: The Company of Heaven
 

As stage director and scenic designer
of Puccini's Turandot
for the 2024 Internationale Maifestspiele,
Daniela Kerck
crafted a new ending
to the music left unfinished in 1924
and Puccini's "Requiem".
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25 June 2024

26 June 2024

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The first solo album of
Jodie Devos,
second-prize winner of
the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2014
who appeared as Philine
in Mignon by Ambroise Thomas
at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie,
was Offenbach – Colorature.

in memory

26 June 2024

27 June 2024

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The favourite role of
Wilma Schmidt,
who performed at the Staatsoper Hannover
for more than five decades
in German, Italian and Slavic operas,
was the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier.
20 July 2022

Mein Gott, wie schön ist deine Welt

28 June 2024

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Richard Strauss
reportedly composed
"Traum durch die Dämmerung"
("Dream in the Twilight"),
from a love poem
by Otto Julius Bierbaum,
in 20 minutes.

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28 June 2014

29 June 2024

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Margarita Voites,
from 1969 to 1990 coloratura soprano
at the Estonia Theatre,
portrayed tragic characters
such as Lucia di Lammermoor
and well as comic roles
like La fille du régiment.
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29 June 2024

30 June 2024

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Paul Gerhardt's hymn
"Du meine Seele singe"
(You my soul sing),
a paraphrase of Psalm 146,
became known for a melody
beginning with a rocket motif.

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30 June 2015

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1 July 2024

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The first public performance
in Vienna in 1903
of Arnold Schönberg's
Zwei Gesänge, Op. 1,
two expressive lieder of thanks and farewell
to contemporary poems,
with Zemlinsky at the piano,
was met with hostile audience reactions.

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1 July 2024

2 July 2024

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In 1724 Johann Sebastian Bach
composed the church cantata
Meine Seel erhebt den Herren, BWV 10,
based on Luther's German Magnificat,
translating" to "My soul magnifies the Lord",
for the Feast of the Visitation,
as the fifth work in his chorale cantata cycle.

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2 July 2024

3 July 2024

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Libuše Domanínská,
a soprano of Prague's National Theatre,
performed in all operas by
Leoš Janáček
(3 July 1854 – 12 August 1928),
and a recording she made
as his Jenůfa
made his works better known
beyond their home country.

25 February 2021

4 July 2024

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Lando Bartolini
was a spinto tenor who performed worldwide,
as Luigi in Puccini's Il tabarro in Philadelphia in 1968,
as Verdi's Ernani at La Scala in 1982,
as Radames in Aida at the Arena di Verona in 1983
and as Calaf in Puccini's Turandot in Beijing in 1999.
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4 July 2024

5 July 2023

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Diana Tishchenko,
a violinist from Ukraine,
played Myroslav Skoryk's
Melody
on a tour of
the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra
to Poland and Germany
in April 2022.

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5 July 2022

6 July 2023

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In 2016,
Leonore von Zadow-Reichling
and Günter von Zadow from
Edition Güntersberg
published
12 Fantasias for Viola da Gamba
by Telemann
that had been lost.

listen to Thomas Fritzsch

18 July 2016

7 July 2024

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Prince Nikolaus Esterházy,
who commissioned
Beethoven's Mass in C major
for his wife's name day,
found it
"unbearably ridiculous and detestable".

listen

7 July 2015

8 July 2024

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Martti Wallén,
a Finnish bass singer
who was a member of the Royal Swedish Opera from 1975 to 2000,
performed in world premieres by Aulis Sallinen,
in The Horseman at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in 1975,
and in Kullervo in Los Angeles in 1992.

8 July 2024

9 July 2024

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On the Mozart family grand tour
to the cultural centres of Europe,
undertaken by Leopold Mozart,
his wife Anna Maria,
and their children Maria Anna (Nannerl)
and Wolfgang Theophilus (Wolferl)
from 9 July 1763 to 1766
the Wunderkinder
amazed and gratified their audiences.

9 July 2024

10 July 2024

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In Bio's Bahnhof,
a German live music talk show series
presented by
Alfred Biolek
(10 July 1934 – 23 July 2021)
in a former train depot,
Kate Bush
made her first television appearance.

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30 August 2021

11 July 2024

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Liana Isakadze,
who won the 1970
Jean Sibelius Violin Competition,
recorded as soloist, arranger and conductor
concertos by Otar Taktakishvili
and Tigran Mansurian
with the Chamber Orchestra of Georgia,
in Ingolstadt.

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11 July 2024

12 July 2024

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Variations for Cello Solo,
premiered by the composer
Graham Waterhouse
in Vienna in 2020,
depict characteristics
of the members of his family.

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7 November 2020

13 July 2024

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Violeta Dinescu
(born 13 July 1953)
composed the children's opera
Der 35. Mai
based on
The 35th of May,
or Conrad's Ride to the South Seas

by Erich Kästner.

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10 November 2009

14 July 2024

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Albert Schweitzer
likened the bass line
of an aria mentioning Satan
in Bach's chorale cantata
for the seventh Sunday after Trinity,
Was willst du dich betrüben,
BWV 107

(Why would you grieve),
"to the contortions of a huge dragon.

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8 August 2011

15 July 2024

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Soprano
Melitta Muszely
appeared as
the four women Hoffmann loves
in Offenbach's opera
in Felsenstein's production
at the Komische Oper Berlin in 1958,
and still sang recitals at age 80.

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30 March 2019

16 July 2024

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After Mozart's opera
Die Entführung aus dem Serail
premiered at the Burgtheater in Vienna
on 16 July 1782,
Emperor Joseph II anecdotally remarked
that it had "too many notes".

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16 July 2024

17 July 2024

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Marina Kondratyeva,
a leading ballerina
at the Bolshoi Ballet from 1952
described as
"weightless, airy, poetic and spiritual",
was admired as Giselle
also in New York and London
and became a master tutor at the Bolshoi,
passing its tradition for decades.
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17 July 2024

18 July 2024

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After signing the Camp David Accords in 1978,
Prime Minister Menachem Begin
ended a speech with a desire to sing the peace song
"Hevenu shalom aleichem"
with the people of Israel.
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2 November 2023

19 July 2024

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When Ruth Hesse
appeared at the Royal Opera House
as the Nurse in Die Frau ohne Schatten,
a critic described her performance as
"tirelessly ingenious and vocally in splendid command".

19 July 2024

20 July 2024

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Thomas Hoepker,
a photojournalist for Stern and Geo
and president of Magnum Photos,
with a desire to photograph human conditions
on assignments around the globe,
took
View from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Manhattan, 9/11.

As it was

20 July 2024

21 July 2024

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In 1524,
Justus Jonas wrote the hymn text
Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält
(If God the Lord does not remain on our side),
paraphrasing Psalm 124,
and in 1724,
Bach composed the chorale cantata
Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält, BWV 178,
for the eighth Sunday after Trinity,
with five different chorale settings
for six of its stanzas.
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31 July 2012

22 July 2023

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The Empress Elisabeth Bridge ,
a 1855 chain bridge over the Elbe
connecting Tetschen
to the railroad to Dresden,
was named in honor of the newly married
Elisabeth of Austria.

14 September 2019

23 July 2023

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Valentin Gheorghiu
(21 March 1928 – 17 July 2023),
later pianist and composer,
won the prize for the best performance
of Enescu's Violin Sonata No. 3
at the first
George Enescu International Competition
in 1958, with his brother Ștefan as the violinist.

23 July 2023

24 July 2023

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Singers Anne Sofie von Otter and
Christian Gerhaher
(born 24 July 1969)
recorded music written in
the concentration camp of Terezín
by artists such as
Ilse Weber, Hans Krása,
Pavel Haas and Viktor Ullmann.

19 March 2010

25 July 2023

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After
Tenebrae
received the Rheingau Musikpreis
during a concert at Eberbach Abbey,
they performed Talbot's Path of Miracles,
a 2005 one-hour work for choir a cappella
inspired by the Camino de Santiago.

25 July 2023

The Love for Three Oranges

26 July 2023

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Romanian musicologist
Cornel Țăranu
(20 June 1934 – 18 June 2023)
completed unfinished scores by George Enescu
that Enescu did not wish to publish.

26 July 2023

27 July 2023

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In 1973
Luten Petrowsky
played the saxophone in a quartet
that made the first record
with jazz musicians from
both East and West Germany.

27 July 2023

Vi gå över daggstänkta berg

28 July 2023

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Silvana Lattmann,
biologist, poet and author,
published the memoir
Nata il 1918
in 2019.

28 July 2023

Prayer for Ukraine

29 July 2023

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Rhythm Is It!
is a 2004 documentary film
about 250 public school students
trained by Royston Maldoom to dance
Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps
with the Berlin Philharmonic.

31 August 2020

He was despised

30 July 2023

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Paul Gerhardt's song
of thanks and praise
"Nun danket all und bringet Ehr"
was first published
along with 17 of his other hymns
in 1647,
during the Thirty Years' War.

4 June 2018

31 July 2023

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A French team,
with Patrice Chéreau and Pierre Boulez,
created the
Jahrhundertring
of Richard Wagner's Ring cycle
at the centenary Bayreuth Festival in 1976,
causing "a near-riot".

6 November 2013

August

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1 August 2023

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Martin Walser's
Ein fliehendes Pferd
(Runaway Horse),
his most successful book with readers and critics,
was adapted for the screen
in 1986 by Peter Beauvais,
and again in 2007 by Rainer Kaufmann.

1 August 2023

2 August 2023

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Andris Nelsons conducted
Bartok's Viola Concerto
and Mahler's Fifth Symphony
in the final concert with his
Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie.

2 August 2010

pictured:

Jonathon Heyward announcing on 3 March 2022
at the Stadttheater Minden that the concert
(which included Stavinsky's The Firebird)
was dedicated to
the victims of the Russian invasion into Ukraine

3 August 2023

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Kaiser Wilhelm II
called the
Kurhaus in Wiesbaden
"the most beautiful spa in the world"
at the opening ceremony.

8 April 2012

Beethoven: Violin Concerto

4 August 2023

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Felix Mendelssohn
first composed the motet
Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen
(For He shall give His angels charge)
for an eight-part choir,
then included it with orchestra
in Elijah.

4 August 2023

Hebe deine Augen auf

5 August 2023

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Nancy Van de Vate's opera
Quiet at the Western Front
was performed at the
New York City Opera.

5 August 2023

Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen

6 August 2023

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After the Ukrainian soprano
Olga Bezsmertna
(born 6 August 1983)
won the Neue Stimmen competition in 2011,
she was engaged at the Vienna State Opera.

29 March 2022

Dove sono

7 August 2023

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Igor Stravinsky
said of his cousin and first wife,
Yekaterina "Katya",
that they were
"closer than lovers sometimes are".

7 August 2023

The Firebird

8 August 2023

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Mariana Sîrbu,
who played first violin in a string quartet
that she founded as a student in Bucharest in 1967
and moved to Ireland,
was concertmaster of I Musici from 1993 to 2003.

listen to Mozart

8 August 2023

9 August 2023

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The conductor of the
Leningrad premiere of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7
on 9 August 1942 while the city was under siege,
performed by the surviving musicians of the Leningrad Radio Orchestra
supplemented with military performers, concluded:
"we triumphed over the soulless Nazi war machine".

9 August 2023

10 August 2023

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Klesie Kelly,
soprano and academic voice teacher in Cologne,
recorded love songs for voices and instrumen­tal soloists
with tenor Ian Partridge.

10 August 2014

Hebe deine Augen auf

11 August 2023

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Soprano Heidi Grant Murphy,
who has given over 200 performances at the Metropolitan Opera,
said that becoming a singer
"takes work on your psyche, your innermost being".

11 August 2021

12 August 2023

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The Überwasserkirche,
a Gothic hall church in Münster,
was the location
of the second of three sermons held in 1941
by Bishop Clemens August Graf von Galen
in defiance of the Nazi regime.

15 September 2018

13 August 2023

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The "extreme lightness and luminous agility" of
Michael McCown's voice
in the roles of
Britten's Tempter and Nebuchadnezzar
has been likened to that of Peter Pears.

13 August 2023

Meermenschen

14 August 2023

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Countertenor David Erler
was one of five singers invited by amarcord
for the performance of Monteverdi's Vespers
as the annual Marienvesper
of the Rheingau Musik Festival in Eberbach Abbey.

14 August 2014

15 August 2023

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After an absence of four years,
the Inkpot Madonna,
holding a naked Baby Jesus with quill in hand,
returns to the Hildesheim Cathedral today.

15 August 2014

Countertenor David Erler
was one of five singers invited by amarcord
for the performance of Monteverdi's Vespers
as the annual Marienvesper
of the Rheingau Musik Festival in Eberbach Abbey.

16 August 2023

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Hans-Jochen Jaschke,
who was responsible
for ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue
as an auxiliary bishop of Hamburg,
represented the Catholic Church
in the media.

16 August 2023

17 August 2023

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Marie Lehmann,
one of the Rhinemaidens
at the first Bayreuth Festival
(13–17 August 1876),
sang the soprano solo
in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
for the groundbreaking
of the Bayreuth Festival Theatre.

13 August 2018

18 August 2023

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Soprano Rosa Lamoreaux,
who recorded Bach's Mass in B minor
with The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and at the Carmel Bach Festival,
won the 2009 Washington Area Music Award as classical vocal soloist.

18 August 2015

Mahler: Second Symphony

19 August 2023

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Vilde Frang
(born 19 August 1986)
played Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy,
with Mariss Jansons
conducting the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,
at age 13.

8 May 2013

Mahler: Fourth Symphony

20 August 2023

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Renata Scotto
made her opera debut as La traviata in Milan,
portrayed Madama Butterfly
for her debut at the Met,
and was Mimi
in the first Live from the Met telecast
in 1977, alongside Luciano Pavarotti.

20 August 2023

Verdi: Requiem

21 August 2023

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Hans Stadlmair, conductor of the Münchener Kammerorchester
for almost four decades, in 1971 premiered
Wilhelm Killmayer's Fin al punto,
of which the composer said,
"The calm already contains the catastrophe".

7 April 2011

22 August 2023

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Claude Debussy
(22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918)
described his
Cello Sonata,
composed within a few weeks
in July 1915 at a Normandy seaside town,
in a letter to his publisher Durand
as of "almost classical form".

22 August 2022

23 August 2023

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24 August 2023

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Conductor Roland Bader
(born 24 August 1938)
recorded late choral works by Max Reger,
including his Hebbel Requiem,
and the First Symphony by Richard Wetz.

23 February 2013

25 August 2023

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Thomas Gabriel
(born 25 August 1957)
composed the Missa mundi
for the 2005 World Youth Day,
representing the continents
in style and instrumentation
with pan flute, sitar,
drums and didgeridoo.

28 April 2013

Gott hat mir längst einen Engel gesandt

26 August 2023

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Soon after starting her career at the Metropolitan Opera,
Gwendolyn Killebrew
(August 26, 1941 – December 24, 2021)
appeared as a valkyrie in Wagner's Die Walküre
in a live broadcast
alongside Birgit Nilsson in the title role.

31 March 2014

Mahler: Ninth Symphony

27 August 2023

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The First Symphony "Music on Open Strings"
by Gloria Coates
was the first composition by a woman
in the Musica Viva series of Bayerischer Rundfunk.

27 August 2023

Goldberg Variations

28 August 2023

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Rehearsing
Dvořák's Eighth Symphony,
conductor Rafael Kubelík said:
"Gentlemen,
in Bohemia
the trumpets never call to battle –
they always call to the dance!".

8 September 2013

heard 2013

29 August 2023

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When Berit Lindholm
(18 October 1934 – 12 August 2023),
a dramatic soprano of the Royal Swedish Opera,
appeared as Chrysothemis
at the Royal Opera House,
a reviewer described her as
"tall, and remarkably slim for so epic a voice".

Berit Lindholm
performed as Wagner's Isolde
at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow
in a pioneering tour of the Vienna State Opera
in 1971.

30 August 2023

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Beethoven's
Third Cello Sonata,
first performed in 1809,
has been described
as the first sonata for piano and cello
to treat the instruments as equal partners.

16 December 2020
(quirky in the all-Beethoven set)

in concert today

31 August 2023

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Of thrice-married composer
Alma Mahler
(31 August 1879 – 11 December 1964)
Tom Lehrer crooned,
"Alma, tell us!
All modern women are jealous
Which of your magical wands
got you Gustav and Walter and Franz".

10 July 2018

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1 September 2023

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Le Vin herbé,
a 1942 composition by Frank Martin
of the Tristan and Iseult story
for twelve vocalists,
seven strings and piano,
was staged at the 1948 Salzburg Festival.

1 September 2023

Vespro della Beata Vergine

2 September 2023

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The concert venues of the
Rheingau Musik Festival
have included Eberbach Abbey
from the beginning,
where the final concert of 2023
is Bruckner's Seventh Symphony
played by the Gewandhausorchester
conducted by Herbert Blomstedt
(born 1927).

17 February 2010

3 September 2023

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Giuseppe Verdi's
secular cantata
Inno delle nazioni,
his first collaboration with Arrigo Boito,
contains three national anthems.

3 September 2013

Jesu, meine Freude

4 September 2023

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In her 2021 composition with string orchestra
This too shall pass
Raminta Šerkšnytė used
a vibraphone for the flow of time,
a violin for the transience of humans,
and a "heavenly" cello.

4 September 2013

5 September 2023

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When Robert Hale
appeared as Wagner's Wotan at the Kennedy Center in 1989,
a reviewer noted that he captured "the spirit,
from tragic grandeur to ironic detachment,
from flooding tenderness to grim rage".

5 September 2023

6 September 2023

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Nerotalanlagen,
a park along a creek in Wiesbaden,
was built in the late 19th century
to enhance the town's spa quality?

26 September 2020

Ich steh vor dir mit leeren Händen, Herr

7 September 2023

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Milka Stojanović,
prima donna at the National Theatre in Belgrade from 1960 to 1993,
performed the Verdian repertoire worldwide,
including Leonora, Amelia and Aida
at the Metropolitan Opera.

7 September 2023

8 September 2023

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Concerts of the
Spannungen
festival of chamber music,
founded by pianist Lars Vogt
(8 September 1970 – 5 September 2022)
in 1998, are played in a power plant.

21 September 2022

9 September 2023

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The dramatic soprano
Ute Vinzing
(born 9 September 1936)
made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Elektra,
and appeared as Brünnhilde in Wagner's Ring cycle in Seattle.

10 September 2023

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Dramatic soprano
Ursula Schröder-Feinen
appeared at the Bayreuth Festival
as Senta, Brünnhilde, Ortrud and,
with "intensity, ... freshness and spontaneity", as Kundry in Parsifal.

16 May 2012

11 September 2023

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Walter Arlen
(July 31, 1920 – September 2, 2023),
who escaped the Nazi regime in Vienna
for the United States in 1939,
enjoyed the first recording of his compositions, for voice and piano, at age 92.

11 September 2023

Traum durch die Dämmerung

12 September 2023

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Anatol Ugorski
(28 September 1942 – 5 September 2023),
who had played piano music by controversial Western composers
such as Pierre Boulez in the Soviet Union,
made his first recording, of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, in 1991?

12 September 2023

Myrthen

13 September 2023

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The pianist
Clara Schumann,
(13 September 1819 – 20 May 1896)
who toured Europe for decades,
taught 68 students at Dr. Hoch's,
including those from Britain and the U.S..

19 December 2019

Myrthen

14 September 2023

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Margherita Rinaldi
(12 January 1935 – 7 September 2023)
made her debut as Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor in 1958,
prompting a career at La Scala in Milan where she appeared
as Giulietta in Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi
alongside Luciano Pavarotti.

14 September 2023

15 September 2023

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Soprano Jessye Norman
(15 September 1945 – 30 September 2019),
whose voice was described
as a "grand mansion of sound",
performed at U.S. presidential inaugurations
and sang La Marseillaise
at the French Revolution's bicentennial.

29 March 2020

16 September 2023

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Wolfgang J. Fuchs
(16 September 1945 – 20 January 2020),
an early German comics scholar
who co-wrote a 1971 standard work on the topic,
translated Garfield
and Mom's Cancer.

7 February 2020

17 September 2023

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The tenor Graham Clark
appeared at the Bayreuth Festival in 16 seasons,
portraying the characters Loge and Mime
in the 1988 Ring cycle.

17 September 2020

18 September 2023

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Grischa Huber
(18 September 1944 – 6 April 2021)
played Grischa in
Under the Pavement Lies the Strand,
regarded as
"a cult film in the feminist movement".

6 May 2021

19 September 2023

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After the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
shared the Nobel Peace Prize, contributing author
Raymond Arritt
(September 19, 1957 – November 14, 2018)
said, "It's kind of neat:
I have, like, .002 percent of a Nobel prize now".

12 January 2019

20 September 2023

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Georg Christoph Biller (r.)
(20 September 1955 – 27 January 2022)
was the Thomaskantor,
the conductor of the Thomanerchor in Leipzig,
the 16th successor of Johann Sebastian Bach
in this position.

18 April 2010

Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227

21 September 2023

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"Freuet euch der schönen Erde",
an 1827 hymn
about the beauty of nature,
became successful with a melody
composed by Frieda Fronmüller
100 years later.

Rombergpark

22 September 2023

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Elisabeth Rethberg
(22 September 1894 – 6 June 1976)
a soprano
whose career began in Saxony,
became Aida
at La Scala in Milan,
conducted by Toscanini.

23 September 2023

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With the growth of the
Werl pilgrimage
to a statue of Mary,
a large Romanesque Revival basilica
was built adjacent to
the former Baroque church (pictured).

24 May 2020

24 September 2023

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For the morning song
"Die güldne Sonne
voll Freud und Wonne
",
the poet found a new metre,
and the composer a new melody,
to reflect the many meanings of "rising".

16 July 2021

25 September 2023

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Stephen Gould,
an American heldentenor,
performed around 100 times at the Bayreuth Festival,
especially as Tannhäuser, Siegfried, and Tristan,
all three even in one year in 2022.

25 September 2023

26 September 2023

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A loop from the anthem
O clap your hands,
a setting of verses from Psalm 47
by Ralph Vaughan Williams
for choir, brass, organ and percussion,
was used by the Beatles for "Revolution 9".

26 September 2018

27 September 2023

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Kloster Gnadenthal
(buildings pictured)
was a Cistercian nunnery from 1235,
a Protestant women's Stift from 1564,
and became an ecumenical community
in 1969.

27 September 2018

28 September 2023

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François Glorieux
(27 August 1932 – 22 September 2023)
was a Belgian pianist and improvisor, touring with André Cluytens,
conductor of the BBC Radio Orchestra, the Stan Kenton band,
and four ensembles that he founded,
composer, and arranger for Michael Jackson.

28 September 2023

29 September 2023

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The Company of Heaven,
about angels, composed by Benjamin Britten
for speakers, soloists, choir and orchestra,
and first aired by the BBC on Michaelmas,
29 September 1937,
contains "metrical spoken (shouted) male chorus".

25 June 2013

30 September 2023

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The Kreuzkapelle
above Bad Camberg,
a pilgrimage chapel
dedicated to the Holy Cross,
has a floor plan of a Greek cross.

24 August 2020

Der am Kreuz ist meine Liebe

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1 October 2023

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"Wir pflügen und wir streuen"
('We plow and sow'),
with words by Matthias Claudius,
began as a song of a fictional harvest festival,
and is now a Protestant hymn
for Erntedankfest.

9 January 2020

2 October 2023

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Dona nobis pacem
is a cantata by Ralph Vaughan Williams,
first performed on 2 October 1936,
a plea for peace with texts taken
from the Mass, poems by Walt Whitman,
a political speech, and sections of the Bible.

3 October 2023

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Haydn's oratorio
The Creation
is structured in three parts,
the first two about
the creation as narrated in Genesis,
and the third about
Adam and Eve in Paradise.

3 October 2011

4 October 2023

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Swiss composer Hermann Suter's
symphonic oratorio
Le Laudi
(The Praises)
is a setting of St. Francis of Assisi's
Italian Canticle of the Sun
for choir, soloists, voci di ragazzi,
organ and orchestra.

24 October 2012

5 October 2023

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Tenor Daniel Behle
had a single day to learn rarely performed romantic duets
when he stepped in at short notice
for a 2018 Rheingau Musik Festival concert with Annette Dasch.

5 October 2018

6 October 2023

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Claus Wisser
founded the services company Wisag,
and co-founded the Rheingau Musik Festival
which staged a concert of Orff's Carmina Burana for his 60th birthday.

6 October 2023

7 October 2023

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Russell Sherman, a classical pianist
who taught at the New England Conservatory for more than half a century,
wrote about music by Franz Liszt:
"The poetic idea is central, and the virtuoso elements
become so many layers to orchestrate the poetic content".

7 October 2023

8 October 2023

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Tabea Zimmermann
(born 8 October 1966)
prepared her own version of Bartók's Viola Concerto
from the composer's sketches,
and played it at the Casals Forum,
with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony
conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.

9 October 2023

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Alain Altinoglu
(born 9 October 1975)
conducted the opening concert of the
2023 Rheingau Musik Festival
at Eberbach Abbey,
featuring Poulenc's Stabat Mater
with the MDR Rundfunkchor
and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony.

10 October 2023

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The baritone Björn Bürger
(born 10 October 1985),
who won the
Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin in 2012,
performed the title role
in Arnulf Herrmann's Der Mieter
in its 2017 world premiere
at the Oper Frankfurt.

11 October 2023

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Jacqueline Dark,
a mezzo-soprano with Opera Australia for a while,
won awards for portraying Mozart's Donna Elvira and Strauss's Herodias,
and toured Australia and New Zealand
as Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music,
with "a stunning rendition of 'Climb Ev'ry Mountain'".

11 October 2023

12 October 2023

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Reiner Goldberg,
a heldentenor who performed Wagner-roles worldwide,
was a member of the Berlin State Opera from 1972,
appeared as Aron in the iconic production
of Schoenberg's Moses und Aron
of the Dresden State Opera in 1975,
and sang Parsifal in the 1982 Syberberg film
"with a youthful radiance
that is precisely that of the chaste madman".

12 October 2023

13 October 2023

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Maurice Bourgue.
principal oboist with the Orchestre de Paris from its foundation in 1967,
and professor of chamber music at the Conservatoire de Paris,
played in world premieres such as Les Citations by Henri Dutilleux,
and Poulenc's Oboe Sonata with friends.

13 October 2023

Kommt ein Vogel geflogen

14 October 2023

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When Robert Hale
performed as Wagner's Wotan in Washington,
a reviewer noted that he commanded
"the spirit, from tragic grandeur to ironic detachment,
from flooding tenderness to grim rage".

14 October 2023

Suscepit Israel

15 October 2023

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Jorge Lavelli
introduced the French audience to the Polish playwright Witold Gombrowicz,
directing his The Marriage in 1963 for a competition,
and his 1975 staging of Gounod's Faust for the Paris Opera,
set during World War I, was played until 2003.

15 October 2023

Ubi caritas et amor

16 October 2023

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"Glauben können wie du"
(Believing like you),
a hymn by Helmut Schlegel,
is addressed to Mary,
and relates to her exemplary
faith, hope and love.

3 November 2017

17 October 2023

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Tenor Thomas Mohr,
who sang the roles
of Loge, Siegmund, and Siegfried
in Der Ring in Minden,
and Florestan in Fidelio in Hamm,
hosts concerts in his cowshed?

17 October 2019

18 October 2023

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Walls and the ceiling of the
Unionskirche
(Union Church)
in Idstein are covered
with 38 oil paintings
from the Dutch Golden Age school
of Rubens.

20 June 2011

19 October 2023

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To include the popular Marian hymn
"Maria zu lieben, ist allzeit mein Sinn"
(To love Mary is always on my mind)
in the first common Catholic hymnal in German,
Friedrich Dörr retained only its first line.

 

19 October 2023

 

In 2023,
a sculpture garden in Praunheim
displayed abstract works by
Hans Steinbrenner
from different periods of his life,
and corresponding works
by his friends and students.

20 October 2023

Schau an der schönen Gärten Zier

21 October 2023

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"'"
("Call it causelessly merry")
was one of about 40 poems
by Mascha Kaléko
set to music on a 2011 album.

26 December 2018

"Ich freu mich, daß am Himmel Wolken ziehen"

 

The opening chorus
of Bach's cantata
Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 180,
has been regarded as
"perfectly tailored to the idea of the soul
dressing itself up in all its wedding finery".

10 November 2011

Gott sei gelobet und gebenedeiet

23 October 2023

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Hatto Beyerle,
the founding violist of the Alban Berg Quartet,
taught chamber music in Vienna, Hannover and Basel,
and initiated and directed the European Chamber Music Academy in 2004.

23 October 2013

24 October 2023

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Carmen Petra Basacopol
a musicologist who taught
at the National University of Music Bucharest
between 1962 and 2003,
and at the Rabat Conservatoire,
composed operas for children
and chamber music for flute and harp.

24 October 2013

25 October 2023

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Elsa Reger
(25 October 1870 – 3 May 1951),
who had first rejected Max Reger's courting,
titled her autobiography
Mein Leben mit und für Max Reger
(My life with and for Max Reger).

21 July 2016

Der Mensch lebt und bestehet

26 October 2023

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Pianist
Miku Nishimoto-Neubert,
a prize winner
of the Leipzig Bach Competition,
has been described as
"moving between capricious high spirits
and a meditative inwardness"

26 October 2013

Alkan: Cello Sonata

27 October 2023

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Michael Schneider
conducted an oratorio by Alessandro Stradella,
performed by students and teachers of the Frankfurt University of Music
at Eberbach Abbey for the Rheingau Musik Festival.

27 October 2011

28 October 2023

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Isabelle Cals,
who turned to singing after a degree in Chinese,
appeared as Wagner's Kundry
in a production of Parsifal
at the Stadttheater Minden

28 October 2023

In Der Ring in Minden,
the orchestra played at the back of the stage,
and the singers all turned towards it
to listen to the music at the end.

29 October 2023

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Percy Grainger,
who left Australia at the age of 13
to attend Hoch's Conservatorium,
played a prominent role in the revival
of interest in British folk music
in the course of a long and innovative career.

29 October 2013

Vespro della Beata Vergine

30 October 2023

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István Láng,
an Hungarian composer,
teacher of chamber music at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music
and member of the bord of ISCM,
wrote theatrical music even in concert pieces.

29 October 2023

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Herr, unser Herr, wie bist du zugegen,
a "song of God's presence"
written in 1965 in Dutch
by Huub Oosterhuis
(1 November 1933 – 9 April 2023),
became part of the first
common German Catholic hymnal
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and was retained in the second
by popular demand.

6 April 2021

2 November 2023

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After signing the Camp David Accords in 1978,
Prime Minister Menachem Begin ended a speech
with a desire to sing the peace song
"Hevenu shalom aleichem"
with the people of Israel.

2 November 2023

3 November 2023

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Zdeněk Mácal,
a promising Czech conductor,
left his home country in 1968
and was chief conductor of orchestras
in Germany, Australia and the United States,
returning to Prague to lead
the Czech Philharmonic from 2003.

3 November 2023

4 November 2023

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Jesu, meine Freude
(Jesus, my joy),
a motet by Bach,
has a complex symmetrical structure
in which six hymn stanzas
alternate with five Bible verses.

15 April 2021

The hymn
"Jesu, meine Freude"
by Johann Franck and Johann Crüger
mentions singing in defiance
of the "old dragon", death, and fear.

23 May 2014

6 November 2023

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On 6 November 2016
Peter Reulein conducted
the premiere of his oratorio
Laudato si',
described as a Franciscan Magnificat,
with more than 250 performers
at the Limburg Cathedral.

29 January 2017

Jesu, meine Freude

7 November 2023

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Bach composed four dialogues
for his cantata
O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, BWV 60,
first performed 7 November 1723,
three between Fear and Hope,
and one between Fear and the Voice of Christ.

14 November 2010

Eric Sams remarked
"what bride ever had a finer wedding gift?"
of the song collection
Myrthen (Myrtles),
which Robert Schumann dedicated to Clara.

7 November 2023

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Astrid Schirmer
(born 8 November 1942)
appeared in roles by Richard Wagner,
both Venus and Elisabeth in his Tannhäuser,
and in the Bayreuth Jahrhundertring as both Ortlinde and Sieglinde.

22 February 2016

9 November 2023

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In the fairy-tale opera
Der Schuhu und die fliegende Prinzessin
by Udo Zimmermann,
two orchestras play on stage,
representing two empires in conflict.

9 November 2018

Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst

10 November 2023

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The first stanza of the hymn
"Nun bitten wir den Heiligen Geist",
asking the Holy Spirit
for the right faith most of all,
is documented in German
in the 13th century,
and the later three,
by Martin Luther
(10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546),
relate to faith, love and hope.

13 November 2011

11 November 2023

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11 November - St. Martin's Day

Two conductors
shared performances
of Verdi's Messa da Requiem
in St. Martin, Idstein.

21 November 2010

Mozart: Lacrymosa

12 November 2023

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Harald Heckmann
(6 December 1924 – 5 November 2023),
a German musicologist focused on source documentation,
established the German Archive for the History of Music
and promoted international exchange in leading positions
of Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM)
and many other organisations.

12 November 2023

13 November 2023

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"Mir nach, spricht Christus, unser Held"
(Follow me, says Christ, our hero)
is a Christian hymn in German
with a text by Angelus Silesius
that uses sayings of Jesus in direct speech.

13 November 2023

Hevenu shalom aleichem

14 November 2023

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In 2016,
Edition Güntersberg
published
Twelve Fantasias for Viola da Gamba solo
by Georg Philipp Telemann
that had been lost.

22 July 2017

Leonore von Zadow-Reichling and Günter von Zadow (r.)
received the first biennial Abel Prize of Köthen
for their efforts to retrieve and publish
compositions by Carl Friedrich Abel.

15 November 2023

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Kurdish civil engineer and politician
Hevrin Khalaf
(15 November 1984 – 12 October 2019) ,
who worked for tolerance
among Christians, Arabs, and Kurds,
was killed in the
2019 Turkish offensive into Syria.

19 November 2019

da pacem Domine

16 November 2023

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The 1964 church
for the new parish
Zu den heiligen Engeln
(To the Holy Angels)
in Hannover
was designed by Josef Bieling
to symbolize the tent of God among men.

18 December 2018

Nun bitten wir den Heiligen Geist
Nun danket all und bringet Ehr

17 November 2023

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Soprano
Rachel Yakar,
who received international attention in 1977
as Poppea with Nikolaus Harnoncourt,
was also described as an "ideal" Mélisande
and "a Mozartian at heart and in style".

17 November 2023

listen and look, Poppea

18 November 2023

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Andris Nelsons
(born 18 November 1978)
conducted
Bartok's Viola Concerto
and Mahler's Fifth Symphony
in the final concert with his
Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie.

2 August 2010

19 November 2023

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20 November 2023

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Claude Kahn
(9 November 1935 – 17 November 2023),
who won the Franz Liszt Competition at age 15,
founded and directed
a piano competition in his name in 1970,
and the conservatoire of Antibes in 1971.

20 November 2023

listen to Chopin

21 November 2023

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22 November 2023

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Benjamin Britten
(22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976),
composed
Canticle I: My beloved is mine and I am his
for the tenor voice of
Peter Pears,
using poetry from
A Divine Rapture by Francis Quarles.

22 November 2023

listen to Britten and Pears

23 November 2023

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24 November 2023

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Colette Maze,
the last pianist who studied with Alfred Cortot,
recorded music by Claude Debussy,
who was still alive when she was born in 1914,
in 2023.

24 November 2023

 

Claire de lune

25 November 2023

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Burgenland Croat sculptor
Thomas Resetarits
(25 November 1939 – 18 May 2022)
created Stations of the Cross.

22 June 2022

da pacem Domine

26 November 2023

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Director Frank Stähle revived
the choir and orchestra of Dr. Hoch's Konservatorium
and conducted them in
Mozart's Requiem
for the centenary of the Lutherkirche in Wiesbaden.

15 January 2016

da pacem Domine

28 November 2023

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Jerome Kohl
(November 27, 1946 – August 4, 2020),
a music theorist of the University of Washington,
was recognized internationally
as an authority on the composer
Karlheinz Stockhausen,
publishing a book on his Zeitmaße in 2017.

28 January 2021

In Freundschaft

29 November 2023

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François Glorieux
was a Belgian pianist and improvisor,
conductor of the BBC Radio Orchestra and Stan Kenton's band,
and arranger for Michael Jackson.

29 November 2023

30 November 2023

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Contralto
Sonia Prina
(born 30 November 1975)
performed the title role
of Antonio Vivaldi's 1727 opera Orlando furioso
at the Oper Frankfurt,
staged as a rocker.

13 September 2010

L'enfant et les sortilèges

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American lyric tenor
Douglas Ahlstedt,
who appeared as a child as Miles
in the U.S. premiere of Britten's The Turn of the Screw,
performed at the Met 191 times,
before and after he was a member
of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein.

Un'aura amorosa

2 December 2023

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Bernard Ładysz,
a bass-baritone who performed in world premieres
of Krzysztof Penderecki's music
in Hamburg and in Salzburg,
was the only Polish singer to appear with
Maria Callas
(2 December 1923 – 16 September 1977).

21 August 2020

Andréa Guiot appeared internationally
in French soprano roles
such as Mireille, Marguerite, Manon,
and Micaëla in Bizet's Carmen,
which she recorded alongside
Maria Callas
in the title role.

8 March 2021

3 December 2023

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The Advent song
"Macht hoch die Tür"
(Fling wide the door),
with text by Georg Weissel written for the inauguration of the church
where he would be ordained pastor a week later,
is number 1 in the German Protestant hymnal.

3 December 2017

 

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Conductor Dessauer and composer Mawby (r.), 2012

Gabriel Dessauer
(born 4 December 1955)
conducted the premiere of Reger's Hebbel Requiem
in the organ version of Max Beckschäfer
with a project choir at the Marktkirche in Wiesbaden.

25 November 2010

The prolific composer and Westminster Cathedral conductor
Colin Mawby
said, "I cannot write choral music unless I work with choirs ...
I have to write for particular people".

9 December 2011

5 December 2023

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Christof Loy
(born 5 December 1962)
received the 2008 Der Faust award as best opera director
for staging Mozart's Così fan tutte at the Oper Frankfurt?

12 October 2017

6 December 2023

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Wilhelm II,
German Emperor
,
called the
Kurhaus in Wiesbaden
"the most beautiful spa in the world"
at the opening ceremony.

8 April 2012

Saint Nicolas

7 December 2023

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Ignace Michiels
(born 7 December 1963)
of the St. Salvator's Cathedral in Bruges
has been the organist
for the German-Flemish Reger-Chor
in works such as Reger's Requiem.

29 August 2010

Reger: Der 100. Psalm

8 December 2023

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Max Reger
composed "in new simplicity"
Unser lieben Frauen Traum,
a motet suitable for Advent,
about a dream of Mary
of a tree growing in her.

18 December 2015

Maria durch ein Dornwald ging

9 December 2023

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Medea Amiranashvili,
a Georgian operatic soprano and academic teacher,
portrayed characters such as Revaz Lagidze's Lela,
Verdi's Leonora in Il trovatore and Puccini's Madama Butterfly,
with "fierce inner expression".

9 December 2023

Unser lieben Frauen Traum

10 December 2023

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In 1973
Luten Petrowsky
(10 December 1933 – 10 July 2023)
played the saxophone in a quartet
that made the first record
with jazz musicians
from both East and West Germany.

27 July 2023

Machet die Tore weit

11 December 2023

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The lawyer
Wolfgang Wieland,
a co-founder of the Berlin Greens
and their speaker in the city parliament,
represented the joint plaintiff
in the Mykonos restaurant assassinations.

11 December 2023

Wo bleibst du, Trost der ganzen Welt?

12 December 2023

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The Advent hymn
"O Heiland, reiß die Himmel auf"
(O Saviour, tear open the heavens)
was written against a backdrop
of the Thirty Years' War, the plague,
and witch trials.

23 December 2016

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Rabbi
Michael Robinson
(December 13, 1924 – July 20, 2006)
and 15 other Reform rabbis
were arrested and jailed after answering Martin Luther King's
call to stand with him for civil rights in St. Augustine, Florida.

December 13, 2018

14 December 2023

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Wolfgang Rennert
conducted the world premieres
of Louise Talma's Die Alkestiade at the Oper Frankfurt
and Rainer Kunad's Sabellicus at the Staatsoper Berlin.

14 December 2018

Gianni Schicchi

15 December 2023

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Erna Berger sang the title role
of Smetana's The Bartered Bride
in a 1955 recording with
Wilhelm Schüchter
(15 December 1911 – 27 May 1974)
and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie.

10 August 2010

Der Rosenkavalier

16 December 2023

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