Week of Jan 23 in Classical Music History

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January 23

  • 1895: MacDowell: Suite No. 2 (":Indian"), at the old Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, by the Boston Symphony, with Emil Paur conducting; On the same program, MacDowell appeared as the soloist in his own Piano Concerto No. 1
  • 1936: Chavez: "Sinfonia India," on a radio broadcast by the Columbia Symphony, conducted by the composer

January 24

  • 1875: Saint-Saëns: "Dance macabre" for orchestra, in Paris
  • 1946: Stravinsky: "Symphony in Three Movements," by New York Philharmonic, with the composer conducting; This work was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic-Society

January 25

  • 1902: Franz Schmidt: Symphony No. 1, in Vienna
  • 1957: Walton: Cello Concerto, by the Boston Symphony conducted by Charles Munch, with Gregor Piatigorsky the soloist

January 26

  • 1873: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2, in Moscow
  • 1957: Bernstein: "Candide" Overture (concert version), by New York Philharmonic conducted by the composer; The musical "Candide" had opened at the Martin Beck Theater in New York City on December 1, 1956

January 27

  • 1944: Paul Creston: Saxophone Concerto, in New York
  • 1947: Stravinsky: Concerto in D, in Basle (Switzerland), by the Basle Chamber Orchestra conducted by Paul Sacher (who commissioned the work)

January 28

  • 1828: Schubert: Piano Trio in Bb, Op. 99 (D. 898), at a private performance by Ignaz Schuppanzigh (violin), Josef Linke (cello), and Carl Maria von Bocklet (piano)
  • 1897: Glazunov: Symphony No. 5, in London

January 29

  • 1826: Schubert: String Quartet in D minor, "Death and the Maiden," as a unrehearsed reading at the Vienna home of Karl and Franz Hacker, two amateur musicians; Schubert, who usually played viola on such occasions, could not perform since he was busy copying out the parts and making last-minute corrections
  • 1932: Gershwin: "Second Rhapsody" for piano and orchestra, in Boston, with the Boston Symphony conducted by Serge Koussevitzky and the composer as soloist