Births and Deaths
- Born 1912: Adrian Aeschbacher, pianist, died 11-07-2002 [father of conductor Matthias Aeschbacher; brother of conductor Niklaus Aeschbacher]
- Born 1916: Milton Babbitt, compmoser
- Died 1897: William Thomas Best, organist, born 08-13-1826
- Born 1898: Herbert Elwell, composer, died 04-17-1974
- Died 1949: Emilio de Gogorza, baritone, born 05-29-1874
- Born 1920: Hans Kaart, tenor, died 06-18-1965
- Born 1905: Louis Kaufman, violinist, died 02-09-1994
- Born 1948: Ani Kavafian, violinist
- Died 1978: Boris Khaikin, conductor, born 10-26-1904
- Died 1933: Selma Kurz, soprano, born 11-15-1874
- Born 1697: Jean-Marie Leclair, composer, died 10-22-1764
- Born 1914: Richard Lewis [Thomas Thomas, not Thomas L. Thomas], tenor, died 11-13-1990
- Born 1880: Lydia Lipkovska, soprano, died 03-22-1958 [possible birth: 06-06-1882]
- Born 1919: Peter Maag, conductor, died 04-16-2001
- Died 1914: Lillian Nordica [Norton], soprano, born 12-12-1857
- Died 1998: Clara Rockmore [Reisenberg], theraminist, born 03-09-1911 [sister of pianist Nadia Reisenberg]
- Died 2001: Henry Schuman, oboist/conductor, born-?? [aged 69]
- Died 1979: Victor Seroff, author/critic, born 10-14-1902
- Born 1938: Maxim Shostakovich, conductor [son of composer Dimitri Shostakovich]
- Born 1888: Max(imilian) Raoul Steiner, composer/arranger (films), died-??
- Died 1987: Wilhelm Strienz, bass singer, born 09-02-1900
- Born 1894: Dimitri Tiomkin, composer (films), died 11-11-1979
- Died 1935: Herbert Witherspoon, bass singer, born 07-21-1873
- Died 1998: George Wright, organist [theater], born-?? [aged 78]
"In many respects, Wagner resembles Napoleon III. Like him, he always had faith in his work, nothwithstanding the most adverse circumstances. All the means which could help him toward the goal of his aspirations he has employed with an energy which no musician has possessed before him to the same degree."
—Ferdinand Hiller, composer
What happened on this day in music history?
Richard Wagner composed his Grand Festival March for the opening of the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1876.