Week of Jan 30 in Classical Music History

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January 30

  • 1892: Rachmaninoff: “Trio élégiaque” No. 1 in G minor (Gregorian date: February. 11)
  • 1893: Brahms: Fantasies for piano Nos. 1-3, from Op. 117 and Intermezzo No. 2, from Op. 117, in Vienna

January 31

  • 1727: Handel: opera "Admeto" in London at the Haymarket Theater in London; This premiere was scheduled for earlier in the month, but was delayed awaiting the arrival in London of the Italian castrato Senesino, who was recovering from an illness
  • 1987: David Maslanka: Wind Quintet No. 2 at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in New York, by the Manhattan Quintet

February 1

  • 1916: Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 ("The Inextinguishable") with the orchestra of the Copenhagen Music Society, the composer conducting
  • 1996: George Walker: "Lilacs" for voice and orchestra, by soprano Faye Robinson and the Boston Symphony, Seiji Ozawa conducting; This work was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music 

February 2

  • 1890: Dvorák: Symphony No. 8, Op. 88, in Prague, with the composer conducting
  • 1920: Stravinsky: ballet, "The Song of the Nightingale," at the Paris Opéra, with choreography by Massine

February 3

  • 1868: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1, in Moscow
  • 1945: Stravinsky: "Scènes de ballet," in New York City by the New York Philharmonic, conducted by the composer; This work was commissioned by Broadway impresario Billy Rose for a 1944 revue titled "The Seven Lively Arts"

February 4

  • 1884: Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Suite No. 2, in Moscow
  • 1945: Hovhaness: "Lousadzek" (Coming of Light) for piano and strings, in Boston, with the composer conducting from the piano


1837: Franz Liszt performs a chamber recital in Paris, featuring the then-unfamiliar Piano Trios of Beethoven; At the last minute, the performers decided to reverse the printed order of the program, performing on the first half of the concert a trio by Pixis, and a Beethoven trio on the second half. The audience (and critics) warmly applaud the Pixis, mistakenly thinking it was the Beethoven work, and react coolly to the Beethoven, assuming it was by Pixis; Among the critics, only Berlioz notices the program switch.

February 5

  • 1907: Schoenberg: String Quartet No. 1 in d, Op. 7, in Vienna, by the Rosé Quartet
  • 1970: Elliott Carter: "Concerto for Orchestra" by the New York Philharmonic, Pierre Boulez conducting