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Pauline Viardot-Garcia, Superwoman


Music Played in Today's Program

Pauline Viardot-Garcia (1821 - 1910) Cinderella Sandrine Piau, soprano; Nicholas Kok, piano Opera Rara 212

On This Day


  • 1670 - Italian opera composer Giovanni Bononcini, in Modena; In 1720 he joined the Royal Academy of Music in London, where one faction favored Bononcini's works over those by Handel

  • 1821 - French mezzo-soprano PaulineViardot-Garcia; She arranged some of Chopin's mazurkas as songs and performed them with the composer in concert; She also wrote an opera, "La Derniére Sorcière," that was performed in Weimar in 1869, and a chamber opera version of "Cendrillon (Cinderella)" which was performed privately in 1904

  • 1872 - Czech composer Julius Fucik, in Prague; A student of Dvorák's, he composed the famous "circus" march, "Entrance of the Gladiators";

  • 1894 - Dutch-born American composer Bernard Wagenaar, in Arnhem; He was the son of the Dutch composer Johan Wagenaar (1862-1941); He came to the U.S. in 1920, was a violinist with the New York Philharmonic from 1921-23, and in 1927 became a composition teacher at the Juilliard Graduate School

  • 1933 - Canadian composer R. Murray Schafrer, in Sarnia, Ontario

  • 1954 - American composer Tobias Picker, in New York


  • 1949 - Czech composer Vitezslav Novák, age 78, in Skutec, Slovakia


  • 1713 - Handel: "Utrecht Te Deum," in London (Julian date: July 7)

  • 1791 - Cherubini: opera, "Lodoiska, in Paris

  • 1920 - Miaskovsky: Symphony No. 5, in Moscow

  • 1972 - Panufnik: Violin Concerto, in London, with Yehudi Menuhin as soloist

  • 1976 - Stockhausen: multi-media work "Sirius," in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian Institute

  • 1984 - Sallinen: String Quartet No. 5 ("Pieces of Mosaic"), at the Kuhmo Festival in Finland, by the Kronos Quartet

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Host John Birge presents a daily snapshot of composers past and present, with timely information, intriguing musical events and appropriate, accessible music related to each.

He has been hosting, producing and performing classical music for more than 25 years. Since 1997, he has been hosting on Minnesota Public Radio's Classical Music Service. He played French horn for the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra and performed with them on their centennial tour of Europe in 1995. He was trained at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music and Interlochen Arts Academy.

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