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18 September
BIRTHS * Pietro Sanmartini Italian composer. (1636) * Giovanni Chinzer Italian composer. (1698) * Francis Burdett Money-Coutts English poet and librettist. (1852) * Alberto Franchetti Italian composer. (1860) * Berners English composer. (1883) * Arthur Benjamin Australian-English composer and pianist. (1893) * Ivo Tijardović Croatian composer. (1895) * Pablo Sorozábal Spanish composer and conductor. (1897) * Josef Tal Israeli composer. (1910) * József Simándy Hungarian tenor. (1916) * Peter Gottlieb French baritone. (1930) * Gerald Bordman American writer. (1931) * Maureen Lehane English mezzo-soprano. (1932) * Manfred Niehaus German composer. (1933) * Ruth Hesse German mezzo-soprano. (1936)

DEATHS * Charles-Antoine Le Clerc de La Bruère French librettist. (1754) * Josef Weidmann German actor and dramatist. (1810) * Karol Kazimierz Kurpiński Polish composer and conductor. (1857) * Dion Boucicault Irish dramatist. (1890) * Cornelis Dopper Dutch conductor and composer. (1939) * Frances Alda New Zealand soprano. (1952) * Regina Pacini Portuguese soprano. (1965) * Rudolf Wagner-Régeny German composer. (1969) * Giuseppe Lugo Italian tenor. (1980) * Mauricio Kagel Argentine composer. (2008)

PREMIERES Dardanus Antonio Sacchini; Versailles, 18 September 1784. The Secret Bedřich Smetana; Prague, New Czech Theatre, 18 September 1878.
 

19 September
BIRTHS * Paul-Marie Masson French musicologist. (1882) * Lyubomir Pipkov Bulgarian composer. (1904) * Anna Amalie Abert German musicologist. (1906) * Blanche Thebom American mezzo-soprano. (1918, 100 years) * Zygmunt Krauze Polish composer. (1938) * Yevhen Stankovych Ukrainian composer. (1942) * Bonaventura Bottone English tenor. (1950) * Jeffrey Gall American countertenor. (1950)

DEATHS * Louis Fuzelier French dramatist and librettist. (1752) * Jan Tuček Bohemian composer. (1783) * Stanislas Champein French composer. (1830) * Henri Charles Chivot French librettist. (1897) * Tibor Harsányi French composer. (1954) * Albert Dupuis Belgian composer. (1967) * Elise Stünzner German soprano. (1975) * Samuel L M Barlow American composer. (1982) * Guillermo Sarabia Mexican baritone. (1985) * María-Luísa Nache Spanish soprano. (1985) * Sir Geraint Evans Welsh baritone. (1992)
 

20 September
BIRTHS * Joseph Platzer Bohemian stage designer. (1751) * Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine French architect and stage designer. (1762) * Giovanni Ruffini Italian librettist. (1807) * Johann Joseph Abert Bohemian composer. (1832) * Angelo Solerti Italian philologist and musicologist. (1865) * Gustave Doret Swiss composer. (1866) * Armand Marsick Belgian composer. (1877) * Ildebrando Pizzetti Italian composer. (1880) * Piotr Rytel Polish composer. (1884) * Leo Justinius Kauffmann German composer. (1901) * Göran Gentele Swedish director and administrator. (1917)

DEATHS * Honoré Langlé French composer. (1807) * Maximilian Ulbrich Austrian civil servant and composer. (1814) * Michael Rophino Lacy English theatre musician. (1867) * José Francisco Arroyo Spanish composer. (1886) * John Liptrot Hatton English composer. (1886) * Karel Bendl Czech composer. (1897) * Jean Sibelius Finnish composer. (1957) * Oscar O'Brien Canadian composer and folklorist. (1958) * Endre Koréh Hungarian bass. (1960) * Leslie Orrey English writer on music. (1981)